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    A strong quarter from Under Armour was overshadowed by federal investigations into the company's accounting practices. The company also lowered its revenue expectations for the year Monday. The probe, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, is seeking information that would reveal whether the sports gear maker shifted sales from one quarter to another to make its financial standing appear healthier. Under Armour Inc. told The Associated Press that it has been cooperating with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice on their investigations for two years. It said it believes its accounting practices and disclosures were appropriate. Under Armour reported better than expected profit and revenue for the third quarter Monday, but shares fell more than 15%. Quarterly profit reached $102.3 million, or 23 cents per share. That topped Wall Street per-share projections of 18 cents, according to Zacks Investment Research. Revenue, at of $1.43 billion, just edged out expectations. In July, the company cut its revenue expectations for the year, and did so again on Monday. The company expects a 2% increase in revenue, down from earlier projections that revenue would rise between 3% and 4%. Under Armour had been an unparalleled success story and has gone head-to-head with Nike, which had dominated the sports gear market for years. After its founding by then 24-year-old Kevin Plank in 1996, Under Armour reported explosive numbers, including 26 straight quarters with sales growth of 20% or more. In the final quarter of 2016, however, the Baltimore company caught investors off guard when it fell short of most sales projections and cut its expectations for growth the following year. Under Armour announced the departure of its chief financial officer on the same day it reported fourth-quarter earnings, though he had been with the company for less than a year. The company had three CFOs between 2016 and 2017. In the first two quarters of 2019, sales growth was just above 1%. The company reported a 0.9% decline in sales growth Monday. Plank stepped down as CEO last month to become the company's executive chairman and brand chief. Patrik Frisk, who became president and chief operating officer two years ago, became only the company's second CEO since Plank founded the company almost a quarter of a century ago. Under Armour Inc. has landed major deals with Major League Baseball and star athletes like the NBA's Stephen Curry. But it's come under pressure from threats like the growing popularity of athleisure wear, clothing that can be worn from work straight to the yoga studio. Last year Under Armour said that it was cutting about 400 jobs as part of its restructuring efforts. _____ Portions of this story were generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on UAA at https://www.zacks.com/ap/UAA
  • When we're given a choice about our health care plans, we often choose badly. In one study, more than 80% of the employees at a Fortune 100 company picked the wrong plans, often choosing low-deductible options that ultimately cost them more. Another study found that inertia — sticking with the same plan, rather than evaluating the options each year and choosing a better one — cost workers an average $2,032 annually. These findings shouldn't surprise anyone who has tried to compare multiple health insurance plans offered by an employer, an Affordable Care Act marketplace or insurers with coverage that supplements Medicare. There are simply too many moving parts: what you pay each month (your premium), how much you have to pay before insurance picks up a larger share of the cost (your deductible), and the limit on how much you'll pay in a year (your maximum out-of-pocket), for starters. There's also how much you'll owe for each doctor's visit, test or prescription, which could be a flat amount (your co-pay) or a percentage (your co-insurance), or both. These amounts can vary not just by insurance plan, but also by the types of medical service you get, with different amounts for hospital stays, lab work, preventive care and so on. Which prescription drugs are covered varies from plan to plan and from year to year. So does the list of medical providers who are considered 'in-network.' But we owe it to our health and wallets to make the best choices we can during open enrollment. The following steps won't guarantee you'll pick the best plan, but they may help you avoid the worst. MATCH YOUR CONSUMPTION TO YOUR DEDUCTIBLE Many experts recommend high-deductible plans for healthy people who rarely visit the doctor, since premiums for these plans are lower. But high-deductible plans also can be a good fit for people who need a lot of health care, says Carolyn McClanahan, a physician and certified financial planner in Jacksonville, Florida. Parents of young children or people who have chronic health conditions often spend so much on care that they can easily meet a higher deductible, McClanahan says. Many high-deductible plans (those with deductibles in 2020 of at least $1,400 for individuals or $2,800 for families) qualify for tax-advantaged health savings accounts, as well. These plans aren't a good fit, however, for people who would put off necessary care rather than pay out of pocket. If you don't have enough savings to cover medical costs until the deductible is satisfied, consider spending more for a lower-deductible plan. Just don't pay an extra $500 to lower your deductible by $250, as many people did in that first study. If you're allowed to choose different deductibles for the same plan, multiply the difference in premiums by 12 to get your yearly cost and compare that to the difference in deductibles. CALL YOUR DOCTORS If you have physicians and specialists you prefer, call their offices to ask if they are in the network of the plans you're considering. It's important to ask 'Are you in network?' rather than 'Do you take this insurance?' A provider who's not in the network may be willing to bill your insurer, but you'll typically pay a (much) larger share of the cost. DO THE 'WORST-CASE SCENARIO' MATH Some employers offer software that allows workers to upload their claims history from the past year and uses that to recommend a health care plan. I wish that were available to everyone. The closest I've seen is HealthSherpa, which helps people winnow their ACA marketplace options based on how they generally use health care. The plan that may have been a good fit for your past claims, though, may not be the best choice for the future — especially if you become seriously ill or injured. To protect against worst-case scenarios, you also need to consider the 'out-of-pocket' limits. These are the maximum amounts you'd have to pay in addition to your premiums. Out-of-pocket limits typically range from $2,000 to $6,000, although there may be different maximums for in-network versus out-of-network costs, and not all policies have these caps. Some plans give you only a small break in premiums while exposing you to much larger potential costs, says Alan Silver, senior director of benefits delivery and administration at Willis Towers Watson, a benefits consultant. Before signing up for any policy, add your annual premiums to the out-of-pocket limit to see the potential costs you could face. If the total scares you, look for a plan with a limit that lets you sleep at night. ____________________________________________ This column was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Liz Weston is a columnist at NerdWallet, a certified financial planner and author of 'Your Credit Score.' Email: lweston@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @lizweston. RELATED LINK: NerdWallet: Your step-by-step guide to choosing a health insurance plan http://bit.ly/nerdwallet-health-insurance-guide
  • Not only is the temperature scorching in parts of America, the job market is hot as well. That’s because U.S. businesses have gone on a hiring spree for much of 2019. July looks to be no different as several well-known companies are looking for help, according to employer review site Glassdoor, which just released its new jobs report. Is your resume job-ready? If so, don’t hesitate to send it to one of these companies hiring like crazy in July… Advance Auto Parts, Paychex, Prudential are hiring right now If you’ve got the right skills, companies in technology, retail and other top industries are ready to bring you aboard. They’re offering competitive salaries, cool benefits and flexible schedules to recruit top talent. Here are 10 companies that Glassdoor says are hiring like crazy in July: Advance Auto Parts Open positions: Customer Account Manager, Branch Operations Lead, Enterprise Architect, Marketing Senior Associate, Full Stack Developer, Senior Brand Manager, Marketing Analyst, Procurement Manager, Corporate Support & Operations Manager Locations: Raleigh, NC; Durham, NC; Gloucester, MA; Cary, NC; Roanoke, VA; Berkely, CA; Newark, CA; Fullerton, CA; North Little Rock, AR; Flower Mount, TX & more. Bankers Healthcare Group Open positions: Business Analyst, Sales Operations Analyst, Senior Network Engineer, Report Writer, Cloud Solutions Architect/Cloud Engineer, Senior Marketing Analyst, Funding Coordinator, VP of Patient Lending, SEO Specialist & more. Locations: Davie, FL; New York, NY; Syracuse, NY; Fort Lauderdale, FL. DESC Open positions: Homeless Outreach Resident Nurse, Psychiatric Resident Nurse, Clinical Support Specialist, Reports/Data Specialist, Behavioral Health Case Manager, Case Manager – Therapist, Mental Health Profession/Screening Coordinator & more. Locations: Seattle, WA; Federal Way, WA; Grammarly Open positions: Product Designer, Digital Marketing Manager, Brand Marketing Specialist (Influencer + Podcast Channels), Mobile Marketing Manager, Sales Director, Software Engineer, Analytical Linguist, Business Recruiter & more. Locations: San Francisco, CA; New York, NY & more. Guidewire Open positions: Senior Cloud Security Engineer, Cloud Sales