<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> travel]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/travel Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:25:14 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[AP Exclusive: The sad saga of North Korea's ATMs]]> http://gazette.com/ap-exclusive-the-sad-saga-of-north-koreas-atms/article/feed/455466?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-exclusive-the-sad-saga-of-north-koreas-atms/article/feed/455466?custom_click=rss

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — No modern airport terminal is complete without an ATM, and Pyongyang's now has two. But they don't work — because of new Chinese sanctions, according to bank employees — and it's not clear when they will.

ATMs are an alien enough concept in North Korea that those in the capital's shiny new Sunan International Airport have a video screen near the top showing how they work and how to set up an account to use them. The explanatory video is in Korean, but the machines, which are meant primarily for Chinese businesspeople and tourists, don't give out cash in the North Korean currency.

ATMs are not entirely new to the North.

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]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 22:50:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Giraffe's baby bump boosts tiny zoo's upkeep, conservation]]> http://gazette.com/giraffes-baby-bump-boosts-tiny-zoos-upkeep-conservation/article/feed/455423?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/giraffes-baby-bump-boosts-tiny-zoos-upkeep-conservation/article/feed/455423?custom_click=rss

April the giraffe has brought a bundle to a tiny zoo in rural upstate New York, thanks to a YouTube video livestream of her pregnancy and birth of an incredibly cute calf that has riveted viewers around the world.

Owners of the for-profit Animal Adventure Park won't say exactly how much they've pulled in from all April-related ventures, but internet marketing experts conservatively estimate the haul in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The money will be used for zoo upkeep, wildlife conservation in Africa, and a favorite cause of the zoo's founders — local children with unexpected medical expenses, the park owners say.

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]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:10:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Trump sons take helm of company, eye domestic expansion]]> http://gazette.com/trump-sons-take-helm-of-company-eye-domestic-expansion/article/feed/455350?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-sons-take-helm-of-company-eye-domestic-expansion/article/feed/455350?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Apprentices no more, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. are now at the helm of the Trump Organization and adjusting to the reality presented by their father's presidency. They're eyeing ways to use the new lease on the family fame by expanding the brand into parts of the United States that embrace him.

Some business has slowed as a result of the pledge to stall international dealmaking while Trump is president. But a U.S. push is planned, and two new hotel chains are being considered — a four-star brand and a less luxurious line — possibly in states where Trump triumphed over Democrat Hillary Clinton last November.

"I think it makes it naturally easier if you're going into a place that's not adversarial to you,"

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]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:33:14 -0600 <![CDATA[A month backpacking 160 miles through Glacier National Park]]> http://gazette.com/a-month-backpacking-160-miles-through-glacier-national-park/article/1601589?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-month-backpacking-160-miles-through-glacier-national-park/article/1601589?custom_click=rss

A dense blanket of fog suffocated the empty air around me, so that I could see only my feet and about 5 feet of trail in front of me. While I timidly clutched to the side of a cliff, praying with every step that I wouldn't slip on ice that covered half of the 3-foot-wide trail, I realized I had no idea where my friends were. I had no idea if they had slipped on the many patches of ice lining the trail, if they were safely back at Pitamakan Pass or dead some unknown number of feet below me at the bottom of the valley. Could I have heard them through the fog if they fell? It didn't matter, since there was no way I could scramble down the cliff side to help them. All I could do was make sure I arrived safely at the pass and assess the

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Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:04:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Over 7M people visited Colorado national parks in 2016, spending nearly $486M]]> http://gazette.com/over-7m-people-visited-colorado-national-parks-in-2016-spending-nearly-486m/article/1601603?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/over-7m-people-visited-colorado-national-parks-in-2016-spending-nearly-486m/article/1601603?custom_click=rss

STATEWIDE — When you visit our national parks, you’re also helping out our economy.

A whopping 7,457,422 visitors to national parks in Colorado in 2016 spent nearly $486 million in the state, according to a new National Park Service (NPS) report.

