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Officials Reach Agreement to Complete 9/11 Museum

David Handschuh-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On the eve of the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the Port Authority and The National September 11 Memorial Museum have reached an agreement to continue construction on the museum after months of delays.

The deal between the Port Authority and the museum ensures construction will be restarted soon and will continue until the museum is completed.  

"Today's agreement puts in place a critical and long overdue safeguard to finally protect toll payers and taxpayers from bearing further costs, and, at the same time, put the project on a path for completion," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg tweeted his favor for the announcement: "@NYCMayorsOffice: Very gratifying that on the eve of this important anniversary we have an agreement that will ensure the completion of the 9/11 Museum."

Construction has been halted since last December, when a dispute over which agencies would finance the museum's construction broke out between the museum and the Port Authority, which owns the land. The Port Authority of New York/New Jersey is under the shared jurisdiction of Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Mayor Bloomberg oversees the Sept. 11 foundation behind the memorial and museum, according to the New York Times.

The Times reports that, under the terms of the agreement, the Sept. 11 foundation will provide the Port Authority with financial data related to the project and will supply $12 million for the museum construction.  Another $1 million per year for 30 years will be provided from surplus funds beginning in 2018, the newspaper reports. A formal transfer of land ownership from the Port Authority to the Sept. 11 foundation will also take place.

There's no word yet on a completion date, but construction is expected to continue beyond the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, according to the New York Daily News.

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Space Shuttle Discovery Takes Off One Last Time

NASA/Tim JacobsUPDATE: The Space Shuttle Discovery, mounted on a 747 carrier aircraft, flew over the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday before being delivered from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to its final home, a branch of the Smithsonian Institution in northern Virginia.

(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) -- After 39 missions since its first flight in 1984, space shuttle Discovery took off one last time on Tuesday to head to its final resting place -- a museum in Washington, D.C.

The retired space shuttle departed at daybreak from Florida's Kennedy Space Center, where it made its final landing over a year ago on March 9, 2011. 

Propped atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing 747, Discovery will fly over the nation's capital before landing in Dulles International Airport.  It will then be transported to the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum.´╗┐

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Las Vegas Opens New Mob Museum

Hemera/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) -- The opening of The Mob Museum of Las Vegas on Valentine’s Day is no coincidence: It’s the 83rd anniversary of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, when seven mobsters were gunned down in a Chicago alley. In fact, among the museum’s artifacts is the brick wall where the shootout took place.

Las Vegas has a deep history, as well as a love-hate relationship, with organized crime. One of the museum’s exhibits details the illegal skimming of profits of a casino’s earnings, which was commonplace in Las Vegas for decades.

The creators of the museum, however, are quick to deny that the museum glorifies mob culture. Instead, they say the exhibits focus on the real story of the mob and how law enforcement battled organized crime.

The $42 million, 17,000-square-foot Mob Museum is housed in the former federal courthouse and United States Post Office in downtown Las Vegas and is the second mob-themed attraction in Sin City. The first was the Mob Experience at the Tropicana, which shut down amid financial problems. It is scheduled to open again under the name Mob Attraction, but the date is unknown.

Admission is $18 for adults; $12 for children ages 5 to 17.

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Space Shuttles Discovery, Endeavour Swap Places at Space Center

Space shuttle Discovery pictured on right. NASA/Frankie Martin(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) -- In a rare sight, two of NASA's now-retired space shuttles were seen being moved late Thursday from one building to another at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Space shuttle Discovery was removed from the Vehicle Assembly Building and transported into the Orbiter Processing Facility, where Endeavour formerly resided.  Endeavour, in turn, swapped places with Discovery, moving into the assembly building.

Both orbiters have already been stripped of their engines and thrusters so that they can be shipped off to museums where they will spend the rest of their days.

Discovery will be sent to the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles Airport in Virginia, while Endeavour is scheduled to go to the California Science Center in Los Angeles.  The other surviving space shuttle, Atlantis, will be displayed at the Kennedy Space Center visitors' center.

NASA's 30-year space shuttle program came to an end on July 21 when Atlantis returned from the International Space Station after a 13-day mission -- the final one for the program.

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Picasso's 'Tete de Femme' Stolen from San Francisco Museum

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A missing pencil drawing wouldn't normally be a top priority to San Francisco authorities, unless that drawing was done by Pablo Picasso and was stolen in broad daylight.

The Picasso drawing was hanging in the Weinstein Gallery in San Francisco when witnesses say a man walked through the entrance, took the painting off the wall and left in a waiting cab.

The 1965 pencil drawing, "Tete de Femme," which translates to "head of woman," is valued at $200,000.

The thief did not get away cleanly, though. San Francisco police are reviewing two surveillance videos they believe could show the suspect.

The first video came from a restaurant on the block and shows a man matching police and witnesses' descriptions carrying a framed piece of art. His most notable attribute was that he was wearing a dark jacket and loafers with no socks. According to police, the frame size appears to be the same dimensions as the stolen Picasso -- 10.5 by 8.5 inches.

Wednesday, police tracked down and impounded the get-away cab as evidence. They interviewed the driver, who gave them more information about the suspect, though they would not specify the information he provided or if it produced any leads.

Gallery president Rowland Weinstein told ABC News San Francisco affiliate KGO-TV that he is going to work harder on securing the exhibits.

"I feel sorry because it really, truly is my goal, and always has been my goal, to be able to bring exactly what you see in this gallery, original works by Picasso, Moreau [and] Chagall, onto the street level," said Weinstein. "I want it to be available to the public."

Police have already received tips because of the high profile of the case. They are urging anyone with information to call their hotline number -- 415-575-4444.

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Saddam Hussein's Pistol Featured by President George W. Bush Library

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DALLAS) -- The 9 mm Glock pistol former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein held in his lap when he was captured by American troops in 2003 is now on display at the site of George W. Bush's future presidential library.

The gun sits in the "Capturing Key Moments" display case at the Dallas exhibit, which closes Feb. 6.

A new video released by the museum shows President Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush describing several artifacts, including some related to his visit to Ground Zero in New York just days after the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

"I walked into what felt like Hell," Bush said of the experience, when he climbed atop a fire engine that had been crushed in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. He used a bullhorn to shout a message of encouragement to the haggard first responder teams.

"I can hear you," he hollered, as the teams began to cheer. "The rest of the world hears you, and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon."

The bullhorn is now mounted front and center in the display case beside a frame holding Saddam Hussein's black pistol, confiscated during the early-morning raid called "Operation Red Dawn," which involved more than 600 troops. Saddam was found hiding in a small underground bunker.

Those two artifacts have drawn not only visitors, but protests to the future site of the Bush Institute on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

"I hope that a bullhorn will not become the symbol for the entry of the United States into an unjustified war, and that a pistol of Saddam Hussein's is not seen as some strange symbol of victory in that horrendous misjudgment," said Tex Sample, a Methodist Church elder who opposed the selection of the site.

The Bush Institute calls all of the treasures on display "historic artifacts" which help define the Bush presidency.

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