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The city of Denver doesn't know who runs the 'City of Denver' Instagram account

The @cityofdenver Instagram account boasts hundreds of photos of Denver's skyline, popular landmarks and Colorado's natural landscape.

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The account has 150,000 followers, and posted photos generally receive thousands of likes.

But the official city of Denver doesn't know who's running the account.

A photo posted by Denver Colorado (@cityofdenver) on Sep 10, 2016 at 1:39pm PDT

According to KUSA, an unknown person or group has been "squatting" on the account name for years.

Jenny Schiavone, who works for Denver's marketing department, said city officials have tried unsuccessfully for "a while" to find out who's operating the account.

A photo posted by Denver Colorado (@cityofdenver) on Oct 2, 2016 at 11:53pm PDT

The account, which can easily be mistaken as an official one, also links to a cityofdenver.us website, where the official city of Denver logo is posted. 

But Schiavone said no one from the city has made a complaint to Instagram.

"We haven't asked them to give it up, since they had it first, and they really do have fabulous content, but we've asked them not to use our website and logo," Schiavone said.

Schiavone said the city, which has discussed creating an official Instagram, would have to find another name for the official account. So far, @therealcityofdenver has been suggested.

Alaska Airlines to make history with flight powered by wood

Alaska Airlines will make history Monday flying the first commercial flight using the world's first renewable, alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals --the limbs and branches that remain after managed forests are harvested.

The forest residuals used to power Alaska Airlines Flight 4 was sourced from tribal lands and private forestry operations in the Pacific Northwest and was produced through the efforts of the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance, the airline said.

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The NARA initiative is funded by a five-year, $40 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Believed to be the world's first alternative jet fuel produced from wood, the blended fuel meets international standards, allowing it to be used safely for Monday's commercial flight.

The flight will depart from Sea-Tac Airport at 8:20 a.m. and will land at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. and will be met by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack at 4:10 p.m.

In June, the airline operated the first commercial flights using a 20 percent blend of renewable alcohol-to-jet biofuel produced by a renewable chemical and biofuel company. 

Airline captain speaks over intercom to diffuse election-fueled conflict between passengers

Tensions are running high across the country in the wake of the shocking presidential election that rocked the nation last Tuesday.

There have been numerous accounts of racially charged attacks, protests, fights and arguments being documented by individuals on both sides of the political aisle.

Now another incident has come to light that happened on a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in which the flight's captain and the flight crew were forced to intervene.

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According to the description with a video posted Friday on YouTube, a man in a "plaid shirt and camo cap" said something about being glad to have "kept his guns" to a black woman sitting next to him.

The woman started "crying and freaking out," and the United Airlines crew members were forced to separate the two individuals.

After the incident, the flight's captain got on the intercom system and made it clear that he would not tolerate any other such incidents.

"I understand everybody has their opinion; that's fine," the captain said. "If you support (Donald Trump), great. If you don't, I understand. However, we're out here to go to Puerto Vallarta, supposed to be having a good time, and what I do ask is that as people we have the common decency to respect each other's decisions and to get along on this three-hour and 13-minute flight so that we can have a good time when we get down there."

He continued: "Nobody is going to change their minds by arguing. And let's keep our opinions to ourselves on this particular matter at this particular time."

The captain also said that if anyone wanted to argue, they were not welcome on his flight.

"If there's anyone that has a problem with this, that needs to vent or rant or rave, there's another flight tomorrow," he said. "You're not going to be on this one. I hope that's clear."

After his message had concluded, passengers cheered in appreciation.

A United Airlines spokesperson, Maggie King, released a statement after the incident, saying that the captain "used the intercom to diffuse the situation and ensure the safety of everyone on board. The flight continued without any further reports of disturbance."

Plane makes emergency landing after snake found slithering overhead

Like a scene out of a movie, a pair of passengers caught a snake during a 2-hour Aeromexico flight on Sunday after passengers spotted it, according to a social media report.

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Indalecio Medina, rector of Universidad Politecnica de la Region Laguna in Luchana, Coahuila, took to Twitter and Facebook on Sunday afternoon with a 27-second clip of the bright green snake moving near a plane's overhead bin.

