<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> travel]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/travel Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:43:22 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[US restaurants host refugee chefs who offer a taste of home]]> http://gazette.com/us-restaurants-host-refugee-chefs-who-offer-a-taste-of-home/article/feed/574703?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-restaurants-host-refugee-chefs-who-offer-a-taste-of-home/article/feed/574703?custom_click=rss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — At San Francisco's Tawla restaurant, Muna Anaee powdered her hands with flour and gently broke off a piece of golden dough to prepare bread eaten in Iraq, the country she fled with her family.

Anaee was preparing more than 100 loaves for diners Wednesday night as part of a program that lets refugees aspiring to be chefs work in professional kitchens.

The Refugee Food Festival — a joint initiative of the United Nations Refugee Agency and a French nonprofit, Food Sweet Food — started in Paris in 2016 and came to the U.S. for the first time this year, with restaurants in New York participating as well.

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]]> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 15:16:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Average gas price falls 6 cents a gallon; 1st drop in months]]> http://gazette.com/average-gas-price-falls-6-cents-a-gallon-1st-drop-in-months/article/feed/574721?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/average-gas-price-falls-6-cents-a-gallon-1st-drop-in-months/article/feed/574721?custom_click=rss CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of a regular gallon of gasoline fell 6 cents over the past two weeks, to $2.95.

That's the first drop in nearly four months. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg warns that the decline could be temporary, however.

Lundberg said Sunday that oil prices recently rose $3 per barrel after OPEC said it is limiting oil production. She says it's likely that will lead to increased prices at the pump in the weeks ahead.

The lowest average gas price recorded in the contiguous 48 states was $2.44 a gallon in Charleston, South Carolina. The highest was $3.79 in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The average price for diesel fuel fell 2 cents, to $3.24.

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]]> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 13:54:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Things to Know about 2 Atlantic City casino reopenings]]> http://gazette.com/things-to-know-about-2-atlantic-city-casino-reopenings/article/feed/574696?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/things-to-know-about-2-atlantic-city-casino-reopenings/article/feed/574696?custom_click=rss

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — When four of Atlantic City's 12 casinos shut down in 2014 and a fifth followed two years later, it seemed to many that the city's gambling industry was in an irreversible death spiral.

But things have been looking up since then for Atlantic City, due in no small part to the fact that there is now less competition.

On Thursday, two of those five casinos will reopen under new owners and new names.

The former Trump Taj Mahal will reopen as the Hard Rock, and the former Revel will reopen as the Ocean Resort Casino. Some things to know about them:


BACKGROUND: The former Trump Taj Mahal shut down Oct. 10, 2016. It was bought by Hard Rock International, owned by Florida's Semi

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]]> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 11:32:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Etihad to loan pilots to competing UAE airline Emirates]]> http://gazette.com/etihad-to-loan-pilots-to-competing-uae-airline-emirates/article/feed/574660?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/etihad-to-loan-pilots-to-competing-uae-airline-emirates/article/feed/574660?custom_click=rss

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Long-haul airline Etihad Airways will loan pilots to competing Dubai-based carrier Emirates under a new program, officials acknowledged Sunday, marking a rare cooperation between the two state-owned carriers who operate only 115 kilometers (70 miles) apart.

There's always been competition between Emirates, founded by Dubai's rulers in 1985, and Etihad, begun by Abu Dhabi's rulers in 2003. But the secondment program between the two comes as Emirates faces a pilot shortage and Etihad still struggles with its business after last week posting a loss of $1.52 billion in the last fiscal year.

In a statement, Emirates described the move as "a common practice in our industry which gives airlines m

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]]> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 08:26:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Kaka returns to theme park mecca, at least on TV]]> http://gazette.com/kaka-returns-to-theme-park-mecca-at-least-on-tv/article/feed/574644?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kaka-returns-to-theme-park-mecca-at-least-on-tv/article/feed/574644?custom_click=rss ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Brazilian soccer great Kaka may have left Orlando's Major League Soccer team but he's reappearing in the theme park mecca during the World Cup, at least on TV.

Universal Parks & Resorts says Kaka is appearing in a commercial starting Saturday that shows off Universal's most popular attractions.

The commercial shows Kaka dribbling a soccer ball throughout the park and taking a shot at a goal guarded by a Transformer.

Universal says the commercial will air in the United States, Brazil and Mexico for the duration of the World Cup.

Kaka played three seasons with Orlando's soccer team before leaving the team last October and then retiring last December.

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]]> Sun, 24 Jun 2018 02:56:07 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Congressman says kids at center get good care]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-congressman-says-kids-at-center-get-good-care/article/feed/574512?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-congressman-says-kids-at-center-get-good-care/article/feed/574512?custom_click=rss

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the separation of immigrant children from their parents following President Donald Trump's order allowing them to remain with their parents (all times local):

6:10 p.m.

Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall is returning from a visit to the Texas border saying that several hundred immigrant children detained in a center there are getting good care.

