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Americans Among the Missing on Sinking Italian Cruise Ship [PICTURES, VIDEO]

At least two Americans are among the estimated 16 people missing after a cruise ship hit a reef on Friday night and capsized off the west coast of Italy with 4,200 passengers and crew aboard.

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You Won’t Believe What the TSA Confiscated in 2011

We haven’t heard anything from the TSA about how many actual terrorist plots it prevented in 2011. In fact, we have no real report on how much safer it was to fly around the country in 2011 because of the efforts of our favorite, invasive security agency. What we do have, though, is a list of the ridiculous things they have taken from Americans who dare to forget what they’ve been carrying in their carry-ons.

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Forget That Vacation in Hawaii — Why Not Book a Trip to Space? [VIDEO]

If you’ve ever dreamed of going to outer space, your wish may soon come true — and you won’t have to join NASA to make it happen.

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Airlines Don’t Want You to Know How Much Flights Will Really Cost — Dollars and Sense

If you’ve ever bought a plane ticket and wound up paying far more than the touted fare, the Department of Transportation is here to help.

Starting January 24, airlines will be required to include all government taxes and fees in their advertised prices.

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Italy Tops the List of Most Popular Vacation Destinations in 2012 — Survey of the Day

Are you planning on using your passport in 2012? According to a Travel-Ticker survey of 2,301 people, Italy is the most popular overseas travel spot for the coming year, with 43 percent citing it as one of their “dream destinations.”

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Tips for a Safe Holiday Journey

If you haven’t already gotten on the road to celebrate the holidays with friends and family – or run away from them – here are a few safety tips to make your holiday season a happy and secure one.

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Too Many Drivers Eat, Text, Watch Videos and More Behind the Wheel — Survey of the Day

Buckle your seat belts, folks.

According to Harris Poll chairman Humphrey Taylor regarding a new survey, “The number of drivers who engage in potentially dangerous, in some cases extremely dangerous, behaviors while driving is terrifyingly high.”

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What’s TSA’s Newest Flight Hazard? A Handgun-Style Handbag

A teenager’s western-style purse emblazoned with a handgun emblem on the front caught the attention of the Transportation Security Administration.

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Man Endures Seven-Hour Flight While Standing, Obese Passenger Took Up His Seat

In the past year or so, several airlines have made headlines for insisting obese passengers buy two seats to accommodate their size and avoid infringing on the space occupied by others. Some people say the practice is unfair, but Arthur Berkowitz likely isn’t one of them.

On a recent US Airlines flight from Anchorage to Philadelphia, he was forced to stand for the entire seven-hour trip when he was seated next to a man who took up not only his own seat, but half of Berkowitz’s as well. The flight was completely full, meaning there was nowhere left to go.

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Crying Children Forced Into ‘Baby Ghettos’ on Airplanes

In an attempt to appease adult travelers who would rather avoid screaming kids in a tight, confined space, airlines are increasingly segregating families with children to the back of the plane.

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