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PEDESTRIANS MOWED DOWN IN LAS RAMBLAS

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18 AUG 2017: Two people are under arrest after a rented white Fiat van ploughed into a crowd of people in Las Ramblas in central Barcelona yesterday.  A hundred people were injured and Spanish authorities have confirmed that 13 died. The Catalan police activated terrorist protocol. Two other incidents took place in other regions of Spain, which police report are related, one of which resulted in a third suspect being charged. MORE

TWO TOO MANY

Investigation underway at YYZ
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18 AUG 2017: Two close calls on the runways of Toronto Pearson International Airport have taken place this month, triggering an investigation. Ewan Tasker, Ontario's regional manager of air investigations with the Transportation Safety Board said that this type of incident has happened “a whole bunch of times recently." MORE

MAKING IT EASY

Pilot programme for US border crossings at northernmost point
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18 AUG 2017: Federal authorities are rolling out a pilot programme to make border crossing easier for travellers to the northernmost point of the lower 48 states, Minnesota's Northwest Angle. Reaching the far northern tip of Minnesota by land requires a trip through Canada, with a stop at an unstaffed US Customs and Border Protection reporting station that's little more than a phone booth. MORE

LOBBYISTS WIN

Plastic is acceptable again in US National Parks
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18 AUG 2017: The US federal government announced Wednesday it will eliminate a policy that allowed national parks like the Grand Canyon to ban the sale of bottled water in an effort to curb litter and protect birds and wildlife. The National Parks Service said in a statement it made the decision to ‘expand hydration options for recreationalists, hikers, and other visitors to national parks.’ MORE

JETBLUE CREW SICKENED BY FUMES ON FLIGHT

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18 AUG 2017: Two crew members from JetBlue Airways became ill on a flight from Boston to Charleston, South Carolina. The airline said fumes from nail polish remover caused the illness. MORE

MAKING VACATIONS HAPPEN IN ASIA

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18 AUG 2017: Many Canadians consider a holiday in Asia on their bucket list, and the Globus family of brands have rolled out an array of vacation experiences, both escorted and independent, cruise and land options, throughout the continent, with more to be added in 2018. MORE

CRAWFISH

Too much of a good thing
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18 AUG 2017: News that Louisiana's favourite crustacean has turned up in Michigan prompted a local tourism agency to create a pop-up crawfish festival in Michigan. A crew including a chef who farms crawfish, left Lafayette, Louisiana, on Thursday morning for a 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometre) drive north to Vicksburg, a village of about 3,000 - the first spot in Michigan where red swamp crawfish were found. MORE

EARLY ARRIVAL

Climate brings walruses ashore earlier than usual
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18 AUG 2017: Hundreds of Pacific walruses came ashore to a barrier island on Alaska's northwest coast, the earliest appearance of the animals in a phenomenon tied to climate warming and diminished Arctic Ocean sea ice. MORE

SILVER MUSE HEADS SOUTH

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18 AUG 2017: Silversea's new ultra luxury Silver Muse sails  from Fort Lauderdale on January 3, on an immersive  69-day Grand Voyage to some of South America's most remarkable and culturally enriching places.  MORE

FIVE UPGRADES TO SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER

Make a grand luxury ship grander
By WALLACE IMMEN
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18 AUG 2017: The crystal and silver is polished, the elegant Versace plates are set in the dining room, the suites are immaculate. Now it’s time to greet the guests. Lined up on either side of a red carpet along the pier, the smiling and applauding crew of Regent’s Seven Seas Voyager greeted our return from our first shore excursion with a hearty “Welcome Home.” MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

ALL DONE

YYZ bags back on track
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17 AUG 2017: A baggage problem which has plagued Toronto's Pearson International Airport since Tuesday is finally over. Around 5 am this morning the airport tweeted, “Good morning. Operations are running well and the baggage contingency experienced yesterday in Terminal 3 has returned to normal operation.”   MORE

2016 EMIRATES CRASH PASSENGERS SUE BOEING

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17 AUG 2017: Passengers who were aboard an Emirates plane that crash-landed in August 2016 are suing Chicago-based Boeing for an alleged malfunction of the aircraft's electronics. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court alleges the aircraft's electronics system prevented the operation of a switch at a critical moment. More than a dozen passengers involved in the lawsuit claim the system didn't provide any warning to the crew that the switch wasn't working.   MORE

DEPUTY CHARGED WITH LEAKING FLL SHOOTING VIDEO

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17 AUG 2017: A Florida sheriff's deputy has been charged with copying a videotape of a mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale's airport and leaking it to the website TMZ. The site posted the video two days after the shooting. Investigators say Deputy Michael Dingman used his cellphone to record the video from a sergeant's computer and then sent it to TMZ. They say he later destroyed the phone.   MORE

SORRY ABOUT THAT

Southwest apologizes to top tier customers for boarding fail
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17 AUG 2017: Southwest Airlines continues to have computer problems that are causing its best customers to lose a major perk - early boarding. The airline said Wednesday that it partially fixed the problem but was still working to make things right and find the cause of the glitch.   MORE

NOT HERE

White Nationalists not welcome at University of Toronto
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17 AUG 2017: The University of Toronto has told a white nationalist group that was planning to hold a rally on the school's campus that they're not welcome. The group called the Canadian Nationalist Party has set up a Facebook page promoting a gathering in September to discuss the nationalist movement in Canada and the future of the country.   MORE

FLORIDA VISITATION SETS RECORD

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17 AUG 2017: Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida has set another record by welcoming the highest number of visitors of any six months in the state’s history with 60.7 million visitors, according to Visit Florida. This represents a 4.1 percent increase over the same period in 2016, and includes 53.2 million domestic visitors, 5.3 million overseas visitors and 2.2 million Canadian visitors.   MORE

LACK OF LOYALTY

Airlines make it harder to earn free flights
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17 AUG 2017: Airline loyalty programmes are losing much of their allure even for frequent flyers, and the rules for navigating the system have changed. Flying is no longer the best way to earn miles or points. The biggest bang for your buck comes from signing up for the right credit card.   MORE

LONELY PLANET APP TRIPS

Be inspired or tell your own story
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17 AUG 2017: Lonely Planet has a new free app called Trips that offers inspiration for travel, along with an easy way for users to create visually driven stories about their own trips. MORE

NOT OZ OR DISNEYLAND

Public will be allowed a glimpse at Washington temple
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17 AUG 2017: For anyone who drives around the Capital Beltway, the soaring white spires are a familiar sight - and yet a complete mystery to most. Maryland children have grown up believing that the fairytale building was Disneyland, or heaven itself. Drivers sitting in maddening Interstate 495 traffic have likened the building to the Emerald City so often that pranksters started writing “Surrender Dorothy” on the nearby bridge.   MORE

THE CURIOUS TALE OF THE FLYING TOMATO

By DAVID TAIT
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Do you ever find yourself almost compulsively ordering a tomato juice in flight when you seldom if ever drink it on the ground? If you do, rest assured you are not alone.   MORE
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