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Nobu Opens New Hotel on the Baja California Sur Peninsula

Nobu Opens New Hotel on the Baja California Sur Peninsula

Nobu Hospitality announced the opening of a new property, the Nobu Hotel Los Cabos on the Baja California Sur peninsula.  The hotel opened with a sake ceremony and fireworks on November 13.
The sake ceremony included breaking the lid of the sake barrel with wooden mallets before serving the contents in masu cups.
The hotel has 200 guestrooms and suites, and is home to a Nobu restaurant. The property will also have …

Air Canada Debuts New App for iPhone and Android

Air Canada Debuts New App for iPhone and Android

Air Canada announced the release of a version of its smartphone app, for both iOS- and Android-powered devices.
Version 5.0 brings significant new functionality to the app including interactive airport maps, upgrade and standby lists that update in real time, inbound flight tracking, downloadable boarding passes, and automatic flight notifications.
“Air Canada is focused on making travel easier and more comfortable for everyone, particularly through the use of the latest technologies,” said …

Two Dead as Venice Floods Submerge 70% of the Lagoon City

Two Dead as Venice Floods Submerge 70% of the Lagoon City

The highest water levels in more than 50 years have resulted in the death of two people and caused hundreds of millions of euros of damage in Venice, officials said. Another surge is expected to cause additional flooding in this lagoon city.
On Friday, the tide peaked at 5’ (152 cm) at 11:35 a.m. local time, leaving 70% of the city submerged.
Heavy rain on Tuesday caused flood levels in the island city …

Judge Puts the Brakes on Phone Searches at U.S. Borders

Judge Puts the Brakes on Phone Searches at U.S. Borders

A federal judge in Boston ruled Tuesday that U.S. Customers and Border Patrol agents cannot search devices carried by international travelers at ports of entry without suspecting them of a crime.  The ruling puts a limit on what has become a growing practice today.
The court’s decision followed a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union that challenged the government’s long-standing authority to search such devices without a warrant.
U.S. District …

Arctic Blast ‘Like the Middle of Winter’ Hits Over 240 Million People in the U.S., Over 17,000 Flights Delayed

Arctic Blast ‘Like the Middle of Winter’ Hits Over 240 Million People in the U.S., Over 17,000 Flights Delayed

Record cold temperatures spread from the Midwest into the East Cast as far south as parts of Texas, resulting in travel chaos.
“An early blast of cold arctic air will consume much of the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. over the next few days, making it feel like the middle of winter,” the National Weather Service said.
The storm has been compared to the “Blue Nother” of 1911, which brought record cold …

Storm Slams Midwest, Leaving 4 Dead and Tens of Thousands of Travelers Stranded

Storm Slams Midwest, Leaving 4 Dead and Tens of Thousands of Travelers Stranded

Snow and ice have turned deadly in parts of the country as a major winter storm hit several major cities particularly hard.
Record snowfalls were reported in multiple cities and towns including Detroit, and authorities are blaming the deaths of four people on the snowy conditions in the Midwest and the Plains.  Temperatures in Chicago fell to record lows as the city got socked with 6” (15 cm) of snow
Meanwhile, over …

Boeing Updates Guidance on 737 Max, Jet May Fly Again in January

Boeing Updates Guidance on 737 Max, Jet May Fly Again in January

Saying it is  “confident the MAX will be one of the safest airplanes ever to fly,” Boeing indicated Monday that it hopes to begin deliveries of 737 Max aircraft to airlines before the end of 2019 even if the Federal Aviation Administration hasn’t at that point approved new pilot training procedures, adding it expects a return to commercial service for the 737 in January.
The company identified five “key milestones” that …