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  • MOLAR CITY: Welcome To The Mexican Town Crawling With US Tourists Who Need Root Canals

    06/21/2014 9:26:58 AM PDT · by blam · 43 replies
    BI ^ | 6-21-2014 | Harrison Jacobs
    Harrison JacobsJune 20, 2014     For Americans looking to mix in a little dental work with their vacations, there is no better place than Vicente Guerrero, a small Mexican border town better known by its nickname: Los Algodones (translation: Molar City). Mexico is a top destination for so-called medical tourists from the United States who go South of the Border for significantly cheaper dental work, eyeglasses, plastic surgery, and prescription drugs. In Los Algodones, some 350 dentists work within a few blocks of the city center, NPR recently reported.(snip)
  • Armed Guards Kick Senior Citizens Out of Yellowstone Park

    10/08/2013 10:23:45 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10-8-13 | Elizabeth Shields
    Thousands of people found themselves inside a national park when the government shutdown went into effect. Pat Vaillancourt and her tour group "which included senior citizen visitors from Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States, were locked in Yellowstone National Park hotel under armed guard." The seniors were treated harshly by armed park employees until they were able to leave according to Vaillancourt. Once they began the journey out of the park, "the bus was not allowed to halt at all along the 2.5-hour trip out of the park, not even to stop at private bathrooms that were open along...
  • SKY FALL! Man tumbles off Empire State Building

    04/25/2013 12:37:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013 | JOSEPH STEPANSKY , JOE KEMP , BRYAN CALCANO AND DANIEL BEEKMAN
    After 'leaping' one story security talks man out of jumping a second time to avoid death plunge.Two tourists were taking in the sights Wednesday night, when right before their eyes a man hovered between life and death on the 85th floor of the Empire State Building Argentinians Luis Ariel Jofre and Julieta Paola Barambones said they saw the man, who had apparently already fallen one floor off an observation deck, swing his legs into the air as if he meant to drop again. Man is rushed from Empire State Building after tumbling one story, breaking his ankle and cutting his...
  • Police Escorts for Jewish Tourists in Europe

    08/12/2012 12:51:45 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/8/12 | Gil Ronen
    Three weeks after the murderous terror attack against Israeli tourists in Burgas, Bulgaria, Israeli tourists in Europe are receiving police protection. There have been reports from different sources that Bulgaria has been assigning both uniformed and undercover police to protect groups of Israeli tourists who travel in the country. In some cases, hotels that house Israelis receive a police guard. The extra protection is noticeable outside Bulgaria, too. A group of hareidim from the U.S. who are touring Europe said that in Greece, the authorities responded positively to requests from tourist companies, and provided the group with police escorts. .....
  • Bedouin Abducts Two U.S. Tourists in Sinai

    07/14/2012 1:24:03 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 37 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/7/12 | Elad Benari
    Military and police officials in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula said on Friday that two U.S. tourists have been abducted by a Bedouin seeking to pressure officials to release his detained relative. Officials told The Associated Press the two Americans, a man and a woman, were taken along with their Egyptian tour guide, in a mountainous region in the center of the peninsula called Sabr el-Hitan. U.S. Embassy spokesman David Lynnfield told AP the embassy was looking into the kidnapping. Security officials say the Bedouin man abducted the tourists to pressure authorities to release his uncle detained in the Egyptian coastal city...
  • 'They begged for their lives with their trousers down': Two lost drunk British holidaymakers....

    03/23/2012 6:41:24 AM PDT · by mmanager · 45 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 3/22/2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Two British tourists holidaying in Florida begged for their lives with their trousers pulled down before they were mercilessly shot dead, a court has heard. Shawn Tyson, who turned 17 on Monday, is said to have murdered James Cooper, 25, and James Kouzaris, 24, after they drunkenly stumbled into the rundown Newtown neighbourhood of Sarasota. He allegedly forced the terrified pair to pull down their trousers before firing a volley of shots. Accused: Shawn Tyson is on trial for the murders of British tourists James Cooper and James Kouzaris Tyson is accused of going to rob the best friends in...
  • Suspected Iranian Blew Off His Own Leg In A Botched Terror Attack In Bangkok

