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Big Mac Bridge walk still on Labor Day; more details to come

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:39:36 UT

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — The annual Mackinac Bridge Walk will remain a Labor Day tradition. The Mackinac Bridge Authority says the date won't change. But officials still haven't determined details about how the 5-mile walk will take place. With terrorists increasingly using cars and trucks as weapons, the bridge was closed to most vehicles during this year's walk. Only about 25,000 people took part. Many were turned away because they couldn't get in position before the walk ended. The state Transportation Department transported people by bus to St. Ignace from Mackinaw City. People then walked to the southern end of the bridge. The bridge authority is asking Mackinaw City, Mackinac Island and St. Ignace to help cover the costs.

SFO: Feds probe new runway incidents after Air Canada's near misses in San Francisco

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:10:02 UT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. officials are investigating two more incidents at San Francisco International Airport where planes could have wound up on the same runway, the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday. The incidents include an event in December 2016 when a SkyWest plane crossed a painted runway line it was supposed to stay behind while another plane was taking off, according to a safety board preliminary report. The safety board report also revealed that a Compass Airlines plane in February was forced to abort a landing because a Virgin America jet was lined up and waiting to take off on the same runway.

Disruptive Hawaii flight passenger sentenced to time served

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:48:09 UT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Turkish man who said a hallucination about a butterfly caused him to disrupt a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu won't receive additional jail time under terms of his sentence handed down Monday. Anil Uskanli was sentenced to the six months that he has spent locked up since the incident that triggered bomb-threat procedures and officials to scramble fighter jets to escort the plane to Honolulu. He was also ordered to pay American Airlines more than $8,500. Uskanli's behavior on the May flight was concerning, including when he walked to the front of the plane with a blanket wrapped around his head and carrying a laptop crew members feared contained explosives, prosecutors have said.

Colorado fines Uber $8.9M for nearly 60 problem drivers

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:46:20 UT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado regulators issued an $8.9 million fine against Uber's parent company on Monday for allowing employees with serious criminal or motor vehicle offenses to work for the company as drivers. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission said it launched an investigation into the ride-hailing service in March after an Uber passenger said his driver assaulted him in the mountain resort town of Vail. Within the last year and a half, the commission said it found that nearly 60 Uber drivers were allowed to work in Colorado despite having previous felony convictions. The drivers included a habitual offender, a former prison escape and others with major traffic violations including drunk driving.

A look at 5 NYC hotels, each with something special to offer

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:42:07 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York has hundreds of hotels, located in different neighborhoods, with different styles and amenities. But a hotel is more than just a place to rest your head. Many hotels have something truly special to offer, and often those features can be experienced even if you're not staying overnight. Stop in for a drink, for dinner or even just take a peek inside the lobby or the bar. Here's a quick look at five Manhattan hotels and what's unique about each of them. BEST HISTORIC RESTORATION The Beekman hotel opened just last year at 123 Nassau St., but its Temple Court restaurant and bar has already become one of Lower Manhattan's most popular after-work spots.

Workers who depict Pilgrims seek better pay, job security

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:06:36 UT

BOSTON (AP) — Workers at a Massachusetts living history museum that depicts 17th century life at the time of the Pilgrims are asking to be treated by 21st century standards. About 70 unionized workers at Plimoth Plantation , including some of the educators and historical interpreters who dress in period costume, have been involved in a yearlong labor impasse with management. They are bringing their issues to the attention of the public in time for Thanksgiving, the museum's busiest day of the year, when 2,300 visitors come for a traditional holiday feast. The members of the Society of Allied Museum Professionals union held informational pickets outside the nonprofit's entrance over the weekend.

Hotels, tours, travel agencies promising Cyber Monday deals

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:07:55 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hoping for some Cyber Monday deals in the travel world? Hotels, tour companies, travel booking agencies and even destinations are promising bargains for Cyber Monday, "Travel Deal Tuesday" and other online shopping dates before and after Thanksgiving. TIMING AND RESTRICTIONS Some deals are running only on Cyber Monday, Nov. 27, or on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, which is sometimes called "Travel Deal Tuesday." According to, "fare sale activity significantly spikes on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving," with airlines offering discounts as a way to stimulate demand as bookings dip. Other deals are being offered for the week leading up to Cyber Monday.

What's new for ski season in New York State

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:57:22 UT

New York is home to 51 ski resorts, the most of any state in the nation, and its three state-run ski areas have undergone several upgrades since last season. — At Belleayre, the Catskill Mountain region's first high-speed gondola has been under construction since late June and will be unveiled in mid-December. Once completed, the 65-cabin so-called "Catskill Thunder" will transport skiers and riders from base to summit in under six minutes. The Discovery Lodge and Overlook Lodge also have undergone improvements, .

Santa's in town? You need an appointment this year

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:14:41 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Santa Claus may be coming to town, but you'll need a reservation to see him. At Macy's flagship store on 34th Street in New York, a chance to sit on Saint Nick's lap is by appointment only this year, for the first time ever. Starting Monday, eager families can go online to sign up for a time slot from 30 minutes to five days in advance. Admission is free to Santaland Herald Square and runs from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve. Macy's says the new arrangement is intended to cut down on wait times and make it easier to see the man in the red suit. "Santa's a popular guy, so the wait times to meet him have been quite long in previous years, especially on our busiest days," the company said.

Utah ski resorts giddy over Olympic bid, worried by DUI law

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:14:14 UT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah ski officials kick off the new season energized by the growing possibility of another Winter Olympics bid and buoyed by two straight seasons of record visitation. But there's also some concern that publicity surrounding the state's strict new DUI law that goes into effect next year may keep skiers and snowboarders away by adding to the long-held stigma that visitors can't have fun in Utah. DUI LAW CONTROVERSY State lawmakers voted to lower Utah's blood alcohol limit for most drivers to 0.05 percent from 0.08 percent in a move they think will save lives. The change gave the predominantly Mormon state the strictest drunken driving threshold in the country and triggered backlash from tourism groups.

Colorado ski season: Mountain coasters, Olympic fun and more

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:47:33 UT

Are you ready for a roller coaster at a ski resort? New attractions in Colorado this season include mountain coasters at four Colorado ski resorts, along with new terrain and new lifts. Colorado is also hosting events themed on February's Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Colorado's Olympics fever includes qualifying competitions, lessons hosted by former Olympians and a send-off for competing athletes. Here are details on some of the news from Colorado's ski industry as provided by Colorado Ski Country USA, the not-for-profit trade association representing 23 ski and snowboard resorts.

NYC launches new tourism campaign: True York City

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:34:33 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — The tourism agency NYC & Company on Monday launched a new campaign called "True York City" designed to promote iconic attractions as well as unique experiences, neighborhoods and local businesses. The $15 million marketing campaign in the U.S. and 16 other countries will use the phrase "Famous Original New York City" on billboards, ads, Instagram and other social media. A website at launched Monday with video, photos and stories. "We're encouraging travelers to New York City to go beyond the selfie, to go beyond their top bucket list, and explore and engage more deeply with the destination," said NYC & Company CEO Fred Dixon in an interview.