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New York

Are horse-drawn carriages drawing to an end?

If a horse carriage ride through Central Park is on your bucket list, better get it done soon. Mayor Bill de Blasio in a Google Hangout video chat this month said he expects the City Council to ban the practice by year’s end. De Blasio says he believes “a human society doesn’t do that to animals.”

Carriage-horse operators and allies — including actor Liam Neeson — have loudly opposed the mayor’s plan.

The council has not yet introduced the legislation.

Airlines

New service

• Just in time for the beginning of the World Cup in June, Miami International Airport is getting new weekly service to Fortaleza, Brazil, one of the event’s host cities. TAM Airlines starts the direct service on May 31. Once the new flights begin, MIA will have flights to 11 destinations in Brazil, including 10 of the 12 cities that are hosting World Cup matches.

• JetBlue Airways said it will add a daily, nonstop flight between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International and Pittsburgh International effective Oct. 29.

Las Vegas

SLS to open

on old Sahara site

Owners of SLS Las Vegas say they’re now taking online reservations for the new hotel opening up on the north end of the Strip.

The hotel’s president says guests can reserve rooms for Aug. 25 and later. Labor Day weekend is the official grand opening for the SLS, which is opening at the site of the shuttered Sahara casino. Managers closed the 59-year-old Sahara, which once hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, in May 2011, saying it wasn’t economically viable.

SBE says the new resort will bring celebrity chefs, nightlife and 1,600 rooms and suites to the Strip’s older and less glitzy north end, which includes the famed Stratosphere.

Dubai

Six Flags to build

theme park

Dubai could soon have some new roller coasters to go with its man-made islands and the world’s tallest skyscraper.

Newspapers in the Middle Eastern emirate reported last week that local property developer Meraas Holding has reached a deal with Six Flags Entertainment to build a theme park in the city’s largely industrial outskirts. It’s expected to open in 2017.

Dubai previously had a deal with Six Flags and several other companies to build multiple theme parks in a different area known as Dubailand, but plans for that park were scrapped in the wake of Dubai’s financial crisis, which came to a head in 2009.

Virginia

Exploring colonial consumerism

A new exhibit at Colonial Williamsburg is showcasing a variety of Chinese porcelain available in colonial America and exploring consumerism during the 18th century. Officials say the display at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum dispels a popular belief that colonial Virginians had limited access to the trappings of style.

The exhibit includes 70 objects owned by a broad cross-section of the public, including tradesmen, merchants and wealthy landowners.

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    Do you dislike being charged separately for every drink, shore excursion, specialty restaurant, photo, internet access and the standard gratuities on your cruise? Norwegian Cruise Line is trying out an add-on all-inclusive package that will cover most of those expenses but could more than double the cost of your cruise.

  • New ship on tap for Princess Cruises

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A rat runs next to a Maillol Statue in The Tuileries gardens of the Louvre Muesum in Paris on Tuesday.

    Paris

    Elegant Louvre garden infested with rats

    Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists.

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