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ZIMBABWE SUSPENDS HUNTING

Investigates other lion killing in area where Cecil the lion killed
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04 AUG 2015:  Zimbabwe has suspended the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in an area where a lion popular with tourists was killed, and is investigating the killing of another lion in April that may have been illegal, the country's wildlife authority said over the weekend. MORE

JUST ANOTHER DELAY

And not such a friendly gesture
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04 AUG 2015: China's fast growing air travel market is the world's second biggest, but the heavy air traffic and tight control of airspace by the military have given it the world's worst record for flight delays. However, Chinese authorities have announced they will close Beijing's two airports during a military parade next month to mark the anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II. MORE

OUT OF CONTROL

On duty air traffic controller passed out and intoxicated
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04 AUG 2015: An on-duty air traffic controller was arrested after being found unconscious and intoxicated on the tower floor. A pilot on the tarmac preparing to take off couldn't get the tower to respond, said an airport official MORE

EPIC NEWS FOR PORT CANAVERAL

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04 AUG 2015:  Port Canaveral will homeport Norwegian Cruise Line’s largest ship and currently the third largest in the world—the Norwegian Epic—starting in November 2016, offering seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, as well as three- and four-day vacations to the Bahamas in 2017. MORE

ILLINOIS GETS THE BOOBY PRIZE

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04 AUG 2015: Breastfeeding at Chicago's two major airports and others in Illinois will soon be easier under a new law endorsed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.  The question however is, who foots the bill? MORE

CASHING OUT

Snoop Dogg stopped by Italian authorities
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04 AUG 2015: Snoop Dogg learned an expensive lesson after failing to declare a large amount of cash at an Italian airport.  The Rapper was on his way to the UK by private jet with  $422,000 in cash stuffed into two bags. MORE

HITCHHIKING ROBOT DESTROYED

Can robots trust humans
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04 AUG 2015: A hitchhiking robot that captured the hearts of fans worldwide met its demise in the US.  The Canadian researchers who created hitchBOT as a social experiment said someone in Philadelphia vandalized the robot beyond repair early Saturday, ending its first American tour after about two weeks. MORE

WINSTON SALEM FLAIR

From Llama treks to crispy cookies
By MARGARET SWAINE
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04 AUG 2015:  Winston-Salem, nicknamed the “City of Arts and Innovation” was formed in 1913 when the city of Salem, known for its fine craftsmen and artisans merged with Winston, a bustling industrial center home to tycoons such as R.J. Reynolds and the Hanes family. Piedmont Airlines (subsequently US Airways and now part of American Airlines) and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts had their start here. Still today, whether it’s crafting fine furniture, wine or crispy cookies, the city’s got flair. MORE

FOO FAN

Putting a town on the map
By PAM STELLINI
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04 AUG 2015: Cesena is a small town in northern Italy with population around 100,000; the home place of two popes and a few opera singers. They depend on agriculture and tourism.  Cesena may not have tourist office representation around the world and they may not have a big budget to attract visitors; but they are getting world attention. Millions of people are now familiar with Cesena thanks to some die hard Foo Fighter fans. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

WASTE AND WATER A BAD COMBINATION

Olympic athletes may have a sickening experience
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31 JUL 2015:  The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America's first games are rife with human sewage and present a serious health risk for athletes, as well as for visitors to the iconic beaches of Rio de Janeiro. MORE

STILL FREE

Southwest stays the course
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31 JUL 2015:  Three cheers for Southwest!  Although every other major carrier in the industry now charges bag fees, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly says it makes financial sense for his airline to retain its "bags fly free" policy.  Southwest is the only  US carrier left not to charge for bags. MORE

BOOK EARLY

Avoid disappointment and fuel surcharges
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31 JUL 2015:  Winter may seem a long way off, but Sunwing is encouraging Canadians to make their vacation plans early this year to avoid disappointment.  “Strong demand from the US market as well as emerging markets in Latin America are already affecting room availability over peak winter travel dates in many of the popular Canadian vacation destinations across Mexico and the Caribbean,” says Andrew Dawson, president of Tour Operations at Sunwing Vacations.   MORE

THE NAUGHTY BITS

Las Vegas attempts to tame rowdy Fremont Street experience
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31 JUL 2015:  A bawdy gauntlet of street performers and tip-seeking costumed characters crowding Las Vegas' Fremont Street have been driving tourists away, city leaders said this week as they moved toward imposing new rules to rein in the rowdy atmosphere. Vegas has already banned people from drinking alcohol out of glass bottles and aluminum cans on the downtown street. MORE

MAKING CHOICES

Boost trade. Create jobs. Screw the planet
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31 JUL 2015:  About 400 protesters blew conch shells on a Hawaii beach on Wednesday to demonstrate against a trade agreement being negotiated by ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations. The demonstrators blew into their shells in unison on the sand in front of the Westin Maui resort on Kaanapali Beach, where ministers were meeting this week to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. MORE

ALL ABOUT COMPETITION

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31 JUL 2015: A lack of competition in the airline industry, following a wave of mergers and acquisitions, is driving the current changes in distribution. A panel session at the GBTA Convention in Orlando heard that Lufthansa's decision to charge a 16 euro fee for GDS bookings from September 1, known as DCC (distribution cost charge), would not have been possible 20 years ago when buyers had more options over contracting and booking. MORE

LIVING THE LIFE

Who better to share European experiences than expat Canadians
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31 JUL 2015:  The latest addition to the Experience Transat blog introduces Transat Expat Experts to help Canadian travellers discover Europe from an insider’s perspective and help them explore destinations based on Canadian travellers’ personal experiences living abroad. MORE

A BIG PROBLEM

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31 JUL 2015:  A man is suing Etihad Airways to claim damages for personal injuries. James Bassos was flying from Sydney to Dubai in 2011, when he claims he got a back injury after being forced to sit next to an obese man.  A judge in Queensland refused to throw out the claim but  has ordered him to undergo a medical exam in December. MORE

EXCLUSIVE GENE SIMMONS INTERVIEW

Why KISS Has Its Own Navy
By WALLACE IMMEN
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31 JUL 2015:  It’s becoming an armada: the KISS Navy will be forming again for KISS Kruise V. This year, the Norwegian Pearl is set to host what’s becoming an annual Halloween celebration, this one nicknamed Five Alive, from Oct. 29 to Nov. 3. MORE
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