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    WOODBINE, Ga. (AP) — A judge has denied a request to stop a county from buying land for a planned spaceport near the Georgia coast, dealing the latest blow to opponents of the project. In an order Thursday, Superior Court Judge Stephen Scarlett denied the request from opponents to restrain Camden County from closing on the land deal until a referendum that would let voters weigh in. The judge said the opponents waited until the last minute for their latest legal move, when they had known since 2015 that county commissioners planned to buy the property. “Plaintiffs could have acted sooner but chose not to, and certainly did not act at their first opportunity,” Scarlett wrote in the order. The ruling now allows the county to close on the property, barring unforeseen circumstances. Officials in the county of 55,000 at the Georgia-Florida line have spent years pursuing Spaceport Camden, calling it a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity that would boost the economy not only by launching satellites into orbit, but also by luring supporting industries and tourists. Opponents say there’s no guarantee the...
    (CNN) — Hawaii may soon require travelers arriving from other U.S. states and territories to have a COVID booster shot if they want to avoid quarantine or testing requirements. Gov. David Ige said on a recent livestream show with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper that his office is considering changing its definition of “fully vaccinated” from two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine to three. That could mean that domestic travelers who have not had booster shots may have to take a COVID-19 test before arriving in Hawaii or isolate for five days upon arrival in Hawaii at their own expense. Vaccinated U.S. travelers with proof of vaccination do not currently have to test or quarantine. Unvaccinated travelers can visit Hawaii with a negative COVID-19 test to bypass a mandatory quarantine. Currently, there are vaccination and testing requirements for international tourists, in line with broader U.S. rules. Domestic tourism is regulated through the state’s Safe Travels program, where people can upload their vaccination records to the online portal ahead of their flight. “We know that the community needs time to react...
    MONKEY gangs "hooked on sugary drinks" have been rampaging through a Thailand town mugging tourists for food and belongings in a fresh wave of terror. Thousands of the unruly primates have been roaming the streets and terrorising visitors in the tourist hotspot of Lopburi. 4The frenzied monkeys have been rampaging through Lopburi mugging locals and touristsCredit: ViralPress 4The lawless monkeys have flooded the town's streets since Thailand reopened to touristsCredit: ViralPress 4Lopburi is known for its massive monkey population which attracts tourists from all over the worldCredit: ViralPress The town located some 90 miles north of capital Bangkok is known for its massive monkey population which attracts tourists from all over the world. And since Thailand threw open its doors again to holidaymakers in November, the lawless monkeys have flooded the town's streets. The primates have been wreaking havoc by climbing on people, stealing glasses from tourists and running across cars. To make matters worse, the gangs are feasting on sugary treats from the locals as they believe the animals bring good luck to the area. The monkeys...
    While companies show off their robots, autonomous cars and virtual reality headsets at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Sierra Space is presenting innovations that are out of this world. The company is showcasing a life-size replica of its Dream Chaser spaceplane that will one day take people and cargo to low Earth-orbit. Along with the 30-foot craft, Sierra Space's Large Integrated Flexible Environment (LIFE) habitat, a giant inflatable house for moon colonizers, is also on display - but as a scaled-down version. Sierra Space may be a newcomer to the space industry, but the company has secured a deal with NASA for unmanned flights to the International Space Station (ISS) starting this year. And it is working with Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to develop a commercial off-Earth outpost called Orbital Reef. Scroll down for video  Sierra Space is showcasing a life-size replica of its Dream Chaser spaceplane at CES 2022, which that will one day take people and cargo to low Earth-orbit CES, which is held in Las Vegas, is expected to host more than 50,000 people and 2,200 exhibitors....
    ICONIC Maya Bay is finally reopening after being closed for nearly four years. The Thailand beach was made famous by the 2000 film The Beach, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio. 4Maya Bay will finally reopen next yearCredit: Getty 4New rules will be in place when the beach reopens in January 2022, including restricions on visitorsCredit: AFP However, its popularity led to its closure after the volume of tourists resulted in damage to the local wildlife and corals. It was first shut down in 2018 to allow a full recovery of its corals and wildlife. Thai authorities also said the white-sand paradise was suffering from the pressure of thousands of day-trippers arriving by boat. Authorities initially said the beach - popular for backpacker day trips - was going to be closed for four months, but the reopening was repeatedly postponed. Thon Thamrongnawasawat, adviser to the Department of National Parks, told AFP the ban on visitors would be extended until mid-2021. It will now reopen in January 2022, after authorities delayed the opening during Covid to allow it to recover further. Most read in TravelLAST RESORT New...
