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Wooden coaster to close at Busch Gardens Tampa
TAMPA , Fla. (AP) -- Busch Gardens Tampa says it will close its retro double wooden roller coaster....

Southwest jet loses wingtip in airport brush up
NEW YORK (AP) -- Some Christmas fliers got their wings clipped - literally....

Jennifer Lopez to perform at Caesars Palace on NYE
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Caesars Entertainment Corp. officials say pop star Jennifer Lopez will perform one night only - New Year's Eve night - at The Colosseum on the Las Vegas Strip....

Ga. airline worker arrested in gun smuggling plot
ATLANTA (AP) -- An Atlanta airline baggage handler suspected of helping smuggle firearms onto passenger jets to New York City has been arrested by federal agents, authorities said Monday....

Ruling opens door for cruise malpractice lawsuits
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MIAMI (AP) -- Pasquale Vaglio, a retired New York City policeman and Korean War veteran, was on the cruise of a lifetime with 18 family members in the summer of 2011 aboard Royal Caribbean's "Explorer of the Seas." Then, the accident happened....

East entrance of Yellowstone opens for winter
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) -- The east entrance of Yellowstone National Park is now open for the winter season....

Indianapolis airport solar farm expansion completed
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Contractors have finished bringing online dozens of acres of solar panels at Indianapolis International Airport, solidifying its status as the home of the nation's largest airport-based solar farm....

Valles Caldera looks to future as national park
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The management experiment at Valles Caldera National Preserve is coming to an end as the National Park Service prepares to take over the 140-square-mile property in northern New Mexico....

Ceremony marks new national monument in Nevada
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Several dignitaries received plaster replicas of an Ice Age mammoth tooth on Monday to help mark the dedication of a new national monument in a fossil-rich area at the northern edge of the Las Vegas valley....

Big changes coming to Cuba tourism with US opening
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HAVANA (AP) -- U.S. tourists are roaming the streets of Old Havana, listening to lectures on Art Deco architecture and meeting with jazz musicians. What they aren't doing yet - at least most of the time - is lounging in the sun and sipping mojitos at white-sand-beach resorts....

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