• Snowy February meant fewer people in Colorado Springs hotels

    By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    Lots of snow in February meant there was plenty of room in Colorado Springs hotels last month. The occupancy rate for local hotels fell to 50.3 percent in February from 52.6 percent a year earlier, the first decline since November and only the second in the past 10 months, according...

  • Denver botanic garden draws more visitors than any other

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    DENVER — Denver Botanic Gardens had more visitors last year than any other public garden in North America, edging out the Washington, D.C., attraction that usually tops the list. Denver gardens CEO Brian Vogt credited a popular show by contemporary glass artist Dale Chihuly and the...

  • Minnesota tourist drowns while swimming in Gulf of Mexico

    Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 44-year-old Minnesota man apparently drowned while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. Ian Johnson was pulled from the water off of Destin on Thursday afternoon. Okaloosa County Sheriff's officials say Johnson, of Woodbury, Minnesota, became...

  • Group completes 900-mile trek through Florida for wildlife

    Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE, Fla. (AP) — Tampa-based photographer and ecologist Carlton Ward Jr. traveled the world for breathtaking landscape and wildlife images before he turned his lens on what he terms his own backyard — the swamps, forests and beaches of Florida. Ward and two...

  • Injured passenger flown from cruise ship to San Diego

    Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A woman passenger who suffered a head injury in a fall aboard a cruise ship off California has been flown to San Diego for treatment. The Coast Guard says the crew of the Carnival Imagination requested assistance around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter...

  • Terror attack in Tunisia a fresh blow to tourism industry

    Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    The terror attack in Tunisia that killed 21 people is a fresh blow to the North African nation's tourism industry, which has been struggling since the country's revolution of 2011. Cruise companies canceled stops in the country as 17 of the victims at the Bardo National Museum in...

  • UK court bars 5 girls from travel over Syria fears

    Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — A British judge has barred five teenage girls from traveling after they showed an interest in going to Syria. High Court judge Anthony Hayden made the 15- and 16-year-olds wards of court, which prevents them from leaving England and Wales. He also ordered their passports...

  • Emails: UN health agency resisted declaring Ebola emergency

    Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    GENEVA (AP) — In a delay that some say may have cost lives, the World Health Organization resisted calling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a public health emergency until last summer, two months after staff raised the possibility and long after a senior manager called for a drastic...

  • Weekend maintenance planned for JFK, Newark AirTrains

    Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says it's planning weekend maintenance on the AirTrains at Kennedy and Newark Liberty airports. Free shuttle buses will be provided to the terminals and parking lots. The JFK maintenance is scheduled from 9 p.m. Friday to...

  • Albuquerque visitors bureau, innkeepers group mending fences

    Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau and a metro-area hotel group appear to be mending fences. The Albuquerque Journal (http://goo.gl/fxgHNX ) reports that tensions between the bureau and the Greater Albuquerque Innkeepers Association appear to have...

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