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Visit Cuba, time travel in the Caribbean

Cuba has always been a curious place, a country wrapped in frozen layers of time and on the other end of an icy rift with the United States for more than half a century.

The late senator Howard Baker's mountainn mansion in Tennessee is going up for auction (Furrow Auction)

Howard Baker’s ‘mid-century modern’ mansion goes up for auction in Tennessee, furniture included

- The Washington Times

Up for auction next month: the Tennessee estate of the late Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr., consisting of a 6,175-square-foot main home, plus cottage, guesthouse, pool and more, all on 11 acres in Huntsville. The home is unmistakably “mid-century modern” in style, with grand river and mountain vistas beyond the huge windows, some streamlined expanses of brick and some sumptuous, old school-style drapes of the era. Baker called this splendid property his “center of the universe,” and for good reason.

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Railroad museum looking to pass on Hermiston's legacy

- Associated Press

Behind a chain link fence, between a 1913 dining car and a 1912 passenger coach full of railroad memorabilia, a faded wooden sign reading "West Maxwell" can be seen from Hodge Park in Hermiston.

Creekview student's work headed to Paris museum

- Associated Press

A model of an orangutan brain, created by 16-year-old Creekview High School sophomore Joshua McFarlin, will travel across the Atlantic Ocean to be featured in the Paris Musee de l'Homme exhibit on human evolution later this year.

Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon, right, comforts Kanti Maya Tamang, who lost her husband and daughter in the April 25 earthquake, at Ramkot village on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Sarandon is in Nepal for five days, urging tourists to come to the Himalayan nation where two powerful earthquakes have killed thousands of people and made several hundreds of thousands homeless. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Susan Sarandon urges tourists to visit earthquake-hit Nepal

Associated Press

Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon is urging tourists to come to Nepal, where two powerful earthquakes in the last month killed thousands of people and raised concerns that the nation's vital tourism industry could be seriously hurt.

FILE - This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. Members of the Islamic State group have captured the ancient town raising fears that the extremists will destroy its archaeological sites that have stood for two millennia. Palmyra, home to one of the Middle East's most famous UNESCO world heritage sites, was under full control of militants on Thursday after troops withdrew to nearby bases. (SANA via AP, File)

Syrian official: Islamic State militants in Palmyra's museum

- Associated Press

Islamic State fighters broke into the museum of Palmyra, though a Syrian official said its artifacts have been removed and are safe while the U.S.-led coalition conducted airstrikes on the group's installations near the captured ancient town - the first such reported attack in the central province of Homs.

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2013 file photo Leon Russell answers a question during a news conference in Tulsa, Okla. After years of unsuccessfully attempting to marshal enough support and cash to build a grand museum in Tulsa that would showcase Oklahoma's role in shaping popular culture, lawmakers have pulled off a political miracle in approving the 75,000 square-foot OKPOP facility.(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture closer to reality

- Associated Press

The 100,000 or so artifacts earmarked for the would-be Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture have for several years been neatly tucked away in numerous boxes at the state's history center in Oklahoma City.

2 Lincoln museums to offer free admission to service members

Associated Press

The University of Nebraska State Museum-Morrill Hall and the International Quilt Study Center and Museum are two of more than 2,000 museums across the nation that will offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer.

Workers inspect damage to a freeway ramp Friday, May 22, 2015, in Las Vegas. The ramp leading to Interstate 15 was closed from damage after an earthquake that struck a rural area of southern Nevada. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Las Vegas feels magnitude-4.8 earthquake 100 miles away

- Associated Press

A magnitude-4.8 earthquake struck a rural area of southern Nevada on Friday, shaking buildings more than 100 miles away and shutting down a busy Las Vegas interchange as road-tripping travelers were descending on Sin City for Memorial Day weekend.

Scandia Barn Quilt Trail in works for Washington County

- Associated Press

Olivia Nienaber dipped a paintbrush into a can of Sherwin Williams' Calypso blue, wiped off a few excess drips and carefully painted a straight, smooth line onto a white sheet of plywood.