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Titanic-themed cruise delayed by high winds

LONDON (AP) -- A memorial cruise retracing the route of the Titanic 100 years since it sank has been slightly delayed because of high winds, a cruise spokeswoman said Monday.

The Titanic Memorial Cruise arrived at the town of Cobh, on Ireland's southern coast, about two hours later than scheduled due to the bad weather, Rachel O'Reilly said.

The vessel, called the MS Balmoral, set sail Sunday from Southampton in southern England for the 12-night cruise.

Cobh, once known as Queenstown, was the Titanic's last port of call before it set out across the Atlantic in April 1912.

The ship, which carries 1,309 passengers -- including relatives of some of the more than 1,500 Titanic passengers who died -- was to leave Cobh around midnight for the North Atlantic site where the ship hit an iceberg and sank, O'Reilly said. The cruise seeks to duplicate the Titanic's onboard experience that preceded the disaster. Many passengers are dressed in period costumes for the journey, as are crew members and stewards.


Modified museum set to cite Stalin horrors

GORI, Georgia (AP) -- A museum that has honored Josef Stalin in Georgia since 1937 is being remodeled to exhibit the atrocities that were committed during the Soviet dictator's rule.

Georgian Culture Minister Nika Rurua said Monday that his nation, which became independent in 1991, can no longer host a museum "glorifying the Soviet dictator."

Stalin was born Josef Dzhugashvili in this central Georgian town in 1879, and the museum opened at the height of purges that left hundreds of thousands of people executed and millions imprisoned or exiled.

The museum remained open despite Russia's de-Stalinization campaign and the denunciation of his cult of personality that successor Nikita S. Khrushchev declared in 1956.

The gigantic museum includes the house where Stalin was born and about 47,000 exhibits, including his personal belongings and death masks.