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March 13, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela -- President Nicolas Maduro's government Thursday faced accusations of owing international airlines more than $3.7 billion and violating treaties, while separately officials said the number of deaths from violence related to antigovernment protests continued to rise. In a sign of Venezuela's deepening economic problems, the International Air Transport Assn. this week accused the Maduro government of failing to “repatriate” $3.7 billion in air ticket revenue owed to foreign carriers.
March 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Starting next month, United Airlines will let users watch hundreds of movies and TV shows free on their laptops and Apple iOS mobile devices. The airline said customers with compatible devices will be able to watch more than 150 movies and nearly 200 TV shows without having to pay any fees. To watch the free content, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users will have to download the latest version of the United app. The airline said laptop owners will have to download and install a browser plug-in to watch certain types of content.
March 13, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - The search for elusive Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 shifted to waters around India based on suggestions the aircraft may have flown longer and farther than previously thought. After six days of fruitless searches in the Gulf of Thailand, near the original flight path from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, investigators are exploring theories that the plane flew as long as four hours after it lost contact with civilian radar at 1:30 a.m. Saturday. "An additional search area may be opened in the Indian Ocean, and we are consulting with international partners about the appropriate assets to deploy," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Thursday.
March 12, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING  -  Investigators appeared no closer to locating Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Wednesday, as officials defended their handling of the search for the aircraft that went missing five days ago. At the latest count, there were 42 ships and 39 aircraft scouring the waters and jungles of Southeast Asia, searching for the plane. Twelve countries are now involved with Japan, India and Brunei the latest to pitch in. "This is unprecedented what we are going through," Malaysia's acting transportation minister, Hishamuddin Hussein, said at a stormy televised news conference late Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur.
March 12, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Hawaiian Airlines will debut nonstop daily service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Maui's Kahului Airport (OGG) on May 2, a month earlier than scheduled, because of "robust demand," the airline said in a statement Wednesday. It also will add a second daily flight on the route for summer. The year-round daily service on Airbus 330s between L.A. and the Hawaiian island had originally been scheduled to begin on June 1. Flights from L.A. leave at 11:15 a.m. and arrive at 1:40 p.m.; return flights will depart Maui at 3:40 p.m. and arrive in L.A. at 11:55 p.m. A second daily flight to Maui will operate from June 30 to Sept.
March 11, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 grew more puzzling Tuesday as reports suggested the plane may have veered more than 300 miles west of its intended flight path and flew lower and longer than previously thought. Although the flight from Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, to Beijing disappeared from civilian air traffic control screens at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, military sources told the Malaysian press that it was detected by the military at 2:40 a.m. over the Strait of Malacca - a narrow stretch of water off the west coast of the Malay peninsula.
March 10, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: US Airways informed me I have to pay $9 to keep my miles or they will disappear. I question the legality of this in California. Gift cards aren't allowed to expire (at least, in California). Aren't these the same thing? It really is just a cheesy, cheap way to get more money flowing in, as most customers who honestly earned their miles will slam the receiver down in frustration because the number to call is perpetually busy and then disconnects you. Those customers will chalk it up to another experience in the business of America today - and lose their miles.
March 10, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan and Julie Makinen
BEIJING - Despite a wealth of technology, crews trying to find the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner must cover a large swath of the South China Sea that varies widely in depth and is subject to fast-moving currents that could carry debris more than 50 miles a day, experts say. The search for the missing Boeing 777 off the southern coast of Vietnam had yielded nothing by early Tuesday. Malaysian and Vietnamese authorities said they had yet to find anything linked to the airliner that carried 239 passengers and crew, and that the search area was being expanded and the operation "intensified.
March 9, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - Vietnamese aircraft searching for a missing Malaysia Airlines jet spotted what authorities said may be a door from the plane and boats were attempting to reach the debris early Monday. As about 40 ships and more than 20 airplanes continued looking for Flight MH370 for a third day, Interpol confirmed that at least two stolen passports were used by passengers on the plane, and the police agency's head railed that few countries were regularly checking its international database on lost and stolen travel documents.
March 9, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- A Singaporean vessel participating in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has informed Vietnamese authorities that it has found some “suspicious objects” that may be from the missing aircraft, Vietnamese media said Sunday afternoon. It was not immediately clear where the objects were discovered or what they were. Aircraft and ships were searching an area of about 3,900 square miles off the southern tip of Vietnam in the waters of the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea. Vietnamese boats on Sunday reached an oil slick spotted late Saturday by Vietnamese surveillance aircraft, but found no sign of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, Agence France-Presse reported.
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