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  • Tourism suffers in winter of EU-Russia discontent

    PARIS (AP) — Russia’s tensions with the West over Ukraine and the slump for the ruble are echoing through the French Alps — and unfortunately for some businesses, just in time for ski season. Hoteliers,…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EST

    2 NYPD officers fatally shot by gunman who vowed to kill cops; shooter takes his own life NEW YORK (AP) — A gunman who vowed online to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for the police…

  • Tour agents: N. Korea may soon lift Ebola restrictions

    TOKYO (AP) — North Korea, never a country to take the threat of foreign invasion lightly, has been under virtual lockdown since October to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. But two leading…

  • Man charged with disrupting Qatar-to-Houston flight

    HOUSTON (AP) — A federal indictment alleges a Houston man disrupted a flight from the Persian Gulf to Houston earlier this month, including threatening to blow up the plane. The indictment returned by a federal…

  • Man pleads guilty in airplane groping case

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A California man accused of groping and sexually propositioning a teenage girl on a flight from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Friday. Hans…

  • State Dept. warns US travelers to be extra careful

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is warning Americans traveling abroad to be extra cautious over the holidays. In a worldwide travel alert issued Friday, the department says an attack this week in Australia highlights…

  • Grand Canyon awards temporary services contract

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The National Park Service has averted a shutdown of some of the Grand Canyon’s iconic hotels and mule rides by awarding a temporary contract for services at the canyon’s South Rim.…

  • Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

    The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week’s ranking is in parentheses. The list is…

  • State Dept. warns US travelers to be extra careful

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is warning Americans traveling abroad to be extra cautious over the holidays. In a worldwide travel alert issued Friday, the department says an attack this week in Australia highlights…

  • Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer’s war. The Israeli military said the airstrike on what…

  • China’s wealth finds home in Washington state

    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…

  • Protection sought for scenic California region

    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…

  • Group backs plan to turn Astrodome into large park

    HOUSTON (AP) — An idea to turn the iconic but shuttered Houston Astrodome into a massive indoor park and green space area holds great promise, a nonprofit research group focused on land use said Friday.…

  • National Portrait Gallery installs Stephen Colbert’s picture

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Colbert’s image is returning to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. To mark the end of Colbert’s nine-year persona on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” the museum borrowed Colbert’s portrait. The picture…

  • Record-volume traffic expected for holidays

    WASHINGTON — Four out of 10 people in the D.C. metro area plan to leave town for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.  AAA Mid-Atlantic projects nearly 91 percent of people traveling 50 miles or more will be…