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NEW ORLEANS (AP) \u2014 With eight projects under construction and 16 more on the drawing board, the National World War II Museum is about to take over 3 \u00bd square blocks in the city's Central Business District.

Two new structures are being added to the museum campus to provide additional exhibition space, classrooms, a library offices and retail.

The museum has started building the Hall of Democracy, a $33 million three-story pavilion for academic and outreach programs and additional exhibit space.

Work is also underway on the nearly $12 million Bollinger Canopy of Peace. The Canopy will symbolize the hope and promise unleashed by the end of WWII hostilities.

Museum officials say the 150-foot-tall structure will also unify the diverse campus in the enduring spirit of the wartime slogan, \"We're all in this together!\"

\"The second phase of the Hall of Democracy project will be let for bids early next year and construction will take about 17 month to complete,\" Bob Farnsworth, senior vice president of capital programs said.

\"The museum plans to raise $370 million for the expansion program with $262.8 million already secured and $107.2 million to be raised,\" Farnsworth said. \"Eight projects are under construction, totaling about $27 million, and $80 million in projects are in the planning and design stage.\"

One of the biggest projects in the planning and design stage is a $66 million hotel adjacent to a 450-space, multistory parking garage in the museum complex.

A new exhibit is planned for the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion that tell the story of the Home Front and the road to war, drawing on personal narratives and evocative artifacts to highlight facets of American life during the WWII era.

Nine immersive galleries will recall prewar domestic debates, the attack on Pearl Harbor, military recruitment and training, treatment of minority groups, manufacturing efforts and the Manhattan Project. The museum plans to have the exhibit open by June of next year.

In December 2015, the National World War II Museum opened its newest permanent exhibit, \"Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries.\"

The Road to Tokyo retraces events from the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor through bloody Pacific engagements to the atomic bombs dropped in Japan. It features more than 400 artifacts, including a shark-faced P-40 Warhawk aircraft, and explores the evolving American strategy for fighting relentless Japanese forces in Asia and the Pacific.

The Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation recently committed a $3 million gift to the museum. Museum CEO Gordon Mueller said the donation will support integrating Bob Hope's wartime legacy comprehensively throughout the museum's campus. Hope, who died in 2003, performed for troops from World War II until the Gulf War. The museum plans to include a special exhibit, a documentary about Hope's achievements and a film series honoring his legacy.

The museum also will make photographs, artifacts and other archival materials about Hope available through its digital collections at ww2online.org.

The museum, which is just over 300,000 square feet, was recognized recently as a winner in the 2016 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards for museums, ranking No.4 in the nation and No.11 in the world.

About 500,000 visitors have walked through the museum so far this year and since it opened approximately 5.34 million have toured the museum complex.

The National D-Day Museum opened June 6, 2000. Congress designated it the National World War II Museum three years later.

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Online:

National World War II Museum, www.nationalww2museum.org

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) \u2014 With eight projects under construction and 16 more on the drawing board, the National World War II Museum is about to take over 3 \u00bd square blocks of the New Orleans Central Business District.

Two new structures are being added to the museum campus to provide additional exhibition space, classrooms, a library and offices.

The museum has started building the Hall of Democracy, a $33 million three-story pavilion for academic and outreach programs and additional exhibit space.

Work is also underway on the nearly $12 million Bollinger Canopy of Peace. The Canopy will symbolize the hope and promise unleashed by the end of WWII hostilities.

Bob Farnsworth says the museum plans to raise $370 million for the expansion program with $262.8 million already secured and $107.2 million yet to be raised.

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CONCORD, Mass. (AP) \u2014 If Henry David Thoreau were around today, Massachusetts officials think he'd probably be happy with the new visitor center at Walden Pond.

The 5,680-square-foot facility powered by renewable solar energy officially opened its doors to the public this past week, part of a recent $7.2 million upgrade of the Walden Pond State Reservation.

Thoreau's observations on nature while living for more than two years in an isolated cabin near the pond were published in his famous 1854 book, \"Walden; or Life in the Woods.\"

The new visitor center will include interactive exhibits about Thoreau, who is often viewed as a founder of the modern environmental movement.

Roughly half a million people from around the world visit Walden Pond each year.

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Online: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-north/walden-pond-state-reservation.html

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) \u2014 The 45th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is set to begin Saturday and is expected to draw close to a million visitors to central New Mexico. Here are some key things to know for the event:

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THE BALLOONS

The 2016 festival will feature more than 500 hot air balloons and 108 special-shaped balloons with pilots from around the world. The theme is \"Desert Kaleidoscope.\" The fiesta's morning mass ascensions launch both weekends, and on Wednesday. Other events include the Balloon Glows, Special Shape Rodeo and Music Fiesta.

