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Armani opens first hotel in Dubai | Yahoo! News

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Italian designer Giorgio Armani opened his first hotel at the world's tallest tower in Dubai on Tuesday, giving a boost to the Gulf Arab emirate's bid to recover from a debt crisis.
 
The designer brought his trademark minimalist style to a city famous for excess, with the Armani Hotel Dubai designed with an understated palette of cream and earth colors.

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New tarmac delay rule: What you need to know | USATODAY.com

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I suspect the big result of this will be more canceled flights. TB

You've heard the horror stories of airline passengers stranded on the tarmac for hours without food or water or even sanitary bathroom conditions. Or worse, you've lived the experience. You wondered, why is this allowed to happen?

After years of sparring between passenger advocates and defiant airlines, the government has stepped in. Starting Thursday, U.S. airlines will have to let passengers off the plane after three hours or face potentially huge fines.

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Boeing 787 Begins Extreme Weather Tests | Aviation Week

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Boeing’s third test 787 has entered a two-week phase of extreme weather tests at McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida as part of the aircraft’s type certification effort.

The testing will expose the aircraft to heat as high as 115F degrees (46C) and as low as -45F (-43C). Boeing says once the aircraft (ZA003), is stabilized at either the hot or cold temperatures, flight test technicians will follow the 787 maintenance manual to prepare it for flight release and operate under these conditions. “Sensors and monitors will allow the test team to determine if all systems hardware and software operate as expected,” adds the manufacturer.

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Gunmen kidnap six from Mexico hotels | Toronto Sun

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Dozens of gunmen burst into a Holiday Inn and another hotel in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey Wednesday, searching from room-to-room and abducting at least six people, prosecutors said.

Nuevo Leon state attorney general Alejandro Garza y Garza said that between 20 and 30 gunmen abducted four guests and a receptionist from the 17-story Holiday Inn in Mexico's industrial hub, which has seen a surge in violence recently.

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Norwegian Epic Cruise Ship Has the Largest Spa at Sea | ABC News

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We already know that Norwegian Epic-- one of the year's most hotly anticipated new ships, Norwegian Cruise Line's biggest ever -- will usher in new innovations in entertainment and dining when it launches in July. Now, the cruise line has announced the ship will also debut the largest spa and fitness facility at sea, measuring more than 31,000 square feet.

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