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Every Kid in a Park program gives 4th graders free entry to any U.S. national park

Trekking through some of the country’s most beautiful terrain just got cheaper.  Thanks to the Department of the Interior’s Every Kid in a Park program, fourth-grade students can enter any of more than 2,000 of the nation’s national parks and other federally managed lands and waters for free for one year.  Fourth-grade students can sign up for the free pass at ...
Allegiant pilots vote to strike: How will it impact local flights?

Allegiant pilots vote to strike: How will it impact local flights?

A dispute over a scheduling system has led to a possible pilot strike at Allegiant Air. The low-cost air carrier has been meeting with the pilot union for nearly two years to resolve a conflict over a scheduling system. The union says the system does not take seniority and preferences of pilots into account for scheduling. More than 93 percent of Allegiant pilots said they’re willing to...
Python found inside checked bag, hard drive at Miami airport

Python found inside checked bag, hard drive at Miami airport

No it wasn’t the sequel to a Samuel L. Jackson movie. Someone really did try to get a snake smuggled onto a plane.  Officials said a passenger traveling to Barbados from Miami International Airport tried to get a python onto a flight, but it wasn’t brought on the plane in plain view, it was being smuggled wrapped in nylon, inside a hard drive, WSVN reported. The snake was a baby...
Parking service near Dayton Airport to expand

Parking service near Dayton Airport to expand

Park-N-Go Airport Parking near the Dayton International Airport will expand its operations this summer. The parking services company will move its valet service to a new nine-acre location at 2700 W. National Road in Vandalia, slightly closer to the main gate of the airport than its current location at 1140 W. National Road. The new location will open Aug. 1. Some services, including the self-park...
Today may be busiest day for airports ever, TSA says

Today may be busiest day for airports ever, TSA says

Today is expected to be the busiest day for airports ever, amid the busiest summer travel season in history. The Transportation Security Administration projected that agents will screen more than 2.7 million people today alone. In total from June 28 to July 9, TSA expects to screen more than 28 million passengers and airline crew members. Aviation expert Jay Ratliff said during this highly trafficked...
Ohioans expected to travel for holiday at record rate

Ohioans expected to travel for holiday at record rate

High gas prices and a holiday in the middle of the week aren’t expected to keeps Ohioans from traveling in record numbers during the week of the Fourth of July. More than 2 million Ohio residents are expected to travel to celebrate Independence Day week, the highest on record since AAA started tracking holiday travel 18 years ago. The number is 6 percent higher than 2017. “A strong economy...
Phones safer for drivers than in-car systems, local AAA says

Phones safer for drivers than in-car systems, local AAA says

Using a phone to call and navigate when on the road may be safer than using built-in systems in cars for travelers this holiday weekend, AAA officials say. Fourth of July travel numbers are expected to shatter records, AAA Public and Government Affairs Manager Cindy Antrican said. The organization expects two million Ohioans to travel for the holiday, with 1.7 million using cars. “This is probably...
Sea lice in Florida? Beachgoers warned about itch-inducing pests

Sea lice in Florida? Beachgoers warned about itch-inducing pests

As travelers flock to northwest Florida beaches this summer, an unwelcome guest may await them. According to the Pensacola Beach Lifeguards Facebook page, purple warning flags indicating dangerous marine life have been flying along the shore this week thanks to an itch-inducing pest commonly called "sea lice." WEAR-TV reports that the term is a misnomer: The creatures are really thimble...
New Texas billboard responds to sign telling liberals to leave state: 'Welcome, y'all'

New Texas billboard responds to sign telling liberals to leave state: 'Welcome, y'all'

Just one week after a billboard telling liberals to get out of Texas went viral, a new sign is offering a unifying message. According to KVII, Amarillo resident Roman Leal started a GoFundMe page Wednesday to put up a more welcoming sign after learning of a billboard near Vega that read, "Liberals, please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS." (That billboard...
Hyperloop in Ohio? Two firms to study feasibility

Hyperloop in Ohio? Two firms to study feasibility

Two companies will begin studying the feasibility and environmental impact of a potential hyperloop connecting Columbus, Chicago and Pittsburgh. Hyperloop One is a worldwide challenge to create a transportation system that moves both people and products quickly. The hyperloop is expected to transport pods of people and goods through a tube — traveling 671 miles per hour. The hyperloop is expected...
Here’s how Dayton air show officials prepare for worst case scenarios

Here’s how Dayton air show officials prepare for worst case scenarios

Headlined by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the 44th Vectren Dayton Air Show will draw thousands of people to the Dayton International Airport on Saturday and Sunday as one of the region’s biggest events each year. Performers for the show include: TORA! TORA! TORA!, Sean D. Tucker, Vicky Benzing, Redline Aerobatics Team, Screamin’ Sasquatch and the B-17 Movie Memphis Belle. John Klatt, pilot...
Weather causes more flight cancellations, American resumes reduced schedule

Weather causes more flight cancellations, American resumes reduced schedule

Some American Airlines flights serviced through regional carrier PSA Airlines are still delayed or cancelled while the airline gets back on a regular schedule. Six American Airlines flights traveling between Dayton Airport and New York and Washington have been cancelled today, according to the airport’s flight tracker. Some flights arriving from Charlotte and Philadelphia have also been delayed...
NEW DETAILS: American Airlines flights through local carrier to be reduced rest of week

NEW DETAILS: American Airlines flights through local carrier to be reduced rest of week

American Airlines will operate a reduced schedule of PSA Airlines flights for the next few days as the regional carrier attempts to return to normal operations following technical issues from its Dayton headquarters. Dayton-based PSA Airlines stabilized its computer systems Tuesday morning and reintroduced flying in the afternoon after cancelling more flights Monday night, according to the airline&rsquo...
Dayton flights canceled: What’s really going on?

