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Judge Rules Nonbinary Traveler Can't Be Denied U.S. Passport for Refusing to Choose a Gender (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 08:08
<p>A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that the State Department cannot deny a traveler's passport application over refusal to select a gender.</p><p>Dana Zzyym, who identifies as nonbinary, sued the State Department in 2015 after being denied a passport for marking "X" as their gender. After battling the application in a federal court in Colorado for several years, U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson ruled that the State Department’s refusal was “arbitrary and capricious,” the <a href="http://time.com/5401473/passport-gender-dana-zzyym/" target="_blank">Associated Press reported</a>.</p><p>"Adherence to a series of internal policies that do not contemplate the existence of intersex people is not good reason” to deny someone's passport application,” <a href="https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/407556-judge-rules-state-dept-cant-deny-passport-to-person-who-wont-select" target="_blank">Jackson wrote in the ruling</a>.</p><p>In 2016, a judge ordered the State Department to reconsider the application. Zzyym applied again, still refusing to select either gender, as they thought either of the answers would be untruthful. Even after Zzyym provided medical records proving themself to have been born intersex, the State Department denied the passport application.</p><p>Zzyym, who currently serves as the associate director for the <a href="http://www.oii-usa.org/" target="_blank">Organisation Intersex International (OII-USA)</a>, released a statement, saying, “I’m not going to lie on my passport application, I shouldn’t have to, and the judge here, twice, has agreed with me.”</p><p>The State Department said in a statement that it was reviewing the decision and would coordinate with the Department of Justice on next steps. Although the decision applies only to Zzyym, some legal analysts have already called it groundbreaking.</p><p>A number of states — including California, Oregon and Washington — allow residents to mark “X” as their gender for driver’s license and state ID applications.</p>
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BBC Business News Feed: NatWest hit by online banking problems

Business Now Mag - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 08:05
RBS and Ulster Bank customers are also currently unable to access their bank accounts through the bank's online and app platforms.
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Chow Mein: 4 Video Recipes To Help You Master This Iconic Chinese Dish

Fine Dining Lovers News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 08:00
Is chow mein one of your favorite Chinese dishes? Have you ever wondered how to make it yourself? Learn how to make it with these video tutorials!
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BBC Business News Feed: Australian strawberries: Why would someone hide a needle in fruit?

Business Now Mag - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 07:31
Criminologists explore a food safety scare in Australia, and what could be motivating copycats.
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Australian strawberries: Why would someone hide a needle in fruit?

BBC Business News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 07:31
Criminologists explore a food safety scare in Australia, and what could be motivating copycats.
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Australian strawberries: Why would someone hide a needle in fruit?

BBC Business News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 07:31
Criminologists explore a food safety scare in Australia, and what could be motivating copycats.
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Travis Pastrana Gives Us the Dirt on Nitro Rallycross

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 07:30

If you’ve never seen a rallycross event before, you probably should. It’s essentially the action sports version of motorsport, with huge jumps, alternate routes, plenty of dirt, and world-class drivers who love to fly around (literally) in high-strung, rally-style cars. We caught up with the megastar of the action sports set and the driving force behind the Nitro Circus and Nitro World Games extravaganzas, Travis Pastrana, ahead of the first-ever Nitro Rallycross taking place near Salt Lake City, Utah. The motorcycle stunt king and rallycross racer gave us the lowdown on what fans can expect to see starting this Saturday.

(You can watch the Nitro Rallycross live on the Velocity channel or the Motor Trend App. Qualifiers and heat races start September 22, at 1 p.m. Pacific/4 p.m. Eastern. Semifinals and finals start September 23, at 1:30 p.m. Pacific/4:30 p.m. Eastern).

Can you give us a little background on what the Nitro Circus is all about?

Nitro Circus is basically started from a group of friends. Guys from all around the world would come and really try to learn back flips and we filmed everything. Then we got picked up on MTV. A couple of us were under the influence of Johnny Knoxville, which was a scary proposition.

Then we started our live touring show about 10 years ago and we tour pretty much every continent in a year, about 70 shows with the world’s best action sports athletes. We just started Nitro World Games three years ago, which is basically a big air action sports [event]. We were doing bigger stuff in our backyard than they could do at any of the biggest contests because our ramps were just a lot bigger. It’s been a cool ride.

Tell us more about Nitro Rallycross.

This thing is really a motorhead’s dream. We’ve gone away from the stadium because we wanted more room for motorsports. And this is the first year we’re having rally.

We’ve got first-time guys like Mattias Ekström, the 2016 World Rallycross champion, as well as Ken Block coming to race rallycross for the first time in a while. We have Scott Speed and Tanner Foust and that’s just to name a few of the guys coming out.

