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Road Test and Review: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

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You may notice something different about the photographs of our short-term 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid. We typically like to photograph the cars in showroom condition but winter hit us hard right after the Accord arrived and we decided to make an exception.
The Honda Accord, which turned 40 last year, has been one of the best-selling vehicles in the United States since 1989. It also has the distinction of being the …

AT&T Turns Off 2G Network, Disconnecting Original iPhones, with Plans to Repurpose Spectrum for ‘Future Network Technologies’

AT&T Turns Off 2G Network, Disconnecting Original iPhones, with Plans to Repurpose Spectrum for ‘Future Network Technologies’

AT&T said it had completed its previously announced shutdown of its 2G GSM and EDGE voice and data networks on January 1, 2017.
The move impacts older mobile devices including the original iPhone. The mobile operator said that its current 3G and 4G networks 99% of users in the United States.
“By shutting down our 2G network, this frees up more spectrum for future network technologies, including 5G,” the company said …

United Takes Delivery of First Boeing 777-300, ‘New Spirit of United’

United Takes Delivery of First Boeing 777-300, ‘New Spirit of United’

United Airlines announced that it took delivery of its very first Boeing 777-300ER.
The aircraft, which the carrier has named the “New Spirit of United,” will be the first to feature the new Polaris business-class cabin, with fully lie-flat seats with direct-aisle access as well as amenities such as Saks Fifth Avenue pillows and blankets and a brand-new Polaris menu.
The plane is scheduled to begin service next month. United expects have …

DOJ: Assault on Airline Employees in Airports Could Lead to Criminal Charges

DOJ: Assault on Airline Employees in Airports Could Lead to Criminal Charges

The U.S. Department of Justice said earlier this month that a federal law written to protect TSA agents and law enforcement officers in airports also applies to airline employees at airport ticket counters and gates.
The law was first enacted in 2001 and calls for criminal fines and up to ten years in prison for anyone who assaults “a federal, airport, or air carrier employee who has security duties within the …

Flight Review: Delta One Business Class San Francisco-New York

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My first flight in a while on Delta out of San Francisco gave me the opportunity to visit the airline’s attractive new Sky Club lounge. Thanks to an absence of traffic in the Bay Area and at the TSA PreCheck security checkpoint line, I had ample time to enjoy the lounge and was captivated by the views of airport operations that the almost floor-to-ceiling windows allowed.
The old Sky Club was …

Ringling Bros., ‘Greatest Show on Earth,’ to Shut Down After 146 Years

Ringling Bros., ‘Greatest Show on Earth,’ to Shut Down After 146 Years

“The Greatest Show on Earth” will fold its tents come May. Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus said Friday it plans to cease operations after a final tour ends in the New York area.
Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus, blamed declining attendance, in particular after it discontinued its elephant act last year, as well as battles with animal-rights activists over the treatment of circus animals.
The past year has not …

British Airways Cabin Crew to Strike Again This Week, This Time for 3 Days

British Airways Cabin Crew to Strike Again This Week, This Time for 3 Days

Cabin crew at British Airways plan another strike for the coming week following last week’s two-day strike.
Some 3,000 British Airways flight attendants are planning to walk off the job on January 19 for three days in an ongoing disagreement over the pay for newer employees.
Unite, the union representing the flight attendants, said the second strike is due to a dispute over what it calls “poverty pay,” as was the first. …