    By Forrest Brown | CNN Editor’s note: CNN Travel updates this article periodically. It was last updated in its entirety on January 3, 2022. Throughout the pandemic, US passport holders have seen an ever-morphing list of international travel options. The only constant has been change. But compared with the choices in the spring and summer of 2020, the choices now are plentiful — even as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus sweeps the world. In the end, it’s up to you to decide whether travel to international destinations is a good idea. The health risks are obvious if you’re not fully vaccinated. Many venues and events of interest to travelers are imposing restrictions or canceling outright because of the most recent Covid-19 surge. Nations might change their rules with little notice after you’ve made plans or you’re already on your trip. You might have to adhere to stricter curfews and mask mandates than you’re used to in the United States. Violations could involve big fines and even jail time. The US State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — All was busy and all was bright this Christmas at Ghirardelli Square. Palette Tea House was bustling with activity. The San Francisco dim sum and seafood restaurant was so busy serving diners indoors and outdoors, there was a 45-minute wait for a table during peak hours. READ MORE: Plunging Temperatures Leave Blanket Of Snow On Bay Area HillsDiners came from near and far for popular dishes like the roasted duck and the XO Wagyu beef fried rice. “We’re all very excited we are blessed with all the customers and business that we have today,” said general manager Dennis Leung. “It’s Christmas and a lot of staff want to be off, but at the same time, a lot of us depending on the business to make a living as well. So if we can capture more business, more customers, it’s great for everybody. The whole team – we’re very grateful for it.” Leung said last Christmas they were only open for to-go orders. Sales this month topped those in December of 2019. He said this...
    Democratic Socialist Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has jumped onto a tweet sent by former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton that went viral earlier this week.  In the tweet, Bratton - who worked under outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio - showed several homeless people sleeping on a subway train.  'You know why NY's 'recovery' isn't happening? This photo today on the E Train at 6:45am at 42nd & 8th says it all,' he wrote. 'Why should working people & tourists be subjected to this? How's it fair to those who need services? Imagine the cops' frustration with no support to deal with it!' Ocasio-Cortez joined many others on the left in slamming the tweet for showing insensitivity to homeless people and pointing out how much of the city's budget the police takes up, effectively continuing her call to defund the NYPD. 'Of course they're frustrated,' she wrote. 'It's not policing's job or purpose to address housing, provide healthcare or counseling, or solve the reasons people sleep on the subway. Maybe if we shifted some of that $11B/year spent on robo...
    FRISCO, Colo. (CBS4)– High Side Brewing’s Owner, David “Ax” Axelrod makes a good chunk of his yearly businesses in two weeks. These next two weeks, specifically. (credit: CBS) “Fourth of July is getting pretty big now too, but it’s really the holiday season that’s our busiest,” Axelrod explained. While preparing for the usual influx of customers as more and more tourists come into Frisco and nearby mountain towns, news of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 remains a dark cloud on the otherwise exciting time. Axelrod said he plans to do the same thing they have been doing: follow health guidelines, have employees get vaccinated or wear a mask, and clean like there’s no tomorrow. (credit: CBS) “Difficult thing to do in the middle of a new variant breaking out, we have one of the highest vaccination rates in the country here in Summit County so we feel relatively safe with our local population, but breakthrough cases seem to be coming fast and furious at this point.” Summit County Health Department is reporting they have 82% of the population fully vaccinated,...
    ENGLAND must win the last three Tests to regain the Ashes after falling 2-0 down in the series - despite Jos Buttler's brave battling. The tourists had it all to do on Day Five in Adelaide, starting 82-4, and lost Ollie Pope and Ben Stokes early. 6Australia were better in every department across the five days as they secured victoryCredit: Getty 6Ben Stokes was trapped by LBW by Nathan Lyon early on Day FiveCredit: Getty 6Jos Buttler put up some patient resistance before stepping into his own wicketCredit: AP Chris Woakes put on a brilliant quickfire 44 before his stumps were poleaxed by Jhye Richardson leaving Buttler to try and hold out for a miraculous draw. He managed a patient 26 off 206 balls after being dropped early to give England a glimmer of hope. Ollie Robinson lasted 39 balls before edging Nathan Lyon's wicked delivery to Steve Smith. Stuart Broad survived a brutal first three balls and then earned a reprieve when he was given out LBW but immediately reviewed after an inside edge. But with the...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There was new fallout Tuesday from the city’s new vaccine mandate which goes far beyond any other in the nation. Mayor Bill de Blasio thinks everything will work out, but many businesses are concerned about the impact it will have on the holiday tourist season, which is just starting to make a comeback. READ MORE: New York City Announces First-In-The-Nation Vaccine Mandate For Private CompaniesIn fact, demonstrators gathered at night outside the mayor’s house in Park Slope, Brooklyn to protest. Police said there were no arrests or incidents, but tensions were high due to the unpopularity of the mandates, CBS2’s Ali Bauman reported. The sweeping rules pertaining to private businesses mean children ages 5-11 will have to show proof of vaccination to eat in restaurants, or to go to shows, movies, museums and other forms of entertainment, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported. WATCH: Mayor De Blasio Announces Vaccine Mandate For Private Companies  De Blasio may have thought of himself as a COVID hero — Captain America — for imposing stringent new rules requiring kids to be vaccinated,...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There is no crisis of crime and residents and tourists should feel safe in Philadelphia. That’s what District Attorney Larry Krasner said Monday to help calm any concerns about the rising gun violence and a recent attack inside the Fashion District Philadelphia. Eyewitness News was waiting for the mayor to light the Rittenhouse Square Christmas tree Monday night. It’s another tourist draw in Center City for the holidays, but are lights alone enough to quell some concerns over rising violence in Center City? READ MORE: Alcohol, Firearm Found In Vehicle Following Crash That Left Driver Dead, Police SayThe holiday cheer is here. “We’re here to see some Christmas stuff and get in the spirit of the holidays,” Kayleigh Adari, who’s visiting the city from Florida, said. And so are all these people at Christmas Village in LOVE Park. “I try to avoid the hot spots, as I call them,” Ruth Schellhorn said. Last Thursday, the Fashion District Philadephia became a so-called crime hot spot. Authorities say three teenagers, one with a gun, attacked a 70-year-old man inside...
    New York (CNN Business)For centuries, a setting sun has signaled the end of fasting rituals on holidays such as Ramadan and Yom Kippur, a cue to tuck into a delicious meal after a full day of deprivation. But what if the sun's clockwork were to suddenly change, as it does for astronauts riding aboard the International Space Station, which whips around the Earth at 17,000 miles per hour, giving passengers 16 sunrises and sunsets each day? If the proposed future of millions of people living and working in space — as it has been proposed by the billionaire space entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk — comes to fruition, it'll be far more than just a few NASA astronauts grappling with how to observe their sun-centric religious practices.Jared Isaacman, the business owner who on Sept. 15 climbed aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon and became the first space tourist to fly to orbit from US soil, said that, although he is Jewish, he didn't plan to observe Yom Kippur, which began at sundown the day of his launch. Jared Isaacman in...
    Los Angeles Police Department detective Jamie McBride said he advises visitors not to come to the city because he considers it unsafe. McBride blamed Gov. Gavin Newsom for rising crime rates in California and accused progressive district attorneys of "advocating for the criminals." NEW YORK DEMOCRAT BLASTS AOC AS 'DANGER' FOR DOWNPLAYING RISING CRIME "We're telling people don't visit because we don't think we can keep you safe right now," he said in an interview with Fox News on Monday. "Los Angeles is like the movie Purge, but instead of 24 hours to commit your crime, they have 365 days." He said the "zero bail " policy and Proposition 47 , which reduced sentencing for various nonviolent crimes, have led to an increase in crime. Newsom recently criticized the state's cities for their lenient policies on retail theft, saying authorities should enforce the law against thieves. "Police need to arrest them. Prosecutors need to prosecute them. Judges need to hold people accountable for breaking the law," Newsom said . "These are not victimless crimes,...
    Los Angeles Police Department detective Jamie McBride slammed California Governor Gavin Newsom, arguing he "needs to be gone" as the Golden State continues to grapple with smash-and-grab robberies. McBride appeared on "Fox & Friends First" to discuss the crime surge, calling on the state to enact tougher crime laws.  NY DEMOCRAT RIPS AOC'S DENIAL OF RISE IN SMASH-AND-GRAB ROBBERIES: ‘SHE’S A DANGER' JAMIE MCBRIDE: We're wondering how many times somebody has to be arrested here in L.A. before they stay in jail. It's sad to say, but it's almost safer to hang out with Alec Baldwin on a movie set than go shopping in Los Angeles right now. That's how crazy it is. It is so violent. We're telling people don't visit because we don't think we can keep you safe right now. And that's just sad to say. … You'd have to start with the governor, Gavin Newsom ... he's advocated with the ACLU for Proposition 47 as well as George Gascon, who authored that bill. … Gavin Newsom needs to be gone. We need to work on changing...