Dayton flights canceled: What’s really going on?

The technical problems that canceled hundreds of American Airlines flights in the past week are becoming more regular as airlines consolidate and “patch together” their systems instead of creating a new cohesive one, an aviation expert told the Dayton Daily News. American Airlines canceled or delayed at least 745 total flights after two “technical issues” on Thursday and Sunday...
More American Airline flights canceled today due to technical issues in Dayton

More American Airline flights canceled today due to technical issues in Dayton

About 70 American Airlines flights have been canceled after another “technical issue” Sunday morning, including at least six flying through the Dayton International Airport. The issue at PSA Airlines, a regional carrier for American Airlines based in Dayton, primarily affected flights arriving and departing from Charlotte, said American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein. American Airlines...
Stung by a jellyfish on vacation? Here’s what you should do

Stung by a jellyfish on vacation? Here’s what you should do

Contrary to popular belief, you really shouldn’t pee on a jellyfish sting. Jellyfish stings are on the rise in Florida, according to The Weather Channel. More than 600 people were treated for jellyfish stings over the weekend along Florida’s central Atlantic coast, according to lifeguards on the beaches. Here’s what you need to do if you suspect you’ve been stung by a jellyfish...
Southern Living names this resort best in the South

Southern Living names this resort best in the South

Southern Living recently polled its readers to discover their picks for the top places to visit in the South. Blackberry Farm, in Walland, Tennessee, south of Knoxville, took home the top prize. Southern Living noted, "Blackberry Farm emanates hospitality, from its farm-to-table offerings to the porches on guest cottages." Blackberry Farm is a luxury hotel and resort...
New nonstop flight starts today at Dayton airport

New nonstop flight starts today at Dayton airport

United Airlines’ new nonstop flight from the Dayton International Airport to Houston starts today. Dayton was one of eight cities chosen by United for new nonstop routes, according to the city. The new flights will began on Friday. The addition of Houston will be the 17th nonstop destination from Dayton airport. Dayton airport is currently served by Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Allegiant...
Fly for under $50: Southwest Airlines 72-hour sale offering cheap flights

Fly for under $50: Southwest Airlines 72-hour sale offering cheap flights

Southwest Airlines is offering flights on sale through Thursday as part of the company’s 72-hour sale. The deal means Ohio travelers can fly for under $50 to some destinations, according to Southwest’s website. The sale launched Tuesday and is offering one-way fares at $49, $79, $99 and $129 from multiple Ohio airports. RELATED: 5 shopping trends expected to completely reshape area malls...
Traffic deaths involving teens spike over summer

Traffic deaths involving teens spike over summer

An average of 10 people die in a traffic accident involving a teen every day throughout the summer, making it one of the deadliest times of year for drivers and especially for young people behind the wheel. More than 1,050 people in the United States were killed in car crashes involving a teen driver from Memorial Day through Labor Day during 2016, a new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic...
How to plan your perfect weekend in Asheville, North Carolina 

How to plan your perfect weekend in Asheville, North Carolina 

Spend a weekend tucked away in the mountains. Asheville, located in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, is a funky town with amazing art galleries, live music and a thriving foodie scene. The drive from Ohio to Asheville is a little more than six hours. Here’s what to do in Asheville: Hiking in Asheville is the perfect way to spend a morning. Head to Chimney Rock State Park, where...
Golf-themed restaurant opens at regional airport

Golf-themed restaurant opens at regional airport

A new golf-themed restaurant has opened at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport. PGA Tour Grill, owned by global restaurateur HMSHost, has opened in Concourse C. The restaurant celebrates dining and golfing. Its motto? “Eat smarter, play harder.” “The addition of PGA Tour Grill to CMH is very exciting as we reflect on several dining developments that we are proud to bring...
Fort Ancient, other Ohio sites step closer to World Heritage status

Fort Ancient, other Ohio sites step closer to World Heritage status

The Fort Ancient Earthworks in Warren County and other sites comprising Ohio’s Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks are a big step closer to being designated as World Heritage sites. RELATED: Lawmakers join push for World Heritage status “The U.S. Department of the Interior is scheduled to publish a notice in the Federal Register tomorrow inviting Ohio’s Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks...
State park slashes prices for rest of the month 

State park slashes prices for rest of the month 

Need a quick getaway?  A trip to Hueston Woods Lodge and Conference Center might be calling.  The state park at 5201 Lodge Road in College Corner near Oxford is offering 50 percent discounts on rooms through May 30.  The weekend dates have been gobbled up since the park first announced the deal, but weeknight rates for cabins and rooms are up for grabs for $69.50...
Delta opens pop-up lounge for middle-seat passengers at Logan

Delta opens pop-up lounge for middle-seat passengers at Logan

No one likes being stuck in the middle seat, no matter where their flight may be going. With that in mind, Delta Airlines partnered up with Coca-Cola for a special treat specific to those stuck in the middle seat. The Atlanta-based companies are offering a a pop-up "Middle Seat Lounge" at Boston Logan International on Monday for only one day. “From getting the VIP treatment...
5 amazing flight deals we found at local airports for summer travel

