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Passengers wearing masks walk by as a quarantine officer, center, monitors a thermography during a quarantine inspection at Kansai international airport in Osaka, western Japan, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Chinese health authorities urged people in the city of Wuhan to avoid crowds and public gatherings after warning on Wednesday that a new viral illness infecting hundreds of people in the country. Japan, South Korea, the United States and Taiwan have all reported one case each. All of the illnesses were of people from Wuhan or who recently had traveled there. (Kota Endo/Kyodo News via AP)

China virus outbreak may wallop economy, financial markets

Jan. 22, 2020 1:05 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — News that a new virus that has afflicted hundreds of people in central China can spread between humans has rattled financial markets and raised concern it might wallop the economy just as it might be regaining momentum. Health authorities across Asia have been stepping up surveillance and...

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2015, file photo, people dine outside the Ahwahnee hotel in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Yosemite National Park is investigating about 170 reports of gastrointestinal illnesses and has confirmed two cases of norovirus, officials said Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. The National Park Service began investigating after visitors and employees started reporting illnesses this month. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

170 sickened at Yosemite; park confirms 2 cases of norovirus

Jan. 16, 2020 8:15 PM EST

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Yosemite National Park is investigating about 170 reports of gastrointestinal illnesses and has confirmed two cases of norovirus, officials said Thursday. The National Park Service began investigating after visitors and employees started reporting illnesses this...

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2015, file photo, people dine outside the Ahwahnee hotel in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Federal health officials are inspecting Yosemite National Park's food service areas after at least a dozen people have fallen ill with stomach issues. The National Park Service and the U.S. Public Health Service told the San Francisco Chronicle they launched an investigation after employees and visitors reported the problems in January 2020. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Stomach illness outbreak at Yosemite prompts major clean-up

Jan. 10, 2020 7:46 PM EST

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Federal health officials are inspecting Yosemite National Park's food service areas after at least a dozen people have fallen ill with stomach issues. The National Park Service and the U.S. Public Health Service told the San Francisco Chronicle they launched an...

In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, Beefeater doorman Tom Sweeney points up Powell Street while standing outside the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco. Sweeney has opened doors for movie stars and shaken hands with every U.S. president since Gerald Ford, with the exception of Donald Trump. He's taken photos with countless visitors from around the world, often after telling them where to catch the cable car and how to get to Fisherman's Wharf. The man known as a

San Francisco's beloved Beefeater doorman to retire

Jan. 10, 2020 1:33 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Another bit of old, quirky San Francisco will be no more when Tom Sweeney finally hangs up his white pressed collar and signature Beefeater jacket this weekend after more than four decades of opening doors at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel downtown. Sweeney has taken the luggage of movie...

FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2019, file photo a traveler walks through the terminal at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Summer will be here soon, so it's a good time to start planning that vacation trip. Experts have plenty of tips for saving money on flights, lodging and other expenses. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

On the Money: Start planning to save money on travel in 2020

Jan. 9, 2020 3:46 PM EST

Summer vacation season will be here sooner than you think, making this a good time to start planning that trip and figuring out how to get the most fun and value for your dollar. The good news for U.S. travelers is that airfares are around their lowest levels since the federal government started keeping track in...

City's only historic hotel undergoing major upgrade

Jan. 6, 2020 12:03 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ninety years after its opening, Charlotte’s only historic hotel is in the midst of a more than $2 million facelift. Summit Hospitality Group, which owns the 10-story Dunhill Hotel in uptown, started the renovations (last) month in a project expected to cost between $2...

Lawsuit over Asheville hotel set for Supreme Court hearing

Jan. 5, 2020 4:21 PM EST

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A costly three-year legal battle over a proposed hotel in downtown Asheville is set for a hearing before the North Carolina Supreme Court. The Citizen-Times reports arguments will be heard Monday in Raleigh in the case over the city's denial of the project, a 185-room Embassy...

Redevelopment of historic Route 66 motor lodge almost done

Jan. 3, 2020 10:55 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A nearly three-year effort to redevelop another old motel along Albuquerque's stretch of historic Route 66 is almost complete. The De Anza Motor Lodge’s iconic sign will once again shine as developers are hosting a lighting ceremony Sunday. The property had fallen into...

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2019, file photo, Iowa Auditor of State Rob Sand speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. A group that insures local governments across Iowa is going to court to try to block the state auditor from reviewing its spending, including travel to out-of-state vacation destinations. The Iowa Communities Assurance Pool, which is owned by cities, counties and other governments, argues in a legal petition that it is not a

Iowa risk pool, under fire for travel, seeks to block audit

Jan. 3, 2020 1:18 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A group that insures local governments across Iowa is going to court to try to block the state auditor from reviewing its spending, including on board members’ travel to out-of-state vacation destinations. The Iowa Communities Assurance Pool, which is owned and funded by...

County in Colorado to crack down on vacation rentals

Jan. 2, 2020 5:55 PM EST

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Colorado officials have announced plans to ensure visitors renting private homes pay lodging and sales taxes as they would if they stayed in a hotel. Residents in La Plata County must get a Colorado business license for short-term rentals, but not everyone complies with the rules, The...