Getting fliers on jets faster — The traditional method of boarding coach passengers — by rows, starting from the rear — is passé at most U.S. airlines. More than half say they use other methods, according to a USA Today survey of major airlines. (USA Today)

Flooding cripples Washington — Torrential rain soaked the U.S. capital, toppled a century-old elm tree at the White House, closed the home of the Declaration of Independence and kept tax collectors from work on Monday. (Reuters)


Tropical storm could form south of Carolinas
— A tropical depression could form about 140 miles south of Cape Fear, North Carolina, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in a special tropical disturbance statement. (Reuters)

JetBlue to start Houston flights — JetBlue Airways is coming to Houston. The low-fare carrier is set to announce today that it will begin service in September between Houston’s Hobby Airport and New York’s JFK airport, according to a statement from the airline. (Houston Chronicle)


Plane diverted to JFK because of altercation
— A flight to Puerto Rico from Newark was diverted to John F. Kennedy Airport shortly after takeoff early Sunday because a fight broke out on board, officials said. (AP)


High fuel prices affect more than flights in Hawaii
— Visitors to Hawaii may be in for a surprise — the high cost of getting around doesn’t end after that long and expensive airline flight from the mainland. (AP)

MGM Mirage plans $7 billion for Project CityCenter — MGM Mirage, the world’s second largest casino company, on Monday lifted the veil on a model of its $7 billion megaresort Project CityCenter. (AP)


Old Faithful Inn opens
— The historic Old Faithful Inn, which has been undergoing major renovations that delayed its opening this summer tourist season, opened its doors Monday to guests. (AP)

Bellying up to some bargains in New York’s bars — The going price for a martini in New York City is $12, and beer is $7 or $8 a bottle or pint. But just because you’re visiting doesn’t mean you have to drink (and pay) like some out-of-town sucker. (The New York Times)


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