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Snow and Ice Close Bluewater Bridge and Highway; 300 Cars Stranded

A long stretch of Ontario’s Highway 402 is shut down indefinitely and under a state of emergency due to heavy snowfall on Tuesday.  The snow has also led to the closure of the Bluewater Bridge, a gateway between the U.S. and Canada.
Icy and snowy conditions have Highway 402 in Ontario designated as “closed” from the Bluewater Bridge to Highway 401 in London.  The Canadian military was called in for help, with search and rescue helicopters and snowmobiles looking for stranded motorists.  Front-end loaders were also reportedly brought in to remove drifts burying the vehicles.
“We have up to 300 motorists who’ve been stranded for up to 15 hours now,” Sgt. Dave Rektor of the Ontario Provincial Police western region said Tuesday morning. “It’s still snowing heavy, nonstop dense snow. We have snow banks four and five feet high we’re trying to traverse on snowmobiles to get to those people.”
The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel is open and ready to take commercial and passenger vehicles that would otherwise use the Bluewater Bridge in Sarnia/Port Huron, according to reports.

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Track Santa Claus By Radar With 2010 NORAD Santa Tracker

Santa Claus is coming to town! And kids can track him by radar with the 2010 NORAD Santa Tracker. Continue Reading

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Black Friday GPS Shopping Guide

Is your Black Friday shopping directed toward purchasing a GPS (global positioning system) this year?  Then check here for some great deals. Continue Reading

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Emergency-Chute Opening JetBlue Flight Attendant Bail Set

A JetBlue Flight attendant chewed out a plane full of JetBlue passengers, grabbed a couple of beers, and exited his plane. Steven Slater is the controversial flight attendant in question, and after he exited his plane via the emergency chute and told off the passengers he was arrested.

Although no one was hurt, experts say that he could have killed someone when opening the chute.  After 20 years of being in the Aviation industry, this attendant had enough of the “abuse.”

Admittedly, travel has gotten less and less fun over recent years. Rude passengers, unhappy staff, and cutbacks that leave flights over booked and under staffed wear on the nerves of some of the industry’s toughest people.

Steven Slater cracked under pressure, and many applaud him.  His bail is set at $2,500 and he will still face charges.  He also won’t likely be a flight attendant any longer…

Source:  ABC News

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‘Survivor Nicaragua’ Cast Includes NFL Legendary Coach Jimmy Johnson

NFL legendary coach Jimmy Johnson was officially revealed as a cast member on Monday morning in the upcoming “Survivor Nicaragua” on CBS.

'Survivor Nicaragua' Cast (CBS)

Rumors had been circulating that Johnson was competing in the upcoming season, but the official cast list and confirmation was revealed by host Jeff Probst on CBS on Monday morning.  Johnson, 67, is the second-oldest contestant ever (Rudy Boesch was oldest) on “Survivor.” 

“He’s wealthy – or you certainly think he is,” Probst told Eonline about Johnson during filming in Nicaragua. “He’s incredibly successful, so he has fame … He’ll tell you, ‘If I win, I’m giving it to .’ He really wants adventure.”
“Survivor: Nicaragua” premieres on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.  (The show has moved from Thursdays to Wednesdays.)
For more about the upcoming season of “Survivor” and to see profiles of the entire cast, click here.

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Details On Spirit Airlines Pilot Strike, Flight Cancellations

Spirit Airlines is canceling all of its flights through Tuesday due to a pilot strike.

Spirit Airlines Cancellation Announcement

Spirit Airlines Cancellation Announcement

The airline announced on its web site on Sunday that all Spirit Airlines flights have been cancelled through Tuesday, June 15.  The pilot union has declared a strike as of Saturday, June 12.

Customers who were scheduled to fly between June 12 and June 15 will receive credit (view full statement, right).

For the latest from Spirit Airlines, click here.

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Dubai Kissing Couple: Jail Sentence Upheld for U.K. Couple Arrested for Kissing

Dubai Kissing Couple

A Dubai appeals court on Sunday upheld a one-month prison sentence for a British couple convicted of kissing in a restaurant.

The pair landed in court after an Emirati woman complained about the public kiss, which the couple insisted was just a peck on the cheek. They were arrested in November and convicted of inappropriate behavior and illegal drinking.

Cosmopolitan Dubai has the most relaxed social codes in the conservative Gulf, but authorities enforce strict decency laws and regularly crack down on people accused of pushing the limits, which can include everything from wearing a mini skirt to losing one’s temper in traffic.

