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A sign advertising the price of gas towers over Interstate 80 in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. The cheapest gas in half a decade is expected to entice more Americans to pile into cars, trucks and vans for their Thanksgiving journeys. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Holiday travelers greeted by cheap gas, storms

Associated Press

Some holiday travelers are giving thanks for the cheapest gas prices in years. But that’s cold comfort to those beating a path through stormy weather, including a nor’easter affecting a wide swath of the East Coast.

Actors dressed as Santa Claus and the Three Kings walk during a parranda in Puerto Rico. Image courtesy San Juan Marriott.

Christmas in Puerto Rico: Thanksgiving to mid-January

It always seems like the Christmas holiday comes and goes too quickly. The festive cheer, holiday lights, and parties that we look forward to every year disappear almost with the snap of a finger.

In this Nov. 16, 2014 photo provided by Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colo., skiers take a lift on a snowy mountain. A recent report commissioned by the National Ski Areas Association shows that the percentage of people with household incomes over $100,000 who participate in snow sports has risen over the past eight seasons from 45 percent of ski area visitors to 56 percent of visitors. But there are ways to make a ski trip affordable, including skiing at smaller resorts, buying multi-day, half-day and advance tickets, and taking advantage of discounts for kids, seniors and groups. (AP Photo/Keystone Resort, Cody Mendoza)

Industry leaders: Skiing cheaper than you think

- Associated Press

In 2010, the price of walk-up, single-day lift ticket at Vail and Beaver Creek ski resorts topped $100. Aspen quickly followed suit, and ticket prices at resorts across the country have consistently increased in the years since. The trend has raised a question that has dogged the ski industry for years: Is the sport becoming unaffordable for the middle class?

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5 free things to do in Spokane, Washington

- Associated Press

Spokane is Washington's second-largest city, with its 210,000 residents living about 270 miles (435 kilometers) east of bigger, richer and better-known Seattle.

Most of 248,000 blacked-out users have power back

Associated Press

Michigan utility crews are working on Thanksgiving eve to finish restoring to the last of the 248,000 homes and businesses blacked out by a severe pre-winter storm that snarled traffic and caused multiple crashes that killed at least five people.

Vehicles cruise under light snowfall, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Newark, N.J. The northern New Jersey region is expected to be hit by a snowstorm, which will cause problems for those traveling ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Thanksgiving Eve: Very busy, but not busiest

- Associated Press

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is often called the nation's busiest travel day of the year, and it surely feels that way sometimes. But it's probably not entirely true.

In this Nov. 21, 2014, photo provided by The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, an image of Abraham Lincoln reflects off a case holding one of the five existing handwritten copies of the Gettysburg Address at the Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill. The address is part of “Undying Words: Lincoln 1858-1865” a new exhibition at the presidential library on Lincoln’s greatest speeches. (AP Photo/Courtesy The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Christopher Wills)

Lincoln museum in Springfield opens new exhibit

Associated Press

A new exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln library in Springfield lets visitors see the Gettysburg Address, Emancipation Proclamation and Thirteenth Amendment in one room.

Incident inflames criticism over Teton elk hunt

- Associated Press

Sportsmen advocates and others are challenging Grand Teton National Park to change its regulations after a coordinated elk drive last week led to a roadside firing line in plain sight.

Missouri holiday travel off to semi-smooth start

- Associated Press

A small band of snow along a stretch of eastern Missouri briefly caused headaches for holiday drivers Wednesday, but otherwise it was smooth sailing for motorists on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

This cell phone screen capture shows traffic alerts along a route displayed on a cell phone app called Waze, in Los Angeles on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Whether traveling by plane, train or automobile, getting from Point A to Point B can be a headache. Technology provides relief in the form of apps that can let you know which roads are clogged, how long the wait is at the airport and whether the trains are running on time. (AP Photo/WAZE)

Thanksgiving travel woes? There's an app for that

- Associated Press

Traveling by plane, train or automobile can be a headache. Mixing in Thanksgiving can make it a throbbing migraine. Technology provides some pain relief in the form of apps to let you know which roads are clogged, what gate your flight leaves from and whether trains are running on time.

Foxwoods, biggest US casino, cuts back on gambling

- Associated Press

Foxwoods, the largest casino resort in North America, is reducing its number of slot machines and table games to free up space for nightclubs and other new attractions as it adapts to fierce competition, the new CEO said in an interview with The Associated Press.

In a Dec. 1, 2013 aerial file photo, the cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway is berthed on the westside of Manhattan in New York. Norwegian Cruise Line is getting into the luxury cruise business by acquiring Prestige Cruises International in a deal worth about $3 billion. Shares of Norwegian jumped more than 14 percent before the opening bell Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)FILE -

Norwegian Cruise, Port of NOLA reach 4-year deal

Associated Press

Port of New Orleans president and CEO Gary LaGrange says Norwegian Cruise Line will keep at least one cruise ship sailing from New Orleans for the next four to seven years.