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WDW to celebrate 40 years

Walt Disney World is set to celebrate its 40th anniversary Saturday with a host of activities, including a parade and a ceremony to honor cast members who have worked at the resort since it opened. The Magic Kingdom and three resorts — the Polynesian, the Contemporary and the Fort Wilderness Campground — opened on Oct. 1, 1971. Since then tens of millions of people have visited the Central Florida resort which now boasts four theme

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Officials moving forward with Atlanta Legoland

ATLANTA – Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and officials from Merlin Entertainments this week officially kicked off construction of a 32,000-square-foot Legoland Discovery Center (LDC) at Phipps Plaza. The $12 million center – which is slated to feature a 4D theater and rides – is scheduled to open next spring. Instead of a traditional groundbreaking ceremony, officials on Tuesday took part in a Lego “brick dump.” In other Lego news, Merlin officials on Wednesday also broke

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Little time to see the Fog City? No worries

Photos by Todd DeFeo / (c) 2011 By Todd DeFeo / (c) 2011 SAN FRANCISCO — Seeing San Francisco can seem like a daunting task. Seeing San Francisco in 48 hours — is that impossible or insane? The best advice: stick to the highlights. For starters, here are a few landmarks to see during a weekend whirlwind tour: — Lombard Street: Carl Henry is often said to have proposed turning a section of Lombard Street

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San Francisco in two days? Focus on the highlights

Photo by Todd DeFeo / (c) 2011 By Todd DeFeo / (c) 2011 SAN FRANCISCO — On the surface, it might seem crazy to try and experience a city such as San Francisco in a matter of days. But, should you be tight on time, try hitting the high points for a quick look into San Francisco’s unique history and culture. For starters: — Fisherman’s Wharf: The sea has always been vital to San Francisco’s

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Enjoying San Francisco in a little time with a lot to see

Photos by Todd DeFeo / (c) 2011 By Todd DeFeo / (c) 2011 SAN FRANCISCO — Let’s face it: You shouldn’t try to experience major cities in a day or two. And certainly, San Francisco is no exception. But, if you’re tight on time, hit the high points for a quick look into San Francisco’s unique history and culture. For starters: — Alcatraz: The Rock is perhaps more myth than reality, but the landmark federal

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Enjoy a national park for free on Saturday

ATLANTA — In honor of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees to encourage people to visit a national park. Fees are being waived at dozens of national parks nationwide that usually charge entry fees, according to the NPS. Park entrance fees generally range from $3 to $25. “Ranging from the community playground to the world’s first national park, about one third of our country’s land is public

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Avatar coming to Animal Kingdom

Avatar is coming to the Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World said Tuesday. The theme park is teaming with filmmaker James Cameron to “create themed lands that will give theme park guests the opportunity to explore the mysterious universe of (Avatar) first hand,” the company said in a news release. The first such themed land is planned for the Animal Kingdom. The 2009 film “is a uniquely powerful franchise that has global appeal with audiences of

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Man sentenced to federal prison for 2010 assault

ATLANTA – A federal judge last week sentenced a 61-year-old Alpharetta man to six months in prison after he pleaded guilty to inappropriately touching a woman on a Delta Air Lines flight last year, federal authorities said. U.S. District Court Judge Richard W. Story also sentenced Ranchhodbhai Lakha to a year of supervised release following the six-month prison sentence. Lakha, who pleaded guilty on June 29 to a charge of abusive sexual contact, must also