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  • Volaris begins Cancun route at Las Vegas airport

    Updated: 55 min ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mexican airline Volaris says it's twice a week flights linking Las Vegas and Cancun, Mexico have begun. The airline announced Thursday that it would offer one flight twice a week, every Thursday and Sunday. It's the only flight linking Las Vegas with the tropical destination...

  • China's wealth finds home in Washington state

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MEDINA, Wash. (AP) — Savvy Seattle-area real estate agents have gained an advantage by paying attention to the growing connections between China and Washington state. "I'm so glad my mother made me study Chinese," laughed property broker Janie Lee, after showing a client from Beijing a $4...

  • For US and Cuba, normalcy will take many steps

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor? That's about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to normalize more than a half-century of bitter animosity between the United States and Cuba....

  • VDOT to suspend highway work zones over Christmas

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Transportation says it will suspend most highway work zones for several days over Christmas. VDOT says the goal is to limit congestion and provide as many travel lanes as possible. VDOT will lift lane closures on interstates and other major roads...

  • Ex-worker at China's Forbidden City gets death

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — A Beijing court on Friday sentenced a former employee of the Forbidden City to be executed for stabbing two of his supervisors to death on the museum's grounds, state media reported. Zheng Zhibiao argued at his trial in early December that he had been concerned over a lack of...

  • Contrite Vegas hotelier wins gambling license

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Los Angeles nightlife magnate who revamped Las Vegas' Sahara hotel and casino won a Nevada gambling license Thursday after explaining his drug use and curious business dealings, but not without limits and a promise that he'll remain under heavy scrutiny. Sam Nazarian's...

  • Protection sought for scenic California region

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A contingent of California environmental groups, business representatives and politicians will use a visit Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to push for permanent protection of some 350,000 acres of picturesque federal land near the state's famous wine country....

  • Delaware officials celebrate national park

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — After being the odd man out for many years, Delaware is celebrating the creation of its first and only national park. Ending Delaware's status as the only state without a national park has been a mission for U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, Delaware's senior senator, for more than...

  • Oakland joins LA in banning circus elephant tool

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The circus will stop coming to Oakland in a few years after a tool used by elephant handlers was banned in the city. The Oakland City Council earlier this week unanimously approved an ordinance outlawing bullhooks. The instrument resembles a fireplace poker, with a sharp...

  • Next steps on Cuba: Normalizing could take awhile

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor? That's about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to normalize more than a half-century of bitter animosity between the United States and Cuba....

  • La. police: Smoking ban would hit gambling halls

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana regulators say $104 million in revenues and state fees might be lost over two years from Harrah's casino, a horse racing track and video-poker halls if New Orleans enacts a widespread ban on smoking. After the New Year, the City Council will debate a proposed ban on...

  • Questions and answers about traveling to Cuba

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Don't rush to book that flight to Cuba just yet. While the U.S. plans to restore diplomatic ties with the Caribbean island nation, globe-trotting tourists won't be able to hop on a plane to Havana anytime soon. It remains illegal for most U.S. citizens to travel to — and spend...

  • Obama signs bill to sanction Venezuelan officials

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed legislation into law allowing him to sanction Venezuelan government officials who were involved in a crackdown on anti-government protesters. The bill authorizes sanctions that would freeze the assets and ban visas for anyone accused of...

  • Correction: Cuba-Travel story

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Dec. 17 about travel to Cuba, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of Americans who were authorized to travel to Cuba last year. The number was 124,000, not 170,000. A corrected version of the story is below: US travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba...

  • Key elements of US policy shift toward Cuba

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to restore full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in more than half a century. Key elements of changes to U.S. policy toward Cuba, some of which President Barack Obama...

  • Abu Dhabi's Etihad gets A380, complete with suite

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Abu Dhabi's national carrier, Etihad, showcased on Thursday the arrival of its first Airbus A380, outfitted with "the only three-room suite in the sky." The A380 is the first of a fleet of 10 on order from Etihad Airways, which is to take delivery of four...

  • 4 North Dakota high school coaches being honored

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Four coaches are being inducted into the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Darrell Berglund of Hazen, Dan Carr of Linton, Denny Dinius of Langdon and Greg Hoeckle of Carrington will be inducted during the association's convention in late July in...

  • 5 free things in Vancouver, from parks to a clock

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    VANCOUVER (AP) — Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the world's most livable cities. The city offers diverse ethnic neighborhoods, old and new, and lots of options for shopping and dining. But many of the west coast Canadian port city's most beautiful attractions are free. Public art...

  • Newseum to display items from Ferguson protests

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Newseum is displaying items from the protests and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, as part of the Washington museum's exhibit on civil rights. The museum about journalism and the First Amendment will display items including a press pass, a "Police the Police" poster and...

  • Newseum to display items from Ferguson, Missouri protests

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Newseum is displaying items from the protests and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, as an extension of the Washington museum's exhibit about civil rights. The museum about journalism and the First Amendment plans to display items including a press pass, a reporter's notebook...

  • Charlie Brown and a city's ugly Christmas tree

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    READING, Pa. (AP) — Reading's official Christmas tree has brought the city plenty of grief. Good grief. When the 50-foot Norway spruce went up last month, it drew immediate comparisons to the scraggly sapling in "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Its giant bare spots and asymmetrical branches were no...

  • AAA projects record holiday travel by Maryland residents

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Record numbers of Maryland residents are expected to travel for the year-end holidays due in part to lower gas prices and a longer holiday travel window. AAA Mid-Atlantic says more than 2.1 million Maryland residents are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home for the...

  • A tourist in Detroit: Motown, coney dogs and art

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — I arrived in a power outage, got a $45 parking ticket and drove past dozens of abandoned homes. But as a tourist on my first trip to Detroit, I also sang in the Motown studio, saw the paintings that were nearly sold to pay the city's bills, and bumped fists with the sculpture of...

  • Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A lack of unanimity in both political parties toward President Barack Obama's sudden move to re-establish ties with Cuba complicates any congressional effort to scuttle the most significant change in U.S. policy toward the communist island in 50-plus years. His initiative...

  • Yellowstone solicits saddle, pack trip contracts

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The National Park Service is soliciting proposals from businesses interested in providing guided saddle and pack stock trips in Yellowstone National Park. The Park Service plans to award up to 42 new concession contracts. Proposals are due on March 17...