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Hugely Popular European Destination Bans Apartment Rentals

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/27/2018, 8:00 PM

Between 2015 and 2017, illegal vacation rentals, fueled by services such as Airbnb, shot up 50%. As a consequence, rent for locals skyrocketed 40%. For a small Mediterranean island without suburbs to expand to, what is there to do? If you're governing Majorca, an internationally beloved getaway in the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain, you impose a life-ruining fine of €400,000 (US $485,000...

Using a Mobile Phone in Flight? That'll Be $7,500

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/15/2016, 8:00 AM

China's not putting up with any more monkey business, do you hear?   A draft amendment to the country's Civil Aviation Law calls for fines of up to 50,000 yuan (USD $7,535) for passengers who turn on their mobile phones or other electronic devices.   The rules may have softened in the United States, where aircraft tends to be equipped with anti-interference systems, but in Chin...

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