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Russians plunge into icy waters to mark feast of Epiphany

MOSCOW (AP) - Across Russia, the devout and the daring are observing the Orthodox Christian feast day of Epiphany by immersing themselves in frigid water through holes cut through the ice of lakes and rivers. Epiphany celebrates the revelation of Jesus Chris
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Russians plunge into icy waters to mark feast of Epiphany

MOSCOW (AP) - Across Russia, the devout and the daring are observing the Orthodox Christian feast day of Epiphany by immersing themselves in frigid water through holes cut through the ice of lakes and rivers. Epiphany celebrates the revelation of Jesus Christ as the incarnation of God through his baptism ...

Bill aims to revamp North Dakota's brand with new state logo

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota lawmaker is introducing legislation to pursue a new state logo as part of efforts to revamp state tourism. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Democratic Rep. Marvin Nelson's sponsored bill would direct the North Dakota Depa
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Bill aims to revamp North Dakota's brand with new state logo

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota lawmaker is introducing legislation to pursue a new state logo as part of efforts to revamp state tourism. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Democratic Rep. Marvin Nelson's sponsored bill would direct the North Dakota Department of Commerce to oversee a competition for entrants ...

Trump administration grounds all federal flights for congressional delegations

The Trump administration has barred all federally authorized aircrafts from transporting congressional delegations, or CODELs, during the shutdown, unless given a special exemption by the White House. The Office of Management and Budget announced Friday that
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Trump administration grounds all federal flights for congressional delegations

The Trump administration has barred all federally authorized aircrafts from transporting congressional delegations, or CODELs, during the shutdown, unless given a special exemption by the White House. The Office of Management and Budget announced Friday that any Congressional outings on military flights must go through the chief of staff, a ...

Travel industry fears damage from a long government shutdown

ATLANTA (AP) - America's busiest airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International, is a blur of activity on the best of days. But an extra layer of anxiety gripped the airport Friday, the eve of a three-day holiday weekend. The partial government shutdown
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Travel industry fears damage from a long government shutdown

ATLANTA (AP) - America's busiest airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International, is a blur of activity on the best of days. But an extra layer of anxiety gripped the airport Friday, the eve of a three-day holiday weekend. The partial government shutdown - the longest ever - has thinned the ranks of ...

Hospital CEO: Victim of New Mexico avalanche has died

TAOS, N.M. (AP) - A 22-year-old man died after being pulled from snow that crashed down a mountainside during an avalanche at a New Mexico ski resort, a hospital official said. The man, whose name was not released, had been taken to Holy Cross Medical Center
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Hospital CEO: Victim of New Mexico avalanche has died

TAOS, N.M. (AP) - A 22-year-old man died after being pulled from snow that crashed down a mountainside during an avalanche at a New Mexico ski resort, a hospital official said. The man, whose name was not released, had been taken to Holy Cross Medical Center in Taos, but CEO ...

Disney Cruise Line to sail more ships from Galveston

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Port officials say Galveston can expect to see double the number of Disney cruises sailing from the city on the Gulf of Mexico over the next five years. The Port of Galveston announced Thursday that Disney Cruise Line will expand its o
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Disney Cruise Line to sail more ships from Galveston

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Port officials say Galveston can expect to see double the number of Disney cruises sailing from the city on the Gulf of Mexico over the next five years. The Port of Galveston announced Thursday that Disney Cruise Line will expand its offerings from the city to ...

Tiffany holiday sales slip as Chinese tourists spend less

NEW YORK (AP) - Tiffany & Co. says holiday shoppers and Chinese tourists spent less on its bling. The luxury jeweler, famous for its little blue boxes, says sales slipped in the holiday shopping season as Chinese tourists spent less while traveling due to th
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Tiffany holiday sales slip as Chinese tourists spend less

NEW YORK (AP) - Tiffany & Co. says holiday shoppers and Chinese tourists spent less on its bling. The luxury jeweler, famous for its little blue boxes, says sales slipped in the holiday shopping season as Chinese tourists spent less while traveling due to the strong dollar, making it more ...

N Carolina's Cape Hatteras park vandalized during shutdown

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) - Cape Hatteras National Seashore on North Carolina's Outer Banks is being vandalized while park staffers are furloughed during the ongoing partial federal government shutdown. The Charlotte Observer cites a Thursday alert from the Outer Ban
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N Carolina's Cape Hatteras park vandalized during shutdown

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) - Cape Hatteras National Seashore on North Carolina's Outer Banks is being vandalized while park staffers are furloughed during the ongoing partial federal government shutdown. The Charlotte Observer cites a Thursday alert from the Outer Banks Preservation Association that says visitors have torn up National Park Service ...

Ryanair lowers profit forecast amid tough competition

LONDON (AP) - Budget airline Ryanair, Europe's biggest carrier by passengers, has warned its profits will be lower than expected - the second such downgrade in four months - because of weaker fares over the winter. The company said Friday it expects full-yea
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Ryanair lowers profit forecast amid tough competition

LONDON (AP) - Budget airline Ryanair, Europe's biggest carrier by passengers, has warned its profits will be lower than expected - the second such downgrade in four months - because of weaker fares over the winter. The company said Friday it expects full-year profit of between 1 billion euros and ...

Memphis museums offer free admission to shutdown workers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Museums and arts-related attractions in Memphis, Tennessee are offering free admission to federal workers affected by the U.S. government shutdown. Stax Museum, the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum and the National Civil Rights Museum are am
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Memphis museums offer free admission to shutdown workers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Museums and arts-related attractions in Memphis, Tennessee are offering free admission to federal workers affected by the U.S. government shutdown. Stax Museum, the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum and the National Civil Rights Museum are among organizations offering free admission for workers with badge identification from ...

