<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> travel]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/travel Thu, 08 Dec 2016 02:53:23 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Paris still struggling with worse pollution peak in decade]]> http://gazette.com/paris-still-struggling-with-worse-pollution-peak-in-decade/article/feed/429896?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paris-still-struggling-with-worse-pollution-peak-in-decade/article/feed/429896?custom_click=rss

PARIS (AP) — Facing its worse winter pollution in 10 years, Paris is sticking to controversial traffic measures.

Paris city hall has barred half of all cars from traveling and made public transportation free for a third consecutive day. A similar scheme will be implemented in the city of Lyon Friday.

Only vehicles with even-numbered plates are allowed to drive Thursday in the French capital and its close suburbs.

The ban was not respected by many drivers Wednesday, while disruption in transportation services added to confusion. To tackle the crisis, Paris' Velib bike-share and Autolib electric cars will again be free Thursday, as well as the Paris metro and bus services.

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]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 02:37:41 -0700 <![CDATA[Signs to mark eastern and western ends of longest US road]]> http://gazette.com/signs-to-mark-eastern-and-western-ends-of-longest-us-road/article/feed/429859?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/signs-to-mark-eastern-and-western-ends-of-longest-us-road/article/feed/429859?custom_click=rss BOSTON (AP) — Signs marking the eastern and western ends of the longest continuous road in the U.S. are being unveiled on both coasts.

Historic U.S. Route 20 runs between Boston and Newport, Oregon.

On Thursday, Massachusetts highway officials plan to install a mileage sign on the eastern end of the road in Boston's Kenmore Square. The sign will inform motorists that Newport, Oregon, is a mere 3,365 miles away on Route 20 westbound.

A similar sign will go up in Newport Thursday marking the same distance, 3,365 miles, to Boston should drivers want to travel the entire way eastbound on Route 20.

The road passes through 12 states on its path between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

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]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:20:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Crowd honors 'gift of freedom' from Pearl Harbor servicemen]]> http://gazette.com/crowd-honors-gift-of-freedom-from-pearl-harbor-servicemen/article/feed/429401?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/crowd-honors-gift-of-freedom-from-pearl-harbor-servicemen/article/feed/429401?custom_click=rss

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Thousands of people observed a moment of silence before fighter jets streaked across the sky during a ceremony Wednesday at Pearl Harbor marking the 75th anniversary of the attack that plunged the United States into World War II and left more than 2,300 service people dead.

The crowd bowed their heads at the precise moment decades ago when Japanese planes began their assault on the harbor's U.S. naval base. And they stood and clapped when survivors joined active-duty servicemen and women and National Park Service rangers in dedicating wreaths to those killed.

Attendees also gave a lengthy ovation to Adm. Harry Harris of the U.S. Pacific Command when he spoke in favor of standing for the national

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]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:24:07 -0700 <![CDATA[The Latest: Reynolds to appear at Iowa rally with Trump]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-reynolds-to-appear-at-iowa-rally-with-trump/article/feed/429758?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-reynolds-to-appear-at-iowa-rally-with-trump/article/feed/429758?custom_click=rss DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Terry Branstad's nomination as ambassador to China (all times local):

4:40 p.m.

Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds is cutting short a family vacation to appear alongside Gov. Terry Branstad at an Iowa rally for President-elect Donald Trump.

Ben Hammes, a spokesman for Branstad, says Reynolds will attend a Thursday night rally in Des Moines that will feature Branstad, Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Hammes says Reynolds is traveling to Des Moines sometime between Wednesday and Thursday.

Reynolds was on a vacation with her family this week when news broke that Trump had nominated Branstad to become the next ambassador to China. Branstad has accepted the offer, meaning Reyno

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]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:45:09 -0700 <![CDATA[Attorney: Park Service quashing dissent during inauguration]]> http://gazette.com/attorney-park-service-quashing-dissent-during-inauguration/article/feed/429420?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/attorney-park-service-quashing-dissent-during-inauguration/article/feed/429420?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service is quashing dissent by blocking access to public space for those who want to demonstrate before, during and after President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, Washington civil rights attorneys said Wednesday.

Attorney Mara Verheyden-Hilliard of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund — who has successfully litigated on behalf of protesters in Washington for more than a decade — threatened legal action against the park service if it does not rescind a permit the agency itself took out to block groups from using land around the White House and the National Mall for demonstrations.

