<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> travel]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/travel Tue, 23 May 2017 22:19:11 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[New Jersey's Newark Airport reopens after plane engine fire]]> http://gazette.com/new-jerseys-newark-airport-reopens-after-plane-engine-fire/article/feed/463659?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-jerseys-newark-airport-reopens-after-plane-engine-fire/article/feed/463659?custom_click=rss NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport has reopened after a plane engine caught fire, prompting a temporarily closure.

United Airlines Flight 1579 from Newark to San Francisco was scheduled to take off Tuesday night when officials say its engine caught fire.

A spokesman for United, Jonathan Guerin, says the tower notified the crew of what appeared to be flames from one of the engines. He says the crew immediately deployed the plane's slides and evacuated the passengers.

The airport says on Twitter that five people suffered minor injuries.

United says it's working to get the passengers to San Francisco as soon as possible.

The airport says travelers should expect delays for th

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]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 21:54:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Landslide on California highway part of $1 billion in damage]]> http://gazette.com/landslide-on-california-highway-part-of-1-billion-in-damage/article/feed/463539?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/landslide-on-california-highway-part-of-1-billion-in-damage/article/feed/463539?custom_click=rss

A massive landslide that went into the Pacific Ocean is the latest natural disaster to hit a California community that relies heavily on an iconic coastal highway and tourism to survive, and it adds to a record $1 billion in highway damage from one of the state's wettest winters in decades.

The weekend slide in Big Sur buried a portion of Highway 1 under a 40-foot layer of rock and dirt and changed the coastline below to include what now looks like a rounded skirt hem, Susana Cruz, a spokeswoman with the California Department of Transportation, said Tuesday.

More than 1 million tons of rock and dirt tumbled down a saturated slope in an area called Mud Creek. The slide is covering up about a one-quarter-of-a-mile (0.

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]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 21:25:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Christie lays out train deal, Cuomo set for 'summer of hell']]> http://gazette.com/christie-lays-out-train-deal-cuomo-set-for-summer-of-hell/article/feed/463491?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/christie-lays-out-train-deal-cuomo-set-for-summer-of-hell/article/feed/463491?custom_click=rss

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday unveiled a plan to limit the impact on New Jersey commuters during an emergency track repair project at Penn Station, while New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo cautioned commuters in his state to prepare for a "summer of hell."

Christie said that only riders on New Jersey Transit's Morris and Essex Line's Midtown Direct service would be affected by the work from July through Labor Day, with their trains ending in Hoboken. He added that other lines were not expected to have significant delays but that he wouldn't guarantee it.

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]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 20:02:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Uber admits stiffing NYC drivers by millions of dollars]]> http://gazette.com/uber-admits-stiffing-nyc-drivers-by-millions-of-dollars/article/feed/463617?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uber-admits-stiffing-nyc-drivers-by-millions-of-dollars/article/feed/463617?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Uber on Tuesday admitted to underpaying its New York City drivers tens of millions of dollars for the past 2 1/2 years.

"We are committed to paying every driver every penny they are owed — plus interest — as quickly as possible," Uber executive Rachel Holt said in a statement. "We are working hard to regain driver trust, and that means being transparent, sticking to our word, and making the Uber experience better from end to end."

The ride-hailing company said each affected driver would get a refund of about $900, which includes interest. Uber did not give an exact figure on how many drivers it has in the city, but said it was in the tens of thousands.

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]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 19:23:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Experts: Traveler should have drawn scrutiny before flight]]> http://gazette.com/experts-traveler-should-have-drawn-scrutiny-before-flight/article/feed/463455?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/experts-traveler-should-have-drawn-scrutiny-before-flight/article/feed/463455?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man acted strangely long before he caused a disturbance on a plane that prompted fighter jets to accompany it to Hawaii, but a lack of communication and an airline's hesitancy to be caught on video booting a passenger could have played a role in allowing him to fly, experts say.

Anil Uskanli, 25, of Turkey, had purchased a ticket at an airline counter in the middle of the night with no luggage and had been arrested after opening a door to a restricted airfield at Los Angeles International Airport. Airport police did not notify the airline, but they said it isn't common practice.

After bizarre behavior on board Friday, including trying to get to the front of the jet, he was arrested by FBI agents and cha

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]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 19:04:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Losing their kicks? Funds for Route 66 towns may be at risk]]> http://gazette.com/losing-their-kicks-funds-for-route-66-towns-may-be-at-risk/article/feed/463461?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/losing-their-kicks-funds-for-route-66-towns-may-be-at-risk/article/feed/463461?custom_click=rss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Route 66, the historic American roadway that linked Chicago to the West Coast, soon may be dropped from a National Park Service preservation program, which would end years of efforts aimed at reviving old tourist spots in struggling towns.

A federal law authorizing the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is set to expire in two years, and some lawmakers are working to save the program or get Congress to designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail. That designation would set aside preservation funds annually.

