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    NASA's beleaguered Artemis 1 mission to the moon now faces a likely delay of six weeks after being scrubbed twice due to technical problems and now having to find time on the Space Center's launchpad that doesn't overlap with SpaceX's Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station. When NASA decided to stand down on its latest launch attempt Saturday and roll the rocket back to the vehicle assembly building, it was because engineers couldn't overcome a hydrogen fuel leak, which is a dangerous situation that could not be rectified by today, the final day of the current launch window.  The previous failed attempt was because engineers couldn't cool off one of the rocket's engines to a safe temperature in time for liftoff. However, the long-delayed launch of the massive, 30-story rocket - which is supposed to put American boots on the lunar surface in 2025 - is about more than just fixing the mechanical problems. 'We go when it's ready,' NASA administrator Bill Nelson said after the most recent scrubbed launch. 'We don't go until then, and especially now on...
    There are many ways to save money on flights. But booking airfare on a certain day of the week isn't one of them, according to data from Google Flights. Booking mid-week — and especially Tuesdays around midnight — is often cited as the best time to purchase flights. But in the past five years, U.S. airfares purchased on Tuesdays, Wednesday or Thursdays have been only 1.9% cheaper on average than airfares purchased during the weekend, according to Google Flights. "If your trip is just a couple of weeks away, don't wait for Tuesday to roll around — book your flight now in case the price goes up," wrote James Byers, Google Flights' group product manager, on a blog post published yesterday.Strategies that workWhile the day of the week travelers book may not matter much, the day they fly does, according to Google Flights' research, which examined five years of historical flight data from Aug. 1, 2017 to Aug. 1, 2022. "On average, flights that depart on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday have been 12% cheaper than weekend departures," wrote Byers. "If...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The travel woes continue as more than 10,000 flights were delayed or canceled over the Juneteenth holiday weekend. Even the Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg experienced the travel problems firsthand when his own flight was canceled. READ MORE: Baltimore Director John Waters Is Getting A Star On The Hollywood Walk Of FameAnother 14,000 flights were either canceled or delayed over the weekend and that’s on top of the nearly 3,000 flights that were canceled at the end of last week. “The inconsistency has been a little nerve-racking. I’m a nervous flier anyways, so that adds to it,” said Hilary Andelora who was traveling from Baltimore to Buffalo and noticed a discrepancy in the flight status on the flight boards in the airport versus what was displayed online. Airlines are now apologizing for the high volume of flight disruptions. The weather has been part of the problem but airlines also admit they are short-staffed. CBS News Senior Travel Adviser Peter Greenberg says airlines have vacancies across the board. “You can hire as many customer service agents you want to...
    More than 70,000 pounds of baby formula arrived in the United States on Sunday via military aircraft, President Joe Biden announced, as his top economics adviser pledged stores could see replenished supplies 'as early as this week.' The shipment from the US military's Ramstein Air Base in Germany is the first in Biden's Operation Fly Formula program, aimed at ramping up international imports of baby formula to raise US supply.  It's one of several measures the president unveiled to mitigate the increasingly dire baby formula shortage that's plaguing Americans nationwide - which has already led to multiple reports of hospitalized children. 'Folks, I’m excited to tell you that the first flight from Operation Fly Formula is loaded up with more than 70,000 pounds of infant formula and about to land in Indiana,' the president wrote on Twitter just before the plane touched down. 'Our team is working around the clock to get safe formula to everyone who needs it.' A White House official told CNN the first shipments will be distributed to parts of the country 'where the needs are...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – The first all-private mission to the International Space Station returned to Earth on Monday after several delays. Flying back in a SpaceX capsule, the three businessmen and their astronaut escort splashed down in the Atlantic off Florida’s coast to close out a 17-day tour that cost them $55 million apiece. READ MORE: Ornery Alligator Takes Stroll Through Parkland NeighborhoodThe trip was supposed to last a little over a week, but dicey weather kept the visitors in orbit almost twice as long as intended. Before departing the space station Sunday night, the group thanked their seven hosts, including three NASA astronauts whose own mission is nearing an end. WATCH THE UNDOCKING HERE:   It was the first time NASA opened its space hatches to tourists after shunning the practice perfected over the decades by Russia. Last fall, a Russian film crew flew up, followed by a Japanese fashion mogul and his assistant. In each case, an active-duty cosmonaut traveled with them. The latest guests were accompanied by a former NASA astronaut now working for Axiom...
    The D.C. Memo is a weekly recap of Washington political news, journalism, and opinion, delivered with an eye toward what matters for Minnesota. Sign up to get it in your inbox every Thursday. Hello and welcome back to the D.C. Memo. This week you can find me shaking my head at our local (D.C.) MLB team. On Wednesday, the U.S. Capitol was on high alert as everyone inside was ordered to evacuate after an Army plane soared over the building. (Most of D.C. is a no-fly-zone, and any unauthorized aircraft flying over major buildings like the White House or the Capitol is a major problem.) As it turned out, the Washington Nationals were hosting Military Appreciation Night at Wednesday night’s game and the team failed to alert the Capitol Police that the parachuting flight squad, the Golden Knights, would be making a run over the D.C. skies. I’m not sure how that mix-up happened, but nonetheless I am excited to go to my first Nats game of the season this weekend. Here’s what else happened in Washington this week:...
