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Marriott to Return Desks to Their Rightful Place in Hotel Guest Rooms

Marriott to Return Desks to Their Rightful Place in Hotel Guest Rooms

Marriott International was tired of having guests ask what happened to the desk that was supposed to be in their guest room, so the hotelier is putting them back where they belong.
The trend started years ago when Marriott and other hotel chains began to remove writing desks under the mistaken belief that modern technology had rendered them obsolete. The practice of omitting a desk has also been criticized multiple times …

Virgin America and Alaska Air Extend Regulatory Review Period but Merger Still on Track

Virgin America and Alaska Air Extend Regulatory Review Period but Merger Still on Track

Alaska Air Group and Virgin America said Monday the two would delay their merger plans to allow the U.S. Department of Justice additional time to review their planned $2.6 billion deal.
Despite the delay, the merger is still on track to close in the early part of the fourth quarter, the airlines said.
The two carriers said they are “confident” that they will obtain regulatory approval, pointing out their “complementary networks” as …

Google Self-Driving Car Involved in Serious Accident

Google Self-Driving Car Involved in Serious Accident

A Google-operated self-driving Lexus SUV was struck by a commercial van at an intersection in Mountain View, California.   The truck failed to stop at the red light and ran into the Lexus causing significant damage but no injuries were reported.
“A Google vehicle was traveling northbound on Phyllis Ave. in Mountain View when a car heading westbound on El Camino Real ran a red light and collided with the right side of …

LaGuardia Traffic Woes to Improve, But Is ‘Traffic Armageddon’ Possible in 2017?

LaGuardia Traffic Woes to Improve, But Is ‘Traffic Armageddon’ Possible in 2017?

The recent gridlock problems at LaGuardia Airport in New York may become a thing of the past. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey outlined plans to resolve the traffic problems that have plagued the airport in recent months after work started on a new $4 billion Central Terminal that will serve eight airlines.
The agency said it will be adding a new lane in front of the airport and …

Trump Hotels Fined Over Credit-Card Data Breach

Trump Hotels Fined Over Credit-Card Data Breach

New York State’s attorney general announced that the Trump Hotel Collection will pay $50,000 in fines after a data breach involving credit card information was traced back to the hotelier operated by presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The data breach exposed more than 70,000 credit-card numbers as well as other personal information. It was traced back to the hotel group by banks, which analyzed hundreds of fraudulent credit-card transactions in May 2015. …

Marriott Completes Merger with Starwood, Becoming World’s Largest Hotelier

Marriott Completes Merger with Starwood, Becoming World’s Largest Hotelier

It’s official. With the closing of its merger with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Marriott International became the world’s largest hotelier Friday.
The combined company brings together Marriott, Courtyard, and Ritz-Carlton brands with Starwood’s Sheraton, Westin, W, and St. Regis properties and will have over 1.1 million rooms in more than 5,500 hotels in 100 countries.
Also effective Friday, members of both hotel’s guest loyalty programs will be able to link their accounts. …

Power Partially Restored After Blackout Leaves Most of Puerto Rico in Darkness

Power Partially Restored After Blackout Leaves Most of Puerto Rico in Darkness

Much of Puerto Rico remained without electricity Friday morning after a fire at the Aguirre power plant in Salinas knocked out two 230,000-volt transmission lines that serve much of the country on Wednesday.
Circuit breakers shut down the flow of power as a preventive measure, the island’s Electric Power Authority said. The island, which has a population of 3.5 million people, was completely without power although more than 390,000 of the …