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Do liberals or conservatives travel more?

ATLANTA — To be liberal is to travel and to be conservative is to stay at home? Newly released data from online booking site OneTravel.com suggests residents of blue states travel more frequently, booking two-and-a-half times as many trips as residents of red states during 2012. Of the 10 states with residents booking the most travel, six are blue, two are red and two are undecided. Conversely, of the 10 states with the fewest travel

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Oy vey: Bag fees about to rise again?

ATLANTA – Bad news travelers: Airlines’ bag fees are on the rise again. This time, they’re targeting carry-on bags. Starting Nov. 6, low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines will charge customers at the boarding gate $100 per carry-on or checked bag. Spirit, which has a knack for generating publicity both positive and negative, doesn’t count a personal item that can be stowed under seats in front of passengers as a carry on. In a release, Miramar, Florida

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ABC: Miami the worst for TSA agents with sticky fingers

ATLANTA — Some of the nation’s busiest airports are — or were — also home to the most Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents fired for theft, according to a new report from ABC News. With 29 employees fired for theft between 2002 and 2011, Miami International Airport (MIA) topped the list, according to ABC News. JFK International Airport (JFK), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and Las Vegas-McCarren International Airport (LAS)

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Looking for a Thanksgiving travel deal? Book now, expert says

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. — It seems fairly logical that travelers looking for a cheaper getaway next month should consider traveling either of the first two weekends of November rather than the weekend before or after Thanksgiving. But, according to travel search engine Hipmunk.com, travelers should consider flying the Monday before Thanksgiving or even on Thanksgiving Day to save money on airfare. At the same time, travelers should look to book a return flight on the Tuesday

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Airline industry looking to revolutionize airport security

Airport security could look a whole lot different, if the airline industry has its way. The airline industry wants to develop the so-called Checkpoint of the Future (CoF) “with the long term aim of enabling passengers to walk through a security checkpoint without stopping, removing items of clothing and liquids, or taking computers out of bags.” But, that would require making “fuller use of passenger information,” a proposition that could be controversial. The revelation was

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BeltLine would transform Atlanta, first phase opens

ATLANTA — The city this month opened the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, a 2.25-mile stretch of trail to be incorporated into a 22-mile loop of trails an transit connecting 45 neighborhoods throughout the city. Proponents say the ambitious BeltLine project, a public-private partnership that uses abandoned, underused and active railroad right-of-way, would form a loop around the heart of the city. The loop would cut through popular city neighborhoods, including Buckhead, Inman Park, Old Fourth

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Museum Honors Dick Hillman During Annual Foundation Gala

KENNESAW, Ga. — The Kennesaw Museum Foundation on Saturday honored longtime conservator and board member Richard “Dick” Hillman during its annual Heroes and Legends Gala. Born in upstate New York, Hillman is one of the Southern Museum’s foremost railroad experts, especially about the Glover Machine Works. The locomotive factory, formerly located in nearby Marietta, helped rebuild the South after the Civil War. Hillman discovered Glover while taking pictures of the Marietta facility shortly before it

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Report shows drug, alcohol use among Amtrak employees ‘trending upward’

Drug and alcohol use among Amtrak employees “has been generally trending upward since 2006,” an alarming trend that increases the likelihood of a serious wreck, the railroad’s inspector general warned in a recently released report. In 2011, Amtrak’s combined positive test rate was roughly 51 percent higher than the industry average, its worst year since 2007, according to the report. The increase in drug use poses a risk to not only Amtrak employees, but also

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Mica: TSA IG report shows shortcomings in TSA procedures

A new Inspector General report found shortcomings in the Transportation Security Administration’s procedures, standards and oversight, leading to unscreened baggage making its way onto airplanes at Honolulu International Airport in 2010, a congressman said this week. U.S. Reps. John Mica, R-Fla., and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, requested the IG “review to determine why a portion of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) screener workforce at Honolulu International Airport did not perform critical transportation security screening of baggage,”

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In Georgia, celebrate gold, state’s apple industry and NASCAR’s connection to moonshine

ATLANTA – From an appreciation of apples to celebration of moonshine, North Georgia is home to a number of colorful festivals every fall. Three of the must-see festivals this October include the Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay, Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega and the Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville. Georgia Apple Festival, Ellijay, Oct. 13-14, 20-21 Ellijay and Gilmer County, located about 80 miles north of Atlanta, is known as the “Apple Capital of Georgia.” The