While Hartsfield-Jackson International is a waypoint for millions of connecting passengers around the world, in Atlanta it’s a bustling home base for local travelers.Since the world’s busiest airport is the primary gateway for Atlanta air travel, the experience matters. According to a new study by travel site The Points Guy, the Atlanta airport ranks 4th among the 50 busiest U.S. airports, thanks to its proximity to downtown, on-time performance and amenities.Other factors considered in the study include cancellations, ride-hailing prices and security wait times. The top-ranked airport was San Diego International, while Phoenix Sky Harbor came in 2nd.The worst U.S. airports in the ranking include several that may be familiar to many travelers: Fort Myers’ Southwest Florida International, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, Orlando International -- and in last place, Chicago Midway.The secondary airport in Chicago scored low … [Read more...] about How Hartsfield-Jackson ranks among U.S. airports
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street’s major indexes posted their biggest percentage drop of the year on Monday as a fall in the yuan following U.S. President Donald Trump’s vow to impose additional tariffs on Chinese goods sparked fears of further escalation of the U.S.-China trade war. While stocks pared losses in the last hour of trading to finish off their session lows, the benchmark S&P 500 fell about 3% to notch its biggest one-day percentage decline since Dec. 4. The index has fallen for six straight sessions and is now about 6% below its record closing high on July 26. The yuan weakened past the seven-per-dollar level, its lowest in 11 years, after the People’s Bank of China, with the blessing of policymakers, set its daily midpoint at the weakest level in eight months. On Twitter, Trump called the action a “major violation” and “currency manipulation.” Several investors viewed the move in the yuan as a direct response to … [Read more...] about Wall St. sinks as yuan slide inflames U.S.-China trade dispute
WASHINGTON — House Democrats unveiled sweeping legislation Friday that would change the way states administer federal elections, an attempt to prevent officials from conducting the kind of mass voter registration cancellations that became an issue before last year’s midterms in Georgia.The measure, given the symbolically important bill number House Resolution 1, seeks to make it easier for people to vote and limit the reach of special interests in elections. It is likely to face a quick death in the Senate, where Republican leaders are wary of changing campaign finance laws and taking the power to administer elections away from states.But a narrow avenue for cooperation did appear to open Friday when a key House Republican separately raised the prospect of hearings in Georgia and three other states about reported voting irregularities during last year’s elections.Democrats indicated they were setting their sights far more broadly.During a crowded press … [Read more...] about U.S. House Democrats seek widespread changes in elections
Story highlights Secretary Deborah James said "enough is enough" when it comes to downsizing Air Force $10 billion will need to be cut from the Air Force's portion of the President's proposed budget Rep. Tom Cole called the President's base budget "a fantasy" Air Force officials argue the force is currently older and smaller than it has ever been Atlanta (CNN)As U.S. Air Force fighter jets and bombers carry out airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Air Force officials are waging a campaign of their own on Capitol Hill. The target: Sequestration cuts expected to take effect in 2016 that, officials say, will threaten U.S. air superiority. READ: The most shocking parts of the Ferguson police report Air Force Secretary Deborah James told lawmakers last month that "enough is enough" when it comes to downsizing the Air Force, defending President Obama's $534 billion Pentagon base budget request to the defense appropriations subcommittee. JUST WATCHED What is it … [Read more...] about Is U.S. Air Force superiority under threat?
Story highlights Until Orlando, the worst mass murder of LGBT people in U.S. history belonged to New Orleans A June 24, 1973, arson attack on the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay bar, killed 32 (CNN)There are some distinctions nobody wants to see passed on. The site of the deadliest attack on the LGBT community in U.S. history is one of them. For nearly 43 years, up until Sunday's mass shooting in Orlando, that horrible title belonged to New Orleans. A fire determined to be arson tore through the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay bar in the French Quarter, killing 32 people. Three victims were never identified. Several bodies were never claimed because the victims' families were too ashamed. The story of the Up Stairs Lounge fire did not draw an outpouring of attention and sympathy. No massive vigils sprouted up across the country. Banners offering solidarity with New Orleans were inconceivable. National leaders weren't moved to condemn the attack or issue condolences. Even local officials -- … [Read more...] about Before Orlando: The (former) deadliest LGBT attack in U.S. history