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NAACP, Airbnb aim to get more minorities to rent homes

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:55:29 UT

The groups say in a statement that the "landmark partnership" includes a campaign to educate people of color on the economic benefits of being a host and bringing more travelers into their neighborhoods. NAACP's interim president and CEO Derrick Johnson says the partnership will bring jobs and economic opportunities to communities of color.



FBI investigating death from domestic dispute on cruise ship

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:52:25 UT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A domestic dispute aboard a cruise ship led to the death of a 39-year-old Utah woman, and the FBI is investigating what happened in U.S. waters off Alaska, the agency said Wednesday. [...] conversations are underway to offer passengers some compensation for lost time, such as providing credits for shore excursions, she said. Since the vessel arrived so early, excursions such as glacier viewing or seeing sled dogs were not ready, but Day anticipated allowing people off the ship later in the day.



Century-old warship returns to Athens after repairs

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:50:10 UT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — After three months of extensive maintenance and conservation work, a 107-year-old battleship returned Wednesday to its berth in Athens, where it serves as a floating museum. A naval band played, surrounding ships and boats sounded their horns and a naval helicopter flew overhead as the Georgios Averof, a relic from the era of dreadnoughts, was nudged in to its mooring spot.



Items from Auschwitz death camp to tour Europe, America

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:05:26 UT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An exhibit of some items from the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz are going on a tour of Europe and North America to bring its tragic truth about the Holocaust to a wider audience. "Today, when the world is moving in uncertain directions," the exhibition can be a "great warning cry for us all" against building a "future on hatred, racism, anti-Semitism and bottomless contempt for another human being," museum chief Piotr M.A. Cywinski said. Some 1.1 million people, mostly Europe's Jews, but also Poles, Roma and Soviet prisoners of war, were killed in the camp's gas chambers or died of hunger, disease and hard labor during World War II.



Weekend strike to shut Acropolis at height of tourist season

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:07:34 UT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A two-day strike by Greek Culture Ministry employees protesting staff shortages will shut the Acropolis and other ancient sites and museums in Athens this weekend at the height of the tourist season.



Annual wild pony swim between islands lasts 18 minutes

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:24:47 UT

An auction on Thursday of a portion of the herd will benefit the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department. After the swim ended, crowds watched as the ponies were paraded down Main Street to carnival grounds where the auction was planned.



Floods hit northern Germany, force some evacuations

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:02:51 UT

The fire department in Hildesheim was ready to evacuate more than 1,000 people from a neighborhood threatened by the flooding, the German news agency dpa reported.



Center devoted to director Zeffirelli takes shape in Italy

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:54:26 UT

The Franco Zeffirelli International Center for the Performing Arts hosted a preview Tuesday of its exhibits, housed in a former Florence courthouse near Palazzo Vecchio. The Inferno Room features a multimedia recreation of Zeffirelli sketches that were inspired by Dante's "Divine Comedy."



Ruling lets Italy hunt abroad for new Colosseum chief

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:22:31 UT

Culture Minister Dario Franceschini hailed the ruling Monday by the national Council of State, which overturned the decision of a regional body that had blocked his plan to consider hiring non-Italians to lead some of art-rich Italy's museums, monuments and archaeological sites. [...] the culture minister's stated goal of having foreigners run renowned Italian institutions and making them more user-friendly and innovative has faced resistance in Italy's entrenched art and archaeology communities.



Wind-driven fires hopscotch through south of France, Corsica

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:27:48 UT

Eight firefighters and some 15 police officers have been hurt in the fires that broke out Monday and have consumed nearly 4,000 hectares (9880 acres) of vegetation, according to French authorities. Flames burned some 800 hectares (almost 2,000 acres) around the Var area of Provence, with two villas destroyed a dozen kilometers (7 miles) west of Saint-Tropez.



Correction: Travel-Pasadena story

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:40:25 UT

[...] if you're in the mood for stunning gardens, first-class art and historic architecture without the crowds and traffic, consider Pasadena. Whether you have a day or more to spend, here are few world-class destinations to consider visiting that will give you a taste of the past, present and the future within a compact 23-mile (37-km) radius. The Huntington is considered one of the top cultural attractions in the greater Los Angeles area, and is home to one of the finest collections of British portraiture in the world. The complex has 12 gardens featuring 15,000 plants and flowers displayed in ecosystems ranging from deserts to jungles. Industrialist Norton Simon, who collected European masterpieces from the Renaissance to the 20th century, as well as Asian art spanning 2,000 years, took it over in 1974. Public tours, featuring the flight mission control room, are available twice weekly at 1 p.m. The tours fill up months in advance, so book online at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov as soon as you know your visit dates. The 200 shops house retail chains like the Gap, Anthropologie and Forever 21, art galleries, boutiques and antique stores. Travel just 2 miles to South Pasadena and grab a shake or malt at the Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain, built in 1915 along the westernmost stop of Route 66. Non-guests can take the daily historical tour at 2 p.m., stroll among the 23 acres (9 hectares) of landscaping or partake in a traditional British tea served on Wedgwood china.



Wild horse dies after eating dog food in Maryland

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:46:09 UT

The statement says an investigation found the horse had ingested a "large quantity" of dog food days earlier on July 17. A necropsy determined the dog food caused a blockage and resulted in a ruptured intestine, causing death.