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1st draft of FDR's 'Day of Infamy' speech on display in NY

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 13:20:40 UT

The document shows FDR's own handwritten editing of his words, including where he scratched out "world history" and wrote "infamy" in the opening sentence.



Greek journalists on 24-hour strike to protest austerity

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 10:35:33 UT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek journalists are striking to protest austerity measures, pulling all television and radio news broadcasts off the air a day before a nationwide general strike expected to shut down services across the country. Journalists are protesting sweeping social security reforms that will affect pension funds.



Architect's plan would cover Trump's name with pig balloons

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 18:15:16 UT

CHICAGO (AP) — An architect wants to install four giant pig balloons to cover up the Trump name on the side of the president-elect's Chicago hotel. New World Design says installation of the gold-colored pigs would "provide visual relief to the citizens of Chicago by interrupting the view of the ostentatious Trump Tower Chicago sign."



SeaWorld cutting 320 jobs in restructuring

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 17:20:43 UT

Company officials said Tuesday in a statement that the goal of the restructuring is to eliminate costs and improve the company's operations. The company says it will offer severance packages and job-placement assistance to affected workers.



A trip to Israel gives Hanukkah new meaning for 1 family

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 15:53:07 UT

An avid outdoorsman and foodie, he also pushed us outside our comfort zones, from rappelling in the Valley of Death outside Jerusalem to eating schwarma near the Golan Heights. When Dani said climb into a tiny underground cave, or stand on a volcano overlooking the Syrian border with mortars firing in the distance, we did it and were better for it. Armed with dirty shovels, spades and buckets, we got a lesson in the proper way to dig before entering the underground unexcavated caves. According to Israel's Biblical Archaeological Society, one onsite dig unearthed part of a stone tablet with an inscription connected to the Maccabees, the rebel army whose story is central to Hanukkah. Ride the Mediterranean shoreline to the old city of Jaffa, stop at a seaside cafe and swim at a crowded beach. —"Abraham's tent": Don Biblical garb, hop on feisty camels and ride along cliffs overlooking the desert at a themed site called Genesis Land. Sitting on wool blankets around a low table, you'll eat a delicious traditional meal and hear Biblical tales. Find clues on a timed hunt through back alleys, synagogues and neighborhood bakeries. Floating in the Dead Sea, hearing echoes when you yell from the top of Masada, shopping in Jerusalem's open markets, visiting the artists' village of Tsfat and wandering the ancient ruins of King Herod's Caesaria. Aden's outdoor bar mitzvah service was short and intimate, with a portable, beautifully carved wood ark and the Western Wall as a dramatic backdrop.



Officials: Tourist train company warned about rail issues

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 15:40:46 UT

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — New York transportation officials say operators of a Catskills tourist train had been warned about a rail safety issue months before a derailment left 25 stranded last month. The letter said the Oct. 28 derailment of a locomotive and a flatbed passenger car occurred in "the precise location" the inspectors had notified the company about following the inspection.



Delta flight returns to Dayton airport after engine issue

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 15:36:26 UT

The Atlanta-based airline says Flight 2392 took off from Dayton International Airport on Tuesday morning and returned shortly afterward because of an indication that one of the MD-90's two engines was getting too warm. Airport spokeswoman Linda Hughes says emergency response crews were called out shortly after 6 a.m. Eastern time.



Paris bans half of cars to tackle new peak of pollution

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 11:25:47 UT

Facing red-alert levels of pollution since Nov. 30, Paris City Hall said the situation poses a significant risk to residents' health. To tackle what City Hall describes as an "exceptionally serious" crisis, Paris's Velib bike-share and Autolib electric cars were made free Tuesday, as well as the Paris metro and bus services.



Lonely Planet names Asheville best in US despite LGBT flap

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 11:10:30 UT

Asheville has become a travel hotspot in the last few years, thanks to its location in the Blue Ridge Mountains and attractions like the Biltmore mansion, North Carolina Arboretum, a sophisticated restaurant and brewery scene and the River Arts District, an old industrial neighborhood revitalized by artists and entrepreneurs. Christopher Sgro, executive director of the LGBT organization North Carolina Equality and a member of North Carolina's General Assembly representing Greensboro, said in a phone interview that Asheville residents and leaders "are welcoming and try to create a progressive community, so I understand why Lonely Planet would want others to enjoy the city."



Sleek casino with Bob Dylan art opening outside Washington

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:24:29 UT

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Far from the Las Vegas Strip, MGM Resorts International opens its $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor casino and resort just outside the nation's capital this week, advertising a gambling floor "bigger than the White House" and an art collection that includes a large welded collage by Bob Dylan. Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, describes the design as "intentionally monumental," meaning that the area's first casino-resort was designed to complement Washington's iconic landmarks. A plaza with a reflecting pool offers sweeping views of the water and the capital city's monuments across the way. MGM National Harbor's casino floor is about 125,000 square feet, with table games and more than 3,300 slot machines. There's also a spa, salon, outdoor pool and 50,000 square feet of meeting space. A 12-foot chocolate fountain is the centerpiece of a European-inspired pastry shop, called Bellagio after the MGM casino in Las Vegas. Bob Dylan's "Portal," a metal collage with an aquatic theme including a Maryland blue crab, arches over an entrance to the casino floor. State lawmakers reduced the state's high tax rate on those casinos in order to help make up for lost market share with the opening of MGM.



Chicago-Florida flight lands in Indiana due to fuel issue

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 15:20:19 UT

Frontier spokesman Jim Faulkner says flight 1334 left Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Sunday for Palm Beach with 205 passengers and seven crew members aboard and landed late Sunday in Indianapolis out of "an abundance of caution." According to the airport tracking website FlightAware, they arrived in Palm Beach on Monday morning.



Baby's first flight: Woman gives birth while on airplane

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 13:34:41 UT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A Southwest Airlines plane made an emergency landing in Charleston, South Carolina, after a baby was born in the middle of the flight. Airline spokeswoman Melissa Ford tells local news outlets that Flight 556 was on its way from Philadelphia to Orlando, Florida, on Sunday when a woman went into labor. Ford says medical personnel who were on the flight helped with the delivery, and the family was taken to an area hospital when the plane landed. Officials say the flight and the remaining passengers arrived in Orlando just over an hour behind schedule.