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Parents Not Suing Disney World Over Toddler Killed by Gator

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/21/2016, 8:00 AM

The parents of a toddler killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World in Orlando say they have no plans to sue the theme park over the incident. Two-year-old Lane Graves of Omaha, Nebraska, was dragged into the water by an alligator on June 14. His body was recovered the next day. In a statement, the boy's parents, Matt and Melissa Graves, describe themselves as "broken" by the death, but t...

New App Lets You Switch Rental Cars on the Spot

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/20/2016, 8:15 AM

Rental car company Avis introduced a new mobile app last week designed to give customers more control over the car-choosing process. If you're unhappy with the car assigned to you, you can pick another on the spot by swiping through images of the available inventory until you find a make and model more to your liking. You can also use the app to extend or shorten your rental agreement or summon ...

Interest in Travel Insurance Surges Following Terror Attacks

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/20/2016, 8:00 AM

Experts in the travel insurance industry say that consumer interest in terrorism coverage and trip cancelation policies has surged following recent attacks in Brussels, Paris, Nice, and elsewhere. Despite the increased interest, however, you shouldn't be seeing rate hikes or policy changes; those things are heavily regulated. But although terrorism coverage has become standard since 9/11, make s...

Cruise Lines Continue to Cancel Stops in Turkey

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/20/2016, 8:00 AM

Cruise lines—including Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line, and Celebrity Cruises—continue to cancel stops in Istanbul and other Turkish cities, substituting days at sea or calls at Mediterranean spots in Greece and Italy. The latest moves come in response to a failed military coup intended to overthrow Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Previous cancelations have been prompted by terrori...

Singapore Getting a Michelin Guide

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/19/2016, 8:30 AM

Singapore—undoubtedly one of the world's great food capitals—is getting its own Michelin Guide, making it the first Southeast Asian country to be singled out by the gold-standard dining directory. Something else that makes Michelin's list for Singapore unique: it will include 17 hawker stalls, the small businesses specializing in a single dish apiece and grouped together in hawker centers across...

Marriott Brings Hotel Brand Aimed at Millennials to USA

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/19/2016, 8:15 AM

Hotel chains have begun courting Millennials—travelers in their 20s and 30s who have been spending more and more money on trips. Two of the generation's defining characteristics are said to be a fixation on technology and a fondness for laid-back communal spaces, so in the future you can expect a lot more hotels with internet TV and ping-pong tables in the lobby. To wit: Marriott Internationa...

21 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites Announced

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/19/2016, 7:45 AM

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee added 21 sites to its World Heritage List during the group's annual meeting in Istanbul last week (a meeting that had to be cut short because of the failed coup attempt in Turkey). Among the new natural and cultural spots deemed worth preserving: 17 buildings across seven countries designed by 20th-century Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, the fossil-rich ...

Lawsuit Filed Against LA's Skyslide

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/18/2016, 8:00 AM

A lawsuit has been filed claiming that a woman broke her ankle on the recently opened Skyslide at the top of U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles. A feature of the skyscraper's new observation lounge, the glass-enclosed slide stretches 45 feet from the 70th to the 69th floors, letting riders zoom above downtown LA at a height of 1,000 feet for a hot second (we tried the attraction out when it opened ...

Zipline Debuts at Niagara Falls

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/18/2016, 7:45 AM

The classic way for a daredevil to go down Niagara Falls is in a barrel, but how are you supposed to enjoy the views in there? An attraction that made its debut on Friday offers a solution—and it's safer (though still spine-tingling), too. The 2,200-foot MistRider zipline stretches from the top to nearly the bottom of the Niagara Gorge on the Canadian side, offering intrepid visitors the chance ...

Study: Zika Outbreak Will Be Over in Three Years

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/18/2016, 7:30 AM

The Zika outbreak currently taking place in Central and South America has probably peaked and will be more or less over in about three years, says a new study published in the journal Science. People who are infected with the mosquito-borne virus appear to become immune to getting it a second time, leaving fewer and fewer at risk for infection. Eventually this "herd immunity" makes outbreaks in...

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