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Hotels: Pedal a bike to charge your iPhone

When Starwood opened its latest Element hotel in Miami earlier today, it did so by giving the hotel an unusually green – and healthy – twist: Stationary bikes with their own electricity generator. Starwood’s official publicity material says the move’s aimed at hyping the chain’s balanced-life positioning, but unofficially, it could also serve as an […]

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Limb-ripping coaster stalls on first day

A new extreme roller coaster at a British theme park in Surrey became stuck on a steep ascent during its first day in service, leaving passengers stranded. An onlooker told the BBC that messages delivered via loudspeaker assured riders they were “perfectly safe” as they waited for The Swarm to re-start. A spokesman for Thorpe […]

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The Bay Citizen: The Case of a Stolen iPhone at a San Francisco Airport

He immediately returned to the security checkpoint and scoured the area, to no avail. Then he asked the gate’s security agents for help. No phones had been turned in, they said, and sent him away. Next he hurried back to find me — his partner of 10 years — and we both returned to security, […]

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Off-beat travel ideas

-Forget being huddled together in buses, hopping on and off at crowded destinations and being led by know-it-all guides. Customised travel experiences in the city are changing the way Kolkatans are travelling and even seeing their own city. These professional travel outfits offer a host of services that can be tailor-made to suit every whim […]

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Deadline for hotel pools to be ADA-compliant extended

Update, 6:13 pm: The U.S. Justice Department will grant the hotel industry a small extension for complying with a new rule aimed at bringing existing hotel pools under the Americans With Disabilities Act. That means the rules for making existing hotel pools accessible will not take effect today, March 15, as originally planned when first […]

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10 great places to have a drink underground

PHOTOS: Sip a cocktail underground MORE: Expert picks and themed lists The Bedford  Chicago  This 1920s bank-turned-bar in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood keeps interest high with its clever renovation. Tables back up against safe-deposit boxes, the former vault is now a lounge, and you can prop your drink on a stand that once held deposit […]

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T Magazine: Samurai Shopper | The Empire Strikes Back

Clockwise from top right: Corbis; Getty Images (3)Clockwise from top right: Liberty of London; Fortnum Mason; Selfridges; the Dorchester Hotel. The Samurai Shopper is enjoying herself immensely with some gal pals at The Dorchester Hotel, where 13 variations on gin and tonic are offered at the bar, 10 on the menu, three not. The Dorch, […]

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Top international holiday ideas for 2012

Summer 2011/2012 is likely to be remembered by many New Zealanders as the season that never really kicked into gear. Every time it seemed the warm weather had finally arrived, another front would swing in, putting paid to even the best-laid holiday plans. Fine weather is predicted for much of the country over the next […]

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Hotel pool lifts: Deadline’s here, confusion persists

Today, March 15, is the federal government’s deadline for all existing hotel pools to comply with the latest Americans With Disabilities rules for pool accessibility. The rule requires hotels to make their existing pools accessible by installing lifts, but hoteliers say they’re seeking clarity on some requirements, such as installation procedures and lift type, among […]

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Capsized cruise ship’s bell disappears off Italy

Carabinieri, via AP In this undated photo released Jan. 20, Carabinieri (Italian paramilitary police) scuba divers swim next to the Costa Concordia’s bell off the Italian coast.

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