<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> travel]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/travel Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:08:55 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[NTSB urges ban on copter flights with unsafe harness systems]]> http://gazette.com/ntsb-urges-ban-on-copter-flights-with-unsafe-harness-systems/article/feed/549673?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ntsb-urges-ban-on-copter-flights-with-unsafe-harness-systems/article/feed/549673?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — A deadly helicopter crash into a river prompted the National Transportation Safety Board on Monday to call on federal regulators to prohibit commercial flights that use passenger harness systems that do not allow for easy release.

The NTSB's recommendation comes after last week's helicopter crash in the East River. Five passengers who couldn't free themselves from their harnesses drowned when the helicopter rolled over into the water. The pilot, who was not wearing a harness, escaped with only minor injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday temporarily grounded open-door flights with restraints that cannot be quickly released until they're equipped with restraint systems that open with one acti

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]]> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:24:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Want to avoid the flu while flying? Try a window seat]]> http://gazette.com/want-to-avoid-the-flu-while-flying-try-a-window-seat/article/feed/549633?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/want-to-avoid-the-flu-while-flying-try-a-window-seat/article/feed/549633?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Worried about catching a cold or the flu on an airplane? Get a window seat, and don't leave it until the flight is over.

That's what some experts have been saying for years, and it's perhaps the best advice coming out of a new attempt to determine the risks of catching germs on an airplane.

It turns out there's been little research on the risks of catching a cold or flu during air travel. Some experts believed that sitting in a window seat would keep a passenger away from infectious people who may be on the aisle or moving around.

The new study, published Monday, came to the same conclusion.

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]]> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:52:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorful Colorado: The mythical rocks of Spanish Peaks country]]> http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-the-mythical-rocks-of-spanish-peaks-country/article/1622854?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-the-mythical-rocks-of-spanish-peaks-country/article/1622854?custom_click=rss

Huerfano County - From Interstate 25, it's as impossible to miss as the wind turbines that break the view of the mighty twin peaks: a 300-foot mound of what looks like black rubble, a miniature volcano in a field of yucca, cactuses and cow pies.

Huerfano Butte is but one "volcanic cone" spotting the plains of Spanish Peaks country, as described in Ross B. Johnson's 1968 report for the U.S. Department of the Interior. The geology, he wrote, "has inspired men for untold centuries," long before the 1869 expedition of pioneer Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden.

The surveyor was the first known to closely study this land "penetrated with dikes" - the miraculously shaped rock walls that, like the buttes, rose from the Earth.

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Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:24:46 -0600
<![CDATA[The Latest: PGA Tour says safety paramount at Austin event]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-pga-tour-says-safety-paramount-at-austin-event/article/feed/549611?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-pga-tour-says-safety-paramount-at-austin-event/article/feed/549611?custom_click=rss

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the bombings in Austin, Texas (all times local):

1 p.m.

The PGA Tour, which is staging the Dell Match Play Championship in west Austin this week, says its security advisers are collaborating closely with law enforcement to try to ensure the safety of players and fans.

The PGA said Monday that it doesn't comment on the specifics of its security measures, but that the safety of players and fans is its top priority.

Austin has been the site of four bombings this month, including one Sunday night that was triggered by a tripwire and seriously injured two men. The first three attacks used package bombs left on people's doorsteps. They killed two people and injured two others.

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]]> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:10:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Outward Bound: In Garden of the Gods conundrum, public should be ultimate voice]]> http://gazette.com/outward-bound-in-garden-of-the-gods-conundrum-public-should-be-ultimate-voice/article/1622911?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/outward-bound-in-garden-of-the-gods-conundrum-public-should-be-ultimate-voice/article/1622911?custom_click=rss

The Denver artist was "pleasantly surprised" as he cruised around Garden of the Gods, searching for the right place to set up his easel.

It was shortly after 7 a.m. on a weekday before summer. So maybe he shouldn't have been surprised. But he was, because he was cruising, and as someone familiar with these roads in the busy season, Michael Keyes knew how rare and sublime it was to simply cruise.