    PASSENGERS were left fuming after another weekend of travel chaos across the United States caused by delays and cancelations. JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines canceled hundreds of flights, with many travelers taking to social media to vent about poor service and horrific experiences. 3Passengers at Boston Logan International Airport faced some of highest number of cancellations this weekendCredit: WHDH 3Logan International Airport in Boston where travelers were left strandedCredit: WBZ 3JetBlue and Spirit Airlines canned hundreds of flights, leaving passengers strandedCredit: WBTZ This weekend saw a combined 254 flights canceled on Sunday, after more than 300 flights were pulled on Saturday, according to flight tracker FlightAware. JetBlue was forced to cancel 18 percent of its Saturday flight schedule, and 13 percent of its Sunday flights. Spirit dropped 14 percent of its Saturday flights, and a further 13 percent of its flights on Sunday. In a bid to avoid similar issues in the future, JetBlue announced a reduced schedule for the rest of April, desperately seeking to limit last-minute cancellations. Read more in travel news'TOTAL CARNARGE' Travellers arrive...
    Welcome to the Glean, MinnPost’s twice-daily roundup of Minnesota news. Sun Country airlines canceled charter flights to bring teams to the women’s Final Four in Minneapolis one week before the flights were scheduled to take off, according to event organizers with Minnesota Sports and Events and as reported by the Star Tribune’s Kristen Leigh Painter and Rochelle Olson. No part of Minnesota is under severe drought, reported Ellen Galles for KSTP. Metro Transit is eliminating Northstar service for Twins games, reported KARE11’s Samantha Fischer. Heart of the Beast Theater is bringing back its MayDay festival, but without a parade, reported Mary Ellen Ritter for Mpls St Paul. Article continues after advertisement Reservations open Tuesday for the new campground at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park will open this year, according to MPR’s Andrew Krueger. One of the most popular podcasts in Apple’s directory is Duluth priest, Father Mike Schmitz’s “The Bible in a Year,” reported Candice Ortiz in Mediaite. Delta Airlines pilots are planning an informational picket outside of Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport on April 21, reported Jennifer Hoff for KARE11. Timothy...
    JetBlue planes at New York's John F. Kennedy International AirportLeslie Josephs | CNBC JetBlue Airways on Friday urged patience from its flight attendants as it races to hire hundreds of new employees before what it expects to be a monster travel season this spring and summer. "Please do not refuse an assignment you are assigned to operate; it is disruptive to the operation, lets down your fellow Crewmembers, and disappoints our Customers who rely on us to safely get them to their destination," Ed Baklor, head of customer care and programs, said in an email to flight attendants, which was seen by CNBC. Travel demand snapped back faster than airlines had expected and they are now trying to hire thousands of workers to handle a surge in passengers this spring and summer. Airline CEOs this and last week told investors that they expect that strong demand — and customers' willingness to pay more for tickets — will help cover the recent surge in fuel prices. "We are still unprofitable after two years and now face rising fuel prices and other inflationary...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Davidson has bowed out of a short ride to space next week on a Jeff Bezos rocket. The “Saturday Night Live” star “is no longer able to join” the other five passengers on the next Blue Origin flight, Bezos’ space travel company said Thursday night. No other details were provided. The company announced earlier this week that Davidson would be on Blue Origin’s fourth flight with passengers. It had been scheduled for next Wednesday, but has now been shifted to Tuesday, the company said. Davidson would have been the third celebrity to climb aboard a Blue Origin automated capsule for the 10-minute flight from West Texas. Actor William Shatner and former NFL great and “Good Morning America” co-host Michael Strahan took a flight last year. The company said it will announce Davidson’s replacement in the coming days. The company has not disclosed the ticket price for paying passengers. Davidson, who is currently dating reality star Kim Kardashian, wrote and starred in the semi-autobiographical film “The King of Staten Island,” which was released in 2020. Copyright...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Seaplanes are returning to the Boston Harbor soon. Tailwind Air will start its springtime service on March 21. A ticket for a nonstop flight to New York City starts around $400. According to the airline, it is the fastest way to get there. Flights to New York are offered four times a day. This year, Tailwind is also starting a new flight to Plymouth.
    More On: olivia munn Anna Marie Tendler appears to begin freezing eggs after John Mulaney divorce John Mulaney talks fatherhood, sobriety in ‘SNL’ monologue Olivia Munn matches son Malcolm in puffy winter coat Olivia Munn shares video of John Mulaney doting on son Malcolm Baby on board. New mom Olivia Munn is celebrating successfully traveling across the country with her and John Mulaney’s 3-month-old son Malcolm. “We did it!” the “Ride Along 2” actress, 41, captioned a selfie of herself and her baby on Instagram Tuesday. “We flew round trip cross country at 12/13 weeks old! Now wake us in a week and get me some chapstick ????‍????” Malcom adorably appeared to be yawning in the photo. One user jokingly commented, “malcolm here is the biggest mood ever tbh i’ve lived my entire life with that exact same face.” Munn and Malcolm made the trip from their home-base in California to New York last week and back to support Mulaney, 39, who was hosting “Saturday Night Live.” The “X-Men: Apocalypse” actress posted a series of sweet photos of father...