    02/14/2012 6:47:29 AM PST · by blam · 43 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-14-2012 | Robert Johnson
    Suspected Iranian Blew Off His Own Leg In A Botched Terror Attack In Bangkok Robert JohnsonFeburary 14, 2012 One day after bombs targeting Israeli embassy staff went off in India and Georgia, another botched attack played out this morning in Bangkok. Through several reports, the incident appears to have played out something like this: Saeib Morabi, a suspected Iranian, was fleeing an explosion that rocked through his rented home in central Bangkok. While he was on the road looking for transportation, another explosion went off "on a nearby road." When Morabi finally managed to flag down a cab, the driver...
  • U.S. tourists seized in Egypt's Sinai released

    02/03/2012 9:07:54 AM PST · by nuconvert · 17 replies
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Two American women kidnapped by gunmen in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Friday were released into army custody hours after they were seized, security sources said.
  • PHILIPPINE POLICE ARREST SUSPECTED ABU SAYYAF MILITANT IN MANILA MALL

    05/09/2011 2:55:50 AM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies
    (AP) via Washington Post.com ^ | May 8, 2011 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "They say they police intelligence unit arrested Asdatul Sahirun on Sunday at a shopping mall in the capital's Malate tourist district."
  • Burka ban. New French law forbids Islamic women from wearing full-face veils in public

    04/11/2011 12:22:29 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 5:36 PM on 11th April 2011 | Peter Allen
    France's controversial burka ban became law today, sparking a protest in Paris during which two women wearing full-face veils were arrested. But the demonstrations were on a relatively small scale, with the handful of protesters being outnumbered by police, reporters and tourists. Ironically, the biggest protest was in London, where a group of women in full black burkas gathered outside the French Embassy.
  • Health tourists told to pay up or be sent home in new NHS crackdown on foreigners

    03/18/2011 5:01:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/18/11 | Daniel Martin
    A crackdown on so-called health tourists was announced by ministers yesterday. Foreigners who have failed to pay NHS bills of 1,000 or more will be kicked out of the country and banned from returning until the debt is paid. Visitors are supposed either to have health insurance or pay themselves for hospital care in Britain. Thousands flout the rules, however, with 7million being owed to London health trusts alone. Damian Green, the immigration minister, said: The NHS is a national health service not an international one. If someone does not pay for their treatment we will not let them
  • Electronic Toll on Golden Gate Bridge Can Cost Tourists Hundreds

    02/02/2011 6:18:42 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    Aol Travel ^ | February 1, 2011 | Jason Cochran
    The authorities that run San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge announced that next year, they will remove the crossing's human toll takers and replace them with electronic sensors. The switch has been sold as a triumph for efficiency and traffic flow but is potential budget disaster for tourists who now risk stumbling into fines or having to pay more money for e-pass equipment. Cities and states across the world have been moving to sensor-based tolling systems, from TxTag in Texas to E-ZPass in 14 states, without regard to the burden it places on tourists who either don't understand the system,...
  • Canada home firebombing case shows evil of anti-defense laws

    01/22/2011 3:51:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 21 January, 2011 | David Codrea
    Man faces jail after protecting home from masked attackers, Ramsin McMahon reports in Canadas National Post. Ian Thomsonwoke up to the sound of three masked men firebombing his Port Colborne, Ont., homeSo Mr. Thomson, a former firearms instructor, grabbed one of his Smith & Wesson revolvers from his safe, loaded it and headed outside dressed in only his underwear. He exited his house and fired his revolver two, maybe three times, were not sure. Then these firebombing culprits, they ran off, said his lawyer, Edward Burlew. The result? The Crown has recommended Mr. Thomson go to jail, his lawyer said....
  • 8 American Tourists Killed in a Bus Crash in Egypt

    12/26/2010 12:47:21 AM PST · by Cardhu · 17 replies · 4+ views
    Fox News via AP ^ | December 26, 2010 | Staff
    World 8 American Tourists Killed in a Bus Crash in Egypt CAIRO Egypt's national news agency says eight American tourists have been killed and 21 others injured when their bus smashed into a truck in southern Egypt. MENA says the crash took place early Sunday as the tourists were traveling from Aswan to Abu Simbel, the site of an ancient Egyptian temple.
  • Indonesia's dragons draw tourists to 'Jurassic' islands

