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DO SOMETHING

Thoughts and prayers are not it
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16 FEB 2018: Victims' relatives and student survivors called for action while the president and congressional leaders offered condolences and condemnation of the crime. Americans with close ties to past school shootings expressed distress at how little has changed. And world leaders, Olympic athletes and TV talk show hosts reacted with horror to the slaying of 17 by a lone gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida.   MORE

TOO GOOD TO MISS

A record 30 million people visited Caribbean despite storms
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16 FEB 2018: A record 30 million people visited the Caribbean last year despite two devastating hurricanes that hit the region. The Caribbean Tourism Organization said Thursday that visitors spent a record total of US $37 billion, up nearly three percent from the previous year, though hotel occupancy fell by one percent. MORE

TAKE OFF AND TOUCH DOWN

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16 FEB 2018: Tens of thousands of spectators made the pilgrimage from across the country and 15 million people around the world on Youtube witnessed the roar of the SpaceX's new 23-story-tall jumbo rocket as it has blasted off on its first test flight, carrying Elon Musk's red Tesla sports car aiming for an endless trip past Mars. None appeared more thrilled watching the lift off than the man behind it all - Elon Musk.   MORE

EIGHT LONG LOUD HOURS

Tot throws titanic tantrum
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16 FEB 2018: The only good part of the story is that you were not trapped on this unfortunate flight. Passengers were forced to endure the 'demonic' screams of a child throwing a mega tantrum for eight hours on flight. The child reportedly ran around screaming almost the entire flight from Germany to Newark, New Jersey. MORE

THE MAGIC TOUCH

Loving your job
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16 FEB 2018: When it comes to entertaining the young and the young at heart, VIA onboard service attendant Zachary Wells has the magic touch. Literally.   MORE

LONDON TO PARIS ON EUROSTAR

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16 FEB 2018: Ever wonder what it would be like to travel from London to Paris, on Eurostar's new e320 train. Well, here's an opportunity to get a close up look at the train, the process and the journey. MORE

CRAZY RIDES

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16 FEB 2018: On the subject of trains, here are some glimpses of the World's 12 Craziest Railways. From a train that travels around Mount Everest, to the long Trans-Siberian Railway.       MORE

LISTEN UP

The sounds of skating on thin ice
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16 FEB 2018: This small lake outside Stockholm, Sweden, emits otherworldly sounds as Marten Ajne skates over its precariously thin, black ice. "Wild ice skating," or "Nordic skating," is both an art and a science. A skater seeks out the thinnest, most pristine black ice possible-both for its smoothness, and for its high-pitched, laser-like sounds.   MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

CRASH OF AIRFIELD VEHICLES AT HEATHROW

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15 FEB 2018:  Two airport vehicles collided on the airfield at London's Heathrow Airport on Wednesday, killing a British Airways engineer and injuring another man. The airport said it was working with police to investigate the accident, which did not involve any passengers. MORE

THE ALLURE AND PERILS OF MOUNT HOOD

Climber falls to his death
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15 FEB 2018: Oregon's tallest peak rises above the streets of downtown Portland, its gorgeous snow-capped slopes luring 10,000 climbers a year. But Mount Hood's accessibility and beauty also obscures a treacherous history that once again came into focus Tuesday, when a man plummeted 305 metres (1,000 feet) to his death. MORE

SOUTHWEST PLANE EVACUATION

Fire in jet engine
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15 FEB 2018: A small fire that broke out on a Southwest Airlines plane on Monday at a Southern California airport leading to a confusing and sometimes chaotic evacuation, with some fearful travellers pushing each other to reach the exit, passengers said.  MORE

FIRE WARNING LIGHT

WestJet Encore flight diverted
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15 FEB 2018: Passengers aboard a scheduled WestJet Encore flight from Fort St. John, BC, to Vancouver had an unexpected stopover when their plane was diverted to Prince George. WestJet said in a statement that the reason was that a fire detection warning light had been activated MORE

AS CLIMATE CHANGES

So do ski vacation plans
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15 FEB 2018: One well-known Quebec ski journalist believes that changing weather conditions mean skiers in the province will enjoy a later season on the slopes. Guy Thibaudeau shared his thoughts, as he enters his 50th year reporting about winter sports in Quebec. MORE

HOLIDAY TRAVEL

China rings in the Lunar New Year
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15 FEB 2018: Millions in China were boarding trains, planes and automobiles Wednesday as the Lunar New Year travel rush, the world's largest seasonal human migration, reached its climax. China's most important festival falls on Friday and people were travelling to either return to their hometowns or flock to vacation destinations. MORE

RICK STEVES TRAVELS TO NJ

To support marijuana legalization
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15 FEB 2018: Travel writer Rick Steves' next trip is happening far from Europe and is focused on helping people in New Jersey get high. The public TV host is going to Princeton Wednesday as part of a regional tour to advocate for legalizing and regulating marijuana. MORE

DESTINATION FLEECE

Resort fees go urban
By DAVID TAIT
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15 FEB 2018: The late George Carlin once asked, “How can you possibly talk about a ‘free gift?’ – if it’s not free, it’s not a gift.” Such a notion had clearly never occurred to Hilton Hotels or their res agent with whom I spoke this week. It started with a simple question: “I see on your website that you have a double room available tomorrow night for $164 at the Hilton Midtown, Manhattan. Can you please tell me what the total will be after taxes, fees etc. as none of these show up online?”  MORE
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