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Mother Nature, Father Time in cahoots
Bad weather could make the end of the holiday season difficult for travelers in the Northeast and the Great Lakes region. But travelers elsewhere have a good chance of making it home without problems. (USA Today)

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Mammoth goes for the big time
Mammoth Mountain, already one of North America’s largest and most-visited ski and snowboard areas, took its first steps into the category of true destination resort last month with the opening of the Westin Monache Resort in Mammoth Lakes, at the base of the mountain. Charlie Leocha makes the introductions. (Charles Leocha)

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More travel news

United expects schedule to return to normal
After a holiday week of mass cancellations and delays, United Airlines now expects to run normally as the air travel rush winds down Monday and Tuesday. (USA Today)

Pilot error ‘significantly declined’
Pilot error is probably much less of a factor in mishaps involving U.S. airliners now than it was in the early 1980s, a new study suggests. (Aviation)

Norwegian cruise ship hits glacier in Antarctica
A Norwegian cruise ship carrying some 300 people lost engine power during an electrical outage and struck an Antarctic glacier, smashing a lifeboat but causing no injuries, officials said Saturday. (AP)

Controller blamed for close calls at LAX
Two airliners came within 8,000 feet of each other on a Los Angeles International Airport runway after an air traffic controller miscommunicated with the pilots, authorities said. (AP)

Some fear smoking ban slices soul of French cafes
What, no cigarettes with strong coffee or red wine while madly dissecting politics, fashion or cinema in Parisian cafes? Oui. On New Year’s Day, France joins many of its neighbors to ban smoking in restaurants, hotels, casinos — and its famed brasseries and cafes. (USA Today)

Today’s Travel Blogs

2007 Jaunted Travel Awards
From best domestic airport to best villain, Jaunted hands out its travel awards for 2007. Can you guess the winners? (Jaunted)

TSA bans loose lithium batteries
Batteries are the newest addition to the TSA’s list of prohibited items. Starting tomorrow, loose lithium batteries are banned from checked luggage, though passengers may pack electronic items with lithium batteries installed. Lithium batteries in their original packaging or in plastic bags may be placed in carry-on bags, with a limit of two per passenger. (SmarterTravel)

‘Curse of Camilla’ hits Cunard’s new Queen Victoria
British papers report that nearly 80 people on Cunard’s much-ballyhooed new ocean liner, the Queen Victoria, have been hit with the highly-contagious stomach bug known as norovirus — an outbreak they’ve already colorfully dubbed the “curse of Camilla.” (Cruise Log)

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