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In September, an array of tall ships and Navy gray hulls will be on display to celebrate the bicentennial of "The Star Spangled Banner." If you're anxious, though, the Pride of Baltimore II, a reproduction privateer from the War of 1812 era, is visiting the Washington Navy Yard next to the destroyer USS Barry. The Pride display is open until Aug. 25. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Visit Baltimore for a Star-Spangled celebration

Tall ships, Navy gray hulls and the high-flying Blue Angels will come to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to commemorate the birthplace and bicentennial of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The 13th-century Gothic cathedral of Ste. Cecile towers over the Tarn river in the beautiful town of Albi in southwestern France. (Corrina Lothar/Special to The Washington Time)

Southwestern France is rich in history and charm

The fields, rivers and lakes of the southwestern region of France are especially inviting in September and October. Ancient villages sit on hilltops, and medieval castles dot the landscape.

In this Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 photo, Lennie Gerber and Pearl Berlin pose for a picture at their home, in High Point, N.C. Roman numerals indicate the date, June 2, 1966, that Gerber and Berlin consider the true anniversary of their relationship.  The couple are suing to have the state of North Carolina recognize their marriage. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

Vegas offering all but marriage to LGBT tourists

- Associated Press

Las Vegas tourism officials want the LGBT community to know that they and their money are more than welcome in Sin City, even if they can’t get married there.

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Kor's story to be featured in Holocaust exhibit

- Associated Press

A new permanent exhibit telling the story of the Holocaust through the eyes of survivor Eva Kor is expected to open in mid-October, thanks to a $20,900 award from 100+ Women Who Care.

Same-sex couple settle wedding venue dispute

Associated Press

The owners of a lodge in central Minnesota have agreed to pick up the tab for the wedding and reception of a same-sex couple they initially turned away.

File-This Dec. 5, 2014 file photo shows a grizzly bear roams his pen, at Denver Zoo. In forty years, the U.S. government has spent billions of dollars trying to save some 1,500 species deemed endangered. House Republicans say that's translated into just 2 percent of protected species being recovered, and they want to overhaul the Endangered Species Act. Environmentalists and many Democrats credit the act with saving species from extinction.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley,File)

Feds weigh moving grizzlies into Washington

- Associated Press

The National Park Service said Thursday it will consider moving grizzly bears into the North Cascade Mountains of Washington state to aid their recovery.

Men carry food aid that was given to them Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at the West Point area, one of the places where the Ebola virus has claimed lives, in Monrovia, Liberia. Calm returned Thursday to a slum in the Liberian capital that was sealed off in the government's attempt to halt the spread of Ebola, a day after clashes erupted between residents and security forces, but now the tens of thousands of residents worried about getting food. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

Ebola spreads in Nigeria with 2 new cases

- Associated Press

Two alarming new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria, widening the circle of people sickened beyond the immediate group of caregivers who treated a dying airline passenger in one of Africa's largest cities.

In this photo taken on Aug. 20, 2014, people, reflected in mirrors, walk out of the front entrance of the SLS Las Vegas in Las Vegas. The hotel and casino, formally known as the Sahara, has gone through extensive renovations is scheduled to open this weekend. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Vegas' storied Sahara casino reborn, transformed

- Associated Press

The Moroccan-themed Sahara casino that once hosted Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the Beatles seemed a lost cause in 2011, when its owners declared the 59-year-old property unprofitable and shut it down with little more than a vague promise to return.

In this 2014 photo provided by Michigan State University, students in the school's Summer Study Abroad Program take a break while hiking in Israel. Some U.S. colleges have now pulled students from their overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages. Colleges site security as the top concern. (AP Photo/Michigan State University)

Some US colleges calling students back from Israel

- Associated Press

Some U.S. colleges are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages, though the relative calm beyond the immediate battle areas is raising questions in some quarters about why they had to leave.

Stone figures depicting the family of Sanatruq are showcased at the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Aug 21, 2014. Two renovated halls adorned mainly with rare life-size stone statues were inaugurated at the Iraqi National Museum on Thursday geared toward honoring the 5,000 year legacy of the ancient city of Hatra. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Iraq museum inaugurates 2 halls of statues

- Associated Press

The Iraqi National Museum inaugurated two renovated halls adorned with life-size stone statues on Thursday, highlighting the rich history of a country once again shattered by war.

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2014 file photo, a Southwest Airlines jet plane lines up for a landing at Love Field in Dallas. British billionaire Richard Branson on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 said that Virgin America should get gates at Love Field, near downtown Dallas, to create competition for Southwest Airlines, which controls most of the gates there. The U.S. Justice Department agrees. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Airline group forecasts uptick in Labor Day travel

- Associated Press

A trade group for the nation's big airlines predicts that air travel over the Labor Day weekend will rise 2 percent from the same holiday last year.