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UNION VOTES TO AUTHORIZE STRIKE

What does Vegas have to lose
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24 MAY 2018: Las Vegas casinos could watch tens of thousands of employees walk off the job for the first time in more than three decades after union members voted to authorize a strike at any time starting June 1st. It is expected that such a move could cripple the c MORE

FT. LAUDERDALE AIRPORT SHOOTER GETS LIFE

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24 MAY 2018: An Alaska man pleaded guilty Wednesday in exchange for a life prison sentence in the Florida airport shooting that killed five people and wounded six, blaming his rampage on severe mental illness a psychologist said is now under control. MORE

SOUTHWEST CAPTAIN SPEAKS

The survival of 148 never eclipses the loss of one
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24 MAY 2018: The flight crew on the Southwest Airlines jet that was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia after an engine exploded described the harrowing experience in their first joint interview on Wednesday. Captain Tammie Jo Shults called her first officer Darren Ellisor an unsung hero on CBS This Morning, saying he helped communicate with the flight attendants while she took controls for the landing. MORE

FOUR YEARS LATER

Search for Malaysia Airlines 370 drawing to a close
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24 MAY 2018: The search by a private US company for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will end next week, Malaysia's transport minister said Wednesday, while families of those who died onboard urged the government to review all matters related to the jet's disappearance four years ago. MORE

PEAK SEASON

More Americans to book flights this summer
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24 MAY 2018: Planes will be packed as Americans head out on summer vacations this year. Airlines for America, a trade group that represents most major US carriers, forecast Wednesday that 246.1 million passengers (about 2.7 million a day) will fly on a US airline between June 1 and Aug. 31. MORE

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CONEY ISLAND

Boardwalk Designated Scenic Landmark
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24 MAY 2018: Brooklyn's iconic Coney Island boardwalk, which has attracted generations of New Yorkers and tourists who come to enjoy the sand, surf and amusement park rides, was designated a Scenic Landmark as it celebrated its 95th birthday on Tuesday. MORE

TOP FORTY

SellOffVacations rewards top agents
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24 MAY 2018: Last month forty top selling agents from SellOffVacations across Canada travelled to Costa Rica to celebrate the 11th annual Star Elite Awards hosted at Riu Palace Costa Rica.  Attendance for the awards ceremony is reserved for Star Elite agents who have satisfied the minimum revenue requirements to qualify for the programme.   MORE

CHERISH THE PAST

By PAM STELLINI
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24 MAY 2018: Long before Pinterest made repurposing trendy, a prudent Welshman was snooping through building demolitions, with a vision of constructing his own village. Sir Clough Williams-Ellis may have lacked a formal architectural degree but he was knighted for his "services to architecture and the environment." His most recognized work is the tourist village of Portmeirion in Gwynedd, North Wales. MORE
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ACTIVELY ENGAGED

WestJet and pilots still talking
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23 MAY 2018: WestJet Airlines said contract negotiations with its pilots resumed Monday in Calgary, moving from Halifax where they took place last week. Neither side would say if any progress was being made. MORE

CANADIANS COMING HOME

Cubana resuming operations
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23 MAY 2018: A Montreal-based travel agency says hundreds of Canadians who were stuck in Cuba since a plane crash last week are returning home. Caribe Sol said Monday that Cubana Airlines was resuming operations after the passenger jet crash on Friday killed 111people. MORE

SUNWING FOUNDATION GETS OFF TO A FLYING START

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23 MAY 2018: After an outpouring of support for the Sunwing Foundation’s recently launched ‘Flying Start’ initiative, 250 backpacks filled with gently-used children’s books, essential school supplies and other necessities for learning were sent to Jamaican schools via Sunwing Airlines last month.  MORE

MAYHEM AT MARCH

Protestors, demonstrators and police mix it up in Paris
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23 MAY 2018: A labour march by civil servants was sidelined Tuesday in Paris, when clashes between police and groups of masked youths erupted, forcing protesting civil servants to stand clear of flying debris and tear gas canisters. MORE

BEAR KILLS DOG

Jasper Park warns of safe wildlife viewing
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23 MAY 2018: A black bear is being watched in Jasper National Park after it killed a dog that jumped out of a vehicle. Parks Canada officials said the encounter happened last Wednesday when a car pulled over to the side of the road to view the bear and the dog jumped out of an open window. MORE

ORLANDO THEME PARKS

Bringing people in the turnstiles
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23 MAY 2018: If this is a golden age for theme parks, then nowhere are new thrills more abundant than in Orlando where the major theme park resorts have been in an arms race, opening new attractions every year recently, with even bigger blockbusters slated for next year. MORE

BAT SIGNAL

Warning to drivers in BC
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23 MAY 2018: British Columbians are being asked to check for stowaway bats trying to hitch a free ride before hitting the road this summer. The Ministry of Environment says little brown bats and other species may be hiding in nooks and crannies of trailers, campers, trucks and other vehicles. MORE

MONTREUX AND THE SWISS RIVIERA

Cheese, chocolate and all that jazz
By ANITA DRAYCOTT
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23 MAY 2018: Biting into a Toblerone chocolate pyramid, the last of my stash from a recent trip to Switzerland, brings back sweet memories of Montreux and the Swiss Riviera. We can thank the Swiss for many good things including sublime milk chocolate, fabulous cheese (hence the national dish, fondue) and some of the world’s best pocketknives. MORE
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