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FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2013, file photo, skiers take the slopes at Alta Ski Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City. Attorneys for the U.S. Forest Service say in court arguments filed this week that the decision by the Alta ski area in Utah to promote a snowboarder-free experience to lure skiers is a rational finding that violates no constitutional rights. Four snowboarders filed the lawsuit in federal court in January. They're claiming discrimination on national forest lands that make up most of the Alta ski area in the mountains east of Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Jeffrey D. Allred, File) )  SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT,  MAGS OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT.

Salt Lake City launches campaign to lure skiers

- Associated Press

Utah officials launched a $1.8 million campaign Tuesday to market Salt Lake City as “Ski City USA” in an effort to lure skiers away from top destination spots like Colorado and earn a bigger chunk of the lucrative winter sports market.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks to members of the Virginia  Governmental Employees Association at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Chesterfield, Va. Sept. 13, 2014.  Gov. McAuliffe reassured the employees that, in spite of state budget cuts, he pledges to support them.  "I'm working hard for you,"  he told them.  He called state employees "the best" and challenged them to be creative and innovative.   (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, P. Kevin Morley)

Local Va. tourism gets $850,000 boost

Associated Press

More than $850,000 in matching grant money is headed to 46 local tourism initiatives to help regional tourism officials attract more visitors.

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Yellowstone mulls upgrades to Grand Canyon trails

Associated Press

Yellowstone National Park officials are considering a proposal to update and repair many of the overlooks and trails on the north and south rims of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Loveland sculptor creates a mastodon for museum

- Associated Press

Kent Ullberg has designed a shark for Nova Southeastern University in Florida; a 23-foot-tall elephant for the St. Louis Zoo; and 58 Canada geese taking flight for a venue in Omaha, Nebraska. He has designed more than 100 monumental sculptures, all originating in Loveland.

'Nearly empty' Picasso museum open in Paris

- Associated Press

Paris' Picasso museum is reopening for two days this weekend after five years of closure over a renovation fraught with setbacks, accusations and sackings. But if the public expects art they'll be disappointed: it's practically empty.

Pedestrians stroll between gleaming luxury apartment buildings along the High Line in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. The last stretch of the elevated walkway opens to the public Sunday, Sept. 21. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Last stretch of New York's High Line to open

- Associated Press

The last stretch of New York's High Line opens Sunday, completing one of the nation's most distinctive urban transformations: abandoned elevated rails that have been turned into a linear oasis of flowers, grasses and trees.

5 free things to see in Western Massachusetts

- Associated Press

Whether you're visiting the region's many colleges or just playing tourist, Western Massachusetts is an interesting destination. There are towns dating back three centuries, main streets that seem simultaneously old-fashioned and trendy, and lots of bucolic rural scenery, from small farms to fall foliage. The area is about a two-hour drive from Boston and three hours from New York City.

Fireworks can be seen from the Top of the Town as they explode over the National Mall to celebrate Independence Day, Arlington, Va., Wednesday, July 4, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times) (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Group aims to redo neglected site on National Mall

- Associated Press

Lakeside gardens, model boats and fine dining overlooking the nation's monuments could one day redefine a site on the National Mall that has languished for years with fetid water, dying fish and crumbling walkways.

Margaux Hengel, right, and Stephanie Leon of France react after their flight is canceled at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, in Roissy, near Paris, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Air France canceled at least half its flights around the world on Monday as pilots began a weeklong strike, highlighting the trouble Europe's flagship airlines face in keeping up with low-cost competitors. Both 24-year-old medical workers, already made a sacrifice before dawn on Wednesday. They hurriedly bought tickets on a 4-hour train to catch their flight to the Caribbean after their first-leg flight from Brest, in western France, to Paris was canceled. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Laments, long lines amid Air France pilots' strike

- Associated Press

"I'm going to cry!" groaned Stephanie Leon, parking a palm on her forehead in distress as she walked into Charles de Gaulle airport and saw the departures board: Her Air France flight to the Dominican Republic had been cancelled.

Tycoon buys 30 Rolls-Royces for Macau hotel

- Associated Press

A Hong Kong tycoon has placed the biggest ever order for Rolls-Royce cars, agreeing to buy 30 Phantoms to chauffeur guests at a luxury resort he's building in the global gambling capital of Macau.