At least 57 dead as Bahrain boat sinks

by Jon Surmacz on March 31, 2006

At least 57 dead as Bahrain pleasure boat sinks — At least 57 people, mainly foreigners, drowned when their dinner cruise boat capsized off the coast of Bahrain, officials said on Friday. The boat’s owner said the vessel may have been overcrowded. (Reuters)

NTSB: Fire danger on popular regional jet needs urgent action — U.S. safety investigators issued urgent recommendations Thursday for correcting problems that have caused electrical fires aboard Bombardier CRJ-200s, one of the most widely used regional jets in the U.S. commercial fleet. (Reuters)

Hundreds of Delta pilots march through Atlanta airport — Almost 275 Delta Air Lines pilots marched through the world’s busiest airport Thursday to vent their anger over the company’s effort to throw out their contract so it can impose up to $325 million in long-term pay and benefit cuts. (AP)

Ships get tough on smoking after fire death — At least one line, Oceania Cruises, has implemented a “zero tolerance” policy for people caught smoking in non-smoking areas of its three ships, including in cabins and on balconies, and industry watchers expect others to follow. (USA Today)

Sewage spill threatens Hawaii’s famous beaches — Warning signs to keep out of the water were posted Wednesday along part of Waikiki’s world-famous beaches because of high bacteria levels from a massive sewage spill. (AP)

Caribbean coral suffers record bleaching, death
A one-two punch of bleaching from record hot water followed by disease has killed ancient and delicate coral in the biggest loss of reefs scientists have ever seen in Caribbean waters. (AP)

http://www.usatoday.com/travel/news/2006-03-30-caribbean-coral_x.htm

Texas tourism officials worried about drunkenness crackdown — A crackdown on public drunkenness in Texas bars has tourism officials worried and state officials taking another look at a program that sends undercover officers into drinking establishments. (AP)

Game shows to play casinos — Non-televised staged versions of two classic game shows debut in April in gaming casinos. The Price Is Right: Live Stage Show starts April 25 at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The Family Feud Live opens Sunday at The Showboat in Atlantic City. (USA Today)


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