EUROPE

New Cold War exhibit at Checkpoint Charlie

Berlin has unveiled a new Cold War exhibition at the former Checkpoint Charlie border crossing -- a step toward setting up a permanent museum about the standoff between East and West.

The "BlackBox Cold War" exhibit uses posters, newspapers, videos and other artifacts to narrate the conflict from Germany's post-World War II division to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Supporters hope to complete a larger, permanent museum at the site in 2015 or 2016.

Mayor Klaus Wowereit says the checkpoint -- where U.S. and Soviet tanks faced off in 1961 -- "is the only place worldwide where both superpowers directly faced each other with weapons and the danger of a hot war was palpable."

UNITED STATES

Tour New Orleans via double-decker buses

The bright red open-top double-decker tour buses seen in tourist capitals from London to San Francisco now have started running in New Orleans.

Emily Valentino, general manager of City Sightseeing New Orleans, said the buses will offer a new convenient, entertaining and informative way to experience the city with a hop-on and hop-off model that allows visitors to tour sites at their own pace.

Stops include the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, the National World War II Museum, Harrah's Casino, Mardi Gras World, the Superdome and Basin Street Station, a former train depot that's been turned into a visitors center.


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Bus tours will be narrated live in English by certified tour hosts, but recordings will also be available in seven other languages as well as Cajun and New Orleans dialects.

AIRLINES

Southwest attendants say OK to Hawaii flights

Southwest Airlines is one step closer to flying to Hawaii.

Flight attendants have approved contract changes that will allow the carrier to operate flights to the islands and nearby international destinations that require flying over oceans or the Gulf of Mexico.

"The industry is changing, and a lot of other airlines are securing these routes," said Stacy K. Martin, president of the flight attendants' union local. "We didn't want to inhibit Southwest."

Southwest pilots voted in June to approve over-water flights.

THEME PARKS

Disney World restaurant will serve wine, beer

Wine and beer will be on the menu when a new French restaurant based on Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" opens later this year at Disney World.

The restaurant, called Be Our Guest, will open in November as part of the Fantasyland expansion.

It's the first time in the Magic Kingdom's 41-year history that the park will serve beer and wine.

-- Compiled from Associated Press news reports.