Marshall traveled Saturday to the El Paso area as part of a bipartisan congressional group to meet with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials and to tour a center holding 400 young immigrants near the Tornillo port of entry. The immigrants are mostly teenage boys and housed in tent-like structures.

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]]> Sat, 23 Jun 2018 18:10:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Delta bans pit bulls as service dogs, sparks backlash]]> http://gazette.com/delta-bans-pit-bulls-as-service-dogs-sparks-backlash/article/feed/574207?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/delta-bans-pit-bulls-as-service-dogs-sparks-backlash/article/feed/574207?custom_click=rss

ATLANTA (AP) — Delta Air Lines says it's no longer allowing passengers to fly with "pit bull type" dogs as service or support animals, a policy that's being met with criticism by groups that train service dogs and the people who use them.

The Atlanta-based airline describes its ban as an "enhancement" to its policy on animals in passenger areas. Delta will also limit travelers to a single emotional support animal per flight. The changes, announced this week, take effect July 10.

"It's a bit nuts because Delta is actually my preferred airline to fly with my service dog," said Fiona Gilbert of the San Francisco area, who said she flew about 300,000 miles with Delta in the past year with her pit bull-type dog, Koda.

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]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 13:11:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Greece's Aegean in $5.8 billion deal for new Airbus planes]]> http://gazette.com/greeces-aegean-in-5.8-billion-deal-for-new-airbus-planes/article/feed/574258?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/greeces-aegean-in-5.8-billion-deal-for-new-airbus-planes/article/feed/574258?custom_click=rss ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's dominant Aegean Airlines says it has signed a 5 billion-euro ($5.8 billion) deal with Airbus to buy up to 42 new A320 neo passenger aircraft.

Aegean chairman Eftychios Vassilakis said the company will be buying 30-42 planes in an investment necessary to expand competitiveness and serve more and longer destinations. He said Friday that Aegean will also invest 30 million euros to build a new training center at Athens airport, in cooperation with Airbus.

Aegean was founded 19 years ago and serves 150 destinations in 44 countries.

The A320neo planes are designed to provide 15 percent fuel savings and have reduced emission and noise levels.

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]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 09:38:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Orlando International Airport to scan faces of US citizens]]> http://gazette.com/orlando-international-airport-to-scan-faces-of-us-citizens/article/feed/573817?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/orlando-international-airport-to-scan-faces-of-us-citizens/article/feed/573817?custom_click=rss

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida's busiest airport will be the first in the nation to require a face scan of passengers on all arriving and departing international flights, officials said Thursday, a move that pleases airport executives but worries privacy advocates.

Officials at Orlando International Airport said the expansion of face scans would speed up the time it takes for passengers to go through customs.

"It's almost like Christmas in June for me," said Phil Brown, chief executive of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. "The process of going into and out of Orlando is going to be greatly enhanced.

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]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:04:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Lawsuit challenges federal leases for planned Minnesota mine]]> http://gazette.com/lawsuit-challenges-federal-leases-for-planned-minnesota-mine/article/feed/573978?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawsuit-challenges-federal-leases-for-planned-minnesota-mine/article/feed/573978?custom_click=rss

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nine Minnesota businesses that rely on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area sued the Interior Department and its Bureau of Land Management on Thursday, challenging their decision to reinstate the federal mineral rights leases for the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine near Ely.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., alleges the bureau's decision exceeded its authority and poses an immediate threat to businesses, the environment and the region's outdoor recreation economy. The plaintiffs include four outfitters, a resort, two canoe companies, two wilderness discovery programs and the environmental group Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness.

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]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:48:39 -0600 <![CDATA[American expects back to normal operations at regional unit]]> http://gazette.com/american-expects-back-to-normal-operations-at-regional-unit/article/feed/573794?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/american-expects-back-to-normal-operations-at-regional-unit/article/feed/573794?custom_click=rss FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines says a regional affiliate should run close to a normal operation Thursday after canceling 2,750 flights in the past week because of a computer problem.

Spokeswoman Katie Cody said PSA Airlines stabilized its computer systems but faced delays getting planes and crews back in place. , According to FlightStats, PSA canceled about 300 flights Wednesday.

Based in Dayton, Ohio, PSA is owned by American and operates many American Eagle regional flights, especially in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Cody said American has been rebooking stranded passengers on American and other airlines since disruptions started June 14.

She said there was a hardware problem in computers used to run

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]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 18:08:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Airlines ask US not to put migrant children on flights]]> http://gazette.com/airlines-ask-us-not-to-put-migrant-children-on-flights/article/feed/573710?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/airlines-ask-us-not-to-put-migrant-children-on-flights/article/feed/573710?custom_click=rss

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines and United Airlines said Wednesday that they asked the Trump administration not to use their flights to carry migrant children who were separated from their parents by immigration authorities.

