<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> travel]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/travel Wed, 26 Oct 2016 03:41:04 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Busch Gardens closes ride after fatal accident in Australia]]> http://gazette.com/busch-gardens-closes-ride-after-fatal-accident-in-australia/article/feed/414329?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/busch-gardens-closes-ride-after-fatal-accident-in-australia/article/feed/414329?custom_click=rss TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Florida has decided to close a river rapids ride after four people were killed on a similar water ride at an amusement park in Australia.

News outlets report Busch Gardens officials say the Congo River Rapids ride was shut down Tuesday "out of an abundance of caution" while they work to understand what happened in Australia.

Officials there say two men and two women died while on the Thunder River Rapids ride after it malfunctioned at Dreamworld, a popular theme park on Queensland's Gold Coast.

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]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 02:39:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Tourism overtakes dairy as New Zealand's top overseas earner]]> http://gazette.com/tourism-overtakes-dairy-as-new-zealands-top-overseas-earner/article/feed/414304?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tourism-overtakes-dairy-as-new-zealands-top-overseas-earner/article/feed/414304?custom_click=rss

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — In New Zealand there are twice as many cows as people, but it's the hobbits that are really making hay.

According to figures released Wednesday, tourism has overtaken dairy as the nation's top earner of overseas dollars. And tourism officials say the success of the fantasy movie trilogy "The Hobbit" has helped.

The dairy industry is struggling to recover from a slump in prices, while a record 3.4 million visitors arrived in New Zealand in the year ending September. The Pacific nation is particularly popular among tourists from Australia, China and the U.S.

Spending by international tourists was up by 20 percent in the year ending March when compared with the previous year, according to S

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]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:49:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Oregon weighs whether all kids should get outdoor education]]> http://gazette.com/oregon-weighs-whether-all-kids-should-get-outdoor-education/article/feed/414284?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/oregon-weighs-whether-all-kids-should-get-outdoor-education/article/feed/414284?custom_click=rss

MOUNT HOOD NATIONAL FOREST, Ore. (AP) — Each year, thousands of Oregon parents hug their kids goodbye and send them tramping into the wilderness for up to a week to learn about their state's natural wonders.

The Outdoor School program was groundbreaking when it started more than a half-century ago. Since then, more than 1 million children have enjoyed — or endured — this rite of passage at campsites scattered from Oregon's stormy coast to its towering evergreen forests to its rugged high desert.

At the program's heyday, 90 percent of sixth-graders spent the week testing water samples, studying fungi and digging through topsoil.

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]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:16:10 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: American Royal's new home to be $160M project]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-american-royals-new-home-to-be-160m-project/article/feed/414170?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-american-royals-new-home-to-be-160m-project/article/feed/414170?custom_click=rss KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the American Royal's move to Kansas (all times local):

4:20 p.m.

The new Kansas home for the American Royal horse and livestock exhibition is being planned as a $160 million project that includes arenas, a museum and an agricultural education center.

American Royal officials and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced Tuesday that the Royal plans to move from Kansas City, Missouri, to the Kansas side of the metropolitan area.

They're hoping the development near Kansas Speedway attracts a new hotel.

Officials say the state is committing to authorizing $80 million in bonds backed by sales tax revenues collected in the area.

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]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:27:55 -0600 <![CDATA[New national wildlife refuge to protect Northeast shrubland]]> http://gazette.com/new-national-wildlife-refuge-to-protect-northeast-shrubland/article/feed/414123?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-national-wildlife-refuge-to-protect-northeast-shrubland/article/feed/414123?custom_click=rss BERWICK, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said on Tuesday that it has finalized the creation of a new national wildlife refuge that will be located in parts of six states.

Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge will be located on non-contiguous land in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island.

The federal agency said it will work with "willing and interested" landowners in 10 targeted areas to acquire up to 23.4 square miles. The service said the refuge will provide habitat for more than 2,100 types of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish. More than 380 of those species are endangered.

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]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:53:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Ark park attracts 400K visitors in first few months]]> http://gazette.com/ark-park-attracts-400k-visitors-in-first-few-months/article/feed/414072?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ark-park-attracts-400k-visitors-in-first-few-months/article/feed/414072?custom_click=rss WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's $100 million Ark Encounter biblical theme park has drawn more than 400,000 visitors since its opening.

Media outlets report that the 510-foot-long Noah's Ark replica opened on July 7 in Grant County. A state consultant predicted that the park would attract 500,000 visitors in its first year. Answers in Genesis, the Apologetics ministry behind the project, estimated 1.2 million visitors.

AiG spokesman Mark Looy says that attendance hit 6,900 Saturday.

Looy says visitors have come from states like California and Texas, and even from other countries. The influx of visitors has doubled attendance at the group's Creation Museum, located 44 miles away in Petersburg.

