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30-Person Gaming Theater Opens in NJ Mall

By Shakeema Edwards

Posted on 12/08/2016, 11:00 PM

ESC Games has developed a new avenue of group entertainment.   The New York City-based company has opened a multiplayer video game theater in New Jersey's largest shopping mall, the Westfield Garden State Plaza. The ESC Game Theater allows up to 30 people to compete against each other—individually or in teams—using handheld touchscreen controllers and a movie theater-size screen. A liv...

Britain's 'Ghost Stations' Offer Quiet Alternatives to Bustling London Stops

By Shakeema Edwards

Posted on 12/08/2016, 10:45 PM

If you go sightseeing in Central London, at some point you'll almost certainly pass through the Waterloo or Victoria rail station—those are the closest stops to attractions like Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and the London Eye. It's no surprise, then, that Waterloo and Victoria are the busiest stations in Britain's complex rail network, with a combined 180 million passenger exits and e...

Harper Lee's Alabama Hometown Wants to Be a Tourist Attraction Now

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/07/2016, 10:00 PM

To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee lived a quiet life in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, eschewing the limelight and resisting efforts to turn her into a tourist attraction.  But Lee died last February at the age of 89, and so local officials and chamber-of-commerce types have launched a big plan to make Monroeville—inspiration for the fictional Macomb in Lee's Pulitzer Prize-wi...

Harper Lee's Alabama Hometown Wants to Be a Tourist Attraction Now

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/07/2016, 10:00 PM

To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee lived a quiet life in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, eschewing the limelight and resisting efforts to turn her into a tourist attraction.  But Lee died last February at the age of 89, and so local officials and chamber-of-commerce types have launched a big plan to make Monroeville—inspiration for the fictional Macomb in Lee's Pulitzer Prize-wi...

TSA Fighting Holiday Airport Lines with More Officers, Social Media

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/07/2016, 5:00 AM

We're about a week into December, which means the holiday travel season is underway. That can mean long lines at the airport, but Transportation Security Administration officials say they're ready for the challenge. Thousands of new officers have been hired, many part-time screeners have been upgraded to full-time, and a bunch of new K9 teams will be sniffing around airports—all in an atte...

Following Wildfires, Eastern Tennessee Officials Urge Tourists to Return

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/06/2016, 5:00 AM

Following the devastating wildfires in eastern Tennessee that started last week in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, local officials in the nearby resort towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are urging visitors to return to the region, where tourism is a major industry.    While the fires raged last week, thousands had to flee the area, hundreds of buildings were damaged, and 13 people ...

In a Dramatic and Somewhat Unexpected Change, Lines at Airport Security Gates Have Greatly Shortened, Easing the Process of Checking in for a Flight

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/06/2016, 12:00 AM

After doomsday headlines about endless security lines last summer, airport screenings have gotten downright speedy. Do we owe the TSA an apology?...

Maker of the Liberty Bell to Call it Quits

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/05/2016, 6:15 PM

2016, you terrible year, now you have claimed the sound of liberty itself. London's Whitechapel Bell Foundry, which has been casting bells for the world since 1570, announced this weekend that it can no longer keep its doors open. The oldest manufacturing company in Britain has said its own bell will toll in May. Its current home, in which it has been operating since 1738, was est...

In the Most Recent of Nominations, a Distinguished Magazine Has Named Its Choices of "Best Cruise Line" for Various Needs

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/05/2016, 12:00 AM

U.S. News & World Report releases its annual list of the best cruises for value, families, luxury, and more...

Princess Cruise Lines Slapped with Record Fine for Deliberate Pollution

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/02/2016, 9:15 PM

The Department of Justice has fined Princess Cruise Lines a whopping $40 million for deliberately polluting oceans and then trying to cover it up. The fine is the largest criminal penalty ever given for such actions.  In a statement, the Justice Department says that Princess—a subsidiary of Carnival Corp.—illegally dumped contaminated waste and oil from its Caribbean Princess ship for a pe...

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