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American Eagle Airlines Fined a Whopping $900,000 for Keeping Passengers Stuck on Tarmac

A Department of Transportation rule implemented in April 2010 prohibits airlines from keeping passengers sitting on a tarmac for more than three hours — a rule it says an American Airlines affiliate has since violated so frequently that it’s now been slapped with a $900,000 fine, the first such fine handed down since the edict took effect.

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Do You Live in One of America’s Most Attractive Cities?

Check your address, the list is out. Once again Travel+Leisure Magazine readers have ranked America’s cities to find out which one has the best looking residents.

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Study Recommends Abandoning West Galveston island

A study by scientists at Rice University says Galveston officials should seriously consider abandoning the west end of the island -- and retreating to the area behind the seawall to avoid being swamped by rising seas.

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Public is Invited to I-69 “Open House” Meeting Today in Lufkin

Angelina County residents are invited to an "Open House" meeting today in Lufkin, to share their thoughts and comments on the proposed I-69 corridor.  The I-69 Segment Two Committee will hold the meeting at 4:30 pm today in the Jaguar Room at the Ellen Trout Zoo.

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What Are the 10 Best Places to Retire?

When people retire, they often decide to pull up stakes and move to a new city. No longer bound by the restraints of employment offices or client locales, retirees may instead find themselves drawn to places with great weather, affordable housing or better amenities than where they currently live.

U.S. News used data from Onboard Informatics to ascertain 10 things people look for when they retire, and matched up those attributes with cities excelling in each.

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Nacogdoches Voted Runner-Up Friendliest Small Town By USA Today

The Best of the Roads contest teams started in New York City and winded up in Los Angeles, exploring the best small towns in America along the way.

Nacogdoches made the list of friendliest towns, and finished as a runner-up along with Mount Airy, N.C., Lake Havasu City, AZ, Valdosta, GA and Woodward, OK. The winning town was Walla Walla, WA.

Other categories included best food, most beautiful, most patriotic and most fun.

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Another Day, More Complaints About TSA Searches and Pat-downs

Complaints about intrusive and inappropriate body searches and pat-downs at airports appear to be never-ending, and they're increasing. This week's complaints come from Tennessee and Florida.

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Will American Airlines’ New Boarding Method Save Time or Create Chaos?

For about a decade, airlines and academics have tried to figure out the fastest way to load passengers onto a plane. The less time spent on boarding, the more revenue-generating flights airlines can squeeze into a day. In fact, according to a 2008 study in the Journal of Transport Management, every minute cut on boarding can save $30 per flight.

Now American Airlines is trying out a new boarding method, and reaction is mixed.

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