Enablement Manager, Principal Technical Writer, Senior Software Engineer, Digital Architect, UX Architect & more. Locations: San Mateo, CA; Foster City, CA; New Bedford, MA; Exton, PA; Edina, MN; New York, NY; Birmingham, AL; Columbia, SC & more. Integral Ad Science Open positions: Platform Services Manager, Solutions Engineer, QA Engineer, Sales Operations Associate, Sales Learning & Development Specialist, DevOps Engineer, Systems Engineer, Lead UX Researcher & more. Locations: San Francisco, CA; New York, NY; Chicago, IL & more. Mathworks Open positions: Quality Engineer, Senior Software Engineer, Principal Pricing Analyst, Application Engineer/Techincal Account Manager, C++ Software Engineer, Cloud Investigations and Protoyping Intern, Enterprise Field Marketing Manager, User Experience Specialist, UX Designer & more. Locations: Novi, MI; Natick, MA; Santa Clara, CA; Albuquerque, NM & more. Paychex Open positions: Sales Representative, Sales Manager, Systems Engineer II, Scrum Master, Customer Service Representative, Senior Product Manager, Sales Engineer, Web Developer, PEO Sales Analyst, Marketing Technology Manager & more. Locations: Cleveland, OH; Allentown, PA; Renton, WA; San Diego, CA; Rochester, NY; West Henrietta, NY; New York, NY; Denver, CO & more. Progress Residential Open positions: Corporate Counsel, Salesforce Support Specialist, Account Manager, Lease Application Coordinator, Accounts Payable Specialist, Senior Project Manager – RTS (Renovations), Closing Specialist, Senior Accountant, Property Administrator & more. Locations: Scottsdale, AZ; Tampa, Fl; Alpharetta, GA;  Memphis, TN; Altamonte Springs, FL; Jacksonville, FL. Prudential Open positions: Financial Professional Associate, Regional Sales Vice President, Information Security Associate, Accounting Specialist, Senior Compensation Associate, Investment Banking Associate, Associate DevOps Engineer, Marketing Associate, Junior Business Systems Analyst. Locations: Newark, NJ; Iselin, NJ; Chalfont, PA; Dresher, PA; Roseland, NJ; El Paso, TX; Plymouth, MN; Hartford, CT; Sunnyvale, CA & more. See Glassdoor’s full list of companies hiring like crazy for July! Give your resume a makeover To advance to the interview stage, you need to have a resume that hiring managers will notice! If you haven’t updated your resume in the past year, dust it off and update it so that you’re ready when the perfect job opportunity comes along. Does your resume look anything like the one on the left?  Follow Team Clark’s step-by-step guide to resume success in 2019! More Clark.com job search resources: Best resume template: 9 ways to update your resume Work From Home Guide: A list of legitimate work-at-home job opportunities 25 best LinkedIn profile tips and tricks for 2019 This article was originally published on Clark.com The post Job alert: These 10 companies are hiring like crazy in July appeared first on Clark Howard.
  • Less than 24 hours after a dozen brides came forward and said they had lost thousands of dollars to Alphonso Morris, with A&T Enterprise, for wedding photography they never got, the founder of Academy of Scholars, a private school in Arlington, Florida, claimed Morris also ripped her off. >> Watch the news report here “At this time, it needs to be stopped. There’s too many people that trust him,” Shevonica Howell said. >> Read more trending news  Howell said she hired Morris in 2016 to be the band director at her school. “I did see some red flags, I’ll be honest, on the background check, but things happen,” Howell said. But she said that after he didn’t show up to work for 19 of the 44 instructional days, he was fired. “He probably had about 10 kids based on how many times there was a birth or a death. I just couldn’t understand that,” Howell said. When he left, she said, he took all the band equipment that was donated to the school. She said she then found out he created a GoFundMe account with the school’s logo asking for donations. “To scam the community, kids that look up to him – I don’t understand that,” Howell said. Howell said she went to police and never heard from Morris again. The Better Business Bureau has created a file on Morris’ businesses to help warn others. “To hear that there were dozens of people scammed by this company and we weren’t reflecting that was disheartening,” said Shannon Nelson with the Better Business Bureau. ActionNewsJax also found Morris was connected to another business called Snap It Photography. A lawsuit was filed that claims Morris didn’t show up to photograph an event and it states, “This young man turned out to be a con artist.' The BBB wants people to contact the agency with complaints against Morris. ActionNewsJax tried to contact Morris again but couldn’t get in touch with him.
  • If you’re looking to make a career change, this summer is a great time to get your resume together and start applying for new jobs. Experts at the job search website Glassdoor say the 2018 job market is the strongest it has been in a generation — with a low unemployment rate of 3.8% in May. RELATED: 30 jobs in 30 days: Work from home with Amazon Mechanical Turk Amazon, FedEx and CKE Restaurants are hiring right now! Companies in the health care, tech, retail and other leading industries are ready to hire workers with the right skills. They’re offering competitive salaries, cool benefits and flexible schedules to recruit top talent. Here are 10 of the companies that Glassdoor says are hiring like crazy in June: 1. Chewy Open positions: Fulfillment Specialist, Forklift Operator, Senior Operations Manager, Senior Software Engineer, Quality Engineer, Customer Service Representative, Product Manager, Pricing, Military Veterans, Operation Management, Warehouse Worker, Human Resources Business Partner & more Locations: Sparks, NV; Boston, MA; Clayton, IN; Dallas, TX; Dania Beach, FL; Hollywood, FL; Mechanicsburg, PA; Louisville, KY; Ocala, FL; Wilkes-Barre, PA & more 2. Accenture Open positions: Oracle Cloud HCM Technical Lead, Customer Accounts Representative, Workday HCM Senior Manager, JavaScript-Node Developer, Customer Service Team Lead, Big Data Consultant, Healthcare Public Sector Cloud Advisory Manager & more Locations: Bethesda, MD; Austin, TX; San Jose, CA; Seattle, WA; New York, NY; Atlanta, GA; Ontario, CA; Washington, DC & more 3. L’Oreal Open positions: Sales Representative, Sr. Chemist for Fast Beauty Innovation, VP of End-to-End Operations, Plant Hygienist, Manager of Real Estate Projects, Senior Manager of Packaging Innovation, Senior Planning Architect, Key Holder, Director of Product Design & more Locations: New York, NY; Auvergne, AR; Grand Junction, CO; Fr Settlement, LA; Sicily, IL; Marche, AR & more 4. Amazon Open positions: Prime Now Associate, Part-Time Sortation Associate, Full-Time Warehouse Associate, Seasonal Sortation Associate, Fresh Warehouse Associate, Area Manager & more Locations: West Valley City, UT; San Antonio, TX; Tracy, CA; Mundelein, IL; Jacksonville, FL; Baltimore, MD; Bethpage, NY; Kent, WA & more 5. CKE Restaurants Open positions: Crew Person, General Manager in Training, Shift Leader, Real Estate Manager, Manager, Executive Assistant, Restaurant Profitability Coach, Director of Audit, IT Manager & more Locations: Nashville, TN; Lavonia, GA; Anaheim, CA; Franklin, TN; Los Angeles, CA; Spartanburg, SC; Hobbs, NM; Anderson, SC & more 6. FedEx Open positions: Admin Support, Retail Customer Service Associate, Driver Apprentice, Team Leader Part-Time, Freight Handler Part-Time, Service Center Support, Account Executive Market Development, Store Manager, Forklift Operator & more Locations: Memphis, TN; Chicago, IL; Collierville, TN; Colorado Springs, CO; Dallas, TX; Harrison, AR; Windsor Locks, CT: Salt Lake City, UT & more 7. ATI Physical Therapy Open positions: Occupational Health RN, Billing Specialist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Rehab Technician, Clinical Assistant, Outreach Athletic Trainer, Exercise Specialist, Senior Accountant, Driver & more Locations: Hyattsville, MD; Las Vegas, NV; Wilmington, DE; Waldorf, MD; Algonquin, IL; Madisonville, KY; Monroe, MI; Plano, TX; Bolingbrook, IL & more 8. Arrow Exterminators Open positions: Inside Sales, Customer Care Coordinator, Pest Control Technician, Corporate Administrative Assistant, Outside Sales Professional, Branch Manager, Accounts Collection Coordinator, Office Manager & more Locations: Maryville, TN; Columbus, GA; Decatur, TX; Franklin, TN; Spartanburg, SC; Lynbrook, NY; Atlanta, GA & more 9. Protiviti Open positions: Interns, Regulatory Manager, IT Audit Senior Consultant, Mergers & Acquisitions Senior Manager, Technology Consulting Security & Privacy Senior Consultant, Internal Audit Healthcare Manager, Risk & Compliance – Regulatory Manager & more Locations: San Francisco, CA; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Seattle, WA; New York, NY & more 10. Northrop Grumman Open positions: Embedded Software Engineer, Senior DevOps Systems Administrator, Cloud Administrator, Program Cost Schedule & Control Analyst, Front-End Web Developer, Cyber Information Systems Security Analyst & more Locations: Chantilly, VA; Annapolis Junction, MD; Sierra Vista, AZ; Falls Church, VA & more See the full list of 40 companies hiring like crazy in June at Glassdoor.com. Give your resume a makeover To advance to the interview stage, you need to have a resume that hiring managers will notice! If you haven’t updated your resume in the past year, dust it off and update it so that you’re ready when the perfect job opportunity comes along. Does your resume look anything like the one on the left?  Follow Team Clark’s step-by-step guide to resume success in 2018! More Clark.com job search resources: Job alert: 50 best places to work in 2018 25 ways to make your LinkedIn profile stand out in 2018 Top 10 jobs for 2018 that don’t require a college degree Related Articles from clark.com: Vegetables sold at Aldi, Walmart, Trader Joe’s recalled over listeria fears Read More 7 things to know before you buy gas at Costco Wholesale Read More Employees reveal 7 secrets about shopping at Trader Joe's Read More