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]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:37:39 -0600 <![CDATA[BA flight makes emergency landing in Vancouver with ill crew]]> http://gazette.com/ba-flight-makes-emergency-landing-in-vancouver-with-ill-crew/article/feed/413948?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ba-flight-makes-emergency-landing-in-vancouver-with-ill-crew/article/feed/413948?custom_click=rss LONDON (AP) — A plane traveling from San Francisco to London diverted to Vancouver after members of the crew reported feeling ill, British Airways said Tuesday.

Vancouver Coastal Health spokesman Gavin Wilson said 25 crew members were taken to three Vancouver hospitals as a precautionary measure, assessed and released.

"British Airways has confirmed they were all crew members," he said.

No passengers were taken to the hospital.

All 25 were released within hours, said Wilson, who added that initial reports that the crew had been treated for smoke inhalation were being revised.

"It's a rapidly changing situation and right now, I can't confirm that it was smoke inhalation that actually brought them in.

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]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:12:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Paul Ryan to stump for Johnson in final days of Senate race]]> http://gazette.com/paul-ryan-to-stump-for-johnson-in-final-days-of-senate-race/article/feed/413985?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-ryan-to-stump-for-johnson-in-final-days-of-senate-race/article/feed/413985?custom_click=rss

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan plans to spend the last four days before the election on a bus tour campaigning across Wisconsin with Sen. Ron Johnson, Gov. Scott Walker and other Republicans.

Announcement of the tour Tuesday comes as Johnson's opponent Democrat Russ Feingold released new numbers giving his campaign confidence and a super PAC funded by Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks launched a new attack ad.

The rematch of the 2010 election that Johnson won, ending Feingold's 18-year Senate career, has grown more personal and bitter in recent days. Johnson has repeatedly called Feingold a "phony," a move that Feingold said Monday shows his desperation.

Feingold's campaign manager Tom Russell expanded

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]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:09:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Adriatic town blocks arrival of 12 female migrants]]> http://gazette.com/adriatic-town-blocks-arrival-of-12-female-migrants/article/feed/413965?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/adriatic-town-blocks-arrival-of-12-female-migrants/article/feed/413965?custom_click=rss

MILAN (AP) — Residents in a town on Italy's Adriatic coast are blockading a hostel to prevent the arrival of 12 female migrants, one of them pregnant, who were to be housed there, in a sign of growing tension amid persistent migrant arrivals.

The impasse in the town of Goro came after new government figures showed migrant arrivals have surpassed the same period last year, with 153,632 so far. That compares with 153,846 for all of last year.

And while the pace is shy of the 2014 record of 170,000 migrants, Italy has tightened its borders under pressure from its European partners, meaning greater numbers are remaining in Italy than in the past.

The prefect of Ferrara province, Michele Tortora, on Tuesday called the bloc

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]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:53:22 -0600 <![CDATA[US Embassy issues last-minute visa to ailing Pakistani girl]]> http://gazette.com/us-embassy-issues-last-minute-visa-to-ailing-pakistani-girl/article/feed/413927?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-embassy-issues-last-minute-visa-to-ailing-pakistani-girl/article/feed/413927?custom_click=rss

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad has issued a last minute-visa to an ailing 6-year-old Pakistani girl desperately in need of surgery in the United States.

Shahid Ullah, the father of Maria, says that the family is "so happy" at the news and thanked friends and supporters world over who helped them.

Ullah, a poor merchant who owns a shop selling blankets in Rawalpindi, near the capital of Islamabad, has campaigned for nearly four years seeking treatment for Maria, who suffers from a genetic disorder known as Morquio Syndrome in which the vertebrae compress the spinal cord.

The embassy said on Tuesday the visas were approved.

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]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:49:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Spain: Tourist islands want to stay on summer time]]> http://gazette.com/spain-tourist-islands-want-to-stay-on-summer-time/article/feed/413928?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/spain-tourist-islands-want-to-stay-on-summer-time/article/feed/413928?custom_click=rss MADRID (AP) — Spain's popular Mediterranean tourist islands say they want to stay on summer time so they can enjoy more daylight.

The regional parliament of the Balearic Islands, which include Majorca and Ibiza, approved a motion Tuesday calling on the central government to allow them to stay on summer time — two hours ahead of GMT — and not change the clock back an hour this weekend.

The motion argues that the islands are the parts of Spain most affected by the hour change, being the first to see the sun set.

Proponents argue that staying two hours ahead of GMT would let islanders enjoy more daylight when the working day is over and would reduce lighting costs.

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]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:11:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Trump brand loses luster with affluent]]> http://gazette.com/trump-brand-loses-luster-with-affluent/article/feed/413866?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-brand-loses-luster-with-affluent/article/feed/413866?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Event planner Beth Bernstein decided she had had enough with Donald Trump after his 2005 hot-mic boasts about groping women came to light earlier this month. She removed photos of weddings she had thrown at a Trump hotel in Chicago from her website, wrote to hotel staff to remove her from the list of "preferred vendors" and posted a sort of call to arms on her blog.

