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FBI: Ex-TSA officer sentenced for conspiring to smuggle drugs through Atlanta airport

ATLANTA — Two now-former Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers who conspired and attempted to smuggle drugs through Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport security have been sentenced by United States District Judge Charles Pannell. Richard C. Cook, II, 28, of Henry County, Georgia, was sentenced Wednesday to 11 years in prison. On Jan. 4, 2013, Timothy G. Gregory, 26, of DeKalb County, Georgia, was sentenced to six years in prison. “The defendants abused their positions as TSA officers

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Atlanta’s airport the best for travelers with connections: survey

ATLANTA — Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the best airport for travelers with connecting flights, according to a new nationwide survey of travel professions. In the survey, released this week by Travel Leaders Group, Hartsfield, the world’s busiest airport, was also named the best for amenities and dining while also topping the list with the “best services for business travelers.” In total, 40.5 percent of respondents named the Atlanta airport as the nation’s best for

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Is a mileage tax looming for motorists?

ATLANTA – As cars become more fuel efficient, federal tax revenues for road projects have declined, leaving government officials at the state and federal level looking at whether to levy a mileage tax for motorists to fund infrastructure maintenance and improvements. According to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, “most drivers currently pay much less than the full cost of their highway use.” The report, which cited the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), suggested “mileage

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TSA chief sees agency as the ‘gold standard’

The topic of airport security tends to bring out strong opinions on both sides. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the federal agency tasked with keeping the flying public safe, is bemoaned by critics as a bureaucratic mess. On the other hand, supporters say the federal agency, founded in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, is necessary to ensure the flying public remains safe. To TSA Administrator John Pistole, the nation’s airport security

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Family vacation ideas for 2013

ATLANTA, Jan. 23, 2013 – Looking for a fresh, family-oriented vacation destination this summer? Consider Amelia Island in Florida and a number of other top-rated spots. Family Vacation Critic, an online family travel planning guide, named the island the top family vacation destination for 2013. The site made its selections “based on family-friendly appeal and recent additions.” According to the outlet, the top five destinations are: Amelia Island, Florida: “With 13 miles of beaches, this

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Martin Luther King Jr.Day: free admission to national parks

ATLANTA, Jan. 18, 2013 — National parks across the country are waiving entrance fees Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. That includes the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site here in Atlanta. National parks will be open without charge a total of 11 days in 2013, according to the National Parks Service. The Fee Free Days in 2013 include National Park Week in April and National Public Lands Day in September