This track has a double 130-foot jump on the track. And that jump goes over top of a tabletop that’s underneath it, and if you don’t want to take either jump, it’s a slower route, but you can go underneath the tabletop and underneath of the jump, so there could be three cars overtop each other at the same time in in one event in one lap. This is basically taking rallycross and making it “America” style and “Nitro” style by adding huge jumps, Talladega, berms, and lots of dirt, more dirt than anywhere else. That’s really how to rallycross. This isn’t a parking lot demolition derby—it’s a full-on track.

What other big air stuff can fans expect to see?

Our ramps are twice to three times as big as any other contest. In the quarter pipe these guys will be going over 80 feet off the ground. So, that’s eight stories plus, with a 250-pound bike over their head.

We’re also adding the quarter pipe, which is the biggest quarter pipe ever made for motorcycles, so [I’m] really excited about the events and [we’ll] see what happens.

If you had unlimited budget, what event would you want to put on?

This is it. We’re living it right now. Having the rallycross this weekend has been a long time in the making. Finally, we were able to pull the trigger on it and I’m really looking forward to having an amazing event.

You can see how high Pastrana and the rest of the Nitro Rallycross drivers will fly live on the Velocity channel or the Motor Trend App. Qualifiers and heat races start September 22, at 1 p.m. Pacific/4 p.m. Eastern. Semifinals and finals start September 23, at 1:30 p.m. Pacific/4:30 p.m. Eastern.

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Passengers Complain of Nosebleeds, Headaches After Pilots 'Forget' to Regulate Cabin Pressure

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 06:49
<p>There are a lot of things we take for granted when we fly. Small changes like air conditioning, or, in particular, cabin pressure can make a huge difference to both passengers and flight crew.</p><p>Unfortunately, one tiny mistake can end up grounding a flight. After pilots on a Jet Airways flight between Mumbai and Jaipur allegedly forgot to flip the switch that normalizes the cabin pressure on the flight, 30 passengers complained of ear pain and nose bleeds, forcing the flight to make an emergency landing, <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/20/pilots-on-indian-flight-forget-to-switch-on-cabin-pressure.html" target="_blank"><em>CNBC</em> reported</a>.</p><p>All 166 passengers and five crew members landed safely back in Mumbai after being in the air only 45 minutes, but that was enough time for "panic" to set in, according to passenger Darshak Hathi, who tweeted a video of oxygen masks being deployed. </p><p>Hathi told <a href="https://www.aninews.in/news/national/general-news/scare-on-board-jet-airways-flight-due-to-cabin-pressure-loss201809201025020001/" target="_blank">South Asia news agency ANI</a> the air conditioning also malfunctioned during the flight.</p><p>Lalit Gupta, deputy director general of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), confirmed the incident was due to pilots accidentally neglecting to regulate the cabin pressure, according to the <em><a href="https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/jet-airways-plane-turns-back-to-mumbai-mid-air-after-passengers-suffer-nose-bleeds/story-VuiaficRk65mM2cv5FLN1L.html">Hindustan Times</a></em>.</p><p>“The 9W 697 Mumbai-Jaipur flight was turned back to Mumbai after take off as, during the climb, crew forgot to select switch to maintain cabin pressure. This resulted in the oxygen masks dropping. Thirty out of 166 passengers experienced nose and ear bleeding, some also complained of headache,” said Gupta.</p><p>Some passengers were (understandably) frustrated with the situation.</p><p>All passengers who experienced medical issues were given first aid upon landing.</p><p>Jet Airways said in a statement that the company “regretted the inconvenience” and that the pilots in questions have been taken off the schedule for the time being.</p><p>According to ANI, passengers were able to board a new flight an hour after landing.</p>
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This Passenger Wrapped Herself in Fairy Lights for an In-flight Photo Op — and People Are Angry

