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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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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.

Alfreda Camcaho tries to rearrange her luggage to make room for Christmas presents she's brining back home to Saipan at Honolulu International Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

Holiday travel tales at Alaska, Hawaii airports

- Associated Press

Thanksgiving travelers spent the day Tuesday catching flights in Anchorage, Alaska, and Honolulu to destinations as remote as the Alaska village of Pitkas Point and as far away as Saipan.

Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

- Associated Press

The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

In this Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 photo, Dr. Luiz Toledo, one of the world's most famous plastic surgeons in liposuction and the "Brazilian butt lift," works in his office at the Medical Arts Clinic in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He closed his practice in Brazil and moved to Dubai in 2006 because he saw less competition in the Gulf and an opportunity to keep quality and prices up. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Dubai cuts profile as Mideast plastic surgery hub

- Associated Press

Dubai, the emirate known for its celebration of over-the-top glamour and luxury, is racing ahead to dominate the Middle East's plastic surgery market with plans to attract half a million medical tourists in six years.

This undated image released by Mount Snow resort shows snowmakers preparing for ski season in Mount Snow, Vt. Northeast ski resorts continue to invest millions in leaner and meaner snowmaking guns, with Vermont making big inroads this year, thanks to an energy-efficiency program that helped resorts swap older model snow guns for nearly 2,300 new energy-efficient ones. (AP Photo/Mount Snow, Brendan Ryan)

Vermont resorts make big snowmaking upgrades

- Associated Press

Northeast ski resorts continue to invest millions in leaner and meaner snowmaking guns, with Vermont making big inroads this year, thanks to an energy-efficiency program that helped resorts swap older model snow guns for nearly 2,300 new energy-efficient ones.

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.

Utah ski industry gets jump start from Vail

- Associated Press

Skiers and snowboarders traveling to Utah this winter will find the same jagged mounting peaks looming just east of Salt Lake City and many familiar trails at the state's 15 resorts. But they may also notice a few signs of the significant changes that occurred in the offseason.

AP Exclusive: A week on the road in North Korea

- Associated Press

The Kaema Plateau, the "Roof of Korea," is a stunning, forest-covered highland nestled in such treacherous mountains that it was never taken by the Allies during the Korean War. It's now a truck stop.

The Nov. 13, 2013 file photo shows a painting from Max Liebermann "Zwei Reiter am Strande" ("Two riders on the beach") that is projected on a screen during a news conference in Augsburg, southern Germany. A Swiss museum agreed on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 to accept a priceless collection of long-hidden art bequeathed to it by German collector Cornelius Gurlitt, but said it will work with German officials to ensure any pieces looted by the Nazis from Jewish owners are returned. German authorities in 2012 seized 1,280 pieces from Gurlitt's apartment while investigating a tax case. Gurlitt died in May, designating Switzerland's Kunstmuseum Bern as his sole heir.  (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson) *FILE*

Swiss museum accepts priceless Gurlitt art trove

- Associated Press

A Swiss museum agreed Monday to accept a priceless collection of long-hidden art from the late German collector Cornelius Gurlitt, saying it will work closely with Germany to make sure that any pieces looted by the Nazis are returned to their Jewish owners.

Spaceport executive director Christine Anderson gives her report to members of a legislative finance oversight committee at the New Mexico State capitol on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Richard Holdridge, left, chairman of theBoard of Directors, Spaceport Authority appeared with Anderson. (AP Photo/The New Mexican, Clyde Mueller)

New Mexico spaceport sets sights on new customers

- Associated Press

The scramble to get everything ready for the launch of the world's first commercial flights from Spaceport America came to a screeching halt nearly a month ago when Virgin Galactic's spaceship broke up over the California desert during a test flight.