He found plenty of space to park in the central Garden, then found a spot on the sidewalk where he was alone to sketch the ideal subject.

"Start with the red rocks, they're beautiful and wonderful," Keyes said before the timeless cathedrals soaring from the greenery. "Then there's the other colors around, Pikes Peak in the

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Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:35:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Century-old shipwreck found in Lake Erie, 8 died in sinking]]> http://gazette.com/century-old-shipwreck-found-in-lake-erie-8-died-in-sinking/article/feed/549441?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/century-old-shipwreck-found-in-lake-erie-8-died-in-sinking/article/feed/549441?custom_click=rss TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Shipwreck hunters say they've discovered the remains of a steamer that sank in Lake Erie over a century ago and left eight people dead.

The National Museum of the Great Lakes says the wreck is several miles off the Ohio shore near Lorain, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of Cleveland.

Rob Ruetschle (RICH'-lee) is a member of the Cleveland Underwater Explorers and first located the wreck last summer.

He and others later confirmed the wreckage is from a steam barge called the Margaret Olwill that went down in a storm in 1899.

The captain and his wife were among the dead.

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]]> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 21:33:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Senators want to know how FAA approved open-door flights]]> http://gazette.com/senators-want-to-know-how-faa-approved-open-door-flights/article/feed/549432?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senators-want-to-know-how-faa-approved-open-door-flights/article/feed/549432?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — A deadly helicopter crash has prompted New York's senators to call for an investigation into how the Federal Aviation Administration ever approved open-door helicopter sightseeing flights and tight harness systems.

Democratic U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-sten JIHL'-uh-brand) made the demand in a joint letter on Sunday to the Department of Transportation's inspector general.

They say "clearly something went remarkably wrong" with the FAA's approval process that allowed helicopters that fly with their doors open, often so passengers can take pictures, and use harnesses that can't be quickly released.

On Friday, the FAA temporarily grounded open-door flights and the use of tigh

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]]> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 20:52:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Dog sent overseas by mistake returned to Kansas family]]> http://gazette.com/dog-sent-overseas-by-mistake-returned-to-kansas-family/article/feed/548721?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dog-sent-overseas-by-mistake-returned-to-kansas-family/article/feed/548721?custom_click=rss WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A dog that United Airlines mistakenly flew to Japan is back with its family in Kansas.

The 10-year-old German shepherd named Irgo arrived at a Wichita airport Thursday night after a flight on a private plane that United chartered from Japan.

Kara Swindle and her two children took a United flight Tuesday from Oregon to Kansas City, Missouri, during a move to Wichita, Kansas.

When they went to pick up Irgo, they were shown a Great Dane that was supposed to go to Japan.

United said that the dogs were put on the wrong planes when being moved from connecting flights in Denver.

The airline declined to say how much it spent on Irgo's charter flight.

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]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:56:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Bridge shutdown a reminder of cost of aging infrastructure]]> http://gazette.com/bridge-shutdown-a-reminder-of-cost-of-aging-infrastructure/article/feed/548827?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bridge-shutdown-a-reminder-of-cost-of-aging-infrastructure/article/feed/548827?custom_click=rss NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The perils facing commuters as a tug of war over funding a multibillion-dollar rail project continues were evident as a century-old bridge malfunctioned, suspending train service for hours in and out of New York.

The Portal Bridge just outside Newark became stuck around 4:20 a.m. Friday when workers couldn't get it to realign back into place after performing maintenance work.

One track reopened around 8 a.m., while a second was back in service about 45 minutes later.

Amtrak board chairman Tony Coscia (COASH'-uh) said a power failure contributed to the problem.

A new bridge is part of the first phase of the Gateway project, along with a new rail tunnel into New York.

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]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:53:48 -0600 <![CDATA[New ships, private islands from Royal Caribbean cruises]]> http://gazette.com/new-ships-private-islands-from-royal-caribbean-cruises/article/feed/548805?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-ships-private-islands-from-royal-caribbean-cruises/article/feed/548805?custom_click=rss The cruise line Royal Caribbean International this week announced a slate of improvements: more private island experiences, modernization of existing ships and five new ships.