    The torturous, months-long “will he, won’t he” guessing game that Vladimir Putin has forced upon the world may soon end in bloodshed and devastation, as there is now little doubt that the Russian president will make the earth-shattering decision to invade neighboring Ukraine, according to multiple reports citing NATO and U.S. officials that emerged on Friday. With Russian aggression along Ukraine’s border escalating at lightning speed, U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Friday that though the White House has not definitively concluded that Putin has already ordered an invasion, the threat is now “a very, very distinct possibility” that could take place as early as next week, and encouraged all U.S. citizens to leave the country within the next 48 hours. Meanwhile, in the Eastern Ukrainian town of Pervomais'ke, which is only a couple of kilometers from the frontlines, thousands anxiously await what’s to come—whatever that may be—with no option to leave. That includes 28-year-old handyman Evgeny Linkin, who spoke with The Daily Beast this week in between scattered gunfire and sudden explosions in the distance. “If...
    (CNN)A road trip's detour was derailed, a flying car got the green light, and fashion's next big thing may be smaller than expected. These are the must-watch videos of the week.A deceiving detourJUST WATCHEDWoman takes detour to North Carolina for snow mountain scenes. Here's what she finds instead ReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHWoman takes detour to North Carolina for snow mountain scenes. Here's what she finds instead 01:49A traveler says a TikTok video that was mistakenly labeled Gastonia, North Carolina, tricked her into driving to the city, as the snow mountain scene she'd hoped to see was actually filmed in Switzerland. Cleared for takeoff JUST WATCHED'Flying car' gets greenlight to take flight in SlovakiaReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCH'Flying car' gets greenlight to take flight in Slovakia 01:31The AirCar, a concept car from manufacturer Klein Vision, has been given the green light to take flight in Slovakia.Read MoreBaby's first shopping spreeJUST WATCHEDToddler goes on a $2K Walmart shopping spreeReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHToddler goes on a $2K Walmart shopping spree 01:51A toddler ordered almost $2,000 of furniture from Walmart's website. His parents had no...
    Washington, DC (CNN)Thousands of US flights were canceled over New Year's weekend as a combination of Covid-19 disruptions and wintry weather slowed travel. Flight cancellations have trended up steadily since Christmas Eve, hitting a new peak Saturday as millions travel over the holidays.Data from the website FlightAware shows more than 4,731 flights were canceled globally on Saturday -- by far the largest day of cancellations since the meltdown began Christmas Eve. At least 2,739 of the cancellations were within, into or out of the US.Sunday cancellations in the US already number 1,699 flights, FlightAware showed. Sunday is generally the busiest travel day of the week, and this Sunday is likely a heavy travel day as the Christmas holiday and New Year week wrap up. The Transportation Security Administration said Thursday it expected to screen 10 million people from Friday through Monday.Including Sunday, airlines have canceled more than 14,000 flights in the last 10 days, including Christmas Eve, per a CNN tally of FlightAware data. The problem is likely to continue into next week because it takes time for airlines to...
    Best-selling author Patricia Cornwell has taken to Twitter to clarify she is not the now infamous Patricia 'Delta Karen' Cornwall, who was arrested by the FBI after attacking a senior citizen last week on a Tampa-to-Atlanta flight. 'Those asking. No this isn't me,' the author of the crime book series starring fashionable medical examiner Kay Scarpetta wrote on Thursday. Cornwell, whose book series will be developed into a television adaptation by Jamie Lee Curtis' Comet Pictures, was unknowingly tied to the controversy surrounding Patricia Cornwall.  The best-selling author tweeted on Monday that she had been receiving 'some rather strange calls' from people who thought she was Cornwall, the ex-NFL cheerleader, former Baywatch actress and high-flying realtor who was arrested by the FBI after the December 23 incident.   'Those asking. No this isn't me,' Patricia Cornwell, the author of the crime book series starring fashionable medical examiner Kay Scarpetta wrote on Thursday. Best-selling author Patricia Cornwell (left) has taken to Twitter to clarify she is not the now infamous Patricia 'Delta Karen' Cornwall (right), who was arrested by the FBI after attacking...
    New York (CNN Business)Thousands of flights have been canceled over the past several days as Covid cases surge across the globe.On Tuesday, another 2,200 flights have been canceled, with nearly 700 of them within, into or out of the United States, according to tracking website FlightAware. More than 2,000 flights have been delayed.Monday was an even bigger nightmare for travelers, with more than 2,800 flights canceled, and 11,000 delayed. Globally, airlines canceled more than 6,000 flights on Christmas Eve, Christmas and the day after Christmas. In the United States, more than 1,200 flights were canceled and more than 5,000 were delayed on Sunday alone as staff and crew call out sick.The cancellations come at the busiest time of year for air travel. The US Transportation Security Administration said it screened millions of people each day over the holiday weekend, peaking at 2.19 million travelers on Thursday, December 23. On Wednesday, more people passed through TSA checkpoints than on the same day in 2019.Read MoreSaturday, air travel was a bit slower because of the flight cancellations: More than 1.53 million people...
    New York (CNN Business)More than 2,000 flights have been canceled Monday as Covid cases surge across the globe.Of the nearly 2,200 canceled flights, more than 700 were within, into or out of the United States, according to FlightAware. More than 3,000 flights are delayed.Globally, airlines canceled more than 6,000 flights on Christmas Eve, Christmas and the day after Christmas. In the United States, more than 1,200 flights were canceled and more than 5,000 were delayed on Sunday alone as staff and crew call out sick.The cancellations come at the busiest time of year for air travel. The US Transportation Security Administration said it screened millions of people each day over the holiday weekend, peaking at 2.19 million travelers on Thursday, December 23. On Wednesday, more people passed through TSA checkpoints than on the same day in 2019.Saturday air travel was a bit slower because of the flight cancellations: More than 1.53 million people passed through security checkpoints Saturday.Read MoreUnited Airlines (UAL) said last week it had to cancel hundreds of flights because it lacked enough crew members to safely fly...
