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These Cities May Be Small, But They Have Something To Brag About

Most everyone knows the big named metropolis in every state, but what about the little guy who offers just as much excitement without all the hype and expectation?<p>Small cities scattered about this great nation can give you that urban feel without the hustle and bustle that can often overwhelm. But …

5 Kid-Friendly New Year's Getaways

<i>(Photo: Yosemite Lodge)</i><p>If these days leading up to Christmas are overflowing with commitments, consider stealing away for a getaway at New Year's before the kids get back to school. While finding a fun, kid-friendly vibe on New Year's Eve can sometimes be a challenge, many hotels and resorts are …

US airlines raked in $4.7 billion in baggage and change fees during the first nine months of 2013

US airlines made $4.7 billion from checked baggage and reservation change fees in the first three quarters of 2013, according to preliminary data from the US Department of Transportation’s US Bureau of Transportation Statistics.<p>For the fourth consecutive year, Delta Air Lines is on track to beat …

7 Spectacular Hotel Breakfasts

Breakfast is known as the most important meal of the day. But while its pragmatic benefits aren't lost on most, what of its more indulgent possibilities? Thankfully, the best hotels in the world guarantee morning spreads that are meant to impress as much as sustain.<p>From brioche French toast with …

Five Tips for Hassle-Free Flying

Traveling can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be that way.<p>Give yourself a much deserved break this holiday season with these five secrets to hassle-free flying from travel industry insider and airfarewatchdog.com founder <b>George Hobica</b>:<p><b>1. Get preapproved.</b> At some U.S. airports, enrollees of the …

Chicago's Mayor Heads to China in Bid to Boost Tourism

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is traveling to China to promote trade with Chicago and city tourism.<p>He’s set deliver remarks at Tsinghua University in Beijing on …

America's Most Highly Taxed Destinations

(photo: Flickr: akasped)<p>You may think you scored a deal on your hotel and rental car -- but have you really come out ahead? In some popular destinations, tourism taxes are adding big bucks to your daily vacation spend.<p>According to an annual study by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), …

Screening Newborns For Disease Can Leave Families In Limbo

For Matthew and Brianne Wojtesta, it all started about a week after the birth of their daughter Vera. Matthew was picking up his son from kindergarten when he got a phone call.<p>It was their pediatrician, with some shocking news. Vera had been flagged by New York's newborn screening program as …

Team Obama Cashing Out

The West Wing is more in flux than usu­al. John Podesta’s in as the new Fix­er. Phil Schiliro is back to mend fences with Con­gress. Long­time Obama</i> …

Court documents claim Indian diplomat's housekeeper kept in 'slavery-like' conditions

The case of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade has taken a new turn after court documents filed by the husband of her housekeeper claim that the servant was kept in "slavery-like conditions."<p>Philip Richard, the husband of housekeeper Sangeeta Richard, alleged in documents filed in India and first …

Obamacare Approval Ratings Hit Record Low

Public opinion about the new health care reform law has hit a new low, according to a new poll Monday.<p>The CNN survey found that just 35 percent of …

13 States Will Raise Their Minimum Wage For The New Year

WASHINGTON -- Minimum wage workers in a handful of states will be ringing in the new year with an automatic pay raise.<p>As Congress considers legislation that would boost the federal minimum wage, at least 13 states will be raising the wage floor on their own next week. They're led once again by …

Customers Sue Target Over Credit Card Breach

At least 11 customers have filed lawsuits against Target over a security breach that exposed the credit card information of 40 million customers.<p>The BBC reports:<p>"The lawsuits, each seeking class-action status, have been filed in US courts in the past several days."Meanwhile, major US banks have …