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Hertz to acquire Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group

Hertz Global Holdings will acquire Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group in a $2.3 billion acquisition, the companies announced. The boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved the transaction. “Hertz has made a compelling offer to our stockholders that reflects the strength of our business and our team. Hertz is the logical partner for us with the resources to expand our value focused leisure brands in key car rental markets around the world,” Scott Thompson,

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Railroad: Use caution when crossing the tracks this Labor Day

Union Pacific Railroad is urging drivers to remain vigilant and use caution when driving across railroad tracks this Labor Day weekend. “With the Labor Day weekend being one of the busiest vehicle travel days during the year, we want drivers to use caution when they cross railroad tracks, always expect a train and safely arrive at their destinations,” Union Pacific Chief of Police Robert Morrison said. AAA Travel is predicting 33 million Americans will travel

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How do you describe the Grand Canyon?

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — There really aren’t any words to aptly describe that first glimpse of the Grand Canyon. Massive? Mind-boggling? Grand? All true, yet they just don’t do justice to that first experience of seeing the Grand Canyon. Words simply fail to describe the grandeur and the beauty of this one-of-a-kind natural landmark. Carved by nature over millions of years, the sheer magnitude of the canyon is hard to fathom. It’s one of the

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Florida sees increased number of visitors during second quarter

Florida continues to be a popular destination for tourists. During the second quarter of 2012, 22.1 million people visited The Sunshine State. That represents a 1.3 percent increase over the same period in 2011. “It’s encouraging to see continued growth in the state’s top industry,” said Governor Rick Scott. “With more growth comes more jobs, and as a leading driver of our rebounding economy, VISIT FLORIDA and the entire Florida tourism industry are poised to

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Survey: Barbecue a popular dish this Labor Day

When it comes to eating this Labor Day, it appears barbecue will be a popular dish, even if it isn’t the most quintessentially American. A new survey from AmazonLocal.com found that 84 percent of Americans plan to chow down on some barbecue during the Labor Day weekend, not surprising as nine in 10 either “like” or “love” the dish. Chicken (39 percent) is the most popular barbecue meat, followed by pork (30 percent) and beef

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Starwood planning to increase its presence in Russia

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is planning to increase its presence in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), one of the world’s fastest-growing hotel and travel markets, the company announced. During the next three years, Starwood will more than double its portfolio in the region with seven new hotels. That includes the debut of the Aloft brand in Russia with the new Aloft St. Petersburg. “As one of the world’s fastest-growing outbound travel

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United to offer Houston-Lagos 787 service service starting in January

United Airlines will operate nonstop Boeing 787 service five days a week between Houston and Lagos, Nigeria, starting Jan. 7, the airline announced. The new Nigeria service is addition to the airline’s previously-announced service from Denver to Tokyo Narita, which is slated to start on March 31. From Los Angeles, United will operate daily, nonstop 787 service between to Narita beginning Jan. 3, 2013, and to Shanghai, beginning March 30. From Houston, United will operate

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As more expected to travel this Labor Day, authorities vow crack down on drunken drivers

ATLANTA – More people are expected to hit the road this Labor Day, good news for a still-sluggish economy. AAA Travel is predicting 33 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles during the Labor Day weekend, which runs Aug. 30 to Sept. 3. That would be a post-recession high, representing a 2.9 percent increase from the 32.1 million people who traveled during Labor Day weekend last year.   Interestingly, AAA noted this is the third consecutive

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Arizona Capitol memorials honor state’s, nation’s heroes and history

Per Wikipedia: The Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza is an urban park and gathering place, located in front of the Arizona state capitol complex in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. It serves as a home to a number of memorials honoring prominent figures in Arizona history as well as memorializing significant wars and other events that have had an impact on the state. It is designated as one of the Phoenix Points of Pride. The plaza was established