By Alexandria Sage PARIS (Reuters) – An enormous mirrored cube inside the courtyard of the Louvre museum greeted guests to the Dior fashion show on Friday, providing a glittery reflection of the surrounding Renaissance walls constructed by King Francis I. The clash between the ultra modern and the old-world monarchy appeared to be precisely what Dior creative director Raf Simons was intending in his Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear collection, which incorporated a time travel theme. …
(Reuters) – Flights into and out of Chicago-area airports have begun to resume at a reduced rate following a fire at an air traffic control center near the city on Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration said. “Flights have begun arriving and departing to and from the Chicago area at a reduced rate,” FAA said in a statement. More than 1,200 flights had been canceled on Friday at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, one of the world’s busiest airports, and at the city’s second major airport, Midway International Airport. (Reporting by David Bailey; Editing by Susan Heavey) …read more
PARIS (Reuters) – Thousands of Muslims gathered across France on Friday to denounce the beheading of tourist Herve Gourdel by militants in Algeria who said their act was a response to French strikes against Islamic State fighters. France’s five-million-strong Muslim population is the largest in Europe. Some on the French right have suggested the community has not condemned Gourdel’s murder this week strongly enough, a charge its leaders reject. … …read more
By Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s famed models and aspiring beauty queens are struggling to doll themselves up as shortages turn eye shadow and breast implants into coveted luxuries. In a country that glorifies voluptuous women and opulent beauty pageants, even basics like deodorant are now at times tricky to find as strict currency controls have led to a scarcity of dollars for imported goods. Determined models and pageant competitors are doing their utmost to keep the show on the road. …
Berlin (AFP) – A rare remnant of the Berlin Wall lies at the end of an overgrown path next to the Spree River but as the 25th anniversary of its fall approaches, the relic is under threat.
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) – A Dutch tourist has been ordered to pay penalites of more than $3,000 for crashing a drone aircraft into a famous hot spring at Yellowstone National Park, a park spokesman said on Thursday. Theodorus Van Vliet was trying to take aerial pictures of Yellowstone last month when his camera-equipped drone crashed into Grand Prismatic Spring, a geothermal feature known for its brilliant colors caused by bacteria and minerals, officials said. … …read more
By Eric Beech WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. aviation regulators loosened restrictions on the commercial use of drones on Thursday, granting six television and movie production companies permission to use the small, remotely piloted aircraft to shoot scenes on closed sets. The Federal Aviation Administration said it would allow filming with drones provided the aircraft weigh 55 pounds (25 kg) or less, are used within sight of the remote pilot, who must hold a private pilot’s license, and are flown under 400 feet (120 meters) in altitude, among other restrictions. … …read more