Long-distance motorcycle trips seek to empower women

In this July 2016 photo provided by Alisa Clickenger, Clickenger leads a group of women riders over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco at the end of a cross-country trip to honor two sisters from Brooklyn, N.Y., who made a similar ride in 1916. Clickenger operates Women's Motorcycle Tours, which conducts motorcycle rides that cater exclusively to women, and estimates she's traveled more than 250,000 miles on motorcycles. (Christina Shook/Courtesy of Alisa Clickenger via AP)

A year ago Alisa Clickenger helped organize a cross-country motorcycle trip for women to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of a most amazing ride by two sisters from Brooklyn, New York.

Healing class sparks unique health textbook

An Aztec dancer participates in a ceremony on Monday, July 17, 2017, at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in Albuquerque as part of school's annual class on Curanderismo indigenous healing methods from the American Southwest and Latin America. A new textbook by the workshop's founder, Eliseo "Cheo" Torres, was released this month to coincide with the annual gahtering. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Laughter can combat trauma. Spiritual cleansings could be used to fight an opioid addiction. Cactus extract may battle diabetes and obesity.

App reveals history of Rio de Janeiro port

In this July 6, 2017 photo, Gabriele Roza, a reporter for Agencia Publica who helped develope the "Museum of Yesterday" app holds a cell phone in Praca Maua, at the heart of the renovated port area in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The new app seeks to educate visitors about the history and role of Rio de Janeiro’s revitalized port in colonization, slavery and even recent corruption investigations.(AP Photo/Renata Brito)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro’s port area may be one of the city’s most inviting spots since being renovated for the Olympic Games last year. But while the area is home to attractions that include two museums and an aquarium, its rich history remains unknown to most locals and tourists.

Lifestyle changes might guard against dementia

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2003, file photo, a section of a human brain with Alzheimer's disease is on display at the Museum of Neuroanatomy at the University at Buffalo, in Buffalo, N.Y. There are no proven ways to stave off Alzheimer's, but a new report raises the prospect that avoiding nine risks starting in childhood just might delay or even prevent about a third of dementia cases.(AP Photo/David Duprey, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seek a good education. Control blood pressure and diabetes. Get off the couch. There are some hints, but no proof yet, that these and other lifestyle changes just might help stave off dementia.

Confederate monuments spur soul-searching

This Wednesday, June 28, 2017, shows the statue of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va. As cities across the United States are removing Confederate statues and other symbols, dispensing with what some see as offensive artifacts of a shameful past marked by racism and slavery, Richmond is taking a go-slow approach. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When a French artist’s statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee arrived by train in Richmond in 1890, thousands helped haul the enormous pieces to what is today the city’s grandest boulevard. Many took home pieces of the rope they used as souvenirs, so beloved was Lee as a top Confederate commander and native Virginia son.

Art lovers’ Providence: From WaterFire to street murals

In this July 10, 2017 photo, a mural by the artist Andrew Hem, completed in June, covers a wall in downtown Providence, R.I. With a plethora of street art and a world-famous design school, the city provides plenty to do for art-loving travelers. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — With a plethora of street art and a world-famous design school, Providence provides plenty to do for art-loving travelers.

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