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LaGuardia checkpoint closes due to unknown substance in bag

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:55:43 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — A security checkpoint was closed for about 40 minutes at New York's LaGuardia Airport after an alarm went off and agents found an unknown substance in a carry-on bag.

Wildfire contained in western North Carolina

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:40:12 UT

NEBO, N.C. (AP) — Forestry officials in western North Carolina say they've contained a fire that burned nearly 9 square miles near Shortoff Mountain in the Pisgah National Forest. Jennings said wildfires can create hazards such as holes left by burned tree stumps, damaged trees, and rolling rocks.

Man o' War exhibit honors racing legend born a century ago

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:49:09 UT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — A new exhibit on Man o' War is opening across the street from the New York racetrack where the thoroughbred racing legend suffered his only defeat. Considered one of racing's greatest thoroughbreds, Man o' War won 20 of 21 lifetime starts.

2017 Jazz Fest to include Stevie Wonder, Nas, Maroon 5

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:40:23 UT

2017 Jazz Fest to include Stevie Wonder, Nas, Maroon 5 The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will be held over two weekends, April 28-30 and May 4-7 featuring such names as Stevie Wonder, Maroon 5, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Harry Connick Jr., Aaron Neville, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Meghan Trainor, Herb Alpert, Alabama Shakes and Darius Rucker. Among the 14 musical artists scheduled are reggaeton group Gente de Zona, jazz pianist Chucho Valdes, timba kings Los Van Van, rapper Pitbull, "street poet" Telmary and Afro-Cuban band Adonis y Osain del Monte.

CEO of airline association criticizes electronics device ban

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:38:39 UT

In a prepared text of a speech, IATA CEO Alexandre de Juniac calls on governments to work with the transport industry to ensure passengers aren't separated from their laptops, tablets and other devices. The U.S. and Britain are citing concerns about terrorist attacks to prohibit passengers on some flights from mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries from bringing laptops, tablets and certain other devices on board in their carry-on bags. Some travelers and civil liberties groups have denounced the ban, raising concerns that include lost worktime on long flights and worries that checking laptops in baggage will make them more vulnerable to theft.

Unusual weather damages Wyoming national park building

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:05:52 UT

Unusual weather damages Wyoming national park building The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports ( ) that an unusual amount of snow water, rain and warm temperatures at Grand Teton may have crushed the roof of the Laurance S. Rockfeller Preserve Center. Park officials say maintenance workers spotted the damage Thursday.

A homey meal steeped in culture at The Argentine Experience

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:43:44 UT

On the night my family shared a communal table with another group of U.S. visitors, dessert included a delicacy prepared with sponge-like yacaratia wood. Alex Pels, one of the founding co-owners of The Argentine Experience, said in an interview that the earliest inhabitants of what is now northern Argentina chewed yacaratia wood because it stored water. Pels' pastry chef sweetens the wood and serves it atop local cheese in precise cubes that wouldn't look out of place in a three-star restaurant anywhere in the world. The architectural treats seemed particularly modernist alongside another dessert we sampled, alfajores cookies, accompanied by the national drink of warm mate (pronounced mah TAY). The main course was, of course, tender Argentine beef served with grilled vegetables and several versions of the traditional chimichurri sauce of oil, vinegar and herbs. The relaxed approach and free-flowing local wine, though, did make it easy for guests to get to know one another, also a goal of The Argentine Experience. Argentine-American Lucila Giagrande Lucila's Homemade Alfajores supplies cookies to shops and cafes in the Chicago area. Giagrande was surprised and pleased to hear that a fancy restaurant had served us the pastries and shared the ritual of heaping dried mate leaves into traditional clay mugs, pouring in not-too-hot water and sipping in turn from communal mugs.

Essentials of Buenos Aires: Evita, tango and pope's hometown

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:41:49 UT

Meet a few Portenos, as city residents are called, and take advantage of the legendary nightlife and restaurant scene, and you'll get a buzz from the culture that invented the tango. Evita's black granite gravesite is rather dull by comparison, and generally crowded, but parts of the cemetery offer plenty of opportunities for reflective solitude. Afterward, stroll around the surrounding area, where the wealthy built palatial homes as they fled a yellow fever epidemic in the low-lying San Telmo neighborhood near the Plata River. San Telmo, one of the city's oldest neighborhoods, today is an artsy enclave known for a Sunday afternoon market at Plaza Dorrego with hundreds of stalls selling antiques, leather goods, vintage gear and handmade accessories. Besides late nights, Buenos Aires is also known for its beef. Don Julio and La Cabrera in the Palermo neighborhood represent fine options at the top end of the steak-joint spectrum, particularly if you pair the meal with a bold Malbec wine. In the riverside Puerto Madera area, La Cabana sources its beef from its own ranch and offers views of the spire that angles up from a pedestrian bridge by architect Santiago Calatrava, who designed the Oculus transportation hub at One World Trade in New York.

Buenos Aires neighborhood Palermo Soho: Shop, eat, drink

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:41:25 UT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Once you've seen Buenos Aires' wide, crowded boulevards and the balcony where Eva Peron waved to the masses, you might get the impression the city is all about grandiose architecture and the fast-paced attitude that is so common in big cities. At Agostina Bianchi, located at Thames 1733, you'll find limited edition, handmade clothing for women that seems to fuse knitting with high fashion. The supper-clubby Casa Cruz, at Uriarte 1658, sits behind 15-foot brass doors and blends updated Argentine standards with Mediterranean flavors. Several bars that seem to cater to a get-drunk crowd form a ring around Plaza Serrano, where young people taking advantage of two-for-one drink specials hang out late into the night strumming guitars. Nicky Harrison, at Malabia 1764, is tucked into the back of a stellar sushi restaurant and serves creative drinks like the Valkiria, a combo of vodka, absinthe, honey and lime juice.

North Korean airline starts new route to China

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:29:16 UT

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea's national airline has started a new flight service to Dandong in China, bringing the total of its regularly scheduled international destinations to five. The North Korean flag carrier also used to make occasional flights to other destinations, but sanctions have led some countries such as Kuwait and Malaysia to stop Air Koryo flights.

Deal reached to end Berlin airport ground staff dispute

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:26:53 UT

BERLIN (AP) — A union representing ground staff at Berlin's two airports says it has reached a deal to end a pay dispute that resulted in a string of recent strikes.

'Fearless Girl' statue opposite bull stays through February

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:06:42 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — The globally popular statue of a young girl will keep staring down Wall Street's famed "Charging Bull" through February 2018 instead of being removed this coming Sunday, the mayor said. On Monday morning, Democratic U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, of New York, led a group of prominent women in front of City Hall to honor the artist, Kristen Visbal, and State Street Global Advisors, the asset management firm that commissioned the work and, with the McCann advertising firm, helped Visbal create her sculpture. Visbal said the positive response to her artwork "renewed my faith in sculpture to make an impact on society, to create a debate the way a good piece of art should." Artist Arturo Di Modica's bull arrived after the 1987 stock market crash as a symbol of Americans' financial resilience and can-do spirit.