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  • The woman, Chloe Haines, was on an evening flight with Jet2, a British budget airline, from Stansted Airport, east of London, bound for Dalaman, in southwestern Turkey, when she leapt for a door of the plane, scratched a member of the crew and shouted, “I’m going to kill you all,” according to the BBC. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/13/world/europe/jet2-chloe-haines-jail.html

  • The Russian Arctic looks remote on the map, but more than 1 million people live here — far more than in the polar regions of Western Europe and North America. Now places like the peninsula are synonymous with Russia’s rapid development of the oil-and-gas reserves in its northern reaches. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/09/world/europe/russia-stroganina-siberia.html

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  • Since December 2017, the number of Airbnb and Homeaway listings in and around Lake Placid has grown from 555 entire places to 684, according to AirDNA, a short-term rental data provider. As conversions continue, officials are struggling with a contentious question that also echoes in many Atlantic beach towns and on the shores of Lake Tahoe: How do resorts balance neighborhood concerns against the economic benefit of tourists who stay in short-term rentals?

  • Nearly 80 years after the first casino blinked to life along the stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard now known as the Strip, the re-illumination of Las Vegas is nearly complete.

  • The embassy said its alert was a response to an increase in sex attacks “against young U.S. citizen visitors and students throughout Spain.” It cited data from Spain’s interior ministry, noting that the embassy in Madrid had dealt with six reported cases of sex attacks in January, which followed from 34 such reports last year. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/05/world/europe/us-spain-sexual-assault.html

  • Here are some new resorts, trips and attractions that offer seasonal refreshment at home and abroad for travelers of all stripes.

  • A day trip or weekend jaunt to Venice on Florida's Gulf Coast provides opportunities for relaxing in a warm mineral spring, going shark tooth hunting on the beach and kayaking into the sunset, complete with friendly dolphins.

  • Modern scientists knew that ambergris could be found within the bodies of sperm whales, but they weren’t sure about those pieces of jetsam found by beachcombers. But in a study published Wednesday in Biology Letters, researchers have extracted sperm whale DNA from washed-up ambergris, which could contribute a new understanding about the enigmatic substance and the endangered creatures that make it. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/04/science/ambergris-sperm-whales-dna.html

  • The recent introduction of multiresort passes have pushed more skiers to more places, making once-sleepy mountains more crowded. Resorts that are within driving distance of major metropolitan areas, in particular, are coping with powder day throngs not seen before. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/28/travel/ikon-epic-skiing-crowds.html

  • In the days and weeks before the Democratic presidential primary’s first contest in Iowa, some Iowans have been sheltering in their homes and not picking up the phone to avoid the furious campaigning of this year’s competitive race. They’re ready for this thing to be over.

  • Wildfires that burned for weeks consumed half of the island — more than 800 square miles. Two people were killed, dozens of homes were destroyed, and wilderness parks were turned to cinders, littering the landscape with animal corpses. In a bush land once teeming with the activity of insects, birds, reptiles and mammals, there is only silence, and the scent of rot. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/04/world/australia/kangaroo-island-fire.html

  • Anguilla is the landlord for internet addresses that end in “.ai” — a suddenly valuable slice of online real estate. Every time a .ai name is registered or renewed — by AI startups, or by speculators hoping to resell the names to those startups, big companies or investors — the island collects a $50-a-year fee, which goes mostly to the government treasury. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/03/business/custom-urls.html

  • The standard wisdom about travel insurance: It covers what has happened to you, not what might happen to you.

  • Airbnb is giving a few people a chance to spend a two-month sabbatical in the Bahamas in an attempt to boost the Caribbean island damaged last year by Hurricane Dorian.

  • Atari, the arcade game company that ushered in the gaming revolution in the 1980s, is opening eight video game-themed hotels across the United States, including ones in Las Vegas and Phoenix.

  • Travel providers now use artificial intelligence software to re-price their offerings, sometimes dozens of times a day, to maximize revenue. For business and leisure travelers, the result is a variation of the cat-and-mouse game, where travel companies are almost always the cat. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/27/business/cheap-airfare.html

  • If you look on Instagram, the momcation, a vacation for tired mothers designed specifically to give them a break from spouses and children, is on the rise: The hashtag #momcation appears in more than 52,000 posts. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/28/travel/momcations-its-a-thing.html

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