Ernesto hits U.S. without big punch


Ernesto, hits U.S. without big punch — South Florida residents breathed a sigh of relief early Wednesday after Tropical Storm Ernesto confounded forecasters by lumbering ashore without the hurricane-strength winds once feared. (AP)

NTSB: Tower didn’t notice deadly mistake — Investigators say it only took a moment: The lone traffic controller at Blue Grass Airport cleared a flight for takeoff, then turned his back to handle administrative work. What the controller didn’t see, a federal investigator said, was the Atlanta-bound jet heading down the wrong runway. (AP)

Americans back anti-terrorism racial profiling — Most Americans expect a terrorist attack on the United States in the next few months and support the screening of people who look “Middle Eastern” at airports and train stations, a poll showed on Tuesday. (Reuters)

Note on plane forces emergency landing — A commuter airplane flying from Philadelphia to Houston was diverted to a Tennessee airport Monday after a threatening note was found on board, authorities said. (AP)

City dances, mourns a year after Katrina — A year after Hurricane Katrina flooded and shattered this city, there were vigils, bells tolling for the dead and prayers. But in true New Orleans fashion, the city also focused on moving on and turning death into life. (AP)

Gasoline prices could keep falling — Gasoline prices are falling fast and could keep dropping for months. “The only place they have to go is down,” says Fred Rozell, gasoline analyst at the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS). “We’ll be closer to $2 than $3 come Thanksgiving.” (USA Today)

Nation’s capital hosts fall events — If you’re traveling to Washington this fall, take time out from visiting the city’s landmarks to enjoy a festival, performance or walking tour. (AP)

Forget legroom. What about more water? — As travelers adjust to the new rules against carrying liquids onto planes, what about the most essential liquid: water? Before the London terror scare a few weeks ago, water bottles in a variety of shapes and sizes could usually be seen poking out of backpacks, carryalls and totes in departure lounges. (The New York Times) (Registration required.)

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