  • Keyless ignition has become standard in the majority of new cars today, but amid the fanfare for state-of-the-art advancements in the auto industry, there is can be a dark side that many people don’t know about. People who own cars with keyless ignition systems have been prone to park and get out of the vehicle while it is still running. This is apparently happening because they either assume that if they have the key, the car must be off or they’re just forgetting to press the off button. In either scenario, the mistake cam be deadly, according to a new report. Keyless ignition systems linked to deaths — here’s how to stay safe More than two dozen people have been killed by carbon monoxide in keyless ignition-related incidents across the country over the past 12 years, according to the New York Times. Many more have been hurt, some even left with brain damage, the Times reports. While many vehicles have a series of beeps and other warning signals to let the driver know that the car is still running, there is no uniform standard that automakers must adhere to. As a result, a voluntary hodge-podge system is leaving motorists, especially older ones, at risk, the Times reports. In March of this year, Action News Jacksonville detailed the story of a Florida mother who was on a job-related phone call when she pulled into her parents’ garage with her baby in the backseat. “As I came in I wanted the garage door to be closed when the conference call started so I went ahead and pushed the button to close the door,” Constance Petot told Action News Jacksonville. “And I think in my head I just told myself I had pushed this button instead of that button.” Later that night, her young son woke up crying. It turns out, the 13-month-old, who may have had a headache, his mother says, ended up saving his and other family members’ lives. Carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless gas, had reached dangerous levels throughout the home. “Once I got dizzy, I knew I needed to get out of there,” Petot was quoted as saying. “And walked down the stairs, opened the garage door and saw that the taillight was on.” Resistance from the auto industry, along with relative inaction by safety agencies, has led to scant information being known about keyless tech-related deaths, the article says. In fact, as the Times article points out: “The exact number of deaths related to carbon monoxide from keyless-ignition vehicles left running is unknown, as no federal agency keeps comprehensive records.” Still, if you have a key fob, there’s no need to panic or make rash decisions. Here are some ways you can prevent deadly mistakes from happening: Here’s what you can do to protect yourself If you have a keyless ignition vehicle, keep a carbon monoxide detector near the entrance of your home’s garage door If your home’s carbon monoxide detector (or smoke detector) goes off, immediately head outside or do what you can to open a window so some fresh air can enter. Immediately make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for Call 911 or any local emergency service, like the fire department Don’t assume the home is safe for re-entry until the authorities have told you so Keep up to date with the latest safety tips and more at Clark.com. Subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Twitter and Facebook! RELATED: Keyless ignition may pose hidden, deadly dangers Related Articles from clark.com: Vegetables sold at Aldi, Walmart, Trader Joe’s recalled over listeria fears Read More Employees reveal 7 secrets about shopping at Trader Joe's Read More How to cancel private mortgage insurance years ahead of schedule Read More
  • After nearly bottoming out about a decade ago, home prices are again on the upswing around the United States. Attesting to the heat of the real estate market, structures that were affordable just five years ago in many places are out of reach for a lot of people today. The trend could cause some to assume that buying a home with an affordable mortgage is just a dream, but that’s not the case. There are still many locales around the nation with low housing costs. 10 cities where you can find a home for less than $800 a month To be fair, it bears pointing out that many of the cities where you can find cheaper houses have sluggish economic growth and low wages, according to GoBankingRates.com. The finance site recently looked at 20 cities where you could buy for $1,000 a month, including relatively thriving cities like Jacksonville, Florida, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. But there are multiple cities where you could shave $200 a month off that figure and still get into a decent home. The numbers were arrived at by calculating Zillow data on the average mortgage rate (all about 4.3%) and monthly mortgage payments with the assumption of a 20% down payment. Here are 10 cities around the United States where you can get a mortgage for $800 or less along with the forecast increase in average value over the course of the next year, according to GoBankingRates.com: 10. Wichita, Kansas Monthly mortgage payment: $746 1-year forecast: 3.7% 9. Tulsa, Oklahoma Monthly mortgage payment : $789 1-year forecast: 3.2% 8. Milwaukee, Wisconsin Monthly mortgage payment : $595 1-year forecast: 4.1% 7. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Monthly mortgage payment: $887 1-year forecast : 2.3% 6. El Paso, Texas Monthly mortgage payment: $806 1-year forecast: 2.1% 5. Buffalo, New York Monthly mortgage payment: $428 1-year forecast : 4.3% 4. Cleveland, Ohio Monthly mortgage payment: $380 1-year forecast: 4.1% 3. Baltimore, Maryland Monthly mortgage payment : $695 1-year forecast : 2.2% 2. Memphis, Tennessee Monthly mortgage payment: $403 1-year forecast: 3.4% 1. Toledo, Ohio Monthly mortgage payment: $382 1-year forecast : 2.3% What makes a person want to buy a particular home? Research tells us many factors, like schools, proximity to the workplace and the like are involved. But in many cases, especially when it comes to young adults, it could even be Instagram. RELATED: Selling your home yourself? Here’s why an ‘Agents Protected’ sign is huge Related Articles from clark.com: New report: This pharmacy's prices are cheaper than Costco Read More Travel alert: Clark Howard warns about American, Delta and United’s cheap fares Read More Aldi vs. Kroger vs. Walmart: Which grocery store has the lowest prices? Read More
  • DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Costa Rica HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta: $390 San Jose, Costa Rica, or $178 south, $212 north Valid most days southbound starting on or after August 1 through October 31 Valid most days northbound starting on after September 11 Finish trips on or before February 11, 2019 Valid on American via Miami Booking tip: Purchase as one-way tickets (round-trip prices higher) Compare to Delta’s regularly published rates of $717 TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS Safe Travel Staying safe while you travel abroad isn’t so different from avoiding crime in your very own neighborhood. Don’t carry too much cash. Don’t leave your things unattended. Leave the jewelry at home. Be aware of the surrounding, who’s around you, and what they’re doing. Here are some often used scams, and some new ones to be aware of: The Turkey Drop: The named was coined by the U.S. Department of State. It’s a common scam where you end up as the turkey. It all starts when you notice a dropped wallet on the ground. Then a stranger appears, pick up the wallet and ask if it’s yours. They might even toss it to you; the goal is to get you to touch or hold the money. That’s when the scammer’s accomplice yells, “That’s my wallet!” and accuse you of trying to steal it. At that point, the scammers join forces against you. There are several variations of this endgame. In the first, the strangers threaten to hand you over to the police if you don’t bribe them handsomely. In the second, they demand that you show your money to prove you didn’t steal theirs. The second your wallet is out in the open, they grab it and run. In another variation, another “tourist” gets involved and suggests sharing the found money. Then the fraudsters appear claiming the full amount. Storage Locker Scam: Never accept the offer of what appears to be an act of kindness at bus or train stations and at airports. Scammers will offer to save you money by passing on the key to a storage locker they just checked out of. If you accept, the scammer will unlock your storage area after you depart the area with a copy key. The Wallet Drop:  You’re sitting in an airport, train station or in a public spot with all your bags and spot a wallet dropped on the ground. You pick it up and run to give it back. The stranger thanks you, and you run back to your seat minus your possessions. An accomplice has made off with all of your stuff. Don’t Display Wealth: Even a broke student backpacker from the U.S. looks fabulously wealthy in southeast Asia. Walk with confidence and feigning indifference to your surroundings. That may mean leaving your expensive camera in the bag and practice a little restraint when taking a selfie. Keep daily walking around money separate from the rest of your travel money. Consider carrying a decoy wallet when in areas known for pickpockets. Get a cheap old wallet and fill it with expired credit cards and a small amount of cash. If someone tries to mug you, hand them the fake wallet, while your real nest egg remains hidden beneath your shirt. Learn more about travel scams at the State Department’s Travel pages . Before a journey, enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program or STEP . Through this free service, U.S. citizens can share their travel plans with the nearest U.S. Consulate or Embassy. STEP will alert travelers via mobile text in extreme situations such as natural disasters, civil unrest, or family emergency. Mobile Passport You know about Global Entry, but