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]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:27:57 -0700 <![CDATA[Is demand for travel to Cuba flattening?]]> http://gazette.com/is-demand-for-travel-to-cuba-flattening/article/feed/429671?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/is-demand-for-travel-to-cuba-flattening/article/feed/429671?custom_click=rss

Demand for travel to Cuba may be flattening, with soaring hotel prices on the island, American Airlines cutting some flights, and uncertainty over whether new travel restrictions could be imposed when Donald Trump takes office.

Gregory Geronemus, co-CEO of smarTours, a tour company that's taken 3,000 Americans to Cuba, confirms there has been a softening in demand.

In part he blamed hotel prices on the island, which have nearly doubled since 2015 and which are set by the government. "There's still demand but there's only so much people can afford," he said. Cheaper lodging is available through Airbnb and other services, but not all travelers want the hassles and uncertainty of traveling on their own in Cuba.

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]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:25:02 -0700 <![CDATA[WWII vets gather, other Ohio events mark Pearl Harbor 75th]]> http://gazette.com/wwii-vets-gather-other-ohio-events-mark-pearl-harbor-75th/article/feed/429649?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wwii-vets-gather-other-ohio-events-mark-pearl-harbor-75th/article/feed/429649?custom_click=rss

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio's governor ordered flags at half-staff Wednesday, a tattered U.S. flag that flew at Pearl Harbor was on display at an Ohio museum, and dozens of World War II veterans in the Cincinnati region recounted their experiences during commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack.

The participating veterans, who served in different wartime roles, were sharing their stories with Princeton High School students gathering personal accounts for a living history project. Cincinnati-based The Urology Group hosted the veterans' gathering at the Sharonville Convention Center.

Charles Geraci, who said he was wounded three times after storming Omaha Beach as a soldier on D-Day, was gratified to be part of

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]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:05:59 -0700 <![CDATA[Norwegian and Royal Caribbean get approval for Cuba cruises]]> http://gazette.com/norwegian-and-royal-caribbean-get-approval-for-cuba-cruises/article/feed/429683?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/norwegian-and-royal-caribbean-get-approval-for-cuba-cruises/article/feed/429683?custom_click=rss Norwegian and Royal Caribbean cruises on Wednesday announced that they have received permission from the Cuban government to sail from the U.S. to Cuba.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings plans sailings on ships from two of its brands, Norwegian Cruise Line and Oceania. Both ships will include port calls in Havana as part of longer Caribbean itineraries. The Marina will sail from Miami on March 7 and Norwegian Sky will begin overnighting in Havana in spring 2017.

Royal Caribbean will also sail on two lines, Royal Caribbean International and Azamara Club Cruises.

In May, Carnival Corp. became the first U.S. company in decades to sail to Cuba.

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]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:52:41 -0700 <![CDATA[6 ways to keep phone charges low during international travel]]> http://gazette.com/6-ways-to-keep-phone-charges-low-during-international-travel/article/feed/429549?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/6-ways-to-keep-phone-charges-low-during-international-travel/article/feed/429549?custom_click=rss

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — It's a sure-fire way to dampen the holiday cheers: Spend a week on a dream vacation abroad, then come back to find an additional several hundred dollars on your cellphone bill.

Although some U.S. phone plans cover international travel, especially to Canada and Mexico, many don't. Leaving your phone off isn't practical these days . But you don't have to pay a fortune if you follow these tips. You might find some of these steps annoying, but they're surely less painful than an unexpected data bill. Start planning well before you leave.



This is the most economical choice, but also the least practical for many people.

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]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:58:30 -0700 <![CDATA[In Greece's tobacco culture, passive smoke a serious problem]]> http://gazette.com/in-greeces-tobacco-culture-passive-smoke-a-serious-problem/article/feed/429468?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-greeces-tobacco-culture-passive-smoke-a-serious-problem/article/feed/429468?custom_click=rss

BRUSSELS (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of Greeks are inhaling someone else's tobacco smoke on a daily basis, making Greece the worst nation in the European Union in exposing people to the health risks of passive smoking.

The European Union's statistical office Eurostat said Wednesday that 64.2 percent of Greeks suffered daily exposure to tobacco smoke indoors. Second in the EU is Croatia with 44.7 percent, followed by Bulgaria with 40.5 percent. At the other end, Sweden best protects its people from secondhand smoke with only 5.9 percent exposed, even better than Finland with 6.3 percent.

