S.C. aquarium adds dry exhibit
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A new exhibit at the South Carolina Aquarium gives visitors a glimpse of creatures from Madagascar, with the message that protecting nature everywhere is important. The exhibit, Madagascar Journey, opens for a three-year run on Saturday. It features ring-tailed lemurs, a Nile crocodile, giant geckos, boa constrictors and parrots.
Fight back at TSA,
via complaint app
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Sikh advocacy group has launched a free mobile application that allows travelers to complain immediately to the government about unfair treatment by airport security screeners. The Sikh Coalition says its FlyRights app activated at midnight Tuesday and two complaints had been filed by 10 a.m. Monday. The app can be used on iPhones and Android phones.
reopening on Strip
LAS VEGAS - The owners of the shuttered Sahara casino on the Las Vegas Strip say they've secured $300 million in funding to redevelop the iconic resort that once hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. Developer SBE and real estate firm Stockbridge Capital Group LLC said Tuesday they plan to open the property in 2014 under he name SLS Las Vegas. Owners say the resort will bring 1,600 guest rooms and suites, plus restaurants and nightlife, to the Strip's north end.
Dubai takes over
DUBAI - Dubai says it now has full control of the Atlantis resort hotel perched atop its palm-shaped island. State-run investment firm Istithmar World said late Friday it paid $250 million to buy out financially troubled business partner Kerzner International Holdings Ltd. Kerzner will continue to operate the resort, which includes a waterpark and 18 restaurants, Istithmar said.
A Rockin' city
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Rock City, a cultural capstone with endurance like few other tourist attractions, is celebrating its 80th anniversary. About 400,000 visitors come annually to Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga to see the 200-million-year-old rock formations, enjoy scenic vistas, below, and walk among 400 native plant species. On the site are a 100-foot-high waterfall, a 1,000-ton balancing rock, a swinging bridge and the "fat man's squeeze."