August 7, 2013 |
A 600-year-old statue residing in a museum in Florence, Italy, has one fewer finger on its right hand thanks to an American tourist who came in contact with the artwork and broke off a digit. The tourist, whose name has not been reported, allegedly broke off the right pinky finger of the statue while attempting to measure it. The incident is thought to have been an accident, but officials in Italy questioned the American and are weighing what action to take. Reports have described the tourist as a 55-year-old man from Missouri. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage The statue, which is thought to depict the Virgin Mary, dates from either the 14th or 15th century.
March 23, 2013 |
PETRA, Jordan--After four days of difficult Middle East diplomacy, President Obama headed home Saturday after playing tourist at the elaborate ruins of Petra, an ancient city carved from sheer rock faces of surrounding mountains. The remains of monasteries, burial tombs and baths from the Nabatean civilization more than 2,000 years ago are the pride of Jordan, Obama's final stop in the region. The archaeological park attracts half a million visitors a year, and Obama, dressed in khaki slacks and a Navy windbreaker, seemed as awestruck as any other tourist.
August 19, 2013 |
A shark attack on a surfer Sunday was the latest in a series of such incidents off the Hawaiian coast this year, a skein that has injured several swimmers and closed beaches and last week led to a dramatic rescue by two good Samaritans of a German tourist whose arm had been bitten off. But some authorities are warning against any “Jaws”-like panic. “The sharks are always out there. We'll go along for months at a time and nothing happens, and then we'll get one, two and three,” Maui Fire Department Capt.
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June 19, 2013 |
As Christine Darlene Calderon strolled down Hollywood's Walk of Fame with her coworker just after sunset Tuesday, an amusing cardboard sign caught her eye. She pulled out her cellphone to snap a picture of men displaying signs asking for money with four-letter insults and a smiley face. Moments later, according to a law enforcement sources, one of the men demanded that she pay $1 for the pictures. When she refused, police say, two of the men allegedly pinned Calderon's coworker against a wall.
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June 21, 2013 |
The Los Angeles Police Department plans to increase patrols in the Hollywood tourist district after the fatal stabbing of a woman earlier this week by a transient, Chief Charlie Beck said Friday. In an interview with The Times, Beck said he had discussed the situation along Hollywood Boulevard with incoming Mayor Eric Garcetti and incoming City Atty. Mike Feuer. In addition to adding more undercover officers and horse-mounted patrols, Beck said there has been some discussion about how to better deal with the aggressive panhandling along the boulevard.
June 23, 2011 |
Smart Destinations , which offers sightseeing passes in several destinations, this week launched its "Go Select" pass in Los Angeles . Both visitors and locals can save money with the pass when they visit two or more attractions in the Southern California area. The deal: Go Select lets you choose your own attraction itinerary or opt for preselected themed packages with titles such as "Kid Friendly" and "Hollywood Stars. " After purchase, you receive an email with a QR code (similar to a bar code but it also works with smart phones)