    TERRIFYING footage shows an enormous six ton sex-crazed elephant charges a safari truck and  tourists flee for their lives. The 13-foot tall testosterone fuelled tusker, which was in season for mating, had become enraged when the two vehicles came close to its breeding herd.  4The moment the huge elephant charges the safari vehicles 4The students and tourists flee for their lives Both trucks come to a halt behind each other on a dirt road on the Selati Game Reserve near Hoedspruit on the edge of the Kruger Great Park in South Africa.  But as an incredible video shows, the bull elephant in control of the herd becomes angry and  warning charges the first vehicle to move away.  The guide on the viewing seat in front of the bonnet had to jump out for his life as the elephant’s tusks sliced through the bodywork of the safari truck like a knife through butter. It then lifts the 11-seater vehicle off the ground and pushes it off the road.  Throughout the 30 second attack screams from two students inside the vehicle can...
    Cooped-up tourists eager for a taste of Florida's sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and warmer climates are visiting the Sunshine State in droves, topping pre-pandemic levels in recent months. Miami is one of the top search destinations on travel websites and statewide, Florida had 32.5 million travelers from July to September of this year, exceeding the number of visitors during that period in pre-pandemic 2019, Gov. Ron DeSantis said recently. The state was boosted by the Republican governor's pro-business, anti-lockdown and anti-mask restrictions all year, allowing one of Florida's main economic engines to flourish, even as tourism dipped in other parts of the country. FLORIDA REPORTS LOWEST DAILY CORONAVIRUS CASES PER CAPITA IN NATION Now, as snowbirds have returned and others are making holidays travel plans, hotels and tourism experts report a noticeable bump. Miami — and Florida — have grown even more popular since borders were opened earlier this month to international travels, though plans and logistics could be upset by the emergence of the new COVID-19 omicron variant. FILE - Guests stroll along Main Street at the...
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has eased some of its harsh drug laws, relaxing penalties for travelers who arrive in the country with products containing THC, the main intoxicating chemical in cannabis. The new law, published Sunday in the UAE’s official gazette, says people caught carrying food, drinks and other items with cannabis into the country will no longer land in prison if it’s their first time. Instead, authorities will confiscate and destroy the products. The law marks a noteworthy change for one of the world’s most restrictive nations when it comes to importing common drugs for personal use, from cannabis to over-the-counter medications like narcotics, sedatives and amphetamines. The country strictly prohibits the sale and trafficking of drugs, with drug use punishable by four years in jail. Other changes include reducing minimum sentences from two years to three months for first-time drug offenders and offering convicts rehabilitation at a detention facility separate from other felons. Foreign drug users who are caught are typically deported to their home countries after imprisonment, but the new law...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Communal farmers and butterfly guides are hoping for a rebound in the number of monarch butterflies — and tourists — at their wintering grounds in central Mexico after a bad year for both last year. Experts say it is too early to calculate the number of monarchs, which migrate from the U.S. and Canada each year to forests west of Mexico’s capital. A formal survey will be carried out in December. But the butterflies have come to represent an important source of income for the farmers who own much of the pine and fir forest where the monarchs clump together in trees. Already this year, some of the orange-and-black monarchs have settled into trees for the winter. After a devastating drop in tourism because of the pandemic last year, and a 26% drop in the number of butterflies, farmer and tourist guide Silvestre de Jesús Cruz, 49, is pinning his hopes on a better year for both this year. “Last year was a little harder, because there were a lot fewer people. But...