    PREMIER LEAGUE clubs fear another season shutdown amid the rise of the Omicron variant, according to reports. A record number of positive tests for Premier League players and staff were recorded yesterday as fears grow that more games could be called off. 1Premier League games are in danger of not going ahead with clubs suffering from Covid outbreaksCredit: Getty Worries have been increased by a slow uptake on booster jabs among players - with the Mail revealing that only Wolves are on pace to meet the Government's target of seeing all over-18s receiving their third vaccine before the end of the month. Leeds and Brentford are not far off Wolves - although with many players having not been jabbed until October - a significant number of Prem stars may not receive their booster until mid-late January. Tottenham's scheduled match against Brighton on Sunday had to be postponed after a Covid outbreak hit the Spurs camp. And the North London side's Under-23s have also suffered from positive tests in their squad. Elsewhere Manchester United were forced to close their Carrington training...
    Delta flight assault: Plane makes emergency landing after passenger assaults flight attendant and air marshal Barton Goldsmith: Lessons my pets have taught me $200 Sign Up Bonus Just In Time For The Holidays Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/8 SLIDES © Brace Hemmelgarn, USA TODAY Sports Steelers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (25) celebrates his touchdown with teammates during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings.
    An American airlines Airbus A321-200 approaches Washington Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Arlington, Virginia on February 24, 2021.Daniel Slim | AFP | Getty Images American Airlines, jolted by mass cancellations last weekend, has offered flight attendants as much as triple their pay to work holiday trips if they also have perfect attendance through early January. The offer comes just days after American canceled hundreds of flights last weekend and early this week, many of them tied to staffing shortages of flight attendants. The extra incentives show American is willing to pay up to avoid a repeat. American said flight attendants and reserve cabin crew members who work trips that fall between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29 or Dec. 22 through Jan. 2 will receive time-and-a-half, according to an internal memo that was reviewed by CNBC. If they also have no absences from Nov. 15 through Jan. 2, they will receive another 150% pay for those peak-period trips. "The past few months, and particularly the past week, have been challenging," wrote Brady Byrnes, vice president of flight service to flight attendants. "From...
    A California man was arrested Monday and charged with assaulting an American Airlines flight attendant during a flight that had to be diverted.  Brian Hsu, 20, was taken into custody at his Irvine home, a spokesman for the FBI's Los Angeles office told Fox News. He is charged with interference with a flight crew and assault within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States. He is expected to make his first appearance in federal court Monday afternoon, the Justice Department said.  MEDIA COMPARE PILOT WHO REPORTEDLY TOLD PASSENGERS, 'LET'S GO BRANDON' TO A DRUG ABUSER, ISIS SYMPATHIZER  A man is detained after an alleged attack on an American Airlines flight attendant last week. A California man has been charged in the attack on an American Airlines flight crew member, the Justice Department said Monday.  (@m6225r) The incident occurred on Oct. 27 on American Airlines Flight 976 that took off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City en route to John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California. Details about the altercation were not released.  At some...
    Hilaria Baldwin Holds Alecs Hand in Solidarity amid Rust Shooting Fallout: I Love You and Im Here 10 Places That Will Pay You to Move There in 2021 © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad The NFL had wanted to expand the regular season for more than a decade. It finally has gotten what it wanted. In a podcast appearance from early September with Hall of Fame kicker Morten Andersen, which went largely unnoticed until this weekend, Goodell described the 17-game season as a “flight to quality,” via Scott Jenkins of Sportscasting.com. He apparently means that, by swapping a week of meaningless games for a week of meaningful ones, more of the total 20 games played by 30 teams (the two Hall of Fame game participants play 21) a greater percentage of the games have value an relevance. Goodell said it’s “great for our fans” to have more teams fighting for playoff spots, and that it creates “the excitement and the drama that we’re all looking for.” The Commissioner’s reasoning becomes...
    BIG SUR (CBSLA) — A stretch of scenic Highway 1 near Big Sur remains closed Thursday after a major rockslide. Both directions of Highway 1 from Ragged Point in San Luis Obispo County to Fullers Point in Monterey County will be closed for at least a week after the rockslide. READ MORE: Encino Home Of ‘Real Housewives’ Star Dorit Kemsley RobbedAn image released by Caltrans officials show several large boulders and rocks strewn across the two-lane highway. Caltrans says it’s assessing the slide, and the rock slopes immediately above the roadway. UPDATE: Highway 1 is fully closed in both directions from Ragged Point in San Luis Obispo County to Fullers Point in Monterey County due to a rockslide. There is no estimate for [email protected] https://t.co/3LbBe8so71 https://t.co/RcJFpfGnT7 pic.twitter.com/8xb18BxJBv — Jim Shivers (@PIOJimShivers) October 27, 2021 READ MORE: Flight From New York's JFK To John Wayne Airport Diverts To Denver After Flight Attendant Attacked By PassengerHighway 1 in Big Sur is famous for its coastal views and pristine forests, but residents and businesses in the area have recently been hammered by...
