Wilma makes landfall in Florida


Wilma makes landfall in Florida — Hurricane Wilma, a 125-mph Category 3 storm capable of extensive damage, made landfall Monday at near Cape Romano, Florida, the National Hurricane Center said. (CNN)

Mexican resorts survey damage — Residents of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula were cleaning up Sunday after two days of pounding by Hurricane Wilma. Wind and water damage were evident across the resort city of Cancun, as downed trees, power lines and other debris blocked roads. (CNN)

Bird flu killed Parrot in Britain — Britain has confirmed that the bird flu virus that killed a parrot in quarantine was the same deadly strain that has devastated poultry stocks and killed more than 60 people in Asia. (CNN)

Gas prices continue to drop
— The average price of gas in the United States fell more than 25 cents per gallon of self-serve regular over the past two weeks to $2.66, only slightly more more than its pre-Katrina price, a survey said Sunday. (CNN/Money)

United pilot suspended after screeners smell alcohol — A United Airlines pilot was removed from the cockpit and questioned by police after security screeners at Miami International Airport reported smelling alcohol, police said. (AP)

Cendant to divvy up holdings — Travel, hotels and real-estate services company Cendant Corp. said Monday it would break itself up into four companies, in an effort to boost the price of its stock. (CNN/Money)

Nigeria mourns plane crash victims — Nigeria began three days of mourning on Monday for 117 people who died when an Abuja-bound Boeing 737 passenger plane crashed after taking off from Lagos airport, killing everyone on board. (Reuters)

Southwest’s return to Denver won’t be easy — It won’t necessarily be easy for the low-fare king to replicate its success when the carrier comes to Denver in January, some observers say. After all, Southwest will butt heads with two tough, entrenched competitors: hometown low-fare carrier Frontier Airlines and rival United Airlines. (Rocky Mountain News)

Delays at airport customs get worse — Long lines and short staffing at customs checkpoints are plaguing major airports across the country. The result: irritated travelers, missed connections and bad impressions of the USA at a time when the government is ardently courting foreign tourists. (USA Today)

Guatemala: With civil war over, tourists return in droves — Nearly a decade after the end of a 36-year civil war that left 200,000 people dead, Guatemala is starting to shed its bloodstained reputation and earn new fame as a top tourist destination. (AP)

New Orleans, Thailand rank as faves for ‘Conde Nast’ readers — Despite devastating natural disasters, New Orleans and Thailand ranked among top vacation destinations in Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice awards, listed in the magazine’s November issue. (AP)

Wilma hammers Florida mainland — Hurricane Wilma crashed into Florida on Monday, swamping the popular tourist island Key West and hammering the densely populated Miami-Fort Lauderdale area after killing 17 people in a rampage through the Caribbean. (Reuters)

Low-cost US Airways hasn’t meant lower fares — Despite US Airways ‘ merger with the low-cost carrier America West Airlines , the airline’s fares for flights out of Pittsburgh International Airport have not fallen. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

Senate amendment would let some displaced FAA workers retain retirement benefits — When cash-strapped federal agencies are forced to lay off employees, they often try to create “soft landing” packages for the displaced workers. Now, the Senate has proposed a parachute for some Federal Aviation Administration employees who had their jobs contracted out. (The Washington Post)

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