    12/22/2010 2:59:24 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 1+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/22/10 | Jerome Rivet
    KOMODO ISLAND, Indonesia (AFP) They don't breathe fire but Komodo dragons -- the largest lizards in the world -- can kill a buffalo or any one of the intrepid tourists who flock to their deserted island habitats. "I feel like I'm in the middle of Jurassic Park, very deep in the past," said Hong Kong visitor Michael Lien during a recent trip to Komodo Island, the main habitat of the threatened Indonesian lizards. ... "What am I supposed to do if a dragon appears suddenly?" he asks Johnny Banggur, the guide on a tour of the island, an almost...
  • Zimbabwean Man Killed by Lions While Showering

    11/03/2010 5:18:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 74 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Nov 3 2010
    A Zimbabwean has been killed by a pride of lions while he was showering in a camp in the country's north.The man was attacked while using an outside shower at a fishing camp near Mana Pools National Park, Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwean Conservation Task Force told German news agency DPA. The area, located on the Zambesi River, is popular with hunters, most of whom stay in basic camps that offer little protection against attack by wild animals. The attack is the latest in a string of lion attacks in the area, Mr Rodrigues said. Eight villagers were killed...
  • 20 Mexican Tourists Missing After Acapulco Kidnap

    10/02/2010 5:09:20 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/2/2010 | Yahoo News
    MEXICO CITY (AFP) A heavily armed gang kidnapped about 20 Mexican tourists in the beach resort city of Acapulco earlier this week and their whereabouts are still unknown, police said Saturday. The tourists from Morelia in neighboring Michoacan state were "deprived of their liberty" Thursday when they were overtaken by an armed group, prosecutors said in a statement, adding they did not know the identity of the gunmen or the fate of those abducted. "On Thursday night, about 20 people were abducted by armed men as they arrived in Acapulco. There is no immediate word on there whereabouts, the...
  • Source: U.S. to Issue Travel Warning on Public Places in Europe

    10/02/2010 1:13:09 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/2/10
    The Obama administration will issue a warning Saturday to U.S. travelers in Europe to avoid places frequented by Westerners after new intelligence suggested an attack by Al Qaeda could be imminent, a senior U.S. intelligence official told Fox News. The travel warning is expected to be announced at 4 p.m., pending Secretary Hillary Clinton's approval, the official said. The move is expected to have significant implications for European tourism. The travel warning will advise Americans to stay away from European tourist sites, transportation hubs and other facilities because of fresh threat information, U.S. officials said. A European official briefed on...
  • Travel Like a VIP on a Small Budget in Asia

    04/30/2010 12:29:29 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 16 replies · 583+ views
    Associated Content ^ | April 30 2010 | Alice Winters
    Rarely are currency exchange rates as good for the American dollar as that of Asian countries. In Asia, the American dollar carries a lot of clout and with the recent devaluation of the USD; it is a good thing that these countries offer an excellent trip for so little cost to Americans.
  • Lufthansa flight blocked as Japanese group falls ill

    03/21/2010 2:40:10 AM PDT · by Cindy · 21 replies · 784+ views
    (AFP) via TIMES OF INDIA ^ | AFP, Mar 21, 2010, 08.12am IST | n/a
    SNIPPET: "BERLIN: The take-off of a German flight to Tokyo was delayed after two dozen Japanese tourists on board fell ill with violent stomach cramps, German police said. Shortly before take-off on Saturday afternoon, the Airbus A340 carrying some 300 passengers returned to the airport terminal in Berlin after the tourists complained of stomach pains and nausea, said a police statement." SNIPPET: "The victims also complained of vertigo, vomiting and circulation problems, according to doctors, though their lives were not thought to be in danger, said the police statement. Doctors were still trying to ascertain what had caused the sickness,...
  • Egypt Foiled Attacks on Jewish Tourists, US Ships

    01/31/2010 9:29:20 AM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies · 228+ views
    INN ^ | 1/31/2010 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    (IsraelNN.com) Egyptian sources revealed on Sunday that its intelligence forces two months ago arrested approximately two dozen terrorists who planned to attack Jews visiting the tomb of the revered 19th century Rabbi Yaakov Abhatzeira. They also plotted to strike American ships in the Suez Canal and banks in Cairo and Alexandria. The terrorists also were in possession of a large quantity of explosives used for Hamas rocket attacks. The cell was attempting to join the Jihad in Darfur and had been training at a desert camp near the Mediterranean Coast.
  • Tourists paying $500 for Machu Picchu evacuation

    01/27/2010 10:19:30 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 19 replies · 884+ views
    timesonline ^ | January 27, 2010
    Desperate tourists are paying up to $500 (300) to get on helicopters out of the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru after torrential rains set off mudslides that have killed up to ten people. Britons are among the 1,500 still trapped in the area three days after the heaviest rains in 15 years flooded the area over the weekend. Rudy Chalco, a tour guide with a group of elderly Europeans, said that the rescuers were not complying with the government's orders to prioritise the evacuation of children, the elderly and sick, and that some were paying to skip...
  • Lies to tell tourists (Humor; A lesson on "spin")

    01/07/2010 11:20:12 AM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 4 replies · 569+ views
    Time Out Shanghai (Magazine) | January 2010 | Editors
    Tall tales are better. When escalators were first introduced in Shanghai in the 1980s, authorities were worried about stampedes on the new contraptions. So they put out a pamphlet, 'Escalate Two By Two For Harmonious Escalating', which encouraged people to stand side-by-side on escalators, thus creating a barrier to prevent excessive movement up or down. The campaign worked, and nowadays Shanghai's escalator riders are as intent as ever on preventing stampedes by not allowing you to pass when you're in a rush.
  • Unwitting tourists attend White House breakfast

    12/15/2009 4:16:54 PM PST · by george76 · 71 replies · 2,940+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 15, 2009 | BEN EVANS
    <p>The White House is once again explaining how uninvited guests wound up shaking hands with President Barack Obama.</p> <p>This time, a Georgia couple hoping to tour the White House ended up at an invitation-only Veterans Day breakfast.</p>
  • Binge drinking spreads to Italy

    10/01/2009 6:25:54 PM PDT · by Saije · 16 replies · 845+ views
    CS Monitor ^ | 10/1/2009 | Nick Squires
    It's 2 a.m. and the hours of sustained drinking are taking their toll. Smashed glass and plastic cups litter the streets, trash cans overflow with empty beer cans, and girls in high heels and short skirts totter unsteadily out of rowdy pubs. But this is not London or New York. It's Rome. Italians have long been regarded as a model of Mediterranean restraint when it comes to alcohol consumption. But all that is changing, for a complex mix of reasons. Italian parents, struggling in the country's worst recession since World War II, are working longer hours and have less time...
  • Russians snatch 'worst tourists' crown from Germans... even hiding sunloungers in their ROOMS

    08/28/2009 5:58:08 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 14 replies · 1,336+ views
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | August 28, 2009
    For years the Germans have been the undisputed champions of holiday rudeness. But it seems their long reign has at last come to an end. The Russians are now considered the most unpleasant holidaymakers in the world, a survey revealed yesterday. They won first place thanks to their appalling taste in fashion, terrible table manners, and worst of all habit of hiding sunloungers in their rooms overnight to ensure a spot at the pool. Those who holidayed in Spain, France, Cyprus, Malta, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Portugal took a dislike to Russians, claiming they: * Took hotel sunloungers...
  • US tourists 'being held by Iran'

    07/31/2009 3:49:04 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 21 replies · 774+ views
    BBC ^ | July 31st 2009 | AFP agency
    Washington has said it is checking reports that three US tourists were detained by Iranians while hiking along the northern Iraqi border. The three are reported to have gone missing in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region which borders Iran.
  • French tourists seen as world's worst: survey

    07/09/2009 11:39:02 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 17 replies · 907+ views
    news.yahoo ^ | Jul 9
    PARIS (Reuters Life!) French tourists are the worst in the world, coming across as bad at foreign languages, tight-fisted and arrogant, according to a survey of 4,500 hotel owners across the world. They finish in last place in the survey carried out for internet travel agency Expedia by polling company TNS Infratest, which said French holidaymakers don't speak local languages and are seen as impolite.
  • French tourists seen as world's worst: survey

    07/09/2009 11:57:20 AM PDT · by americanophile · 12 replies · 1,244+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | July 9, 2009 | Joseph Tandy; editing by James Mackenzie
    PARIS (Reuters Life!) French tourists are the worst in the world, coming across as bad at foreign languages, tight-fisted and arrogant, according to a survey of 4,500 hotel owners across the world. They finish in last place in the survey carried out for internet travel agency Expedia by polling company TNS Infratest, which said French holidaymakers don't speak local languages and are seen as impolite. "It's mainly the fact that they speak little or no English when they're abroad, and they don't speak much of the local language," Expedia Marketing Director Timothee de Roux told radio station France Info....
  • Al-Qaida in N. Africa claims UN diplomats hostages

