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PROTECTING PASSENGERS

Questions on airport security
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30 JUN 2016:  The deadly terror attack at Turkey's largest airport has posed an all-too-familiar question to security officials: how to protect passengers and bystanders from such carnage? MORE

THE BOTTOM LINE

Canadians plan to spend less on summer travel and recreation
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30 JUN 216: A new survey says Canadians plan to keep a close watch on their wallets when it comes to discretionary spending this summer. Respondents said they planned to cut spending to an average of $1,346 on things like summer travel, dining and recreational activities, as well as purchases like barbecues and sports equipment. MORE

HEAT DAMAGE AND SMOKE

Investigators report on EgyptAir wreckage
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30 JUN 2016: Egyptian investigators say wreckage from the EgyptAir flight that crashed in May shows “signs of damage because of high temperature” and a flight data recorder indicates there was smoke on board. MORE

LIBERTY PARK OPENS IN MANHATTAN

Elevated park overlooks 9 11 memorial
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30 JUN 2016:  An elevated park that offers a new view to visitors at the World Trade Center opened Wednesday.   The one-acre Liberty Park, a $50 million project, overlooks the memorial to those who died in the September 11 attacks. MORE

WORTH A TRIP

Dallas Earns Three Michelin Stars
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30 JUN 2016:  The Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau/Visit Dallas announced that Dallas has been named a three-star city by the prestigious Michelin Guide. Three stars – the highest possible rating by the Michelin Green Guide – denotes that Dallas is “worth a trip.” The guide also called out five Dallas attractions as three-star destinations, with many more receiving one and two stars. MORE

SECOND THOUGHTS

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30 JUN 2016:  Regional officials in Germany say the planned sale of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport to a Chinese logistics and construction company has been put on hold. Volker Wissing, the economy minister of Rhineland-Palatinate state, says the sale is being suspended because “doubts have arisen about the reliability of the purchaser.” MORE

FOUR SEASONS IN ANGUILLA

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30 JUN 2016:  Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is taking over management of a luxury seaside resort on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, the company said Wednesday. The Viceroy Anguilla will be renamed the Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Anguilla and reopen in October following its annual summer closure. MORE

A NATIONAL TREASURE

Delta Queen closer to cruising
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30 JUN 2016:  An effort to get the legendary Delta Queen riverboat back afloat on the Mississippi River and its tributaries got a boost Wednesday when the US Senate Commerce Committee agreed to reinstate an exemption for the 89-year-old vessel. MORE

BREXIT SCHMEXIT

A passport to nowhere
By DAVID TAIT
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30 JUN 2016: Guess who received new UK passports in the mail for his three teenage sons the day before the Brexiting Brits managed to turn the world’s economy upside down? MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

DOZENS KILLED AT ISTANBUL AIRPORT SUICIDE BOMBINGS

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29 JUN 2016: Suicide attackers killed dozens and wounded more than 140 at Istanbul's busy Ataturk Airport, the latest in a series of bombings to strike Turkey in recent months. Turkish officials said the massacre was most likely the work of the Islamic State group. MORE

COME ON UP

Canada and Mexico agree on visas and beef
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29 JUN 2016:  Canada and Mexico moved Tuesday to rid themselves of long-standing trade and travel irritants, touting their relationship as a model against the growing strains of protectionism and isolation in the US and Britain. MORE

HAPPY AT HOME

But most Canadians still like to travel
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29 JUN 2016:  A new poll finds that while most Canadians have lived or travelled abroad, the majority see their homeland as a top vacation destination. The survey says 68 percent of participants agreed that, “Canada has something for everyone, so why go anywhere else.” MORE

BUZZ OFF

Plane flies dangerously close to cruise ship
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29 JUN 2016:  The video shown here, taken from a deck of the Norwegian Breakaway seems to show a jet aircraft flying low and dangerously close to the cruise ship. The Breakway was on a cruise from New York to Bermuda. The video was apparently filmed by a passenger on the cruise ship near St. George Bermuda, last Friday, June 24 at 4.30 pm. MORE

STARWOOD IN CUBA

US company begins managing Havana hotel
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29 JUN 2016:  American hospitality giant Starwood began managing a hotel owned by the Cuban military on Tuesday.  The facade of the 186-room Quinta Avenida hotel in Havana's upscale Miramar neighbourhood has been emblazoned with the logo of Starwood's Four Points by Sheraton business travel brand and travellers can now book rooms through Starwood's website. MORE

FUN PLACE

Six Flags discussing building theme park in Saudi Arabia
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29 JUN 2016:  Theme park chain Six Flags Entertainment Corp. says it is in “discussions” with Saudi Arabia to pursue developing amusement parks in the ultraconservative Sunni kingdom. The announcement early Wednesday morning by the Grand Prairie, Texas-based company comes after Dubai in the United Arab Emirates announced the day before it would call for an “exception to the destination's (Persian Gulf) exclusivity clause with (the) American theme park operator.” MORE

NO WEAPONS ON THE PLANE

How hard is this to understand
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29 JUN 2016:  A Kitchener, Ontario, man is facing several charges after allegedly trying to board an international flight carrying two knives. Waterloo Regional Police say the man tried to board a Chicago-bound plane on Monday afternoon at the Region of Waterloo International Airport, but was found to be carrying two prohibited knives. MORE

LOTS HAPPENING IN CUBA

By SAM ION
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29 JUN 2016: Have you noticed everyone wants to know about Cuba these days? What is happening people ask?  In a word: Lots! American Airlines are taking reservations for flights from Miami to Havana at a discount even though the approvals from the Cuban Government haven’t come through yet. The restricted round-trip economy fare from MIA to Cienfuegos is $285.16. It will serve as American’s inaugural commercial flight to Cuba. MORE
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