After allowing a previous travel warning to expire, the State Department yesterday issued a new advisory cautioning Americans against travel to Mexico's northern border areas, particularly the city of Nuevo Laredo, as a result of recent drug trafficking-related violence. Click here to read the public announcement.
Las Vegas has a wealth of quirky stories and legends to amuse travelers, Bill Ordine writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Ordine pulls together Cold War curiosities, kidnapped "Wizard of Oz" character statues and bad-luck lions in this collection of Sin City's most offbeat facts.
Cruise ships keep getting bigger -- the average ship in the the next decade will likely hold about 3,000 to 4,000 people, the Los Angeles Times' Mary Lu Abbott writes. Many ports around the world are changing their rules to limit the number of ships that can dock on a given day.
Airline travelers experience significant drops in their oxygen levels, according to a study published in a British medical journal. More than half of the travelers' oxygen levels dropped 6% below normal levels; the decline may explain why some travelers become ill after flights.
Thousands of spectators watched the Airbus A380 superjumbo jet make its maiden flight Wednesday morning in Blagnac, France. The 308-ton jet, which can hold aboout 550 passengers, flew for nearly four hours before landing smoothly. Airbus spent 11 years developing the plane.