what about Mobile Passport ? The free app gets you quickly through U.S. Customs when entering the U.S. at one cruise port and 24 airports. This app effectively replaces the traditional blue-and-white paper declaration form handed out just before landing in the states and on the sea before embarkation. Simply answer the same questions as the paper declaration form (Are you bringing back fruits and vegetables? and Are you carrying more than $10,000?), and then get a digital receipt that allows you to use the express lane to enter the United States. When using the Mobile Passport app to re-enter the states, you will not have to wait in the long, snaking lines and will breeze through customs and immigration faster than those at Global Entry kiosks. Download the Mobile Passport app for either Android or iOS stores the passport number, expiration date, and a photo. On arrival to the states from overseas, switch off airplane mode,  and open the app. Submit answers while taxiing to the terminal, and the app will provide a QR code “receipt” that you can use at customs and immigration in lieu of the traditional paper form. Inside the arrivals hall, look for the designated Mobile Passport lane. An agent will check your passport, scan your receipt, and send you onward to customs, where you can once again take the special Mobile Passport lane to skip any lines. SPECIAL DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS Airfare offers – ones with a ticket-by date – and deals with our suggestion to HURRY!  can expire at any time.   Heed Clark’s advice: Buy that great airfare deal – and then figure out a reason to go there! Eventually, you’ll see the world at a fraction of the normal price! One-way from Atlanta, each way: $49 Nashville $59 Greenville $63 Daytona Beach, Orlando (Delta exclusive, nonstop) $67 Ft. Lauderdale (Delta exclusive, nonstop) $77 Orlando $80 St. Louis $82 Boston $83 Houston, Kansas City, W. Palm Beach $84 Detroit $87 Washington DC-Reagan or Dulles $92 Columbus, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tampa $96 Milwaukee, Pittsburgh $97 Austin, San Antonio $98 NYC-LaGuardia $101 New Orleans $113 Dallas $114 Chicago $119 Raleigh, Richmond $120 Minneapolis $122 Baltimore $127 Denver $128 Philadelphia, Phoenix $144 Las Vegas $153 Oakland $194 San Diego A 21-day advance purchase required Fly Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday through June 13, or August 21 through October 31 Travel to Florida and Nevada Sundays-Wednesdays; from Florida and Nevada Tuesdays-Fridays Blackout dates: May 24, 25, 28; August 31; September 3 Purchase at Southwest Airlines by March 29 One-way from Atlanta, each way: $168 Cancun A 21-day advance purchase required Depart through May 17, or August 21 through October 31 Travel to Cancun Sundays-Wednesdays; from Cancun Tuesdays-Fridays Purchase by March 29 at Southwest Airlines One-way from Atlanta, each way: $235 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Depart through May 17, or August 21 through October 31 Valid Monday-Thursday in each direction Purchase by March 29 at Southwest Airlines HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta: $262 Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos Valid Saturdays only in April Also valid on September 8-December 8 departures (up to 3x week) Complete travel on or before December 19 Valid on United via Houston HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta: $416 Barbados Depart April 16-June 27 or September 3-November 19 Finish trips on or before December 18 Valid on American via Miami HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta: $458-$480 Aruba Depart April 20-February 2, 2019 Finish trips on or before February 11, 2019 Valid on American via Miami or Charlotte How do you find these great airfare deals? Visit Clark’s Atlanta Travel Tips page for a step-by-step search and booking guide. NOTE: Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your flight! Additional charges now apply to budget and sale rates on most airlines for a carry-on bag, checked baggage and advance seat assignments. The least expensive fees are charged when these options are purchased during the ticket booking process. Fees climb higher after flights are reserved and even higher when adding these options at airport check-in. Kayak offers the most up-to-date Fees Chart for all domestic and international airlines. HOTELS, RESORTS & MORE Beach, Baby! Divi Resorts offers promotional deals on Aruba, Bonaire, Barbados and St. Maarten for travel throughout 2018. But bookings must be made by April 30 . The deals save as much as 50% for all military personnel, firefighters and police, including those who are on active service, reserve and retired, as well as their spouses and children. Divi Resorts provides a wide variety of on-site amenities, including elegant restaurants, lively bars, freshwater pools, sports courts, spas and more. All-suite accommodations are perfect for romantic getaways and families needing extra space to stretch out. Plus, with Divi’s Kids Stay and Eat Free Program and Treasures of the Caribbean Kids Club, even young guests will have plenty to do, for a fraction of the cost. Deals on room only and all-inclusive stays: Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort Aruba: From $175, or $227 per person, per night all-inclusive Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort Aruba: From $169, or $200 per person, per night all-inclusive Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort Aruba: From $249 Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino Bonaire: From $149, or $178 per person, per night all-inclusive Divi Southwinds Beach Resort Barbados: From $159 Divi Little Bay Beach Resort St. Maarten: From $189, or $195 per person, per night all-inclusive Luxe NYC Rates from $199, including a $50 food and beverage credit are offered on Thursday-Sunday stays at the chic Kimpton Ink48 Hotel, named as one of NYC’s Top 50 hotels by Conde Nast Traveler. This special rate is valid on April, July and August stays – and over the Memorial Day weekend (May 24-28). Rates range from $219-$239 most Mondays-Wednesdays in April, July-August. Or, travel to see the spectacular July 4th fireworks and stay from $169 from July 1-8. Many nights in May and June are also discounted. The hotel offers beautiful views of the Hudson River and the city skyline, yet is tucked away from the city’s noisiest streets. This sophisticated hotel is also within walking distance of Hell’s Kitchen and Times Square, several major subway lines and a variety of dining options. Newly renovated guest rooms have oversized windows. Onsite venues include a farm-to-table restaurant and one of the city’s best rooftop bars. Guest amenities include a daily hosted wine reception, complimentary morning coffee and tea service, free bike rentals and a yoga mat in every room. The hotel’s convenient and quiet location on the edge of Hell’s Kitchen put it within a few blocks of Times Square, several major subway lines and a variety of dining options. Book soon and start the reservation process at Travelzoo . Also, check out the deals at Travelzoo on NYC theater tickets . Travel e-Scapes is brought to you by Clara Bosonetto, Team Clark Travel Editor. Follow Clara on  Twitter . Looking for more deals? View all current airfare offers at Clark’s Atlanta Travel Deals page or the National Travel Deals page. Get the first word on limited seat sales. Follow us on Social:  Like Clark Smart Travel on Facebook  Follow @Clark_Travel on Twitter Related Articles from clark.com: Warning: Do NOT buy these dietary supplements Read More 3 money-saving Amazon Prime perks you need to know about right now Read More The best wireless network in America is... Read More
  • DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Cancun Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted): $336 Cancan, or $168 each way Valid April 3-May 17 or August 21-October 31 Travel to Cancun Sundays-Wednesdays; from Cancun Tuesdays-Fridays Purchase by March 15 Valid on Southwest Airlines , nonstop (and up to 2 free checked bags) TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS Unique Disney Tours Disney World Orlando guests now have the chance to play conservationist for a limited time with a unique behind-the-scenes tour of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. In honor of the park’s 20th-anniversary celebration, Disney is rolling out “A Path Less Traveled,” a self-described “special collection of unique experiences that give guests a fun behind-the-scenes look at the magic of nature.” The activities, which will only be available April 1-May 5, include a trio of behind-the-scenes animal care programs, as well as VIP waterfront seating at the Rivers of Light nighttime show. Adventurers looking for a more intimate exploration of the park will enjoy: A Visit to Rafiki’s Planet Watch: Take a peek at one of Disney’s state-of-the-art veterinary hospitals while learning about the theme park’s animal care program for more than 1,500 animal residents. Birds Nest Exploration: Disney is a migratory playground for the purple martin, North America’s largest swallow. The birds travel more than 3,000 miles from their winter home in the Brazilian Amazon to their Orlando perch, where Disney has set up nearly two dozen purple martin house “resorts.” Unforgettable Elephant Encounters: This program includes a one-hour Caring for Giants tour, observing elephants from a distance of approximately 80 to 100 feet, Programs are scheduled throughout the day. Reserve the tour by calling (407) 939-7529. The fee for the entire program is $59, including a snack and drink option. Miami Food Halls The La Centrale Miami Italian Food Hall has opened at Brickell City Centre in downtown Miami. The 40,000-square-foot dining and marketplace concept brings together 14 food stations, five bars and a wine shop stocked with more than 4,000 bottles – food and drink unique to 20 Italian regions. The first floor features six grab-and-go counters overflowing with espresso, salads, cheeses, meats and breads, along with an all-day breakfast and lunch café, and a rustic pizza and pasta family style restaurant. The second floor features three traditional sit-down restaurants including Carne, La Centrale’s steakhouse that prepares 48-day dry-aged steaks over a wood-fire grill. Pesce, the hall’s seafood restaurant inspired by the Italian Riviera, flies in fresh branzino from Italy every morning. There’s also a lively cocktail bar with a large performance stage, and a chocolate shop filled with two chocolate fountains, 16 rotating gelato flavors and 80 types of imported chocolates. The top floor is all about wine with Enoteca , a robust wine bar, complete with wine flights, a small bites menu and free weekly tastings. La Centrale joins the 18,000-square-foot Casa Tua Cucina , which offers a similar lineup of Italian cuisine, located inside Saks Fifth Avenue at Brickell City Centre. The 300-seat Casa Tua Cucina includes ten dining stations, each with a different chef and all sharing a kitchen. It’s also family-friendly, with a more casual atmosphere and affordable prices. SPECIAL DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS Airfare offers – ones with a ticket-by date – and deals with our suggestion to HURRY!  