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The families ditching traditional vacations for home swapping
The concept of staying in another family's home while they bed down in yours isn't exactly new. But ongoing travel restrictions and the uncertainty brought about by the pandemic has led to a significant boom in this type of vacation.

'Friends' fan cruise to set sail in 2022
First, the "Friends" reunion, now the "Friends" cruise.

Two passengers on Celebrity Millennium cruise test positive for Covid-19
Two guests aboard the Celebrity Millennium tested positive for Covid-19 in required end-of-cruise testing, the cruise line said in a Thursday news release.

TSA seeks volunteers amid summer travel demand
The Transportation Security Administration has asked some of its office workers to help security officers with a surge of summer travel at the nation's largest airports. CNN's Pete Muntean reports.

How to make the perfect cup of British tea
Brits revere tea as much as they do David Attenborough, but no one can agree on how to actually make it. Here's what the experts say about the many questions that arise about how to make a proper cuppa.

American Airlines CEO shows up at Southwest flight attendant's wedding a year after their viral meeting
In May 2020, JacqueRae Hill, a Southwest Airlines flight attendant, had an inflight encounter with United Airlines CEO Doug Parker which went viral. A year later, he attended her wedding.

Cruise passengers test positive for Covid-19 in Italy
Two passengers disembark from MSC Seaside during a cruise around the Mediterranean, one of the few sea voyages currently underway following a global halt to cruising as the coronavirus pandemic spread last year.

EU Digital Covid Certificate: Everything you need to know
The EU Digital Covid Certificate -- known informally as a 'Covid vaccine passport' -- will be issued by July 1. Here's who's eligible, and how to get one.

JetTrain: The high-speed dream that never took off
It may have some of the world's longest railroads, covering vast distances across its wide-open provinces, but one thing Canada doesn't have is a high-speed trains.

Hilton's bizarre 1967 plan for a space hotel
Two years before Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, the Hilton chain of hotels was already planning to welcome guests in space.

Iran's most beautiful hotels
Iran's finest boutique hotels are under the spotlight in a new book, which has selected 16 hotels around the country.

This island is paradise -- but good luck getting there
The French Polynesia island of Nuku Hiva is an extraordinary part of the world where a traveler can be as far from the crowds as it's possible to be. It offers an intoxicating mix of deserted beaches, spectacular tropical mountains and traditional local culture.

Hong Kong's Tiananmen Square museum forced to close two days ahead of memorial
Hong Kong's most controversial destination has been forced to close just two days before a hugely significant date in the global pro-democracy calendar.

What you need to know about traveling to Europe this summer
In non-pandemic summers, both continental Europe and the United Kingdom draw crowds of tourists from around the world. Last summer, they couldn't get there. This summer many should be able to, though the tangle of entry requirements will vary by country and could change quickly.

Here's what makes America's newest national park worthy of its upgrade
Sometimes all it takes is a little name change to bring attention to an underappreciated park. At least, that's certainly the case with West Virginia's New River Gorge.

The rapid rise of 'red tourism' in China
Growing up in Guang'an, Zhang Yiwen always felt a closeness to late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, who spent the first 15 years of his life in her home city in the country's western province of Sichuan.

This vaccination 'certificate' will open travel in Europe this summer
The EU digital Covid-19 certificate for travel can be opened to non-EU international travelers, including those from the United States, subject to individual member states' acceptance of proof of vaccination, a negative test result or recovery from Covid infection, an EU Commission spokesperson told CNN on June 2.

Belarus 'hijacking' has redrawn Europe's air map
The forcible diversion of a flight from Greece to Lithuania to Belarus has not only sparked a diplomatic incident; it's also made big changes for flying in Europe, and, possibly, beyond.

Soviet space shuttle covered in graffiti
Russia's space agency says it wants to move an abandoned Soviet-era Busan space shuttle to a museum after urban explorers "inflitrate" a storage facility in Kazakhstan and apparently cover it with graffiti.

Dream of supersonic passenger flight hits turbulence
With the news that supersonic planemaker Aerion has unexpectedly folded, is the dream of a successor to Concorde running out of fuel?

London swimming pool suspended 115 feet in the air
An 82-foot swimming pool spanning between two apartment complexes in London just opened to the public.