    File photo of Indira Gandhi International Airport, one of the busiest in the world, in New Delhi, India, on November 2, 2016.Nicolas Economou | NurPhoto | Getty Images After shutting its borders to international visitors for 20 months due to the pandemic, India will now allow fully vaccinated foreign travelers from a list of nearly 100 countries to enter without the need to quarantine. In guidelines updated last week, India said travelers arriving from these countries will be allowed to skip a post-arrival Covid test, but must monitor their health for the next 14 days. As of Nov. 13, there were 99 countries on that list including the United States, U.K., Singapore, Australia, Germany, France and Brazil. The countries on the list fall into two categories:1. Those with reciprocal agreements with the Indian government to recognize each other's vaccine certificates for either locally approved vaccines or those recognized by the World Health Organization; 2. and countries which do not have such agreements but that allow fully vaccinated Indian citizens to travel. Visitors from countries that are not on the list...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) —  For the first time in nearly two years, vaccinated tourists from overseas are arriving at Philadelphia International Airport now that the U.S. has lifted COVID travel restrictions. The lifting of restrictions means tourism is expected to get a big boost and visitors can again fly here to see loved ones. “It’s a long time so very excited,” said Chander Kumar, who is visiting from Toronto. READ MORE: School Bus With 29 Children Aboard Crashes Into Creek In Easton, Injuries ReportedA couple from Toronto, Canada arrived at Philadelphia International Monday, their first trip back to the city in 20 months. They’re here to see their daughter and grandchildren who live here. “And today’s my birthday, too, so that will be my best gift, to see my grandchildren today,” Kumar said. While Americans traveling abroad had already been allowed to come back, vaccinated international tourists are now allowed to travel into the U.S. for the first time in 20 months. “We’re definitely expecting to see more people coming in. Our Passengers Assistance Team that works in international arrivals is...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — International travel to the U.S. resumes Monday for tourists, as historic restrictions have been lifted for those who are fully vaccinated. In celebration, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic teamed up for the first ever commercial dual take-off at Heathrow Airport from London to New York. Now, the city is preparing for an influx of travelers. READ MORE: Mayor-Elect Adams Hints That Mask Wearing In NYC School Classrooms Could Be Over By End Of School YearWith these restrictions lifted for the first time in nearly 21 months, airlines are warning travelers to prepare for long lines. As CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported, we’re also expecting to see many emotional reunions. “To see the life back in New York City, in Midtown right now is very exciting,” Joe Gaeta, area director of sales and marketing for the Hyatt, told CBS2. Hotels in the city have already started to see an influx of tourists. Rooms at the Hyatt Grand Central are almost sold out. “We’re seeing bookings, a majority coming in from the U.K., Spain, Italy, France, Canada,” Gaeta said....
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The return of international tourists is a monumental moment in the nation's recovery from the pandemic.JFK Airport will lead the nation's welcome party with the first flights arriving there. But Newark and LaGuardia airports will also welcome international tourists for the first time in over a year and a half.Emotional reunions are expected at airports Monday morning as families are reunited for the first time in 20 months.Two rival airlines took off from London's Heathrow Airport simultaneously.Both the Virgin Atlantic and British Airways flights are headed to JFK International Airport for the first with non-Americans on board in 20 months.International tourists must be fully vaccinated and show proof of a negative COVID test, with some exceptions.For British Airways, it's the return of their most profitable route, London to New York."We keep outlining the economic impact of staying closed and the human impact. So, there is a lot of people who haven't been able to visit family in the U.S. They haven't been able to reunite. You know, both countries have huge amounts of foreign direct...
    PUERTO MORELOS, Mexico (AP) — The shooting of two suspected drug dealers at a resort on Mexico’s Caribbean coast is part of a fight among about a dozen gangs to carve up the lucrative market of selling drugs to tourists and locals, an official said Friday. The chief prosecutor of the coastal state of Quintana Roo said that two main gangs are fighting for control of Puerto Morelos, just south of Cancun. Thursday’s shooting occurred on a beach just yards from luxury hotels. But about 10 gangs are fighting over street-level drug sales in Tulum, a beach town further south. A California woman and a German tourist were killed in the crossfire of a gang shootout two weeks ago, and three other tourists were wounded. “In Tulum we have about 10 groups of drug dealers and here in Puerto Morelos there are two groups fighting each other,” prosecutor Oscar Montes de Oca, told the Imagen Radio station. Montes de Oca said the commando of about 15 masked drug gang gunmen arrived in vehicles and stormed the beach in Puerto...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The United States is just days away from saying welcome back to foreign visitors, and Americans are ready to travel too, but is now the right time?With a blustery Autumn chill in the air, Times Square on Thursday night was almost like you remember it -- packed with tourists -- all telling the folks back home how great the big city is.Tourism is but a fraction of what it was pre-pandemic, so anemic in fact, the Crowne Plaza, an 800-room hotel in the heart of Times Square, hasn't bothered to reopen.But they may want to reconsider."The floodgates are gonna open on November 8, and international travel is going to start to slowly return to New York City," said Chris Haywood with NYC and Company.On Monday, vaccinated tourists from other countries will be allowed to come to the United States for the first time since the pandemic started.They will be coming, at first anyway, in droves.When the announcement was made, internet searches on international flights jumped 338%. Delta Airlines alone saw bookings shoot up 450%. United...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The region’s cold air is sending a shiver down the back of Chicago’s tourism industry. This is just as some get back on their feet from the worst of the pandemic; a winter cool down in visitors looms. READ MORE: Chicago Sky Gets CTA Train In Honor Of WNBA ChampionshipCBS 2’s Chris Tye reports there may be one saving glory arriving in a week. Big Bus Tours Chicago took a Big brutal break during pandemic when it was closed for more than 400 days. “Everyday it felt like a make or break during COVID.” When they re-opened in May, tickets sold at about half what they did in 2019. “The hardest part was to write a budget and to look into that crystal ball and say what’s going to happen in the next 12 months. We had no idea,” said John Curran, Vice President and General Manager of Big Bus Tours READ MORE: Judge's Ruling Puts Vaccination Deadline For Chicago Police On Hold; Reporting Requirement Stays In PlaceFor those selling Chicago by land and by water, the crystal...