5 amazing flight deals we found at local airports for summer travel

It’s time to book your next vacation. Discount airlines flooded regional airports with cheap, new flights to destinations across the world. WOWair, Frontier Airlines and Allegiant Air added new flights in Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton — lowering airfare for eager travelers in the region. There are plenty of cheap flight options to take advantage of this summer. Here are five of...
Non-stop Paris flight set to begin this week from airport in region

Non-stop Paris flight set to begin this week from airport in region

Delta’s Indianapolis-to-Paris flight begins Thursday. Delta, with joint venture partner Air France KLM, last year announced that it will bring nonstop trans-Atlantic service from Indianapolis to its European hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle starting May 24, 2018. “Indiana and the Indianapolis metropolitan area have long been an important part of our route network and we are honored that...
This nearby Ohio city is one of the top 20 summer travel destinations

This nearby Ohio city is one of the top 20 summer travel destinations

The Queen City made the list of top travel destinations of the summer. To help travelers plan the perfect summer getaway, WalletHub compared 100 metro areas across 40 key indicators of budget- and fun-friendliness. The data set ranges from cost of the cheapest flight to number of attractions to average price of a two-person meal. Florida and Texas are home to the top summer destinations...
WOW air’s first discount flights from Cincinnati to Europe, Iceland launch this week

WOW air’s first discount flights from Cincinnati to Europe, Iceland launch this week

Discount airliner WOW is celebrating the launch of its first flights in and out of Cincinnati. WOW’s first flight will arrive at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) tonight at 11:50 p.m. “with a water canon salute.” The first departing flight from the airport will be an hour later at 12:50 a.m., according to the airline. WOW is launching flight service from...
Troy student trip to D.C. back on after new tour company found

Troy student trip to D.C. back on after new tour company found

TROY - Sixth-grade students from Troy will be going to Washington, D.C., after all. The district announced Wednesday morning that WorldStrides, a tour company in business 51 years, will sponsor the trip that will move forward May 20, as planned. EARLIER: Hope fades for Troy students Washington trip “The hope of WorldStrides is that monies collected through donations and refunds could be collected...
Southwest Airlines plane, pickup truck collide at Baltimore's BWI Airport

Southwest Airlines plane, pickup truck collide at Baltimore's BWI Airport

A truck struck a Southwest Airlines plane Monday morning at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, multiple news outlets are reporting. According to WJLA, none of the 172 passengers on Southwest Flight 6263 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, were hurt when the pickup hit the plane, which was heading to its gate about 1:30 a.m. EDT. Those on board "were being assisted off the...
Travel company files for bankruptcy, Troy students won’t get D.C. trip they paid for

Travel company files for bankruptcy, Troy students won’t get D.C. trip they paid for

Discovery Tours, the company that canceled the annual trip to Washington, D.C. for Troy sixth-graders, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  According to the bankruptcy filing, the company has $1.37 million in assets but owes $3.92 million, according to media reports. Troy City Schools sixth-graders and their parents were notified Friday that the annual trip to Washington, D.C., probably...
Viking Cruise announces 8-month-long trip

Viking Cruise announces 8-month-long trip

Imagine leaving all cares behind and climbing on board a ship for a monthslong world cruise. Viking Cruises is offering a new itinerary that the company calls the “longest-ever continuous world cruise.” Those lucky enough to be able to take the time away from responsibilities and afford the trip, will embark on a 245-day trip from London on Aug. 31, 2019. After six continents...
Delta launches new nonstop flight at Cincinnati airport

Delta launches new nonstop flight at Cincinnati airport

Delta Air Lines launched new nonstop service from Cincinnati to Austin, Texas. Delta launched the new service from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport at the beginning of May. Delta’s new service to Austin will operate daily except Saturdays using Bombardier CRJ-700 aircraft with 9 First Class and 60 Economy seats. Flights depart Sunday through Friday at 9:45 a.m. arriving...
New inspections mandated for locally produced engines

New inspections mandated for locally produced engines

New inspections are being mandated today for parts of an airplane engine produced by companies with a strong Southwestern Ohio presence. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is scheduled to issue a new “airworthiness direction” today as a follow-on to the emergency directive published April 20, engine manufacturer CFM and GE Aviation said. This new directive mandates “ultrasonic...
Starflyer, world's tallest spinning ride, opens soon in Orlando

Starflyer, world's tallest spinning ride, opens soon in Orlando

The world’s tallest spinning ride, the Starflyer, will be opening soon in Orlando, Florida. >> Read more trending news  The ride will be 450 feet tall and is set to open in June along International Drive. Developer Chuck Whittall has spent a lot of money to swing business into I-Drive. He has invested nearly a billion dollars between the Coca Cola Orlando Eye and the I-Drive...
TSA wins three Webby Awards

TSA wins three Webby Awards

The Transportation Security Administration isn’t known for its humor, but the government agency has won three internet awards thanks to its lighthearted messages used to keep us safe. The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences awarded the TSA Instagram account with awards for - Marketing/Corporate Communications, Social Content Marketing/Weird and the People’s Voice Award...
Guests use Bluetooth technology at Disney hotel to enter rooms

Guests use Bluetooth technology at Disney hotel to enter rooms

Opening your hotel room door with your cell phone? Disney has started to roll out the new technology for guests to skip the front desk and go directly to their room, speeding up the start of vacations. Disney gave WFTV anchor Jamie Holmes an exclusive look at how guests will be able to use their cellphones to get into their hotel rooms. The theme park rolled out the technology at Disney’s Wilderness...
WOW air offering $69 flights to Iceland from Cincinnati this summer

