Going with the dogs (and cats) on Amtrak

Passengers may be able to take their pets on certain Amtrak trains under pilot program.

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South African Airways offers refunds for mistaken ultra-cheap fare

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — It looked like a steal: $72 for a round-trip business class ticket on South African Airways between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi. The online offer, part of a promotional sale at the end of February, was indeed too good to be true. The airline said Thursday that it erroneously published the incorrect fare...

Man found dead in national park was shot in head with arrow

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A man found dead at a campground in Olympic National Park in Washington state was shot in the head with an arrow from a crossbow, and authorities are trying to determine how it happened. There's no obvious evidence of a crime, but the death of Christopher E. Boysen remains under...

Smoke report prompts emergency exit from plane in Denver

DENVER (AP) — First, smoke was reported on an American Airlines flight after landing in Denver. Then passengers saw the cabin fill with a light haze. What followed was a calm exit from the plane with 164 passengers and crew members sliding down emergency chutes into the frigid weather outside. The plane, operated by U.S....

Snow play? No way, says Rainier National Park

OK, they're calling it: No snow play at Paradise this year. This announcement Wednesday from Mount Rainier National Park: "With the continuation of mild weather, low snowfall at the Paradise elevation of the mountain, and little snowfall projected for the foreseeable future, park Superintendent Randy King advises that the Paradise snow-play area will not open...

How to have fun, cheaply, in Maui

You could drop lots of money on Maui hotels, restaurants and entertainment. But some of the best things, such as the Hawaiian island’s beaches, are free.

Airlines are at it again, changing frequent-flier programs

Airlines continue to tinker with their frequent-flier programs, sometimes in ways that help business travelers but make it harder for occasional fliers to earn a free trip. Frequent-flier programs started out simple: After flying enough trips or miles you earned a free flight, maybe to some exotic place. They built loyalty. But in the last...