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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.

Vampires battle humans in Medieval Underworld  at Bennett's Curse in Jessup, Maryland. (Photograph by Jacquie Kubin / Special to The Washington Times)

Bennett’s Curse (Jessup, Maryland)

- The Washington Times

Although walking up to a 40-foot-tall, 22,500-square-foot white fabric structure in Blob’s Park (centered between D.C. and Baltimore in Jessup, Maryland) does not scream Halloween, the three movie set-like environments it contains won’t soon be forgotten by horror aficionados.

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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.

In this Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 photo, tourists take photos along the boardwalk of the Anhinga Trail where National Park Service archaeologists are doing a survey of the Anhinga Slough in Everglades National Park, Fla. Archeologists are collecting sediment, looking for artifacts which were first discovered at the site when it was dredged in 1968. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Everglades trail surveyed for cultural artifacts

- Associated Press

Archaeologists are poking through the muck under a boardwalk in Everglades National Park, looking for evidence of a prehistoric culture in an especially challenging search environment.

If no checks, more Ebola cases might leave Africa

- Associated Press

A new study underscores the potential danger of airplane passengers infected with Ebola leaving West Africa: If there were no exit screening in place, researchers estimate that three people with the disease might fly out of the region each month.

Vice President Joe Biden, left, shakes hands with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a hangar of the Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, in New York,  Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, during a presentation to discuss the need to improve New York's airports. Biden joined Cuomo as the governor announced a design competition to modernize and improve New York City's John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Biden touts plans to fix 'Third World' NYC airport

- Associated Press

Vice President Joe Biden, who infamously dubbed New York City's outdated LaGuardia Airport "a third-world country," joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a news conference Monday to tout plans to improve the region's airports.

Cuomo: Washington should consider Ebola travel ban

Associated Press

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is saying the federal government "should seriously consider" a ban on flights traveling to New York from three West African nations plagued by Ebola.

In an Oct. 14, 2014 photo, children from Theresa Pagels' Head Start class at Ella White Elementary in Alpena, Mich., step inside the mobile planetarium to take a trip to the moon and stars with Sesame Street through a high definition video presentation called "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure. The show travels to schools in an inflatable dome that provides children with an age-appropriate introduction to astronomy while forging cross-cultural connections, according to The Alpena News. (AP Photo/The Alpena News, Nicole Grulke)

Alpena area kids travel 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."

Begich urges more airport screenings for Ebola

- Associated Press

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has called on President Barack Obama to expand health screenings at more international airports, including Anchorage, in response to Ebola concerns.

In this Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 photo, a visitor to the Resorts World Casino at the Aqueduct racetrack plays an electronic slot machine, in the Queens borough of New York. Just three years after opening, the casino has become the most successful racetrack casino in the world, and now the operators of Resorts World are hoping state regulators recognize that success as they decide among 16 applications seeking to operate as many as four upstate casinos. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

NYC 'racino' operator set sights on upstate

- Associated Press

Tucked in an isolated corner of Queens, next to the thoroughbreds of Aqueduct and under the seemingly constant roar of jets from nearby Kennedy Airport, sits what has quietly become the most successful racetrack casino in the world.

In this Oct. 17, 2014 photo, a row of aspen trees shows off fall colors on a hillside that borders the burn scar of the 2011 Las Conchas Fire near Los Alamos, N.M. Residents and land managers say this marks one of the first years that aspens in and along burn scars in the Los Alamos area are big enough and bright enough to catch the attention of fall leaf peepers. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

Fall colors dot Arizona, New Mexico landscapes

- Associated Press

From the snow-dusted peaks of Arizona's San Francisco Mountains to the fire-singed hillsides surrounding this northern New Mexico town, Mother Nature is signaling that fall is here.

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.

YouTube videos teach Brazil about bagels, subway

- Associated Press

New Yorker Seth Kugel is getting a lot of attention in Brazil as the star of a new YouTube series educating Brazilian tourists about New York City.

In this Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 photo, a visitor to the Resorts World Casino at the Aqueduct racetrack plays an electronic slot machine, in the Queens borough of New York. Just three years after opening, the casino has become the most successful racetrack casino in the world, and now the operators of Resorts World are hoping state regulators recognize that success as they decide among 16 applications seeking to operate as many as four upstate casinos. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

NYC 'racino' operator set sights on upstate

- Associated Press

Tucked in an isolated corner of Queens, next to the thoroughbreds of Aqueduct and under the seemingly constant roar of jets from nearby Kennedy Airport, sits what has quietly become the most successful racetrack casino in the world.

In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 photo, a tourist photographs Crawford Notch in Carroll, N.H., as foliage reaches peak in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Officials say tourists will spend upwards of $1 billion to catch a glimpse of the red, yellow and orange hues on the trees, and the windfall is steadily rising as the economy regains strength. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

New England raking in millions from leaf peepers

- Associated Press

On Mount Monadnock, hikers file up the 3,165-foot peak in lockstep, protected from drizzling rain by a luminous golden canopy of leaves. They're not just gazing at foliage - they're looking at cold, hard cash.