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Etihad is taking the first class seat to new heights with its Residences in the Sky: a 3-room retreat with butler service launching in December on Airbus A380s between London and Abu Dhabi. (Photo by Lark Gould)

GOULD: Flying first class isn’t what it used to be

Is the first class airline cabin going the way of the Edsel? In recent waves of announcements and rollouts, the concept of the first class cabin is getting ever more spacious and luxurious for travelers and tourists.

Thorough-breds graze at the Eagle Valley Farm in Nicholas County near Carlisle, a part of Kentucky's famed Bluegrass region. Politicians in Washington have decreed that the area is in Appalachia, and the move qualifies the community to receive federal funding to bolster its economy. (AP photo)

Tourism, agriculture seen as key in Appalachia

- Associated Press

Sitting at a state resort in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, officials highlighted the need for more money to market the area to tourists as a way to restart the community’s economy in the wake of thousands of job losses from the declining coal industry.

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Cuomo announces upstate NY bus tours

Associated Press

New York is launching a new bus service that will carry tourists from New York City to destinations upstate and on Long Island.

FILE -In this Oct. 1, 2005 file photo, patrons wait for the doors to open at the Amargosa Opera House in Death Valley Junction, Calif., to see a performance. The town once thrived while a local borax mine and railroad were still in operation. By the late 1920s, the town was little more than a tourist stop on the way to the park. Today most of the buildings are gone but the town remains a draw thanks to a hotel and the restored opera house.  (AP Photo/The Las Vegas Sun, Sam Morris, File)  LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

Ghost towns of the Southwest

- Associated Press

The Amargosa Hotel was once a hub of activity, the Spanish Colonial-style buildings filled with workers from the Pacific Coast Borax company.

The Louis Vuitton Foundation building is pictured before the presentation of Louis Vuitton's Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear fashion collection in Paris, France, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. The foundation, designed by American architect Frank Gehry, will open its doors to the public on Oct. 27 , 2014. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

At celeb-filled Louis Vuitton, venue is real star

- Associated Press

Louis Vuitton's show caused traffic chaos early Wednesday with a sea of photographers clambering to get the must-have shot of attendees Jennifer Connelly, Selena Gomez, Sofia Coppola and Michelle Williams.

Attendance up at Roosevelt site after Burns series

- Associated Press

Attendance increased dramatically at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park, New York, around the time that Ken Burns' documentary series on the Roosevelts aired on public television.

Hong Kong protesters try to win over tourists

- Associated Press

The luxury boutiques of Hong Kong's Tsim Shai Tsui district are so mobbed with vacationing Chinese customers that store owners have put up red velvet ropes to control the crowds. Pro-democracy protesters saw it as a perfect spot to spread the word to their mainland brethren.

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2012 file photo, school students enter the "White House" as a life-size Abraham Lincoln replica stands outside, while touring the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill. The chairman of the foundation behind the Library and Museum says fundraising is drying up because of tensions between library directors and the state agency that oversees it. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Official: Donations drying up for Lincoln library

- Associated Press

Top officials at the foundation behind the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum said Wednesday that fundraising is drying up because of tensions between the library's executive director and the director of the state agency that oversees it.

Man with Ebola virus flew roundabout trip to US

- Associated Press

The first reported case of Ebola in the United States is spooking airline investors and raising the prospect that some frightened travelers might stay home despite repeated reassurances from public-health experts.

FILE - In this May 11, 2007, file photo, a Wall Street sign is mounted near the flag-draped facade of the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks are heading lower in early trading Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, putting the market on course for its third loss in a row. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Stocks start October with a drop

- Associated Press

Financial markets got off to a rough start in October as disappointing economic news and Ebola fears drove stocks lower.

Crews hope to reopen Trail Ridge Road by Saturday

Associated Press

Transportation officials clearing two- to three-foot snow drifts from Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park hope to have the iconic route opened by this weekend.

Chinese patriotism fuels cruises to disputed isles

- Associated Press

On a cruise more about politics than pleasure, Zhang Jing watched the gray shells of the Paracel Islands emerge from the purple, pre-dawn South China Sea.

This Sept. 20, 2014 photo shows pinot noir grapes on a vine at the Willamette Valley Vineyards in Turner, Ore. The annual Grape Stomp draws hundreds of people to this winery on a hilltop to smash leftover grapes. Their goal: Get more juice in the bucket than the next guy. (AP Photo/Molly Hottle)

Go For the Food: Grape stomps for fun, not wine

- Associated Press

There is one thing that the people at Willamette Valley Vineyards want you to know about their annual grape stomp. It is a very important point, one they make several times.

Costumes from the film, "Fight Club," worn by Brad Pitt and Edward Norton are on display at the press preview of the "Hollywood Costume" exhibition Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Los Angeles. The exhibit which includes iconic costumes from the Golden Age of cinema to the present opens Thursday inside the historic Wilshire May Company building in Los Angeles, which is set to reopen as the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in 2017. The exhibit is on view through March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Film academy hosts 1st exhibit in new museum site

- Associated Press

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is holding its first exhibit in the space that will become Hollywood's premier museum devoted to the movies.