A day after Indiana’s governor signed a hot-button business law, calls for travel boycotts began. The chief of tech giant Salesforce.com said the San Francisco company will stop sending staff to meetings in Indianapolis with its locally based ExactTarget division. And Gen Con, a gamer convention, and the Disciples of Christ church group were considering pulling their conventions out of Indianapolis.
The measure could allow businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers in the name of "religious freedom."
As businesses worried about the impact on next’s week's Final Four tournament in Indianapolis, the Indiana and Indianapolis area chambers of commerce quickly decried passage of the law. Most businesses surveyed said they had no desire to discriminate against any of their customers, calls from the Chicago Tribune found.
What would travelers miss?
Indianapolis: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Fort Wayne: Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo
Bloomington: Indiana University
South Bend: Basilica...Read more
The main restaurant at a historic Big Island hotel in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is expected to reopen in stages after a fire Tuesday that injured an employee.
The fire in the kitchen at Volcano House, the only lodge within the park, was confined to a large grill, general manager David MacIlwraith said in an email. He said there was no structural damage.
As the hotel awaits delivery of a replacement grill, the Rim restaurant, which overlooks the active Kilauea volcano, is scheduled to reopen Friday, but only for hotel guests. MacIlwraith said non-guests would be welcome as early as Tuesday.
Uncle George’s, an adjacent lounge that also serves food, is expected to reopen early next week, once the new grill is installed, he said.
The hotel’s maintenance manager, identified by a National Park Service spokeswoman as Tony Pothul, 42, suffered burns to his upper arms in the fire. He remains hospitalized and was listed in stable condition at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu.
Dubai, capital of the emirate of the same name, is a frequent layover for world travelers, but with a $731 round-trip airfare, including all taxes and fees, on United and Delta from LAX, it may be an irresistible destination.
The fare, subject to availability, requires a minimum seven-night stay; you may not stay longer than four months.
It is for travel from now through June 7 and Sept. 1-Oct. 31. Tickets must be purchased at least three days in advance.
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If you like watching chefs square off on Bravo's TV show "Top Chef," why not watch them duel at sea as well?
For the upcoming cruise, Celebrity picked six contestants to sail to the eastern Caribbean in November aboard the Celebrity Reflection.
During the cruise, you can schmooze with the chefs, ask questions, take a cooking class and even have one of the chefs be your host while on shore. You can also reserve private cooking classes and dinners with the chefs too.
But mostly you can watch them compete in the kitchen with the audience as their judges. Passengers too will get a taste of what it's like to be in the hot seat. Quickfire Challenges onboard the ship judge teams...Read more
Get ready for a cuteness fest. A hippopotamus named Funani gave birth last Monday to a calf at the San Diego Zoo -- and the two have been bonding ever since.
Zoo staff shot a video of the baby (see above), whose sex isn't yet known. (Scientists apparently haven't gotten close enough to check.) The video's underwater footage shows Funani nudging and pushing the calf, sometimes into shallower waters, in her enclosure at the zoo.
Both hippos are now on display. The baby is expected to stay close to Funani for the next several weeks, the zoo says. Hippos nurse for about eight months.
Seeing the calf may require some patience too. Visitors may have to stick around awhile to wait for the little hippo to wake up and become active.
Funani is an experienced mom. She's 30 years old and has raised four other hippos while in captivity, the zoo says.
Hippos come from Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa and other parts of the sub-Saharan African continent. They've been hunted in the wild for meat...Read more
Earth Hour 2015 will happen at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, when landmarks, hotels, universities, buildings and individuals shut off their lights to raise awareness of climate change. It's an hour -- based on local time wherever you are -- meant to be a call to action too.
The World Wildlife Fund organizes the annual event, which started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. The organization reports that 7,000 cities, 1,200 landmarks and 172 countries and territories will go dark this year.
The Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and Times Square in New York City are among the landmarks that plan to participate. You can stay home and turn out the lights or go to these events and places.
Las Vegas: Casinos and hotels on the Strip will power down their exterior lighting and marquees, leaving one of the world's most famous roadways in darkness.
Los Angeles: The blue glow of Staples Center, Pacific Park's Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier and the colorful pylons at Los Angeles...Read more