    China’s Global Times government newspaper revealed on Thursday that at least ten provinces were now dealing with what it branded coronavirus “flare-ups,” prompting school closures, stay-at-home mandates, and flight cancelations. China is the origin nation of the Chinese coronavirus, first documented in central Wuhan city in late 2019. By March 2020, the Communist Party had declared that it had overcome the outbreak, praising itself for its lockdown policies. Evidence from Wuhan revealed at the time that the policies included severe human rights abuses including disappearing doctors warning about an infectious respiratory disease in the city and welding infecting people shut in their homes. Over a year later, however, China is again experiencing a surge in cases even as the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) documented a global decline in cases this week. The Global Times insisted that the outbreak, affecting a third of the nation’s provinces, would still not become a “nationwide” problem because of China’s allegedly superior pandemic control policies. Chinese officials have identified a tour group consisting of elderly citizens from Shanghai as the first cases to spread the disease, traveling...
    China’s Global Times government newspaper revealed on Thursday that at least ten provinces were now dealing with what it branded coronavirus “flare-ups,” prompting school closures, stay-at-home mandates, and flight cancelations. China is the origin nation of the Chinese coronavirus, first documented in central Wuhan city in late 2019. By March 2020, the Communist Party had declared it had overcome the outbreak, praising itself for its lockdown policies. Evidence from Wuhan revealed at the time that the policies included severe human rights abuses including disappearing doctors warning about an infectious respiratory disease in the city and welding infecting people shut in their homes. Over a year later, however, China is again experiencing a surge in cases even as the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) documented a global decline in cases this week. The Global Times insisted that the outbreak, affecting a third of the nation’s provinces, would still not become a “nationwide” problem because of China’s allegedly superior pandemic control policies. Chinese officials have identified a tour group consisting of elderly citizens from Shanghai as the first cases to spread the disease, traveling the country...
    Washington (CNN)Most evacuation flights scheduled to depart Afghanistan this week have been canceled, according to a State Department email sent to US citizens in the country on Monday that was reviewed by CNN.The email did not say why the flights had been canceled and told the recipients to "be ready to travel on short notice," given how quickly the situation has been evolving. "We will continue our efforts to facilitate the safe and orderly travel of US citizens, LPRs, and Afghans to whom we have special commitments and wish to leave Afghanistan. Because there is an ongoing terrorist threat to operations of this nature, we will not be sharing details of these efforts before people are safely out of the country," a State Department spokesperson said, adding that they will continue to engage diplomatically with the Taliban to resolve any issues. G20 pledges help for Afghan humanitarian crisis at special summitThousands of people -- including at least 129 US citizens and 115 US green card holders --- have departed Afghanistan with US assistance since the NATO withdrawal was completed at...
    VIDEO3:0703:07Travelers should be flexible and nimble when going abroad during Covid: ExpediaCapital Connection Singapore's new "vaccinated travel lanes" sparked a flurry of flight inquiries as residents of the city-state seek to take advantage of easing international travel measures. Searches for cities within Singapore's so-called VTLs doubled — and in some cases almost tripled, according to Expedia Group data. It came after government officials announced the opening of new quarantine-free travel lanes to countries in Europe, North America and Asia.Easing international travelLast week, Singapore announced quarantine-free travel with Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S. starting Oct. 19 — as well as South Korea from Nov. 15. Among the conditions are that travelers must be vaccinated and must take Covid-19 tests to ensure they are not infected before entry into the country. The announcement marked a substantial expansion to the island nation's VTL program, which currently includes Germany and Brunei. Following the news, search interest among Singapore residents increased, week-on-week to: Seoul, South Korea — 180% Vancouver, Canada — 160% Frankfurt, Germany — 130% London, United...
    EUROPE'S Ryder Cup team have boarded their flight to the US as they prepare to do battle in the 2021 Ryder Cup this weekend. Captain Padraig Harrington posed with the trophy alongside Shane Lowry, Bernd Wiesberger, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton and Lee Westwood as they set off to Wisconsin in matching outfits. 5The European team arrived at the airport on MondayCredit: Getty 5They are looking to defend the trophy they won in 2018 The European team will be hoping to hold onto the Ryder Cup trophy that they claimed three years ago in France. The coronavirus pandemic delayed the world-famous tournament by a year but it now returns this weekend. And an excited Ian Poulter tweeted: "I wonder what week it is," followed by a European flag emoji and a trophy. Westwood also posted a similar message on his Twitter. The pictures of Team Europe posted on social media are getting golf fans very excited about the return of the sport's flagship event. One fan said: "What a team 12 awesome players. Ryder Cup Europe plus all the vice captains...
    FOOTBALL fans will be able to stand at top-flight games for the first time in nearly 30 years, ministers are to reveal. Premier League clubs will be told they can register to open safe standing sections in their grounds in the second half of this season. 2Fans will be able to stand at top-flight football games for the first time in nearly 30 years, ministers are to revealCredit: Getty Several will be chosen to act as pilot schemes before a decision is made on whether to introduce it across the top two divisions next year. Standing has been illegal in the top division since all-seater stadiums were introduced in 1994 following the Taylor report into the Hillsborough disaster. But ministers will this week give the go-ahead for Premier League and EFL clubs to add seats with barriers so fans can stand. It will be the first major decision made by new ­Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries, a Liverpool fan brought up half-a-mile from Anfield. She is keen to act after studying independent research and talks with fans’ groups, police and...