    Three hotel workers have been arrested in Egypt for 'endangering guests' lives' after 50 foreign tourists were hospitalised with food poisoning.  They were admitted to hospital after they had dinner over the weekend in an unnamed hotel in the Red Sea beach resort city of Hurghada, which is popular with tourists for scuba diving.  Egypt's chief prosecutor Hamada el-Sawy said in a statement that the workers, including the hotel's head chef, face accusations of endangering the guests' lives. The workers denied the accusations.  The tourists include 14 Estonians, 29 Russians and four from the Czech Republic. Many have been discharged from hospital after their conditions improved, it said.   Three workers at a hotel in Hurghada, a beach resort on the Red Sea in Egypt (pictured), were arrested after 50 tourists were hospitalised with food poisoning over the weekend Tourism authorities have ordered the closure of the hotel, suspended its director and revoked his work licence. An inspection was conducted at the hotel’s headquarters, and samples were taken from the hotel’s food in the kitchen, freezers, processing places and various water sources. They...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Monday began welcoming individual tourists for the first time since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Authorities hope that opening the country’s gates to solo travelers will breathe new life into the struggling tourism industry. Before the pandemic, the Christmas season saw hundreds of thousands of people visit Bethlehem, believed to be birthplace of Jesus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Israel had planned to reopen to tourists last spring but delayed the move amid a spike in cases driven by the highly contagious delta variant. Israel has since rolled out a booster campaign in which nearly half the population has received a third vaccine dose, driving cases back down. Travelers must show proof of vaccination, a booster shot, or recovery from coronavirus within the last six months. Authorities recognize most vaccines, but those vaccinated with Russia’s Sputnik must undergo a serological test upon arrival. Travelers must also present a negative coronavirus test before boarding their flights and take another one upon arrival. Throughout the pandemic, Israel has allowed some foreigners to visit, including...
    Hong Kong (CNN)A girl wearing a green varsity jacket sits with her feet up inside a shopping cart in an empty parking lot; a group of friends in sunglasses hold up pizzas and cokes; another girl in a baseball cap poses on a lawn at dusk, looking back at her long shadow on the grass.These photos, which are trending on Chinese social media, all have one thing in common -- a big "Costco wholesale" logo featured prominently in the background, often against a deep blue sky.The American retailer, which opened its first China store in Shanghai to massive crowds in 2019, has become an unlikely destination for Chinese influencers. But it's not the store's discounted bulk items that attracts them; instead they are drawn to what they consider to be its "California vibe." For nearly two years, most people in China have been unable to travel abroad, due to the country's stringent and unrelenting Covid-19 border restrictions: outbound flights are limited, quarantine upon reentry is harsh and lengthy, and Chinese authorities have ceased issuing or renewing passports for all but...
    SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (CBS13) – Palisades Tahoe ski resort will be opening up early, this Friday, thanks to Sunday’s historic storm. In less than a month, Heavenly and Northstar will open their doors for the ski season as well. But area businesses are facing staffing shortages and rushing to be ready for winter. READ MORE: $12M In Improvements Coming To Lower American River ParkwayClean-up continues on highway 50 heading towards South Lake Tahoe. The road reopened to traffic after the first winter storm brought boulders and debris onto the major roadway. On Tuesday, beautiful snow-lined trees cover the charred-out Sierra, a reminder of what Tahoe has gone through. “It was nice to see snow fall — and the rain — knowing were out of fire danger,” said Martha Bourges. But with weeks until some resorts plan to reopen, area businesses are scrambling to hire staff after evacuations and the wildfire drove many away. Marlena Narvart, with 3 Peaks Resort said, “I’m hoping staffing is going to go back up.” She said business has been slow. After the Caldor Fire, a...
