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Maggots force plane to return to Atlanta airport

ATLANTA — There weren’t snakes on the plane. Instead, there were maggots. A U.S. Airways flight from Atlanta to North Carolina on Monday was forced to return to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport after maggots started falling from an overhead bin, according to WSB-TV. “I felt like they were crawling all over me because it only takes one maggot to upset your world,” The Associated Press quoted one passenger as saying. “And as they’re telling us to

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Leaving vacation on the table? You’re not alone

A new survey by LastMinuteTravel.com finds that 45 percent of working Americans did not take full advantage of their vacation days in 2009. In fact, 39 percent said they lost 10 or more of those days. The survey also finds that more than three-quarters (78 percent) of Americans plan to repeat this trend by leaving their paid vacation days on the table. According to the survey, reasons for lost vacation days are that many find it

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Feds shelve peanut prohibition

ATLANTA – Aw, nuts! That’s what the federal government said after realizing it doesn’t have the authority to ban peanuts on airplanes. “This is great news for all peanut producers, especially those in Georgia,” U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., said in a statement. “We have a long and proud history of peanuts in Georgia, and it has been a privilege to do all I can to protect this vital part of our state’s economy.” Federal

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Being green … And cost conscious

Under the guise of being green, a number of hotels nationwide are no longer washing linens on a daily basis. However, as USA Today reports in today’s edition, the move also has a financial implication. “I have no issues with hotels cutting back,” the newspaper quotes one frequent traveler as saying. “Replacing my linen on a daily basis is the height of absurdity. I don’t do it at home, so why do it in my

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Spirit Airline pilots strike

ATLANTA – Spirit Airlines has canceled all flights through Thursday because of a pilots strike. Spirit Airlines, which serves Atlanta, said it “is processing future flight credits for customers for the full amount of their unflown flight purchase, and is also giving them a $100 future flight credit.” The airline also said it is doing what it can to resolve the strike. “Spirit Airlines is continuing to work with our pilot union to reach a

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Zoo Atlanta gorilla charges, breaks glass barrier

ATLANTA – Zoo Atlanta’s Willie B. Conservation Center remains closed after a 20-year-old silver back gorilla charged a glass barrier, causing it to crack, officials said. Authorities suspect the gorilla – a male named Taz – charged because he was concerned about veterinarians who were in the viewing area. A day earlier, Taz underwent what officials said was “a routine medical exam.” “Gorillas often associate their veterinarians as the ones giving vaccinations and can react

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Should that driver in the next lane be on the road?

ATLANTA – Here’s something to think about the next time you’re out on the road: an estimated 38 million Americans would fail a driver’s test if they took it today. That’s according to the 2010 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test, which revealed that upwards of 1 in 5 licensed drivers (18.4 percent) would fail the test. The average score of the 5,202 drivers who took the test was 76.2, down from a score of 76.6