    02/19/2009 1:00:54 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies · 581+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 18, 2009 | ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU,
    Al-Qaida's North Africa branch claimed Wednesday it is holding hostage a senior U.N. peace envoy, his aide and four tourists kidnapped in the Sahara Desert in recent weeks. "We announce to the general public that the mujahideen (holy warriors) reserve the right to deal with the six kidnapped according to Islamic Shariah law," the al-Qaida group said in a statement posted Wednesday ...
  • Chunk of NZ glacier crushes 2 Australian tourists (apparently ignored rope barriers)

    01/08/2009 1:09:03 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 1,134+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/8/09 | AP
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand A falling chunk of glacier crushed two brothers to death at a popular tourist spot, and one remained buried under ice blocks the size of large vehicles, police said Friday. The two Australians apparently ignored rope barriers set up to prevent hikers from wandering into dangerous areas.
  • Reid tries to explain 'smell the tourists' comment

    12/10/2008 1:27:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 1,442+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/10/08 | Erica Werner - ap
    WASHINGTON Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid defended himself Wednesday over a joking comment that tourists to the Capitol sometimes smell. Turns out many people weren't amused.
  • Most Obnoxious Tourists? The French.

    07/07/2008 9:48:20 PM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 27 replies · 103+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | 07/07/2008 | Bruce Crumley
    Remember the tightwad tourist whose baggy shorts, frequent complaining and shouted questions about why none of the locals spoke any English made the ugly American the world's Visitor From Hell? Well, it's time for Archie Bunker to move over and make way for Petulant Pierre. According to a recent international survey, the French are now considered the most obnoxious tourists from European nations, and behind only Indians and the last-place Chinese as the worst among all countries worldwide. And it's not only the rest of the world that have a gripe with the Gallic attitude: the French also finished second...
  • US To Demand 72hrs Notice For British Tourists

    06/02/2008 8:48:22 PM PDT · by blam · 44 replies · 93+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-3-3008 | Andy Bloxham
    US to demand 72hrs notice for British tourists By Andy Bloxham Last Updated: 12:50AM BST 03/06/2008 British visitors to the United States will have to register their trip with the American government 72 hours before they leave under new plans. All travellers from countries which do not currently require a visa will be forced to tell the Americans that they are coming. The rule is intended to bolster US security and was expected to be announced today by Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff. The move is likely to renew the worries of big business in Europe that deal-clinching, last-minute flights...
  • The Mysteries of the Suicide Tourist

    05/13/2008 12:57:02 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 14 replies · 224+ views
    New York Magazine ^ | May 11, 2008 | Phil Zabriskie
    Why the same things that attract millions of happy visitors to New Yorkthe glamour, the skyline, the anonymityalso draw people from around the world to kill themselves here. Stephen was no stranger to New York. Hed been to the city as a boy, and regularly came here for work now that he was in his twenties. A consultant, hed take the train from his hometown several hours south of the city, stay from Monday to Friday, then return on the weekends. He loved New York, his mother, Judith, says. The energy, the people, figuring out the streets and subways. He...
  • China keeping Tibet closed to tourists

    04/10/2008 10:43:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 69+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/10/08 | Tini Tran - ap
    BEIJING - Chinese authorities jittery about protests during the Mount Everest leg of the Olympic torch relay have abruptly reversed a decision to reopen Tibet to foreign tourists. Foreigners have not received permits to visit the Himalayan region since deadly anti-government riots broke out in the capital, Lhasa. Tourism authorities announced last week that foreign tour groups would be allowed in on May 1, the start of a three-day national holiday. Tour operators said Thursday, however, that the Tibetan Tourism Bureau told them this week to stop arranging trips for foreigners. They said the bureau cited the need for safe...
  • Al-Qaida: 2 Austrian tourists kidnapped (last month in Tunisia)

    03/10/2008 12:19:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 818+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/10/08 | Omar Sinan - ap
    CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida in Islamic North Africa claimed responsibility for kidnapping two Austrian tourists last month in Tunisia in an audio recording aired Monday on Al-Jazeera television. A man who identified himself as Salah Abu Mohammed said in the recording that the terrorist group kidnapped the two Austrians on Feb. 22 in retribution for Western cooperation with Israel, but said the hostages were in good health. "We tell Western tourists that at the same time they are flowing into Tunisian lands seeking joy, our brothers are being slain in Gaza by the Jews with the collaboration of the Western...
  • Yemen: Two Belgian tourists shot dead

