The American Museum of Natural History is hosting its first adults-only sleepover this week, with a champagne reception, live jazz and a three-course dinner. "Every museum is looking for a new way to engage different demographics," said Paul Johnson, a fund-raising consultant. "It's about cultivating future audiences and future donors." Scores of museums offer overnights for children, popularized by the children's tales "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" about runaways hiding in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the book and movie "Night at the Museum," about a watchman who discovers exhibits come to life after visitors leave. Children taking part in overnight programs can solve crimes at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, explore caves at the Cincinnati Museum Center, watch sharks at the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco and snooze inside a submarine at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Shares in troubled Portuguese bank Banco Espirito Santo have plunged by more than 50 percent in volatile early trading on the Lisbon stock exchange a day after it reported a record half-year loss of 3.58 billion euros ($4.8 billion).
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung earned $6.1 billion last quarter but investors were dissatisfied, sending its share price down 4 percent. The panoply of numbers in its earnings report for the April-June quarter show why.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wayne Reynolds, a leading Washington philanthropist, laid out an alternative plan in court hearings this week to save one of the nation's oldest museums and its college as a judge considers whether to break up the nearly 150-year-old Corcoran Gallery of Art.
TOKYO (AP) — Sony Corp. reported a surprise eightfold jump in quarterly profit Thursday as sales got a perk from a cheap yen and its bottom line was helped by gains from selling buildings and its stake in a video-game maker.
A torrent of water spewed from a nearly century-old pipe that burst in Los Angeles, shutting down a section of Sunset Boulevard and inundating the campus of UCLA. Here are some of the numbers behind Tuesday's rupture: