Fees make up a big chunk of car rental costs — Business travelers continue to face steep car rental taxes and fees at many of the USA’s largest airports despite industry attempts to persuade local officials to roll them back. (USA Today)

Hurricane Paul weaker, still a threat — Hurricane Paul weakened Tuesday, but emergency workers remained on standby to evacuate thousands of residents from the popular resort of San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico. (AP)

Feds to increase Hawaii’s quake monitors — The federal government plans to increase by five times the number of advanced earthquake monitors in the Hawaiian Islands within 18 months, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. (AP)

Snoop Dogg caught with weapon at airport — Prosecutors are considering charges against Snoop Dogg after authorities discovered a 21-inch collapsible baton in his bags as he boarded a New York-bound flight, authorities said Monday. (AP)

JetBlue posts small quarterly loss on soft demand — JetBlue Airways Corp. on Tuesday posted a small third-quarter loss as the fast-growing discount carrier expanded to new markets and saw softer demand due in part to security-related concerns. (Reuters)

A 10-room haunted house from balloons — Larry Moss’ latest and most dramatic performance-art oddity is a 10-room, 10,000-square-foot, walk-through haunted house made out of 130,000 latex balloons covering all but the floors and ceilings. It is inhabited by silly, quirky, hilarious and somewhat creepy Halloween creatures. (AP)


Dubai tours offer positive view of Islam
— With tensions high between the Western and Islamic worlds, Dubai’s leaders are trying to help with an unusual new form of tourism in this Gulf Arab boomtown best known for shopping and sunbathing. (AP)

Soho residents want to protect London district’s character — Many residents, businesses and politicians say Soho is in danger of losing its character. They say there has been an influx of big retail chains and large nightclubs, accompanied by an increase in rowdy, lewd alcohol-fueled behavior. (USA Today)


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