    ELON Musk is planning to send four members of the public on a SpaceX flight this week. The four civilians will become Inspiration4 astronauts and are set to make history on September 15. 1Chris Sembroski (top left), Hayley Arceneaux (top right), Jared Isaacman (bottom left) and Sian Proctor (bottom right) are the four civilians going on the SpaceX flight this weekCredit: SpaceX The lucky chosen ones will be on a SpaceX flight that aims to reach orbit this week. It will be the first all-civilian space flight and the first privately financed civilian flight to Earth's orbit. The group has been training together for six months. They all come from a range of background and careers so we've rounded up some facts about each member people. Hayley Arceneaux Hayley Arceneaux is 29 years old and a physician assistant at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the US. Most read in NewsPICTURE IMPERFECT You should DELETE Google Photos from your phone now, cyber-expert warnsBE ALERT Attackers are sending people malicious Microsoft files & tricking them to open itACTION STATIONS PS5 restock set...
    An all-civilian, non-astronaut crew, including a childhood cancer survivor, is ready for blastoff this week on a history-making SpaceX flight. Launch is scheduled for Wednesday evening for the first fully commercial, non-government flight to orbit, a charity-driven mission proponents say will open the door for "everyday people" to fly in space. While billionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos made headlines earlier this summer spending a few minutes in weightlessness during up-and-down sub-orbital flights to space, the Inspiration4 crew will spend three days orbiting the Earth aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. And not just any orbit. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will boost the Crew Dragon Resilience into a planned 360-mile-high orbit, 100 miles above the International Space Station, higher than anyone has flown since the final shuttle visit to the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009. The Inspiration4 crew, checking out their SpaceX pressure suits while visiting the Crew Dragon capsule that will carry them into space on the first all-civilian flight to orbit. Left to right: Chris Sembroski, Sian Proctor, commander Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux. Inspiration4 From that lofty...
    More than eight years before the terrible events of 9/11, in February 1993, a 1,500lb bomb exploded underneath New York’s Twin Towers. It had been planted by Al Qaeda. Six people were killed and more than 1,000 injured, but the World Trade Centre did not fall. Al Qaeda concluded that only a more ingenious attack would bring down the iconic towers. In 1996, from his base in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, Al Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden and his right-hand man, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, began planning ‘the Planes Operation’. Four teams, each with a pilot and a group of ‘muscle men’, would hijack airliners and fly them into the Twin Towers and other symbolically significant American targets. In 2001, news of the plot leaked: a CIA intelligence report warned that something ‘very, very, very, very’ big was imminent. As the CIA boss George Tenet said later: ‘The system was blinking red.’ They knew something terrible was about to happen — but they didn’t know how to stop it. In 1996, from his base in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, Al Qaeda founder Osama Bin...
    The 36-year-old father had worked for a security company at the U.S. Embassy. An Afghan couple who arrived in Philadelphia this week navigated the streets of Taliban-controlled Kabul with their six children repeatedly before making it onto a rescue flight on the third day. The 36-year-old father, Mohammad, who asked to be identified only by his first name to protect relatives still there, had worked for a security company at the U.S. Embassy and then for a defense contractor since 2004. He first applied for an American visa in 2018. By the time the visa came through on Aug. 8, the Taliban was making its way toward Kabul, and would move on the city a week later. When they did, Mohammad's relative near Philadelphia — where the family is now staying — urged him to hurry to the airport, even though he had not yet booked a flight. The family made it within 55 yards of the U.S. military on their first attempt, on Aug. 16, only to be pushed...
    Passengers are seething as travel chaos continues for the sixth straight day after Spirit Airlines canceled nearly a quarter of its flights on Saturday, bring the total to about 2,000 cancellations this week.  As of 2pm, 170 flights - 23 percent - have already been cancelled, and another 91 are delayed, according to FlightAware, an online flight tracker.    The 22 percent continues a positive trend since the issue started with more than 60 percent of flights being cancelled on Tuesday and Wednesday.   Spirit CEO Ted Christie is optimistic that the airline will be back to normal by early next week but admitted 'it's been a tough week.' Passengers wait in line at the Spirit Airlines check-in counter at Orlando International Airport on the sixth day the airline has cancelled hundreds of flights Approximately 2,000 flights were cancelled this week due to weather, staffing shortages, computer problems, and passenger volume Spirit Airlines believes it will resume normal service by early next week In the meantime, would-be passengers took to Twitter to vent their frustrations and demand refunds.  Twitter user...
    The Indonesian man, who was only identified only by the initials "DW," went to the Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport in Jakarta. He wore a niqab that covered him from head to toe, including a full-face veil that only features an opening for the eyes. He used his wife's ID and her negative PCR test results to get past security and board a commercial airplane, according to CNN. During the Citilink airlines flight from Jakarta to Ternate, the cross-dressing passenger got a little too cocky. He entered the bathroom dressed as a female, but departed the lavatory as a man wearing men's clothing. The attempted switcheroo was noticed by an eagle-eyed airline attendant, who foiled his COVID caper. The flight attendant notified airport authorities in Ternate, who apprehended the passenger as soon as he disembarked from the plane. "The airport immediately contacted the Ternate City Covid-19 Handling Task Force team to evacuate the man while wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), and then taking him in an ambulance to his house (in Ternate City) to self-isolate, where he will be supervised...
    By MARCIA DUNN VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — Jeff Bezos blasted into space Tuesday on his rocket company’s first flight with people on board, becoming the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft. The Amazon founder was accompanied by a hand-picked group: his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas — the youngest and oldest to ever fly in space. Named after America’s first astronaut, Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket soared from remote West Texas on the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, a date chosen by Bezos for its historical significance. He held fast to it, even as Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson pushed up his own flight from New Mexico in the race for space tourist dollars and beat him to space by nine days. Unlike Branson’s piloted rocket plane, Bezos’ capsule was completely automated and required no official staff on board for the anticipated 10-minute, up-and-down flight. Blue Origin was shooting for an altitude of roughly 66 miles (106 kilometers), more than 10 miles (16...