That record visitation and spending supported 7,427 jobs and boosted the Colorado economy by $722 million, representing a 5.4 percent increase in visitation and a 7.9 percent rise in spending over 2015, the report also showed.

Read the full story at fox21news.

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Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:10:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Montana lawmakers seek to make Native America a destination]]> http://gazette.com/montana-lawmakers-seek-to-make-native-america-a-destination/article/feed/455385?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/montana-lawmakers-seek-to-make-native-america-a-destination/article/feed/455385?custom_click=rss

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Blackfeet Indian Reservation rolls across the plains just east of Glacier National Park. There's a hotel and casino. There are gas stations, a few eateries and a museum to learn about the culture and history of the people that have occupied the territory long before the arrival of the U.S. Cavalry and the hordes of modern-day visitors who roll into the nearby mountains.

But despite its proximity to the national park, little of the money spent by tourists end up in the business tills of reservation's communities.

While Montana might be known internationally for recreational jewels such as Glacier and Yellowstone national parks, Native Americans say the state needs to do more to develop and promote it

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]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:34:21 -0600 <![CDATA[American tries to learn from United's mistakes in incident]]> http://gazette.com/american-tries-to-learn-from-uniteds-mistakes-in-incident/article/feed/455360?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/american-tries-to-learn-from-uniteds-mistakes-in-incident/article/feed/455360?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Another day, another cellphone video of a conflict on an airplane.

American Airlines said it grounded a flight attendant who got into a verbal confrontation with a passenger on a Friday flight from San Francisco to Dallas-Fort Worth.

Spokeswoman Leslie Scott says the airline is looking into whether the male flight attendant violently took away a stroller from the female passenger just before she boarded a Friday flight from San Francisco to Dallas. He has been removed from duty in the meantime.

In an age of cellphone videos and social media, airlines are learning the hard way that it is essential to deescalate tense situations that occur during air travel, even as there are more passengers, less room a

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]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:37:01 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Passenger says flight attendant nearly hit baby]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-passenger-says-flight-attendant-nearly-hit-baby/article/feed/455393?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-passenger-says-flight-attendant-nearly-hit-baby/article/feed/455393?custom_click=rss HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the confrontation on an American Airlines flight (all times local):

6 p.m.

A passenger on an American Airlines flight says a flight attendant who has since been grounded nearly hit a baby when he jerked a stroller away from a woman holding the child.

Olivia Morgan, an executive with an education-related nonprofit, tells the New York Times (http://nyti.ms/2pQ17V5 ) that she witnessed the episode take place before a Friday afternoon flight from San Francisco to Dallas.

Morgan says when she complained about the woman's treatment, the flight attendant pointed his finger in her face and yelled, "You stay out of it.

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]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:02:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Ferry slams into breakwater in Canary Islands, 13 injured]]> http://gazette.com/ferry-slams-into-breakwater-in-canary-islands-13-injured/article/feed/455374?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ferry-slams-into-breakwater-in-canary-islands-13-injured/article/feed/455374?custom_click=rss

MADRID (AP) — A large ferry slammed bow-first into a breakwater in the Canary Islands, injuring 13 passengers, Spanish authorities said Saturday.

Manolo Vidal, a spokesman for Naviera Armas, the company that owns the ferry, said a "loss of electrical power" caused the accident Friday night as the boat was leaving the port of Puerta de la Luz on the island of Gran Canaria.

Emergency services said five of the injured had to be hospitalized.

Televised images showed the ferry hitting the breakwater head-on, sending chunks of its concrete wall tumbling down onto a service road.

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]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:21:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Philly set to welcome NFL draft in grand way]]> http://gazette.com/philly-set-to-welcome-nfl-draft-in-grand-way/article/feed/455163?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/philly-set-to-welcome-nfl-draft-in-grand-way/article/feed/455163?custom_click=rss

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Yo, Roger, they did it.

When the NFL chose Philadelphia to host the 2017 draft, it quickly became clear one of the world's most famous movie locations would be the perfect site to hold the three-day extravaganza.

