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Here's why you may not get free drinks in Las Vegas anymore

Time was Las Vegas casinos served free booze so you would stay and gamble — and maybe loosen up enough to play even more. Now a few big casino companies are shifting gears by rewarding certain gamblers and leaving others high and dry.

Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts are experimenting with technology that allows them to track how much people are spending on casino games.

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Let someone else do the planning on this RV road trip up California's central coast

Hit the road, Jack, and crank up the radio for a road trip by RV. Tracks & Trails’ driving itinerary winds up the coast from Los Angeles to San Francisco, with stops in Santa Barbara, San Simeon, Big Sur and Monterey.

The 11-day trip includes time to ferry to Channel Islands National Park and hike among the redwoods at a Central California state park.

Evenings are spent in the RV at park campsites.

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Top 17 for 2017: Best new attractions coming to U.S. theme parks

At first I thought it was too early to look ahead at the new attractions coming to U.S. theme parks in 2017. Then I realized a number of big rides have already been announced and many more are already in the planning stages.

It already seems like 2017 is shaping up as a good year for ride enthusiasts and theme park fans.

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Singer and Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan snags another title: sculptor

Bob Dylan has released 48 albums, penned more than 600 songs and, as of last week, won a Nobel Prize. But what he really likes to do is weld.

At least that’s one of his passions. A product of Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dylan has sculpted ironwork for friends and family for a long time. It wasn’t until 2013 that the public got a peek.

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If you're planning to party down on vacation, you might want to skip grieving Thailand for now

If you’re going to Thailand anytime soon, expect to find a subdued nation deep in mourning over the loss of the country’s beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who ruled for seven decades. He died Oct. 13  at age 88.

Travelers should be sensitive to the 30 days of public mourning and 100 days of royal funeral observances, during which the king’s body will be on display at the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

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Gay cowboys bring the Wild West back to Las Vegas

Barrel racing, bull riding and roping will rule when the World Gay Rodeo Finals return to Las Vegas this weekend. And they may change attitudes about the LGBT community too.

“We are just as tough as anybody else,” said Laura Scott, director of the event at South Point Hotel-Casino’s equestrian center Saturday and Sunday.

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