    Blue Origin is partnering with several aerospace firms to build a private space station, the Jeff Bezos-founded company announced on Monday. Orbital Reef, described in a release as a 'mixed use business park' in space,' is expected to ready to be released into low Earth orbit by 2030, right about when NASA is slated to mothball the International Space Station. The proposed platform is a collaboration between Blue Origin and Sierra Space, a subsidiary of aerospace contractor Sierra Nevada Corporation, with additional technology from Boeing, Redwire Space and Genesis Engineering Solutions.  'The station will open the next chapter of human space exploration and development by facilitating the growth of a vibrant ecosystem and business model for the future,' according to the release. Scroll down for video Blue Origin has announced Orbital Reef, a private-sector space station its developing with  Sierra Space, a subsidiary of aerospace contractor Sierra Nevada Corporation. Additional resources for the platform, slated to be operation by the end of the decade, will come from Boeing, Redwire Space and Genesis Engineering Solutions Bezos has been looking into building a...
    A VOLCANO in Japan erupted today sending clouds of ash billowing into the sky as hikers rushed away from the popular tourist spot. No injuries were immediately reported after the late-morning eruption in southwest Japan. 2A volcano in Japan erupted this morningCredit: Reuters 2No injuries were immediately reportedCredit: EPA People were warned not to approach Mount Aso as it released hot gas and ash as high as 11,500 feet, and sent stones tumbling down its grassy slopes. Authorities were checking if any hikers had been trapped or injured, officials told local media, as TV footage showed dozens of vehicles and tour buses parked at a nearby museum that has a clear view of the volcano. Pale grey torrents of ash were seen rushing down Aso's slopes towards the museum but did not reach the site. For those near the mountain, "caution must be exercised for large flying rocks and flows of pyroclastic materials", said Japan Meteorological Agency official Tomoaki Ozaki. "Caution is warranted even in far-away areas downwind, as the wind may carry not just ash but also pebbles," Ozaki...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — India reopened to fully vaccinated foreign tourists traveling on chartered flights on Friday in the latest easing of its coronavirus restrictions as infection numbers decline. Foreign tourists on regular flights will be able to enter India starting Nov. 15. It is the first time India has allowed foreign tourists to enter the country since March 2020 when it imposed its first nationwide coronavirus lockdown. It is unclear whether arriving tourists will have to quarantine but they must be fully vaccinated and test negative for the virus within 72 hours of their flight. The decision, announced earlier this month by India’s home ministry, comes as the country’s daily infections have dropped below 20,000 from a peak of 400,000 in May and more people have been vaccinated. India has administered more than 970 million vaccine doses. Nearly 70% of the eligible adult population has had at least one dose. The easing of restrictions on foreign tourists visiting the country, however, coincides with India’s domestic tourist and festive season. Already, it has prompted concerns by health officials who have...
    VARADERO, Cuba (AP) — Little by little, vacationers are returning to one of the Caribbean’s most iconic beaches, which has been a nearly abandoned strip of glittering sand and turquoise seas for more than a year. Varadero, the surfside star of Cuba’s crucial tourism industry, is slowly getting ready for Cuba’s planned Nov. 15 formal reopening to global visitors. A handful of tourists, largely from Russia or Canada, have strolled across the 22-kilometer (13-mile) swath of sand in recent days, hunting out the scattering of restaurants that have reopened, dawdling over handicrafts at the few stands that have reappeared. Medical personnel scan hotel visitors for signs of fever. Waiters, desk clerks and sellers of trinkets wear doubled masks as they cater to unmasked visitors in bathing suits. Largely empty tour buses run down the main boulevard. At least some of the 60 or so hotels in Varadero remain closed, or pressed into service as quarantine centers. But others are already running. About 100 people were staying at the 386-room Iberostar Selection Varadero on one day last week. Juan Carlos Pujol,...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There’s extra security Friday at Carmine’s on the Upper West Side a day after a hostess was attacked by a group of tourists. Police say they refused to show proof of vaccination in order to eat inside. READ MORE: New York Lawmakers Push Biden Administration For Air Travel Vaccine Mandate As CBS2’s Kevin Rincon reports, vaccination checks are ongoing at the door of the restaurant after the three tourists from Texas assaulted a 24-year-old hostess. The NYPD said the hostess was punched, slapped and her necklace ripped off after she asked the group for proof of vaccination, a new city policy to dine indoors. People needed to be physically pulled off as they nearly knocked over the hostess stand. “This turned into a mess. And from there, it’s inexcusable, ridiculous,” Carmine’s owner Jeff Banks said. “We ID for 21-year-olds all the time at the bar. We’ve done training weeks before this talking about the enforcement.” NYC Vaccine Mandate: Where And How To Show Proof Of Vaccination For Indoor Activities Carmine’s owner said the 24-year-old hostess just...
