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Groundhog Day Report: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts 6 More Weeks of Winter, But He’s Usually Wrong

Groundhog Day Report: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts 6 More Weeks of Winter, But He’s Usually Wrong

Prodigious forecaster Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow early Friday, Groundhog Day 2018, despite a forecast that called for a cloudy, shadowless morning.
Phil, the world’s most famous groundhog, isn’t always right, however.
According to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, “there is no predictive skill for the groundhog during the most recent years of the analysis.” In the past 30 years, Phil has been right 14 times and wrong 16.
Groundhog Day evolved …

Review: ‘Babylon Berlin’ on Netflix and Sky 1

It’s 1929, ten years into the Weimar Republic and the Golden 20s, Berlin is the third-largest metropolis in the world, a place where decadence and artistic expression are often one and the same, while a fragile German democracy runs out the clock before descending into chaos.
This is the world inhabited by “Babylon Berlin,” a crime series guaranteed to be unlike any other.
The Krimi, as the genre is known in German, …

American Airlines to Offer Coach Passengers Option to Pre-Order Meals

American Airlines to Offer Coach Passengers Option to Pre-Order Meals

American Airlines announced it would allow coach passengers to pre-order a meal on a test basis on several flights departing Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
Passengers may request their selection beginning 30 days and up to 24 hours prior to departure. Meals are available on flights to Philadelphia, Seattle, and New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Payment for the meal is made on board.
Selections will vary but currently include a fruit-and-cheese platter for $8.99 and …

Rare Super Blue Blood Moon Captivates Astronomers and Skygazers

Rare Super Blue Blood Moon Captivates Astronomers and Skygazers

Millions of people across the globe were treated to a cosmic treat early Wednesday, a super blue blood moon. It was the first time in 35 years that a blue moon, a total lunar eclipse, and a supermoon took place at the same time.
The eclipse began at 4:51 a.m. PST, with the best viewing occurring around 5 and 6 a.m.
Some of the best viewing spots in the early morning hours …

Apple to Add Support for Key Safety Feature, Advanced Mobile Location, in iOS 11.3

Apple to Add Support for Key Safety Feature, Advanced Mobile Location, in iOS 11.3

Apple announced plans to add support for Advanced Mobile Location in the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 11.3.
Advanced Mobile Location transmits a user’s exact location in countries where the feature is supported. It recognizes when an emergency call is being placed and activates the device’s GPS or Wi-Fi radios to collect the caller’s precise location, sending an SMS to emergency services with the caller’s location.
The system is …

International Tourism Declined Under Trump

International Tourism Declined Under Trump

International tourism has fallen 4% to 41 million visitors during the first 12 months of President Trump’s administration, according to figures published by the National Travel and Tourism Office.
The agency also reported that travel spending has fallen by 3.3%, or $4.6 billion, and that 40,000 jobs in tourism have been lost.
Under the previous administration, the number of visitors to the United States had been increasing dramatically each year.
As a result, …

Is Your State’s Driver’s License Ready for Travel? Here Is An Update on Real ID Rules

If you recently noticed a sign near the TSA security checkpoint portending that federal agencies would soon discontinue accepting driver’s licenses issued by certain states, it wasn’t a mistake: just blame the Real ID Act of 2005.
One item generating an inordinate amount of buzz is this sentence on the Department of Homeland Security’s website:
“Starting January 22, 2018, passengers with a driver’s license issued by a state that is still not …