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A visit with endangered silverback mountain gorillas at Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Photo by Adrienne Jordan

Gorilla tracking in Rwanda is a life changer

Many people think of mountain gorillas as being untouchable or something that should provoke a fight or flight response if encountered in the wild. They are anything but.

This Oct. 22, 2014 photo shows a mummy at the Walters Museum of Art in Baltimore. The museum collection was amassed by a father and son, and is known for its antiquities among other things. The mummy was determined to contain the body of a 60-year-old woman and is referred to as Mery _ pronounced Mary. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

5 free things to do and see in Baltimore

- Associated Press

Baltimore on a budget? Easy as Edgar Allan Poe. His gravesite is one of a number of memorable places that can be visited around this historic city without spending a dime. Here are some details on paying your respects to the famed poet who penned “The Raven,” along with some other fun things to do - including not one but two major museums that offer free admission.

Elmo (AP Photo/Victoria Will)

Kids travel with Elmo, Big Bird inside mobile planetarium

- Associated Press

Preschoolers from Lincoln Head Start, Ella White Head Start and Alpena Childcare classrooms joined Elmo, Big Bird and Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street, while they explored the night sky in a mobile planetarium show created by Sesame Workshop called “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure.”

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Public donations pay for Argentine national park

Associated Press

Argentines have a new national park that is home to endangered species like jaguars and crowned solitary eagles, thanks to donations from the public to cover the initial cost.

Medieval artifacts displayed in Ky. heading home

- Associated Press

At a Kentucky museum, the reign is ending soon for an exhibition of medieval artifacts from England that's so prized that it took an act of Parliament to create the trans-Atlantic partnership that brought the collection to the United States.

Mott Hall High School student Brian Binion, right, and fellow students read fliers about Ebola risk, near the apartment building of Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer, in New York,  Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Since there's no specific treatment, care is focused on easing symptoms to give the body enough time to fight off an infection, (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Ebola cases in New York and Mali fan travel fears

- Associated Press

The Ebola virus's arrival in New York City and yet another West African nation - Mali - renewed questions Friday about whether stricter travel restrictions would help lock down the deadly disease. The governors of New York and New Jersey went ahead and issued their own quarantine order.

Museum show tells story of father-son collection

- Associated Press

William Walters made a fortune in rye whiskey, railroads and banking in the 19th century, and along the way he also developed a passion for collecting art and antiquities. His son Henry was an avid collector, too, and built a memorial to his father in Baltimore to display their treasures.

In this Oct. 22, 2014 photo Roman numerals mark a timber from the 54-foot oak French frigate La Belle at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas. Archaeologists are beginning to reassemble the remains of the ship recovered more than 300 years after the vessel was lost in a storm off the coast of Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Remains of French ship being reassembled in Texas

- Associated Press

A frigate carrying French colonists to the New World that sank in a storm off the Texas coast more than 300 years ago is being reassembled into a display that archeologists hope will let people walk over the hull and feel like they are on the ship's deck.

In this Oct. 22, 2014 photo, Chaim Soutine's painting "The Little Pastry Chef" hangs on display during a preview of the High Museum's new exhibit, "Cezanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection," in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Exhibition at Atlanta's High features Cezanne

- Associated Press

An exhibition at Atlanta's High Museum of Art showcases a group of impressionist and post-impressionist works amassed by a private collector who described the pursuit and acquisition of the pieces as an adventure.

FILE - This March 25, 2004, image shows workers with Art Reach Services installing the "Sodbuster, San Isidro" sculpture by University of Houston art professor Luis Jimenez in front to the Fine Arts Building at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. New Mexico preservation officials are pushing for the home and studios of Jimenez to be added to the National Register of Historic Properties. Jimenez, a successful but often controversial sculptor whose work has been displayed at the Smithsonian and the Museum of Modern Art, died in 2006. (AP Photo/Thomas Shea, University of Houston)

New Mexico wants home of noted artist recognized

- Associated Press

Artist Luis Jimenez is credited with helping transform the definition of public art in the U.S. with his larger-than-life, debate-provoking fiberglass sculptures.

