• Batman ride at Six Flags Over Georgia to run backward

    Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) — Holy roller coaster! The Batman ride at Six Flags Over Georgia is going to run backward when the park opens for the season March 14. The ride opened in the park in 1997 and has given more than 16 million rides since then, but they've all been in the same direction....

  • Ireland unveils credit card-style passports for EU travel

    Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland is launching a new plastic passport for travel in Europe — and Irish citizens can provide their own selfies as the ID photo. The credit card-style passports make their debut in July and, according to Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan, can be used to travel...

  • Sailing to Alaska to relax, but learning a little on the way

    Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    SKAGWAY, Alaska (AP) — There are three basic types of vacation in my household. A family vacation entails going to visit far-flung relatives. A learning vacation means exploring a new place with my husband, with lots of sightseeing and guide-book consulting. And a non-learning...

  • National Cowboy Poetry Gathering begins in northeast Nevada

    Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    ELKO, Nev. (AP) — What does the word "buckaroo" mean to you? For poets, musicians and fans, it's the focus of an annual celebration of ranching culture and the rural West in northeast Nevada. The 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering begins Monday and runs all week in Elko. The...

  • Guests evacuated after reports of smoke at Orlando hotel

    Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Fire officials say an extended stay hotel near Orlando has been evacuated after reports of smoke on the third floor. The Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/18jFS4u ) reports a pot on a stove caused the smoke to fill the third floor of the Extended Stay Hotel in South...

  • AirAsia scraps fuel surcharges as oil price plummets

    Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asia's biggest budget carrier AirAsia on Monday scrapped fuel surcharges on tickets following the decline in global oil prices. AirAsia said the move also applies to flights under its long-haul arm AirAsia X. Oil prices are now below $50 per...

  • Holly Springs Elvis "museum" to be auctioned off Jan 31

    Updated: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — Attorney Phillip Knecht says the quirky roadside attraction called "Graceland Too" will be auctioned Jan. 31 — mansion, vehicles, Elvis Presley memorabilia and all. Owner Paul MacLeod of Holly Springs, died July 17. He turned his antebellum mansion into an...

  • Rocky Mountain National Park celebrates 100th anniversary

    Updated: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) — Rocky Mountain National Park has had its ups and downs during the past century. In the 1940s, gas rationing cut attendance, and the park is still trying to recover from devastating floods in 2013. On Monday, the park marks its 100th...

  • Ice caves at Colorado park a winter jewel

    By Jon Mitchell, Glenwood Springs Post Independent -
    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    RIFLE - Walls of limestone tower above Rifle Creek as it runs through Rifle Mountain Park. Water flows down from the top of these cliffs, but not all of it reaches the creek right away, especially at this time of year. It's from December until the end of February, typically, that...

  • Colorado travel calendar starting Jan. 25, 2015

    The Gazette
    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    Colorado Calendar Be sure to call before you go. Many events are free; some charge admission or require tickets. Events are subject to change. Phone numbers without a designated area code are 719. Monday - Broomfield, Sam Smith, 7:30 p.m., 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane,...

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