The United States has succeeded in its bid to "Remember the Alamo," after the U. N. cultural body approved its status as a world heritage site Sunday.
The Alamo was one of five Spanish Roman Catholic sites, known as the San Antonio Missions, to receive the coveted label likely to boost tourism.
UNESCO's World Heritage Committee approved the Missions' status along with more than a dozen others from around the globe, including the Gunkanjima industrial site off Japan that South Korea had long objected to.
Susan Snow, an archaeologist for San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, said the site in Texas represents "the very essence of the great melting pot of the United States.
He's no stranger to huge audiences and national exposure, but Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews says his upcoming performance at the Essence Festival is a dream come true.
Andrews, known for high-energy shows with his band Orleans Avenue, regularly plays to big crowds.
People are no longer allowed to smoke while strolling along Newport's iconic Cliff Walk.
But Newport officials say they aren't worried about losing tourists because of the city's new ban.
Councilor John Florez says they don't want to subject tourists to cigarette smoke and litter.
The Cliff Walk is a 3 1/2-mile public walkway that runs between the Atlantic Ocean and some of the city's most spectacular Gilded Age mansions.
Five new lodges are under construction at Yellowstone National Park's Canyon Lodge that will replace 400 outdated cabins.
Mia Bell, assistant general manager for Xanterra's Yellowstone National Park Lodges, said the five new lodges will have 73 to 87 rooms each.
Three of those buildings will open to guests early next month.