'Sesame Street'

in Washington

WASHINGTON - "Sesame Street" will have an address near the nation's capital.

The group behind the popular TV show is teaming up with the National Children's Museum to create exhibits and bring Big Bird and Elmo to the museum's future home outside Washington at the National Harbor in Maryland.

Sesame Workshop, the New York-based nonprofit group behind the show, has created traveling exhibits before.

But the partnership, announced Thursday, will be its first home at a museum.

Museum President and CEO Kathy Dwyer Southern says the "Sesame Street" characters will serve as virtual guides to the museum for children who visit. They'll also be included in a new Early Learners gallery and a planned international gallery.

The $182.6 million museum is slated to open in 2013.

Airlines add

fuel surcharges

It looks like airlines are charging more to fly.

American Airlines added fuel surcharges of as much as $5 each way on most routes. And United Continental Holdings Inc. has its own $3 each-way surcharge.

Rick Seaney, the CEO of FareCompare.com, says it's the fifth increase since December.

He says U.S. Airways Group Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc. have matched the increases on some routes.

The big question is whether Southwest will match the increases.

Seaney says airlines haven't used fuel surcharges since 2008, when oil prices spiked.

J.P. Morgan analyst Jamie Baker says airlines would need to raise prices further, or cut capacity, to make up for the recent increases in jet fuel prices.

American is a unit of AMR Corp.

 

Great Smoky

road conditions

GATLINBURG, Tenn. - Visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can now check on road conditions by electronic text or Twitter.

Previously, travelers had to call the park to find out if roads were closed or slick.

Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson says the new improvements better serve the public and reduce the workload for park employees.

Visitors with cell phones or Internet access can now get the information immediately.

Besides winter road conditions, the park intends to notify travelers of rock slides, fallen trees or accidents that affect traffic in the park.