    "She's extremely shook up," noted Carmine's owner, Jeffrey Bank. "It's inexcusable, ridiculous." According to the New York Daily News, the tourists — Kaeita Nkeenge Rankin, 44, Tyonnie Keshay Rankin, 21, and Sally Rechelle Lewis, 49 — were given desk appearance tickets for assault, then released. In a statement, a spokesperson for Carmine's said, "It's a shocking and tragic situation when one of our valued employees is assaulted for doing their job — as required by city policies — and trying to make a living." The restaurant now plans to post a security guard near the building entrance. "My employees are freaked out," Bank added. "It's not fair." The NYC Hospitality Alliance responded to the news by asking for tougher penalties against those who assault restaurant employees, given the increased risk placed on them by the new health mandate. "We're calling on the city and state of New York to immediately increase penalties for assaulting restaurant workers in New York City in conjunction with enforcement of COVID-19 protocols," the group said.
    A host at a popular New York City restaurant was assaulted by three women from Texas after she asked for proof they had been vaccinated against COVID-19, police said. The three women punched the host at Carmine's on the Upper West Side repeatedly and broke her necklace Thursday afternoon after she asked for proof of vaccination, which is required to dine inside at a restaurant in New York City, police said in a news release. The attack left the 24-year-old victim bruised and scratched, police said. Restaurant owner Jeffrey Bank said the employee was taken to a hospital for treatment and was doing well Friday but was 'extremely shook up.' The three women were arrested on charges of misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief. They were given desk appearance tickets and ordered to appear in court Oct. 5.
    Tourists were captured on camera attacking a hostess at Carmine’s Italian restaurant in New York City after asking for proof of vaccination. "Officers spoke to a 24-year-old female complainant who reported that she got into a dispute with three unknown females after she requested to see their Covid-19 vaccine card," the NYPD told Fox News on Friday. "The individuals struck her multiple times with closed fists." The attack occurred Thursday afternoon just before 5 p.m. when three female tourists from Texas visited Carmine’s on the Upper West Side. The hostess’s necklace was also broken during the incident, according to the NYPD, and she was left with bruises and scratches to her face and arms.  HANNITY SLAMS NEW YORK CITY'S VACCINE PASSPORT PROTOCOL The owner of Carmine’s said the hostess is "safe" but "extremely shook up" following the attack and had only been working at the restaurant for a few weeks.  "This turned into a mess. And from there, it’s inexcusable, it’s ridiculous," the owner, Jeff Banks, told CBS2, adding that "two other people had minor issues." The women, Kaeita Nkeenge...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Tourists from Texas attacked a hostess at a popular New York City restaurant after police say they were asked to show proof of vaccination. It happened Thursday evening at Carmine’s on the Upper West Side. Now, three people are facing charges. As WCBS-TV’s Natalie Duddridge reports, this is exactly what some restaurant owners feared when enforcement of the city’s vaccine mandate took effect Monday. Staff expected to face pushback and hostility from unvaccinated customers, but not a full-blown assault like this. READ MORE: The Sweetest Thing: 10-Year-Old Phillies Fan Goes Viral For Giving Foul Ball To Crying Girl Cellphone video shows several women involved in a scuffle that almost knocks over the hostess booth at Broadway and West 90th Street. The NYPD said the 24-year-old hostess was punched, slapped, and pushed after she asked the group for proof of vaccination, a new city policy to dine indoors. NYC Vaccine Mandate: Where And How To Show Proof Of Vaccination For Indoor Activities Police said three women from Texas — a 44-year-old, her 21-year-old daughter, and a 49-year-old — became...