Man lived inside Chicago's O’Hare airport for 3 months before detection, prosecutors say
CHICAGO — A California man who police said claimed to be too afraid to fly due to COVID-19 hid out for three months in a secured area of O’Hare International Airport until his weekend arrest, prosecutors said Sunday. Aditya Singh, 36, is charged with felony criminal trespass to a restricted area of an airport and misdemeanor theft. In bond court Sunday, prosecutors said Singh arrived at O’Hare on a flight from Los Angeles on Oct. 19 and allegedly has lived in the airport’s security zone ever since, without detection. Cook County Judge Susana Ortiz reacted incredulously Sunday after a prosecuto...
Disney ending Magical Express bus service and Extra Magic Hours for hotel guests
ORLANDO, Fla. — Walt Disney World will discontinue Disney’s Magical Express bus service and end its Extra Magic Hours benefit for hotel guests in 2021, the company has announced. Later this year, resort guests will begin getting 30-minute head starts in all four theme parks every day, Disney says. Disney Magical Express, a free service that carries visitors from Orlando International Airport to Disney resort hotels, will not be available starting with arrivals on Jan. 1, 2022. It will operate for existing and newly made reservations for 2021 stays. Meanwhile, Extra Magic Hours, which granted D...
14 passengers might be banned after no-mask, rowdy flight from DC to Seattle, Alaska Airlines says
SEATTLE — At least 14 people could be placed on Alaska Airlines' banned passengers list after they were rowdy, argumentative and refused to wear masks on a flight from Dulles International Airport to Seattle, the airline said. Airline spokesperson Ray Lane said those facing the possible ban were on Flight 1085 from the D.C.-area airport to Sea-Tac International Airport on Thursday night. "Last night, a number of passengers onboard Alaska Airlines Flight 1085 from Washington Dulles to Seattle were non-mask compliant, rowdy, argumentative and harassed our crew members," Lane wrote in an email Fr...
The Seattle Times
United Airlines will require negative COVID-19 test for passengers flying from UK to O’Hare, other airports
United Airlines on Monday will begin asking passengers traveling from London to Chicago and other cities for proof of a negative COVID-19 test before departure in an effort to stop the spread of a new mutant coronavirus strain. The Chicago-based airline said the new policy, which requires a test to be taken within 72 hours of a flight, applies to passengers who are older than 5 years old and whose travel originates in the U.K. The policy affects people departing London Heathrow Airport to O’Hare International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airpor...
In Oceanside, California, the sea lions are winning
OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Sea lions have their own special place at the Oceanside harbor, but it’s not enough. Harbor employees built a unique platform for the sea lions several years ago to keep them off the boat docks. But the sea lions and the occasional harbor seal can go where they want, and nothing requires them to stay on their floating “island.” Recently, the city modified the sea lion platform to make it more accommodating by making an opening in the center to allow sea lions to enter from the middle. They also added some space and moved the platform closer to shore. But the pinniped proble...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
'Major milestone' in removal of sunken ship off Georgia coast
ATLANTA — Salvage workers on the Georgia coast are set to begin cutting the second section of the Golden Ray, the massive cargo ship that ran aground just over a year ago in the St. Simons Sound, after crews hit a milestone in removal operations this weekend.Onlookers watched Saturday as the bow, brimming with smashed cars and trucks and weighing about 6,600 tons, was cut from the body of the ship and lifted just high enough to allow a custom fitted barge to slide underneath.The section was then moved to a site on the East River where it will be secured for final transit to a recycling facilit...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Trucks that can drive themselves are already on Texas roads, and more are on the way
The age of self-driving 18-wheelers traveling on U.S. highways may be much closer than many people realize, and North Texas is emerging as the likely location of a major hub for the trucks.One company that is aggressively working to build a nationwide freight network of driverless trucks is TuSimple, which has offices in Beijing and San Diego. TuSimple recently announced plans to build a hub for its autonomous trucks at Fort Worth’s AllianceTexas development.The trucks use cameras and sensors that provide vast amounts of data, so the vehicle’s computer software knows what’s happening up to 3,0...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Bob Brookover: Phillies managing partner John Middleton needs to make correct call on baseball operations team
John Middleton probably wishes the Phillies were at a fork in the road because that would simplify the mess his team finds itself at this early stage of an offseason gridlocked by uncertainties. Instead, the Phillies managing partner is at a five-point intersection with a long to-do list that needs to begin with the hiring of the people best suited to make a lot of difficult baseball decisions.Five years ago, when Middleton encountered this treacherous stretch of highway for the first time, he relied on newly hired president Andy MacPhail to bring in general manager Matt Klentak, a little-know...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Soldiers camp out at Va. airport waiting for flights home. This holiday season, officials are worried
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — It’s a Peninsula tradition — several hundred soldiers camping out, sometimes for days, at the Newport News airport, waiting for flight home for the holidays — and it’s got people around the facility worried.“I’m concerned there won’t be enough flights,” said Diane Fry, director of the USO office at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, as she pauses to talk about how volunteers traditionally pitch in with meals, treats, entertainment and visits for soldiers as they wait.Mike Giardino, the airport’s executive director, is even blunter:“We just don’t have enough se...
Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)
Delta launches cargo-only flights to Europe, India
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines says it now operates cargo-only flights from Atlanta and New York to Mumbai.The flights, on Airbus A330 jets, go through Frankfurt.The new cargo routes come as the airline continues to shift its focus because of slow demand for international passenger travel due to the coronavirus pandemic. The airline now operates an average of more than 20 cargo-only flights a week and has run more than 1,600 cargo charter flights since February.Delta is also operating three cargo flights a week between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Dublin. The planes are ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution