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  • Woman who survived 5 days alone lost in the Grand Canyon describes her ordeal

    03/23/2017 12:27:38 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 46 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3/23/2017 | Lisa Sivertsen, Jim Scholz, Kelly McCarthy
    A woman who spent five days stranded in the Grand Canyon described the "true panic" of her harrowing experience in an exclusive interview with ABC News. "I was panicking and crying and sobbing - I was a mess," said Amber Vanhecke, 24, about the moment she first realized she was lost without GPS or cell reception. Vanhecke, a college student from Denton, Texas, was sightseeing by herself last week near the southern rim of the Grand Canyon when her GPS instructed her to make a wrong turn, leading her through increasingly tough terrain. An experienced Girl Scout and outdoor adventurer,...
  • Electric vehicle fee proposed for Minnesota

    03/21/2017 7:31:30 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 21 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 3/21/17 | Mike Hughlett
    Electric vehicle owners in Minnesota would have to pay a $75 to $85 annual "surcharge" under proposed legislation since they do not pay the state's gasoline tax. State governments across the country are increasingly seeking to slap such fees on electric vehicles, some exceeding $150 per year. The Minnesota fee would cover vehicles that are all-electric and plug-in hybrids based on electric motors, but exclude gasoline-electric hybrids. The fee is aimed at making electric vehicle drivers pay their fair share of road maintenance costs, which are partly funded by gasoline taxes, said Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, the author of the...
  • Stephen Hawking has plans to travel to space (invited by Virgin Galactic / Richard Branson)

    03/20/2017 9:27:40 PM PDT · by dayglored · 25 replies
    Sky News (AU) ^ | Mar 20, 2017 | (none)
    Professor Stephen Hawking says he is planning to travel into space on Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic. The physicist and cosmologist, 75, said he had not expected to have the opportunity to experience space but that the Virgin boss had offered him a seat. Discussing the meaning of happiness on Good Morning Britain, he said: 'My three children have brought me great joy. 'And I can tell you what will make me happy, to travel in space. 'I thought no one would take me but Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said yes immediately.'
  • Planning trip to DC

    03/19/2017 9:36:37 AM PDT · by TermLimitsforAll · 71 replies
    My mind | 3/19/2017 | Myself
    Planning to take my kids on a trip to DC either late May or Early June.
  • Goodyear deflates blimp, but keeps familiar form in flight

    03/15/2017 5:10:00 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 42 replies
    AP ^ | March 14, 2017 | John Rogers
    Goodyear has let the helium out of the last of its fabled fleet of blimps, but the company's flight program will continue. About two dozen employees were on hand early Tuesday to witness the deflation of California-based Spirit of Innovation. But shed no tears, blimp fans, you'll still see a familiar blue-and-gold form floating over your favorite sports event or awards show. Although the blimp's replacement, Wingfoot Two, will look about the same when it arrives at Goodyear's airship base in Carson later this year, it will be a semi-rigid dirigible.
  • Headphone batteries explode on flight to Australia (short news video at source)

    03/15/2017 1:58:27 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 15, 2017 | By Martin PARRY
    "As I went to turn around I felt burning on my face," the woman said "I grabbed them off and threw them on the floor. They were sparking and had small amounts of fire." (AFP Photo/Handout) Sydney (AFP) - A woman whose headphones caught fire on a plane suffered burns to her face and hands, Australian officials said Wednesday as they warned about the dangers of battery-operated devices in-flight. The passenger was listening to music on her own battery-operated headphones as she dozed about two hours into the trip from Beijing to Melbourne on February 19 when there was a...
  • A haze of weed, booze on the beach, twerking and sex in the open – welcome to Spring Break, [tr]

    03/15/2017 6:17:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 69 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 15, 2017 | Ruth Styles
    Twerking in full view of parents with young children, smoking joints and passing out drunk on the sand: Spring Break students caused chaos in Miami over the weekend and on Monday. More than 5,000 college kids descended on the white sand of Miami Beach, Florida – causing a headache for cops charged with keeping the peace. Many were smoking marijuana – a misdemeanor punishable with a year in jail and a $1,000 fine in Florida – and drug dealers were spotted openly plying their trade on the beach.
  • 2nd helping: American brings back free meals on some flights

    03/14/2017 11:59:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 14, 2017 2:30 PM EDT
    American Airlines said Tuesday that to offer free meals to everyone in economy on certain cross-country flights starting May 1. The decision at the world’s biggest airline copies Delta Air Lines, which announced a month ago that it would restore free meals in economy on a dozen long-haul U.S. routes this spring. […] That leaves United as the biggest carrier with no plans yet to bring back free meals on any domestic flights. …
  • Marine Survey Warns Queen Mary Is Falling Apart, Desperately Needs Repairs Or Could Sink

    03/14/2017 8:35:12 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 03/13/2017
    ....the city has designated $23 million for urgent repairs, and a plan to build entertainment around the ship would generate the tens of millions of dollars needed to do more repairs. “We know what we’re going to deal with, and we know our partner, Urban Commons, who’s going to be sharing in this investment with the city over the next 66 years that they said: ‘we’re in’,” Keisler added. Urban Commons sent a statement saying: “Our team is already in full swing making critical structural renovations and repairs to ensure the Queen Mary is well equipped for the next 80...
  • From Water Cannons To Cancellations: U.S. Airlines Cut Back Flights To Cuba

    03/14/2017 5:29:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    WLRN ^ | March 13, 2017 | Tim Padgett
    Last summer the first U.S. commercial flights to Cuba in more than half a century took off to jubilant fanfare - and landed to cheers and water cannon salutes. U.S. airlines were giddy about resuming commercial flights to the communist island. Maybe too giddy. On Monday, the Fort Lauderdale-based Silver Airways said it will drop its 22 weekly flights to Cuba next month. Frontier Airlines said it will cease its Miami-to-Havana service in June. Both companies cited weak demand and excess capacity.
  • Dallas Seavey turns 30, but it's the drive for 5 that grips his attention (Iditarod)

    It may have been his birthday, but four-time Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey's attention was on other things Saturday, like winning the Iditarod again. "I'm just a day older than yesterday," Seavey said as he bent over to velcro a red-colored bootie on a dog's foot on a snowy Anchorage street. "We've got bigger things to focus on right now." Seavey turned 30 Saturday. He holds the titles of the Iditarod's youngest champion as well as its fastest, setting a new record last year by breaking the one he set in 2014. "They told me you get older when you turn...
  • 11 Hot Spots to Avoid on Spring Break -- and Where to Go Instead

    03/11/2017 5:53:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 43 replies
    MSM ^ | March 3, 2017 | Mia Taylor
    This destination attracts a fair share of college students year-round, but Cancun's coed party crowd can swell to more than 100,000 during spring break. The students are lured by sunny beaches, inexpensive lodging, endless nightlife, and a legal drinking age of 18.
  • Suburban Muslim couple ejected from O'Hare flight sue United Airlines

    03/10/2017 9:57:10 PM PST · by cardinal4 · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10 March 2017 | William Lee
    Nearly a year after their family was removed from a flight at O'Hare International Airport, a Muslim couple from the north Chicago suburbs filed a federal lawsuit against United Airlines, claiming they were discriminated against them based on their faith.
  • Norway wants to scrap controversial air passenger tax

    03/10/2017 3:17:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 10 March 2017 15:25 CET+01:00
    At its national conference, Norway’s governing Høyre party announced that it plans to scrap a mandatory airline tax connected to last year's closure of Oslo Rygge Airport. The party wants to replace the flat fee with a new type of tax that would have a “clear environmental effect,” reports newspaper Dagbladet. The proposal, which came from the Østfold division of the party, was made at the end of a debate on transport. […] RSL closed down operations on November 1st 2016 following Ryanair’s decision to cease using the airport after the introduction of the tax. Around 1,000 people are estimated...
  • Long-distance Space Travel Boosts Risk of Leukemia

    03/08/2017 7:07:58 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    laboratoryequipment.com ^ | Wed, 03/08/2017 | Seth Augenstein
    Humanity is planning its forays out to reach Mars over the next few decades. Such trips would have to traverse an average 140 million miles of vacuum, and take about three years, roundtrip. But the health effects of space are only becoming better understood now. Cancer risks could be seriously increased by the exposure to radiation out in the void, according to a new study published in the journal Leukemia. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers found a double-whammy effect: the radiation not only caused mutations in key cells, but also weakened immune response – meaning the body would not...
  • Utah Tribes: The Photography of John K. Hillers

    03/08/2017 12:41:10 PM PST · by Utah Binger · 14 replies
    The Thunderbird Foundation ^ | January 2017 | Nelson B. Wadsworth
    John Jack Hillers: Utah Tribes - An Exhibition A rare collection of 116 albumen photographs taken between 1872-187
  • Royal Caribbean's next cruise ship will be the biggest of all time

    03/08/2017 11:35:08 AM PST · by C19fan · 110 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | March 8, 2017 | Soo Kim
    Royal Caribbean’s newest vessel - Symphony of the Seas - will be the world’s largest cruise ship when it is delivered in April 2018, the cruise line confirmed today. At 1,188 feet long and 215 feet wide, the new 16-deck ship will weigh 230,000 GT (gross tonnage), nearly 3,000 more than the current record holder, another Royal Caribbean ship, Harmony of the Seas.
  • 'I just got hit by a train': Horrific audio emerges of honor student, 17,...

    03/07/2017 1:04:01 PM PST · by Morgana · 27 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | march 7, 2017 | Anna Hopkins and Snejana Farberov For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: 'I just got hit by a train': Horrific audio emerges of honor student, 17, calling 911 after having both legs severed by a train Audio has emerged of the 17-year-old Georgia high school senior calling 911 after having both of his legs severed by a train this week. The victim, identified as Jacob Ohl, was rescued alongside the train tracks near Shelly Lane in Lilburn, Georgia when he was struck by a northbound CSX train at 1pm on Thursday. He can be heard calling local authorities sounding extremely calm - likely the effect of extreme shock and adrenaline...
  • Passenger 'tried to smuggle 600,000 endangered live eels onto plane from Heathrow'

    03/07/2017 10:35:54 AM PST · by Gamecock · 39 replies
    The Standard ^ | 3/3/2017 | JESSICA MORGAN
    A passenger allegedly tried to smuggled 600,000 endangered live eels onto a plane from Heathrow. The slipper customers, bound for Hong Kong, were spotted hidden under a load of chilled fish at Heathrow Airport. Border Force officials arrested a man, 64, in Chessington for alleged customs offences and he was bailed until August. The 200kg of European "glass" eels would be worth around £1.2m on the black market. The haul was shipped back to Spain, where the fish came from. There is a total EU ban on their export and they are now considered a prized delicacy in the Far...
  • LIMO HAULING A BOAT? YEP, A SIGHT YOU'LL ONLY SEE IN TEXAS

    03/06/2017 8:22:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    ABC13 ^ | Monday, March 06, 2017
    In all of the "only in Texas" moments, this sight at a Baytown Buc-ee's may take the cake. As seen in the viral video on Facebook, Josh Wilson captured a limousine hauling a Starcraft Marine boat at Buc-ee's. Yes, an awkward sight. "It caught me off guard for a second, but then I thought to myself heck yeah that's what I'm talking about," Wilson told ABC13. From a crawfish using its local Buc-ee's to make a grand 'escape,' to the rest stop being named the best in America, you can't escape Buc-ee's!
  • A Man's Dying Wish: 'To Hear the Roar of a Harley, One Last Time'

    03/06/2017 2:31:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    KBOI ^ | Jeff Platt | Jeff Platt
    A Boise hospice patient had one last wish of hearing the roar of a Harley Davidson, one last time. That wish came true Wednesday. Hearing just one Harley would've been enough for Bill Conklin, but it wasn't enough for the 50 bikers who gathered at High Desert Harley to help make Conklin's wish come true. Conklin told his nurse a while back about his wish, who helped get the ball rolling. "Guess what?" asked Teri Jordan, Conklin's nurse. "Your wish has come true." Surrounding his home were about 50 Harleys and bikers ready to unleash the sound Conklin was waiting...
  • Cleared for take-off: Harrison Ford takes to the skies... less than two weeks [tr]

    03/06/2017 6:16:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 5, 2017 | Staff
    There seems to be no keeping Harrison Ford out of the sky. Less than two weeks after nearly colliding with a passenger plane while coming in to land at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, the 74-year-old actor returned to the skies once again on Saturday. Dressed in dark blue jeans, brown boots and a beige T-shirt, the Indiana Jones star was seen inspecting his helicopter at Santa Monica Airport in LA, shortly before taking off in the aircraft.
  • Huis Ten Bosch Inn to Boast Spheric Sleeping Capsules That Drift to Isle of Attactions

    03/05/2017 11:13:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Japan Times ^ | MAR 6, 2017
    Imagine what it’s like to lie on a bed in a floating capsule and look into the stars while it drifts to a desert island overnight. That’s a new experience a major theme park in Nagasaki Prefecture plans to offer by the end of this year. Huis Ten Bosch, a Dutch-themed park in Sasebo, is developing the new service in which hotel guests sleep in spheric capsules whose top part is a bedroom. Then the capsules slowly move overnight to an island featuring attractions. Staying in the floating capsule, a two-story structure that holds up to four people, costs ¥30,000...
  • Fury at 'dangerous' California law that would allow cyclists to ROLL PAST stop signs

    03/04/2017 3:15:02 PM PST · by Morgana · 56 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | march 3, 2017 | By Forrest Hanson For Dailymail.com
    A proposed California law would allow bicyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs. The law would allow bicyclists to continue past stop signs provided there was no oncoming traffic and they felt safe doing so. Stoplights would not be affected under the law.
  • Going To DC This Summer (Vanity)

    03/03/2017 5:19:27 PM PST · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 142 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | 3/3/2017 | Me
    Will be taking a 4-day trip to DC this summer. Any recommendations on what to see and where to eat? We lucked up on a good hotel (normally $600 a night for $100 two blocks from the Whitehouse.) Have already contacted our Senator about getting approval to tour. I'll sit back and enjoy (while writing things down.) Also tell me what to avoid. Thanks!
  • CNN Politics: Trump-Kushner Children Appear To Board Motorcade Sans Car Seats

    03/03/2017 4:23:49 PM PST · by drewh · 79 replies
    Clinton News Network ^ | 5:56 PM ET, Fri March 3, 2017 | Betsy Klein
    CNN)As Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and their three young children joined President Donald Trump for a weekend trip to Palm Beach, Florida, one thing appeared to missing from the presidential motorcade: car seats. After deplaning Air Force One, Ivanka Trump boarded the limo, holding Theodore, 11 months, on her lap, and waving to the crowd assembled at the airport before the motorcade headed to Mar-a-Lago. Daughter Arabella, 5, and son Joseph, 3, both stood up and sat down inside the limousine multiple times before it drove away. Car seats and booster seats are required by law for each of the...
  • Meghan Markle Set To Meet Prince Harry’s Best Friends At Jamaica Wedding

    03/03/2017 2:27:51 PM PST · by drewh · 24 replies
    Radar Online ^ | Mar 3, 2017 @ 6:54 | staff
    Relationship 'could go all the way,' says source. By Radar Staff Posted on Mar 3, 2017 @ 11:18AM Things are getting serious! Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle is tagging along with the royal to celebrate his best friend’s wedding in Jamaica, RadarOnline.com has learned. According to reports, Prince Harry’s longtime friend Tom “Skipp” Inskip is tying the knot with fiancée Lara Hughes-Young in Montego Bay, St. James, later today. Harry, 32, was spotted leaving for the festivities from Gatwick Airport on Wednesday. Excitement really began to swirl, however, when it was reported that Markle, 35, flew out of Toronto on...
  • Mouse Forces Delay Of London-SFO Flight

    03/02/2017 10:13:03 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | March 1, 2017
    There is a common litany of why airline flights are delayed or canceled ranging from equipment issues to weather, but a flight from San Francisco to London suffered a four-hour delay Wednesday when a mouse was spotted aboard the plane. The flight – British Airlines Flight 285 – finally departed at Heathrow 2:56 p.m. local time and was expected to finally arrive in San Francisco at 1:10 p.m. PST. The passengers were forced to change planes after the elusive mouse was spotted and finally departed after a four-hour delay. An airline official issued a tongue-in-cheek response in San Francisco when...
  • Forget fake news, these are the ten real 'no-go zones' in Paris

    03/02/2017 8:02:17 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    The Local (France) ^ | Oliver Gee / Priscillia Charles
    After Fox News, it was the turn of the British tabloids and US far-right bloggers to claim there were dangerous "no-go zones" in Paris. But what do they know? We've listed the real places in the City of Light that you'd want to avoid. Although they're more "don't-go" zones than "no-go". \ In January 2015, US TV network Fox News that eight areas in Paris were absolute "no-go zones" for non-Muslims and police. And in February 2017, the same old trope was repeated in the British tabloid paper Daily Express and by US anti-Islam blogger Pamela Geller following outbreaks of...
  • DC’s Cherry Blossoms Will Hit Peak Bloom March 14-17 [about 2 1/2 weeks early]

    03/02/2017 12:49:57 AM PST · by Daffynition · 8 replies
    Washingtononian ^ | March 1, 2017 | Kayla Randall
    Washington’s Japanese cherry trees are expected to be at peak bloom between March 14-17, the National Park Service announced Wednesday.
  • Climate Experts Urge Germans to ‘Give up Cars’ for Lent

    03/01/2017 10:39:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    The Local ^ | 28 February 2017
    For years German cities have suffered under the effects of polluted air, mainly caused by diesel cars. But now that it's nearly the Christian season of abstaining before Easter, experts have a novel solution. The Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) and other climate protectionists are encouraging Germans to go on a ‘car fast’ for the season of Lent leading up to Easter. Katrin Dziekan of the UBA suggested special discounts on Deutsche Bahn and regional train services could be offered to those who abstain from cars for the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter. The Minister for Environment and Nature...
  • Women Survive Deadly Plane Crash In Riverside, Both In Critical Condition [CA]

    02/28/2017 4:41:53 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 02/28/2017
    Authorities say one of two survivors of a deadly plane crash in Riverside suffered burns on 90 percent of her body. Riverside Fire Capt. Tyler Reynolds said Tuesday that both adult women who survived are hospitalized in critical condition. ... Reynolds says the bodies of an adult woman, adult man and a female teenager have been recovered by the coroner. He says the surviving woman who was burned was found in a bedroom of a home that burned. Their identities are being withheld pending family notification. ... The women who survived the crash, believed to be in their late 30s...
  • Saudi Man Avenges Ex-Wife With $80,000 Road Fines, But Plan Backfires

    02/28/2017 12:12:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, 28 February 2017
    Saudi’s highways authorities have cleared a woman of traffic fines totaling $80,000, even though it was her car involved in the offences. The woman’s car was the one being driven, but it was her estranged husband at the wheel shortly after she filed for divorce as a form of revenge. The jilted man committed a whopping 375 traffic offences in Jeddah, in the woman’s car, Saudi daily Okaz reported. The woman initially received the fines, but after explaining what had happened, the authorities transferred to her ex-husband’s name.
  • Ivanka Trump Splits Sunday Between Governor's Ball, Monster Truck Jam (best first daughter ever!)

    02/27/2017 5:28:28 PM PST · by drewh · 15 replies
    AOL News ^ | Feb 27th 2017 7:41 | Christina Gregg
    In another display of her incredible ability to juggle parenting and White House life, President Trump's eldest daughter hit two very different events on Sunday. Ivanka Trump has used social media as a window into her family life since her father's 2016 election win, offering the American public a look at her day-to-day activities with husband Jared Kushner and their three children -- Arabella, Joseph and Theodore. Ivanka Trump posted to Twitter on Sunday that she had taken her kids to a "Monster Jam" event in the Washington area. "Epic first Monster Truck show with the kids!," Ivanka Trump wrote....
  • Port Authority says it won't use racial profiling when T system goes cashless [Pittsburgh]

    02/27/2017 11:16:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | February 25, 2017 12:21 AM | Ed Blazina
    Although it’s still putting together its enforcement policy for when the light rail system goes cashless in July, Port Authority said Friday it does not intend to use racial profiling or other methods to identify illegal immigrants. The authority explained its plans after a handful of riders expressed concerns at the agency’s monthly board meeting that it would use fare checks to identify people with improper immigration papers. The authority expects to switch to a prepaid system on the T in July, where riders will be on the honor system for paying their fare. To encourage payment, the authority will...
  • The 25 Best Beaches In The US, Ranked

    02/24/2017 7:12:36 AM PST · by blam · 108 replies
    BI ^ | 2-24-2017 | Chloe Pantazi
    • TripAdvisor has released its 2017 Travelers' Choice Awards, naming the 25 best beaches in the US. • Florida's Siesta Key Beach claims the title of America's best beach, followed by coastal stretches across the country in Hawaii, California, Georgia, and more. • TripAdvisor also found the cheapest month to visit each beach destination, and the average rate for a hotel room there. The world is full of gorgeous beaches, so it's easy to forget that the US has some spectacular beaches of its own — especially if you don't live along the coast. TripAdvisor's 2017 Travelers' Choice Awards, which...
  • Russian airline bans 400 air stewardesses from prestigious routes after deeming [tr]

    02/22/2017 1:21:06 PM PST · by C19fan · 100 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 22, 2017 | Will Stewart
    Russian airline Aeroflot has sparked outrage among its flight crew after banning as many as 400 'old, fat and ugly' stewardesses from prestigious foreign routes. A group of angry cabin staff has written to Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin to complain about their alleged treatment, supposedly part of a 'rebranding' exercise by the country's national carrier. Calling themselves STS - the Russian abbreviation for 'old, fat, ugly' - they say they are being prevented from flying on international routes, and instead given unfashionable domestic flights. One attendant Yevgenia Magurina complained: 'They told us all that only the young and thin will...
  • Orange alligator garnering quizzical looks in Calabash, N.C. [2nd one!]

    02/21/2017 10:41:26 AM PST · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    www.myrtlebeachonline.com ^ | February 21, 2017 7:49 AM | By Todd Garvin
    “Donny” the orange alligator suns near a pond in Calabash, N.C. Nick Andrews ============================================================================================================================= An unusual gator dubbed “Donny” by residents is drawing attention in Calabash, N.C. The alligator is ready for Halloween, as it’s the color of a pumpkin ... a dull orange instead of the usual green color. Nick Andrews of Little River snapped some photos of the unusual reptile while visiting his father-in-law in Calabash Lakes Home Community. Another orange alligator was spotted earlier this month in Hanahan, S.C. Jay Butfiloski with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said in a USA Today report that...
  • Airlines Forced to Cut Trips to Cuba Because Americans Don’t Want to Go

    02/21/2017 8:52:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 20, 2017 | Frances Martel
    President Barack Obama’s concessions to Cuba opened the way for U.S. airlines to do business with the communist dictatorship. After announcing frequent flights to the island over a year ago, however, many major airlines have found the demand they expected from U.S. tourists simply is not there.
  • Prefecture in China's Xinjiang to track cars by satellite

    02/20/2017 10:00:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 21, 2017 12:52 AM EST | Gerry Shih
    A prefecture in China’s far western Xinjiang region is requiring all vehicles to install satellite tracking systems as part of stepped-up measures against violent attacks. Traffic police in Bayingolin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture announced the regulation on Sunday, shortly after thousands of heavily armed police paraded in the Xinjiang capital and ruling Communist Party officials vowed to ramp up their campaign against separatists and Islamic militants. The vehicle-tracking program in Bayingolin will utilize China’s homegrown Beidou satellite system, launched in recent years to reduce China’s reliance on U.S.-based GPS providers for sensitive applications. Authorities said they will also track cars using...
  • The dazzling firefall of Yosemite has returned

    02/19/2017 1:41:16 AM PST · by Daffynition · 43 replies
    MNN ^ | Feb 16, 2017 | Michael d'Estries
    While winter in Yosemite National Park offers a spectacular opportunity to witness the national park's unparalleled beauty, there's one phenomenon in particular worth planning a trip around. During the last two weeks of February, the angle of the setting sun transforms the 2,130-foot Horsetail Falls into what many have nicknamed "The Yosemite Firefall." The effect is so convincing that it almost appears as if lava is pouring out of the granite cliffside. For photographers, this spectacle is not to be missed, with many snatching up the best spots to catch the phenomenon as early as 5 a.m. each morning.
  • On My way to Somewhere Else

    02/18/2017 4:42:23 PM PST · by publius911 · 12 replies
    Inside Costa Rica, WSJ ^ | 2/18/2017 | Publius911
    On My Way to Somewhere Else Can't remember what , but looking something up on line earlier today I came cross this article : Costa Rica Street addresses I have been to Costa Rica many times now, having relatives there who are long time residents. My first trip was around 1999, to the Capital, San Jose, a city of population 335,000, in 2016. Remarkably there was not a single street sign or house or business address in the entire city (that I know of.) As can be imagined, this creates a "Twilight Zone" experience for first time visitors. The link...
  • Travels in Siberia"

    02/18/2017 7:57:01 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 9 replies
    Freerepublic ^ | 30 jan 2017 | Ian Frazier
    I suggest reading " Conan the Librarian I thoroughly enjoyed it! Thank you! A comfortable homage to Mother Russia. A Siberian travelogue. A collection interesting fragments of Russian history. Years ago, when reading "The Castle" by Kafka, I realized I do not like the protagonist (K), and will spend no more time with him. In this book 99% of the characters are quite likeable, and fun to be with. I learned of the tragedy of the Decembrist friends, Officers Novosiltsov and Chernov duel. "Each man fired to kill;each mortally wounded the other. Afterward, from their deathbeds, each man sent a...
  • Agents confiscate 13 pounds of horse genitals at airport

    02/17/2017 8:59:45 AM PST · by Red Badger · 58 replies
    WEAR-TV3 Pensacola ^ | Thursday, February 16th 2017 | Staff
    STERLING, Va — Authorities at a Virginia airport encountered some unusual baggage when they confiscated 13 pounds of horse genitals and a total of 42 pounds of horsemeat from two women arriving from Mongolia Jan. 29. The two women landed at the Washington Dulles International Airport last month when authorities discovered the meat concealed inside juice boxes, a release from US Customs and Border Protection said. When the women landed, the release said the women were forwarded for a routine agriculture examination. During the examination, agriculture specialists found a combined 42 pounds of meat described as "horsemeat and other ruminant...
  • WestJet pilot orders pizza for rerouted Air Canada passengers in Fredericton

    02/17/2017 4:12:44 AM PST · by Don W · 16 replies
    Victoria Times-Colonist ^ | February 15, 2017 | Canadian Press
    Air Canada is apologizing to passengers who found themselves rerouted late at night to Fredericton with nothing to eat - that is, until a WestJet pilot stepped in to buy them pizza, one of which is shown in a handout photo from passenger John Samms.The passengers were on a flight from Toronto to St. John's, N.L. on Feb. 8 when bad weather forced the plane to be rerouted to New Brunswick - See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/westjet-pilot-orders-pizza-for-rerouted-air-canada-passengers-in-fredericton-1.9951230#sthash.DvPwbdH4.dpuf
  • Cruise line makes tipping compulsory - unless passengers fill in a form to opt out

    02/16/2017 2:22:08 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 58 replies
    Yahoo/The Independent ^ | 02/16/2017 | Simon Calder
    One of the world’s biggest cruise lines has adopted a bizarre strategy over tips for the crew: making a “service charge” appear as a compulsory levy, yet allowing passengers to opt out if they ask. Norwegian Cruise Line automatically adds a service charge of US$13.95 (£11.25) per person per day for each passenger in one of its smaller cabins; the service charge is higher for more luxurious cabins. On the eight-day voyage to the fjords of Norway departing from Southampton on 14 May, this adds £90 per person — pushing the £1,109 price up by 8 per cent. If the...
  • Anchored: Will Philly be stuck with the SS United States forever?

    02/16/2017 7:36:47 AM PST · by NRx · 21 replies
    Cruising the Past ^ | 02-15-2017 | Michael L. Grace
    The former American luxury liner was supposed to be docked In Philadelphia for 21 days; it’s been almost 21 years. Is time running out for the famous ocean liner? The SS United States is a luxury passenger liner built in 1952 for United States Lines. It was designed by American naval architect William Francis Gibbs to capture the trans-Atlantic speed record. Built at a cost of $79.4 million ($733 million in today’s dollars) the ship is the largest ocean liner constructed entirely in the US and the fastest ocean liner to cross the Atlantic in either direction. Even in her...
  • Lindsay Lohan on Working With President Donald Trump On Syria: ‘If You Can’t Beat Him, Join Him’

    02/15/2017 1:10:32 PM PST · by drewh · 7 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 2:29 pm, February 15th, 2017 | by Dana Eisenberg
    Lindsay Lohan did a Facebook Live interview, and she’s got some thoughts on working with President Donald Trump. Specifically, she’s been spending time in Turkey with Syrian refugees, and she says “Turkey is doing a lot, and that’s why I wanted to try and get the word out to Donald Trump to kind of, bring him over there and have him see all the positive things that they’re doing and how America can help as well.” When asked if she’d sit down with the President to talk about ways he can help, she said “Yeah, just broaden his ideas of...
  • American Airlines jet strikes deer during takeoff, forcing emergency landing

    02/15/2017 12:26:41 PM PST · by Gamecock · 36 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 2/15/2017 | Eline de Bruijn
    An American Airlines jet made an emergency landing Wednesday after hitting a deer a leaking fuel onto a runway in Charlotte, N.C. The American Eagle plane was flying 44 passengers and four crew members to Gulfport, Miss., at about 12:15 p.m. when the CRJ-700 struck a deer during takeoff, according to a statement from American Airlines. It immediately returned to the airport. Before landing, the crew declared an emergency and flew the plane over personnel on the ground to see if there was any damage, according to the Charlotte Observer. "5320, you are showing you're trailing some kind of vapor...
  • PSA Group says it is exploring acquisition of GM's Opel

    02/14/2017 5:39:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 14, 2017 8:11 AM EST
    France’s PSA Group, maker of Peugeot and Citroën cars, says it’s exploring a “potential acquisition” of Opel, the money-losing European business of General Motors Co. […] GM has endured years of losses at Opel, its main brand in Europe. It had hoped to reach break-even by now, but last year posted a loss of $257 million for the year. …