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No dump here: Posh public bathroom pops up, with music, art

NEW YORK (AP) — In a park amid skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom that cost nearly $300,000, complete with freshly delivered flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork. The free-of-charge, air-conditioned splendor, inspired by visits to the city’s priciest hotels, is open to everyone. More than …

TripAdvisor says it’s taking a stand on animal exploitation

BOSTON (AP) — Travel website TripAdvisor says it’s taking a stand against animal exploitation by no longer selling bookings to attractions where travelers can make physical contact with captive wild animals or endangered species. The policy, six months in the making, was formed with input from tourism, animal welfare and …

Cuban military expands its economic empire under detente

HAVANA (AP) — At the height of Cuba’s post-Soviet economic crisis, a man with the obscure title of city historian began transforming Havana’s crumbling historic center block by block, polishing stone facades, replacing broken stained glass and repairing potholed streets. Over a quarter century, Eusebio Leal turned Old Havana into …

Tips for staying safe while traveling overseas this summer

NEW YORK (AP) — This week’s terrorist attack at Istanbul’s main airport may make many travelers jittery as they prepare for an overseas summer getaway. And who can blame them, following attacks in Paris, at the Brussels airport and elsewhere around the world? Travel experts advise vacationers not to lose …

DC celebrates another year of record-breaking tourist crowds

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 19 million U.S. tourists visited Washington in 2015, an increase of 1 million over the previous year and a record for the nation’s capital as its tourism industry continues to make steady progress since the Great Recession. Foreign and domestic tourists spent a record $7.1 …