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EPA watchdog expands probe of Pruitt’s travel

The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general is expanding an inquiry into Administrator Scott Pruitt’s frequent taxpayer-funded travel, the watchdog office said Friday.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 3:40 p.m.

House Republicans seek travel records for 3 Interior chiefs

Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee are asking the Interior Department to provide documents on use of private charter flights for government business by the past three Interior secretaries, …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 29, 2017, 1:57 p.m.

AP sources: Trump says Price’s travel becoming a distraction

President Donald Trump has been telling associates that his health chief has become a distraction, overshadowing his agenda and undermining his campaign promise to “drain the swamp” of corruption, according …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 11:39 a.m.

Flights delayed around globe as booking system fails

Airlines worldwide were forced to delay flights Thursday as a global flight-bookings system operated by Amadeus IT Group suffered what the company called a “network issue.”

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 5:39 p.m.

Embattled HHS Secretary Price to pay for controversial chartered flights

A day after President Donald Trump declared his displeasure with him, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price showed up Thursday to get a very public flu shot.

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 3:55 p.m.

U.S. beachgoers flee Maria as millions suffer in Puerto Rico

Thousands of visitors abandoned their beach vacations as high surf from a weakening Tropical Storm Maria pushed through dunes and under homes Tuesday in North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

New travel ban leads Supreme Court to cancel Oct. 10 hearing

Supreme Court justices on Monday canceled the scheduled Oct. 10 argument in the Trump Administration travel ban case and asked both sides to explain whether the matter has been overtaken …

For Seattle’s Pike Place, a $74 million marketing effort

Pike Place Market has been one of Seattle’s main tourist attractions for much of its 110-year history, despite one oddity: It has never been as functional for visitors as for …

Ashland in autumn: Take in a show, bike a mountain, tour a vineyard

ASHLAND, Ore. – Shortly after hitting town recently, we ate a picnic lunch at a shaded table by Ashland Creek. A few feet away, children played in the water under …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 8:15 p.m.

U.S. airports are more popular than ever, except in New York

Air traveler satisfaction with U.S. airports has reached an all-time high this year and the reason is what you might call counterintuitive: The Transportation Security Administration.

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 8:55 p.m.

In space capsules, little room but big improvement

Boeing Co. and SpaceX are relying on the tried-and-true design as the two companies each develop spacecraft under NASA contracts to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 7:17 p.m.

Watchdog: Airfares for many travelers rise due to bag fees

Travelers who check at least one bag when flying domestically are paying more overall than they did before airlines began unbundling fares in 2008 and charging separately for checked baggage, …

Merkel, other German leaders dismiss Turkish travel warning

Chancellor Angela Merkel and other senior German politicians on Sunday dismissed a travel warning for their country issued by Turkey amid persistent tensions between the two nations.

Napa and Sonoma: 6 fab corkhead adventures with the kids

Here are six super-fun, family-friendly things to do while you’re there. Some spots, such as Sterling Vineyards and Safari West, combine vino and adventure. Others are near the vines, but …

Idaho’s Craters of the Moon designated top stargazing site

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in south-central Idaho has been designated an International Dark Sky Park due to its exceptional stargazing.

Boeing raises 20-year China plane forecast on travel boom

Boeing raised its 20-year forecast for aircraft demand in China as economic growth and an expanding middle class spur travel in the world’s most-populous nation.

Exploring Belize: From Mayan ruins to barrier reefs and birds, there’s lots to see and do in this small Central American country

Getting to Belize isn’t necessarily easy. It’s certainly worth it.

Yellowstone Park vehicle traffic nearing capacity

Sometime within the next four to six years, Yellowstone National Park is expected to reach its capacity for being able to handle all the vehicles that tourists drive through the …

As Hurricane Harvey bears down on Texas, here’s what air travelers need to know

As Hurricane Harvey continued to intensify Friday, airlines have announced they will waive change fees for travelers whose plans may have included stops in and around cities in Texas. According …

Grand Teton sees record burst of visitors during eclipse

Monday’s total solar eclipse turned out to be a record-breaking event for Grand Teton National Park.

Judge clears way for Seattle rideshare drivers to unionize

For the second time this month, a federal judge has rejected a challenge to Seattle’s first-in-the-nation law allowing drivers of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to unionize over …

Pullman airport offers $15.3 million for WSU land

The Washington State University Board of Regents will consider a $15.3 million land acquisition offer from the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport during a meeting Wednesday.

Seattle tunnel machine Bertha completed disassembled

The last piece of the world’s largest tunnel-boring machine has been lifted from its disassembly pit beneath Seattle.

Big Ben bell falls silent in London for repairs until 2021

After more than 150 years as Britain’s most famous timekeeper, London’s Big Ben bell fell silent Monday for four years of repair work that will keep it quiet on all …

Yellowstone visitation down in July and for the year

More than half way through the calendar year, Yellowstone National Park has seen about 5 percent fewer visitors so far this year.

Want to live like a Trump? President’s old home is on Airbnb

Want to live like a Trump? Now’s your chance: The president’s New York City boyhood home is on Airbnb.

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 8:57 p.m.

Alaska volcano sends up ash cloud; aircraft warning issued

The Alaska Volcano Observatory reports the latest eruption of a volcano in the Aleutian Islands sent up an ash cloud that could affect jet traffic.

Man accused of using fake British passport for 20 years

An Oregon man is accused of using a fake Great Britain passport for close to 20 years.

Gear Junkie: Airstream goes fiberglass with latest model

Coming in 2018, Airstream touts its latest model as aerodynamic, lightweight, and strong. But this isn’t your dad’s aluminum tow-behind. The company shifts to fiberglass for the Nest, a camper …

Outdoor recreation becomes top money generator for Montana

A new report by the Outdoor Industry Association shows that the state’s outdoor recreation has become one of its top economic sectors.