Power outage snarls Northeast rail service


Power outage snarls Northeast rail service — A major power outage stranded thousands of rush-hour commuters Thursday between New York and Washington, stopping five trains inside tunnels and forcing many passengers to get out and walk to the nearest station. (AP)

Memorial Day travel tips — As you plan your Memorial Day travel and festivities Five Tips is here to get you safely on the road and back. Here’s some advice for avoiding traffic, parking and keeping the kids happy. (CNNMoney.com)

Istanbul airport cargo section may be transferred — Officials at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport have begun examining video footage from the airport’s closed circuit camera system as part of their investigations into the cause of yesterday’s fire which engulfed terminal C in the airport’s cargo section. (Zaman Daily Newspaper)

Feds: Tired air traffic controllers may be cause of mishaps — Sleep-deprived air traffic controllers may be partly responsible for two close calls on runways at O’Hare International Airport, federal officials said. The incidents were part of a recurring pattern of fatigue for controllers at O’Hare, where officials were urged to “emphasize the importance of sleep management.” (AP)

Prosecutors back air marshals in shooting — Two federal air marshals were justified in fatally shooting an airline passenger at Miami International Airport in December and will not be charged with any crime, authorities have concluded. (AP)

DIA to rearrange gates, build jet facility for United, Frontier — Denver International Airport will reconfigure some of its gates and construct a $41.5 million regional jet facility to allow its two largest carriers to increase services to the city, the airport announced this week. (AP)

Boaters throttle back as gas soars
— Drivers aren’t the only ones anxiously eyeing gas prices. As the nation’s boating season kicks into high gear over the Memorial Day weekend, boaters across the USA are changing the way they take part in their favorite recreational activity. (USA Today)

Romania gives Dracula’s castle back to owners — More than 60 years after it was seized by communists, the Romanian government plans to hand back one of the country’s most popular tourist sites, the fabled Dracula Castle, to its former owner, the culture minister said Tuesday. (AP)

Britain draws up shortlist for “supercasino” site — Britain announced Wednesday a short-list of eight local authorities that will battle it out to host the country’s first Las Vegas-style “supercasino.” (Reuters)

Varying reports at conference on casino smoking ban — Several reports on smoking in casinos, being presented this week at an international conference on gambling, provide ammunition to both advocates and opponents of smoking restrictions in the clubs. (AP)

Southwest Airlines launches employee blog — Southwest Airlines has launched what it calls the first-ever official corporate weblog, or blog, in the airline industry. “Nuts About Southwest,” at blogsouthwest.com, features regular posts from Southwest employees at all levels of operations and management. (Phoenix Business Journal)

American Airlines chief says fares are too low — Demand for air travel continues to grow, and it shows no sign of slowing despite rising fares, the leader of American Airlines said Wednesday. American, the country’s largest airline, set a record last year when its planes were 78.6 percent full, and it is on pace to break that mark this year, said Gerard Arpey, chairman and chief executive of AMR Corp., American’s parent. Arpey bristled when asked if travelers were likely to balk at ticket prices that have risen by $5 and $10 increments in recent months. (Chicago Tribune)

Two planes forced to land near Bush visit — Two small planes separately violated restricted airspace set up for President Bush’s visit to Pennsylvania on Wednesday and were forced to land by military F-16 jets. (AP)

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