In a tally of EU smokers aged 15 and over, Bulgaria tops the rankings with 34.7 percent, ahead of Greece with 32.6 percent. Sweden only has 16

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]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:56:39 -0700 <![CDATA[1st draft of FDR's 'Day of Infamy' speech on display in NY]]> http://gazette.com/1st-draft-of-fdrs-day-of-infamy-speech-on-display-in-ny/article/feed/429451?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/1st-draft-of-fdrs-day-of-infamy-speech-on-display-in-ny/article/feed/429451?custom_click=rss HYDE PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Seventy-five years after he dictated what would become one of the most famous speeches ever delivered by an American president, Franklin D. Roosevelt's first draft of his "Day of Infamy" speech is on display at his former upstate New York estate-turned-museum.

The exhibit titled "Day of Infamy: 24 Hours that Changed History" is on display at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park through Dec. 31.

The exhibit includes a rare public display of Roosevelt's first draft of the speech he dictated to his secretary in the hours after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

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]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:20:54 -0700 <![CDATA[Greek journalists on 24-hour strike to protest austerity]]> http://gazette.com/greek-journalists-on-24-hour-strike-to-protest-austerity/article/feed/429416?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/greek-journalists-on-24-hour-strike-to-protest-austerity/article/feed/429416?custom_click=rss ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek journalists are striking to protest austerity measures, pulling all television and radio news broadcasts off the air a day before a nationwide general strike expected to shut down services across the country.

Wednesday's media strike meant news websites were not being updated until Thursday morning, and no Thursday newspapers would be published.

Journalists are protesting sweeping social security reforms that will affect pension funds. The media sector has been hammered by both Greece's financial crisis and a global slump in newspaper sales and media advertising. Journalists working for Greek media are often left unpaid for several months despite continuing to work.

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]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:35:42 -0700 <![CDATA[Deborah Bryant to speak at Mississippi Statehood Day program]]> http://gazette.com/deborah-bryant-to-speak-at-mississippi-statehood-day-program/article/feed/429421?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/deborah-bryant-to-speak-at-mississippi-statehood-day-program/article/feed/429421?custom_click=rss JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Gov. Phil Bryant's wife, Deborah, is speaking during a Mississippi Statehood Day program this week in Jackson.

The Department of Archives and History is sponsoring the event at noon Friday at the Old Capitol Museum.

She will focus on the history of the Governor's Mansion, which is the second-oldest continuously occupied governor's home in the United States. In 2017, the Mississippi mansion will mark 175 years of use.

In January 1842, Gov. Tilghman Tucker and his family moved into the home, which was built at a cost of about $50,000.

The Old Capitol Museum commemorates the admission of Mississippi to the United States each year with a Statehood Day program. President James Monroe signed a re

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]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:20:57 -0700 <![CDATA[Mississippi and Louisiana lt. governors promoting tourism]]> http://gazette.com/mississippi-and-louisiana-lt.-governors-promoting-tourism/article/feed/429422?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mississippi-and-louisiana-lt.-governors-promoting-tourism/article/feed/429422?custom_click=rss CLEVELAND, Miss. (AP) — The lieutenant governors of Mississippi and Louisiana are pairing up to promote tourism in the two states.

Republicans Tate Reeves of Mississippi and Billy Nungesser are scheduled to appear together Wednesday in Cleveland, Mississippi.

Reeves' office says the officials are taking part in a groundbreaking ceremony for a hotel and spa that is being developed. It will be near the Grammy Museum Mississippi, which opened in March.

Mississippi has been promoting its musical heritage in tourism efforts in recent years, while Louisiana has focused on music, food and local festivals.

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]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:20:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Man carrying gas can, matches arrested near Rockefeller tree]]> http://gazette.com/man-carrying-gas-can-matches-arrested-near-rockefeller-tree/article/feed/429382?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-carrying-gas-can-matches-arrested-near-rockefeller-tree/article/feed/429382?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Police in New York City have arrested a man who they say was carrying a gas can and matches and acting erratically near the Rockefeller Center tree.

Police say 38-year-old Yuriy Alterman threw a bottle into the street, became combative and screamed at officers when they approached him Tuesday afternoon in midtown Manhattan.

They say he was carrying a red can containing a liquid that smelled like gasoline, matches as well as a book called "Son of Hamas," which is about the son of one of Hamas' founders. He told officers that he didn't intend to set anything on fire.

Police say he didn't get close to the tree.

The Bronx man has been charged with making terroristic threats and disorderly conduct. It

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]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:37:32 -0700 <![CDATA[PHOTOS: Make a point to get lost when traveling to Italy]]> http://gazette.com/photos-make-a-point-to-get-lost-when-traveling-to-italy/article/1591533?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/photos-make-a-point-to-get-lost-when-traveling-to-italy/article/1591533?custom_click=rss

Get lost.


