Tauck tour company partners with documentary maker Ken Burns on national park, Civil War tours

Tour company partners with Ken Burns on park trips

After epic productions, Zhang unveils back-to-basics romance at Pusan festival

Zhang calls new film a back-to-basics romance

New York-based theater group The Civilians awarded a $700K National Science Foundation grant

NY-based theater group wins $700K government grant

Japanese stem cell pioneer among possible candidates for Monday’s Nobel Prize in medicine

Stem cell pioneer mentioned for Nobel Prize

Russian private firm vows to fill vacuum in space tourism market with orbiting hotel

Russian to offer space tourists an orbiting hotel

List of 2010 MacArthur Foundation ‘genius grant’ recipients

List of 2010 MacArthur Foundation grant recipients

Coal miners rally against Obama administration’s curbing of mountaintop removal mining

Coal miners rally against Obama administration

Like a cranberry cocktail, biking on Cape Cod in the fall is cool and colorful

Cape Cod’s scenic _ and mostly flat! _ bike trails

Historic sites go beyond glorifying great men, battles to look at lives of ordinary people

Historic sites go beyond glorifying great men

LA artists fight to save the city’s historic legacy of murals against a tide of graffiti

LA artists fight to save city’s legacy of murals

SC ports chief asking architects to design plans for new cruise passenger terminal

Plans sought for new SC passenger cruise terminal

Threats keep protest of dolphin killing out of Japanese village where the hunt begins

Threats keep dolphin protest out of Japan village

Emmy Countdown: Fans wait in bleachers to see stars

Emmy Countdown: Fans wait to see stars

LOS ANGELES — Those who glide down the Emmy Awards’ red carpet are in designer dresses, designer jewelry and designer shoes, or tuxedos.

‘Avatar’ returns to theaters Friday with extra footage; director says he has plans for sequels

‘Avatar’ returns to 3-D theaters worldwide Friday

Jack Horkheimer, host of ‘Star Gazer’ who popularized naked-eye astronomy, dies at 72

‘Star Gazer’ host Jack Horkheimer dies at 72

Jay Leno takes standup act to Gulf Coast to help those affected by the oil spill

Jay Leno’s Miss. coast show to benefit fishermen

‘Avatar’ director James Cameron to celebrate his 56th birthday submerged in a submarine

James Cameron to celebrate his birthday underwater

‘Avatar’ director James Cameron, Earth Day group to plant 1M trees in 15 countries this year

James Cameron, Earth Day group to plant 1M trees

Alabama native Courteney Cox to do ad promoting the state’s beaches hit by oil from spill

Ala. native Courtney Cox to do beach spot

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Birmingham, Ala.-born actress Courteney Cox will do an ad touting the state’s beaches that were hit by oil from the Gulf spill.

Lawyer: Negatives verified as Ansel Adams’ lost work, but photographer’s heirs skeptical

Adams heirs skeptical about lost negatives claim

Jack Hanna uses pepper spray to ward off grizzly bear that approached during hike in Montana

Jack Hanna wards off grizzly with pepper spray

Obese in outer space: Scientists discover massive star born 300 times as heavy as the sun

Scientists find most massive star ever discovered

Obama’s Maine vacation destination known as summer retreat for the well-heeled and well-known

President Barack Obama

Pa. gas well blowout report cites inexcusable mistakes, problems with equipment testing

Pa. blowout report cites mistakes, training

Fidel Castro speaks slowly, but appears relaxed in most prominent TV interview in years

Castro speaks slowly, seems relaxed in interview

Watercolors and wildlife: North Cascades Institute courses offer arts and outdoors

Mountains inspire in North Cascades art courses

Carcass found believed to be New Zealand’s friendly dolphin, Moko

New Zealand celebrity dolphin believed dead

After decades of work, Diana Kennedy says more still needed to protect native foods, recipes

Queen of Mexican cuisine pens new cookbook

‘Eclipse’ rises to $82.5M over holiday weekend, ‘Airbender’ follows with $53.2M

‘Eclipse’ rises to $82.5M over holiday weekend

‘Twilight’ rises to $161 million but falls sharply from huge opening day

‘Twilight’ falls sharply but makes it to $161M

On the oil-stained Gulf Coast, July Fourth will come and go with a whimper and not a bang

Gulf Coast is expecting a glum Fourth of July

Essence Music Fest, educators and cleanup crews fill New Orleans over the 4th of July holiday

Essence Fest helps sustain New Orleans amid spill

‘Twilight’ eclipses another box office record with $68.5M, largest ever for Wednesday debut

‘Twilight’ eclipses record with $68.5M debut

UN climate panel expands experts to 831 scientists amid criticism it was not open to dissent

UN climate panel names new authors after criticism

Italian researchers think they have found Caravaggio’s remains, but there is no certainty

Italians think they have found Caravaggio’s bones

In trip through 4 Gulf coast states, anxiety spreads with oil

Along Gulf coast highway, anxiety spreads with oil

Japan dolphin hunt film triggers freedom of speech debate as theaters cancel showings

Japan dolphin hunt film triggers censorship debate

Actor Don Cheadle is named a goodwill ambassador for the UN’s environmental program

Actor Don Cheadle named goodwill ambassador for UN

Blue Ridge Parkway, ‘America’s Favorite Drive,’ celebrates 75th anniversary

Blue Ridge Parkway celebrates 75th anniversary

British physicist Stephen Hawking, black hole theorist, honored at celebrity-filled gala in NY

Stephen Hawking honored at NYC science, arts gala

Brooms up! NYC’s Central Park hosts Muggle Quidditch games for college, high school teams

Muggles take to broomsticks for Quidditch in NYC

4 lions freed under Bolivia circus ban fly to Bob Barker-financed refuge in California

Bolivia lions freed to Bob Barker-funded refuge

Space center abuzz over shuttle Atlantis’ last launch, astronauts only ones not making fuss

Space center abuzz over Atlantis’ last launch

Rachael Ray brings her “big mouth” to lobby for better school lunches on Capitol Hill

Rachael Ray lobbies for good food on Capitol Hill

Cornell Lab of Ornithology wins a Webby for ‘All About Birds’ website

Cornell birds website wins a Webby

ITHACA, N.Y. — The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s “All About Birds” website will be celebrated alongside film critic Roger Ebert, rock band OK Go, comedian Jim Carrey and Twitter in the 14th annual Webby Awards.

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