Alaska fashion show changes theme after airline objects

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council has changed the theme of its annual fashion show following a complaint by Alaska Airlines. The Juneau Empire reports the Wearable Art show scheduled for mid-February in Alaska's capital changed its
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Alaska fashion show changes theme after airline objects

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council has changed the theme of its annual fashion show following a complaint by Alaska Airlines. The Juneau Empire reports the Wearable Art show scheduled for mid-February in Alaska's capital changed its theme of turbulence to tailwind. The Seattle-based airline, a ...

AP Explains: Can Trump ground Pelosi's plane?

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump cancelled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's planned trip to Belgium and Afghanistan just hours before the congressional delegation, known as a CODEL, was set to depart. The AP explains: CAN HE DO THAT? Yes, and not just bec
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AP Explains: Can Trump ground Pelosi's plane?

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump cancelled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's planned trip to Belgium and Afghanistan just hours before the congressional delegation, known as a CODEL, was set to depart. The AP explains: CAN HE DO THAT? Yes, and not just because he's the commander in chief. The military ...

Newest Indiana nature preserve contains insect-eating plants

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A northern Indiana wetland that's home to insect-eating plants and other rare species has become the state's newest nature preserve. The Natural Resources Commission on Tuesday approved designating the more-than-176-acre site as the Ly
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Newest Indiana nature preserve contains insect-eating plants

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A northern Indiana wetland that's home to insect-eating plants and other rare species has become the state's newest nature preserve. The Natural Resources Commission on Tuesday approved designating the more-than-176-acre site as the Lydick Bog Nature Preserve. Indiana now has 288 state-designated nature preserves. The ...

The Latest: 2 taken to hospitals after New Mexico avalanche

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on an avalanche at a New Mexico ski resort (all times local): 3:25 p.m. A New Mexico ski resort says two people are being taken to hospitals after they were pulled from an avalanche near its highest summit. Chris Stagg, a s
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The Latest: 2 taken to hospitals after New Mexico avalanche

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on an avalanche at a New Mexico ski resort (all times local): 3:25 p.m. A New Mexico ski resort says two people are being taken to hospitals after they were pulled from an avalanche near its highest summit. Chris Stagg, a spokesman for Taos ...

Private workers, nonprofits hit by Gateway Arch closure

ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis' Gateway Arch is among many national parks forced to shutter and sideline workers during the federal government shutdown, but the towering attraction's closure is also hurting private tourism workers and nonprofits. The St. Louis Po
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Private workers, nonprofits hit by Gateway Arch closure

ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis' Gateway Arch is among many national parks forced to shutter and sideline workers during the federal government shutdown, but the towering attraction's closure is also hurting private tourism workers and nonprofits. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that partners of the Gateway Arch National Park ...

German union puts airport security strikes on hold for now

BERLIN (AP) - A German union that has called a string of disruptive strikes by airport security staff says it won't hold any further walkouts ahead of and during pay talks next week. The ver.di union said it decided to put any further strikes on hold after em
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German union puts airport security strikes on hold for now

BERLIN (AP) - A German union that has called a string of disruptive strikes by airport security staff says it won't hold any further walkouts ahead of and during pay talks next week. The ver.di union said it decided to put any further strikes on hold after employers signaled Thursday ...

The Latest: Storm pounds California with rain and snow

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Latest on California storms (all times local): 7 a.m. Wide areas of California are on alert for treacherous conditions as the latest in series of Pacific storms dumps rain and snow. Flash flood warnings are posted in many areas statew
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The Latest: Storm pounds California with rain and snow

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Latest on California storms (all times local): 7 a.m. Wide areas of California are on alert for treacherous conditions as the latest in series of Pacific storms dumps rain and snow. Flash flood warnings are posted in many areas statewide Thursday morning and some neighborhoods ...

Fort Wayne Museum of Art gets $1M grant to boost collection

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - The Fort Wayne Museum of Art has received a $1 million grant that will be used to buy artwork and care for pieces in the museum's collection. The grant announced this week is from the June E. Enoch Foundation and will establish the Jun
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Fort Wayne Museum of Art gets $1M grant to boost collection

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - The Fort Wayne Museum of Art has received a $1 million grant that will be used to buy artwork and care for pieces in the museum's collection. The grant announced this week is from the June E. Enoch Foundation and will establish the June E. ...

AP Exclusive: A peek at how Disney resort shows are made

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - With excitement building over a new «Star Wars» land opening later this year at Walt Disney World, as well as at its California cousin, it's easy to forget a slew of new entertainment shows also are debuting in the bi
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AP Exclusive: A peek at how Disney resort shows are made

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - With excitement building over a new «Star Wars» land opening later this year at Walt Disney World, as well as at its California cousin, it's easy to forget a slew of new entertainment shows also are debuting in the biggest year for the Florida ...

Snowed-in Austrian nuns insist they're staying put

BERLIN (AP) - Authorities in Austria are trying to reach dozens of Catholic nuns whose Alpine monastery has been cut off from the world for days because of heavy snowfall. But public broadcaster ORF reported Thursday that the nuns say they've got enough food
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Snowed-in Austrian nuns insist they're staying put

BERLIN (AP) - Authorities in Austria are trying to reach dozens of Catholic nuns whose Alpine monastery has been cut off from the world for days because of heavy snowfall. But public broadcaster ORF reported Thursday that the nuns say they've got enough food and fuel, and want to stay ...

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