Fire on cruise ship kills 1, injures 11 — A fire possibly started by a cigarette broke out aboard a giant cruise ship early Thursday as it sailed through the moonlit Caribbean, leaving one passenger dead, 11 people injured and at least 100 rooms scorched. (AP)

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Bus in cruise passenger accident was unregistered — The bus that crashed down a mountainside in Chile, killing 12 elderly American tourists, was not certified by local authorities to carry passengers and its operator was not among the tour groups vetted by the cruise ship, authorities said Thursday. (AP)

Australia cruise death inquest adjourned — The inquest into the death of Brisbane woman Dianne Brimble on a Pacific Cruise ship has been adjourned until later in the year. (ABC)

Italy travel warning sparks controversy — The United States government stoked an angry row in Italy yesterday when it warned American tourists of the threat of violence and terrorism in the run-up to next month’s general election. (Guardian)

Two California travel agents sentenced to a year in prison — Two Salinas travel agents were sentenced to one year in county jail and a seven-year suspended prison sentence after they pleaded guilty to grand theft and defrauding hundreds of customers of more than $500,000. (Reuters)

US Airways sued over dismissals — After a brawl between rival unions, US Airways unjustly fired 22 union members — many of them leaders — in an attempt to systematically eliminate union representation, according to a lawsuit filed against the airline in federal court Thursday. (Observer)


Dublin ticket agents revolt against Ryanair
— Staff at Dublin Airport are reportedly refusing to co-operate with a new online check-in system introduced by Ryanair. The system, which was introduced last week on the airline’s Dublin to Cork services, allows passengers to print their boarding cards from their home or office computers before arriving at the airport. (IOL)

Southwest Florida airport turned into rubble — One quarter of the former passenger terminal at Southwest Florida International Airport has been reduced to rubble. (News-Press)


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