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — When a Blue Origin flight rockets out of Texas next week, 18-year-old Oliver Daemen will be the youngest person in space, while North Texas’ Wally Funk will be the oldest at 82. Blue Origin announced Thursday that instead of a $28 million auction winner launching with founder Jeff Bezos on Tuesday, the Dutch son of another bidder will be on board. The company said Daemen will be the first paying customer, but did not disclose the price of his ticket. But a family spokesperson said it will be considerably less than the winning bid. READ MORE: Carrollton Man Who Swindled Elderly Gets 63 Years For Dealing Date Rape Drug GHB Daemen snagged the fourth and last seat on the space capsule after the auction winner stepped aside because of a scheduling conflict. The offer came in a surprise phone call from Blue Origin last week, he said. “This is so unbelievably cool!” Daemen said in a statement. “The flight to and into space only takes 10 minutes, but I already know that these will be...
    Travelers wait in line at a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening checkpoint at Orlando International Airport in May, 2021.Paul Hennessy | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images The Transportation Security Administration said Friday that airport screenings have climbed above 2019 levels for the first time in the pandemic, signaling strong travel demand during Fourth of July weekend. The TSA screened nearly 2.15 million people on Thursday, close to 3% more than the 2.01 million people who passed through security checkpoints at U.S. airports on July 1, 2019. The trend is unlikely to hold. July 1, 2019 was a Monday and a low point for the week, when screenings shot up more than 706,000 people to peak on July 5. Still, the milestone shows the surge in air travel demand since a broad rollout of vaccines in the U.S. this spring and a relaxation of pandemic-related closures or restrictions. The increase is mainly due to domestic U.S. leisure travel, with most business- and long-haul international travel still on hold. Airlines, meanwhile, are contending with a host of thunderstorms this week...
    Vladimir Putin and Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko have 'agreed a loan deal' during a yacht tour in Sochi amid international uproar over the hijacking of a Ryanair flight to detain a dissident journalist.  The Russian President and Mr Lukashenko held a second day of talks - as well as a yacht tour - in the southern Russian city of Sochi on Saturday. The former-Soviet superpower will move ahead with a second £352million loan to Belarus next month amid the latest standoff with the West. Lukashenko ordered the hijacking of a Ryanair plane as it crossed Belarusian airspace so he could arrest dissident blogger Roman Protasevich and girlfriend Sofia Sapega this week. Putin is the only world leader to defend Lukashenko over the hijacking. Russia promised Belarus a £1.06billion loan last year as part of Moscow's efforts to stabilise its neighbour and longstanding ally. Minsk received a first installment of £352million in October. Several Western countries accused Belarus of piracy this week after Belarusian air traffic control informed the pilot of the Ryanair passenger jet of a hoax bomb threat.
    NASA's Ingenuity helicopter is going to attempt a sixth flight on Mars next week, reaching speeds of up to nine miles per hour and flying for over two minutes. This will be the first flight as part of the 'operations demonstration phase' that includes helping the Perseverance rover in its mission to find ancient signs of life. Ingenuity will scout multiple surface features from the air during its short flight, before landing in a different airfield to the one it takes off from for the first time.  It will head up 33 feet into the Martian sky and then fly 492ft southwest at about nine miles per hour, taking photographs of rocks and dunes on the ground.  In this new phase, data and images from the flight will be returned to Earth in the days following the flight, rather than in the following hours as with earlier trips.  NASA's Ingenuity helicopter is going to attempt a sixth flight on Mars next week, reaching speeds of up to nine miles per hour and flying for over two minutes This will...
    In this article SPCEVirgin Galactic's spacecraft Unity fires its rocket engine and heads to space on Feb. 22, 2019.Virgin GalacticVirgin Galactic stock jumped after the space tourism company announced its next spaceflight test is targeting May 22, following the completion of a maintenance review of its carrier aircraft that threatened to delay the flight. "Following a detailed inspection and thorough analysis of our mothership, Eve, we have cleared our Spaceflight System for our upcoming flight," Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier said in a statement. Shares of Virgin Galactic jumped as much as 12% in premarket trading from its previous close of $17.27.Virgin Galactic's carrier aircraft releases its spacecraft Unity during a glide flight test.Virgin GalacticVirgin Galactic leadership, when the company reported first quarter results last week, revealed that the target date for the next spaceflight test was under evaluation due to a possible maintenance issue with VMS Eve, the aircraft that carries the spacecraft before launch. This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
    Maybe they’ll start calling him "Flyin’ Ted." Texas Sen. Ted Cruz retweeted a news story from Houston’s ABC affiliate about cheap flights to "sunny Cancun or even Las Vegas." "Awesome!" he wrote, a wink at a scandal over the winter involving a poorly timed family vacation to Cancun. Cruz had flown with his kids to the resort town in February as severe winter weather battered his home state, leaving hundreds of thousands without power as temperatures plummeted to record lows. And almost 200 people died, according to the Houston Chronicle. CRUZ ADMITS CANCUN TRIP ‘OBVIOUSLY A MISTAKE’ AS HE RETURNS TO FIND PROTESTERS OUTSIDE HIS TEXAS HOME Critics blasted the move, and Cruz returned to Texas within 24 hours. "With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends," Cruz said at the time. "Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon." The local news story was about how Minneapolis’ Sun Country Airlines was expanding into Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and offering cheap...