can expire at any time.   Heed Clark’s advice: Buy that great airfare deal – and then figure out a reason to go there! Eventually, you’ll see the world at a fraction of the normal price! 3-Day Flash Sale! One-way from Atlanta, each way: $49 Greenville, Nashville $74 Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit $80 St. Louis $82 Boston $83 Houston, Kansas City, W. Palm Beach $84 Philadelphia $86 New Orleans $87 Washington DC-Reagan or Dulles $92 Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tampa $94 Austin, San Antonio $96 Milwaukee, Pittsburgh $104 Denver, Minneapolis $119 Richmond or Raleigh $194 San Diego A 21-day advance purchase required Valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Saturdays Travel to Florida valid Sundays-Wednesdays; from Florida Tuesdays-Fridays Travel April 3-June 13 or August 21-October 31 Blackout dates: May 24, 25, 28; August 31; September 3 Purchase by March 15 at Southwest Airlines NOTE: This is not a systemwide sale and not all cities served from ATL are included How do you find these great airfare deals? Visit Clark’s Atlanta Travel Tips page for a step-by-step search and booking guide. NOTE: Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your flight! Additional charges now apply to budget and sale rates on most airlines for a carry-on bag, checked baggage and advance seat assignments. The least expensive fees are charged when these options are purchased during the ticket booking process. Fees climb higher after flights are reserved and even higher when adding these options at airport check-in. Kayak offers the most up-to-date Fees Chart for all domestic and international airlines. HOTELS, RESORTS & MORE Germany’s FlixBus & Eurail Promo Germany’s rail sector remains dominated by Deutsche Bahn, which still accounts for 99% of all long-distance rail journeys. But since last summer there is some competition! Flixbus, known for its expansive bus network across Europe, will offer Flixtrain service between Hamburg and Cologne (via Duesseldorf, Essen and Osnabrueck) from March 24 onwards. Travelers will now be able to reach Hamburg with non-stop connections from Duesseldorf, Essen or Cologne just as quickly as with the ICE Deutsche Bahn. Prices will start from €9.99 each way, lower than those of rival Deutsche Bahn. Onboard features include complimentary Wi-Fi, extra legroom, low-cost snacks and drinks, numerous plug sockets and a lot of room for baggage. Currently, travelers can ride with Flixbus to over 1,400 travel destinations in 27 countries. If you have the time, Flixbus offers a Discover 5 European cities for €99, valid for up to 90 days. The low-cost giant has now set its sights on the United States, where it plans to take on the iconic Greyhound Lines by launching a series of long-distance bus services in California later this year. ______ Explore more of Europe for less money with Eurail’s Extra Days Promotion . For those purchasing passes through March 31, five extra travel days can be added. Additional benefits include discounts of up to 20% on City Cards in cities such as Barcelona, Brussels, Ljubljana and Salzburg. Those purchasing the Eurail Global Pass can earn one extra day with both the five-day and seven-day passes. The purchase of Global Passes for 10 or 15 days of travel within two months, earns two extra days. For those traveling 15 days on a continuous pass, two extra days are offered. Visitors traveling on a continuous pass for 22 days can get three extra days and those traveling for one month, continuously receive five free days. Extra days are also offered on the Eurail Select Pass and the One Country Pass. Passes are available for purchase up to 11 months in advance. San Francisco Getaways Book a stay at the stylish Harbor Court Hotel which features stunning views of the Bay Bridge and Embarcadero. Onsite is a swimming pool and a fitness center and the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is just across the street for breakfast to dinner dining options. Other amenities include a sleek, on-site Japanese restaurant and sake lounge, loaner bikes and access to an adjacent YMCA (both for a fee). Plush, colorful rooms feature Bay Bridge, city or courtyard views and have free Wi-Fi, iHome docks, minibars and flat-screen TVs. Rooms also have yoga mats, designer toiletries, Italian linens and goose-down duvets. An evening wine hour and morning coffee and tea are complimentary for guests. Here’s a look at sample per night rates in a Queen room with the 50% Off Weekend Promotion (3-night stay): Friday from $150 Saturday from $210 Sunday from $90 This waterfront hotel is a 6-minute walk from the BART Embarcadero rail station. Travel e-Scapes is brought to you by Clara Bosonetto, Team Clark Travel Editor. Follow Clara on  Twitter . Looking for more deals? View all current airfare offers at Clark’s Atlanta Travel Deals page or the National Travel Deals page. Get the first word on limited seat sales. 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  • DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Switzerland HURRY! Round-trip from New York: $423-$500 New York-JFK to Zurich, Switzerland Depart April 8-June 8 Finish trips on or before June 22 Or depart August 20-October 10 Finish travel on or before October 25 Valid on Swiss, nonstop Note: Rates are slightly higher in July Purchase by March 22 Atlanta travelers:  See below how to travel for $551 to Zurich! TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS Flying Support/Service Animals Customers have attempted to fly with all manner of animals in recent years, according to Delta, including comfort turkeys, gliding possums, snakes, and spiders. The policy changes come on the heels of an 84% increase in reported incidents involving service and support animals since 2016. The airline said that passengers ignoring the true intent of existing rules regarding service and support animals is a disservice to customers who have real, documented needs. This week, Delta began enforcing new regulations for passengers traveling with emotional support and service animals and now requires in some cases a Veterinary Health Form and immunization record be provided or other proof that the animal’s vaccinations are up to date. For emotional support animals, the new Delta regulations are stricter and include a range of mandatory requirements, among them submission of a Veterinary Health Form and immunization records as well as an Emotional Support/Psychiatric Service Animal Request form that includes a letter prepared and signed by a doctor or licensed mental health professional. Learn more about the new Delta policy changes and requirements . United Airlines also now requires additional documentation from those wishing to travel with emotional support or psychiatric service animals. Visit United for updated policy information and new requirements. Wheel Deals Visiting Florida soon? Buy an inexpensive one-way flight south and drive out a deal from a number of rental car companies from just $9.99 (pre-tax) per day — for up to 14 days. Act fast on these offers! Once the rental car company projects enough cars will be relocated, the promotional deals end and the era of high daily rates and one-way fees returns for the season. Published rates shown on various websites are only the Base Rate charge (Time and Mileage) and exclude applicable taxes, fees, surcharges, refueling, drop-off, and charges for optional products or services such as Damage Waiver (at $30 or less per day), which are the responsibility of the renter. Minimum age may vary by location and an additional daily surcharge may apply for renters under 25 years old. This savings offer is valid with Alamo for reservations picked up between March 26 and May 31 from the following participating Florida locations: Ft. Myers, Sarasota, Naples and Punta Gorda. Also valid for reservations picked up between April 1 and May 31 at the following participating Florida locations: Tampa, Clearwater, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, West Palm, Key West and Boca Raton. From $9.99 Economy through Full Size vehicles As low as $19.99 Intermediate and Standard SUVs As low as $24.99 base rate per day applies to Minivans For certain locations, base rates of less than $9.99 per day may be available. To see if a lower rate is available, visit http://www.alamo.com or contact the pick up location. Book your one-way ride at Alamo . ______ Rentals from Enterprise are valid for reservations picked up between March 26-May 31 from the following participating Florida locations: Ft. Myers, Sarasota, Naples, Punta Gorda, Orlando, Disney Hotels, Daytona Beach, Melbourne and Sanford. Also valid for reservations picked up between April 1-May 31 from: Tampa, Clearwater, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, West