    01/18/2008 3:15:57 PM PST · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 258+ views
    al Bawaba ^ | January 19 2008
    Two Belgian tourists were among three people killed, with four more Belgians injured, when gunmen opened fire on them in Yemen's Hadramut province on Friday, a local official told AFP. The tourists' Yemeni driver was also killed by the attackers in the southeastern province. The attackers were said to have targetted the tourists in the province's Do'an Valley, before fleeing the scene in a car. The tourists were travelling to the historic city of Shibam, which lies around 450 kilometres east of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. The 16th century city has been dubbed the "Manhattan of the Desert" for its...
  • Tourists Visit Pentagon Crash Site as Anniversary Approaches

    09/08/2007 2:24:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 289+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2007 On a day as clear and sunny as the fateful one six years before, tourists and local citizens came to the Pentagon today to pay homage and honor those who lost their lives when a terrorist-controlled airliner crashed into the building Sept. 11, 2001. In hushed voices or with respectful silence, hundreds of people came to the U.S. militarys headquarters to see the crash site of American Airlines Flight 77 that left 184 people dead and a country grief-stricken. Spectators filed by the side of the building draped with a gigantic American flag in...
  • Tourists hurt by giant wave after Arctic glacier breaks

    08/09/2007 10:06:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 458+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/9/07 | Reuters
    OSLO (Reuters) - A chunk of an Arctic glacier broke into the sea and triggered a huge wave that injured 18 people on a sightseeing boat, almost all of them British tourists, Norwegian officials said on Thursday. Four people were seriously hurt in the accident by Hornbreen glacier on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard and were flown south to a hospital in Tromsoe on the mainland. The others were treated at a local hospital, mostly for minor injuries. "The glacier calved (split off) and a big wave washed over the boat," Elisabeth Bjoerge Loevold, acting governor of Svalbard, told Reuters....
  • French asked to be polite to tourists for 24 hours

    07/09/2007 7:29:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies · 623+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 7-8-2007 | Adam Sage
    "No idea," he replied in French with a bad-tempered shrug - even though he knew the nearest Starbucks coffee shop was only 50m away. Haughty indifference to tourists is as Parisian as the Louvre, yet tourist officials are hoping to eliminate that attitude, if only for one day.
  • Mexican 'tourists' turn helicopter hijackers

    07/04/2007 8:12:28 AM PDT · by angelcindy · 17 replies · 774+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Mon Jul 2, | afp
    MEXICO CITY (AFP) - Two armed men posing as tourists interested in snapping photos from a helicopter ditched their pilot Monday and stole the chopper, Mexican police said. The suspects, who hired the helicopter at the airport in Atizapan, Mexico, instructed the pilot to take them to an isolated area for a photo shoot. "When we got there, they told me to get out, so we could see where we were going to take the pictures. And then they pulled a gun on me, bound and gagged me, and left me there," pilot Eduardo Merito told Radio Formato 21. The...
  • Mobility scooters a hit with tired tourists in Vegas

    05/26/2007 2:02:20 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 70 replies · 1,246+ views
    star-telegram.com ^ | 05/26/07 | KATHLEEN HENNESSEY
    LAS VEGAS -- There's lazy, and then there's Las Vegas lazy. In increasing numbers, Las Vegas tourists exhausted by the four miles of gluttony laid out before them are getting around on electric "mobility scooters." Don't think trendy Vespa motorbikes. Think updated wheelchairs. Forking over about $40 a day and their pride, apparently healthy tourists are cruising around Las Vegas casinos in transportation intended for the infirm. You don't have to take a step. You don't even have to put your drink down. "It was all the walking," 27-year-old Simon Lezama said on his red Merits Pioneer 3. Lezama, a...
  • Tourists cause global warming

    03/22/2007 8:14:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 1,307+ views
    News24.com ^ | 3/22/07 | AFP
    Madrid - Holidaymakers may be ruining their favourite destinations through pollution and greenhouse gases, making the tourism industry one of the world's worst polluters, experts say. A flight to that pristine beach and a few nights in an air-conditioned hotel room, when repeated on the mass scale of modern tourism, is all it takes to put the holiday business on a polluting par with heavy industries. "Tourism is unfortunately one of the vectors of (climate) change at the moment and contributes, through its excesses, to the process of global warming," World Tourism Organisation (WTO) director general Francesco Frangialli told an...
  • U.S. Tourist in Costa Rica Kills Mugger (by 70 yr military veteran)

