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  • Cuomo announces upstate NY bus tours

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is launching a new bus service that will carry tourists from New York City to destinations upstate and on Long Island. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the new I Love New York bus program Wednesday. The service will begin this month with Saturday trips to the North Fork Wine Trail on Long Island. The bus will pick up...

  • Crews hope to reopen Trail Ridge Road by Saturday

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) — Transportation officials clearing two- to three-foot snow drifts from Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park hope to have the iconic route opened by this weekend. Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson says snowplow drivers are battling icy conditions and low visibility, but it does not appear that...

  • Official: Donations drying up for Lincoln library

    CHICAGO (AP) — Top officials at the foundation behind the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum said Wednesday that fundraising is drying up because of tensions between the library's executive director and the director of the state agency that oversees it. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation's chair and CEO told a...

  • Federal grant to boost air travel out of Yakima

    YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell says the Yakima Airport will receive a $290,000 grant to boost travel service to Seattle and establish a new flight to Portland. Cantwell says the money comes from the Small Community Air Service Development Grant Program. The grant is being matched by the City of Yakima. The money will go...

  • Miss. tourism officials seek bigger promo budget

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi tourism officials are requesting more public money to promote the state in big media markets such as Atlanta and Chicago, hoping the investment will lure travelers to play golf, visit civil-rights landmarks or hear authentic blues music close to its roots. State tourism director Malcolm White told legislative...

  • Jamaica sets campaign to develop sports tourism

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica is launching an initiative to develop sports tourism on the island that is the world's dominant sprinting hothouse. The initiative dubbed Jamaica Sport is part of an effort to diversify the tropical nation's tourism offerings. Tourism Minister Wykeham McNeill notes Jamaica's sprinting dominance at the Olympics...

  • Foundation work for new Port of Long Beach bridge

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — After extensive preparatory work, construction crews are pouring the foundation of a bridge that will replace an aging span at the Port of Long Beach. The new Gerald Desmond Bridge will help connect the seaports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, which together handle 40 percent of the nation's import trade. On...

  • State seeks to prevent sale of amusement park

    MEADVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The state attorney general's office has asked a judge to stop the sheriff's sale of a 122-year-old amusement park in northwestern Pennsylvania. Conneaut (kaw-nee-AWT') Lake Park is scheduled to be sold on Nov. 7 to recoup more than $927,000 in taxes owed to Crawford County and other entities. But in papers filed...

  • Hong Kong protesters try to win over tourists

    HONG KONG (AP) — The luxury boutiques of Hong Kong's Tsim Shai Tsui district are so mobbed with vacationing Chinese customers that store owners have put up red velvet ropes to control the crowds. Pro-democracy protesters saw it as a perfect spot to spread the word to their mainland brethren. But instead of support, many of the young...

  • Bieber, Kardashian, Vuitton $100M venue wrap Paris

    PARIS (AP) — Louis Vuitton's show caused traffic chaos early Wednesday with photographers clambering to get the must-have shot of guests Jennifer Connelly, Selena Gomez, Sofia Coppola and Michelle Williams. Designer Nicolas Ghesquiere's only second ready-to-wear collection since Marc Jacobs' departure last year, was an ode to the '60s. It...

  • New Mexico hopes 'singing road' curbs speeding

    TIJERAS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico transportation officials are hoping an experiment along historic Route 66 will curb speeding. Tigress Productions is creating a 'singing road' between Albuquerque and the mountain community of Tijeras for a new National Geographic Channel series dubbed Crowd Control. The show will debut in November. The road...

  • Ghost towns of the Southwest

    DEATH VALLEY JUNCTION, Calif. (AP) — The Amargosa Hotel was once a hub of activity, the Spanish Colonial-style buildings filled with workers from the Pacific Coast Borax company. Once the mine shut down, the people left, leaving the U-shaped hotel and the opera house attached to it at the center of what is now considered a ghost town. "There...

  • Ranchers ask court to block fencing to aid mouse

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico ranchers are asking a federal judge to block the Forest Service from fencing off riparian areas in two national forests to protect the habitat of a tiny mouse. The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/1pqf2t0 ) reports that the requested temporary restraining order would apply to fencing in the Lincoln and...

  • Teen beaten at Six Flags undergoes skull surgery

    UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy critically injured at Six Flags America during the first night of its Halloween event, Fright Fest, has undergone surgery on his skull and is in a coma. The teen was beaten outside the Upper Marlboro park Saturday in brawls that witnesses described as chaotic. Prince George's County police are...

  • NY's Central Park Zoo getting 2 grizzly bears

    NEW YORK (AP) — Grizzly bears Betty and Veronica are moving into a new home. The two, who have been at the Bronx Zoo since 1995, are getting new digs at the Central Park Zoo. The Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs both zoos, says the pair will live in an exhibit that has housed the beloved polar bear Gus who died last year. The...

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