<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> travel]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/travel Sun, 22 Oct 2017 09:44:52 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorful Colorado: At Woody Creek Tavern, creatures lurk in Hunter S. Thompson's wake]]> http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-at-woody-creek-tavern-creatures-lurk-in-hunter-s.-thompsons-wake/article/1613696?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-at-woody-creek-tavern-creatures-lurk-in-hunter-s.-thompsons-wake/article/1613696?custom_click=rss

WOODY CREEK - I was warned that I would be an outsider here, and that I wouldn't do myself any favors by asking around about Hunter S. Thompson.

One of the first people I meet is Tex. Tex what? Just Tex. "That's it," he says in a deep, grainy murmur. He's messing with stuff in a messy shed in the overgrown trailer park at the heart of this community, which seems much farther than 10 miles from Aspen.

No fancy condos here. No upscale restaurants. No pricey boutiques.



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<![CDATA[Minneapolis approves regulations for short-term rentals]]> http://gazette.com/minneapolis-approves-regulations-for-short-term-rentals/article/feed/503848?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/minneapolis-approves-regulations-for-short-term-rentals/article/feed/503848?custom_click=rss MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis will begin regulating Airbnb and other short-term vacation rentals, a move the city wanted to get done before the 2018 Super Bowl.

The Minneapolis City Council on Friday approved a pair of ordinances requiring those rental hosts to be licensed with the city. The process would allow the city to inspect properties and prohibit rentals.

Individuals looking to rent a home, condominium or apartment where they live will need to get a $46 per year license. The rental fee would be waived if the owner continues to stay in the home while the guest is visiting.

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]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 14:25:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Questions and answers on proposed ban on laptops in luggage]]> http://gazette.com/questions-and-answers-on-proposed-ban-on-laptops-in-luggage/article/feed/503802?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/questions-and-answers-on-proposed-ban-on-laptops-in-luggage/article/feed/503802?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — First the U.S. government temporarily banned laptops in the cabins of some airplanes. Now it is looking to ban them from checked luggage on international flights, citing the risk of potentially catastrophic fires.

The Federal Aviation Administration recently recommended that the U.N. agency that sets global aviation standards prohibit passengers from putting laptops and other large personal electronic devices in their checked bags.

The FAA says in a filing with the International Civil Aviation Organization that the lithium-ion batteries in laptops can overheat and create fires.

Some questions and answers about the shifting U.S. policy.

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]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 06:34:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Norman Rockwell's 3 sons seek to halt sale of his artworks]]> http://gazette.com/norman-rockwells-3-sons-seek-to-halt-sale-of-his-artworks/article/feed/503678?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/norman-rockwells-3-sons-seek-to-halt-sale-of-his-artworks/article/feed/503678?custom_click=rss

BOSTON (AP) — Norman Rockwell's three sons were among several people who went to court on Friday seeking to halt a museum's plans to sell 40 works of art, including two by him.

A complaint seeking a temporary restraining order filed in Berkshire Superior Court alleges the board of trustees at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield contracted with Sotheby's for a public auction of the works before it announced its plans publicly, acted in breach of its fiduciary duties and trust and acted without legal authority to sell the art.

The planned sale is against Massachusetts laws establishing the museum, which requires the museum to maintain any gifts it receives "for the people of Berkshire County and the general public," the compla

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]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:46:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Questions and answers on proposed ban on laptops in luggage]]> http://gazette.com/questions-and-answers-on-proposed-ban-on-laptops-in-luggage/article/feed/503707?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/questions-and-answers-on-proposed-ban-on-laptops-in-luggage/article/feed/503707?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — First the U.S. government temporarily banned laptops in the cabins of some airplanes. Now it is looking to ban them from checked luggage on international flights, citing the risk of potentially catastrophic fires.

The Federal Aviation Administration recently recommended that the U.N. agency that sets global aviation standards prohibit passengers from putting laptops and other large personal electronic devices in their checked bags.

The FAA says in a filing with the International Civil Aviation Organization that the lithium-ion batteries in laptops can overheat and create fires.

Some questions and answers about the shifting U.S. policy.

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]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:20:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Orange is the new white? Unique amber wine creates buzz]]> http://gazette.com/orange-is-the-new-white-unique-amber-wine-creates-buzz/article/feed/503457?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/orange-is-the-new-white-unique-amber-wine-creates-buzz/article/feed/503457?custom_click=rss

BURDETT, N.Y. (AP) — The sloping vineyards of New York's Finger Lakes region known for producing golden-hued rieslings and chardonnays also are offering a splash of orange wine.

The color comes not from citrus fruit, but by fermenting white wine grapes with their skins on before pressing — a practice that mirrors the way red wines are made. Lighter than reds and earthier than whites, orange wines have created a buzz in trendier quarters. And winemakers reviving the ancient practice like how the "skin-fermented" wines introduce more complex flavors to the bottle.