The deadline, first reported by The Herald-News in Joliet, Illinois, also has Route 66 enthusiasts and preservation advocates scrambling to make sure the program or an alternative is main

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]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 18:10:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Boston museum doubles reward for stolen artwork to $10M]]> http://gazette.com/boston-museum-doubles-reward-for-stolen-artwork-to-10m/article/feed/463572?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/boston-museum-doubles-reward-for-stolen-artwork-to-10m/article/feed/463572?custom_click=rss BOSTON (AP) — A Boston museum has doubled its reward to $10 million for information that leads to the return of 13 works of art stolen more than two decades ago in the largest art heist in U.S. history.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's board of trustees announced the increase Tuesday.

"It is our fervent hope that by increasing the reward, our resolve is clear that we want the safe return of the works to their rightful place and back in public view," said Steve Kidder, president of the museum's board.

Two men dressed in Boston police uniforms gained entrance to the museum on March 18, 1990, by telling the security guard at the watch desk that they were responding to a report of a disturbance, according to authorit

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]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 17:13:32 -0600 <![CDATA[Hemingway house changes hands, still off limits to public]]> http://gazette.com/hemingway-house-changes-hands-still-off-limits-to-public/article/feed/463586?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hemingway-house-changes-hands-still-off-limits-to-public/article/feed/463586?custom_click=rss

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Ownership of the Idaho house where Ernest Hemingway wrote some of his last works before killing himself in the main entryway in 1961 has changed hands but will stay off limits to the public.

The Nature Conservancy transferred the two-story, 2,500-square-foot house in the Idaho resort town of Ketchum earlier this month as a gift to the Community Library, a privately funded public library.

Library officials say an apartment in the house will be renovated for a residency program for visiting writers, scholars and artists starting next year.

"What having the Hemingway house does for the Community Library is situate our Idaho community in this global network," executive director Jenny Emery Davidson sai

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]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 17:02:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Gulf Coast anglers plan protest against fishing limits]]> http://gazette.com/gulf-coast-anglers-plan-protest-against-fishing-limits/article/feed/463502?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gulf-coast-anglers-plan-protest-against-fishing-limits/article/feed/463502?custom_click=rss

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — Recreational anglers along the Gulf Coast are planning a floating protest against strict federal limits on red snapper fishing that they say are hurting businesses throughout the region.

Demonstrations are being organized in fishing ports in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi for June 4, with boat owners and captains planning to gather in marinas and passes to show their opposition to the rule.

The demonstration will be held a day after the federal three-day fishing season ends for red snapper, one of the region's most popular catches.

An organizer of the Alabama protest at Orange Beach, Justin Fadalla, said the demonstrations are the start of a movement, yet they won't provide an answer to a l

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]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 15:44:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Nearly 740,000 foreigners overstayed US visas last year]]> http://gazette.com/nearly-740000-foreigners-overstayed-us-visas-last-year/article/feed/463248?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nearly-740000-foreigners-overstayed-us-visas-last-year/article/feed/463248?custom_click=rss

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Nearly 740,000 foreigners who were supposed to leave the United States during a recent 12-month period overstayed their visas, the Homeland Security Department said Monday, detailing a crucial but often overlooked contributor to the number of people in the country illegally.

President Donald Trump has proposed spending billions of dollars to erect a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico and hire more border agents, but those measures would not address people who arrive legally and stay after their visas expire. An estimated 40 percent of the roughly 11 million people in the country illegally stayed past their visas.

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]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 17:24:25 -0600 <![CDATA[NY senators: Withhold Penn Station funds because of delays]]> http://gazette.com/ny-senators-withhold-penn-station-funds-because-of-delays/article/feed/463179?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ny-senators-withhold-penn-station-funds-because-of-delays/article/feed/463179?custom_click=rss ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Some New York state lawmakers want to withhold millions of dollars of funding from Penn Station until Amtrak resolves chronic commuter train delays at the busy New York City train facility.

The bill before the state Senate would direct the Long Island Rail Road and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority not to make payments to Penn Station through the rest of 2017 until 95 percent of the trains using the station are on time for at least one month. Amtrak operates the station.

While the legislative proposal hasn't been scheduled for a vote, it highlights the mounting frustration with the cramped, aging facility, which has seen a series of problems including two recent derailments.

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]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 16:33:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Boeing blamed for maintenance errors on Air Force One]]> http://gazette.com/boeing-blamed-for-maintenance-errors-on-air-force-one/article/feed/463214?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/boeing-blamed-for-maintenance-errors-on-air-force-one/article/feed/463214?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Boeing mechanics are to blame for accidental contamination of oxygen systems aboard one of the modified Boeing 747 planes known as Air Force One used for presidential travel, the Air Force said in an investigation report.

The plane was undergoing extensive maintenance at a Boeing facility in San Antonio, Texas, when the mishap occurred in April 2016. No one was injured.

An Air Force accident investigation report released this month faulted three Boeing mechanics for supplying and using tools and parts that did not meet cleanliness standards while checking oxygen lines for leaks. The standards are meant to prevent a fire hazard. The mechanics also used an unauthorized cleaning procedure.

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]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 16:12:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Brazil packed with travel riches, so why so few tourists?]]> http://gazette.com/brazil-packed-with-travel-riches-so-why-so-few-tourists/article/feed/463101?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brazil-packed-with-travel-riches-so-why-so-few-tourists/article/feed/463101?custom_click=rss

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil is home to the largest rainforest on Earth. It has miles of sandy, deserted beaches, and stunning flat-topped mountains. It invented samba and a devilish little drink called the caipirinha. It has massive reserves for native peoples and charming colonial towns built by the Portuguese.

