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Group finalizes endangered orcas proposals with ban on tours

SEATTLE (AP) - A Washington state task force on critically endangered Northwest orcas is calling for a temporary ban on boat tours as part of a slate of recommendations to Gov. Jay Inslee ahead of the next legislative session. The group wants to suspend whale
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Group finalizes endangered orcas proposals with ban on tours

SEATTLE (AP) - A Washington state task force on critically endangered Northwest orcas is calling for a temporary ban on boat tours as part of a slate of recommendations to Gov. Jay Inslee ahead of the next legislative session. The group wants to suspend whale-watching boat tours focused on the ...

Arizona governor fires embattled state parks director

PHOENIX (AP) - Embattled Arizona state Parks Director Sue Black was fired Friday following numerous complaints, including the bulldozing of potential archaeological sites to rush development of cabins and other improvements. Gov. Doug Ducey announced in a new
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Arizona governor fires embattled state parks director

PHOENIX (AP) - Embattled Arizona state Parks Director Sue Black was fired Friday following numerous complaints, including the bulldozing of potential archaeological sites to rush development of cabins and other improvements. Gov. Doug Ducey announced in a news release that Black and deputy director Jim Keegan were departing Arizona State ...

300K visitors expected in Las Vegas for Thanksgiving

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Tourism officials expect 300,000 people to visit Las Vegas for Thanksgiving. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority on Friday said those visitors will spend roughly $226 million between Wednesday and Nov. 24. More than 91 percent of
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300K visitors expected in Las Vegas for Thanksgiving

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Tourism officials expect 300,000 people to visit Las Vegas for Thanksgiving. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority on Friday said those visitors will spend roughly $226 million between Wednesday and Nov. 24. More than 91 percent of the destination's 147,600 hotel rooms will be occupied ...

Museum sells 2 paintings for more than $19.5M

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Santa Fe's Georgia O'Keeffe Museum sold two paintings for more than $19.5 million. The Albuquerque Journal reports «A Street,» from 1926, and 1928's «Calla Lilies on Red» sold in Sotheby's contemporary art auctio
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Museum sells 2 paintings for more than $19.5M

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Santa Fe's Georgia O'Keeffe Museum sold two paintings for more than $19.5 million. The Albuquerque Journal reports «A Street,» from 1926, and 1928's «Calla Lilies on Red» sold in Sotheby's contemporary art auction Wednesday in New York. «A Street,» a painting from O'Keeffe's small series ...

Airbnb says revenue for 3Q was best ever, topping $1 billion

NEW YORK (AP) - Airbnb says it had its best quarter ever, even as cities across the U.S. have started clamping down on the short-term rental market. The private San Francisco-based company said Friday its revenue for the third quarter easily topped $1 billio
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Airbnb says revenue for 3Q was best ever, topping $1 billion

NEW YORK (AP) - Airbnb says it had its best quarter ever, even as cities across the U.S. have started clamping down on the short-term rental market. The private San Francisco-based company said Friday its revenue for the third quarter easily topped $1 billion as guest reservations boomed internationally in ...

2 small airlines protest price of Kansas City airport plan

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Two small airlines are protesting the price tag for the new single terminal project at Kansas City International Airport. Executives at Spirit and Allegiant airlines outlined their concerns in letters to the Kansas City Council Airpor
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2 small airlines protest price of Kansas City airport plan

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Two small airlines are protesting the price tag for the new single terminal project at Kansas City International Airport. Executives at Spirit and Allegiant airlines outlined their concerns in letters to the Kansas City Council Airport Committee, citing the $1.6 billion project price and cost-sharing ...

Report: Russia has access to UK visa processing

MOSCOW (AP) - Investigative group Bellingcat and Russian website 'The Insider' claim Russian intelligence has infiltrated the computer infrastructure of a company that processes British visa applications. The investigation, published Friday, aims to show how
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Report: Russia has access to UK visa processing

MOSCOW (AP) - Investigative group Bellingcat and Russian website 'The Insider' claim Russian intelligence has infiltrated the computer infrastructure of a company that processes British visa applications. The investigation, published Friday, aims to show how two suspected Russian military intelligence agents, who have been charged with poisoning a former Russian ...

FDR site hosting showcase featuring veteran artists, writers

HYDE PARK, N.Y. (AP) - An annual event showcasing artwork, crafts, and performances by active duty military members and veterans is being held at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum. The sixth annual Veteran Arts Showcase is being held Friday evenin
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FDR site hosting showcase featuring veteran artists, writers

HYDE PARK, N.Y. (AP) - An annual event showcasing artwork, crafts, and performances by active duty military members and veterans is being held at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum. The sixth annual Veteran Arts Showcase is being held Friday evening through Sunday at the FDR site in Hyde ...

A look at Americans who have been detained in North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea says it is expelling American Bruce Byron Lowrance after he slipped unlawfully into the police state known for its anti-U.S. fervor. He is believed to be the same person who was deported by South Korea a year ago after be
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A look at Americans who have been detained in North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea says it is expelling American Bruce Byron Lowrance after he slipped unlawfully into the police state known for its anti-U.S. fervor. He is believed to be the same person who was deported by South Korea a year ago after being caught wandering near ...

Luxury hotel built in former pit mine to open in China

SHANGHAI (AP) - A luxury hotel opening outside Shanghai is offering guests with deep pockets the chance of a very deep sleep. The 18-story Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland Hotel has been built into the side of a huge hole in the ground left by a former mi
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Luxury hotel built in former pit mine to open in China

SHANGHAI (AP) - A luxury hotel opening outside Shanghai is offering guests with deep pockets the chance of a very deep sleep. The 18-story Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland Hotel has been built into the side of a huge hole in the ground left by a former mine pit. A UNESCO representative ...