"We had talked about a couple different venues for the NFL and they wanted the Rocky steps and they wanted the Art Museum," Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney told The Associated Press. "So that's what we gave them. It will be a terrific event."

Perhaps NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will run up the famous steps before announcing the No. 1 pick.

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]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:00:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Icelandic language at risk; robots, computers can't grasp it]]> http://gazette.com/icelandic-language-at-risk-robots-computers-cant-grasp-it/article/feed/455362?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/icelandic-language-at-risk-robots-computers-cant-grasp-it/article/feed/455362?custom_click=rss

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — When an Icelander arrives at an office building and sees "Solarfri" posted, they need no further explanation for the empty premises: The word means "when staff get an unexpected afternoon off to enjoy good weather."

The people of this rugged North Atlantic island settled by Norsemen some 1,100 years ago have a unique dialect of Old Norse that has adapted to life at the edge of the Artic.

Hundslappadrifa, for example, means "heavy snowfall with large flakes occurring in calm wind."

But the revered Icelandic language, seen by many as a source of identity and pride, is being undermined by the widespread use of English, both for mass tourism and in the voice-controlled artificial intelligence dev

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]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:48:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Wayne State honors broadcaster with new baseball facility]]> http://gazette.com/wayne-state-honors-broadcaster-with-new-baseball-facility/article/feed/455353?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wayne-state-honors-broadcaster-with-new-baseball-facility/article/feed/455353?custom_click=rss

DETROIT (AP) — Wayne State University has unveiled a $2.3 million baseball facility to honor a legendary Detroit broadcaster.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday declared the grand opening of Harwell Field on the university's athletic campus. The brand new facility honors former Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell who died in 2010.

Wayne State announced the project in 2013 after university athletic director Rob Fournier contacted Harwell's longtime friend and attorney Gary Spicer.

The privately funded facility features a replica of the rotunda of Ebbets Field, where Harwell began his broadcasting career with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 09:33:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Addio! Michigan's football team heads to Italy]]> http://gazette.com/addio-michigans-football-team-heads-to-italy/article/feed/455284?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/addio-michigans-football-team-heads-to-italy/article/feed/455284?custom_click=rss

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh presented players on the University of Michigan football team with an opportunity, putting them a compelling essay away from being close enough to possibly shake the hand of Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Salim Makki and Grant Newsome were the chosen two.

Makki, Newsome and most of the Wolverines will travel to Rome this weekend for a unique, weeklong trip. Some players will stay on campus a little longer to take final spring exams before joining their teammates.

There are practices planned at the home of soccer club AS Roma, but there is plenty of sightseeing, too, along with a meeting with refugees, including some who have fled Syria. And then there is the trip to the Vatican.

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]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:30:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Want to own a town? Tiny Oregon community for sale for $3.5M]]> http://gazette.com/want-to-own-a-town-tiny-oregon-community-for-sale-for-3.5m/article/feed/455195?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/want-to-own-a-town-tiny-oregon-community-for-sale-for-3.5m/article/feed/455195?custom_click=rss

TILLER, Ore. (AP) — In the tiny, dying timber town of Tiller, the old cliche is true. If you blink, you might actually miss it.

But these days, this dot on a map in southwestern Oregon is generating big-city buzz for an unlikely reason: Almost the entire town is for sale.

The asking price of $3.5 million brings with it six houses, the shuttered general store and gas station, the land under the post office, undeveloped parcels, water rights and infrastructure that includes sidewalks, fire hydrants and a working power station. Tiller Elementary School, a six-classroom building that closed in 2014, is for sale separately for $350,000.

Potential buyers have come forward but are remaining anonymous, and backup offers are s

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]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:23:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Judge seems reluctant to issue another travel ban injunction]]> http://gazette.com/judge-seems-reluctant-to-issue-another-travel-ban-injunction/article/feed/455292?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/judge-seems-reluctant-to-issue-another-travel-ban-injunction/article/feed/455292?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday seemed reluctant to issue another nationwide injunction against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, saying two courts already have halted the bid to stop immigration from six predominantly Muslim counties.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said at a hearing in the nation's capital that blocking the executive order might be an "academic exercise" given similar rulings from courts in Hawaii and Maryland.

