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Travel Picks: Top 10 NFL Tailgating destinations

NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the United States, Autumn means American football and the fans who pack the NFL stadiums will likely fortify themselves for games at traditional pre-game "tailgate" parties held in the parking lot. Whether it's just cold chicken and a soda or a full-on gourmet barbecue with beer, wine, salads and desserts out of the back (tailgate) of your car, football fans will enjoy different traditions at each of the many stadiums around the country. Online travel adviser Cheapflights (www.cheapflights.com) offers its top 10 list of the best tailgate destinations. Reuters has not endorsed this list:

Three men investigated over $130 million French art heist

PARIS (Reuters) - Three men are being formally investigated over the theft of five famous paintings by artists including Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse from a French museum, the Paris Prosecutor's office said on Saturday, in a heist worth $130 million. The artworks, stolen from Paris' Museum of Modern Art 18-months ago after the alarm system failed to trigger, have still not been recovered, said an official from the Prosecutor's office.

Art auction will benefit Elton John's AIDS charity

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Works by Jeff Koons, Keith Haring and four other artists are expected to raise more than $1 million for Elton John's AIDS Foundation (EJAF) when they are sold at auction in November, Sotheby's said Friday. Artists including Jim Hodges, Howard Hodgkin and Tracey Emin will also be represented in the November 10 sale of contemporary art during Sotheby's fall auctions.

Galliano succession talk drowns out drab Dior show

PARIS (Reuters) - Dior remained tight-lipped on Friday about the search to replace John Galliano despite the growing clamor of critics who dismissed the French fashion label's second show since it fired its chief designer as a programmatic repeat of past styles. Dior has now been without a chief designer for half a year since it fired Galliano after he was caught on a video that was widely circulated on the Internet making anti-Semitic remarks in a Paris bar.

California's Bowers Museum opens tombs of China

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The closest one may ever come to being touched by a deity may be at southern California's Bowers Museum when "Warriors, Tombs and Temples: China's Enduring Legacy" opens this week showing off an ornate case that holds a bone from the Buddha's finger. The treasure trove, residing at the Bowers from October 1 through March 4, was excavated from a key area near Xian in Shansi Province, the end point of the Silk Road and capital of the three great unification dynasties, Chin, Han and Tang.

Costa Rica reclaims artifacts from New York museum

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Costa Rica will for the first time display a trove of artifacts, some believed to be more than 2,300 years old, after they were returned unbidden this month from the prestigious Brooklyn Museum in New York. The museum chose to return the pre-Columbian objects, which could help fill gaps in the history of the isthmus nation where tens of thousands of ancient artifacts have been lost to looters.

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