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National Fire Dog Monument arrives in Washington

Following a 2,000-mile cross-country tour, the first-ever National Fire Dog Monument arrived to a hero’s welcome in Washington, D.C. Sculpted by 22-year-old Colorado firefighter Austin Weishel, the National Fire Dog Monument pays tribute to the teamwork between humans and their canine companions in solving arson crimes. The sculpture, “From Ashes to Answers,” was commissioned by Jerry Means, an arson investigation agent with the Colorado Bureau of Investigations. The American Humane Association and State Farm sponsored

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New resort planned for Curacao

Pen Resort B.V. is planning to develop more than 247,500 square feet of oceanfront property on Curacao into the island’s next resort. The future Pen Resort Hotel is expected to be completed by 2016. When finished, the all-inclusive hotel will have 313 rooms, five restaurants and three bars along with a full-service spa and gym. The property is located in the capital of Willemstad. As part of the project, Pen Resort B.V. plans to restore

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Gas prices continue to decline

SMYRNA, Ga. — There is some good news for motorists throughout the Southeast: The price of gas continues to decline. “The good news is retail gas prices continue to drop and are forecast to retreat throughout the month,” Jessica Brady, AAA spokeswoman, said in a news release. “Pump prices are expected to drop again this week.” According to AAA: Oil prices remained relatively stable last week after hopes of an economic stimulus pulsed through the

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Another vacation? But, you just returned

Oy vey! Nearly one quarter of adults (24 percent) say they need a vacation when they return from a family trip. That’s according to a new survey from Cambria Suites, which revealed that among adults living with children under the age of 18, the number increases to 29 percent. Additionally, 7 percent of respondents even look forward to a “solo” business trip as a way to recover from a family vacation. That could be because

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Hudgens: Consider travel insurance on next trip

ATLANTA – Natural disasters and cancelled flights can can spell disaster for travel plans. But, they don’t necessarily have to result in lost money. According to a number of experts, travel insurance can help protect travelers from losing out on non-refundable travel costs – i.e. airfare and hotel expenses. In addition, some travel insurance helps protect against losses stemming from medical emergencies, damage to personal property and, in extreme cases, death. “Whether your family is headed somewhere within

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Southwest moving forward with plans for international service at Hobby

HOUSTON — In an overwhelming vote of 16-1, Mayor Annise Parker and Houston City Council recently approved Southwest Airlines’ plans for international service at Hobby Airport. The expansion will mean flights to Latin America from Hobby by 2015, if the federal government approves a new customs facility necessary to screen international passengers. “This is a big win for Houston and the traveling public,” Parker said in a statement. “Competition will lead to jobs, lower fares

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Atlanta Marriotts offer deal on rates this summer

ATLANTA — Marriott’s more than 40 resorts in Atlanta are offering special weekend rates starting at $59 this summer. The hotels are also offering guests who stay at least two consecutive nights, including a Friday or Saturday, between now and Aug. 26 the chance to earn up to $100 “Bonus Bucks.” To be eligible, guests must book between now and June 30. The $100 Marriott Bonus Bucks, which will be rewarded at check out and are valid for six