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TURNAROUND TWO CHARGED

Mum shocked
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29 AUG 2014:  The two women who created enough of an on-board ruckus to cause a Cuba bound flight to turn around and head back to Toronto, have been identified as Lilia Ratmanski, 25, of Whitby and Milana Muzikante, 26, of Vaughan.  They appeared in a Brampton, Ontario, court Thursday and were each granted $2,500 bail. MORE

WEEKEND WEATHER

All clear after Labour Day
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29 AUG 2014: It’s been a wild week weather-wise as hurricanes lashed both North American coasts. In the east Cristobal headed northwards bringing dangerous rip currents and rough surf from Virginia to Nova Scotia and Newfoundand, and Hurricane Marie continues to move outward from its center toward the coasts of Mexico and California with waves as high as 20 feet crashing onto Southern California shores. MORE

THE KENYA BUCKET LIST

Why I love Kenya
By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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29 AUG 2014: Bucket lists, those once in a lifetime moments you always wanted to do in your life. The sad reality: hit the back of the line with everyone else. Others have similar bucket list ideas so chances are you only get a nanosecond to experience that dream - alone. Not so in Kenya. MORE

SHORT STRIKE

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29 AUG 2014: Germanwings pilots have ended their six-hour strike which grounded 116 flights and up to 15,000 passengers of the Lufthansa subsidiary early Friday. While the short strike ended on schedule, a spokesman for the pilots' union raised the possibility of the action continuing into the weekend. MORE

ROLLOVER

Bus crash in BC injures dozens
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29 AUG 2014: Dozens of tourists were injured, at least five of them critically, when a bus carrying them through a picturesque British Columbia mountain pass about a three-hour drive northeast of Vancouver, rolled over Thursday. MORE

BUSTED AT THE BOUNDARY

Keep your critters to yourselves
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29 AUG 2014: Boaters are being reminded to clean, drain and dry their boats to prevent possible contamination of Alberta's lakes with zebra mussels. The province says inspectors intercepted two contaminated boats this summer - one from Ontario and one from New York - that were carrying the invasive species. MORE

BEATING THE BOUNCE

Volatile airfares
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29 AUG 2014:  No sooner do you spot a good fare than the price changes. Airfares fares go up and down more frequently than a yoyo.  But the bounces can be beaten with fare-searching technology that hunts for lower fares and hotel room rates after trips are booked. MORE

SMALL ERUPTION

No ash
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29 AUG 2014:  Icelandic authorities raised the aviation warning code to red Friday after a small fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash has been detected by the radar system. MORE

THE SMELL TEST

Even Dior couldn't help
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29 AUG 2014:  A passenger claims he was kicked off an American Airlines flight because he smelled bad — and was admonished to 'take a shower' by the crew. However the man said he “covered” himself with Dior perfume at the Duty Free store before the flight. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

CHARMING

Unruly women passengers disrupt flight
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28 AUG 2014:  A Sunwing Airlines flight headed for Cuba was forced to turn around and return to Toronto's Pearson Airport Wednesday evening after two disruptive passengers caused a major disturbance. MORE

BEN SMITH NAMED PRESIDENT, PASSENGER AIRLINES AT AC

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28 AUG 2014:  Air Canada president and chief executive officer, Calin Rovinescu, has announced that effective September 01,  Benjamin Smith, previously executive vice-president and chief commercial officer, has been appointed to the new role of president, Passenger Airlines. MORE

GOOD FOR THE LOCAL ECONOMY

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28 AUG 2014: Hurricane Cristobal forced three cruise ships to call unexpectedly at Port Canaveral on Wednesday and the change of itineraries could benefit the local economy. MORE

BATS AND BUCKETS

Goway Travel vs Air New Zealand
By ILONA KAUREMSZKY
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28 AUG 2014: There’s something appealing about summer whites. And, when you throw in a cricket match between Goway Travel and Air New Zealand in what’s become their annual end of summer tradition you know there’s bound to be some surprises. MORE

LIGHT UP

US and Canadian landmarks support Stand Up To Cancer
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28 AUG 2014:  Our most iconic structures represent not only the heart of a city, but the soul of its people. More than a dozen buildings and landmarks across the US and Canada will be illuminated in a united show of support for the upcoming biennial Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) "roadblock" telecast airing in both countries. MORE

VANCOUVER AQUARIUM FIGHTS BACK

Caring for animals should be left to the experts
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28 AUG 2014:  The Vancouver Aquarium has launched a legal challenge over the city park board's attempt to prohibit the breeding of whales, dolphins and porpoises at the popular tourist attraction. MORE

TRAGIC CONSEQUENCES

Gun tourism grows in popularity
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28 AUG 2014:  The death of an Arizona firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the US - gun tourism. MORE

FLIGHTENED TO DEATH

No good deed goes unpunished
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There was a story recently about one Paul Trinder, a British Airways’ First Class passenger en route from New Delhi to Heathrow who woke up to find a newly-deceased elderly female (economy) passenger had been propped up in the seat opposite his. MORE
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