"I simply cannot bring myself to walk in the door there any longer," wrote the owner of SQN Events.

Bernstein is not alone. Rates for rooms at Trump's new D.C. hotel are being slashed as travelers weigh their options, and smartphone data suggest fewer people are visiting his properties compared to rival venues nearby.

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]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 02:14:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Surfer bitten by shark at beach; says 'came out of nowhere']]> http://gazette.com/surfer-bitten-by-shark-at-beach-says-came-out-of-nowhere/article/feed/413817?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/surfer-bitten-by-shark-at-beach-says-came-out-of-nowhere/article/feed/413817?custom_click=rss

HONOLULU (AP) — A surfer says he's grateful to be recovering in a Maui hospital after a shark bit him — even though the attack forced him and his wife to postpone their honeymoon.

Federico Jaime was surfing Friday at a beach about two blocks from his Paia home when he felt a shark chomp down on his left arm, he recalled Monday from his room at Maui Memorial Medical Center.

"It just came out of nowhere," he said. "I saw the shark right in my face. It grabbed my arm— my left arm. It was really violent."

He knew he had been bitten. "I could see my arm was pretty much destroyed," Jaime said. "I hit it with my hands and my legs. I don't know what I did."

Then, he said, he felt something pull on his left leg.

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:23:47 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Hospitalized Maui surfer recounts shark attack]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-hospitalized-maui-surfer-recounts-shark-attack/article/feed/413811?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-hospitalized-maui-surfer-recounts-shark-attack/article/feed/413811?custom_click=rss WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on a Maui surfer who was bitten by a shark (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

A Maui surfer is recovering from a shark attack and making plans to reschedule his honeymoon.

Federico Jaime was surfing Friday at a beach two blocks from his Paia home when he felt a shark bite his left arm and left leg.

Jaime said Monday from his room at Maui Memorial Medical Center that he can move all his fingers and can feel his forearm muscle working.

But he'll need another surgery Wednesday to repair a tendon in his arm.

He says he and his wife were supposed to leave for a Tahiti honeymoon on Saturday.

Jaime says he's grateful nearby surfers who heard him screaming helped him get to

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:32:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Chief Justice Roberts upgrades home on Maine coast]]> http://gazette.com/chief-justice-roberts-upgrades-home-on-maine-coast/article/feed/413800?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chief-justice-roberts-upgrades-home-on-maine-coast/article/feed/413800?custom_click=rss

ST. GEORGE, Maine (AP) — U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts is upgrading his vacation home in Maine.

Roberts and his wife, Jane Roberts, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, purchased a second Hupper Island home in the town of St. George this month. The 1,560-square-foot, waterfront home is larger than the original home on abutting property that they bought in 2006.

Both properties were purchased from Steve Thomas, a former host of the TV show "This Old House."

The chief justice and his family vacation at the home in the summer.

County records indicate the couple financed $1 million of the purchase price, which was not disclosed.

It's unclear what the couple plans to do with the original home.

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]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:10:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorful Colorado: In Georgetown, pride of the past]]> http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-in-georgetown-pride-of-the-past/article/1588397?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-in-georgetown-pride-of-the-past/article/1588397?custom_click=rss

GEORGETOWN - This is the kind of place where a 10-year-old grabs a piece of candy from a store's old wooden shelves, turns around to an old wooden counter, and the lady behind it smiles sweetly and asks: "Are you paying or am I charging?"

The lady is Coralue Anderson. The store was operated in 1893 by her great-grandfather, pictured in the gold-framed portrait hanging on the back wall. She's worked here since being handed a broom that towered above her. These days, behind the counter, Anderson takes cash or check, but for the 1,000 or so living in Georgetown, she'll put it on their tab.

Her days are made by seeing those familiar faces, those like her who are carrying on another generation in town for their family.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:15:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Treehouses on top of the world: Zip-lining to lodgings in Laos]]> http://gazette.com/treehouses-on-top-of-the-world-zip-lining-to-lodgings-in-laos/article/1587365?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/treehouses-on-top-of-the-world-zip-lining-to-lodgings-in-laos/article/1587365?custom_click=rss

During our honeymoon, my wife strapped herself to a steel cable, kissed me goodbye and threw herself off the side of a mountain. I watched as she disappeared into the jungle mist, leaving only her scream.

Then it was my turn.

I clipped my roller to the zip line, took a running start and flew high above the canopy as the rainforest plummeted below. The adrenaline rush turned into wide-eyed wonder as I burst through the fog and glided gently through the window of a childhood fantasy: a three-story treehouse built 150 feet up in the branches of a mammoth strangler fig tree.

"Welcome home," said my smiling wife.

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