    02/23/2007 3:14:14 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 26 replies · 1,504+ views
    Breitbart News ^ | 22 Feb 07 | MARIANELA JIMENEZ
    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- A tour bus of U.S. senior citizens defended themselves against a group of alleged muggers, sending two of them fleeing and killing a third in the Atlantic coast city of Limon, police said on Thursday. One of the tourists _ a retired member of the U.S. military aged about 70 _ put assailant Warner Segura in a head lock and broke his clavicle after the 20-year-old and two other men armed with a knife and gun held up their tour bus Wednesday, said Luis Hernandez, the police chief of Limon, 80 miles east of...
  • Canadian tourists caught in confrontation over holy site

    02/10/2007 3:30:29 PM PST · by xcamel · 7 replies · 391+ views
    cbc news ^ | February 10, 2007 | staff
    A Canadian tour bus was attacked Saturday as sightseers in East Jerusalem became the target of protests over a disputed holy site. Palestinian youths hurled stones at the vehicle carrying vacationers during the second day of protests against excavation work at the religious compound. This bus came under attack on the second day of Palestinian protests against excavation at a religious site. (CBC) Muslims know the site as the Noble Sanctuary, which houses the al-Aqsa mosque, the holiest mosque outside Mecca. It's known to Jews as the Temple Mount, which is connected to the Western Wall, described as the holiest...
  • Harry's Inca Hoots

    12/28/2006 5:09:34 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 18 replies · 920+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 28 Dec 2006 | Staff
    Leadership: Harry Reid has blown off President Ford's funeral because it would be "hard to cancel" his meetings with South America's leaders or put off his junket to Inca ruins. How's that for class? Reid's visit to a tourist site in Peru, instead of presenting himself as the next Senate Majority Leader at a rare state funeral, shows how little respect he has for Gerald Ford, a good man whose presidency was marked by his willingness to put duty to country first in an effort to heal a wounded nation. Not so Reid, who put his own agenda above the...
  • RIP: Pink Flamingo, 1957-2006 (Florida Mourns)

    10/24/2006 2:39:49 AM PDT · by mcg2000 · 50 replies · 1,668+ views
    The Sun Sentinel ^ | October 23, 2006 | Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub
    The pink plastic flamingo, a Florida-inspired icon that has been reviled as kitschy bad taste and revered as retro cool, is dead at age 49. The pop culture symbol met its demise after its manufacturer, Union Products, of Leominster, Mass., was socked with a triple economic threat -- increases in costs of electricity and plastic resin combined with loss of financing. Production ended in June, and the plant is scheduled to close Nov. 1, according to president and CEO Dennis Plante. Union Products made 250,000 of its patented plastic pink flamingos a year in addition to other garden products.
  • 10 British Tourists Hurt By Bombs In Turkey

    08/27/2006 7:12:33 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 411+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-28-2006 | Stephanie Condron - James Burleigh
    10 British tourists hurt by bombs in Turkey By Stephanie Condron and James Burleigh (Filed: 28/08/2006) Ten Britons were injured last night in a series of bomb explosions in the Turkish Mediterranean holiday resort of Marmaris. Another bomb exploded in Istanbul. In all 22 people were hurt. All 10 Britons were taken to hospital and four were said to be in a serious condition. It is believed that at least one of the Marmaris bombs went off on one of the many dolmuses - minibuses that serve as a taxi service for holidaymakers. Residents said one exploded near a McDonald's...
  • Sinai: Israeli tourists killed in bus accident [MDA NOT ALLOWED into Egypt]

    08/22/2006 11:44:47 AM PDT · by Alouette · 16 replies · 3,191+ views
    YNet ^ | Aug. 22, 2006 | Meir Ohayon
    (VIDEO) Bus carrying Israeli Arab tourists on organized tour overturns near Egyptian town of Nuweiba. MDA crews prepare to receive casualties at Taba Terminal on Israel-Egypt border VIDEO - Several Israeli passengers were killed Tuesday afternoon and dozens were injured as a bus overturned near the Egyptian town of al-Saada near Nuweiba in Sinai. Official sources in Sinai and Israeli passengers reported that about 50 people were injured and several were killed in the accident. The Egyptian authorities reported that 11 people were killed in the accident, some of them Israelis from Arab communities in northern Israel. The accident occured...