The 150 passengers aboard the National Geographic Explorer cruise ship arrive in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, on April 16. It's reportedly the largest group of tourists to visit the country since the 1970s.
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A cultural troupe dances for tourists arriving on the National Geographic Explorer in Monrovia, Liberia, this week.
Liberia has been better known for conflict than tourism the past couple of decades.
But this week, a group of 150 tourists, many of them Americans, arrived for a brief stay in the small nation on Africa's West Coast. When their cruise liner docked in the capital of Monrovia, they became the largest group of tourists to visit the country in many years, probably since the 1970s.
Dock workers in Monrovia usually unload cargo ships full of secondhand clothes or rice — not a cruise ship full of American tourists.
The Seattle Space Needle's 50th anniversary is Saturday. Though the top of the Needle has been off-white for years, it's being painted its original color, "galaxy gold," for the anniversary.
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The sculpture on Peter Steinbrueck's desk belonged to his father. The dancer figure, with its arms skyward, served as inspiration for the Space Needle's design.
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Preliminary design of the Seattle Space Needle for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair Exhibition. Victor Steinbrueck did the original drawing in August 1960.
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Jeff Wright (center), whose family owns the Space Needle, starts the repainting of the iconic structure on Tuesday with his 15-year-old daughter, Mauren, and Space Needle board member Stuart Rolfe. The new color is the original color, dubbed "galaxy gold."
Seattle's Space Needle turns 50 on Saturday. Originally built as a tourist attraction for the city's 1962 World's Fair, the structure was meant to evoke the future. Now the future is here, and the Needle has become the city's favorite antique.
Peter Steinbrueck traces the tower's lineage to an abstract sculpture that sits in his office. Steinbrueck is an architect and former City Council member, and the sculpture used to belong to his father, Victor, also an architect.
The Vatican has ordered a crackdown of an American organization representing most nuns in the United States. The Vatican ordered an investigation of the group in 2008 and today it said it was appointing an American archbishop to oversee a reform of the group.
This November 2011 photo provided by <em>The American Quarter Horse Journal</em> shows Rita Crundwell of Dixon, Ill., at the 2011 American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show in Oklahoma City. FBI agents arrested Crundwell, the Dixon comptroller, on charges she misappropriated more than $30 million since 2006 to finance a lavish lifestyle.
The top financial official for the small city of Dixon, Ill., is accused of stealing more than $30 million from city coffers over the past six years. It's a staggering amount of money for the city of just 15,000 residents in northwest Illinois, and federal prosecutors allege she used the funds to finance a lavish lifestyle that included horse farms and a $2 million luxury motor home.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules Wednesday to control the problem of air pollution coming from wells being drilled by the booming oil and natural gas drilling industry.
Currently, waste products from the drilling operations, which include a mix of chemicals, sand and water, can be pumped into open enclosures or pits, where toxic substances can make their way into the air. The new rules will require this fluid to be captured by 2015, and flared — or burned off — in the meantime.
Pop culture icon Dick Clark died Wednesday at age 82. He started his career as a college disc jockey and went on to shape the way America viewed music, TV game shows and New Year's Eve. Here, he hosts <i>American Bandstand</i> in 1958.
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Dancing teens flock to Clark's <i>American Bandstand</i> after he took it national from Philadelphia's WFIL-TV in 1957.
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Clark and his first wife, Barbara, get a hand from the newest member of the <i>Bandstand</i> family, Richard Clark Jr., in 1958.
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Clark broadened his legacy in the 1970s and '80s by building a game-show empire. Here, on the set of <i>The New $25,000 Pyramid</i> in 1984, Clark mugs with Roxie Roker (left) and Marla Gibbs, co-stars of TV's <i>The Jeffersons</i>.
The eternally youthful Clark shares the stage at the Emerson Radio Hall of Fame in 1990 with fellow inductees (from left) Charles Osgood, Frank Stanton and Paul Harvey.
Clark celebrates the 50th birthday of <i>Bandstand</i> on May 3, 2002, with fans and a musical supergroup.
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A debilitating stroke in 2004 forced Clark to cut back on public appearances. Here, he and his third wife, Kari Wigton, hang out at the 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards with Ryan Seacrest, who'd become his co-host on <i>New Year's Rockin' Eve</i>.
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In his later years, Clark became as much a New Year's Eve fixture as he was on Bandstand decades earlier. By 2011, he and Seacrest shared <i>Rockin' Eve</i> host duties.
Dick Clark, affectionately known as the "world's oldest teenager," has died. He was 82, and had suffered a heart attack while in a Santa Monica hospital for an outpatient procedure.
Richard Wagstaff Clark became a national icon with American Bandstand in the 1950s, hosting the show for more than 30 years. Clark also hosted the annual New Year's Eve special for ABC for decades. He weathered scandals, hosted game shows and renewed his Bandstand fame with a new generation by producing the nostalgic TV drama American Dreams.
Emeli Sande is young, but she already has an enviable list of accomplishments under her belt. Along with a specialty in neuroscience from the University of Glasgow, she's become a global R&B phenomenon at just 23. The U.K. soul singer wrote her first song at 11 and began participating in music competitions in her teens. Given her powerful vocals and keen understanding of what makes a great song, there was little doubt that her debut would be a doozy — especially once her first single, the soulful "Heaven," became a worldwide hit.
Originally published on Wed April 18, 2012 9:24 pm
Dick Clark, the legendary television producer who became a national icon with American Bandstand in 1950s, has died. He was 82.
Clark, known as the the "world's oldest teenager," produced American Bandstand for over 30 years.
"The original American Bandstand was one of network TV's longest-running series as part of ABC's daytime lineup from 1957 to 1987. Over the years, it introduced stars ranging from Buddy Holly to Michael Jackson to Madonna," the AP writes.