The brand's new Perfect Day Island Collection kicks off at its private CocoCay island in the Bahamas in 2019. New attractions there include overwater cabanas, zip line and water park. Other private destinations are planned for Asia, Australia and elsewhere in the Caribbean.

Royal Caribbean's newest ship Symphony of the Seas debuts this month. Five more Royal Caribbean ships will launch between 2019 and 2024.

Also planned: a $900 million modernization of 10 existing ships over four years, adding experiential dining, nightlife and attractions like v

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]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:16:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Appeals court lifts halt to Louisiana pipeline construction]]> http://gazette.com/appeals-court-lifts-halt-to-louisiana-pipeline-construction/article/feed/548538?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/appeals-court-lifts-halt-to-louisiana-pipeline-construction/article/feed/548538?custom_click=rss BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A company may resume construction of a crude oil pipeline in a Louisiana swamp, a project that has been on hold for nearly three weeks, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

A lower-court judge had suspended construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline in the Atchafayala Basin, but a divided three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to lift that order.

It remains to be seen, however, how much work Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC will be able to complete before rising water in the basin forces another work stoppage, possibly lasting for months. Construction in the basin began in January.

On Feb. 23, U.S.

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]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 22:02:02 -0600 <![CDATA[NTSB: No abnormalities in engine of helicopter that crashed]]> http://gazette.com/ntsb-no-abnormalities-in-engine-of-helicopter-that-crashed/article/feed/548566?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ntsb-no-abnormalities-in-engine-of-helicopter-that-crashed/article/feed/548566?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Investigators have found nothing wrong with the engine of the helicopter that crashed into New York City's East River, killing five passengers.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday it found "no evidence of abnormalities" during a teardown of the engine. It also said its investigators interviewed the chopper's pilot for the first time.

The five passengers drowned when the helicopter touched down in the river on Sunday and capsized. The pilot survived.

The NTSB says it's examining whether the passengers' safety harnesses hindered their escape from the sinking aircraft.

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]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:35:26 -0600 <![CDATA[US gets tougher on Russia; new sanctions, accusations]]> http://gazette.com/us-gets-tougher-on-russia-new-sanctions-accusations/article/feed/548400?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-gets-tougher-on-russia-new-sanctions-accusations/article/feed/548400?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — In its toughest challenge to Russia to date, the Trump administration accused Moscow on Thursday of an elaborate plot to penetrate America's electric grid, factories, water supply and even air travel through cyber hacking. The U.S. also hit targeted Russians with sanctions for alleged election meddling for the first time since President Donald Trump took office.

The list of Russians being punished includes all 13 indicted last month by special counsel Robert Mueller, a tacit acknowledgement by the administration that at least some of Mueller's Russia-related probe has merit.

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]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:18:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Mayor of Cypriot beach town says boorish tourists unwelcome]]> http://gazette.com/mayor-of-cypriot-beach-town-says-boorish-tourists-unwelcome/article/feed/548525?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mayor-of-cypriot-beach-town-says-boorish-tourists-unwelcome/article/feed/548525?custom_click=rss NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The mayor of one of Cyprus' premier tourist hotspots says police patrols will be stepped up this summer to keep in check boorish visitors who give his town a bad name.

Ayia Napa Mayor Yiannis Karousos told The Associated Press on Thursday that cameras also will be installed to supplement the heightened presence of uniformed and plainclothes officers.

Karousos has declared the binge-drinking tourists known for indulging in public sex unwelcome in Ayia Napa, a resort town famous for its beaches and vibrant club scene.

He says tour operators have been asked not to bring misbehaving vacationers to Ayia Napa as the municipality works to clean up its image as a destination.

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]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:38:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Pot tourists can smoke it where they buy it in San Francisco]]> http://gazette.com/pot-tourists-can-smoke-it-where-they-buy-it-in-san-francisco/article/feed/548299?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pot-tourists-can-smoke-it-where-they-buy-it-in-san-francisco/article/feed/548299?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The smoke was thick and business brisk at the Barbary Coast Dispensary's marijuana smoking lounge, a darkened room that resembles a steakhouse or upscale sports tavern with its red leather seats, deep booths with high dividers, and hardwood floors.