In this Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 photo, Italian plastic surgeon Roberto Viel gives Italian Irina Tzoneva, a 41-year-old restaurant manager, a treatment at London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai, the emirate known for its celebration of over-the-top glamour and luxury, is racing ahead to dominate the Middle East's plastic surgery market with plans to attract half a million medical tourists in six years. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Dubai cuts profile as Mideast plastic surgery hub

- Associated Press

Dubai, the emirate known for its celebration of over-the-top glamour and luxury, is racing ahead to dominate the Middle East's plastic surgery market with plans to attract half a million medical tourists in six years.

Retrospective of fiber artist opens at NYC museum

- Associated Press

Institutionalized for more than three decades and largely deaf and mute, Judith Scott found her voice through art, forming intricate sculptures of yarn, fabric and other fibers tightly wrapped around an array of found objects.

In this Nov. 6, 2013 photo, North Korean farmers line up with wagons to load cabbage at a field north east from the capital Pyongyang during cabbage harvesting season across North Korea. A funding crunch for aid to North Korea has become so severe 500,000 rural schoolchildren are as of April 2014,  no longer receiving assistance and aid to millions more could soon dry up, according to a report obtained by The Associated Press. The report underscores the flight of international donors to countries with less political baggage and more willingness to let aid workers do their jobs.(AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

AP Exclusive: A week on the road in North Korea

- Associated Press

The Kaema Plateau, the "Roof of Korea," is a stunning, forest-covered highland nestled in such treacherous mountains that it was never taken by the Allies during the Korean War. It's now a truck stop.

FILE - This Jan. 12, 2010, file photo shows the burial site of Jim Thorpe in Jim Thorpe, Pa. Thorpe's body will stay in the Pennsylvania town where he was laid to rest six decades ago after a federal appeals court on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, threw out a ruling that could have resulted in his reburial on American Indian land in Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Pennsylvania town can keep Jim Thorpe's body

- Associated Press

Jim Thorpe's body will stay in the Pennsylvania town where he was laid to rest six decades ago after a federal appeals court on Thursday threw out a ruling that could have resulted in his reburial on American Indian land in Oklahoma.

Paintings in national parks spark probe, furor

- Associated Press

A series of colorful, eerie faces painted on rocks in some of the West's most famously picturesque landscapes has sparked an investigation by the National Park Service and a furor online.

FILE - In this April 23, 2013 file photo, a United Airlines jet departs Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. United Continental Holdings Inc. reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Fuel costs ease, US airline profits soar

- Associated Press

Saving a nickel or a dime per gallon might not seem like much to the average motorist, but for airlines that burn hundreds of millions of gallons of fuel every month, it adds up quickly.

People visit the Great Temple of Ramses II, to observe the sun to send a beam of light into the ancient temple's dark inner chamber for over ten minutes in Abu Simbel, 870 kilometers (540 miles) south of Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Hundreds of people visited the temple to watch the sun illuminate colossal statues, a rare 3,200-year-old astronomical ceremony that happens twice a year. (AP Photo/Ibrahim Zayed)

Tourists watch solar alignment in Egypt temple

- Associated Press

Hundreds of visitors gathered in Egypt on Wednesday at the Great Temple of Ramses II to watch the sun illuminate colossal statues, a rare 3,200-year-old astronomical ceremony that happens twice a year.

In this Monday, Oct. 13, 1975, file photo, singer-songwriter Marvin Gaye, left, sits with United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, right, and Shirley Temple Black, U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, at the United Nations. Gaye is donating proceeds from his Sunday performance "Salute to the U.N." to UNESCO for an African literacy campaign. Temple, who died at her home near San Francisco, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at 85, sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers and remains the ultimate child star decades later. (AP Photo/File)

Clarksdale on short list for museum

- Associated Press

The Official Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame is considering Clarksdale as a possible location for a permanent home.

This photo provided by courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art shows Child's Kimono with Wisteria and Trellis, Japan, Meiji period, early 20th century, made from stencil paste-resist dyed crepe silk (kabe chirimen). The kimono was owned by - and likely inspired works by - Frank Lloyd Wright. The kimono is included in the exhibition, "Kimono: A Modern History," on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through Jan. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Kimono's evolution reflects changing Japan

- Associated Press

It's difficult to imagine a more eloquent symbol of Japan than the deceptively simple, T-shaped kimono. Traditional yet ever changing, the kimono ("thing to wear," in Japanese) has evolved dramatically over the past 150 years.