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A wedding dress by French fashidesigner Jean Paul Gaultier is displayed exhibit 'The FashiWorld Jean Paul Gaultier'  Kunsthal museum

A wedding dress by French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier is displayed in the exhibit "The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier" at the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam, Netherlands. | AP

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Updated: March 18, 2013 6:40AM

Smoking banned at U.S. Virgin Islands beaches

The U.S. Virgin Islands has banned smoking at all beaches inside its national park system. The smoking ban covers cigars and pipes as well as cigarettes and is enforced from within 50 feet of the shoreline. The ban applies to all 12 of the territory’s protected beaches, which are on the island of St. John. Rangers are not yet issuing citations but rather educating the public. The ban was approved to eliminate secondhand smoke and reduce the number of cigarette butts tossed on beaches.

Grand Canyon river permit deadline nears

Anyone wanting to guide a non-commercial river trip through the Grand Canyon can start applying Friday. The National Park Service says 450 permits will be available for 12- to 25-day trips on the Colorado River. The permits will be for specific launch dates in 2014.

Additional draws will be held for trips that are canceled or left over after the Feb. 26 application deadline. The main applicant must be 18 years or older, and at least one person on the trip must be experienced in whitewater rafting. Those who are drawn can participate in only one commercial or private river trip per year. Visit

Gaultier exhibit a Netherlands hit

Paris fashion’s enfant terrible, Jean Paul Gaultier, has inaugurated his first international exhibit at Europe’s largest port: the Dutch city of Rotterdam. The “Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier” at Rotterdam’s Kunsthal gallery traces about 35 years of the designer’s avant-garde creations. More than 140 original creations are in the mix, from the 60-year-old Gaultier’s haute couture line to his ready-to-wear selections. Also included, on loan, are Gaultier designs such as Madonna’s post-feminist conical bra, long the stuff of fashion legend, as well as movie costumes for Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar. Though Rotterdam is far from Paris, Gaultier brought it a little nearer to home by adding his famed fashion signature, nautical stripes, to a Thalys train that links the French capital with the Dutch city 275 miles away. The exhibit runs until May 12. Visit

Dubai to build tallest ‘Eye’

Dubai’s ruler has approval a $1.6 billion island development project that would be home to what’s billed as the world’s biggest Ferris wheel. The project reflects a renewed appetite in Dubai for extravagance as the economy rebounds from a debt-driven slump during the past three years. The Ferris wheel — dubbed the Dubai Eye — will stand 688 feet, exceeding the London Eye’s 443 feet. Construction is set to begin this year.

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