WOW air offering $69 flights to Iceland from Cincinnati this summer

Icelandic low-cost airline WOW air is offering $69 one-way fares from Cincinnati and 12 other cities to Iceland during the summer and the fall. The first introduced $69 one-way fares in 2017 and is excited to bring them back in time for summer and fall vacation planning. The discounted flights will be available from Baltimore/ Washington, D.C. (BWI), Chicago (ORD), Cleveland (CLE), Cincinnati (CVG)...
Longest nonstop flight ready to take off

Longest nonstop flight ready to take off

What’s the longest nonstop flight you’ve been on? Maybe a five-hour trip between Los Angeles and Hawaii? Or maybe it’s a flight between New York and London that’s more than 7 hours. Whatever the time is, the trips have nothing on Singapore’s newest flight. Thanks to the Airbus A350-900ULR that’s being produced, the airline is planning on offering a nonstop flight...
Why did free apple cost a woman $500?

Why did free apple cost a woman $500?

A Colorado woman is paying the price for forgetting an apple in her bag when flying internationally. Crystal Tadlock recently was returning to Arvada from Paris when flight attendants on the international flight handed out apples in sealed plastic bags, KDVR reported. She said she didn’t want it at the time, so she tossed it in her bag, intending to eat it on her second flight to Denver...
Southwest Airlines cancels dozens of flights amid inspections after deadly engine failure

Southwest Airlines cancels dozens of flights amid inspections after deadly engine failure

Southwest Airlines said it canceled about 40 flights Sunday as it inspects engine fan blades in the wake of an engine failure last week that led to one passenger’s death. That’s about 1 percent of Dallas-based Southwest’s daily schedule of nearly 4,000 flights. The airline encouraged passengers to check their flight status. “We anticipate minimal delays or cancellations...
Tips for celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Disney's Animal Kingdom

Tips for celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Disney's Animal Kingdom

On Earth Day, April 22, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will celebrate its 20th anniversary with entertainment, parties, and educational experiences for a limited time. It wouldn’t be a milestone celebration without a party, and all 500 acres of Disney’s Animal Kingdom will come alive with a wild party that includes animal encounters, activities, and special desserts the Party for the...
Alaska Airlines introduces new rules for emotional support animals

Alaska Airlines introduces new rules for emotional support animals

Alaska Airlines announced Thursday it is making policy changes for passengers who fly with emotional support and psychiatric service animals. Starting May 1, the airline will require passengers traveling with those type of animals to provide animal health and behavioral documents. The airline said a signed document from a medical doctor or mental health professional will also be needed. >> Read...
Cincinnati flight emergency shown in ‘60 Minutes’ Allegiant investigation

Cincinnati flight emergency shown in ‘60 Minutes’ Allegiant investigation

An investigation by “60 Minutes” found more than 100 serious recent incidents involving mechanical issues with Allegiant Air aircraft. Between Jan. 1, 2016 and the end of Oct. 2017, “60 Minutes” found more than 100 serious mechanical incidents, including mid-air engine failures, smoke and fumes in the cabin, rapid descents, flight control malfunctions, hydraulic leaks and aborted...
Cruise ship MSC Armonia crashes into Honduran port, destroys part of pier

Cruise ship MSC Armonia crashes into Honduran port, destroys part of pier

What happens when the person steering a massive ship into port misjudges the space between the vessel and the dock? Now we know, because the whole thing was caught on video. The MSC Armonia was coming into port on the island of Roatan in Honduras, but the ship was bearing down on the pier, NPR reported. >> Read more trending news  The ship crashed into the dock and tore out a chunk...
Best Places to Live 2018: Did your city make U.S. News' annual list?

Best Places to Live 2018: Did your city make U.S. News' annual list?

It’s another good day to live in Austin, Texas.  Last year, Austin knocked Denver from the No. 1 spot on U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Places to Live in the U.S.” And this year, it didn’t budge.  As in years past, the publication ranked the 125 largest cities in the country based on a variety of factors and data. Five indexes...
Tourism impact nears $400M in Clark County

Tourism impact nears $400M in Clark County

An improving economy and better marketing were factors that pushed the economic impact of tourism from about $300 million in 2010 to nearly $400 million last year, according to Clark County officials. A recent report from the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau showed the economic impact of tourism in Clark County has slowly but steadily risen over the past decade. That has led to more...
Delta, Sears, Kmart data breach: Customer payment info possibly compromised in cyberattack

Delta, Sears, Kmart data breach: Customer payment info possibly compromised in cyberattack

Update Apr 5, 2018 3:45 PM EDT: In addition to Delta Airlines, Sears Holdings announced that customer data from Sears and Kmart stores, including names, addresses and credit card numbers, may have been exposed during a security breach last fall. >> Read more trending news  Sears Holdings uses the same online chat service as Delta, [24]7.ai, and said in a statement posted on its website...
North High grad photographs the world, new film looks at Guatemala

North High grad photographs the world, new film looks at Guatemala

After being robbed five times and losing a vehicle in Costa Rica, 1976 North High School graduate Brent Winebrenner left in 1998 swearing he’d never return to Central America. Then, three years ago, Elsie YiDonoy, founder of Bella Guatemala Travel, made him an offer the freelance photographer whose work has been published in National Geographic and critically acclaimed books easily could have...
TSA Instagram post: Cool it, Aragorn, you don't need your blade on the plane

