• 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: 2 hr ago

    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...

  • Looking for a winter hobby? Learning to knit can be easy

    The Associated Press -
    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    When you're stuck inside during a long, cold winter, working on a knitting project can be fun and rewarding. And although sweaters and lacy shawls can seem daunting, knitting is a fairly easy hobby to adopt. Brand-new knitters have plenty of resources. Yarn stores and crafts retailers...

  • Drive-thru review: Get yourself over to Denny's for a skillet before they go bye-bye

    By Ken Hoffman King Features Syndicate -
    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    When I was growing up, I had a friend whose grandfather would take 25 different leftovers in unmarked, undated plastic containers, throw them into a big frying pan, toss in a handful of flour and some butter, and simmer the mess on low heat for about 30 minutes. It's still one of the...

  • Colorado Springs area events for seniors starting Jan. 26, 2015

    By Carlotta Olson -
    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    SENIOR CALENDAR Unless noted, events take place at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., and registration is required: 387-6000, csseniorcenter.com. If cost not listed, call Senior Center for information. Tuesday Internet Safety - 9-11 a.m., $10 Brain Health -...

  • Dating apps more about looks and hook-up efficiency, duh

    BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com -
    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Remember the salad days of online dating? The painstaking hours you spent preening your profile on Match.com or the like, listing your likes and dislikes, answering soul-revealing questions such as "Would you ever eat something out of the trash?" and "How much do you weigh?" The...

  • NAACP president delivers impassioned sermon at Fountain church

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Although Cornell William Brooks came to Colorado Springs to address a population shaken by a potential hate crime, the NAACP president took some time off on Sunday to be a minister, and encouraged his temporary flock to put aside their fears and anger. Brooks delivered an impassioned...

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

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    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: 16 hr ago

    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...

  • Side Streets: Queen of Prince of Blades carved business out of swordplay

    Bill Vogrin
    Updated: 20 hr ago

    In 1994, Dorothy Bretag came into a small inheritance. As she considered how to invest the money, her daughter asked her what she loved. Her answer: swords. It stemmed from watching classic swashbuckler movies about pirates and knights when she was a child. So she and her...