Amtrak train derails south of St Louis, 11 hurt


Amtrak train derails south of St Louis, 11 hurt — An Amtrak train derailed in eastern Missouri after apparently striking boulders on the tracks from a rockslide, officials said. Eleven people suffered minor injuries. (AP)

Pump price to rise as refineries to shut — U.S. gasoline prices will rise in the near term because as much as 15 percent of U.S. oil refining capacity “could be out for at least another couple of weeks” due to Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, the said on Wednesday. (Reuters)

Gate Gourmet approves labor peace deal — Hundreds of workers at in-flight caterer Gate Gourmet have voted to accept a deal to end the long-running industrial dispute at Heathrow Airport. (BBC News)

Striking Boeing workers prepare to vote on revised contract — About 18,400 members of the Machinists union in the Puget Sound area, Gresham, Ore. and Wichita, Kan. will vote Thursday on the revised contract. The union’s leaders, who reached agreement with Boeing late last week, recommend that workers accept it. (AP)

Why buying tickets on a bankrupt airline is a no-risk purchase — Airline corporate leaders and the financial community in general have finally come to the common understanding that an operating airline has vastly more worth than a non-flying one, which means that creditors have a far lesser chance of recovering their money if they ground the golden goose — and that means the chances that your ticket will end up worthless are very remote.. (

Ex-worker tied to slaying of hotel clerk — A one-month search for a murder suspect concluded Tuesday as investigators arrested a hotel employee on suspicion of slaying a colleague at a Fairfield Inn. (The Arizona Republic)

Sheraton claims Myrtle Beach hotel — The city-financed hotel at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center once again has an identity with the arrival of Interstate Hotels & Resorts on Wednesday, which will operate the hotel as a Sheraton. (Myrtle Beach Sun News)

Land-based casinos might be answer in Gulf region — The back-to-back hurricanes that shut down Louisiana’s riverboat casinos, eliminating millions of dollars in gambling revenue, have prompted at least one state official to suggest letting casinos operate on land. (The Shreveport Times)

A crack in the N. Korean doorway for U.S. tourists — Reclusive North Korea will allow American tourists across its border next month for the first time in three years, in time to take in the spectacle of the country’s biggest-ever mass games, involving some 100,000 people. (CNN)

Flying in ‘senior’ class–
Boeing goes an extra step to design planes for the aging
— A group of young Boeing engineers aged four or five decades on a short roundtrip flight this week between Seattle and Spokane. No, they didn’t journey into the Twilight Zone, though it may have appeared that’s where they were headed given the odd-looking suits and yellow glasses these time travelers wore. But they were on regularly scheduled Horizon and Alaska Airlines passenger flights as part of a project by The Boeing Co. to teach them firsthand the problems older people may experience when they fly. (Seattle Post Intelligencer)

Independence Air to lay off 18 percent of its workers — Struggling low-fare carrier Flyi Incorporated plans to lay off 600 of its 3400 workers by the end of October as it cuts back its schedule in an effort to reduce costs and avoid bankruptcy. A company spokesman says the layoffs will occur as the Dulles-based airline reduces its 350 daily departures to 230 by October 31st. The carrier flies under the Independence Air brand. (WJLA)

Hawaii hotel rates hit record — Hawaii hotel room rates hit record levels last month, according to Hospitality Advisors, which says the higher rates are expected to generate record-level revenues this year. Statewide the average daily room rate reached $179.80 in August. Hospitality Advisors president Joseph Toy said that is the highest average room rate his organization has recorded since it began its surveys in 1987. Only New York City has more expensive average room rates. But Hawaii’s more than $154 of revenue per room leads the country. (The Hawaii Channel)

Baby Boomers booking group tours for vacation — When retirees Mary and Elvin Gilmore decided they wanted to see as much of Europe as possible in one trip, they knew their best bet was a fully escorted group tour — even though they’d previously traveled abroad on their own. Working with travel agent Linda Shook, they booked Image Tours’ 22-day Heart of Europe Grand Tour, which took them via motorcoach to the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France and England. (Palm Beach Post)

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