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DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS

But storm not as bad as anticipated
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27 JAN 2015: The East Coast braced for a storm that was originally expected to bring one to three feet of snow and punishing hurricane-force winds. It was bad - but certainly not 'the BIG one'. By early Tuesday, forecasters downgraded most of those numbers, saying New England would fare the worst, but even then not as bad as expected. MORE

CONCERN FOR CRUISELINES

Malpractice decision stays
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27 JAN 2015: A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider a decision that opens the door for cruise ship passengers to sue for medical malpractice. The 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals last week rejected a bid by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to revisit the ruling. MORE

IS HE A POTENTIAL FLIGHT RISK

Prosecution seeks 26 years for Schettino
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27 JAN 2015: Prosecutors have asked a court to convict the captain of the Costa Concordia and sentence him to 26 years in prison. They said the term is hardly excessive given that 32 people were killed in the 2012 shipwreck off Tuscany. MORE

PLASTIC CARDS WITH SELFIE IMAGE

Ireland unveils new style passport cards
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27 JAN 2015: Ireland is launching a new plastic passport for travel in Europe - and Irish citizens can provide their own selfies as the ID photo. The credit card-style passports will make their debut in July and, according to Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan, can be used to travel throughout the 28-nation European Union as well as Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. MORE

SOMETHING NEW BUCKAROO

Rhyming cowboys now debut
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27 JAN 2015: What does the word “buckaroo” mean to you? For poets, musicians and fans, it's the focus of an annual celebration of ranching culture and the rural West in northeast Nevada. The 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering began Monday and runs all week in Elko. MORE

HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM CAREER EXPO 2015

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27 JAN 2015: Seneca College’s 13th Annual Hospitality and Tourism Career Expo 2015 is scheduled for Monday February 3rd from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Markham Campus. MORE

AN INTEREST IN HISTORY

World War II Museum in New Orleans celebrates record year
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27 JAN 2015: The National World War II Museum in New Orleans is celebrating a record year. The 515,000 visitors in 2014 broke the previous year's record by 14 percent with March setting the museum's all-time one-month record with 56,100 visitors - up from 54,300 a year earlier - and December's attendance set a record for that month at more than 46,000. MORE

CUBA CRUISE

Smooth sailing in changing times
By CHRIS RYALL
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27 JAN 2015: Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan’s 1964 hit, “The Times They Are A-Changin’” can certainly be applied to what’s happening in Cuba today. Some changes are minimal and some quite revolutionary. What is constant is change - whether in the political arena, technological advances, or access to new markets and consumer goods. MORE
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POTENTIALLY HISTORIC

Major east coast storm threatens travel
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26 JAN 2015: A storm the US National Weather Service has called “potentially historic” is threatening air travel along the East Coast of the US. About 1200 flights are expected to be cancelled. In the Maritimes, Environment Canada also warns of a Monday snow storm though not as severe as that of the US. MORE

EXPEDIA BUYS TRAVELOCITY

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26 JAN 2015: Expedia has acquired travel booking site Travelocity from the Sabre Corp. for US $280 million in cash. The deal adds to Expedia's growing portfolio of websites. It already owns nearly a dozen travel sites including Hotels.com, Hotwire and Egencia, the world's fifth-largest corporate travel management company. MORE

ROBBIE BURNS AND ALL THINGS SCOTTISH

By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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26 JAN 2015: On a typical wintery night in Toronto I traipsed into a wee pub in the city’s west end to observe a now atypical Toronto event. At this pre-Burnsian gathering - which means pre celebratory birthday toasts to Scotland’s national poet whose fete was on January 25 - the wall-to-wall punters were there to discuss peaty whiskies and the aging of a good malt. MORE

REALITY STRIKES

US and Cuba have no quick solutions
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26 JAN 2015: After a euphoric month that left Americans dreaming of holidays in Havana and Cubans imagining US products at their corner stores, the first real effort at forging a new era was sobering. Much bitter disagreement still stands in the way of normal relations. MORE

MEDICAL COSTS CAN HEAT UP

Overcharging in the Dominican Republic
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26 JAN 2015: Seeing a doctor in the Dominican Republic could be hazardous to your pocketbook. There are good, private medical facilities in all tourist areas in the Caribbean country, Ottawa says. But here's the bad news: you might be overcharged for treatment, some of which you may not even need. MORE

UNION SUES AMERICAN AIRLINES

Claims mechanics pressured to send out unsafe planes
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26 JAN 2015: A union group is suing American Airlines, claiming supervisors are pressuring mechanics to release planes before they are safe to fly. Local 591 of the Transport Workers Union says that union officials who raised objections were threatened with termination or even arrest. MORE

RETIREMENT PARTY FOR ONTARIO REGISTRAR

Michael Pepper says goodbye
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26 JAN 2015: After 17 years as Travel Registrar, and president and CEO for the Travel Industry Council of Ontario, Michael Pepper is retiring. TICO and Ontario's travel industry are having a celebration to honour his years of service - and everyone is invited. MORE

DEATH BY CHAOS AND ERROR

Costa Concordia trial drawing to a close
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26 JAN 2015: The 32 victims of the Costa Concordia shipwreck didn't die because the luxury cruise liner crashed into a reef, but due to “chaos, delays, errors'' under the captain's watch, a prosecutor contended in final arguments Friday. MORE

HOW DO YOU SAY BOMB IN ARABIC

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26 JAN 2015: A college student detained at an airport for five hours in 2009 over Arabic language flashcards in his pocket that included the words “bomb'' and “to kill'' has won a $25,000 settlement from the Justice Department. MORE

SAY IT AINT SO

Quirky in flight catalogue files for bankruptcy
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26 JAN 2015: I’m devastated, and I know David Tait will be too – after all he’s written at least two columns about them. SkyMall has filed for bankruptcy. Apparently, airline passengers just aren't buying enough garden gnomes, light-in-the-dark toilet seats, sumo wrestler side-tables or hands-free wine glass holders. MORE
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