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Today’s Top Story

Man misses flight, creates bomb scare
A man who had missed his flight Wednesday said there was a bomb aboard the plane, forcing it to return to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport even though authorities did not believe the threat was legitimate, an airport spokeswoman said. (AP)

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Help! Our suite is swamped
Linda Cohn’s room at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort is waterlogged in the wake of a hurricane. She checks into another hotel with the understanding that she’ll get back the loyalty points that she used to pay for her visit. Nine months later, the loyalty points are still missing. What gives? (Christopher Elliott)

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More travel news

Officials seek passengers in new TB scare
A Taiwanese man with a drug-resistant form of tuberculosis took two flights to reach China last week, prompting a hunt for passengers who traveled with him, officials said. (Reuters)

Northwest trims domestic flights again
Loyal Northwest Airlines passengers might want to pay close attention to their travel plans after the carrier announced plans to further cut back its domestic flight capacity. (MSNBC.com)

AA pilot penalized for sticker on plane
An American Airlines pilot has been docked a month of pay for pasting a small sticker that was critical of executive bonuses on his plane’s exterior.

Raging fires add to heat wave woes
Southern Europe is sweltering under the summer’s second major heat wave as firefighters battle blazes raging in Greece, Italy and Macedonia. (AP)

Trash to treasure in Boston Harbor
Spectacle Island has a swimming beach, five miles of walking trails dotted with gazebos, and a panoramic vista from the highest point in Boston Harbor. It’s hard to believe that underneath all this is an 80-foot-high mound of trash. (AP)

America’s baddest rapids
Whitewater guides, pro boaters, and product designers name the the best whitewater rivers in the U.S. (Forbes Traveler)

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Today’s Travel Blogs

Marriott blasted for hotel porn
X-rated entertainment is the profit center hotels don’t like to talk about. It’s big business, making hundreds of millions for hotels and vendors. (Hotel Hotsheet)

How to get from bed to 35,000 feet in 2 hours flat
Between extra security hurdles and flight delays, the “arrive one-hour before departure for domestic; two for international” rule seems to be moot. We found ourselves dedicating two, then three hours to traveling to, and waiting for our flights, until we said: Enough! (Jaunted)

California cuisine: Insects?
I’m a big believer in sampling new food when you travel. I can’t imagine being in New Orleans without eating some great Creole or Cajun food. Or being in Texas without having barbecue. Or missing out on barbecue in Texas or lobster in Maine. Regional cuisine gives us a little sample of local culture. But insects? In Pismo Beach, California? (Fly Away Cafe)

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