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Washington

Monument reopens after three years

The Washington Monument, long a symbol of the U.S. capital, reopened on Monday to speeches, songs and fanfare after being closed for almost three years to repair earthquake damage.

The 555-foot marble and granite obelisk, the tallest structure in Washington, suffered cracks, loosened stones and lost mortar when it was whipsawed by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake in August 2011.

Airports

Photo exhibit

opens at MIA

Here’s another reason to get to the airport early: The Journey of Giants (“Ruta de Gigantes”), an exhibit that illustrates the story of whales and their annual migration to Latin America, has opened at Miami International Airport’s South Terminal. The exhibit was adapted from a major outdoor installation in Mexico City designed to foster awareness of the beauty of whales and the urgent need for their protection and conservation.

Switzerland

Charlie Chaplin museum planned

Memories of Charlie Chaplin’s last quarter-century live on above the shores of Lake Geneva, where his Swiss mansion allowed for a normal family life and escape from global fame.

Now, after 14 years of planning, Chaplin’s family and supporters are ready to convert the run-down mansion into a museum to preserve those memories and introduce the early 20th century film icon to new generations.

Three of his children — Michael, Eugene and Victoria — and business partners in the $57 million project said they are on track for opening early in 2016.

Chaplin, who died in 1977, spent his last 25 years on the 35-acre estate along the “Swiss Riviera,” where he could surround himself with family and take walks without drawing attention.

Airport security

Dissatisfaction with TSA is ebbing

Americans don’t love the TSA, but they are learning to tolerate it.

In the last few years, the Transportation Security Administration has removed the full-body scanners that create nude-like images and restricted pat-down searches of children and the elderly, among other changes.

A new survey suggests that such efforts have made TSA screening less offensive to travelers.

Among more than 2,700 adults questioned, 64.2 percent said they were satisfied with airport screening procedures, with an additional 23.3 percent saying they were neutral on it. By comparison, the same survey last year found that 62.2 percent were satisfied and 19.8 percent were neutral.

TSA officials say the agency has worked hard to ease the screening process for frequent travelers to focus more attention on high-risk fliers.

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