Storms could threaten trip home — Frigid air and snow will greet post-Thanksgiving shoppers in much of the northern and eastern USA today, and widespread rain could aggravate congestion on roads and at airports Sunday on one of the busiest travel days of the year. (USA Today)

Snow makes Thanksgiving Day travel a challenge — Connecticut woke up to its first Thanksgiving Day snowfall in 16 years Thursday, but it wasn’t a welcome sight to those who had some place to go on the year’s busiest travel day. (AP)

Travel chaos as Britain gripped by Arctic blast — Heavy snowfall which caused power cuts and school closures across much of Scotland and Wales was shifting south today, as Britain endured a foretaste of the predicted coldest winter in many years. (Times Online)

Welcome to Club Recovery — Grand Cayman’s disaster to remember is Ivan, a Category 4 hurricane that swept through on Sept. 12, 2004, damaging or destroying 74 percent of the homes and leaving more than $3 billion in damage and losses. Grand Cayman is a study in recovery, playing out in some ways surprisingly fast and in others slow. (The New York Times)

Amtrak train hits bald eagle — An Amtrak train struck a bald eagle yesterday, and though the bird apparently had survived, it remained pinned to the front of the locomotive until police arrived to remove it. The bird was then handed over to the care of a rehabilitation specialist. (Free Lance-Star)

Johnson to build hotel in Norfolk — A development company headed by Charlotte Bobcats owner Bob Johnson is planning to build a luxury hotel and condominiums beside a conference center and parking garage in downtown Norfolk, Va. (AP)

Californian defends ‘suicide tourism’ in Cambodia — A Californian man accused of defaming a sleepy Cambodian province by promoting it as the perfect place to commit suicide has defended himself on Thursday, saying he meant nobody any harm. (Reuters)

Riots in France affect online booking — Owing to the recent riots in France, Expedia reportedly said that the hotel reservations in the country by overseas clients plunged during the unstable period. (Eye for Travel)

Holiday travelers find more inns are full — Good luck finding a hotel room in a popular vacation destination this holiday season. And you’ll need even better fortune to get a deal. (USA Today)

Three casinos set dates for reopening on Miss. Gulf Coast — Three of Mississippi’s battered Gulf Coast casinos are expected to reopen by the end of the year. The Imperial Palace, the Isle of Capri and the Palace Casino have all announced reopening dates in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. (AP)


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