"Pretty outgoing characteristics. Very spicy, peppery. A lot of tea flavors, too, come through," winemaker Vinny Aliperti said, taking a break from harvest dutie

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]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:25:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Town board approves plans for Legoland New York]]> http://gazette.com/town-board-approves-plans-for-legoland-new-york/article/feed/503556?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/town-board-approves-plans-for-legoland-new-york/article/feed/503556?custom_click=rss GOSHEN, N.Y. (AP) — A Hudson Valley town planning board has approved the site plan for a proposed Legoland amusement park, completing a 17-month review of the project.

The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports that the Goshen, New York, planning board voted 6-0 in favor of the $500 million project Thursday.

Opponents of the park have called for a referendum on the sale of several small parcels of land from the town to developers. Town officials are fighting the referendum effort and say even if voters block the sale, the park will still be built under a modified plan.

Park developers have previously said they are hoping to open in 2019.

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]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:35:10 -0600 <![CDATA[California fires cause $1B in damage, burn 7,000 buildings]]> http://gazette.com/california-fires-cause-1b-in-damage-burn-7000-buildings/article/feed/503230?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-fires-cause-1b-in-damage-burn-7000-buildings/article/feed/503230?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The wildfires that have devastated Northern California this month caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property, officials said Thursday, as authorities increased the count of homes and other buildings destroyed to nearly 7,000.

Both numbers were expected to rise as crews continued assessing areas scorched by the blazes that killed 42 people, a total that makes it the deadliest series of fires in state history.

State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said the preliminary dollar valuation of losses came from claims filed with the eight largest insurance companies in the affected areas and did not include uninsured property.

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]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:45:22 -0600 <![CDATA[JetBlue stops selling tickets on a dozen travel websites]]> http://gazette.com/jetblue-stops-selling-tickets-on-a-dozen-travel-websites/article/feed/503207?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jetblue-stops-selling-tickets-on-a-dozen-travel-websites/article/feed/503207?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — JetBlue has stopped selling tickets on a dozen smaller travel websites in hopes of driving customers to the airline's own site and reducing the company's costs.

The airline said Thursday that the change was the first step in revamping its system of selling tickets online.

The sites being dropped include Vayama.com, SmartFares.com and MyFlightSearch.com.

A JetBlue spokesman said that a small percentage of customers use the sites being dropped, but he declined to provide numbers. He said the change was in the works for several months.

The move is the latest episode in a long-running battle between airlines and travel sites over how consumers search for and purchase flights.

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]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:17:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Wildfires worsen housing crunch in famously costly Bay Area]]> http://gazette.com/wildfires-worsen-housing-crunch-in-famously-costly-bay-area/article/feed/503143?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wildfires-worsen-housing-crunch-in-famously-costly-bay-area/article/feed/503143?custom_click=rss

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Even before fire wiped out the home she rented for 17 years, Suzanne Finzell had thought about leaving this city on the edge of the San Francisco Bay Area because of rising prices. A spike in housing and other living costs had driven her friends to Nevada and Oregon.

Now, Finzell wonders if that will be her fate too, as the wildfires that charred California wine country send thousands of people who lost their homes scrambling for new places to live in one of the nation's tightest and most expensive housing markets.

Before the fires, the rental vacancy rate was a mere 1 percent in Santa Rosa and 3 percent in surrounding Sonoma County. Then the city lost an estimated 5 percent of its housing stock to

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]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:43:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Saudi carrier launches direct flight to Iraq after 27 years]]> http://gazette.com/saudi-carrier-launches-direct-flight-to-iraq-after-27-years/article/feed/502872?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/saudi-carrier-launches-direct-flight-to-iraq-after-27-years/article/feed/502872?custom_click=rss DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi budget-carrier flynas on Wednesday launched the first direct flight between the kingdom and Iraq since the Gulf War 27 years ago, marking another move by the kingdom to improve ties with its neighbor in an attempt to blunt rival Iran's vast influence there.

The carrier posted on its Twitter account an image of the crew that took part in the inaugural flight, which took off from Riyadh bound for Baghdad just before noon.

"We worked hard to see that flynas flights to the brotherly nation of Iraq are operational as quickly as possible in order to connect the two brotherly nations economically and socially after a 27-year-long break," flynas CEO Bandar al-Muhanna said in a statement.

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]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:52:20 -0600 <![CDATA[White House: VA's Shulkin not a candidate for HHS secretary]]> http://gazette.com/white-house-vas-shulkin-not-a-candidate-for-hhs-secretary/article/feed/502884?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/white-house-vas-shulkin-not-a-candidate-for-hhs-secretary/article/feed/502884?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is not being considered for the top job at Health and Human Services.

Shulkin has been cited in media reports as a leading contender to replace former HHS Secretary Tom Price, who resigned following an outcry over his use of costly private planes for official travel. The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend that Shulkin was interviewed by the White House.

