37 million expected to travel this weekend — As millions of Americans prepare for the first big holiday of the summer season, the price of gasoline is the talk of the town. Despite prices hovering above $2.85 a gallon, AAA says it expects a slight increase in the number of travelers this year. (AP)

Oil prices rise ahead of long weekend — Oil prices gained Friday as market participants worried by the approach of the summer driving and Atlantic hurricane seasons purchased oil contracts ahead of a long weekend in the United States. (AP)

Hotel amenities reflect cutting-edge technology — From television embedded in bathroom mirrors to fingerprint touchpads for doors, hotels are bringing cutting edge technology to a room near you. (USA Today)


Las Vegas Sands to build Singapore casino
— Singapore on Friday awarded a hotly-contested license to build the city-state’s first casino to the U.S. casino operator Las Vegas Sands Corp., owner of The Venetian in Nevada. The Singapore casino project could be the world’s costliest by the time it opens in 2009. (AP)

Heading south for the summer — For some people, the start of summer means getting on the ferry for Fire Island or opening up the cottage on Cape Cod. But for others — particularly those looking for a good deal on a weekend getaway — it means hopping on the plane and heading down to the Caribbean. (The New York Times)

Vacation packing list: sunscreen and briefcase — Memorial Day, the unofficial kickoff of summer holidays in the United States, may be near, but that doesn’t mean Americans will be kicking back and relaxing. Instead, U.S. workers keep working while they are on vacation, experts and studies say. (AP)


Huge outage strands thousands on Amtrak
— A massive power outage on Amtrak’s busiest corridor yesterday stranded tens of thousands of passengers for hours in hot, smelly cars — some in tunnels under the Hudson River — in the latest of several recent embarrassments for the perpetually money-losing railroad. (AP)

Maui beach named America’s best — Fleming Beach Park, a mile-long crescent white sand beach on Maui’s western shore featuring spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the rugged shores of Molokai Island, was named America’s best beach in an annual list that also included two Florida beaches. (AP)

Traffic reports are a phone call away — If you’re hitting the highway Memorial Day weekend, here’s another reason to pack a cellphone: Traffic.com now lets you call a toll-free number, 866-698-7232, for updates on traffic conditions in 40 metropolitan areas. (USA Today)

Theme parks try new pricing at gates — The most talked-about addition at Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio isn’t the supersized swing that catapults thrill seekers 125 feet into the air. It’s the drop in prices. (AP)

JetBlue requests to fly to Aruba — New York’s low-fare hometown airline has requested authority from the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide international nonstop service to Aruba. (Breakingtravelnews.com)

Fire hits US Airways plane in Philly — Hours after an electrical failure interrupted rail service for tens of thousands of passengers in the Northeast, a small generator fire erupted on a US Airways Express plane at Philadelphia International Airport last night, backing up runway traffic and causing extensive delays. No one was injured. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

More than $1 million in cash found linked to MIA heist — FBI agents have dug up $1.1 million in vacuum-packed cash stashed at two southwest Miami-Dade houses, recovering some of the loot stolen in a Goodfellas-style heist at Miami International Airport. (Miami Herald)

How to keep your bags from bagging you this summer — With record numbers of vacationers planning to take to the skies this summer, travel experts are warning airline passengers to start thinking hard about what they haul. (Newhouse News Service and Seattle Times)


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