Weary Floridians pick up the pieces


Weary Floridians pick up the pieces — Millions of Floridians are without power Wednesday, two days after Hurricane Wilma plowed across the peninsula, and some could be in the dark for weeks. (CNN)

More outsourcing for Northwest? — Northwest Airlines, which has already outsourced many jobs formerly performed by its mechanics union to outside contractors and replacement workers, is now looking to make deep cuts in the work done by its unionized flight attendants. (Retuers)

Lethal bird flu found in Croatia — The dangerous H5N1 strain of bird flu that has killed more than 60 people in Asia, has now been found in Croatia, the European Union has announced. (CNN)

Gas pains keep easing — Gasoline prices extended their downward slide Wednesday, falling by exactly two cents, according to travel club AAA’s daily fuel report. (CNN/Money)

Yahoo Travel lets users help each other plan trips — Yahoo, the world’s most popular Internet media network, is looking to up-end the online travel industry by helping its users share planning tips, photos and travel lore with fellow travelers. (Reuters)

Tourists promised flights out of Cancun — Hundreds of haggard tourists stranded for days by Hurricane Wilma were dropped by the sun-scorched roadside outside Cancun’s international airport on Tuesday as officials promised flights would finally start carrying them home. (AP)

RFID chips to travel in U.S. passports — State Department final regulations issued Tuesday said all U.S. passports issued after October 2006 will have embedded radio frequency identification chips that carry the holder’s personal data and digital photo. (TechWeb News)

Airline bankruptcies seen helping, but not saving, Midwest — It’s a beggar-thy-neighbor plan – trying to benefit from a nearby competitor’s misfortune – but nothing else Midwest Air Group Inc. has done recently has helped it become profitable. (AP)

Expanded biometric visitor tracking system — The Homeland Security Department expects to unveil a plan for upgrading the nation’s biometric visitor tracking system early next year, the official in charge of the effort said Tuesday. … visitors entering the country would be required to submit 10 fingerprints into the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US VISIT) biometric system. (Government Executive)

Miami airport reopens after Wilma problems — Miami International Airport reopened to domestic flights Wednesday for the first time since Hurricane Wilma, but the biggest carrier there only expected to operate about half its flights. West Palm Beach’s airport also opened, but Fort Lauderdale’s was still closed. (AP)

Airbus rejected by Japan’s manufacturers — Japan’s top three manufacturers have so far rejected offers from Airbus of contract work on the planned A350 jets, citing their order commitments to rival Boeing Co., Airbus Chief Executive Gustav Humbert said Wednesday. (AP)

Packed train derails in England — A rush hour train packed with dozens of commuters derailed in Liverpool on Wednesday, police said. No injuries were immediately reported. (AP)

Budget airline aims for taste of first class — In an age when passengers are lucky if ”airplane food” means a bag of pretzels and a half-cup of diet cola, Song is trying to carve out a niche as the carrier that actually offers some decent food. (The Boston Globe)

A shrinking New Orleans — Mayor C. Ray Nagin, who has vowed to resurrect his crippled city, conceded Tuesday that New Orleans will shrink to nearly half its pre-hurricane population and will have to make do with one-third of its previous budget. (The Washington Post)

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