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Las Vegas: Say goodbye to mermaids, deep-fried Twinkies on Fremont Street

Three long-standing attractions in downtown Las Vegas -- Glitter Gulch, La Bayou and Mermaids -- are calling it quits. The down-market venues along the Fremont Street Experience are set to close June 27.

The properties have been sold to downtown developers Derek and Greg Stevens, who plan to build a new hotel-casino on the block.

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Memorial Day: Memorials dedicated to U.S. service members who died in Iraq and Afghanistan

If Vietnam veteran and activist Jan Scruggs has his way, one day there will be a memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to honor living veterans as well as those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“We have to memorialize the troops, remember those serving, certainly remember those who gave their lives,” Scruggs told the MilitaryTimes last year.

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Disney seamlessly blends high-tech special effects into ‘Frozen’ musical

Like a sprinkling of Disney’s trademark magic, the hidden-in-plain-sight high-tech special effects in the new “Frozen” musical at Disney California Adventure weave seamlessly and effortlessly into the production at the Hyperion Theater.

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Readers recommend: NYC's Russian Tea Room still a special spot

NEW YORK

I enjoyed staying at the Park Hyatt Hotel on 57th Street. The elegant Russian Tea Room is directly across the street. My friend had coffee ($8) while I enjoyed hot tea ($8). We loved the four delicious madeleines that we each received and admired the Old-World paintings on the walls.

Russian Tea Room, 150 W.

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Hawaii's Hanauma Bay is No. 1 on list of America's top 10 beaches

Go-to beach expert Dr.

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For fans, MLB All-Star fest in San Diego offers chance to hang with the greats

Baseball fans looking for a special summer escape should put Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game on their July calendars. And even if you can’t make the July 12 game, there are fan fests, autograph sessions and skill clinics on the weekend leading up to it. All in all, it adds up to a fine mid-summer festivus.

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