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The new Viking Star features a Snow Grotto - with real flurries. (Viking Cruises)

Cruise ship to feature arctic-themed Snow Grotto - with flurries and a ‘bucket dump’

- The Washington Times

In keeping with its Scandinavian roots, a new ocean-going Viking Cruises ship will feature a sub-zero Snow Grotto for passengers seeking an experience beyond the typical pool deck and sun chairs that rival companies offer. Set to launch from Norway in mid-May, the Viking Star has already picked up accolades for the unprecedented snow room, which features powder-consistency snow falling from the ceiling in an environment done up in ice blue and white, a nearby “bucket dump” will douse brave guests with ice water to get their blood circulating.

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Assateague rangers receive Valor Award

- Associated Press

Two Assateague State Park Rangers have won awards for valor after thinking quickly to save a person's life while an ambulance was on its way from Ocean City.

In this Thursday, April 16, 2015, photo, members of the Sudanese security forces guard the historic Meroe pyramids in al-Bagrawiya, 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Khartoum, Sudan. The pyramids at Meroe are deserted despite being a UNESCO World Heritage site like those at Giza in Egypt. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

Sudan's pyramids, nearly as grand as Egypt's, go unvisited

- Associated Press

The small, steep pyramids rising up from the desert hills of northern Sudan resemble those in neighboring Egypt, but unlike the famed pyramids of Giza, the Sudanese site is largely deserted.

In this photo taken on April 12, 2015, visitors explore the rim of the buffalo jump at First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park with Square Butte visible in the distance near Ulm, Mont.  First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, just west of the Missouri River near Ulm, celebrates the culture and history of the Great Plains and the park is now on track to become a National Historic Landmark. (Ben Pierce/Bozeman Daily Chronicle via AP)

Native hunting site may become National Historic Landmark

- Associated Press

The view from the height of First Peoples Buffalo Jump leaves little to the imagination. The ochre cliffs where bison tumbled, the Great Plains rolling eastward, the cliffs of Square Butte rising to an impossible sky - even famed Montana artist Charlie Russell couldn't have painted a more complete picture.

After renovation, The Watergate Hotel reopens this summer

- Associated Press

What was once one of the world's most glamorous hotels soon hopes to reclaim its former reputation. After undergoing a $125 million renovation, The Watergate Hotel will reopen its doors this summer.

Fairbanks Museum to honor Leahy

Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy is being honored by the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury.

ADVANCE FOR SATURDAY ARPIL 25 AND THEREAFTER - In this April 21, 2015 photo, vendors Greg Borja, left, and Ben Ilustre prepare coconut sashimi for Korean tourists near the Plaza de Espana in Hagatna, Guam. Guam Visitors Bureau's goal to raise tourist arrivals from 1.3 million to 2 million in a year, starting in 2020, has raised some concerned about the impact on the quality of life for Guam residents. (Rick Cruz/Pacific Daily News, via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT, BLOCK GUAM, MARIANAS DISTRIBUTION

Guam's tourism plan raises concerns

- Associated Press

Is the Guam Visitors Bureau's goal to raise tourist arrivals from 1.3 million to 2 million in a year, starting in 2020, too many, and too soon?