"There's nothing like this in Jersey," said grinning Atlantic City resident Rick Thompson, getting high with his cousins in San Francisco.

In fact, there's nothing like the Barbary Coast lounge almost anywhere in the United States, a conundrum confronting many marijuana enthusiasts who find it increasingly easy to buy pot but harder to find legal places to smoke it.

Only California permits marijuana smoking at marijuana retailers with specially designed

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]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:57:47 -0600 <![CDATA[United to issue special pet carrier tags after dog's death]]> http://gazette.com/united-to-issue-special-pet-carrier-tags-after-dogs-death/article/feed/548355?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/united-to-issue-special-pet-carrier-tags-after-dogs-death/article/feed/548355?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines has announced it will issue special bag tags for animal carriers and prosecutors have launched an investigation to determine if criminal charges are warranted following the death of a French bulldog puppy that was forced into an overhead bin on a United flight.

The Chicago-based airline said a flight attendant who ordered the passenger to put her pet carrier in the overhead bin aboard a Houston-to-New York flight Monday didn't know there was a dog inside.

"To prevent this from happening again, by April we will issue bright colored bag tags to customers traveling with in-cabin pets," United said in a statement.

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]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:47:32 -0600 <![CDATA[Yes, canned soup may be fueling North Korea's air force]]> http://gazette.com/yes-canned-soup-may-be-fueling-north-koreas-air-force/article/feed/548252?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/yes-canned-soup-may-be-fueling-north-koreas-air-force/article/feed/548252?custom_click=rss

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Is North Korea's air force selling canned soup and taxi rides to upgrade its runways and airstrips?

Amid the toughest sanctions ever against the North and its nuclear weapons program, there are some compelling reasons to believe the answer may well be yes. The story of how — and why — offers some insight into how North Korea's economy functions under Kim Jong Un.

There's a fine line between North Korea's military and its private sector. To augment the already huge share of the country's limited national resources earmarked for defense, North Korean military units control everything from restaurants to farms to the flagship airline.

Air Koryo is far more than just an airline.

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]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 01:13:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorful Colorado: At Cañon City's former Holy Cross Abbey, glory lasts]]> http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-at-caon-citys-former-holy-cross-abbey-glory-lasts/article/1622427?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-at-caon-citys-former-holy-cross-abbey-glory-lasts/article/1622427?custom_click=rss

CAÑON CITY - The monks are gone, along with the property's Catholic distinction, but whether the former Holy Cross Abbey is more historic than holy is beside the point. Respect is still requested.

It is now the Abbey Event Complex, the site of weddings and gatherings most every weekend. But anyone who pulls off U.S. 50 to admire the unique structure in southern Colorado should heed the signs around back, marking the old monastery yard a quiet zone. Of course, the Gothic towers and arches of brick, stone and stained glass, the soaring magnificence of it all, should be enough to leave one speechless.

Through the double doors inside, a placard still hangs as it did when boys came to school here with the expectation that they

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Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:51:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Medieval meets modern in charming Kilkenny, Ireland]]> http://gazette.com/medieval-meets-modern-in-charming-kilkenny-ireland/article/1622035?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medieval-meets-modern-in-charming-kilkenny-ireland/article/1622035?custom_click=rss

On a sunny Friday in April, the sleepy city of Kilkenny, Ireland, began to wake up. Chattering students filled the sidewalks, book bags slung across school uniforms, many of the boys carrying the short, hockeylike sticks used in hurling.

Locals hurried through Butter Slip, a narrow passage between two streets where butter vendors set up stalls in medieval times. And shoppers ducked into the small stores that share a main street with a 17th-century merchant's house and an 18th-century town hall that served as a customhouse.

This bustle was different from the quietude a few days before. I was at the midpoint of a two-week tour of the country with rotating companions, looking for somewhere to settle for a few days not too far

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Sun, 04 Mar 2018 08:04:00 -0700