Despite the seeming abundance of riches for travelers, it has a tourism problem. Because while you may have heard about the Amazon or the stunning beaches of Rio de Janeiro, you have probably also heard that Brazil has high crime, was swept by a Zika outbreak and that its politicians have concocted the largest graft scheme in Latin American history.

Most likely you've never visited Brazil. Only 6.6 million foreigners di

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]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 09:55:31 -0600 <![CDATA[AP Exclusive: UN health agency slammed for high travel costs]]> http://gazette.com/ap-exclusive-un-health-agency-slammed-for-high-travel-costs/article/feed/463100?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-exclusive-un-health-agency-slammed-for-high-travel-costs/article/feed/463100?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, traveled to Guinea earlier this month to join the country's president in celebrating the world's first Ebola vaccine.

After praising health workers in West Africa for their triumph over the lethal virus, Chan spent the night in the presidential suite at the beach-side Palm Camayenne hotel. The suite, equipped with marble bathrooms and a dining room that seats eight, has an advertised price of 900 euros ($1,008) per night.

Some say such luxurious accommodations send the wrong message to the rest of WHO's 7,000 staffers — and may hurt the cash-strapped health agency's fundraising efforts to fight diseases worldwide.

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]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 09:00:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Czechs to build rail network for high-speed trains]]> http://gazette.com/czechs-to-build-rail-network-for-high-speed-trains/article/feed/463082?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/czechs-to-build-rail-network-for-high-speed-trains/article/feed/463082?custom_click=rss PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government has approved a plan to build a rail network for high-speed trains.

Transport Minister Dan Tok says the network will be designed for trains traveling at a speed of over 300 kph (185 mph) like in some other European countries, such as France. It should cost around 650 billion koruna ($27.6 billion).

The network would link the country with similar networks in neighboring countries, especially Germany.

The first such railway is scheduled to connect the Czech and German capitals, Prague and Berlin.

But it wasn't immediately clear when construction might begin.

Tok said Monday that his ministry has been working on legislation that would make it possible to start "soon." He hasn

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]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 08:16:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorful Colorado: 'On the road to nowhere,' Westcliffe is calling]]> http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-on-the-road-to-nowhere-westcliffe-is-calling/article/1603524?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-on-the-road-to-nowhere-westcliffe-is-calling/article/1603524?custom_click=rss

WESTCLIFFE - The drive south starts out barren, the empty ribbons of dusty road carving through towns of crumbling buildings and rusting trailer homes, past barbed-wire fences wrapping open land and fields slowly turning green.

Soon the landscape warps. Now Colorado 96 climbs into the San Isabel National Forest, and the rock outcrops show off their shapes and colors, red and pink, gunpowder gray and green with lichen.

And then a great blue clearing: the Sangre de Cristos to the west, the Wet Mountains to the east. And in the middle of it all, a little street.

"We're like a diamond in the rough," says Wanda Jennings, the wide-smiling clerk at Westcliffe's Town Hall.

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Sun, 21 May 2017 12:52:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Seasoned with salt: A look at Senegal's colorful Lac Rose]]> http://gazette.com/seasoned-with-salt-a-look-at-senegals-colorful-lac-rose/article/1603525?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/seasoned-with-salt-a-look-at-senegals-colorful-lac-rose/article/1603525?custom_click=rss

Not surprisingly, my tracksuit-wearing guide slid onto the back of his dromedary with great ease and aplomb, barely noticing that the camel let out a huff as he settled into the saddle, and lifted the rope that was attached to its jaw. I, meanwhile, was hesitant, gingerly stepping to the animal's side, leery of being spit on.

My camel was down on all fours and looked lethargic in the hot sand. Inappropriately dressed in capri pants and flip-flops, I must have grimaced slightly as I surveyed the scene, because the man who had just taken my $13 at the little hut where a few other camels were lounging laughed and told me in English not to worry.

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]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 04:20:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Exploring Austria like a local in delightful towns unfamiliar to most American tourists]]> http://gazette.com/exploring-austria-like-a-local-in-delightful-towns-unfamiliar-to-most-american-tourists/article/1603058?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/exploring-austria-like-a-local-in-delightful-towns-unfamiliar-to-most-american-tourists/article/1603058?custom_click=rss

Vienna has its cafes, opulent palaces and venues for its legendary classical music scene. Salzburg attracts a crowd with all those churches and castles. But within striking distance of both are delightful corners of Austria where English speakers are rare, crowds are thinner and the gemuetlichkeit is pervasive.

My explorations of the country's lesser-known delights have been led by my Austrian-born mother and cousins who have lived in Upper Austria since birth. During my stays, they've squired me on day trips to a multitude of spots unfamiliar to most U.S. tourists but well-loved among Austrians. By the end of my most recent visit, I had come up with a top three list: The spa village of Bad Schallerbach, the Lake District town of

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Sun, 14 May 2017 06:48:18 -0600