TSA Instagram post: Cool it, Aragorn, you don't need your blade on the plane

The Transportation Security Administration is not known for its sense of humor. “I was just joking” is probably the last words heard of many travelers before they are dragged into one of those private rooms at the airport. But it turns out the TSA makes an exception for its Instagram account (did you know the TSA has an Instagram account?). When a traveler at San Antonio International...
You'll soon be able to cruise Pittsburgh's three rivers on a Tiki boat

You'll soon be able to cruise Pittsburgh's three rivers on a Tiki boat

When you think of Tiki bars and exotic tropical drinks, you probably don’t think of Pittsburgh. But starting this spring, you’ll be able to cruise the three rivers – Tiki style. >> Read more trending news  Cruisin' Tikis Pittsburgh will offer two-hour sightseeing charters on the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers starting in May. Each 16-foot boat fits six...
Delta drops route at Dayton airport

Delta drops route at Dayton airport

Delta Air Lines is dropping a route at the Dayton International Airport. The airline is halting its Dayton-New York LaGuardia nonstop route this month, according to a statement from Delta. The route will end on March 31, due to under-performance, a spokeswoman said. The airline is adding a non-stop route to LaGuardia from Chattanooga starting July 10. Terry Slaybaugh, Dayton’s aviation director...
Earth Hour 2018: Landmarks around the world go dark for climate change awareness

Earth Hour 2018: Landmarks around the world go dark for climate change awareness

From the Sydney Opera House to Paris' Eiffel Tower, landmarks around the world went dark Saturday night for Earth Hour. >> Read more trending news  The "symbolic lights-out event," which began in Sydney in 2007, is designed to raise awareness about climate change, according to the World Wildlife Fund. 
Clark County Fairgrounds to get $50K grant to re-brand

Clark County Fairgrounds to get $50K grant to re-brand

The Clark County Convention Facilities Authority will move ahead with a plan to provide $50,000 in funding to re-brand the Clark County Fairgrounds. But board members said at a meeting Thursday they had reservations about other proposals to provide funding to the Master Gardeners of Clark County and the Springfield Museum of Art. They tabled discussions on those two projects until they can gather...
Delta under fire after flying a puppy to the wrong airport

Delta under fire after flying a puppy to the wrong airport

Delta Air Lines is coming under heat after accidentally flying a puppy to the wrong airport. Josh Schlaich posted about the incident on Facebook over the weekend when he was trying to figure out where the 8-week-old puppy was. He was supposed to pick up the puppy at the airport in Boise, Idaho. But instead he got a message from a Delta rep at the Detroit airport saying the puppy would be...
Hear this award-winning wildlife expert talk in Springfield

Hear this award-winning wildlife expert talk in Springfield

Dr. Sean B. Carroll could hardly believe his eyes — from one spot he saw gazelles, buffalo, zebras and wildebeests, at least 10 species of animals intermingled. It wasn’t a zoo or circus or nature but Africa’s Serengeti, located in Tanzania. It inspired the evolutionary biologist to write “Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters,” a tribute...
United Airlines mistakenly flies dog to Japan instead of Kansas City

United Airlines mistakenly flies dog to Japan instead of Kansas City

United Airlines is under fire again after a family said the carrier accidentally sent their dog to Japan instead of Kansas City. According to KCTV, Kara Swindle and her family, who are moving from Oregon to Kansas, took a United flight to Kansas City. Their dog, a 10-year-old German shepherd named Irgo, was supposed to be waiting in a United cargo facility when they arrived.  But that wasn't...
WATCH: Florida fishermen come within feet of 14-foot white shark

WATCH: Florida fishermen come within feet of 14-foot white shark

A day on the water in Amelia Island, Florida, turned into a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a group of fishermen. Capt. Tony Peeples with Southern Style Charters said he and a group of four men were off the coast of Fernandina Beach north of the jetties when they came within feet of a 14-foot white shark. Peeples said he was leaning over the side of the boat with his hands in the...
State Department warns of 'security threat' in Mexico's popular Playa del Carmen

State Department warns of 'security threat' in Mexico's popular Playa del Carmen

The State Department on Wednesday issued a security alert for a popular Mexican resort city, warning Americans to exercise caution in Playa del Carmen and to buy travel insurance two weeks after an explosion on a tourist ferry injured more than two dozen people. Officials told The Associated Press on Thursday that the alert was not related to the explosion, which left 19 Mexicans and at least...
Need a vacation? Take a trip to Walt Disney World with Google Maps

Need a vacation? Take a trip to Walt Disney World with Google Maps

Wish you could take a trip to Walt Disney World or Disneyland? Just hop on Google Maps, because the amusement parks are now available in street view.  » RELATED: Google Maps launches feature that allows users to see moons and planets The tech company announced the news this week, revealing that you can virtually visit the tourist spots right from your home.  “We&rsquo...
In wake of NRA flap, Delta reviewing all group discounts of a ‘politically divisive nature’

In wake of NRA flap, Delta reviewing all group discounts of a ‘politically divisive nature’

In the wake of the controversy over Delta Air Lines’ end of an NRA discount for travel to the group’s convention, the Atlanta-based airline said it is reviewing all discounts “of a politically divisive nature.” “While Delta’s intent was to remain neutral, some elected officials in Georgia tied our decision to a pending jet fuel tax exemption, threatening...
Want to learn more about this iconic Springfield site?

