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Get out and explore Northeast Georgia’s great outdoors

ATHENS, Ga. – The greater Athens area – and Northeast Georgia – is home to plenty of state parks and other scenic getaways. For starters, walk along the nature trails on the 313-acre State Botanical Garden of Georgia, located along the Oconee River south of Athens. For information, call (706) 542-6138. In Winder, head to Fort Yargo State Park and enjoy the serenity of this 1,814-acre wonderland and also take in a little bit of

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Atlanta’s Olympic heritage worth exploring

ATLANTA — As the Vancouver Olympics wind down, it may be time to retrace some of the landmarks of the 1996 summer games that took place here in Atlanta 14 years ago. The former Olympic Stadium lives on — albeit it in an altered state — as Turner Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves. The stadium was home to the opening and closing ceremonies as well as track and field events during the 1996 games. Following

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Tsunami warning issued for Hawaii

A Tsunami Warning has been issued for the State of Hawaii by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. The first of several waves resulting from a severe earthquake off Chile is expected to arrive in the state at approximately 11:04 a.m. local time. Residents living in coastal tsunami evacuation zones on Oahu as identified in the maps in the front of the telephone White Page  directory  should begin evacuation immediately at 6:00AM when outdoor warning sirens

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Ohio invites travelers to share photos, video on ‘myOhio’

The Ohio Tourism Division has introduced myOhio, a new interactive feature on DiscoverOhio.com, Ohio’s official tourism Web site. Capitalizing on the popularity of social media networking and consumer-generated content, tourism officials say myOhio allows travelers to share their Ohio travel photos and videos at consumer.DiscoverOhio.com/MyOhio. “MyOhio provides a fun, interactive forum for travelers to share their Ohio getaway experiences with friends, family and others who may be considering Ohio as a travel destination,” State Tourism

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Feds unveil sample legislation to prohibit texting while behind-the-wheel

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood this week unveiled sample legislation to be used as a starting point for states crafting new laws to prohibit texting while behind-the-wheel, the latest step in the campaign against distracted driving. The sample state law, prepared by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a cross-section of safety and industry organizations, would authorize law enforcement officers to stop a vehicle and issue a citation to drivers who are texting

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American Eagle Airlines to tntroduce first class service on all CRJ-700 jets

American Eagle Airlines, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, will soon begin First Class service on all of its CRJ-700 jets. With the introduction of nine First Class seats, Eagle will offer customers a premium product with the same level of outstanding service customers experience on American Airlines, a founding member of the so-called oneworld Alliance. Customers may now purchase a First Class seat on any CRJ-700 flight for travel starting July 2. American Eagle

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Survey shows increased use of Twitter, Facebook by state DOTs

Results of a new survey show that a growing number of state transportation departments (DOTs) are communicating critical news and information with travelers using Twitter, Facebook and other social media. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) survey of 32 state DOTs finds that 26 states (or 81 percent) are now using Twitter to communicate with travelers when major traffic incidents or severe weather such as snow storms, hurricanes and tornadoes force

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The majestic scene and a ‘natural wonder’ of Georgia

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — As William Williamson was looking for suitable land he would claim during the Sixth Georgia Land Lottery, he stumbled upon a waterfall. Of the experience, he called the falls “perhaps the greatest in the World the most majestic Scene that I have ever witnessed or heard of,” according to ngeorgia.com. Amicalola Falls — derived from the Cherokee word for “tumbling waters” — is of the “Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia,” as identified

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Pak Mail: Lose the baggage before your next flight

NewsUSA It's never been harder to pack for a flight. Airlines' three-ounce rule, which forbids any liquid or gel in a bottle over three ounces in size, means repackaging personal products or buying sample-sized items for your carry-on bag. At the same time, most airlines now charge for checked bags and enforce rigid restrictions on height and weight. Some clever Americans, however, have started beating the system – by shipping their luggage to their destination.

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IATA: Western-built jet aircraft accident rate second lowest in aviation history

The accident rate for Western-built jet aircraft in 2009 was the second lowest in aviation history, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The 2009 global accident rate, which is measured in hull losses per million flights of Western-built jet aircraft, was 0.71. That is equal to one accident for every 1.4 million flights. According to the IATA, this is a significant improvement of the 0.81 rate recorded in 2008 or one accident for