These double-decker airplane cabin concepts could be the future of flying
Nominees have been announced for the 2021 Crystal Cabin Awards' Judges' Choice and Clean and Safe Air Travel categories. The shortlist includes some striking concepts that could revolutionize the airplane economy cabin.

The best beaches in the United States are ...
Summer is unofficially here, and many Americans are ready to get back to flying, driving cross-country and soaking up the sun after the pandemic hammered travel plans for basically all of 2020.

Airship to offer low-carbon flights with floor-to-ceiling windows
Growing awareness of the climate crisis means conscientious travelers are increasingly looking for alternatives to trips by airplane.

Flight attendant loses two teeth after altercation with passenger
Following a series of incidents aboard aircraft, including an assault that left a flight attendant with facial injuries and two missing teeth, the union representing Southwest Airlines' flight attendants is urging the company to take stronger steps to protect its members from an "epidemic of aggression and assault."

What it was like on board the Qantas supermoon flight to nowhere
The moon was illuminated a bright coppery red, big and beaming in the night sky.

How avgeeks have been coping with lockdown
Their lives revolve around flying, so what happens when a pandemic means they can't fly? Five avgeeks -- aviation fans -- tell CNN about their coping strategies, from flying a simulator to listening to airport noises.

Travel is back -- and so are travel scams
With more widespread vaccinations and relaxed travel restrictions, many people are making long-awaited vacation plans. But scammers are making plans of their own to separate eager travelers from their money via too-good-to-be-true vacation packages, fake airfare deals and other shady schemes.

Giant tortoise alive 100 years after 'extinction'
Ecuador confirmed on Tuesday that a giant tortoise found in 2019 in the Galapagos Islands is a species considered extinct a century ago.

The Sicilians using Covid to change the €1 home schemes
Italy's famous €1 home projects are usually loved by foreigners wanting to build holiday homes. But the Covid-19 pandemic has changed people's priorities, bringing an influx of young people back to one Sicilian town. Now they want to attract other people to revitalize their home.

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Lyft has yet to disclose sexual assault incidents as cases grow
More than three years after ridehail companies Uber and Lyft first pledged to release safety reports disclosing incidents of sexual assault and abuse on their platforms, Lyft has yet to do so. Meanwhile, hundreds of passengers are now lining up for potential lawsuits over alleged incidents of this nature, plaintiff lawyers tell CNN Business.

House lawmakers introduce Big Tech bills that could break up Amazon, Google and others
Tech giants including Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google could be forced to make sweeping changes to their businesses under a series of new bills introduced Friday by House lawmakers targeting the companies' economic dominance.

The chipmaking factory of the world is battling Covid and the climate crisis
Taiwanese officials are fretting about whether a severe outbreak of Covid-19 could jeopardize the island's critical role in the global semiconductor supply chain. But there's another threat to the industry that experts worry may have even more drastic consequences: the climate crisis.

Hackers breach Electronic Arts, stealing game source code and tools
Hackers have broken into the systems of Electronic Arts, one of the world's biggest video game publishers, and stolen source code used in company games, a spokesperson confirmed to CNN Business on Thursday.

Jeff Bezos is going to space for 11 minutes. Here's how risky that is
Jeff Bezos can have anything. He could circle the globe in a private jet or sail it forever in a fleet of megayachts. He could afford to buy a the whole NFL; he could buy an archipelago for his family and friends; he could buy over 65,000 Bugatti Chirons (base price $2.9 million), even though only 500 are being built. As the world's richest person, the possibilities are endless. But Bezos appears ready to risk it all for an 11-minute ride to space.

House Democrats are prepping 5 antitrust bills to take on Big Tech
House Democrats are preparing five bills to weaken Big Tech's grip on the economy, in what could amount to Congress's biggest challenge yet to the dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

Serious cyberattacks in Europe doubled in the past year
Significant cyberattacks against critical targets in Europe have doubled in the past year, according to new EU figures obtained by CNN, as the pandemic pushed lives indoors and online.

An obscure service provider briefly broke the internet Tuesday. It could happen again
A giant chunk of the internet briefly broke on Tuesday because of an outage at a company most people have probably never heard of before.

Mark Zuckerberg plans to work remotely for at least half of the next year
Facebook is giving its employees more flexibility to work outside the office — and Mark Zuckerberg is leading by example.

GameStop names a new CEO and CFO, both from Amazon
GameStop is getting a new chief executive and chief financial officer, the company announced as part of its earnings release Wednesday.

