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June 30 opening, Slinky Dog ride at Disney's Toy Story Land

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:11:44 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney World's forthcoming Toy Story Land got a press preview in New York Friday. Toy Story Land opens June 30 at Walt Disney World Resort's Hollywood Studios outside Orlando, Florida. Oversized replicas of old-school toys are a defining feature of the land. Lampposts shaped like towering Tinkertoys, gigantic colored blocks, a Jenga tower and other massive playthings will make human visitors feel as if they've shrunk to the size of a toy. A roller coaster called Slinky Dog Dash will be gentle enough for young children. Alien Swirling Saucers will tow guests in rocket-ship toys. The land includes an existing attraction as well, Toy Story Mania, which allows guest to play games shooting at 3-D objects.

Casino will check hotel rooms, even with 'Do Not Disturb'

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:03:57 UT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — One of the world's largest casino companies will check its guests' hotel rooms every 24 hours, even if they have a "Do Not Disturb" sign hanging on the doorknob. Caesars Entertainment told The Associated Press Friday it also is considering giving panic buttons to its employees to enable them to quickly summon help if they are in danger or feel threatened. The company will implement the new policy soon at all its properties worldwide, spokeswoman Noel Stevenson said.

Caribbean spring break: Ideas, prices, post-hurricane news

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:30:21 UT

Thinking about spring break in the Caribbean? Brian Hegarty of Travel Leaders Network says each Caribbean island offers a different vibe, from relaxing on the beach to adventures, shopping and dining. All-inclusive resorts "take the worry out of figuring out where to go for every meal and watching your budget. There are also some small luxury properties that really cater to the affluent traveler looking for a more curated local experience." says the most popular Caribbean destinations for spring break are Montego Bay, Jamaica ($479 round-trip); Santo Domingo ($500 round-trip) and Punta Cana ($569 round-trip) in the Dominican Republic; Nassau ($612 round-trip) in the Bahamas, and Oranjestad, Aruba ($567 round-trip).

Terror, heroism revealed in Oregon climbing death 911 calls

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:23:15 UT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The first thing that Braton Jurasevich noticed as he clambered down Mount Hood toward his fallen fellow mountain climber was the blood — a lot of it. The critically injured climber, later identified as Miha Sumi, was sprawled with his feet above his head on an icy slope about 10,300 feet (3,140 meters) up the mountain. Moments before, Sumi had slipped while descending from the summit and plummeted head over heels down a snowfield on Oregon's tallest peak — his fall witnessed by nearly a half-dozen other climbers who called 911 as they watched helplessly. Sumi would be pronounced dead at a Portland hospital later Tuesday after being airlifted off the slope. But when Jurasevich arrived, he was still alive.

Tate Britain exhibition to explore van Gogh's UK years

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:44:34 UT

LONDON (AP) — London's Tate Britain has announced an exhibition exploring how a formative period in Britain inspired Vincent van Gogh. The gallery says the show, due to open next year, will focus on the Dutch artist's crucial but "obscure" years in the U.K. Van Gogh lived in London between 1873 and 1876 as a trainee art dealer. He later moved to France, and died in 1890 after shooting himself. Tate Britain director Alex Farquharson said Friday that the exhibition is a chance "to reveal the impact Britain had on van Gogh as well as the enormous influence he had on British artists." It will contain more than 40 works, including "Starry Night Over The Rhone" and "Sunflowers.

Report: A record 30M people visited Caribbean despite storms

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:15:16 UT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A record 30 million people visited the Caribbean last year, despite two devastating hurricanes that hit a region still struggling to recover, regional tourism officials said Thursday. Visitors spent a record total of $37 billion, up nearly 3 percent compared with the previous year, according to Ryan Skeete, acting research director for the Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization. The majority of visitors came from the United States, and there was a surge of travelers from Canada and Europe. It is the eighth consecutive year of growth for the Caribbean, although some islands including St.

3 skiers die in avalanche in the French Pyrenees

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:12:53 UT

PARIS (AP) — Authorities say three skiers have died after being swept away by an avalanche in the French Pyrenees. The prefecture in the southern Hautes-Pyrenees region said the bodies of the three men were found Thursday, a day after an avalanche struck on an off-piste sector at the Cauterets ski resort, close to the Spanish border. Rescuers, assisted by a helicopter and several dog teams, began their search late Wednesday afternoon shortly after the three men were reported missing. The skiers, a 29-year-old and two 38-year-olds, were tourists from the French cities of Bordeaux and Poitiers. Relatives of the victims traveled to Cauterets and were taken care of by an emergency team that helps bereaved families.

NYC celebrates lunar new year with art, dance performances

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:19:28 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is celebrating the lunar new year with artworks and performances that highlight an eight-day festival to usher in the Year of the Dog. Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall will host lunar new year celebration for children on Friday featuring a 40-foot scroll created by schoolchildren. City students have Friday off for the holiday celebrated by many Asian cultures. Festivities also will include a dragon dance and Year of the Dog dance at Lincoln Center Plaza at 5 p.m. on Feb. 20. The New York Philharmonic will perform a lunar new year concert and gala at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 at David Geffen Hall.

FBI: Partygoer stole museum statue's left thumb after selfie

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:46:34 UT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal authorities say a Delaware man snapped a selfie before stealing part of a $4.5 million statue at a Philadelphia museum. According to an arrest affidavit filed Friday, 24-year-old Michael Rohana was attending an Ugly Sweater Party at the Franklin Institute Dec. 21 when he entered the "Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor" exhibit. Authorities say Rohana took photos while posing next to a statue known as "The Cavalryman," and then snapped off the statue's left thumb. Museum staff noticed the missing thumb Jan. 8, and the FBI traced it to Rohana five days later. It is unclear if he has legal representation. A museum spokeswoman says the statue will be repaired.

Flights resume on tribal land after fatal Grand Canyon crash

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 02:21:30 UT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Flight restrictions put in place in the Grand Canyon after a sightseeing helicopter crashed last weekend have been lifted. Three British tourists were killed in the crash Saturday on tribal land outside the national park. The medical examiner's office where the autopsies were done said Wednesday the friends died of multiple injuries from the crash but did not elaborate. The pilot and three other Britons were critically injured and taken to a Las Vegas trauma center. The Federal Aviation Administration had imposed flight restrictions on part of the Hualapai reservation for any aircraft not involved in rescue and recovery efforts.

The Latest: Wreckage of crashed helicopter moved to Phoenix

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 02:17:43 UT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into the crash of a sightseeing helicopter in the Grand Canyon that killed three British tourists and injured four other people (all times local): 7 p.m. Authorities have recovered the wreckage of a sightseeing helicopter that crashed in the Grand Canyon last weekend, killing three British tourists. The pilot and three other Britons were critically injured Saturday evening and taken to a Las Vegas trauma center. The wreckage of the Airbus EC130 B4 was extracted Tuesday and has been taken to Phoenix to be examined by the National Transportation Board as part of its investigation.

Picking the right home rental for a Mexico beach vacation

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:52:45 UT

COZUMEL, Mexico (AP) — Long before Airbnb was a thing, my family rented houses for our holidays rather than stay in hotels. Houses were easier with small children who needed room to run. We liked going to markets in foreign countries and cooking with fresh, local ingredients. And we liked vacationing with friends. Before internet rental sites, we selected places from catalogues based on tiny photographs. Our children had no opinions and no vote, so the decision was less complicated. Now with Airbnb, HomeAway and other sites, we have a plethora of houses to pick from, with photos from every angle and customer reviews. Our children are adults with their own opinions. Satisfying everyone's wish list is a challenge.