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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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Mighty Mississippi Music Festival opens Friday

- Associated Press

While it pays homage to the area's farming culture, the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival also celebrates the Delta blues and the bluesmen who have long been sitting on their front porches, singing and playing music.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

This April 2011 photo provided by Colorado Parks and Wildlife shows a male and female Gunnison Sage Grouse  near Gunnison, Colo. The federal government declares 800,000 acres of land in western Colorado and eastern Utah off-limits to energy exploration to protect the Gunnison sage grouse, a preview of the potential disruption that looms when it will have to protect another grouse species that roams across 11 western states. (AP Photo/Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Mike Danzenbaker)

Sagebrush habitat fuels $1B in recreation spending

- Associated Press

Visitors to federal rangelands with significant tracts of sagebrush pumped about $1 billion into the economy in 11 Western states last year, according to a study released Tuesday by advocates of protecting sage grouse across the region.

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.