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  • American sweetens premium flier awards to fend off Delta, United Dec 21, 2014 7:45 AM
    American Airlines Group Inc. is sweetening frequent-flier awards for passengers buying the most-expensive tickets to fend off loyalty program changes made by its competitors.

     
  • On the road: Don’t miss NYE Cheese Drop in Wis. Dec 20, 2014 6:30 AM
    Only in Wisconsin would the citizenry revel in a New Year’s Eve Cheese Drop. Join the folks in the Plymouth Arts Center, which will be open for a casual evening of live musical entertainment, food, socializing and the nationally acclaimed Big Cheese Drop at midnight. Closer to home, the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center presents its first New Year’s Eve Family Bash.

     
  • Obama bets benefits will convince Congress to lift Cuba embargo Dec 20, 2014 10:06 AM
    U.S. companies will be allowed to export agricultural commodities, construction supplies and telecommunications equipment, and financial institutions can open accounts at local banks. Exports will be limited mainly to Cuba's emerging private sector.

     
  • 5 free things to see and do in Brussels, Belgium Dec 19, 2014 6:01 AM
    The city of Brussels, which the famous Belgian cartoon character Tintin roamed as an intrepid reporter, has plenty on offer for any inquisitive mind. And the Belgian capital is making it easier for tourists. It is planning to make more of its center a no-go area for cars, opening up more medieval and 19th-century streets for carefree strolling and biking. Enough of the city’s attractions are free to fill the best part of two vacation days.

     
  • White Christmas out east could mess up holiday travel Dec 19, 2014 2:33 PM
    AccuWeather reports a storm bearing strong winds, heavy snow, torrential rain, thunderstorms and fog will converge on the Northeast and Midwest on Christmas Eve and will likely create major travel delays, both on the roads and at airports. The early stages of travel problems from patchy rain and fog will develop on Tuesday, AccuWeather said.

     
  • TSA chief: Travelers from some nations targeted Dec 18, 2014 6:56 AM
    The Transportation Security Administration needed an exemption from new Obama administration rules restricting racial profiling by the government so the TSA could target travelers for extra scrutiny based on their nationality and gender, the head of the agency said.

     
  • Britain’s message for UAE visit: Nice, not naughty Dec 18, 2014 6:15 AM
    Britain wants to make sure its citizens are more nice than naughty while soaking up the Persian Gulf sun this holiday season. A social media campaign by British Embassy staff in the United Arab Emirates running this week is a play on the classic poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and includes travel advice aimed at keeping unwitting Britons out of trouble.

     
  • Weird museums: Travel off the beaten path Dec 17, 2014 6:01 AM
    Travelers looking for something beyond top attractions like the Space Needle in Seattle might consider adding a weird museum or two to their itineraries. Here are some suggestions from among dozens of unusual museums across the nation, from a funeral museum to an attraction devoted to wet wipes, of all things. They’re all worth a stop, but probably shouldn’t be your only reason for buying a plane ticket.

     
  • Go for the food: Cross-cultural flavors in Macau Dec 16, 2014 6:04 AM
    Macau is globally famous as a haven for gambling. Luckily, getting great food there is no gamble. The Chinese region overtook Las Vegas in terms of gaming revenues almost a decade ago, cashing in on growing wealth in China and other parts of Asia. But on a recent visit, it was the food that impressed me. After a stroll through its Venetian resort, I discovered a cuisine that’s a blend of the fragrant spices of Asia and the deep earthy flavors of Africa, all crossed with a Portuguese flair.

     
  • Winter cycling: Heavy tread makes light of snow-covered roads Dec 15, 2014 5:45 AM
    Ready to take on the newest outdoor winter fitness sensation? How about bicycling in the snow and cold? Chris Daisy, owner of Zion Cyclery, says the popularity of "fat biking" has exploded over the past two years.

     
  • 4 ways to hold on to your cash when renting a car Dec 14, 2014 7:00 AM
    Although gas prices are the lowest they’ve been in years, if you’re renting a car, increased demand during the season means you’ll likely encounter higher prices — especially if you haven’t already locked in a rate. And that’s not counting the extras rental companies try to get you to sign up for.