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 06:46
<p>All travelers know that there is much to be desired when it comes to “mood lighting” on flights—even when you’re flying in business class.</p><p>The solution? Well, for some people, if your plane doesn’t have the right light, you have to bring it yourself.</p><p>That’s exactly what Instagram influencer <a href="https://www.instagram.com/harimaolee/" target="_blank">Harimao Lee</a> did when she snapped this photo of herself sitting in business class, draped in a blanket and fairy lights as she gazed out her the window, sipping champagne.</p><p>Sure, it’s quite a length to go to just to stage one photo, but it’s a pretty nice photo to say the least.</p><p>Still, according to the <em><a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6187925/Harimao-Lees-business-class-glamorous-mid-air-snap-sparks-outrage-online.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>, Lee’s photo sparked some mild internet “outrage” since people thought the staging was too much. And, as some pointed out, Lee was sitting backward in her seat in order to get a better snap.</p><p>Some even went so far as to claim that fairy lights are prohibited by the TSA, but a simple check on the <a href="https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/all-list" target="_blank">TSA website</a> shows that holiday lights, LED lights, Christmas lights and flashlights are all permitted.</p><p>Lee likes to play with different types of light on her Instagram, the <em>Daily Mail</em> reported, so posing with string lights in interesting locations isn’t exactly new to her. She’s posed with them before, as well as some other unique forms of illumination.</p><p>While some consider the photo to be excessive, others praised the photo for being creative. According to the <em>Daily Mail</em>, some of Lee’s followers called it “lovely” and that they “appreciate how much effort would have gone into a photo like this.”</p><p>Either way, we don’t have enough space in our carry-on for fairy lights because its <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/carry-on-must-haves">too full of these important items</a>.</p>
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Plascencia: 'My Cuisine is a Love Story with Baja'

Fine Dining Lovers News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 06:00
The Mexican chef based in Tijuana, "the top representative of the West Coast" in the words of Beristain, talks about his idea of cuisine at the border.
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Report: Henry Cavill Eyed as Daniel Craig's Replacement for Next James Bond Movie

Ace show biz movies - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 05:41
The 'Man of Steel' actor's odds of being the new 007 agent have been slashed following rumors about his Superman exit.
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Governor Signs Marijuana Legalization Bill, Making History In US Territory

Forbes News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 05:25
The governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands signed the cannabis legalization bill into law.
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Reliable Sources: President Trump helps out Fox's Sean Hannity before rally

CNN News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 05:06
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2019 Lincoln Nautilus: 6 Things to Know

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 05:01

The 2019 Nautilus furthers Lincoln’s mission of reminding luxury buyers it not only exists but is also worth their attention (and money) beyond trips to and from the airport. As a replacement for the five-passenger midsize MKX, the Nautilus looks to sway buyers out of their Lexus RX and BMW X3 crossovers. Don’t miss our full 2019 Nautilus review right here, but if you’re seeking even more info about the new Lincoln, keep reading.

From Navigator to Nautilus, What a Family (Look)

The Navigator’s influence appears in the Nautilus’ completely redone front styling, from its compound headlights to its updated grille. Like the Navigator SUV and Continental sedan, the Nautilus gets nameplate badges behind the front wheels, reserving the back of the car for a large L I N C O L N badge. In person, I found the Nautilus badges on the front doors too big, but the Lincoln badge out back looks great.

Going All Out

Lincoln offers an impressive number of luxury features on the 2019 Nautilus, just like its MKX predecessor. About that crossover, Lincoln says the second-highest Reserve trim accounted for a surprisingly high 60 percent of sales. Early Nautilus sales are also heavily weighted toward Reserve and Black Label (the highest trims), which makes sense considering the former’s extra features and 20-inch wheels. The Black Label’s 21-inch wheels are as enormous as they are attractive.

The Black Label trim is available with the turbo-four or twin-turbo-six engine and with front- or all-wheel drive.

Looking Beyond the Label

There’s more to the Black Label trim than extra features and a much, much higher price. Aside from the Nautilus Black Label’s upgraded leather, Alcantara headliner, dual-panel sunroof, interesting interior color schemes, and 21-inch wheels, you also get four years or 50,000 miles of complimentary maintenance. One free detail a year for the first four years of ownership is also part of the deal, as is an extended 50-mile range for Pickup and Delivery, instead of the 20 miles standard with other models. With the service, a valet picks up your car when it’s time for service, leaves you a loaner car, and returns your car once it’s done, so you never need to visit the dealer.


Although fuel economy from the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus’ 2.0-liter turbo-four isn’t as impressive as you’d think, the new base engine’s EPA-anticipated 20–21/25–26 mpg city/highway figures are improvements over the outgoing base engine, a 3.7-liter naturally aspirated V-6. In fact, Lincoln tells us the 2.0-liter, which provides customers a greater driving range, was a late addition to the package of changes the automaker made to the 2019 Nautilus.

Low Displacement, High Volume

Lincoln expects the new 2.0-liter turbo-four base engine option will be the volume engine. The four-cylinder powerplant produces 250 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, compared to the $2,070-extra 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6’s 335 hp and 380 lb-ft. Lincoln does a good job of reducing road and engine noise from all Nautilus models, but when you do hear that 2.0-liter engine, it’s not a very luxurious engine note.