Facing growing opposition to his administration's recent policy of separating migrant families, President Donald Trump signed an order later in the day to keep families together at the nation's southern border.

The issue had galvanized flight attendants, some of whom took to social media to post accounts of seeing young passengers whom they believed to be migrants separated from their parents.

"We have no desire to be associated with separating families, or worse, to profit from it," American said

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]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:34:21 -0600 <![CDATA[US forest in Colorado to re-open after fire danger ends]]> http://gazette.com/us-forest-in-colorado-to-re-open-after-fire-danger-ends/article/feed/573692?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-forest-in-colorado-to-re-open-after-fire-danger-ends/article/feed/573692?custom_click=rss DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A sprawling forest closed because of extreme fire danger in southwestern Colorado will re-open Thursday after getting steady rain.

An announcement from the San Juan National Forest Wednesday said that up to 1.5 inches of rain fell in some parts of the 2,800 square mile (7,252 square kilometers) forest over two days, more than typically falls during an entire average June. Meteorologists and fire behavior experts say fire conditions have moderated, and they don't expect them to return to extreme conditions before the expected arrival of summer monsoon season.

The rain, remnants of Hurricane Bud, put a damper on a wildfire that has burned 53 square miles (137 square kilometers) north of Durango.

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]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:21:32 -0600 <![CDATA[US to require more screening of powders in carry-on baggage]]> http://gazette.com/us-to-require-more-screening-of-powders-in-carry-on-baggage/article/feed/573689?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-to-require-more-screening-of-powders-in-carry-on-baggage/article/feed/573689?custom_click=rss U.S. security officials will require more screening of powdered substances in carry-on bags on international flights headed to the United States starting June 30.

A Transportation Security Administration spokesman said Wednesday that the change applies to more than 350 milliliters of powder, about the same as a soda can.

Passengers carrying larger amounts of powders including food, ground coffee or cosmetics could have their bags opened and the powder subjected to a test for explosives. TSA says it already requires the extra screening before domestic flights.

American Airlines is telling international passengers who have more than a soda-can amount of powder to put it in checked baggage, which undergoes more sophisticat

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]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:21:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Unionized MGM workers in Las Vegas ratify contract]]> http://gazette.com/unionized-mgm-workers-in-las-vegas-ratify-contract/article/feed/573489?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/unionized-mgm-workers-in-las-vegas-ratify-contract/article/feed/573489?custom_click=rss

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Thousands of unionized workers at Las Vegas casino-resorts operated by MGM Resorts International, including Bellagio, Aria and Mandalay Bay, approved a new five-year contract Tuesday.

The contract includes wage increases, new paid bereavement leave and stronger protections against sexual harassment for 24,000 bartenders, housekeepers, food servers and other members of the Culinary Union.

Thousands of workers last month, including employees of MGM — one of the largest resort operators in the tourist destination — authorized a strike over the lack of progress in contract negotiations covering 50,000 union members. The union later reached a tentative agreement with operator Caesars Entertainment and a sepa

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]]> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 22:55:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorful Colorado: State's oldest shoe store endures life's changes]]> http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-states-oldest-shoe-store-endures-lifes-changes/article/1627872?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-states-oldest-shoe-store-endures-lifes-changes/article/1627872?custom_click=rss

GRAND JUNCTION - Bruce Benge ruffles through the clutter of the shoe store's back room, determined to find the picture.

"There's a lot of cleaning that has to happen," he says, "but it hasn't happened yet."

So he continues through stacks of old documents, boxes of long-used decorations and piles of way-outdated materials, such as the leather dye.

"Ah hah," he finally exclaims with a voice that is upbeat, cartoonish almost, prone to excited high pitches.

He's found the picture. It's black and white and grainy, but not grainy enough to hide the pride in the two men standing in it: Bertrand Benge and his son, Harry, the first proprietors of Colorado's oldest shoe store.

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Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:05:10 -0600
<![CDATA[From canopy walk to gator-filled waters, this Florida park offers wildlife aplenty]]> http://gazette.com/from-canopy-walk-to-gator-filled-waters-this-florida-park-offers-wildlife-aplenty/article/1627866?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/from-canopy-walk-to-gator-filled-waters-this-florida-park-offers-wildlife-aplenty/article/1627866?custom_click=rss

SARASOTA, Fla. - The only thing more worrying than seeing a bunch of alligators around your canoe is not seeing them but knowing darn well they are there.

Florida's Myakka River State Park is a moss- and vine-draped domain of birds, mammals and Jurassic-spiked reptiles covering 29,000 acres about 20 miles southeast of Sarasota.

It's an A-list hangout for gators, harboring a couple of thousand, one of the higher concentrations in Southwest Florida, a ranger says.

Credit this to the namesake river and two lakes, Upper and Lower Myakka, which provide the reedy, muddy habitat the dinosaur impersonators love. Not coincidentally, it also supports a biodiverse buffet of prey.

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 07:06:23 -0600