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Fresh look for Mississippi planetarium before 2023 reopening

Oct. 17, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A planetarium in Mississippi's capital city is undergoing renovations and is expected to reopen at the end of 2023 with a fresh look and more extensive exhibits. This is the first renovation in decades at the Russell C. Davis Planetarium in...

Winterthur Museum names longtime employee as its director

Oct. 17, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

WINTERTHUR, De. (AP) — A longtime employee of Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library has been selected to run the popular Delaware tourist attraction. Chris Strand, who previously had been head director of the garden and estate, is now in charge of the former estate of...

Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker retiring

Oct. 16, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker has announced his retirement. Baker, 68, had served in the role of president and executive director since January 2014. Jim Porter, 57, the Hall’s chief marketing and communications officer since...

Cambridge college to return looted bronze statue to Nigeria

Oct. 15, 2021 10:55 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A Cambridge University college said Friday that it would return a looted bronze cockerel to Nigeria later this month, making it the first U.K. institution to hand back one of the artifacts known as the Benin Bronzes. Jesus College announced in 2019 that it...

Rhode Island preparing to vaccinate kids against COVID-19

Oct. 14, 2021 15:03 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials are preparing now to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11 in anticipation of the federal government authorizing Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for that age group, Gov. Dan McKee said Thursday. McKee and the state's health director...

Kansas museum reinstalls vandalized Native American exhibit

Oct. 13, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas has reinstalled a Native American art exhibit that was vandalized in September. Museum officials announced Wednesday that the exhibit, “Native Hosts” by Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds,...

Pepitone drops lawsuit that sought bat from Hall of Fame

Oct. 12, 2021 17:49 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former New York Yankees star Joe Pepitone has dropped his lawsuit against the Baseball Hall of Fame that sought the return of a Louisville Slugger bat that Mickey Mantle used to hit his 500th career home run. David M. Barshay, a lawyer for Pepitone,...

Reigning NCAA champion Stanford women picked to win Pac-12

Oct. 12, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The reigning NCAA champion Stanford women's basketball team was picked to win the Pac-12 regular-season title in a preseason poll of conference coaches. Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer's team captured the NCAA title last spring for the first...

Big picture, big data: Swiss unveil VR software of universe

Oct. 12, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The final frontier has rarely seemed closer than this — at least virtually. Researchers at one of Switzerland’s top universities are releasing open-source beta software on Tuesday that allows for virtual visits through the cosmos...

'Into the Wild' bus on display during preservation work

Oct. 12, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A bus that people sometimes embarked on deadly pilgrimages to Alaska’s backcountry to visit can now safely be viewed at the University of Alaska Fairbanks while it undergoes preservation work. The bus was moved to the university’s...