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Alice Rotter, second from right, and her cousin, Norma Jean Stevens of Rapid City, S.D., third from right, pose with their family's cherry quilt with family members after donating their quilt to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Neb. The quilt, made in 1860, was passed down through the family and occasionally squabbled over. The photo was taken In a July 10, 2015 photo. (Matt Ryerson/Lincoln Journal Star via AP)

Traveling Civil War-era quilt finds a home at Nebraska museum

- Associated Press

With the Civil War growing closer to home and rumors of soldiers burning homesteads, Thornton and Christina Myers took the family’s most prized possessions - silverware and Christina’s recently finished cherry quilt - and buried them 6 feet under.

Chevy Chase stars in 1983's "National Lampoon's Vacation," a comedy in which all sorts of things went haywire. (Image: Warner Bros.) ** FILE **

Extended vacations: how families travel the world for months and years

- Deseret News

It’s that time when families jump into cars, RVs and planes to head around the nation and world for several days or weeks of fun away from home. And then there are those families who choose extended travel: months or even years in a faraway place.

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In this Monday, July 27, 2015 photo, a sculpture titled "Athlete, The Croatian Apoxyomenos, Greek, 1st century BC," is seen at the J. Paul Getty Museum in the "Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of Hellenistic World" exhibit in Los Angeles. The exhibit brings together more than 50 bronzes from the Hellenistic period that extended from about 323 to 31 B.C. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Dozens of brilliant bronze works on display at Getty Museum

- Associated Press

It's almost as if the dozens of exquisitely detailed, often perfectly intact bronze sculptures on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum disappeared into an ancient witness-protection program - and decided to stay there for thousands of years.

Genealogy research room set for Whipple Company Store

- Associated Press

July 28--SCARBRO -- Travelers and tourists to the area will soon have better access to maps, obituaries, articles and photographs associated with coal mining communities of Fayette and Raleigh counties at the Whipple Company Store and Appalachian Heritage Museum in Scarbro.

BRIEF: Tourism Authority to discuss June financials

- Associated Press

July 28--VALDOSTA -- The financial reports for June and a report from the James H. Rainwater Conference Center general manager are the two main items on the agenda for today's meeting of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Tourism Authority.

Rochester's history showcased in new museum

- Associated Press

July 28--ROCHESTER -- A window to Rochester's past opens Thursday with a preview of the Rochester Area Heritage Society's new historical museum on the second floor of the municipal building on Adams Street.

What's in the 6-year Senate transportation bill

- Associated Press

The Senate is moving toward the likely passage this week of a sweeping, six-year transportation bill, but the House is putting off consideration of the measure until this fall.

FILE - In this May 4, 2015, file photo, a sign thanks guests at the 60-year-old Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The Riviera casino-hotel will come tumbling down but at an expected cost of $42 million and not for at least six months if a recommendation to the Las Vegas Convention and Tourism Authority is approved. An agency committee voted unanimously in favor of the option Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP, File) LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL OUT

Riviera casino demolition at least 6 months away, cost $42M

- Associated Press

The Riviera casino-hotel will come tumbling down but at an expected cost of $42 million and not for at least six months if a recommendation to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is approved.

Artist Aida defiant over latest work

- Associated Press

July 28--Controversial artist Makoto Aida is refusing to bow to demands that he alter a politically sensitive submission to the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo after museum chiefs and Tokyo Metropolitan Government officials deemed it unsuitable for children.

Michigan lawmaker's life passion: Amelia Earhart

- Associated Press

July 28--Walking into state Rep. Larry Inman's house in northern Michigan, most visitors would first notice the sparkling waters of the Grand Traverse Bay outside the double glass doors at the back of the home.

Las Vegas visited by 21 million travelers in 6 months

Associated Press

Tourism officials say more than 21 million people have visited Las Vegas in the first half of 2015, about 1.5 percent more than a year ago when the destination recorded more than 40 million travelers for the first time.

Federal rail dollars gets a thumbs-up

- Associated Press

July 28--North Dakota's congressional delegation said Monday that the Federal Railroad Administration's commitment of money for planning rail improvements in the Midwest is a solid move toward improving passenger rail travel.