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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.”

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble performs as the audience gathers for the opening ceremonies of the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, S.C. Tourism leaders met in Charleston from Oct. 14, 2014 through Oct. 16, 2014 for a meeting of the Southeast Tourism Society. The group said that congressional reauthorization of Brand USA, a program to attract foreign visitors, and fixing the highway infrastructure are key issues in the 12-state region where tourism pumps $210 billion annually into the economy. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith, File)

Travel mag rates Charleston No. 2 in world

Associated Press

Charleston has been ranked the No. 2 travel destination in the world by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine - second only to Florence, Italy.

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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.

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.

Republicans worry Missouri not prepared for Ebola

- Associated Press

Some Republican lawmakers questioned Wednesday whether emergency responders have the training and resources to handle a potential Ebola outbreak in Missouri.

AP-GfK Poll: Public wants tighter Ebola screening

- Associated Press

Americans overwhelmingly want tougher screening for Ebola, according to a poll released as federal health authorities took new steps to do just that.

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.

US to track everyone coming from Ebola nations

- Associated Press

All travelers who come into the U.S. from three Ebola-stricken West African nations will now be monitored for three weeks, the latest step by federal officials to keep the disease from spreading into the country.

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.

Miami passenger charged with bomb hoax

Associated Press

Several flights were delayed at Miami International Airport after authorities say an international passenger joked about having a bomb.

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.

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 file photo, New York City taxis drive through New York's Times Square. The car-hailing service Uber is taking on New York City's taxis, temporarily dropping some of its prices by 20 percent starting Monday, July 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Taxi rates in Las Vegas area will top New York's

Associated Press

Nevada taxi regulators have approved a rate hike that would make cab rides in Las Vegas and surrounding areas the second most expensive among U.S. metropolitan areas with tourism-based economies.

The fossilized bones of a Tyrannosaurus rex, center, are displayed for the media during a ceremony at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. The Tyrannosaurus rex is joining the dinosaur fossil collection on the National Mall on Tuesday after a more than 2,000-mile journey from Montana.  For the first time since its dinosaur hall opened in 1911, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History will have a nearly complete T. rex skeleton. FedEx is delivering the dinosaur bones in a truck carrying 16 carefully packed crates.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A mammoth, but careful restoration at Smithsonian

- Associated Press

There are no instructions for taking apart a 20,000-year-old mammoth skeleton. So workers moved carefully Monday as they beheaded the massive one that has loomed for decades over the Ice Age hall in the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

A photo of Louis Armstrong is framed by his trumpet at the Louis Armstrong House Museum on Friday Oct. 17, 2014 in New York. The image is part of the collection from photographer Jack Bradley, whose close friendship with Armstrong gave him unrestricted access to make thousands of photographs of the great jazz musician.  A portion of his collection is featured in a new exhibition opening Tuesday at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Museum shows Louis Armstrong photos by friend

- Associated Press

Louis Armstrong sometimes referred to Jack Bradley as his "white son," inviting him to private rehearsals, recording sessions, on the road, his dressing room and home. Bradley had unrestricted access to his hero for 12 years, documenting him through thousands of photographs and saving Armstrong's sound recordings, fan letters - and even handkerchiefs.

Visitors to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum walk past a depiction of space exploration by artist Robert T. McCall entitled 'The Space Mural: A Cosmic View', on the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 lunar landing, in Washington, Sunday, July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Smithsonian aims to raise $1.5B to improve museums

- Associated Press

The Smithsonian Institution has embarked on a major campaign to raise $1.5 billion and increase private support for the world's largest museum and research complex to support programs in history, science, art and culture.