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Tourists visit the Hamel Alley as a Cuban woman smokes a cigar in the background, in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, March 22, 2015. Tourism to Cuba is up sharply in the months since Washington and Havana announced in December that they would move toward a historic rapprochement. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

Tourists flocking to Cuba ‘before the Americans come’

- Associated Press

Bookings to Cuba jumped 57 percent for one New York tour operator in the weeks after Washington said it would renew ties with Havana. In February, they were up 187 percent; and so far this month, nearly 250 percent.

Liquor board considers new rule for events like Oktoberfest

- Associated Press

After a Utah Oktoberfest celebration faced the possibility of becoming a beer-free event last year, Utah’s liquor board on Tuesday began considering a more flexible approach to granting alcohol permits for events.

People walk by as as a police officer guards the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, Tunisia, Thursday, March 19, 2015. Tunisian security forces arrested nine people linked to the deadly attack on the National Bardo Museum that left scores dead and wounded and threatened the country's fledgling democracy and struggling tourism industry, the president's office said Thursday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Terror attack in Tunisia a fresh blow to tourism industry

- Associated Press

The terror attack in Tunisia that killed 21 people is a fresh blow to the North African nation’s tourism industry, which has been struggling ever since the country’s revolution of 2011.

Spring break revelry not so fun for Florida property owners

Residents in Panama City Beach, Florida, a town of 12,000, remain on edge about the spike in crime during spring break. Despite the surge for businesses, they say, rowdy revelers are lowering their property values and keeping the more lucrative family demographic at bay.

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Grammy Gallery coming to Nashville

Associated Press

The Grammy Museum is opening up a gallery in Nashville this summer, promising to give visitors an immersive experience on the art and technology of making music.

In this May 2, 2014 photo, Jose Chua Lopez, left, holds hands with his mother, Myra Lopez Martinez, during a news conference in Hermosillo, Mexico. Family and friends raised thousands of dollars to send Jose Chua Lopez to the prestigious Mayo Clinic for an urgently needed heart and liver transplant. But the 20-year-old Mexican born with a heart defect has twice been turned down for a U.S. visa, and relatives and his doctor say his life is in danger. (AP Photo/El Imparcial) MANDATORY CREDIT MEXICO OUT

Mexico double-transplant patient eyes US humanitarian entry

- Associated Press

A young Mexican man who is urgently trying to travel to the Mayo Clinic for a double-organ transplant has filed a third application for entry into the United States after twice being denied a visa.

Wallowa-Whitman forest takes a break from road closures

Associated Press

The U.S. Forest Service is taking a break from tough decisions over closing roads and trails on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in northeastern Oregon while it focuses on broader planning issues.

From left to right, Brandon Taylor, Leif Johansson, and Wendy Faldowski pose together in the historic Sinclair Theatre on Tuesday afternoon, March 17, 2015, in Sinclair, Wyo. The three are collaborating to raise funds to restore the building, which was built in 1924 in the former company town near Rawlins. (AP Photo/Casper Star-Tribune, Dan Cepeda)

Sinclair hopes old will become new again at theater

- Associated Press

In the lobby of the old movie theater, it's drafty. The plaster is peeling. There is a tricycle, a kiddie kitchen and other items stored by the town's recreation center.

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

- Associated Press

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

This Feb. 26, 2015 photo shows meat being cooked on a tableside Korean barbecue grill at Gaonnuri restaurant in New York. Gaonnuri is located on the 39th floor in the penthouse of a building on West 32nd Street, known as Korea Way. The district, also called Koreatown or K-town, is known for Korean restaurants and karaoke bars. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

Bleisure: Korean barbecue, karaoke for biz travelers to NYC

- Associated Press

New York City is a 24/7 kind of place. That makes it easy for business travelers to squeeze a little sightseeing in after a day of meetings. Take in a Broadway show and late dinner, or a nighttime view from Top of the Rock, the Empire State Building or Times Square. The Staten Island Ferry glides past the Statue of Liberty 24 hours a day, the 9/11 memorial is open until 9 p.m. and the High Line, a park built on an elevated rail line, stays open until 10 p.m.

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2005, file photo, Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. speaks during a news conference following his testimony at the multi-tribe lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service over its decision to allow expansion and effluent water at the Arizona Snowbowl, in U.S. District Court in Prescott, Ariz. The Navajo Nation has turned to an human rights commission that normally deals with death penalty cases and international justice in its effort to block a sky resort from using treated wastewater to make artificial snow on a peak the tribe considers sacred. (AP Photo/The Daily Courier, Les Stukenberg, File)

Tribe turns to international commission in ski resort fight

- Associated Press

The Navajo Nation has turned to an international human rights commission that has dealt with death penalty cases and foreign killings in its effort to draw attention to a northern Arizona mountain that tribes consider sacred.

Watchdog says casino-hotel won green light with Reid's help

- Associated Press

When a $415 million casino-hotel needed its immigration visa applications sped through for foreign investors in order to keep the business deal alive, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid leaned on the director of the agency overseeing the visa program to make it happen, according to a Homeland Security inspector general's report released Wednesday.