Ellis Island exhibit revives New York's lost Little Syria

NEW YORK (AP) – Shakifa Halal was a Syrian immigrant on a New York-bound ship, her dreams rolled up in a piece of embroidery made from silkworms she grew, fabric she wove and cloth dyed with flowers picked in her homeland. “She rolled that up and brought it because she said she wanted to be able to prove that she had skills … This to her was like showing a diploma,” said Halal’s granddaughter, Vicki Tamoush, her voice catching and tears streaming. Halal’s floral artwork, which she brought to America in 1910 at the tender age of 13, now hangs in the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, part of an exhibition called “Little Syria, N.Y.: An Immigrant Community’s Life and Legacy.” Through documents, artifacts and…

15 awaiting verdict in Air France bosses' ripped-shirt case BOBIGNY, France (AP) - Fifteen current and former Air France workers are awaiting a verdict in a case of alleged violence during a union protest last year at the airline’s headquarters that saw two company executives flee over a fence with their shirts ripped off.The images of the shirtless managers spread around the world and came to epitomize the often-tense labor relations in France.The prosecutor at a trial outside Paris described the defendants as “thugs” but only asked for two-to-four month suspended sentences against five men charged with aggravated assault and fines for the 10 others charged with property damage. Most of them are union members. Four were fired after the incident.The violence erupted in October 2015 as executives were announcing nearly 3,000 job cuts ...

Strong Kiwi dollar means more holiday money What if you were greeted at every hotel with a 25 per cent off dining voucher or if each airport trip included duty-free freebies? Tickets to a show? Yes, please. "Where's the hitch?" I hear you ask. Well, to qualify for these savings you need to be: earning New Zealand dollars, heading to any of our favourite international destinations, and smart enough to avoid the airport kiosks when sussing your foreign exchange. The Kiwi dollar is flying. In fact, it's up against every one of the top 10 countries we are most likely to travel to – from Australia, to Fiji, to the UK. Compared to this time last year, the currency you'll get handed from the bureaux de change is as much as a third extra...

World Famous in New Zealand: Kawarau Bridge bungy Forty-three metres up, Queenstown's Kawarau Bridge bungy is New Zealand's original bungy site. Each year 38,000 people throw caution to the wind and their bodies off a 43-metre-high bridge - for the sheer thrill of it.  WHERE/WHAT IS IT? AJ Hackett's Kawarau Bridge bungy is New Zealand's original bungy site, just a short drive out of Queenstown.  Forty-three metres up, you can choose to be dunked or bob above the water, and Kawarau Bridge is the only Queenstown bungy site to offer tandem jumps - if you've got a mate you'd like to drag down with you. WHY GO? If you've travelled to the adventure capital of the world and you haven't indulged in an adrenaline-pumping activity of some form, have you really lived? READ...

Holiday trains make for memorable excursions in Southern Nevada Southern Nevadan families seeking special experiences for their youngsters should consider a holiday train ride. Long after memories of other holidays fade, most children fondly recall the year they rode the train with Santa.Special train journeys with Saint Nick are available in Nevada and Arizona. Tickets for these rail adventures are now on sale.The Nevada Southern Railway and Museum in Boulder City starts the season Saturday with a story-time train ride. It departs every 90 minutes from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for regular train fares of $10 for adults and $5 for children. This branch of the Union Pacific carried construction material to the site of Hoover Dam during the 1930s. The railway facilities are on Yucca Street, off U.S. Highway 93.Nevada Southern ...

Crowd honors 'gift of freedom' from Pearl Harbor servicemen PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - Thousands of people observed a moment of silence before fighter jets streaked across the sky during a ceremony Wednesday at Pearl Harbor marking the 75th anniversary of the attack that plunged the United States into World War II and left more than 2,300 service people dead. The crowd bowed their heads at the precise moment decades ago when Japanese planes began their assault on the harbor’s U.S. naval base. And they stood and clapped when survivors joined active-duty servicemen and women and National Park Service rangers in dedicating wreaths to those killed. Attendees also gave a lengthy ovation to Adm. Harry Harris of the U.S. Pacific Command when he spoke in favor of standing for the national anthem. The anniversary is...

How to Save for Your Next Vacation (Without Really Trying) With winter right around the corner, many of us are dreaming about getting away from the short days and cold nights. While you might be hanging out on Pinterest, looking at tropical destinations and thinking about where your next jet set might be, your bank account might be singing another tune. Luckily, with enough planning you can begin to set up a vacation fund without having to really try, or even noticing a huge change in your spending habits. If you want to head out of town soon, but don't think you'll have the funds, give one of these methods a shot. Automate Your SavingsTravel, homeownership, amazing experiences, whatever your "big" goals are, having the capital to make them happen gives you a ton of leverage when...

Ready To Move From The U.S.? Here Are Your 6 Best Options. Our Top Six Picks For Sunny Post-Election Living Searches for "How can I move to Canada?" spiked during the just-finished U.S. presidential election cycle. Since the Vietnam War, Canada has been seen as a beacon of refuge among Americans. However, life in Canada comes with a significant drawback: Canadian winters look like blizzard scenes on Star Wars' ice planet Hoth. Whether you're thinking now, post-election, that you might like to get out of the States sooner rather than later ... or you just like the idea of exploring the opportunities and adventures that other countries have to offer... You have far, far more enjoyable, more affordable, and better weather options than the United States' frosty neighbor to the north. If you're contemplating changing...