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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Haze nightclub on Las Vegas Strip to close

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials say Haze Nightclub at the Aria will be closing at the end of October to make way for another business. MGM Resorts International released a brief statement Tuesday confirming the closure of the Las Vegas Strip club, which is located inside the Aria resort. They said a new concept will be moving into the space in...

  • Battle of New Orleans cannon gets new carriage

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Spanish cannon used in the Battle of New Orleans and weighing nearly 3 tons was lowered Tuesday by pulleys, chains and muscle onto a new gun carriage like one that might have held it once aboard a navy ship. For generations, the 10½-foot-long, 5,789-pound weapon has sat on three big wooden blocks outside the Cabildo — now...

  • Dead cruise passenger ID'd as South Carolina man

    MIAMI (AP) — Police say a passenger who died in a fall aboard a cruise ship at a Miami dock was a South Carolina man. Miami-Dade County police say in a news release that 20-year-old Kendall Wernet of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, died in what appeared to be an accidental fall Monday aboard the Carnival Ecstasy ship. The ship was docked at...

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