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Vera Katz, who helped turn Portland into hipster haven, dies:

January 1st, 1970

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Vera Katz, a Jewish refugee who was elected to three terms as Portland's mayor and helped transform it from a sleepy backwater into a trendy city known for its public transit, eco-conscious design and live-work architecture style, died Monday. She was 84. Katz was diagnosed with acute leukemia this month after undergoing dialysis for more than a dozen years following cancer treatment. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden called Katz an "indomitable woman" who left a lasting impact on Oregon and its largest city. She also served as first female speaker of the Oregon House.


2017 eclipse showered Wyoming with visitors and money:

January 1st, 1970

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Nearly 192,000 people traveled to Wyoming to view last summer's total solar eclipse, boosting the state's economy by an estimated $63.5 million, according to an analysis released Monday by the state Tourism Office. "That's phenomenal when you have all of this new money being pumped into the economy," Diane Shober, executive director of the Wyoming Office of Tourism, said. The $63.5 million came from people spending money on travel, lodging, food and shopping over a five-day period around the eclipse. "There were impacts in every single one of our counties across the state of Wyoming," Shober said. Wyoming has 23 counties. The Aug.


The Latest: Trump gets briefing on California fire response:

January 1st, 1970

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 1:20 p.m. President Donald Trump has received a lunchtime briefing on the government's response to wildfires in California. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters says Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue also briefed Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on a wildfire prevention roundtable he participated in Monday. Trump has declared a state of emergency in the state and ordered federal agencies to help with the efforts. Walters says the White House "continues to closely monitor the situation" and is urging "anyone ordered to evacuate during a wildfire, do so immediately and listen to your local and state officials.


Los Angeles subway work uncovers array of Ice Age fossils:

January 1st, 1970

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As part of the crew digging a subway extension under the streets of Los Angeles, Ashley Leger always keeps her safety gear close by. When her phone buzzes, she quickly dons a neon vest, hard hat and goggles before climbing deep down into a massive construction site beneath a boulevard east of downtown. Earth-movers are diverted, and Leger gets on her hands and knees and gently brushes the dirt from a spot pointed out by a member of her team. Her heart beats faster because there's a chance she'll uncover what she calls "the big find." Leger is a paleontologist who digs for fossils in the middle of a city rather than an open plain or desert.


Menorah lightings planned around the world for Hanukkah:

January 1st, 1970

Public menorah lightings for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah are planned around the world in locations ranging from ski towns and Caribbean islands to famous landmarks and sports arenas. Hanukkah begins Tuesday night and lasts for eight days. If you're traveling or vacationing during the holiday, there may be a menorah lighting near you. The Jewish outreach organization Chabad-Lubavitch plans Hanukkah events in hundreds of cities, from the 50 U.S. states to 100 countries. Celebrations in Vail, Colorado, will include menorahs made from skis. In New Mexico, organizers hope to create a one-of-a-kind menorah made from hot-air balloons on Dec. 17 in Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta Park, which hosts the International Balloon Fiesta each October.


Savannah: Food tour, historic squares and the purple line:

January 1st, 1970

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Every few years, my cousin Molly Carpenter and I plan a trip together to somewhere we've never been. Our priorities: sightseeing, shopping, good food and wine. This year, Savannah checked all those boxes for us. Savannah is on Georgia's Atlantic coast, just south of the South Carolina state line. Hilton Head, South Carolina, is less than an hour away, and Tybee Island, Georgia, is a half-hour drive. Molly and I were focused on Savannah's historic district, though, and we needed to have a conversation about our feet. The district is only 2 square miles (5 square km), but hours of walking would surely take a toll on our north-of-age-60 legs.