Just over 70 percent of MKX sales in the past were for crossovers with the 3.7-liter V-6; Lincoln predicts the 335-hp 2.7-liter engine will pick up a few percentage points on the Nautilus, with most customers sticking with the 2.0-liter turbo-four.

What If I Want Three Rows?

When your vehicle needs call for something larger than the five-passenger 2019 Nautilus but less expensive than the $70,000-plus Navigator, Lincoln currently offers the MKT. Based on the Ford Flex, the MKT is a three-row crossover that’s been around for years. Before long, Lincoln’s next three-row crossover will make its debut. With a rear-drive platform, a plug-in hybrid option, and styling that reflects the hot-selling Navigator, the Aviator should better bridge the gap between the Nautilus and that even larger SUV serving as the brand’s flagship. Learn more about the Aviator here.

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2019 Lincoln Nautilus First Drive: Challenging Lexus With Comfort and Style

Motortrend News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 05:01

Before you even glimpse the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus’ updated sheetmetal, the American crossover has already distinguished itself from the Lexus RX and its European rivals. Ditching dry alphanumeric names is a crucial move for a brand looking to extend the new Navigator’s momentum down to a segment Lexus owns with the RX, but Lincoln will need more than just a new name to elevate the game of a two-row crossover formerly known as the MKX. We drove the new Nautilus to determine where the updated model fits in a very competitive segment.

The Ford Edge–based luxury crossover starts with a four-cylinder base engine that wasn’t initially part of Lincoln’s plans for this 2019-model-year refresh. The 2.0-liter turbo-four replaces the MKX’s 3.7-liter naturally aspirated V-6 and is good for 250 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Don’t be dissuaded by the fact that the 2019 Nautilus’ base engine has two fewer cylinders than what you’re used to—the engine moves the Nautilus with enough authority around town that it doesn’t feel like a slug. And thanks to the new engine, fuel economy and driving range see meaningful improvements compared to that old 3.7-liter V-6. It’s just a shame that sticking with the Nautilus’ 2.0-liter base engine doesn’t translate to a jump in fuel economy compared to the V-6 option; EPA-anticipated fuel economy for the Lincoln’s base engine is 20–21/25–26 mpg city/highway, compared to the much more powerful V-6’s 19–20/26–27 mpg. For comparison, the 295-hp 2019 Lexus RX 350 is EPA-rated at 19–20/26–27 mpg.

If you’re committed to outrunning other luxury crossovers for that last parking spot at Whole Foods, spend the extra $2,070 for the 335-hp 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6, which produces 380 lb-ft of torque. You feel that power on the road, and perhaps just as important for a luxury-branded vehicle, the muted engine note sounds much stronger than the slightly wheezy—but admittedly hushed—tones you hear from the 2.0-liter engine. Plus, the difference in fuel economy is negligible. With both engines, a new eight-speed automatic almost always provides smooth shifts and is clearly tuned more for comfort than snap-of-your-fingers aggressive throttle response.

And really, there’s nothing wrong with that. Although the roads on which we drove the 2019 Nautilus were nearly devoid of potholes and imperfections, every Lincoln we drove provided a reasonably comfortable ride—even the ones with gorgeous, oversized 21-inch wheels. Most Nautilus models ride on an adaptive suspension with basic customizable settings buried in a submenu of the well-executed 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The idea is to set Drive and Sport mode preferences once (Comfort, Normal, and Sport) and then never have to find that settings page again. Moving from the car’s most comfortable setting to Sport mode revealed noticeable changes in throttle response and steering weight, but the suspension modifications were harder to discern. Although the crossover doesn’t drive sloppily on winding roads, the Lincoln feels more disconnected than an Alfa Romeo Stelvio or sporty variants of more luxury-minded competitors.

The Nautilus is quiet, too. Except for a little noticeable wind noise, the updated Lincoln effectively eliminates most of the outside world so you can concentrate on your massage from the Ultra Comfort front seats. Consider conducting a test-sit of that pricey $1,500 option (on the top two trims) before buying a Nautilus without them. The seats are 22-way adjustable, heated, and ventilated, and—perfect for your evening commute—they can give you a lumbar massage. The ventilation fans were a bit loud, but the massaging feature wasn’t nearly as loud in the Nautilus as it was in a Continental Motor Trend tested last year with similar seats or even an MKX from a 2016 comparison—we hope that improvement is representative of how well the feature is integrated on Lincolns moving forward.