Alaska Airlines announces service to Everett airport

SEATTLE (AP) - Alaska Airlines says it expects service to and from the Everett airport in Washington state to begin in February pending final federal government approval. KOMO-TV reports the Seattle-based airline is planning to offer 18 non-stop flights from
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Alaska Airlines announces service to Everett airport

SEATTLE (AP) - Alaska Airlines says it expects service to and from the Everett airport in Washington state to begin in February pending final federal government approval. KOMO-TV reports the Seattle-based airline is planning to offer 18 non-stop flights from Everett to eight cities along the West Coast, including Portland, ...

Permit system to limit hiking in Oregon wilderness areas

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service is planning to implement a new permit system to limit the number of hikers in three of Oregon's most popular wilderness areas. The Statesman Journal reports the federal agency announced the system Thursday that aims
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Permit system to limit hiking in Oregon wilderness areas

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service is planning to implement a new permit system to limit the number of hikers in three of Oregon's most popular wilderness areas. The Statesman Journal reports the federal agency announced the system Thursday that aims to reduce the damage caused by the ...

Beloved toy store FAO Schwarz makes its comeback

NEW YORK (AP) - Three years after it closed its beloved toy store on Fifth Avenue, FAO Schwarz is making a return to New York. A new FAO opens Friday in Manhattan's Rockefeller Center, about 10 blocks from its former home near Central Park. For more than 150
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Beloved toy store FAO Schwarz makes its comeback

NEW YORK (AP) - Three years after it closed its beloved toy store on Fifth Avenue, FAO Schwarz is making a return to New York. A new FAO opens Friday in Manhattan's Rockefeller Center, about 10 blocks from its former home near Central Park. For more than 150 years, FAO ...

Major hotels in China inspected after room cleaning expose

BEIJING (AP) - The Chinese tourism ministry has asked authorities in Beijing, Shanghai and three provinces to investigate room cleaning at 14 major hotels after hidden camera video showed workers using used towels to clean cups and glasses and other questiona
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Major hotels in China inspected after room cleaning expose

BEIJING (AP) - The Chinese tourism ministry has asked authorities in Beijing, Shanghai and three provinces to investigate room cleaning at 14 major hotels after hidden camera video showed workers using used towels to clean cups and glasses and other questionable practices. Several of the hotels including a Shangri-La, Sheraton ...

FBI re-creates decoy heads Alcatraz inmates used in escape

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Half a century after a notorious prison escape from Alcatraz Island, the FBI has created replicas of decoy heads that inmates used to distract guards from a plan that still captivates researchers and tourists. Authorities on Thursday unve
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FBI re-creates decoy heads Alcatraz inmates used in escape

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Half a century after a notorious prison escape from Alcatraz Island, the FBI has created replicas of decoy heads that inmates used to distract guards from a plan that still captivates researchers and tourists. Authorities on Thursday unveiled 3D-printed copies of the decoys that inmates Frank ...

Southwest announces 2 new nonstop flights from Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Southwest Airlines has announced two new nonstop flights from Omaha. The airline will begin offering daily nonstop flights to and from San Diego in June. Also starting in June, it will offer once-a-week nonstop flights to and from Nashville
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Southwest announces 2 new nonstop flights from Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Southwest Airlines has announced two new nonstop flights from Omaha. The airline will begin offering daily nonstop flights to and from San Diego in June. Also starting in June, it will offer once-a-week nonstop flights to and from Nashville. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Alaska Airlines ...

Death penalty sought in killing of Vietnamese tour leaders

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a 31-year-old convicted felon accused of killing two Vietnamese tour leaders last June during a break-in robbery in their room at a Las Vegas Strip hotel. Julius Trotter's attorneys didn't immed
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Death penalty sought in killing of Vietnamese tour leaders

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a 31-year-old convicted felon accused of killing two Vietnamese tour leaders last June during a break-in robbery in their room at a Las Vegas Strip hotel. Julius Trotter's attorneys didn't immediately respond to messages about the decision announced Thursday ...

Icy roads prompt travel alert in northeast North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A travel alert is out for parts of northeastern North Dakota because of icy roads. The state Department of Transportation and the Highway Patrol issued the alert Thursday afternoon. Cities include Grand Forks, Drayton, Lakota, Cooperstow
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Icy roads prompt travel alert in northeast North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A travel alert is out for parts of northeastern North Dakota because of icy roads. The state Department of Transportation and the Highway Patrol issued the alert Thursday afternoon. Cities include Grand Forks, Drayton, Lakota, Cooperstown and surrounding areas. A travel alert means motorists can still ...

Audit cites flaws in costly California bullet train project

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Flawed decision-making and poor contract management contributed to billions in cost overruns and years of delays in the as-yet unbuilt California's high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, state auditors said Thurs
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Audit cites flaws in costly California bullet train project

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Flawed decision-making and poor contract management contributed to billions in cost overruns and years of delays in the as-yet unbuilt California's high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, state auditors said Thursday. The project is now estimated to cost $77 billion and is 15 ...

Panel close to plan for non-Raiders events at Vegas stadium

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A study group is recommending that the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority dedicate about $15 million from existing hotel room tax revenues to fund efforts to book events and shows at the 65,000-seat stadium being built for the Raider
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Panel close to plan for non-Raiders events at Vegas stadium

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A study group is recommending that the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority dedicate about $15 million from existing hotel room tax revenues to fund efforts to book events and shows at the 65,000-seat stadium being built for the Raiders, who are planning to begin playing ...

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