Deadly storm brings snow, tornadoes — Residents of the Plains states huddled for cover early Thursday as a major storm system that has killed at least two people moved through the region, bringing heavy snow and tornadoes to some areas. (AP)

Delta to battle JetBlue on NY-Nantucket route — A month after JetBlue said it would begin seasonal summer service from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Nantucket, Delta said yesterday that it will offer its own JFK-Nantucket flights from June 14 through Sept. 8. (The Boston Globe) (Registration required.)

Man overboard: It’s not an easy thing to do — How hard is it to fall off a cruise ship? Experts say it’s pretty difficult, unless you’re intoxicated or being foolish. (AP)

United Airlines launches first D.C. to Beijing route — One month after winning federal approval for a coveted non-stop route to China, United Airlines launched its inaugural flight Wednesday from Washington’s Dulles International Airport to Beijing to the applause of passengers. (AP)

Inaugural flights draw airline ‘geeks’ — Andrew Gibbons will spend the next 38 of 48 hours on airliners — for fun. The 29-year-old Northern Californian, who admits to being an airline geek, simply couldn’t pass up the chance to fly on United Airlines’ inaugural flight from Washington’s Dulles International Airport to Beijing yesterday. (The Washington Post)

Want to help? Go on a trip — More Americans are starting to feel the same way about vacations with a charitable or humanitarian purpose, where they can build housing or schools, collect field data or work at a refugee camp, orphanage or archaeological dig. (AP)

Yellowstone: 720 snowmobiles a day OK? — Snowmobiles would become a permanent winter fixture in Yellowstone National Park under a proposal, drafted by park administrators and released Tuesday, that would allow 720 lower-polluting machines daily. (AP)

LAX adds Wi-Fi service — Los Angeles International Airport officials and T-Mobile will announce today the debut of wireless Internet access service throughout nine terminals at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). (The Los Angeles Times) (Registration required.)


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