Want to learn more about this iconic Springfield site?

If you’ve ever wanted to take part in preserving history, the Westcott House Foundation might have an opportunity for you. The foundation has begun accepting volunteers to work at the Westcott House in Springfield throughout 2018. Those interested will work at the house conducting tours, in the house’s gift shop and perform other activities. » RELATED: Westcott House temporarily...
Delta’s new emotional support animal policy takes effect

Delta’s new emotional support animal policy takes effect

Delta Air Lines’ new tighter restrictions on emotional support animals and service animals took effect Thursday. Atlanta-based Delta put in place the new policy effective March 1 after a passenger on one of its planes was attacked by a 70-pound emotional support dog last year. It also comes amid a rise in incidents involving animals in flights and a lack of certain regulations...
Spring breakers, watch out: The Portuguese man o' war is back

Spring breakers, watch out: The Portuguese man o' war is back

No, we’re not talking about sharks, but there’s another sea creature that spring breakers might have to worry about. Park rangers at Texas' Padre Island National Seashore this week posted a photo of some of the first Portuguese man o’ war to hit the shore this season. Similar sightings have been reported at Florida beaches in Palm Beach County and St. Augustine...
These brand new rustic lofts are the PERFECT affordable getaway to Hocking Hills

These brand new rustic lofts are the PERFECT affordable getaway to Hocking Hills

Shiny and new is a thing of the past. Hocking Hill’s newest getaway is testament to that.  The brand new Hocking Hills Rusty Lofts are rustic meets fabulous, and are situated minutes away from downtown Logan, where one-of-a-kind restaurants, wineries and downtown activities await visitors. It’s also just a short, scenic drive to Hocking Hills State Park. Sleeping up to six...
What's the No. 1 state in the nation? U.S. News releases 2018 Best States list

What's the No. 1 state in the nation? U.S. News releases 2018 Best States list

Iowans earned major bragging rights this week after their state was recognized as the best in the nation. >> Read more trending news  That’s according to U.S. News & World Report’s official 2018 Best States ranking, for which analysts compared the 50 states across seven categories: health care; education; economy; opportunity; infrastructure; crime and corrections...
More cruise ships failed sanitation inspections in 2017 than any other year

More cruise ships failed sanitation inspections in 2017 than any other year

MIAMI—Cruise lines have never had a cleanliness problem this big. In 2017, cruise lines failed their sanitation inspections at the highest rate ever since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vessel Sanitation Program started holding cruise ships to its Operations Manual guidelines in 1990. Fifteen ships earned failing scores last year, a figure that dwarfs the average failure...
Parkland school shooting survivor asks tourists to boycott Florida until gun reform passes

Parkland school shooting survivor asks tourists to boycott Florida until gun reform passes

David Hogg, a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, is now calling for tourists to boycott Florida during spring break to raise awareness for gun control. “Let’s make a deal DO NOT come to Florida for spring break unless gun legislation is passed,” Hogg tweeted to more than 280,000 followers. “These politions [sic]...
WOW discount airline adds more flights

WOW discount airline adds more flights

Icelandic low-cost airline WOW air is adding a fifth weekly frequency to its scheduled service at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Due to strong demand, WOW air is increasing its service frequency from four days a week — Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday — to five days a week throughout the summer travel season, June 4 to Sept. 17. The new frequency will...
Champaign County officials push forward plan to build new hotel

Champaign County officials push forward plan to build new hotel

Champaign County economic development leaders will push ahead with a proposal that could lead to a new hotel in Urbana as early as next year. A recent review conducted by a Wisconsin-based consultant showed there’s enough demand in Urbana that it would be feasible to build a new hotel with at least 70 to 80 rooms and meeting space, said Marcia Bailey, economic development coordinator for the...
All aboard: Disney Cruise Line looks for workers to man its ship kid clubs

All aboard: Disney Cruise Line looks for workers to man its ship kid clubs

If you’ve dreamed of working on the high seas, then Disney is looking for you. The cruise line that Mickey built is hiring youth activities counselors to live and work on its fleet of cruise ships, Metro reported. >> Read more trending news  The hours are long, according to Metro, at 80 hours a week, but the job offers fun and amazing ports of call in Mexico, Barcelona and...
Florida beach named nation's best in TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards

Florida beach named nation's best in TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards

A Florida beach has been named the nation's best in TripAdvisor's annual Travelers' Choice awards. The travel website announced Tuesday that Clearwater Beach was the best in the U.S. in 2018, climbing from No. 4 in 2017. The beach also topped the national list in 2016.  >> Read more trending news  Meanwhile, Grace Bay in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, took the award for...
5 wine tours a lot closer to home than Napa

5 wine tours a lot closer to home than Napa

You can take some of the most lavish, expensive wine tours in the world in the Napa Valley, where wines are all about heritage, taste and sophistication. These days, though, even the snootiest oenophile can find a worthy wine tasting in places far from California. And the same goes for the Napa-style custom of wine tours. Travelers in the South or Southeast have lots of pleasurable wine tours...
Passengers behaving badly: 5 recent airplane debacles you won’t believe

Passengers behaving badly: 5 recent airplane debacles you won’t believe

Outrageous behaviors on airplanes and in airports haven’t stopped just because it’s a new year. Last year, passengers brawled in busy terminals and got taken off of flights. Commercial airlines carried more than 3.8 billion passengers and generated more than $501 billion in revenue worldwide last year, according to the International Air Transport Association. Here’s how travelers...
Low-cost airline adds flights an hour from Springfield to 7 cities

