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France

Cave with ancient drawings added to World Heritage list

Drawings of mammoths, human footprints and other art carved on cave walls in southern France about 30,000 years ago have been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

The U.N. cultural agency says that the Decorated Cave of Pont d’Arc contains the best preserved figurative drawings in the world. Experts have recorded more than 1,000 images from the walls of the cave, also known as the Grotte Chauvet-Pont d’Arc.

Museums

Rare copy of national anthem on display

A rare first-edition of The Star-Spangled Banner is on display at the Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan for the 200th anniversary of the national anthem.

The Francis Scott Key poem was inspired by the Stars and Stripes flying over Fort McHenry in Baltimore after a British attack in September 1814. It was set to the 1770s tune by John Stafford Smith.

The first edition on display has “patriotic” misspelled in the subtitle.

Civil rights museum opens in Atlanta

A new museum highlighting historic and modern struggles for equality has opened to the public in downtown Atlanta.

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights opened Monday. It is showcasing the civil rights movement and modern human rights struggles separately, but also aims to show how they’re related. The museum features both permanent and rotating exhibits.

Air travel

Government fees aren’t the ones travelers hate

Here’s a surprise: Most air travelers wouldn’t mind paying more in fees — if it helps cut lines at airports.

Airlines have vehemently opposed proposals to increase government fees on airline tickets, saying higher costs would dampen demand for travel and hurt tourism.

But 60 percent of leisure and business travelers say they would support an increase if the money pays for improvements that reduce delays at airports, according to a new survey of 1,031 U.S. travelers.

The survey, commissioned by a travel industry trade group, found that government fees ranked as the least frustrating fee or tax imposed on travelers. The most frustrating fee, according to the survey, was the $200 charge that airlines impose on passengers for changing or canceling flights.

Theme parks

Harry Potter ride to open July 8

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley will open July 8 at Universal Studios in Orlando. The area, with seven shops, the Leaky Cauldron restaurant and centerpiece ride Escape from Gringotts was unveiled at a red carpet preview this month, but isn’t yet open to the public.

The new Harry Potter area will be connected by a second ride, the Hogwarts Express, to the original Wizarding World, set at Hogsmeade, at the adjoining Islands of Adventure.

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