Colorado braces for more snow — Still recovering from last week’s blizzard, Colorado cities braced Wednesday for another storm that could bring more than a foot of snow and high winds to the state and cause planes to be grounded at Denver International Airport again. (AP)

U.S. carriers wave change fees ahead of storm — With the second holiday storm in two weeks threatening Denver air travelers, many airlines have issued winter-weather waivers that allow customers to make changes with out change fees or fare penalties. (USA Today)

Russian jet forced to land after threat — A Russian Aeroflot airliner made an unscheduled landing at Prague’s international airport on Thursday after an apparent hijacking attempt, and a passenger was detained, police said. (AP)

White House says no terror threat for New Year’s — Americans should ring in the new year without undue worry about a terrorist attack, the White House homeland security adviser said Thursday. (AP)

Total price? Not even close — George Letts is quoted a price of 242 pounds for a rental car in London, but when he arrives at the car rental counter, the rate is suddenly 152 pounds higher. What’s with the funny math? And who is responsible, his travel agent or the car rental company? (Christopher Elliott on Tripso)

44 million: NYC sees record tourism — Officials predicted Wednesday that 44 million people will have visited the city by the end of 2006, including some 1.25 million people this week alone. (AP)

Brazilians storm runway in delay protest — Brazilian travelers incensed about an overbooked flight stormed a runway Wednesday to prevent a commercial jet from taking off, and a tourism industry leader said two months of chronic flight delays have been a “disaster” for tourism. (AP)

Universal Studios parks ban trans fats — The early reviews are mostly positive at the Universal Studios theme park in Hollywood where the menu changed on Christmas Eve to cut unhealthy trans fats from many junk food favorites. (AP)

North Carolina ski resorts welcome snow — After unseasonably warm temperatures led to a slow start to the state’s ski season, ski resorts and winter sport enthusiasts in North Carolina are excited about this week’s snowfall. (AP)


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