CNN's Miguel Marquez speaks with people in Ohio and North Carolina about how an investment in broadband infrastructure has impacted their communities.

How a massive part of the internet went down for an hour
The company behind Tuesday's massive internet outage has apologized for making a costly mistake that knocked out websites, apps and online services across the world.


A robot is killing weeds by zapping them with electricity
UK-based startup Small Robot Company has developed robots to rid land of unwanted weeds without using chemicals and heavy machinery.

FaceTime is coming to Android. Here's why iMessage won't
One of the most surprising announcements from Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday wasn't a new feature for its own customers — it was something new for Android and Windows users.

Mitt Romney: It's unacceptable Microsoft censored Tiananmen Square images in America
Senator Mitt Romney wants answers from Microsoft after the company blocked images and videos around the world of "Tank Man," the unidentified protester during China's brutal crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989.

NASA's new chief on SpaceX's Mars rocket, UFOs and going back to the moon

Massive internet outage: Websites and apps around the world go dark
Countless websites and apps around the world went down for about an hour Tuesday after Fastly, a major content delivery network, reported a widespread failure.

Apple's big developer conference tries to move past backlash
There's a cloud hanging over Apple's big annual developer event this week: many app developers aren't very happy with the company right now.

How wearable tech helped elite athletes through the pandemic
From the English Premier League to the NFL, sport is a multibillion-dollar industry, and top teams are increasingly turning to technology to give them the edge.

Today

Arthur Fellig, AKA Weegee (1899)
A New York City-based photojournalist, Fellig distinguished himself with his stark and often grisly black-and-white images. His nickname, Weegee, a phonetic pronunciation of Ouija, was derived from his seemingly clairvoyant knowledge of where crimes and emergencies were taking place and his habit of frequently beating authorities to the scenes. In reality, there was nothing supernatural about this—he simply possessed a police radio and made good use of it. What did he keep in his car's trunk? Discuss

Gene Wilder (1933)
Wilder was just 8 years old when his ailing mother's doctor urged him to try making her laugh. The boy took those words to heart and developed a passion for performing that eventually led him to Hollywood. He is best known for his roles in comedy classics like Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Young Frankenstein. He cowrote the latter film with producer and director Mel Brooks, and their screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award. Which film sequel's script beat them out?

Hattie McDaniel (1895)
McDaniel was the first African American to win an Academy Award, earning it for her role as the maid Mammy in 1939's American Civil War epic Gone with the Wind. Segregation, still widespread in the American South at the time, prevented her from attending the film's Atlanta premiere, but when her friend and fellow actor Clark Gable—who had recommended her for the role—wanted to boycott the event, she insisted that he attend. Why does McDaniel have two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?

This Day in History

The Armagh Rail Disaster (1889)
In 1889, a Sunday school train excursion in Armagh, Ireland, turned tragic when the train stalled while climbing a steep hill. The crew decoupled the cars, intending to climb the hill with the first few cars and then pull the remaining cars separately, but the back section had insufficient brakes and rolled down into an oncoming train. At least 78 people were killed in the crash, including many children. What had the crew put behind the wheels to prevent the train cars from rolling backwards? Discuss

The Le Mans Disaster (1955)
The legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race was created in 1923, when cars' top speeds hovered around 60 mph (97 km/h). Thirty years later, top speeds had more than tripled, with little change to the course. In the 1955 race, a narrow pass near the pit stop caused racer Pierre Levegh to hit another car from behind while traveling at about 150 mph (240 km/h). Levegh's Mercedes went airborne, and parts flew into the stands, killing Levegh and more than 80 spectators. Why did the race continue?

London's Millennium Bridge Opens, Promptly Closes (2000)
When tens of thousands of pedestrians crossed the Thames River via London's Millennium Bridge on its opening day in 2000, many felt the steel suspension bridge sway, and the vibrations worsened as people adjusted their gaits to the motion. Nicknamed the "wobbly bridge" by Londoners, it closed just two days later for modifications to eliminate the sway and did not reopen until 2002. What prompted the bridge to close again in 2007 over concerns that pedestrians were in danger of being blown off?

Quote of the Day

Mary Shelley
Live, and be happy, and make others so. Discuss

Mark Twain
It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.

Joseph Conrad
Let a fool be made serviceable according to his folly.