AIRLINES

Some of Frontier's fliers will pay for carry-ons

Frontier Airlines has announced huge changes to its fee structure, including charges for beverages and overhead bin space for some customers.

The changes are another step in the airline's effort at steering more passengers to directly book air travel on its website.

The Denver-based carrier will begin charging for carry-on bags by the summer for customers who buy the "Basic" fare -- the cheapest bracket offered only on third-party sites. Meanwhile, every ticket purchased on www.flyfrontier.com will include a free carry-on, including the Economy fare -- which is the cheapest fare available on the airline's website.

Customers who purchase through outside websites can pay $25 to $100 for a carry-on bag. The cheaper rates will apply to customers who check in for their flight on its website.

Also, in July, the carrier will begin charging customers with Economy or Basic fares about $2 for onboard beverages.

-- Denver Post

UNITED STATES

Joe Frazier's Philly gym gets historic status

The Philadelphia gym where former heavyweight champ Joe Frazier lived and trained has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

Preservation officials say the designation by the National Park Service will help protect the building and commemorate Frazier's legacy.


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Frazier converted the three-story north Philadelphia building into a gym in 1968. He lived upstairs and trained downstairs. For decades after his retirement, the space served as a neighborhood anchor. But Frazier sold the building in 2008, and it's now partially occupied by a furniture store. The gym sign is still visible.

Frazier died of liver cancer in 2011.

-- Associated Press

Last Little Rock march for the Peabody ducks

The Peabody Hotel in Little Rock, Ark., on Tuesday conducted its last march for its signature ducks.

The hotel has featured its ceremonial duck marches since it took over the downtown property 11 years ago. But the hotel is converting to a Marriott, so as of Wednesday, the duck march was history.

The ducks have had a fountain in the lobby, where they would paddle about, eat and nap.

-- Associated Press

THEME PARKS

Disneyland to stay open 24 hours on May 24

Disney will celebrate the start of the summer season by keeping three theme parks open for 24 hours straight on May 24.

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, along with the Magic Kingdom at Disney World in Florida, will stay open from 6 a.m. on May 24 to 6 a.m. May 25.

In 2012, Disney celebrated leap year with a similar round-the-clock promotion.

-- Associated Press

Construction to start on Harry Potter

NBC Universal plans to begin construction this summer on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, part of its $1.6 billion, 25-year expansion of its Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, offices and production facilities.

The project would eventually include a hotel and retail outlets, adding nearly 2 million square feet to the studio complex. The plan initially called for nearly 3,000 residences, but that was dropped last year after objections from local residents and politicians.

-- Associated Press

EUROPE

Renovated Van Gogh Museum reopens

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has reopened after a seven-month renovation, with "Van Gogh at Work," an exhibition documenting the famously tortured artist's working methods, right down to his paints, brushes and other tools.

Appropriately, the final painting curators hung last week was a self-portrait in which van Gogh painted himself beside a canvas, with brushes and palette in hand. Nearby, on loan from the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, are a palette and paints actually used by the artist. Marije Vellekoop, head of collections, said they were preserved by Dr. Paul-Ferdinand Gachet, the physician who treated the artist in the final months before his 1890 suicide.

In all, 145 paintings and sketches are on display, almost double the number usually on view at the museum. Highlights include two versions of van Gogh's famed yellow "Sunflowers," hung on either side of the portrait "La Berceuse." The exhibition continues through Jan. 12, 2014.

-- Associated Press