But a White House official says Shulkin did not have an interview and "was never under consideration for the position." The official insisted on anonymity to discuss a personnel matter.

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]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:49:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Malaysia Airlines outgoing CEO says Ryanair needs his help]]> http://gazette.com/malaysia-airlines-outgoing-ceo-says-ryanair-needs-his-help/article/feed/502839?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/malaysia-airlines-outgoing-ceo-says-ryanair-needs-his-help/article/feed/502839?custom_click=rss KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia Airlines outgoing CEO Peter Bellew said Wednesday he decided to return to Ryanair as a form of national service because the Irish budget airline needed his help.

He is the second CEO to quit the Malaysian flag carrier in less than two years.

Bellew, who was previously Ryanair's director of flight operations, joined Malaysia Airlines in 2015 as its chief operating officer under a major revamp to help the airline return to the black. He replaced Christoph Mueller as CEO in July 2016, after Mueller left abruptly citing personal reasons.

Ryanair announced Tuesday that Bellew would return Dec. 1 as its chief operations officer to tackle a pilot shortage that led to the cancellation of

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]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 02:48:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Hawaiian first, Virgin America last in on-time rankings]]> http://gazette.com/hawaiian-first-virgin-america-last-in-on-time-rankings/article/feed/502745?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hawaiian-first-virgin-america-last-in-on-time-rankings/article/feed/502745?custom_click=rss Here are the government's rankings of the leading U.S. airlines and their on-time performance for August. The federal government counts a flight as on time if it arrives no more than 14 minutes behind schedule.

1. Hawaiian Airlines, 93.0 percent

2. Delta Air Lines 87.4 percent

3. Alaska Airlines, 82.8 percent

4. American Airlines, 77.7 percent

5. SkyWest Airlines, 77.5 percent

6. United Airlines, 77.5 percent

7. Frontier Airlines, 77.2 percent

8. Spirit Airlines, 76.9 percent

9. ExpressJet, 74.1 percent

10. Southwest Airlines, 70.2 percent

11. JetBlue Airways, 68.1 percent

12. Virgin America, 66.7 percent

Total for all covered airlines: 77.1 percent

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]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:03:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Airline delays and cancelations rise due to hurricane]]> http://gazette.com/airline-delays-and-cancelations-rise-due-to-hurricane/article/feed/502736?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/airline-delays-and-cancelations-rise-due-to-hurricane/article/feed/502736?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Partly because of Hurricane Harvey, which shut down both major Houston airports for several days, canceled flights surged and delays increased on U.S. airlines in August.

The airlines, however, seem to be losing track of fewer bags, and consumer complaints are down from a year ago.

The U.S. Transportation Department said Tuesday that the dozen airlines covered in its monthly air travel consumer report canceled 2.2 percent of their flights, up from 1.4 percent in August of last year.

The department said that 77.1 percent of domestic flights arrived on time, down from 77.6 percent in August 2016. The government counts a flight on time if it arrives within 14 minutes of schedule.

Hawaiian Airlines

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]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:51:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Travel industry ramps up effort to promote Caribbean tourism]]> http://gazette.com/travel-industry-ramps-up-effort-to-promote-caribbean-tourism/article/feed/502712?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/travel-industry-ramps-up-effort-to-promote-caribbean-tourism/article/feed/502712?custom_click=rss

The travel industry is ramping up efforts to remind consumers that many Caribbean islands were unaffected by hurricanes and that their economies depend on tourism.

Tourism agencies and travel companies are promoting deals, events and fundraising efforts while reinforcing the basic message that most islands were unscathed by the storms and are eager for visitors.

The Travel Leaders travel agency, for example, has launched a "consumer-awareness campaign to promote Caribbean destinations that are open for business for fall and winter travel," with agents becoming "ambassadors" for the region by providing travelers with information on conditions and packages.

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]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:27:12 -0600 <![CDATA[A German town, pop. 2,135, welcomes some 2 million visitors for Martin Luther's 500th]]> http://gazette.com/a-german-town-pop.-2135-welcomes-some-2-million-visitors-for-martin-luthers-500th/article/1613244?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-german-town-pop.-2135-welcomes-some-2-million-visitors-for-martin-luthers-500th/article/1613244?custom_click=rss

It's 8 a.m. in east Germany, and Gunter, a hulking tree trunk of a man, is swinging a hammer over his head, pounding together the steel frame of a 90-foot tower resembling a Bible.

"This is a big year for us!" he exclaims over a chorus of jackhammers. "The world is coming, and we want to build something special so people remember who we are."

Welcome to Wittenberg, a tiny town with a big heart and an even bigger Bible. You might have heard about this place in history class, and if you're anywhere in Germany, you'll hear its name again.

It was here, on Oct. 31, 1517, that an obscure monk might have nailed a piece of parchment to a church door and sparked a religious revolution.

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