January 2008

Entrepreneur Richard Branson Wednesday unveiled a model of the spaceship he hopes will be the first to take paying passengers into space on a regular basis next year.

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A Days Inn property offers a Roman Catholic priest a tax refund. No, that’s not the opening line of a joke — unless playing phone tag and hearing excuses is funny to you. It isn’t funny to Father William Mary Morgenstern, who is just trying to get his $42 back from the hotel. But is anyone listening to him?

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British investigators are sifting through mounds of flight data to find out why a jet’s engines suddenly refused to increase power, causing a Boeing 777 to crash just short of a runway at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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Visit a tourism bureau Web site for a popular city, and you’ll probably see a prominent offer for a discounted museum pass or other attractions card. Is it a deal? Not necessarily. Tim Leffel runs the numbers.

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Americans are finding it increasingly difficult to get into Canada, as border agents with better access to American criminal databases are turning people back for offenses ranging from assault to drunken driving to shoplifting.

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If you want advice on your pipes, you go to a plumber. Trouble with your wiring? Talk to an electrician. So when it comes to tips on air travel, who better to ask than the flight crew? James Wysong rounds up 10 flight attendants and comes back with 12 tips for travel.

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Tripso Weekend/Jan. 21, 2008

by Jon Surmacz on January 21, 2008

The newest tool at airport security checkpoints is 3 inches long and costs only a few dollars: a handheld black light.

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Up up and away

by Charlie Leocha on January 21, 2008

luggagePeggy.jpgI hate to fly. Which is a problem given that part of my income comes from travel writing. It’s not a fear of flying. I actually do love to fly. It’s the way that traveling via commercial airline has become torture.

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Last April, Anita Dunham-Potter told the story of an American tourist who spent $24,000 on jewelry for his wife while on a cruise stop in Santorini, Greece. When the couple returned home to Florida, two appraisers valued the jewelry at less than $9,000. Accusations flew, and after Anita’s story was picked up by MSNBC, the case assumed the proportions of an international incident. Find out how it turned out.

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