How and when the balloons launch depends on the weather and pilots will have to take into consideration wind patterns to avoid landing on American Indian land. Balloonists at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will be able to land at Sandia Pueblo after all as the two organizations have reached an agreement. Both sides said necessary landings would be allowed on parts of the pueblo, a stark change from the all-out ban previously announced.

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CONTESTS

The Balloon Fiesta flying competition will begin Monday and continues throughout the week. In addition, the Balloon Federation of America's US Women's National Championship will start Saturday.

On Wednesday, the Flight of the Nations will get the mid-week mass ascension started, showcasing all countries represented at Balloon Fiesta. In addition to flying events, Thursday and Friday will showcase special shape balloons launching each morning and glows in the evening.

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THE SCENE

Besides balloons in the air, there will be plenty of things to do on the ground. Attendees will have the opportunity to try their choice of New Mexican breakfast burritos with green and red chile. The fiesta also will have a selection of shops selling New Mexico items from clothes to Southwestern decorations.

Attendees also will have the chance to check out a chainsaw carving and laser light shows.

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WEATHER

Saturday and Sunday are expected to see partly cloudy weather with the possibility of rain. The National Weather Service says a cold front in New Mexico will shift from west to east late Monday. Storms accompanying the cold front may produce strong and erratic wind gusts.

This front comes in addition to strong ambient winds that are expected early in the week.

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Follow Russell Contreras on Twitter at http://twitter.com/russcontreras. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/russell-contreras .

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) \u2014 A growing consumer demand for Alaska cruises has put the state back in the million-passenger club as it rebounds after a leaner stretch. And next year is expected to be even better with larger capacity ships added to the Far North lineup.

The millionth passenger was recently counted as the Alaska cruise industry's season was nearing its end. Final passenger totals are expected to be slightly higher.

\"Alaska's very popular,\" Holland America Line spokesman Erik Elvejord said Friday. \"We've been getting a lot of interest in it.\"

Overall visitor numbers also are growing, with a record of more than 2 million travelers in the state last year. This summer's season is projected to be \"just as positive\" and expected to continue next year as well, according to Sara Leonard, president of the Alaska Travel Industry Association.

\"With continued interest by cruise companies including Alaska itineraries and bringing bigger ships to Alaska ports, we expect the growth to continue next summer,\" Leonard said Friday in an email to The Associated Press.

John Binkley, president of Cruise Lines International Association Alaska, says the 2017 season is expected to bring up to 45,000 additional passengers from this year's tally. That would break the old record set in 2008.

The number of sailings also is expected to slightly grow, from 477 this year to 481 next year.

Alaska's last previous million-passenger season was in 2009.

\"It's been slow to build back,\" Binkley said, noting the state's competition with other markets as the cruise industry booms globally, particularly in Asia markets.

The drop in passenger numbers also has been blamed on other factors, including the national recession that ate into discretionary income. Binkley also says the numbers were affected by a $46 passenger head tax approved by voters in 2006, although some have questioned how larger role it played.

The cruise association sued the state over the tax, but dropped the suit after a tax cut approved by state lawmakers was passed into law in 2010.

Around the same time, state funding was increased for travel industry marketing. That boost lasted only a few years before the state's current financial crisis cut into funding, Binkley said.

\"We had some very robust years of marketing that brought Alaska back into competition really with other destinations,\" he said.

The increasing demand is prompting Holland America Line to replace two smaller vessels with larger capacity ships for Alaska sailings next year. Altogether, Holland America utilizes seven vessels in Alaska.

Elvejord, the Holland America spokesman, said every destination tends to be cyclical as far as passenger numbers go. In Alaska's case, demand has ramped up even more in recent months.

\"The interest is growing,\" Elvejord said.

The southeast Alaska town of Sitka is among communities enjoying the growth spurt that's been building since completion of a deep water dock in 2012. This summer, an estimated 130,000 passengers visited the town, a figure that's expected to grow to more than 160,000 next year, according to dock manager Chris McGraw.

Before the dock's construction, cruise ship passengers were brought to shore in smaller boats. That still occasionally happens when there are two ships at port, but for the most part passengers are disembarking at the dock.

\"It's making Sitka more attractive for the cruise companies,\" McGraw said.

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Follow Rachel D'Oro at https://twitter.com/rdoro

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