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US Airports Tighten Security After Istanbul Attack

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/01/2016, 12:15 PM

If you're passing through an airport this weekend, expect huge crowds and heightened security measures. The crowds are due to the July Fourth holiday, of course. The heightened security comes in response to suicide bombings by suspected Islamic State militants at Istanbul's main airport, where 41 people were killed and 239 injured. Airports have been reluctant to get specific about what th...

Obamas Pick Architects for Presidential Library

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/30/2016, 9:45 PM

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have selected the architects who will design the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago. Choosing from among 144 architects from across the globe (the list was narrowed to seven last fall), the Obamas picked husband-and-wife team Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, whose past works include the Barnes Foundation art museum in Philadelphia. No pr...

Busiest Airports During July 4th Weekend

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/30/2016, 9:15 PM

It's going to be crowded at the airports during July Fourth weekend. An estimated 11 million air travelers are expected to pass through the nation's various terminals on the way to wherever they're going to celebrate America's independence. The busiest airport will be Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; the terminals in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, and Dallas should be aw...

Phoenix Considers Hiking Ban During Extreme Heat

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/30/2016, 12:30 PM

The city of Phoenix is considering new rules that would close its vast network of hiking trails during periods of extreme heat. Under the policy being mulled over, the closures would kick in for hikers whenever temperatures reach 110 degrees (dogs would be banned from trails at 100 degrees). The proposal comes amid a wave of life-threatening heat in Arizona that has resulted in dozens of emerg...

Travelers to Dominican Republic Lead Positive Zika Tests in NYC

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/30/2016, 12:15 PM

According to data from New York City's health department, more than half of residents who have tested positive for the Zika virus had recently traveled to the Dominican Republic. Recent visitors to Puerto Rico were a distant second. The mosquito-borne illness results in mild symptoms or none at all for most who contract it, but Zika poses a special risk for pregnant women because it can result...

Elevated Park Opens at WTC Site

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/29/2016, 8:45 PM

An elevated park overlooking the World Trade Center memorial opened in New York City on Wednesday. Modeled after Manhattan's popular High Line, the 1-acre, $50 million Liberty Park helps cover up a security building used to screen vehicles entering the site of the September 11 attacks. The park's most striking feature is its "Living Wall," a vertical garden featuring more than 22,000 plants. Lo...

Discount Airline Coming to Newark

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/29/2016, 12:00 PM

Allegiant Air will soon begin offering flights to and from Newark Liberty International Airport. That makes it the airport's first discount carrier since a government lawsuit charged United Airlines with monopolizing takeoff and landing slots there. Starting in November, you'll be able to fly on Allegiant between Newark and Cincinnati, Ohio; Savannah, Georgia; Asheville, North Carolina; and Kn...

Deadly Suicide Bombings at Istanbul Airport

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/29/2016, 11:45 AM

Three suicide bombers attacked Istanbul Ataturk Airport last night, killing at least 41 people and injuring more than 230. According to Turkish officials, police shot at the attackers near the entrance to the international terminal, where they detonated their explosives. They did not make it through security. All flights were temporarity suspended at the airport—Istanbul's largest and busi...

Cuban Hotel Becomes First Operated by US Company

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/28/2016, 8:30 PM

Sometimes slapping a Four Points by Sheraton sign on the side of a building can be a historic event. That's what happened in Havana this week, as the Gaviota 5th Avenue Hotel began undergoing a Sheraton rebranding, making it the first hotel in Cuba to operate under a US company since Fidel Castro siezed control of the island nation in 1959. Owned by the military, the hotel is one of two that w...

Spirit Airlines Seeks to Improve Operations, Reputation

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/28/2016, 3:00 AM

If ever there were a company dedicated to proving you get what you pay for, it's Spirit Airlines—the budget carrier often named #1 when it comes to customer complaints and not arriving on time. Those who've never flown with Spirit might know the company best for its borderline-raunchy ad campaigns. Those who have flown on the airline probably know it best for nickel-and-diming them with a plet...

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