More pick rail over flights in Spain
MADRID » The train in Spain is more popular than the plane.
The National Statistics Institute said Thursday that more people traveled domestically by high-speed train than by plane in January for the first time since monthly records began.
It said 1.9 million people went by train between Spanish cities in January, up 22 percent on the same month 2013. By comparison, 1.8 million people took internal flights, down 7.3 percent from 2013.
Hip-hop museum in Bronx planned
NEW YORK » The pioneers of hip-hop are hoping to create a museum in the Bronx dedicated to the genre.
Organizers say it would be called the Universal Hip Hop Museum.
Afrika Bambaataa says the museum would look at the historical and cultural roots of hip-hop and the contributions made by break dancers and DJs.
Bambaataa is frequently called the father of hip-hop. He would serve as the museum’s chairman.
The museum hopes to open in 2017 inside the Kingsbridge Armory, which is being redeveloped into a national ice sports center. The plan was announced at a news conference Wednesday.
Churchill estate welcomes new cat
LONDON » There is a new kitten at the Winston Churchill estate.
The orange-colored cat is there to comply with the late British leader’s request that there always be a cat of that color living at Chartwell, his country home. Churchill also indicated that the cat should have white chest fur, white paws, and be named Jock.
The unusual request stems from the affection Churchill felt for a kitten given to him on his 88th birthday by Jock Colville, one of his secretaries.
The new kitten was formerly known as Malley but has been renamed Jock VI. He was a stray taken into the care of an animal welfare group before he was adopted by Chartwell officials.
The Churchill home — operated by the National Trust conservation organization — is popular with tourists and located in the Kent countryside about 25 miles south of London.