Park Service celebrates Chaco Canyon
CHACO CULTURAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, N.M. (AP) — The National Park Service is celebrating Chaco Canyon's designation as an International Dark Sky Park.
Officials say the greater Chaco landscape in northwestern New Mexico is one of the last, best places in the U.S. for viewing the night sky.
The celebration starts with a guided walk through Chetro Ketl, one of Chaco's great houses. It covers more than 3 acres and contains several ceremonial structures known as kivas.
There will also be a tour of Pueblo Bonito, the most important site in the canyon, and a discussion about astronomy in the national parks.
The day finishes with telescopes and a star party.
The dark sky designation was made last fall, but the National Park Service had to put off the celebration until now due to the government shutdown.
Diego Rivera's Detroit murals get landmark status
DETROIT (AP) — Diego Rivera's murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts have been designated as one of four new national historic landmarks.
Federal officials announced the designation on Wednesday.
The Detroit Industry murals were conceived by Rivera as a tribute to the city's manufacturing base and labor force of the 1930s. The Mexican artist in 1932 and 1933 completed the murals on walls of a court in the museum and they're considered to be among his greatest works.
The largely symbolic landmark designation comes amid efforts to protect the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts from being sold as part of the city's bankruptcy.
The National Historic Landmarks Program offers technical assistance, recognition and funding for landmarks, but doesn't shield from ownership changes.
Puerto Rico sees jump in cruise ship passengers
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The number of cruise ship passengers who visited the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico has jumped more than 15 percent in nearly one year.