Palm, Key West and Boca Raton. $9.99 per day on Economy through Full Size From $19.99 daily on Intermediate and Standard SUVs From $24.99 for Minivans Book these wheel deals at Enterprise . ______ Avis also participates with slightly varied rates and dates: Availability is April 1 through May 31. Use AWD code R003500 at checkout and let your journey begin! Here are the per day rates: Economy, Compact, Midsize, Standard, Full Size $14.95/day (groups A-E) Intermediate SUV $19.95/day (group F) Standard SUV $19.95/day (group W) Standard Elite SUV $19.95/day Convertible $19.95/day (group K) Minivan $24.95/day (group V) Passenger Van $41.95/day (group P) This offer excludes pick-up from Pensacola and Jacksonville. Participating drop off cities include: Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, San Antonio, St. Louis, Boston, Buffalo, Hartford, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Washington/Baltimore, Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Raleigh Durham, Albuquerque, Northern California, Portland, Seattle, Southern California, Las Vegas. Start your reservation at Avis . ______ Springtime drive-out rates from Budget are eligible on pick ups from April 1 through May 31. Use BCD code S374100 for these rates: $14.49 Economy through Full Size $19.49 Intermediate SUV, Standard Elite SUV, Minivan and Convertible $24.49/day Passenger Van $41.49/day Standard SUV Excludes pick-up from Pensacola and Jacksonville. Participating drop off cities include: Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, San Antonio, St. Louis, Boston, Buffalo, Hartford, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Washington/Baltimore, Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Raleigh Durham, Albuquerque, Northern California, Portland, Seattle, and Southern California. ______ Hertz has yet to publish spring drive-out Florida rates but will likely match these offers. Watch for new offers on the special deals page. SPECIAL DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS Airfare offers – ones with a ticket-by date – and deals with our suggestion to HURRY!  can expire at any time.   Heed Clark’s advice: Buy that great airfare deal – and then figure out a reason to go there! Eventually, you’ll see the world at a fraction of the normal price! HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted): $58 Orlando, or $29 each way Valid Tuesday or Wednesday from on March 20-29 travel Rates range from $29-$40 daily through May 23 and $50 through November 1 Valid on Frontier, nonstop HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted): $94 Miami, or $47 each way No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday through August 21 Blackout dates: June 28, 29 Valid on American, nonstop Tip: Most availability is on Tuesdays HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted): $98 Austin, or $49 each way Valid Tuesdays only starting on or after April 11; final travel May 16 $174 Phoenix, or $87 each way Valid Tuesdays only starting on or after April 10; final travel May 22 Valid on Frontier, nonstop HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted): $128 Orlando, or $64 each way Valid daily starting on or after April 2 Finish trips on or before October 1 (from $74 thereafter) Valid on Delta, nonstop HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted): $128 New Orleans, or $64 each way A 14-day advance purchase required Valid daily through May 23 on nonstop Delta flights HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted): $128 New York-JFK, or $64 each way Valid Tuesdays and Wednesdays through May 2; $99 thereafter Add this ticket with the nonstop Swiss offer above for a total of $551 Compare to Delta’s round-trip ATL-ZRH rate of $1,200 HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted): $148 Ft. Lauderdale, or $74 each way A 21-day advance purchase required Valid daily through November 3 (from $83 thereafter) Valid on Delta, nonstop HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted): $158 Tampa, or $79 each way Valid daily starting on or after April 10 (time of day specific) Finish trips on or before June 14 Valid on Delta, nonstop HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta: $266-$280 Cabo San Lucas-Los Cabos Depart daily starting on or after September 1 through December 11 Finish trips on or before January 11 Valid on United via Houston HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted): $359 Barbados, or $150 south; $209 north Valid Monday-Friday Depart September 4 through November 5 south; from April 12 through January 11 north Valid on American via Miami Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted): $460 Anchorage or Fairbanks, Alaska, or $230 each way Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday starting on or after April 10 Finish trips on or before May 23 Valid on Delta via Seattle Purchase by March 21 Round-trip from Atlanta: $672 Paris Valid midweek on April 6 through May 4 departures Finish trips on or before May 17 Valid on American via Charlotte or Philadelphia Purchase by March 14 (we suggest asap!) HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta: $990 Buenos Aires, Argentina Valid daily Depart April 9 through June 3 Finish trips on or before June 18 A 3-night minimum stay required Valid on American via Dallas Compare to Delta’s round-trip rate of $1,759 How do you find these great airfare deals? Visit Clark’s Atlanta Travel Tips page for a step-by-step search and booking guide. NOTE: Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your flight! Additional charges now apply to budget and sale rates on most airlines for a carry-on bag, checked baggage and advance seat assignments. The least expensive fees are charged when these options are purchased during the ticket booking process. Fees climb higher after flights are reserved and even higher when adding these options at airport check-in. Kayak offers the most up-to-date Fees Chart for all domestic and international airlines. HOTELS, RESORTS & MORE NOLA Rates start from just $109 a night at the recently renovated SpringHill Suites New Orleans Downtown/Convention Center . Guest rooms received new furniture, paint, carpet and bathrooms, while the breakfast area also received a major makeover. The all-suite hotel additionally expanded its fitness center with cardio equipment and free weights. Modern suites have free WiFi, premium cable channels, plus desks and living areas with pull-out sofas. Kitchenettes provide coffeemakers, minifridges, microwaves and wet bars. The morning breakfast buffet with fresh-baked croissants, fresh fruits, golden-brown waffles and eggs made to order is complimentary for diners staying at the hotel. Onsite is a convenience store, an outdoor pool, a hot tub and a coin laundry. This SpringHill Suites property is 9-minute walk to the Port of New Orleans, Harrah’s New Orleans, The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk and National WWII Museum (5-minute walk). SC Getaway Enjoy a Low Country Getaway at Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms through March 30. The 1,600 acre resort in South Carolina spans the northern tip of the Isle of Palms, a lush barrier island off the coast of Charleston. Sitting on 1,600 acres, the oceanfront resort offers a variety of accommodations, including oceanfront suites and homes overlooking the fairways. Explore the island on bikes, play golf or tennis, or drive 15 miles into historic downtown Charleston. Save 20% on a two-night stay or 25% on three or more nights in the AAA Four Diamond Boardwalk Inn, the Village at Wild Dunes (choose from guestrooms, studio suites, one- to three-bedroom suites and penthouses), or select home and condo rentals (three- to seven-bedroom homes and one- to three-bedroom condos). Nightly rates before the discount start from $149. Mention Washingtonian to receive a complimentary Wild Dunes Resort bucket gift filled with local snacks and beers (a $25 value). Refer to code WILDDC when booking. The Countdown to Summer promotion offers 20% savings for May 28-August 30 stays in the Village and on vacation home and condo rentals. A minimum two-night stay required. Average rates from $159 in a Village Resort View guest room situated 200 yards to the beach. Onsite are numerous dining options, a spa, and the newly renovated Links Course and Harbor Course – both open to the public. Tennis Magazine ranked Wild Dunes a U.S. Top 10 Tennis Resort for nine years in a row. The resort offers 17 Har-Tru courts – including a stadium court – and light five of them for night play. Guests enjoy daily complimentary court time and programs for all levels of play to clinics and drills. Travel e-Scapes is brought to you by Clara Bosonetto, Team Clark Travel Editor. Follow Clara on  Twitter . Looking for more deals? View all current airfare offers at Clark’s Atlanta Travel Deals page or the National Travel Deals page. Get the first word on limited seat sales. 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  • In a move to make the job safer for bus operators, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority plans to install a protective shield in the last of its buses tomorrow. The JTA Board of Directors approved allocating about $600,000 to purchase the protective shields back in March, says JTA spokesman David Cawton. He says they’ve been working since summer to retrofit older buses so they could install the added protection on every bus in the fleet. “These shields protect about 75 percent of the bus operator while they are sitting in their chair, driving the bus,” says Cawton. He says there have been a few instances where bus operators in Jacksonville were attacked and it’s starting to be a national trend, so the Board decided to be proactive with the safety of the employees. The clear shields are retractable, which means the operators can choose to move them out of the way if they want interact with customers. But Cawton says they can quickly move them back in place if they have to.
