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WHO: Trials show new Ebola vaccine is 'highly effective'
A newly developed vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus is "highly effective" and could help prevent its spread in the current and future outbreaks, the World Health Organization said Friday.


Two dead in Legionnaires' disease outbreak in New York
Two people have died in a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in New York. Thirty-one cases of the flu-like disease have been reported since mid-July in the South Bronx, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said.


Heading to the Beach? Download These 6 Handy Apps First
Planning a beach vacation this summer? Of course you are! Along with your towel and sunscreen, don't forget to pack your smartphone – these six useful apps will update you on the weather and surf conditions, ensure you don't get burned, keep you safe and even teach you how to surf!


The Risks of Premature Patient Transport
by Kip Gibbs, Assist America’s Vice President of Global Operations


World's first luxury animal terminal under construction at JFK airport
An airport terminal with a swimming pool, suites equipped with flat-screen TVs, customized departure lounges and around-the-clock medical care sounds like a dream come true for airline passengers. Sorry, human frequent fliers, this one is for animals.


7 things Americans should know about travel to Cuba
With the United States and Cuba set to restore full diplomatic relations next week, many Americans rightfully wonder what's really changed as a result of America's new policy with the communist-run island nation.


If you’re in an emergency situation abroad, you’ll need to know how to contact the police, an ambulance, or even the fire department.


How to Stay Online All the Time While You're Traveling
A few sticking points keep travelers from feeling fully connected. Here are solutions to three common travel Internet gripes


The Traveler July 2015
An informational bulletin on security, medical and travel-related issues


Disney bans selfie sticks at theme parks
The Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme parks will no longer permit selfie sticks effective June 30, the company said. The Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland theme parks will also instill the policy, effective July 1.


What's behind increase in shark attacks off the Carolinas?
Sharks have attacked 11 people off the coast of North and South Carolina this year, according to the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida, including a man bitten Wednesday on the Outer Banks' Ocracoke Island.


Shark Attacks Child Down South
Connie* and her 10 year old daughter Missy traveled from the East Coast down South so Missy could spend some time with her grandparents. One day, they all headed to the beach for a relaxing day of sun and swimming. Missy had recently gotten a boogie board and loved being out with it in the ocean.


U.S. and Cuba to announce embassy openings
The United States and Cuba on Wednesday plan to officially seal the renewal of diplomatic ties begun last year, announcing the reopening of embassies in Washington and Havana for the first time in more than half-a-century.


How to Eat on a Budget While Traveling
Food and travel are inseparable these days, but how do you approach choosing a restaurant (or shack or stand or ambulant vendor) in a strange city?


Bank Closures in Greece
Greece's finance ministry announced late June 28 that the strict withdrawal limits imposed by the government will not apply to holders of credit or debit cards issued in foreign countries.


Apple Watch now being used to help flights arrive and depart on time
Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport has taken the functionality of the Apple Watch even further by integrating it into its own workforce and daily workflow.


Is This the Most Efficient Suitcase Ever?
Calling all competitive packers — this suitcase is about to change your life!


8 productivity hacks to make packing for your next business trip easier
Work is stressful enough. When you stack travel preparation on top, it can become overwhelming. Having solid systems in place to get you out the door and on the road will not only guarantee you’re not rushing to the airport, but will also ensure you don’t forget anything. Next time you’re getting ready for take-off, try these productivity hacks.


Your Giant Carry-On Bag Is Safe for Now
Don’t worry, nobody is coming for your enormous rollaboard suitcase just yet.


United pulling out of JFK, moving all cross-country flights to Newark
United Airlines says it's pulling out of John F. Kennedy International Airport and that its flights from there to Los Angeles and San Francisco will depart from Newark, which for the first time will now offer amenities like flatbed seating and on-demand movies on cross-country flights.