Low-cost airline adds flights an hour from Springfield to 7 cities

Spirit Airline, a low-cost carrier, has added new nonstop flights just an hour from Springfield to five cities and plans additional service to New Orleans and Myrtle Beach in late March. Spirit added flights from John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus to Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa Bay and Fort Myers in Florida and Las Vegas, beginning Thursday, Feb. 15. MORE COVERAGE: Don&rsquo...
Disney announces when Toy Story Land will open

Disney announces when Toy Story Land will open

Fans of the “Toy Story” film franchise now know when they’ll be able to “shrink down” to the size of Andy’s toys and experience the immersive world Walt Disney Imagineers have been building. Guests to Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios will officially be able to visit’s Andy’s backyard playsets starting June 30.  >> Read more trending...
Southwest adding new flight at Cincinnati airport

Southwest adding new flight at Cincinnati airport

Southwest Airlines is adding another new flight at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Southwest Airlines’ new nonstop service from Cincinnati/Northern International Airport to Denver, Colorado (DEN) will begin Aug. 7. The new route will operate daily year round with Boeing 737 aircraft using a combination of 143 and 175 seat configurations. “This new route continues...
WATCH: United Airlines plane loses engine cover on way to Honolulu, makes emergency landing

WATCH: United Airlines plane loses engine cover on way to Honolulu, makes emergency landing

Passengers aboard what one woman called the "scariest flight of my life" are breathing sighs of relief after making a safe landing following a midair engine problem. According to CNN, United Flight 1175 from San Francisco lost an engine cover over the Pacific Ocean less than an hour before it was set to land in Honolulu. "There was a loud bang ... and then the plane really started shaking...
DOT reveals which airlines ranked highest for complaints in 2017

DOT reveals which airlines ranked highest for complaints in 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation received 18,148 complaints about air travel in 2017. It was a year when airline incidents were in the headlines, including a United passenger dragged from a plane and a Delta passenger mauled by an emotional support dog. >> Read more trending news  The number of complaints about air travel to the federal government last year — which...
Flying with germs: 3 things you never want to touch at airports, on planes

Flying with germs: 3 things you never want to touch at airports, on planes

We know that airplanes can be a breeding ground for germs and other nasty things that could get you sick, but did you ever think about what you’re exposing yourself to before you even get to the jetway? A study that was recently released found that the airport itself is a haven for germs and bacteria and it is enough to make those who aren’t germaphobic squirm and grab the hand sanitizer...
Disney raises ticket prices again in Florida, California

Disney raises ticket prices again in Florida, California

If you have plans to go to the Happiest Place on Earth, be prepared to pay more for the privilege.  Disney officials have announced that both American parks have increased ticket prices. The increase went into effect Sunday at the theme parks at both Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida, The Associated Press reported. >> Read more trending news  Take...
Westcott House temporarily closes to tours for crucial repair projects

Westcott House temporarily closes to tours for crucial repair projects

The need for preservation work has temporarily closed one of Springfield’s most notable landmarks. The Westcott House, one of the still-standing structures developed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1906, will be undergoing crucial preservation projects until Feb. 16 and has been closed to tours, according to the Westcott House Organization’s website. Westcott Center for Architecture...
Passports to cost more in coming weeks; how to apply, renew before price hike

Passports to cost more in coming weeks; how to apply, renew before price hike

If international travel plans are even potentially in your future, you may want to start planning now.  That’s because starting on April 2, fees will be going up on passports if you have to go to a post office or other consular offices, Fox News reported. For those who renew via mail, the fee is said not to apply, according to Fox News. The Department of State is raising the execution...
Don’t waste unused vacation time

Don’t waste unused vacation time

Every year more than half of Americans fail to use all their time off, creating a stock pile of 662 million unused vacation days. AAA, in collaboration with Project: Time Off, knows the most effective remedy for American workers who want to use more vacation days is better planning. Yet only 54 percent of households set aside time to plan the use of their vacation time each year. RELATED: Danger:...
5 Midwest winter getaways near Dayton that will make you WANT cabin fever

5 Midwest winter getaways near Dayton that will make you WANT cabin fever

The Midwest, particularly the region around Southwest Ohio, has some major advantages over other regions this time of year.  It’s hard to completely loathe winter when you’re curled up under a mound of blankets, feet away from a crackling fireplace, sipping a cup of hot chocolate that just reached its ideal temperature. That kind of warm and cozy feeling is only earned after enduring...
Florida ranked worst state in the U.S., according to travel site

Florida ranked worst state in the U.S., according to travel site

It appears nothing could help Florida from ranking as the worst state in the nation, according to travel website Thrillist.  In the site’s “Definitive and Final Ranking of all 50 States,” Florida came in at No. 50, with an “awfulness résumé so staggeringly impressive that it couldn’t go any other way. You were born for this. Embrace it,&rdquo...
Could your travel plans be impacted by a government shutdown?

Could your travel plans be impacted by a government shutdown?

