• This Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 photo shows Sphero's BB-8 droid toy in New York. The BB-8 is controlled with a smartphone or tablet app and responds to basic voice commands such as “wake up,” and “look around.” It’s just under 5-inches tall and makes cute little Droid sounds reminiscent of R2-D2. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

    Disney unveils Star Wars toys amid marketing blitz

    NEW YORK (AP) — The release of the new Star Wars movie may still be months off, but Disney is unleashing its full marketing “Force” behind the launch of hundreds of toys and other items related to the film.

  • New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez speaks at a press conference Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, at the New Mexico State Police headquarters in Albuquerque, N.M. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says state police will step up patrols for the Labor Day weekend to catch would-be drunk drivers.  (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

    New Mexico park officials expect busy holiday weekend

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State police will step up patrols to catch would-be drunk drivers and officers will have no tolerance for dangerous drivers during the expected busy Labor Day weekend, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced Friday

    Updated: 3:05 pm

  • Boaters enjoy a sunny afternoon on Nippersink Lake Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 in Fox Lake, Ill. The manhunt for three suspects wanted in the killing of Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz threatens to dampen the Labor Day weekend across one of the state's most popular recreational areas, a boating and fishing playground known as the Chain O' Lakes. The scenery normally draws tens of thousands of visitors for end-of-summer fun, but concerns mounted Thursday that the heavy police presence and fear of the fugitives could led would-be visitors to go elsewhere. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

    Illinois residents expect quiet holiday weekend amid manhunt

    FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Residents and business owners in one of Illinois’ most popular recreational areas say a manhunt for three suspects wanted in the killing of an area police officer will bring a more quiet and somber Labor Day weekend than usual.

  • Aquatic foliage graces the shore of Nippersink Lake Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 in Fox Lake, Ill. The manhunt for three suspects wanted in the killing of Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz threatens to dampen the Labor Day weekend across one of the state's most popular recreational areas, a boating and fishing playground known as the Chain O' Lakes. The scenery normally draws tens of thousands of visitors for end-of-summer fun, but concerns mounted Thursday that the heavy police presence and fear of the fugitives could led would-be visitors to go elsewhere. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

    Manhunt could bring subdued holiday in recreation area

    FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — The manhunt for three suspects wanted in the killing of an Illinois police officer threatened Thursday to dampen the Labor Day weekend across one of the state’s most popular recreational areas, a boating and fishing playground known as the Chain O’ Lakes.

  • In this Thursday, July 16, 2015 photo, a customer re-fuels her car at a Costco in Robinson Township, Pa. The national average price of gasoline this Labor Day weekend will be its lowest at this time of year since 2004, a result of low oil prices and a quiet hurricane season that has allowed refineries to churn out gasoline and diesel.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Labor Day drivers to enjoy lowest gasoline prices since 2004

    NEW YORK (AP) — It has been more than a decade since U.S. drivers paid so little to fuel up for that last road trip of summer.

  • In this photo made early Thursday Aug. 26, 2015, the sun rises as a jetliner comes in for a landing at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Grapevine, Texas. Each day, more than 170,000 passengers use the airport, making it the ninth busiest in the world. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    Labor Day flying: behind the scenes at a very busy airport

    DALLAS (AP) — More than 14.2 million people are expected to fly over the seven days surrounding the Labor Day holiday, a 3 percent increase from last year, according to Airlines for America, the industry’s trade and lobbying group.

  • In this Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 photo, visitors line the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona. The Grand Canyon and other big national parks are seeing more visitors than usual this year, partly driven by good weather, cheap gas and marketing campaigns. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)

    National parks seeing huge spikes in visitation this year

    GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Visitors heading to the Grand Canyon lately know they are going to get two things when they arrive: breathtaking views and long waits, whether it is to get into the national park itself or to find a parking spot inside. A few frustrated tourists have even turned around and left.

  • In this Jan. 28, 2006, file photo, jockey Jerry Bailey, center, talks to reporters after the last race of his career at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. As American Pharoah, horse racing's first Triple Crown champion in 37 years is wrapping up preparations to run in Saturday's nationally televised Travers Stakes at Saratoga, N.Y. At Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill., they're already preparing for the after-party. The jockey-turned TV commentator Bailey says the last time he'd seen this much buzz at the racetrack was in 2004, when Smarty Jones, the "people's horse" with the commoner's pedigree, headed to the Belmont after improbable wins at the Derby and Preakness. Whenever American Pharoah runs it is a boon for racetracks across the country. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

    American Pharoah still front and center on racing’s stage

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — Horse racing hasn’t had it this good in years.

  • This image released by Costumeish shows a man holding a fake lion head while dressed as a dentist, a costume referring to the Minnesota dentist who who killed Cecil the lion. The Halloween wars over pop culture costumes heated up early this time around. Petitions and social media outrage are flying over a blood-spattered dentist's smock paired with a Cecil-like lion head, along with a replica of Caitlyn Jenner's joyful lingerie outfit for her coming out on the cover of Vanity Fair. (Costumeish via AP)

    Cecil and Caitlyn heat up the Halloween costume wars early

    NEW YORK (AP) — Who gets to decide what grown people wear for Halloween?