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Site recommends top hotels for business travelers

usatoday.com — For business travel, the Los Angeles Airport Marriott is the quintessential hotel, says frequent business traveler Michael Gregurich of Manitowoc, Wis. "It has great Wi-Fi, a great business center, meeting rooms and numerous dining options," says Gregurich, a USA TODAY Road Warrior who volunteers travel information.

Liberians clash with police as Ebola deaths multiply

usatoday.com — Soldiers and riot police Wednesday used barbed wire and wood to seal off about 50,000 people in a slum in Monrovia, Liberia, in an attempt to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed at least more than 1,000 people in West Africa.

Female business travelers find more accommodating world

usatoday.com — Female Road Warriors see much progress in the travel world's treatment of women, but they still have many gender-related concerns. Emilie Kroner believes it's getting easier for a woman to travel frequently on business.

Crossing the line from pet to service animal

usatoday.com — Many fliers avoid airline fees by misrepresenting their pet dogs as service animals, giving legitimate service animal owners a bad reputation. Frequent business travelers and at least one airline say they have noticed an uptick in the number of service dogs in aircraft cabins, raising questions for others as to whether a number of dogs that are truly pets are being passed off as service dogs.

NYC's lesser-known boroughs have a lot to offer

usatoday.com — Many travelers are unaware of the many attractions and nightlife in New York's boroughs outside Manhattan. Los Angeles-based television executive Stephen Tao has found there is more to New York than Manhattan. He took "a respite from the city" at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, dined in the borough's Park Slope neighborhood and shopped in its DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) neighborhood.

NYC's lesser-known boroughs have a lot to offer

usatoday.com — Many travelers are unaware of the many attractions and nightlife in New York's boroughs outside Manhattan. Los Angeles-based television executive Stephen Tao has found there is more to New York than Manhattan. He took "a respite from the city" at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, dined in the borough's Park Slope neighborhood and shopped in its DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) neighborhood.

These travelers find joy in living in hotels full time

usatoday.com — Some frequent business travelers never return home and live full-time in hotels. Such a life has its challenges but also many advantages, they say. Gary Arndtis a rarity among frequent business travelers. He never returns home.

Passport kiosks help reduce fliers' customs wait time

usatoday.com — New automated passport kiosks at JFK and Newark airports help reduce customs wait time for airline passengers.. Automated passport kiosks at New York area airports helped to "significantly reduce" wait times for fliers passing through customs during this year's first six months, a study released Wednesday shows.

Motorists choose ineffective methods to stay awake

usatoday.com — A new survey shows that Americans are choosing ineffective methods to combat drowsy driving, and young drivers are significantly more likely to use such ineffective tactics. Drivers are endangering their lives by using ineffective tactics to combat sleepiness behind the wheel, according to a new survey by automotive marketing company DMEautomotive.

Firefighters gain ground on massive Washington blaze

usatoday.com — Firefighters made progress Sunday containing a wildfire that burned 21,823 acres in Washington but are fearful that predicted afternoon thunderstorms could ignite more fires. The wildfire - the largest of numerous ones burning in the West - started July 8 in Mills Canyon in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, which encompasses more than 4 million acres along the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range.
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Sep 26, 2014

The glories of Heckscher State Park and The Great South Bay pic.twitter.com/cVsvMJBIMo

Sep 03, 2014

The U.S. hotel industry will achieve 65% occupancy in 2015, the highest since data recording began in 1987, says #PKF Hospitality Research.

Sep 02, 2014

Recall of @TrayVous snack and activity trays for strollers, @USCPSC says. A child’s head could get trapped, posing a strangulation hazard.

Sep 02, 2014

Safety assessment of @azcentral nuclear plant by @NRCgov Sept. 15 in Tonopah, Ariz.

Sep 02, 2014

Looking for a top-notch hotel for a business trip? @tripexpert gives @usatodaytravel plenty of ideas:usat.ly/1s9fUbp

Aug 31, 2014

Happy birthday #69 @vanmorrison pop music's greatest singer

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