Chutkan heard arguments from Iranian-American and Muslim groups that say Iranians have faced unusual delays and disruptions in visa processing even while the ban is on hold. They want a more sweeping injunction than those imposed by other courts, one that seeks in part to r

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]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:37:23 -0600 <![CDATA[AP PHOTOS: Remote Oregon town for sale for $3.5 million]]> http://gazette.com/ap-photos-remote-oregon-town-for-sale-for-3.5-million/article/feed/455266?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-photos-remote-oregon-town-for-sale-for-3.5-million/article/feed/455266?custom_click=rss

TILLER, Ore. (AP) — Almost an entire Oregon town is for sale for $3.5 million - or about $3.9 million if you also want the local elementary school, which is a separate deal.

The tiny community of Tiller, encircled by the Umpqua National Forest, has been shrinking since environmental rules sharply curtailed logging on federal forest land several decades ago.

As the timber mill closed and people moved away, one longtime resident bought up properties, and now his estate is selling them all.

Potential buyers have come forward but are remaining anonymous, and backup offers are still being accepted.

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]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:24:52 -0600 <![CDATA[As orbit becomes more crowded, risk from space debris grows]]> http://gazette.com/as-orbit-becomes-more-crowded-risk-from-space-debris-grows/article/feed/455201?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/as-orbit-becomes-more-crowded-risk-from-space-debris-grows/article/feed/455201?custom_click=rss

BERLIN (AP) — Decades' worth of man-made junk is cluttering up Earth's orbit, posing a threat to spaceflight and the satellites we rely on for weather reports, air travel and global communications.

More than 750,000 fragments larger than a centimeter are already thought to orbit Earth, and each one could badly damage or even destroy a satellite.

Last year, a tiny piece of debris punched a gaping hole in the solar panel of Copernicus Sentinel-1A, an observation satellite operated by the European Space Agency, or ESA. A solar array brought back from the Hubble Telescope in 1993 showed hundreds of tiny holes caused by dust-sized debris.

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]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:47:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorful Colorado: The value of Victor and its timeless beauty]]> http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-the-value-of-victor-and-its-timeless-beauty/article/1601119?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorful-colorado-the-value-of-victor-and-its-timeless-beauty/article/1601119?custom_click=rss

VICTOR - Much has come and gone here, but one thing that remains is the sporting goods store on 3rd Street. Gus Conley is still here, slumped behind the wooden counter surrounded by fishing and hunting trinkets and other nostalgic nicknacks, like lanterns and clocks.

Gus, 81, has been running the place for 26 years.

"Can you believe that?" he says to me, a stranger he calls partner, his voice grainy and fading. "The good Lord provides."

Gus is a staple for the 400 or so who've stuck around this once bustling gold camp, nestled 9,700 feet in the hills spotted with skeletons of mining shafts. Most of Victor's brick buildings from the 1890s are like those wooden frames: gaunt and abandoned.

But here at Gus', the pot

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Tue, 18 Apr 2017 07:09:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Web of lies: One reporter's complicated relationship with spiders]]> http://gazette.com/web-of-lies-one-reporters-complicated-relationship-with-spiders/article/1601120?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/web-of-lies-one-reporters-complicated-relationship-with-spiders/article/1601120?custom_click=rss

A monster has taken up residence in my closet, and I'm totally cool with it.

We've got a deal. My monster snacks on (other) unwelcome guests and makes itself discreet when I'm around, and I pretend that its presence doesn't send ripples of terror through my every molecule.

Yes, the fight-or-flight, kill-or-be-killed instinct, that primitive goose of the nervous system our ancestors honed over generations surviving mortal threats and alpha predators, is triggered in me not by a wooly mammoth but a timid arthropod the size of my big toenail.

Seems like a waste of adrenaline, considering humans live peacefully alongside spiders on a daily basis, but it does keep me on my toes - and on guard, occasionally with a capture

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