Gas prices jump 15 cents in two weeks — Gas prices shot up nearly 15 cents over the past two weeks to a national average of $2.50 per gallon of self-serve regular, according to a survey released Sunday. (CNN)

Shortcut included in copter trips to JFK — A new helicopter service begins whisking passengers from Wall Street to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport today — and passengers will get to skip airport security lines. (USA Today)

With some limitations, a bargain on fares — Air passes, in some cases, are replacing popular rail passes in Europe as the way to cover large distances. The passes are sold by about a dozen airlines around the world. Consumers should be aware that the passes usually have to be used within 21 days or a month, and they often involve some booking quirks. (The New York Times)

One dollar for bus fare to Chicago — An Internet-based, low-cost bus service began selling $1 tickets last week for motor coach trips between St. Louis and the Windy City. The service is called megabus.com and is operated by a subsidiary of Coach USA. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Delta seeks to add NY-Tel Aviv flight within a year — Delta Air Lines said on Sunday it aims to resume flying between New York and Israel within a year to expand its international business. (Reuters)

Airlines seek more Hanscom routes — For some time, commercial aviation at Hanscom Field has taken a back seat to corporate jet activity. But big changes are afoot as Boston-Maine Airways prepares to launch service to the Washington, D.C., area in mid-May and to Pittsburgh by the end of June. (The Boston Globe)

20-vehicle crash in Wyoming kills 6 — At least 20 vehicles crashed on a rural Wyoming interstate in blizzard conditions Sunday, killing at least six people, officials said. (AP)


Cruise ship pulled off sand bar in Columbia River
— A grounded cruise ship was returning to Portland under its power Sunday after crews were able to refloat it. Coast Guard Ensign Nick Barrow said the tides and two tug boats combined to get the Empress of the North moving in the Columbia River shipping channel. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)


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