     
  • Demystifying the credit card ‘hold’ Dec 14, 2014 7:35 AM
    Most hotels place a hold on your credit card, according to Dale Blosser, a lodging consultant. The amount varies, but as a rule, it’s the cost of the room, including tax, plus a set charge of between $50 and $200 per day. “That basically establishes a line of credit for typical items that the guest might charge to the room, such as room service, restaurant or bar charges, gift shop merchandise or valet parking fees,” Blosser says.

     
  • World Trade Center tower boasts large-scale art Dec 14, 2014 7:00 AM
    The new 1 World Trade Center opened to great fanfare last month as the first tenants moved into the 1,776-foot tower through a vast lobby dominated by a monumental abstract mural. The color-splashed, 90-by-15-foot painting is among more than a dozen works selected or commissioned for the skyscraper. Asher Edelman, whose New York gallery curated the works, said the only criteria were that they be abstract, thought-provoking and exciting enough to get people “to look up from their hand-held devices and actually look around them.”

     
  • On the road: Spend a night at ‘Nutcracker’ Dec 13, 2014 7:00 AM
    JW Marriott Chicago partners with the Joffrey Ballet for a holiday experience with “A Night at the Nutcracker” package perfect for those who want to take in the holiday sights in the city. Or if you'd rather do the dancing, the Old Town School of Folk Music presents a Global Dance Party on Friday nights.

     
  • Skiing can be cheaper than you think Dec 12, 2014 6:01 AM
    In 2010, the price of walk-up, single-day lift ticket at Vail and Beaver Creek ski resorts topped $100. Aspen quickly followed suit, and ticket prices at resorts across the country have consistently increased in the years since. The trend has raised a question that has dogged the ski industry for years: Is the sport becoming unaffordable for the middle class? Industry leaders say that even though last-minute lift tickets at some resorts now exceed $100, skiing has never been more affordable if you’re savvy about discounts.

     
  • Holiday events across the U.S., from light shows to menorahs Dec 12, 2014 6:00 AM
    The dark days of December are being lit up with holiday sparkle all over the map, from creative Christmas trees to giant menorahs. Gingerbread houses, light displays and train shows, like the "Wonderland Express" at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, are part of the fun, too. Here are a few of the biggest and best-known events around the country.

     
  • Art transforms armory into reflective pool Dec 12, 2014 6:01 AM
    A light, music and performance installation will transform a New York City armory into a reflective pool. The piece in the Park Avenue Armory is a collaboration between classical pianist Helene Grimaud and Turner Prize-winning conceptual artist Douglas Gordon. It includes 122,000 gallons of water slowly seeping through a false floor.

     
  • London air control computer failure resolved Dec 12, 2014 11:12 AM
    The airspace over London was briefly closed Friday afternoon due to what authorities said was a computer failure at one of Britain’s two air traffic control centers.

     
  • Putting summer vacation photos on holiday cards Dec 11, 2014 6:01 AM
    Areti Bratsis has found that summer visitors to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, often have more on their minds than going to the beach, eating seafood and watching sunsets. Many are hiring photographers to take family portraits with the intent of using the photos months later on holiday greeting cards. “It’s at the forefront of their mind even if it’s the middle of summer,” said Bratsis, whose business is based in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

     
  • Public menorah lightings around the globe Dec 11, 2014 6:01 AM
    Public Hanukkah celebrations are being planned around the U.S. and abroad, from a parade of menorah-topped cars in Philadelphia to a menorah lighting and concert at the Eiffel Tower. The event in Philadelphia on Dec. 20 is expected to include 300 cars, culminating in a gathering at Independence Hall. The event is one of hundreds sponsored around the world by the Chabad Lubavitch outreach organization, which launched its public menorah celebrations 40 years ago in Philadelphia. Nightly lightings are also planned in U.S. cities ranging from San Francisco, at Union Square; to New York City, just outside Central Park near the Plaza Hotel; to Washington D.C. on the Ellipse.

     
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