    SpaceX's Starship Serial Number 15 could be the firm's first reused prototype. CEO Elon Musk revealed on Twitter that he might 'try to re-fly SN15 soon,' as it is the only Starship to survive a test flight. The latest success gave SpaceX the first full flight data and allowed the team to thoroughly inspect physical conduction of the rocket – specifically how the massive Raptor engines performed. Last week’s event also puts the Musk-owned firm on track for the first orbital test that is set for July, which will see Starship Serial Number 20 venture to the edge of space. This also brings Musk one step closer to reusing Starships, which is a key part of his ambitious plan to send one million humans to Mars by 2050.  Scroll down for video  SpaceX's Starship Serial Number 15 could be the firm's first reused prototype. CEO Elon Musk revealed on Twitter that he might 'try to re-fly SN15 soon,' as it is the only Starship to survive a test flight The first orbital flight will also bring SpaceX closer to...
    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket vaulted back into space early Friday, boosting another 57 Starlink internet relay stations into orbit along with two BlackSky remote sensing microsatellites. The launching of the first stage booster marked its fifth flight. It capped a busy week for the California rocket builder beginning with the successful splashdown of a Crew Dragon capsule Sunday that brought two NASA astronauts back to Earth from the International Space Station. The flight was the first to orbit for NASA astronauts from U.S. soil since the space shuttle was retired in 2011. Two days after splashdown, SpaceX engineers in Boca Chica, Texas, carried out the first up-and-down test flight of a prototype upper stage for the company's planned heavy-lift Starship rocket system. "What a week it's been here at SpaceX," John Insprucker, a SpaceX engineer and launch commentator, said after the latest batch of Starlinks was deployed. "We've capped it off with our 10th successful Starlink mission to date." A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket powered by a first stage making its fifth flight streaked away from Cape Canaveral...
    After an all-day review, NASA and SpaceX tentatively cleared a refurbished Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket for launch next Thursday to ferry a three-man, one-woman crew to the International Space Station. It will be the third piloted flight to orbit from U.S. soil since the shuttle's retirement in 2011 and the second operational Crew Dragon flight as NASA moves away from sole reliance on Russian Soyuz spacecraft to carry astronauts to and from low-Earth orbit. Pending resolution of one presumably minor technical issue, liftoff from historic pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center is targeted for 6:11 a.m. ET on April 22, which also happens to be Earth Day, kicking off a 23-hour rendezvous with the space station. A refurbished SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule is prepared for launch next week to ferry two NASA astronauts, a Japanese flier and a Frenchman to the International Space Station. It will be the third piloted flight of a SpaceX commercial crew ship. NASA/SpaceX In Kazakhstan, meanwhile, Russian recovery crews and NASA support personnel were deployed for the planned re-entry and landing...
    Miami International Airport has been hit by a violent fight over a face mask just a week after seven passengers were filmed fighting over seats at the Florida airport. The violence began when two women got into a verbal altercation on a plane, according to a video posted to YouTube on Wednesday. It was titled 'Annoying loud mouths from Chicago start a fight with people on the airplane and end up in a fight in the airport.' In the video, one of the women off-screen can be heard telling another passenger, 'I'm not even in my regular seat, so I don't give a f***.' The passengers were soon kicked off the plane, and had to return to the terminal building at Miami International Airport. There, a woman with long, blonde hair tells starts confronting another woman appearing to tell her she's 'going to f*** your ass off.' A man she was with tries to pull her away, but soon after, another man in a yellow sweatshirt grabs a woman in black Adidas sweatpants by her neck and pulls her down to...
    NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- Dr. Rajenda Kapila, a renowned infectious disease expert and professor at Rutgers University who went to India to help care for his family as the coronavirus there rages out of control, has died from the virus.Smoke from thousands of funeral pyres darken the Indian sky near New Delhi.The official death count from covid is nearly 2,000 every day, but most believe it is much higher even than that.Now, a doctor who practiced for 50 years in New Jersey is among the dead.Dr. Bina Kapila didn't want to appear on television, but she was married to Dr. Rajenda Kapila for 40 years before they divorced a decade ago.He was an infectious disease specialist at Rutgers and Dr. Kapila says he was a brilliant doctor."It's very bad in India," she said. "He was so brilliant when we were in college, in medical school, that the professors of medicine after they gave a lecture they would come to him and ask him did I cover everything."Dr. Kapila had plenty of good reason to stay in the U.S., he was...
    (CNN)Welcome to Wonder Theory, your weekly space and science digest.When Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon's surface in 1969, it became a defining moment for the space age. For the first time, humans truly explored beyond their home -- and it won't be the last.We were witnesses to history once again as two robotic explorers achieved landmark firsts on planet Mars. Don't let these moments get buried in the busyness of the week. Allow yourself to marvel. Talk to your friends and family about it. Ponder what it took to make these feats possible and what it means for the future. Just don't let the moment slip away. Read MoreAcross the universeNASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter took this shot while hovering over the Martian surface on April 19.Seeing the black-and-white image of the chopper's shadow on the surface of the red planet, taken during the first Mars flight, was that magical moment for MiMi Aung, the Ingenuity Mars helicopter project manager."When I first saw it, I immediately thought of the picture Buzz Aldrin took of his boot print on the lunar...
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