As 'overtourism' swamps Amsterdam, Dutch capital pushes back:

January 1st, 1970

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A group of cyclists slams on the brakes as a man pushing a wheeled suitcase stops abruptly in the middle of a busy bike path in downtown Amsterdam to pick up a toiletries bag he dropped. "If we wait a bit longer, he'll probably start cleaning his teeth," one rider says to his neighbor, humor failing to mask his frustration. It's a scene that is emblematic of the problem of overtourism that is clogging the streets of cities like Amsterdam, Rome, Barcelona and Venice. The Dutch capital, with its World Heritage-listed canals, narrow streets and web of alleys in its red light district, is now pushing back in an attempt to keep the city attractive to visitors and residents alike. But some say it's not going far enough.


Ferry runs aground in Channel in high winds, all are rescued:

January 1st, 1970

PARIS (AP) — A ferry carrying 313 people ran aground Sunday amid high winds off the French port of Calais, interrupting boat traffic across the English Channel. Authorities safely evacuated those on board. A towing operation, aided by a rising tide, managed to unstick the ferry from a pebble bank it struck just after noon during the bad weather. Six hours later, passengers from the Dover-bound Pride of Kent started disembarking from the vessel when it was pulled to a nearby dock, authorities said. Authorities from France's Pas-de-Calais region said no injuries were reported. P&O Ferries confirmed that one of its ferries ran aground and said it hoped "to transfer our passengers to an alternative ship as soon as possible.


Passengers removed after ferry pulled from shoal in Calais:

January 1st, 1970

PARIS (AP) — Authorities evacuated a ferry carrying 313 people that ran aground Sunday at the French port city of Calais, interrupting boat traffic across the English Channel. A towing operation, aided by a rising tide, managed to unstick the ferry from a pebble bank it struck just after noon during bad weather conditions that included strong winds. Six hours later, passengers from the Dover-bound Pride of Kent started disembarking the vessel when it was pulled to a nearby dock, authorities said. The Pas-de-Calais prefecture, or administration, said no injuries were reported. P&O Ferries confirmed that one of its ferries ran aground and said it hoped "to transfer our passengers to an alternative ship as soon as possible.


Italian tightrope walker inches his way over Tiber River:

January 1st, 1970

ROME (AP) — An Italian tightrope walker has inched his way across the Tiber River in Rome. Andrea Loreni's high-wire act drew gasps of delight from crowds watching from below on Sunday evening. A safety cord connected Loreni to the tightrope wire that stretched 135 meters (450 feet) and was suspended 20 meters (66 feet) above the river near the Sant'Angelo Bridge. Loreni told The Associated Press after his daring walk that wind, drizzling rain and "reflections on the water" made crossing difficult and he'd felt the urge to stop part-way at one point. He said: "But, of course, you can't. You have to follow through to the end and use your senses to guide you despite the fear." Loreni added: "It's beautiful."


Snow disrupts road, air travel in England and northern Wales:

January 1st, 1970

LONDON (AP) — Snow caused travel disruptions across central England and northern Wales on Sunday, grounding flights, shutting down roads and triggering traffic accidents. Birmingham, London Stansted and London Luton airports briefly suspended flights as runways were cleared. The airports advised passengers to contact their airlines to check the status of flights. Heathrow Airport just outside London, the busiest airport in Europe, expressed regret that weather conditions in the U.K. resulted in disruptions for passengers. "Airlines are responsible for ensuring their flights are fully de-iced before they are operated, and this is resulting in some delays and cancellations," the airport said in a statement posted on Twitter.


Las Vegas' overhauled Monte Carlo transforming into Park MGM:

January 1st, 1970

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A lifelike network of twisting tree roots emerges from the ceiling and branches out into the lobby featuring green, earthy accents, crystal chandeliers and soon, work from British Pop Art legend David Hockney. Steps away from the check-in desk, Pablo Picasso artwork graces a South of France-inspired restaurant. Not one slot machine is within sight of the lobby at this Las Vegas casino-hotel. With a robust art collection, rooms with a residential feel and an overall romantic atmosphere that contrasts sharply with the city's stereotypical glitz, the Monte Carlo is being transformed from an antiquated midlevel property taking up prime real estate on the Las Vegas Strip into the upscale Park MGM casino-hotel.


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