The best advice for a visit to Venice and much of Italy is to take a few wrong turns and see where you end up.

In Venice, it's easy to find St. Mark's Square; simply follow the throngs of tourists heading that way.

Go ahead and take a stroll through the busy square, then turn around and head upstream against the crowds in any direction. Venice teems with charming, narrow alleys and canals waiting to be explored (many of which are free of crowds).

So put away that map because you're on an island, and that means you can't go all that wrong.

My favorite times in Venice were spent when I was quite lost.

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<![CDATA[Travel gift ideas for the jet-setters in your life]]> http://gazette.com/travel-gift-ideas-for-the-jet-setters-in-your-life/article/1591052?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/travel-gift-ideas-for-the-jet-setters-in-your-life/article/1591052?custom_click=rss

The holidays are upon us and it's time to think about what to give everyone - including the travel junkies - on your shopping list. Make travel more efficient, more comfortable or just simply fun for the jet-setters in your life.

1. Slim Sonic Toothbrush, containerstore.com, $14.99: A welcome alternative to lugging your electric toothbrush and charger on vacation - polka dots included at no additional charge.

2. Necktie Travel Roll, uncommongoods.com, $24: Rolling rather than folding your clothes is the packing trend of the moment - why should your tie be an exception?

3. "Point it: Traveller's Language Kit," store.moma.org, $9.95: This slim volume could mean the end of inefficient charades for non-speakers of the

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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:36:11 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado reptile park home to over 100 alligators, people looking for a second chance]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-reptile-park-home-to-over-100-alligators-people-looking-for-a-second-chance/article/1591544?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-reptile-park-home-to-over-100-alligators-people-looking-for-a-second-chance/article/1591544?custom_click=rss

MOSCA - Something is hissing in the tub as Jay Young approaches.

Inside is Katelyn, the 6-foot alligator with a bloody gash on her right arm - the result of a fight with another gator.

"People ask me if I'm afraid," the pony-tailed manager of Colorado Gators Reptile Park says as he hops in, a tube of medical ointment in hand. Young, 42, grabs Katelyn's tail and tugs, pulling her to him as he hops on her back and grips the sides of her jaw so that all she can snap at is air.

"You can't be afraid," he goes on. "If you're gonna work with dangerous animals, fear causes hesitation and hesitation causes your worst fears to come true. You can't be afraid.

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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:59:40 -0700
<![CDATA[Traveling for Thanksgiving? You'll have plenty of company in the sky and on the road]]> http://gazette.com/traveling-for-thanksgiving-youll-have-plenty-of-company-in-the-sky-and-on-the-road/article/1590640?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/traveling-for-thanksgiving-youll-have-plenty-of-company-in-the-sky-and-on-the-road/article/1590640?custom_click=rss

Every Thanksgiving produces a number of expectations.

You will see your loved ones. You will eat a lot of turkey and gravy. You will watch football and drink beers and wine.

But in order to reach those points, you'll likely experience some traveling pains on the road and in the sky.

The week of Thanksgiving is one of the busiest traveling times of the year, filled with long lines at the airport and slower-than-usual highways. And it will be no different in Colorado, where AAA Colorado predicts that 791,000 residents - or 14.5 percent of the state's population - will drive 50 miles or more to celebrate the holiday.

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Sun, 20 Nov 2016 19:11:06 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorful Colorado: With days of riches long gone, Central City mines for luck in second life]]> http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-with-days-of-riches-long-gone-central-city-mines-for-luck-in-second-life/article/1590571?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-with-days-of-riches-long-gone-central-city-mines-for-luck-in-second-life/article/1590571?custom_click=rss

CENTRAL CITY - Mike Keeler is enlivened by the dead of this town.

There he was one day this summer, at one of Central City's 10 graveyards keeping the remains of men who made it big on the gold discovered here 158 years ago. The day was one of Keeler's favorites, the day of the annual Cemetery Crawl in which he and others dress up like pioneers and tell stories. He stood by the grave of James Alexander Gaudard, who died in 1887.

"He was a gambler, loved the cards," began Keeler, the handlebar-mustachioed member of the town's historical society, speaking on accounts he gathered from old news clippings.

The story goes that Gaudard one night spotted a glow from a saloon window. Men were gathered around with their cards.

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Sun, 20 Nov 2016 07:21:23 -0700