  • Jimmy Carter’s pastor said the former president is “in good spirits” just one day after undergoing brain surgery. >> Read more trending news The Rev. Tony Lowden, pastor of Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, was in Atlanta on Wednesday visiting Carter at Emory University Hospital. “His spirits are good, and he is up and walking,” Lowden said. Carter was admitted to the hospital on Monday to deal with bleeding near his brain, caused by a series of falls over the past few weeks. Carter was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma and was operated on early Tuesday morning to relieve pressure on his brain. A spokeswoman for Carter said there were no complications from the procedure, but wouldn’t give a timetable on his release. He “will remain in the hospital as long as advisable for observation,” said Deanna Congileo on Tuesday. Lowden drove to Atlanta on Wednesday with dozens of well wishes from the president’s boyhood home of Plains and his home church, Maranatha. “Everyone is praying and concerned about him and making sure that he is OK,” Lowden said. Young visited their church on Sunday to teach Sunday School with Carter. Lowden said he expects to field at least one question from Carter: When can he return to teaching Sunday School? Carter has been teaching Sunday School regularly at Maranatha for 40 years. After he broke his hip in May and fractured his pelvis in October, Carter missed both of his immediately scheduled classes, but quickly made them up the following Sundays. “I am going to tell him that we have everything in order at the church, and he doesn’t have to worry about anything,” Lowden said. “There is no need to rush.”
  • Some Capital One customers might see a delay in their paychecks Friday as the bank investigates a technical issue impacting direct deposits, company officials said. >> Read more trending news  Capital One representatives said in a tweet Friday morning that the bank was 'experiencing a technical issue impacting customer money movement, including direct deposits, and the ability for some customers to access accounts.' 'We are actively working to resolve the issue and restore all services,' company officials said. 'We greatly apologize for the inconvenience.' The issue was resolved around 3:10 p.m. EDT Friday. The technical issue is at least the second this week to affect Capital One customers. On Monday, bank customers reported issues with the Capital One mobile app and the bank's website. It was not immediately clear how long it would take to resolve the technical issue discovered Friday.
  • Sara Krauseneck was 3 years old the day her mother was found dead with an ax blade embedded in her skull. Now 41, Sara Krauseneck stood by her father’s side Friday as he walked into an upstate New York courtroom to face charges that he killed Cathleen Schlosser Krauseneck and left their then-toddler daughter to spend the day alone with her mother’s dead body. James Krauseneck Jr., 67, of Peoria, Arizona, is charged with second-degree murder in Cathleen Krauseneck’s Feb. 19, 1982, slaying. The 29-year-old wife and mother was found slain in the bedroom of the couple’s Brighton, New York, home. Cathleen Krauseneck’s sister, Annet Schlosser, told MSN via phone on Friday that the charges against her former brother-in-law were long-awaited by her family. “My family will see justice for Cathy, we hope,” Schlosser said. “We still have a way to go yet with the trial, but this is a huge step forward.” James Krauseneck pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Friday. He was released on $100,000 bail and was ordered to surrender his passport. “This is one of the worst outcomes of domestic violence that this agency has investigated,” Brighton Police Chief David Catholdi said at a news conference Tuesday morning. “And this was domestic violence.” >> Read more trending news Catholdi was surrounded by local, state and federal law enforcement officers, both active and retired, who worked on the 37-year-old homicide case. “Hundreds, if not thousands, of investigative hours went into this case over the last few decades,” Catholdi said. Ultimately, it was the assistance of renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden that led to the murder charge against James Krauseneck, who claimed he was at work when his wife was killed. Baden conducted a thorough review of the timeline of Cathleen Krauseneck’s death, the police chief said. “We believe in examining the timeline of events, speaking with witnesses and James’ timeline -- that he provided -- along with all other evidence, we will establish that James Krauseneck Jr. was home at the time of the murder,” Catholdi said. Baden, who briefly served as chief medical examiner for the City of New York in the late 1970s, chaired the forensic pathology panel of the House Select Committee on Assassinations, which probed both the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the 1968 assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In the decades since then, he has testified in numerous high-profile cases -- often for the defense -- including the murder trials of former football great O.J. Simpson and record producer Phil Spector. Now a private forensic pathologist, Baden most recently spurred controversy for disputing the official claim that disgraced financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself in his jail cell Aug. 10. Baden said multiple broken bones in Epstein’s neck pointed instead to manual strangulation. Jeremy Bell, a special agent with the FBI, said he hopes Friday’s charge against James Krauseneck brings some closure to the victim’s family, but also that it puts other suspected criminals on edge. “I hope it puts criminals everywhere on notice: Just because the years go by doesn’t mean you can stop looking over your shoulder,” Bell said. “We’re coming.” Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley thanked the Brighton officers in a Facebook statement for never giving up on solving the Krauseneck case.  “I want to thank the Brighton Police Department, who has worked with the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office since 1982, for never giving up on finding justice for Cathleen Krauseneck,” Doorley wrote. “We look forward to bringing this case through the criminal justice system and finally bringing justice to Cathleen, her friends and family.” A shocking crime  Catholdi said police officers responded to the Krauseneck home at 33 Del Rio Drive in Brighton around 5 p.m. Feb. 19, 1982, after a neighbor called 911. The officers were ultimately led into the master bedroom of the family’s home, where they found a grisly scene. Cathleen Krauseneck was dead, the victim of a single blow to the head with an ax. The blade of the wood-cutting tool, which was taken from the couple’s unlocked garage, was still embedded in her forehead. The handle of the ax had been wiped clean, testing would later show. “What followed was an extensive investigation that led Brighton police officers, Brighton investigators and Brighton chiefs of police across the United States to Mount Clemens, Michigan; Fort Collins, Colorado; Lynchburg, Virginia; Gig Harbor, Washington; and Houston, Texas,” Catholdi said. The Democrat & Chronicle in Rochester reported that James Krauseneck told police he found his wife dead when he came home from his job as an economist at Eastman Kodak Co. At the time, Cathleen Krauseneck’s estimated time of death could not be pinpointed to before or after 6:30 a.m., when James Krauseneck said he left for work. Krauseneck said his wife was asleep, but alive, when he left their home that morning, the Democrat & Chronicle reported. Investigators, who found a window broken from the outside, initially theorized that Cathleen Krauseneck was killed during a botched burglary, but nothing was reported stolen from the home. Along with the ax, a maul used for splitting wood was taken from the garage and, investigators theorized, was used to smash the window. Their investigation shifted, however, to the possibility of a domestic situation that turned deadly. The couple had been married since 1974, Catholdi said Tuesday. The News Tribune in Tacoma, Washington, reported that the couple attended high school together but began dating as students at Western Michigan University. According to Cathleen Krauseneck’s family, the couple lived in Colorado and Virginia before settling in their home in Brighton, the News Tribune reported. The victim’s family told the newspaper the couple began having problems in Brighton after James Krauseneck, then 30 years old, was accused at work of lying about having earned a doctorate. He also reportedly told administrators at Lynchburg College, where he was an assistant professor of economics, that he had a doctorate, the Democrat & Chronicle reported in 2016. Cathleen Krauseneck had confronted her husband about the alleged lies, her family told authorities. Neighbors and friends also indicated there may have been domestic abuse in the couple’s relationship, according to police officials. The Democrat & Chronicle reported in 2017, when the former Krauseneck home went on the market, that Cathleen Krauseneck was not the first resident of the house to die there. In 1977, five years before the killing, homeowners Dr. Anthony Schifino and his wife, Estelle, died of carbon monoxide poisoning. The newspaper reported that the couple accidentally left their car running in the garage.  