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  • Visitors crowd Vegas buffets for a day of feasting

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas visitors lined up early Thursday at the city's mega-buffets to pile their plates high for an unconventional holiday meal on the Strip. For many, turkey wasn't even at the top of their list. Crab legs were king. That was the case for Josh Wells of Oklahoma City, who brought family and friends to Caesars' Bacchanal...

  • Snow has little impact on holiday travel

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Despite a snowstorm that hit on one of the busiest travel days of the year, highways and airports across New York have seen few big problems. Airports in Buffalo, Rochester, Albany and New York City reported few delays Thursday, a day after a storm brought several inches or more of snow to many parts of the state. Police...

  • US cathedral may become museum to the slave trade

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A plan to open what would be the nation's only museum centered on the trans-Atlantic slave trade would focus on the Episcopal Church's role in its history and the sometimes-buried legacy of slavery in northern states like Rhode Island. The museum at the shuttered Cathedral of St. John, a church where slaves once...

  • New York courts Chinese tourists

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is hoping to cash in on China's growing middle class by attracting more tourists from the world's most populous nation. The state this month approved a $750,000 contract with a travel marketing firm to represent the state in China. The move comes after the state established a tourism office in China with...

  • Tech council: US needs more skilled worker visas

    BOSTON (AP) — The state's technology industry is criticizing President Obama for failing to increase the supply of visas for highly skilled workers. The Massachusetts High Tech Council said the workers are critical to the state's technology sector and the lack of so-called "H-1B" visas presents a looming crisis for the economy, driving...

  • Bahamas fends off critics over new migrant rules

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — On the first day new immigration rules took effect this month in the Bahamas, officers in green fatigues swept through poor sections of the capital filling two yellow school buses with dozens of people who couldn't document their right to be in the island chain. The government, amid fierce criticism of the raid, later...

  • Swiss museum publishes list of Gurlitt works

    BERLIN (AP) — The Swiss museum that inherited a trove of long-hidden art from late German collector Cornelius Gurlitt has published a preliminary list of his collection. Switzerland's Kunstmuseum Bern accepted the bequest Monday, while promising to work with German authorities to make sure any items looted by the Nazis are returned to their...

  • Amsterdam warns of dangerous drugs after 3 deaths

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Health authorities in Amsterdam are warning of dangerous drugs being sold to tourists after three British men died in the past month after snorting heroin they may have believed was cocaine. A large sign outside the Dutch capital's Central Station warned Thursday, "Extremely dangerous cocaine is sold to tourists" in the area....

  • Who's behind Christmas tree at Paris' Notre Dame?

    PARIS (AP) — Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has a Christmas tree this year thanks to an unusual patron: the Russian government. Amid high tension between Russia and the West over violence in Ukraine, Russia's ambassador to France says the "tree is a message of peace." When the rector of Notre Dame told foreign embassies this month that the...

  • Las Vegas visitor traffic up 3 percent in October

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tourism officials say nearly 3.6 million people visited Las Vegas in October, up 3.2 percent compared with a year ago. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority said Wednesday that visitor traffic has been up every month this year compared with the same time a year ago. That uptick occurred despite 9 percent fewer...

  • UA marks anniversary of meteorite hitting woman

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — There's only one documented case of a meteorite hitting a person, and it happened in the east Alabama town of Sylacauga. The University of Alabama is marking the 60th anniversary of that odd occurrence at the Alabama Museum of Natural History in Tuscaloosa. A special exhibit about the space rock that hit Ann Hodges on...

  • Massachusetts sloshing through messy winter storm

    BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts residents were sloshing their way through a messy winter storm that descended on the state on the day many people take to the highways for Thanksgiving travel. The first major winter storm of the season hit the state Wednesday, bringing a sloppy mixture of rain, sleet and snow. There were more than 30,000 power...

  • Traffic, police patrols expected to be higher

    VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Higher traffic volumes and a heavier police presence are expected on Michigan roadways during the Thanksgiving holiday period. About 1.5 million state residents are projected to travel at least 50 miles between Wednesday and Sunday — a 4 percent increase over 2013 — AAA Michigan said. State police also have...

  • Weather favorable for travelers except East Coast, mountains

    Start cooking up your Thanksgiving excuses to stay inside and nap in the easy chair post-turkey dinner, because "it's cold outside" won't fly this year. This Thanksgiving, high temperatures in Colorado Springs up through Denver are expected to be in the 60s, much higher than the average mid-40s for late November. Pueblo might even heat up to...

  • Winter storm snarls pre-Thanksgiving travel

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A winter storm in south-central Minnesota is creating difficult driving conditions on one of the busiest travel days of the year. The Minnesota State Patrol says troopers have handled nearly 400 crashes and more than 200 spinouts statewide as of 4 p.m. Wednesday. Fifty-five of those crashes involved injuries, including one...

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