"The flying snake," he wrote on Twitter. "A unique experience on the flight from Torreon-Mexico (City)."

The snake was found on flight 231, which makes the 500-mile trip once a day from Torreon, Coahuila, to Mexico City.

The airline confirmed that a snake was found on board a flight Sunday afternoon in a statement released to Publimetro.

The company is working to determine how the snake got on the plane.

"To Aeromexico, the safety of its passengers and crew is the highest priority," the company said in a statement.

Medina wrote on Facebook that he and another passenger caught the snake using a blanket and magazines to keep the snake still.

"I had to play snake catcher with a blanket, and we obviously gave it some magazines to read," he wrote. "But don't worry … The snake was alive and kicking, frightened but without having paid for its ticket. Best of all… (we got) priority landing at (Mexico City International Airport) and animal control was waiting for the unexpected traveler."

Animal control officers took custody of the snake without incident, Medina said.

U.S. passport changes coming: What you need to know

For those Americans who travel abroad, now would be a good time to plan ahead and renew your passport.

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On its website, the State Department said it is expecting an increase in passport applications through 2018. Officials said people can renew a passport by mail if certain criteria are met. Individuals applying for the first time or under the age of 16 must appear in person at a passport acceptance facility. That includes designated U.S. post offices, libraries and clerks of court.

Typically, passport acceptance facilities offer routine service, which takes six weeks; and expedited service, which takes three weeks and costs an additional $60.

The State Department said it experienced an “unprecedented surge” in passport applications during 2007 due to the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. That law was enacted by the 9/11 Commission, making passports mandatory for all travel to and from Mexico, Canada, Bermuda and the Caribbean.

As the passports issued in 2007 are beginning to expire, renewals are expected to surge. State Department said it issued more than 15.5 million passports in fiscal year 2015.

The REAL ID Act, passed in 2005, established a set of federal security standards for state driver’s licenses that require specific information and machine-readable technology in form of a chip, according to SmarterTravel.

Travelers using IDs issued by certain states could be turned away at the gate beginning Jan. 30, 2017, if their state doesn't adjust to the new standards in time, WTSP reported. Some states are under review and have been given a deadline extension, but all licenses must comply with the standards by 2020, WTSP reported.

So far, 23 states and the District of Columbia are under compliance. Fourteen states have had their deadlines extended to Oct. 10, 2017, and four states were granted a limited extension through June 6, 2017. Five states are not in compliance, and one state — Montana — is under review. Three states did not receive an extension.

To find out if your state has complied or been given an extension, click here.

Michael J. Fox goes 'Back to the Future,' again

Michael J. Fox looks like he went back in time again. 

During a recent trip to Universal Studios in Orlando, the actor who went "Back to the Future" as Marty McFly in the '80s film series found his DeLorean time machine and even a Doc Brown stand-in. 

The car is said to be one used as a stunt vehicle from "Back to the Future III."

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Universal posted the photo to its Twitter account.

Behind the time traveling pair was the locomotive Doc Brown outfitted as a new time machine for his family in the third installment of the "Back to the Future" trilogy.

The two vehicles are parked near where Universal's "Back to the Future" ride once operated. It closed in 2007.

Recently, Fox teamed up with Nike to raise money for his foundation to find a cure for Parkinson's disease.

The shoe company gave away 89 pairs of its limited-edition, self-lacing sneakers inspired by "Back to the Future."

"Though it initially shared only a few seconds of screen time with Michael, the idea behind the Nike Mag unlocked something much bigger at Nike," Nike chairman and CEO Mark Parker said in a statement. "It sent us down an uncharted path of innovation, but it also opened our eyes to our ability to fight some of the world’s biggest challenges. We feel privileged for the opportunity to raise even more awareness for the fight against Parkinson's."

The Nike Mag sneakers feature Nike's new HyperAdapt system, which uses a sensor that responds to the weight of a wearer's foot to automatically lace the shoes. The heels of the shoes light up to signal when the shoe is tightening and when the batteries need to be charged.

The raffle closed on Oct. 11, and winners were notified in mid-October.

The shoes will hit the market at select Nike retail locations at the end of the month.

Fit for the King: Elvis' Guest House at Graceland hotel opens in Memphis

The Guest House at Graceland is now officially open.

