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Emails Rebuke Maine Governor for Labor Mural Removal

By: David Sharp, Associated Press Glenn Adams, Associated Press AUGUSTA, ME (AP).- Gov. Paul LePage's decision to remove a mural depicting the history of the labor movement in Maine struck a raw nerve as critics lashed out in correspondence that p...

Georgia Museum Dishes the History of Vidalia Onions

By: Russ Bynum, Associated Press VIDALIA (AP).- They've started fistfights and court battles, been romanticized in country songs and counterfeited by bootleggers. Their trademark sweetness has made them a coveted ingredient in recipes from salads and ...

California Chinatown Listed as Endangered Historic Place

By: Gosia Wozniacka, Associated Press HANFORD, CA (AP).- The smell is musty, the wooden floorboards rotten and the original owners long dead. But the century-old Chinese herb shop with its towering armoire of small wooden drawers can still be found nea...

Civil War Trove Set for Sotheby’s Auction

By: Steve Szkotak, Associated Press RICHMOND (AP).- Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee characterized Virginia's Civil War secession as a revolution and President Abraham Lincoln uncharacteristically scolded a couple for their lack of loyalty to the Union ...

Smithsonian Recounts Balloon Flights of Civil War

By: Brett Zongker, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP).- The National Air and Space Museum will re-create a key moment in the nation's first attempt at an air force during the Civil War 150 years ago — decades before the first airplane flight. In Jun...

Artist of Surfing Madonna Offers to Remove Mosaic

By: Julie Watson, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP).- The mysterious artist of the Surfing Madonna has stepped forward to help the California beach city of Encinitas remove his illegal mosaic from public property. Encinitas Assistant City Manager Richard...

New Jersey Recycling Center to Change Guns into Art

By: Samantha Henry, Associated Press JERSEY CITY (AP).- Police officials from New York and New Jersey were on hand Tuesday to receive more than 900 illegal weapons that will be shredded for use in a statue. The "Peace Angel" statue will be donated to...

Einstein Exhibition Off Shanghai Museum’s Calendar

By Louise Watt,Associated Press BEIJING (AP).- A plan to bring an Albert Einstein exhibition to Shanghai was shelved after the Chinese museum suggested merging it with one on Confucius, a Swiss museum director said Tuesday. The odd coupling was the ide...

Surfing Madonna Mosaic Draws Mass Following

By: Julie Watson, Associated Press ENCINITAS, CA (AP).- The surfing Madonna appeared just before Easter weekend and has been stirring a soulful debate in this Southern California beach town ever since. The striking mosaic of the Virgin of Guadalupe ri...

Louisiana Man Admits Selling Forged Folk Artist Paintings

By: Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP).- A 79-year-old man admitted Monday that he forged paintings and sold them as work by famous folk artist Clementine Hunter, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said. William Toye of Baton Rouge plea...

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