Even if you don’t splurge on $1,500 massaging seats, every 2019 Lincoln Nautilus includes a package of active safety tech with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and a lane keeping system that can nudge you back into your lane. Although the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tells us it has yet to test the 2019 Nautilus’ headlights and automatic emergency braking, the 2018 MKX received a top score in front crash prevention and earned Good ratings in crashworthiness safety tests. (The latter ratings will carry over to the Nautilus.) The new Lincoln also offers evasive steering assist and a lane centering system that, when combined with the available adaptive cruise control, may impress buyers by how little driver input is required once both systems are active. The lane centering system shows promise, but on a brief stint of Route 101 along the California coast, it required more steering course corrections than should be necessary. Were it my Nautilus on a long road trip, I’d stick with the adaptive cruise and the more basic but still helpful lane keeping assist.

Along with the attractive (and standard) digital instrument cluster, the Nautilus gets by with an 8.0-inch touchscreen display that’s too small for the class and mounted too low on the center stack for optimal visibility. Go for a fully loaded Nautilus Black Label … and that 8.0-inch screen is still part of the package. At least the infotainment system is easy to use, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two features still unavailable at any price on the Lexus RX. The Nautilus also offers an integrated navigation system with pinch-to-zoom functionality for those times when your phone lacks reception.

The interior is otherwise solid, but there are a few minor issues. Lower-end models end up with a long black plastic placeholder trim piece on the right side of the center stack where loaded Nautilus crossovers with a tech package add buttons for a multicamera surround-view system, a feature that can steer the Lincoln into a parking space, and parking sensors. The slim silver buttons for HVAC controls might take some getting used to, as well—they’re easy enough to use, but knobs would be easier. The same goes for the volume control on the steering wheel—it’s placed too low for ultimate convenience, but it’s workable. The front passenger footwell could be a bit more spacious, too, and a head-up display isn’t available.

Where the 2019 Nautilus earns back some points is with its decently spacious rear seat and rear-seat backrest recline controls conveniently placed at the passenger’s thigh—this isn’t as universal a feature as you’d think. Neither is the Lincoln’s helpful addition of rear-seat headrests that can fold down, increasing rear visibility, or the one-touch buttons in the cargo area that fold down the rear seats.

Especially on the Reserve and Black Label trims, the Nautilus leaves potential buyers with a surprising number of interior color options—we’d recommend options with real wood trim instead of the aluminum, which doesn’t contrast enough with the adjacent silver center-stack trim. Refreshingly, Lincoln doesn’t force buyers to pay for the V-6 to go for fully equipped Black Label models, so if you aren’t bothered by the four-cylinder’s engine sound, you’ve got a couple thousand bonus dollars to spend on more options.

As Lincoln claws its way back to luxury relevance, the Nautilus’ best feature is where you don’t have to drive it. With Pickup and Delivery available on every new Lincoln during the four-year/50,000-mile warranty, Nautilus owners never need to visit a dealer for service. Instead, a valet will drive your car away from a location of your choice within 20 miles of the dealership—or 50 if you’re driving a Black Label car—and leave you with a loaner car while your Lincoln is being serviced. Once your car is ready, a valet returns it to you.

The 2019 Nautilus picks up where the already competent 2018 MKX left off. It’s not a knockout package within its segment, but the Lincoln makes lots of smart moves. Greater efficiency and more value once you add AWD and options would be appreciated, but the Nautilus still offers a number of cool luxury features and touches. So if you’re ready for softer styling and are tired—tired—of waiting for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto from your preferred automaker as a non-subscription-based option, the Nautilus is ready to step in. Lincoln can’t compete with Lexus or BMW on snob appeal, but if you’re ready for something different, give a Nautilus Reserve or Black Label a try.

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215,000 Nissan crossover SUVs and sedans recalled over fire risk

The Car Connection News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 05:01
A faulty braking system component that could leak flammable fluid prompted Nissan on Thursday to recall 215,000 crossover SUVs and sedans. The recall covers about 215,000 vehicles including the 2015-2017 Nissan Murano, 2017-2018 Nissan Pathfinder, 2016-2017 Nissan Maxima, and 2017 Infiniti QX60. MORE: Nissan, Infiniti, Mitsubishi to switch to...
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Italy opens probe into Ryanair hand luggage charges

BBC Business News - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 04:17
The airline's new luggage charges may amount to unfair commercial practice, says competition watchdog.
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Italy opens probe into Ryanair hand luggage charges

BBC Business News Feed - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 04:17
The airline's new luggage charges may amount to unfair commercial practice, says competition watchdog.
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BBC Business News Feed: Italy opens probe into Ryanair hand luggage charges

Business Now Mag - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 04:17
The airline's new luggage charges may amount to unfair commercial practice, says competition watchdog.
Categories: Business