Authorities said James Krauseneck participated in a police interview the night his wife was found dead but failed to show up for a follow-up interview the next day. Investigators learned he had taken his daughter and moved to his Michigan hometown of Mount Clemens. Investigators went to Michigan to speak to James Krauseneck. The News Tribune reported that, although he agreed to have a child psychologist talk to his young daughter about what she may have witnessed, that appointment never took place. According to the Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton, New York, Sara Krauseneck initially told police she saw a “bad man” in the room with her mother and said the man had a hammer. She was not allowed to speak to authorities again, however.  James Krauseneck also stopped cooperating with police, as did his family, authorities said. “They’re all reluctant to offer information,” a Brighton detective told The Macomb Daily in a 1985 article, according to the News Tribune. “It’s like Cathleen was murdered, taken off the face of the Earth, and no one wants to help.” James Krauseneck later moved to Gig Harbor, just outside of Tacoma. Investigators from Brighton spoke to him there in April 2016, the News Tribune reported. He retained attorneys in both Washington and New York at that time. Two days after detectives left Washington, James Krauseneck and his wife -- his fourth at that point -- put their home up for sale, the newspaper reported. The couple moved to Arizona after he retired as vice-president from what his attorneys described in a statement as a Fortune 500 company. James Krauseneck’s wife, Sharon Krauseneck, was also in court with him Friday. Watch the entire Brighton Police Department news conference below.  ‘Not a proverbial smoking gun’  Retired Brighton Police Chief Mark Henderson began taking a fresh look at the Krauseneck homicide case in 2015, Catholdi said Tuesday. Agents with the FBI’s Cold Case Working Group digitized the boxes of handwritten case notes and other evidence. “In 1982, there were not computers,” Henderson said Tuesday. “Our files, our paperwork was not digitized. One of the first things that the FBI did was to convert everything from handwritten paper to digital, searchable files.” Investigators had a theory, an “idea which way to go,” Henderson said. They met with Doorley, the district attorney, whose own investigators began looking into the case. “This path was over a number of years,” Henderson said. “When I heard that there was an arrest made, an indictment that was going to be unsealed on Friday, I knew that it would lead to the husband of the individual.” No one piece of evidence has led investigators to charge James Krauseneck, Catholdi said. “I understand people want a singular piece of evidence that can directly point to James Krauseneck Jr.,” Catholdi said. “This is not one of those cases.” The chief said the “totality of the circumstances,” along with the evidence and the timeline of events led to James Krauseneck’s arrest. FBI testing showed no DNA from anyone but James Krauseneck on any of the evidence gathered 37 years ago. “DNA, fingerprints, or the lack thereof, can speak volumes,” Catholdi said. “James lived at 33 Del Rio Drive, and one would suspect his DNA would be in his house. “It is telling no other physical evidence at the scene, to include DNA, points to anyone other than James Krauseneck Jr.” Catholdi said Baden’s timeline will be crucial to the case when it comes up for trial. “There’s not a proverbial smoking gun,” he said. “What really cinched the case was the fresh look at it.” James Krauseneck’s attorneys, Michael Wolford and William Easton, dispute there is any evidence linking their client to Cathleen Krauseneck’s murder. “Jim’s innocence was clear 37 years ago. It’s clear today,” the attorneys said in a written statement. “At the end of the case, I have no doubt Jim will be vindicated.” Wolford and Easton said James Krauseneck was cooperative with the investigation, “repeatedly giving statements to the police, consenting to the search of his home and his car.” Wolford, who represented Krauseneck at the time of the killing, said he placed “reasonable conditions” on further questioning once he realized his client was the target of the investigation. William Gargan, who heads the domestic violence unit for the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, countered the attorneys’ claims that their client cooperated with police. “I think the word ‘cooperation’ may have a different meaning for Mr. Wolford than it does for me and the Brighton Police Department,” Gargan said Tuesday. Gargan also disputed Wolford and Easton’s description of the prosecution, which they called “misguided” in their written statement. “I can tell you that there has been only one thing that DA Doorley, the Brighton Police Department and the town of Brighton have sought to do. And that is to seek the truth, wherever the facts, wherever the evidence may lead them,” Gargan said. ‘To have her die like that is so unfair’  Catholdi said Tuesday that following James Krauseneck’s arraignment, he, Henderson and other members of the investigative team called the victim’s family to tell them of the arrest. “They were grateful for our efforts and plan to attend the upcoming trial next year,” Catholdi said. Catholdi closed his comments with a statement that now-deceased Brighton Police Chief Eugene Shaw made to a newspaper in February 1983, days before the first anniversary of Cathleen Krauseneck’s death. “I’m not known to be a pessimist, so I’d say optimistically, hopefully, yes,” Shaw said when asked if the case would end in a successful prosecution. Catholdi expressed his own optimism about the outcome of a trial, which is tentatively slated for next summer. “Please know that the police across this region will never forget our victims,” Catholdi said. “These cases stay with us forever. “We know we are the only ones able to speak for victims. We will investigate cases like this as long as it takes, and we will use all of our investigative abilities to bring justice for victims and their families.” Henderson said Tuesday that the crime had a significant impact on the community, the Police Department and Shaw, who was never able to forget the unsolved case. “I know that the inability to bring this case forward really weighed heavily on Chief Shaw,” Henderson said. Henderson said he did not “reopen” the case in 2015 because it was never closed. Tips and prospective leads came in through the years and each was investigated, he said. In 2015, an FBI agent approached investigators about the FBI’s Cold Case Working Group, offering its services on any unsolved cases the department might have, Henderson said. Henderson said the department decided to start from “ground zero” on the case, working in conjunction with the FBI group. The retired chief said he met with the Schlosser family in 2015 at their home in Michigan. “I talked about the commitment that the town of Brighton was going to make to a fresh look at this case,” Henderson said. He and Brighton police Detective Mark Liberatore, the lead investigator on the case, sat across the dining room table from Cathleen Krauseneck’s parents, Robert and Theresa Schlosser. Theresa Schlosser has since died but Robert Schlosser, now 92, has lived to see an arrest made in his daughter’s killing.  “I assured them that we would be looking at this case, that we would commit every resource that we had in 2015 and 2016 … and that justice would be served for their daughter Cathleen,” Henderson said. Annet Schlosser watched the news conference Tuesday from her home in Warren, Michigan. She told the Press & Sun-Bulletin that her family initially thought James Krauseneck incapable of killing her older sister. His lack of cooperation with investigators made them think twice. “Why would a man ... not try to seek justice for his wife?” Schlosser said. “That never made sense to us. “It’s been 37 years. I would say that it was at least 20 years ago that we started to think he did it.” Schlosser told the newspaper James Krauseneck turned her niece against the Schlosser family, whose members have gone years without seeing Sara Krauseneck -- or her two children.  “They’re no longer part of our life, and that’s devastating to us,” she said. In 2016, Schlosser described her sister for the Democrat & Chronicle as her best friend, despite a 10-year age difference. “She was the most genuine, intelligent, loving person,” Schlosser said. “There isn’t a bad word that you can think about when describing my sister, and to have her die like that is so unfair.”
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