The U.S. government could be headed for a shutdown after midnight on Friday if Congress does not pass a temporary spending bill.  What would a shutdown mean for those planning domestic or international travel in the coming days or weeks? First, employees deemed “essential” would remain on the job and that includes  Transportation Security Administration screeners and air traffic...
6 top tiny home vacation rentals that won’t cost you your mortgage

6 top tiny home vacation rentals that won’t cost you your mortgage

Need a vacation that isn't followed by a barrage of credit card bills? Tiny home vacation rentals are a wallet-friendly option, with beach, mountain and ranch locations available. Renting a small space for a weekend getaway or weeklong adventure is also a great way to test drive the tiny home concept.  »RELATED: Here's what a $1 million house looks like in 7 major US cities »Here...
2 more Carnival cruise ships fail health inspections

2 more Carnival cruise ships fail health inspections

Two of the newest ships in the Carnival Cruise Lines fleet have received failing grades in health inspections designed to control the spread of gastrointestinal illnesses.  Carnival Vista and Carnival Breeze both scored below a passing grade of 86, the Miami Herald reported.Vista, the cruise line's newest ship, received a 79 while Breeze was given a 77.  >> Read more trending...
Fairgrounds get $50k to rebrand site as Champions Park

Fairgrounds get $50k to rebrand site as Champions Park

The Clark County Fairground will get a $50,000 grant to pay to rebrand one of the top tourist attractions in Clark County. The Clark County Convention Facilities Authority is funded by local hotel bed taxes and is tasked with supporting projects that lead to more overnight stays and tourism in Clark County. It will give the fairgrounds a one-time payment to be used to cover costs associated with rebranding...
Eyelashes freeze, thermometer breaks as -62°C temperatures hit world's coldest village

Eyelashes freeze, thermometer breaks as -62°C temperatures hit world's coldest village

As Americans continue to brave the winter weather, photos from a remote village in Russia might make them count their blessings that it’s not worse. According to the experts, Oymyakon in Siberia is the world’s coldest permanently inhabited area. Recent temperatures came in at a bone-chilling -62°C, or -79.6°F. In fact, it was so cold that the town’s thermometer...
Warning: Travelers through Chicago O’Hare International Airport may have been exposed to measles

Warning: Travelers through Chicago O’Hare International Airport may have been exposed to measles

Anyone who traveled through Chicago O’Hare International Airport earlier this month may want to check for signs of measles. The Illinois Department of Health issued an alert that a passenger on board an international flight that landed on Jan. 10 tested positive for the disease. The department has not released what flights the person was on, or where they traveled to or from. >> Read more...
Must-see: Passenger jet skids off runway, gets stuck on edge of cliff

Must-see: Passenger jet skids off runway, gets stuck on edge of cliff

A passenger jet carrying 162 people got stuck on a cliff's edge moments after skidding off a runway early Sunday at Turkey's Trabzon Airport. According to The Associated Press, no one was hurt in the incident, and everyone on board was evacuated safely. The airport was closed temporarily. >> Read more trending news  Authorities said they did not know what caused the incident involving the...
PHOTOS: Must-see natural waterfall ‘ice sculptures’ at Hocking Hills

PHOTOS: Must-see natural waterfall ‘ice sculptures’ at Hocking Hills

When temperatures drop at Hocking Hills State Park, the rushing waterfalls transform into ice sculptures -- and the results are captivating.  >> The most unique getaway spots at Hocking Hills We’ve rounded up photos of these frosted formations shared by park-goers on Instagram. Check out our favorites below.
U.S. issues ‘do not travel’ advisory for 5 states in Mexico

U.S. issues ‘do not travel’ advisory for 5 states in Mexico

The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel advisory urging citizens to use increased caution when traveling to five states in Mexico. USA Today reported that the new warning from the government has increased the Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas states to a level 4, the highest level of potential danger.  The warning for the states, issued Thursday, was raised...
'Game of Thrones'-themed ice hotel opens in Finland

'Game of Thrones'-themed ice hotel opens in Finland

In collaboration with HBO Nordic, a Finnish hotel chain has built the ultimate experience for fans of “Game of Thrones,” made entirely from ice and snow. Lapland Hotels’ SnowVillage, set about 125 miles above the Arctic Circle, opened last month with an ice restaurant, an ice bar, an ice chapel and a “Game of Thrones”-themed ice hotel. The hotel features a life-sized...
New local cheap flight options you need to know about in 2018

New local cheap flight options you need to know about in 2018

Get ready to book some cheap flights this year. Air carriers, like Allegiant Air and Southwest Airlines, are adding flights at local airports in Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati. Here’s some of the new flights you can book this year: » MUST-READ TRAVEL NEWS: 7 major changes at the Dayton airport in 2017 1. Allegiant to add new flights in Cincinnati Allegiant is adding nonstop service from...
Try your luck: 10 tips on beating the odds on your first casino trip

Try your luck: 10 tips on beating the odds on your first casino trip

There's just something appealing about a casino vacation, whether you're dreaming of the luxury of the world's most extravagant casino resorts or playing roulette at one of Yahoo's top-ranked casinos outside of Vegas. Or maybe you're just longing for a day playing the slots at a smaller place like the Mardis Gras Casino and Resort in West Virginia. »RELATED: Feeling...
WORTH THE DRIVE: Eat your way through Hocking Hills on this Comfort Food Cruise 

WORTH THE DRIVE: Eat your way through Hocking Hills on this Comfort Food Cruise 

It’s January, and it’s cold -- but not too cold to enjoy the jaw-dropping rock formations on either side of you as you hike through the beautiful Old Man’s Cave in Hocking Hills.  Now imagine that you’re on that very same hike, with a belly full of warm mac ‘n’ cheese, an ultimate chocolate brownie and maybe even some biscuits and gravy.  This is a real...
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