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  • First look: Inside luxury line Seabourn's swanky new flagship

    January 10, 2017 12:46 PM 15

    SEMARANG, INDONESIA -- Just how swanky is luxury line Seabourn's new Seabourn Encore? See for yourself with a scroll through the carousel above. USA TODAY this week is among a handful of news outlets aboard the inaugural sailing of the 600-passenger vessel, and we're posting our first photos here and at our Twitter page and Facebook page. Billed as one of the most upscale

  • Snake on a plane: Emirates flight halted in serpent spotting

    January 9, 2017 1:06 PM 12

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Once Samuel L. Jackson appeared in the Mideast hotspot of Dubai, it really was only a matter of time before the snake on a plane would turn up too. Dubai-based airline Emirates said on Monday that one of its flights from Muscat, Oman, to Dubai was cancelled the previous day after a snake was spotted slithering in the cargo

  • Rouhani Loses Key Ally as Former Iran Leader Rafsanjani Dies

    January 9, 2017 9:04 AM 3

    Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a co-founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran and a key ally of President Hassan Rouhani, has died from heart failure four months before the next presidential election. He was 82. Rafsanjani, a former two-term president, died hours after being admitted to a Tehran hospital on Sunday, the official Islamic Republic News Agency

  • ICYMI: Voice integration in your fridge and car

    January 8, 2017 2:31 PM 1

    Alexa, why are you suddenly in everything? Today on In Case You Missed It: It's our final show from CES so we're taking you on a quick tour of some of the voice integration in cars and appliances available at the show. Ford, Chrysler, Hyundai and the rest all have integration deals with either Amazon Alexa or Google, and sometimes, both. For the home, Samsung

  • Flu’s Back in the U.S. After a Slow Start, Hitting NYC Hard

    January 6, 2017 9:09 PM 11

    Following a late and somewhat milder than normal season last year, influenza picked up in the middle of December, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly report. Deaths attributed to influenza and pneumonia, which can trail infection reports, remain below the seasonal baseline and epidemic levels, though they are climbing

  • Brazil Sees Record Number of International Visitors in 2016

    January 4, 2017 7:45 PM 3

    Foreign visitors spent a total of $6.2 billion in Brazil last year SAO PAULO—Brazil received a record 6.6 million foreign tourists in 2016, boosted by visitors attending the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to figures released Wednesday by the country´s Tourism Ministry. The figure was 4.8% higher than the number of international tourists

  • American Airlines flight attendants hospitalized after strange odor during flight

    January 3, 2017 5:43 PM 16

    American Airlines says seven flight attendants were treated at a Florida hospital after complaining that a strange odor on their plane gave them headaches. An airline spokeswoman said Tuesday that the employees were treated and released. Alexis Aran Coello said none of the passengers on the flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Orlando, Florida

  • Dylann Roof, Charleston Church Killer, Is Deemed Competent for Sentencing

    January 3, 2017 12:10 AM 9

    ATLANTA — A federal judge refused on Monday to declare Dylann S. Roof, the white supremacist who murdered nine black worshipers at a Charleston, S.C., church, incompetent to face the sentencing phase of his death penalty trial. The decision, by Judge Richard M. Gergel of Federal District Court, was an unsurprising but crucial echo of a separate ruling

  • Globetrotting Gearhead Jeremy Clarkson on Travel Secrets and Terrible Airports

    December 22, 2016 3:58 PM 1

    Co-host of Amazon’s ‘The Grand Tour,’ auto aficionado Jeremy Clarkson sounds off on the greatest touring car, a sheikh’s extreme hospitality and why he hates landing in Atlanta HE’S RUNNING OUT of planet. By his own estimation, Jeremy Clarkson—the 56-year-old British author, provocateur and co-host of “The Grand Tour,” a globe-spanning new car show on Amazon

  • Six Flags sets world record for 'Most couples kissing under mistletoe'

    December 12, 2016 5:34 PM 17

    On Saturday, hundreds of couples gathered at Six Flags theme parks across the country to set a new Guinness World Records' title for “Most couples kissing under the mistletoe.” It took 1,678 people—that’s 839 couples-- at seven Six Flags locations including Six Flags Over Georgia, Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Six Flags Great Adventure