It has been years in the making, and now this world-class resort in Memphis, Tennessee, next to Elvis Presley's mansion is taking the region by storm.

WHBQ's Scott Madaus was invited to Thursday’s ceremony hosted by Priscilla Presley. 

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From EP's Bar and Grill, up to one of the King’s private rooms, back down to a massively detailed lobby, over to Delta's Kitchen, then back up to a seventh-floor suite themed after Elvis' Palm Springs mansion, you will have no doubt that you are in Memphis with the King.

Leading the way and cutting the ribbon for the ceremonial grand opening was Priscilla Presley.

This $90 million project has 450 rooms, a business center, a 464-seat theater, five restaurants and lounges.

It is now officially open for business.

“If this hotel was here during the time he was alive, he would have probably spend most of his time over here," Priscilla Presley said.

The lobby's ceiling is themed after one of Elvis Presley's jumpsuits.

An exact replica of the stairwell inside Graceland including the famous chandelier is there.

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“It has just been a dream come true," Priscilla Presley said.

No detail was spared, and much of the work force inside the guesthouse is local.

The rooms, of course, are fit for a king, and the suites are fit for the King himself.

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“Someone asked me last night if Elvis would ever stay in this hotel, and I said, 'Would he ever stay in this hotel? I mean, this would be a dream hotel for him!'" Priscilla Presley said.

In the end, this project that is now the basis for revitalization in the Whitehaven area is complete. But the best is possibly yet to come.

“It positions us for better things to come in the 21st century," said Kevin Kane, president and CEO of the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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Get your scare on: Here are real haunted places you can stay

If one of those fake "haunted house" locations aren't enough for to scare you out of your socks, you can always check in to a real haunted hotel.

Hotels.com came up with a list that may have rooms with unexpected chills and creepy corners that may have you thinking someone is there. 

Hotel Parq Central is first on the list. Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the luxury hotel was originally a former rail yard hospital that was eventually used as a psychiatric ward for children. There are rumors that the patients once housed there are still among the entities. Both employees and guests say they've heard strange whispers and feelings of being watched.

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The Marshall House, located in Savannah, Georgia, was once used by the Union Army during the Civil War. It was also used during yellow fever epidemics. Guests say the spirits of children run the hallways at night. Ghosts still walk around the hotel and the faucets turn on by themselves. The Marshall House embraces its haunts and offers Halloween stays that include talks about the history of the building.

The Stanley Hotel was made famous by Stephen King and his book "The Shining." As the hotel's history goes, King and his wife checked in for a one night stay in the Estes Park, Colorado, resort. They were the only ones on property. King was inspired to write the novel of the haunted hotel after that stay.

>>Read: Man snaps haunting photo at ‘The Shining’ hotel

The Hotel Del Coronado was made famous by the movie "Some Like It Hot." One woman, according to the hotel's website, never checked out. Kate Morgan is said to still roam the halls of the luxury beach-front hotel in Coronado, California. Morgan was at the hotel in 1892. She was seen having an argument on the train ride from Los Angeles to San Diego. He abandoned her during that trip. But she still checked in to the hotel. She went into San Diego to reportedly buy a handgun. The San Diego coroner said she died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Guests and employees see flickering lights, a television that turns itself on and off, changes in temperature and footsteps and voices. Paranormal researchers have documented supernatural activity in Morgan's room using gadgets like infrared cameras and night vision goggles.

Stay on Main was formerly known as Cecil Hotel. It is said to be the inspiration behind "American Horror Story: Hotel." As the Cecil, it was the home to at least two serial killers -- "Night Stalker" Richard Ramirez and Jack Unterweger. A woman also is said to have killed herself by jumping from a hotel room, landing on and killing a pedestrian on the sidewalk below. Another woman was choked to death in the mid 60s. Her case was never solved. One story goes, a man was staying there and woke up in the middle of the night feeling like he was being choked. He said the felt the hands of an unseen person around his neck. After describing what happened to the hotel clerk, the employee said someone had been murdered in that room. Another creepy story was that of Elisa Lam, who disappeared from the hotel on Jan. 31, 2013. Her body was found more than two weeks later after guests told management that the water tasted strange. Lam's body was found in one of the roof-top water tanks, CNN reported

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