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Labor Day

Study says we’ll

be on the move

The number of Americans traveling for the Labor Day holiday weekend will climb to the most in five years as consumer confidence boosts spending, AAA forecast.

People taking trips of 50 miles or more from home will increase to 34.1 million from 32.7 million last year, AAA, the biggest U.S. motoring organization, said in its annual outlook. That’s the highest level since a record 45.1 million travelers five years ago. The long weekend runs from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2.

Travel by automobile will rise 4.3 percent to 29.2 million travelers from 28 million a year ago. The number of air travelers during the holiday will increase 2.8 percent to 2.61 million from 2.54 million a year ago, making up 8 percent of travel. As of mid-August, retail gasoline prices were about 2.7 percent lower than the same time a year ago, AAA said.

Winter Olympics

Cruise ship

to house visitors

Russia is chartering a cruise ship for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi from an Italian company that operated the cruise ship that sank in 2012 off Italy, killing 32 people.

State-owned Rosmorport said in a statement Monday it has signed a deal with Costa Conciere to charter a 12-deck ship with 726 cabins to provide accommodation for visitors coming to the Olympics, which are being held in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

In July, five employees of Costa Conciere were convicted of manslaughter in the 2012 shipwreck of Costa Concordia that killed 32 people near the Tuscan shore.

Rosmorport said it had conducted an open tender to select the best bidder.

The Winter Games in Sochi will be held from Feb. 7-23.

Texas

AP photo exhibit opens in Dallas

More than 70 Associated Press photographs of presidents taken over a 100-year span are part of a new exhibit at The Sixth Floor Museum.

The American President: Photographs from the Archives of The Associated Press runs through Oct. 27.

The downtown Dallas museum is dedicated to the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination of President John F. Kennedy and his legacy. It’s located along the route traveled by JFK before he was fatally shot.

The exhibit, meant to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s death, has an introduction with comments by former President George H.W. Bush of Houston.

“Through their lenses, succeeding generations of AP ‘photodogs’ have captured both the ecstasy and agony of the American Presidency, and contributed in important ways to the historical record of each administration,” according to Bush.

The exhibit has been touring museums, universities and libraries since early 2012. Previous stops included the Federal Hall National Memorial in New York and the library and museum of former President Jimmy Carter in Atlanta.

Airlines

New Service

American Airlines will launch daily nonstop operations between Palm Beach International and Los Angeles International on Nov. 21..

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