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Kids travel with Elmo, Big Bird 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.”

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.

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The fossilized bones of a Tyrannosaurus rex, center, are displayed for the media during a ceremony at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. The Tyrannosaurus rex is joining the dinosaur fossil collection on the National Mall on Tuesday after a more than 2,000-mile journey from Montana.  For the first time since its dinosaur hall opened in 1911, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History will have a nearly complete T. rex skeleton. FedEx is delivering the dinosaur bones in a truck carrying 16 carefully packed crates.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A mammoth, but careful restoration at Smithsonian

- Associated Press

There are no instructions for taking apart a 20,000-year-old mammoth skeleton. So workers moved carefully Monday as they beheaded the massive one that has loomed for decades over the Ice Age hall in the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

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.

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 file photo, New York City taxis drive through New York's Times Square. The car-hailing service Uber is taking on New York City's taxis, temporarily dropping some of its prices by 20 percent starting Monday, July 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Taxi rates in Las Vegas area will top New York's

Associated Press

Nevada taxi regulators have approved a rate hike that would make cab rides in Las Vegas and surrounding areas the second most expensive among U.S. metropolitan areas with tourism-based economies.

This photo provided by courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art shows Child's Kimono with Wisteria and Trellis, Japan, Meiji period, early 20th century, made from stencil paste-resist dyed crepe silk (kabe chirimen). The kimono was owned by - and likely inspired works by - Frank Lloyd Wright. The kimono is included in the exhibition, "Kimono: A Modern History," on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through Jan. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Kimono's evolution reflects changing Japan

- Associated Press

It's difficult to imagine a more eloquent symbol of Japan than the deceptively simple, T-shaped kimono. Traditional yet ever changing, the kimono ("thing to wear," in Japanese) has evolved dramatically over the past 150 years.

US expands Ebola checks; Rwanda to check Americans

- Associated Press

Fending off demands to ban travel from Ebola-stricken West Africa, the Obama administration instead tightened the nation's defenses against Ebola by requiring that all arrivals from the disease-ravaged zone pass through one of five U.S. airports.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.