EUROPE

Latvia unveils museum to WWII Jew rescuers

A museum has opened to honor a World War II-era couple who saved 50 Jews from extermination in Nazi-occupied Latvia.

The museum in downtown Riga, Latvia's capital, is located next to the property once owned by Zanis Lipke, a port worker who together with his wife, Johanna, hid Jews in an underground pit measuring 90 square feet.

The three-story museum resembles an overturned ship and is designed to give visitors a claustrophobic sense of life in a tiny bunker.

Israeli President Shimon Peres took part in Tuesday's ribbon-cutting ceremony together with his Latvian counterpart, Andris Berzins.

In 1966, Yad Vashem, an Israel-based center for studying the Holocaust, recognized Zanis and Johanna Lipke as rescuers of Jews. Lipke died in 1987 and his wife in 1990.

-- Associated Press

HOTELS

Inflatable hotel room is popping up in Denver

For a limited time, a Denver hotel is offering a package with a one-night stay in a pop-up, inflatable room that rises 22 feet in the air, thanks to a scissor lift on top of the van on which it sits.

The cost: $50,000. There is a weight limit. Alcohol and smoking are not allowed.

Architect Alex Schweder created the 5-foot-by-7-foot, see-through room atop a van for the Biennial of the Americas festival of arts, culture and ideas in Denver. The room -- with inflatable bed and couch, chemical toilet, shower, sink and curtains -- is being driven to parking lots around town through Aug. 23.

"It's a very small room but a very special room," Schweder said. "You're always on the top floor."

For $50,000, a guest would get one weekend night in the aluminum-and-inflated vinyl space, plus lots of extras including a dance party for 100 people at the Curtis hotel, which sponsored the piece.

-- Associated Press

AIRLINES

US Airways the latest offering bag delivery

If you are flying US Airways, American or United airlines and want to skip the wait at the luggage carousel, you now have the option to have your bags delivered to your home, hotel or office -- for a fee.

US Airways has become the latest U.S. carrier to offer to-your-door baggage delivery from about 200 U.S. airports and a few international destinations.

The luggage delivery is provided by the Orlando, Fla.-based company Bags VIP, which gets a cut of the fees. The cost is $29.95 for one bag, $39.95 for two, and $49.95 for three to 10 bags -- on top of the airline's checked-bag fees.

American Airlines began offering the bag delivery last year. United launched it in January.

-- Philadelphia Inquirer

Hawaiian to add seats to weekly Tahiti flights

In response to increased demand, Hawaiian Airlines says it will add more seats to its weekly flights to Papeete, Tahiti.

Starting Nov. 2, Hawaiian will change the aircraft serving the route with one that adds 30 more seats.

That's also when Hawaiian begins adjusting its Tahiti flight schedule by moving departure and arrival times one hour earlier. The airline says the new schedule allows travelers to board the popular Paul Gauguin Cruises ships in Tahiti.

-- Associated Press

UNITED STATES

Baltimore aquarium adds coral ecosystem

Baltimore's National Aquarium has overhauled what once was a leaky concrete tank of mostly sting rays, adding 1,000 animals and 3,000 hand-sculpted coral replicas to create a massive, colorful new centerpiece exhibit.

Curator Jack Cover said the aquarium set out to take its visitors on a journey to a place like the Great Barrier Reef to showcase the biodiversity that coral reefs support. The exhibit is now teeming with new life after the $12.5 million renovation. The tank now contains 65 animal species, including 20 new blacktip reef sharks from Australia and a beloved 555-pound, three-legged green sea turtle named Calypso.

-- Associated Press