As recently as Sunday, though, a young Italian-Iranian couple could be seen kissing among the visitors to the 127th floor observation deck of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper.

Last month an Indian couple was sentenced to three months in jail for exchanging steamy text messages. In 2008, two Britons accused of having sex on the beach got three months in jail, though their sentences were later suspended.

Ayman Najafi and Charlotte Adams – both in their 20s – were arrested after an Emirati woman claimed they exchanged a passionate kiss in a restaurant where she and her daughter were having dinner.

Najafi and Adams attended Sunday’s hearing, but did not speak. Their lawyer, Khalaf al-Hosany, told the court in a previous hearing that they kissed on the cheek as a greeting and “never intended to break the law.”

Appeals court judge Iysar Fouad upheld the conviction, the jail time and a fine of 1,000 dirhams – about $270 – each. They will be deported after serving their sentences.

The couple has 30 days to appeal Sunday’s ruling in a higher court.

Their lawyer said Najafi and Adams were not in a relationship, but knew each other before they met in Dubai.

Najafi worked for a marketing firm in Dubai and Adams was visiting the Muslim city-state with a Western outlook that has become famous for its beaches, ever-taller skyscrapers and anything-goes attitude.

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Sarah Palin’s TLC Reality Show: Sarah Palin’s Alaska

Sarah Palin

“Sarah Palin’s Alaska” is officially headed to Discovery Communication’s TLC. The network that exploded over the last year with the help of “Jon & Kate” has acquired eight episodes of Palin’s documentary-style tour of her home state, produced with reality kingpin Mark Burnett.

“Our family enjoys Discovery’s networks,” Palin said. “I look forward to working with Mark to bring the wonder and majesty of Alaska to all Americans. “Burnett, who created “Survivor,” described Palin as “a dynamic personality that has captivated millions.” “I can’t think of anyone more compelling than Sarah Palin to tell the story of Alaska,” he said. “I’m thrilled to reunite with Discovery on this project, which brings together one of the most fascinating figures of our time with one of the most wondrous places on earth.”

“Discovery Communications is so excited to help Sarah Palin tell the story of Alaska, and to have a great documentary filmmaker in Mark Burnett helping to reveal Alaska’s powerful beauty as it has never been filmed, and as told by one of the state’s proudest daughters,” Discovery COO Peter Ligouri added.

“TLC is grounded in great storytelling, strong characters, and passionate audiences drawn to extraordinary people doing extraordinary things,” TLC boss Eileen O’Neill said. “We are confident Sarah Palin’s Alaska will be another compelling television event.”

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National Margarita Day: What’s your flavour?

What's your flavor?

National Margarita Day: What’s your flavor? It’s been a little while since most people opened their eyes to the most hated day of the week i.e. Monday, but to sweeten the otherwise bothersome day the nation is celebrating National Margarita Day!

Most people will have issues getting plastered today and for them I have two things to say: Non-alcoholic might not taste so bad, give it a try, and for those who hated my first suggestion: this day will come only once, do what you wnat with it.

The irony is that apparently it isn’t just Margarita Day today, the country can also benefit from binging on sweet potatoes as it is also the National Cook a sweet potato day, and of course some cheery pie wouldn’t hurt either since it’s the national cherry pie day as well. That makes for an interesting platter of food…

People are doing all things Margarita today, even taking quiz’s on facebook which tell them what flavor of Margarita they are. Well whether you like peach, pineapple, mango, strawberry etc ignore your age old favorite and try something new today. (And go easy on the sweet potatoes and cherry pie while you’re doing this. )

for those of you who don’t want to go out, you can make your own at home, here’s how:

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Newark Airport Lockdown a Breach at Newark Causes Travel Delays

Newark Airport Lockdown: An incident at Newark Airport is causing traffic hiccups throughout the US.  All flights out of Newark have been canceled because of a security breach. For those not familiar with the airport, it is one of the main airports servicing the New York City area. The airport is located in New Jersey.

What happened to cause the lockdown? A man walked out the wrong side of a security checkpoint in terminal C.  Passengers are not being allowed in to or out of Terminal C and it’s been said that everyone in that area will need to be screened.

Expect delays across the country, as Newark is one of the busiest airports servicing 30 million passengers per year.

The security breach took place just one day after increased security measures started after a thwarted Christmas Day terrorist attack.

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