The elevator brings visitors up out of the dull, beige maze of the US State Department's bureaucratic warren and back in time to a hall lined with period décor recalling the era of the American Revolution. The 18th century backdrop is artificial -- plaster and resin overlaying the modern office structure -- but the diplomatic reception rooms house a unique collection of 5,000 historic artefacts. Conger's team brought together a collection of objects and furnishings dating from early American history, from 1740 under the British Empire, through the 1776 Revolution to 1830.
ATLANTA (AP) — Travelers who were dreading long airport security lines Friday ahead of the Memorial Day weekend instead reported moving quickly through checkpoints after authorities opened extra screening lanes and used bomb-sniffing dogs to give some passengers a break from removing their shoes.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to defuse tensions, the Democratic National Committee said Friday it will hold public hearings around the country to develop the platform for its summer convention, a focal point for supporters of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.