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Dangerous search on for 1 missing after hotel collapse

Oct. 14, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rescue workers and search dogs moved gingerly through a dangerously unstable New Orleans hotel Monday in a risky search for the only person still missing after the structure partially collapsed . Two people are known to have died in the Saturday disaster and more than 20 were hurt. Fire...

Judge authorizes sale of snow guns from private ski resort

Oct. 14, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A bankruptcy judge has approved a process to sell snowmaking equipment from the bankrupt Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain in Wilmington. The Brattleboro Reformer reports interested buyers have until Oct. 25 to submit bids. If a bid other than the one for $287,000 submitted by a...

EU OKs $419M German loan for Thomas Cook airline Condor

Oct. 14, 2019 6:45 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government says the European Union has approved its decision to grant airline Condor, a subsidiary of collapsed tour operator Thomas Cook, a 380 million-euro ($419 million) bridging loan to keep it in the air. The Economy Ministry said the EU's executive Commission gave its...

Disney World workers endure tourists who punch, yell, grope

Oct. 12, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Disney World employees are easy targets. Tourists scream at them, sexually harass them and in the most serious cases, physically attack them, according to law enforcement reports. "There are so many situations, so many things that happen every single day to cast members," said Disney...

Colorado ski resort beats another to become 1st to open

Oct. 11, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado ski resort has become the first in the state to kick off ski season ahead of a scheduled opening for a nearby resort. The Summit Daily reports Arapahoe Basin Ski Area beat Keystone Resort to for the new ski season after announcing Friday that it would start operating lifts...

Sondland attorney slams call for boycott of hotel chain

Oct. 10, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The attorney for a U.S. envoy at the center of an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump has slammed a Democratic congressman's call for a boycott of the Portland-based hotel chain that the diplomat founded. Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon said Wednesday that no one "who...

Interior Department seeks to dismiss MGM's casino lawsuit

Oct. 9, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Interior has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by MGM Resorts challenging the agency's approval of plans by Connecticut's two federally recognized tribes to open an off-reservation casino in East Windsor. In a motion filed Monday, the agency...

Black guest ousted from Doubletree hotel sues for $10M

Oct. 9, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A hotel guest whose lawyers say he was ousted from a DoubleTree hotel in Oregon for "calling his mother while black" from his cellphone in the hotel lobby is seeking $10 million in a lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court by Jermaine Massey's lawyers...

Forest at famed Idaho ski area facing wildfires, insects

Oct. 9, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The forest in and around one of the nation's top ski destinations is in trouble from an ongoing combination of unusually warm temperatures, drought, wildfires, insect invaders and pathogens, officials say. So the U.S. Forest Service is starting an environmental analysis to find ways to...

Wyoming resort town sees varied business during summer

Oct. 9, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Jackson business owners report varying degrees of success during this past summer season at the northwest Wyoming tourist town. However, the Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that the good news for all was that though the season started a bit cold and wet, there were no huge...