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June 28, 2013 | By Maria Danilova and Sean Yoong, Associated Press
MOSCOW - Moscow's main airport swarmed with media from around the globe Wednesday, but the man they were looking for - National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden - was nowhere to be seen. The mystery of the former spy's whereabouts only deepened a day after President Vladimir Putin said Snowden was in the transit area of Sheremetyevo Airport. In the airport were ordinary scenes of duty-free shopping, snoozing travelers, and tourists sipping coffee, but no trace of America's most famous fugitive.
NEWS
June 26, 2013 | Associated Press
MOSCOW - Yes, he's at a Moscow airport, and no, you can't have him. Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the first official acknowledgment of the whereabouts of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on Tuesday and promptly rejected U.S. pleas to turn him over. Snowden, who is charged with violating American espionage laws, fled Hong Kong over the weekend, touching off a global guessing game over where he went and frustrating U.S. efforts to bring him to justice. Putin said Snowden was in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo Airport and has not passed through Russian immigration, meaning he technically was not in Russia and thus was free to travel wherever he wanted.
BUSINESS
June 24, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
It used to be you'd circle the airport loop, get chased away from baggage claim by police, or park precariously on the shoulder of ramps and roadways including I-95 and Route 291. That was before Philadelphia International Airport opened a convenient 150-space cellphone waiting lot in December 2009 on airport property - just one minute from the terminals. Great. Terrific. Handy. Easy to find. And, best of all, free. Drivers interviewed among the 80 to 100 cars streaming into the lot Wednesday afternoon were enthusiastic.
BUSINESS
June 23, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. is selling its trio of hotels near Philadelphia International Airport. The complex has the 251-room Sheraton Suites Philadelphia Airport Hotel, the 177-room Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia Airport, and the Aloft Philadelphia Airport with 136 rooms - 564 rooms in all. Simon Turner, president of global development for Starwood, said Friday: "Starwood continues its systematic pursuit of an asset-light strategy...
BUSINESS
June 13, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The city Law Department says the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter does not allow City Council to enforce minimum "living wage" requirements on Philadelphia International Airport subcontractors - only on businesses with direct city contracts. Councilman W. Wilson Goode Jr. said Tuesday he would introduce a charter-change amendment in Council on Thursday to clarify and extend the city's wage and benefits standard to employees of city subcontractors. The provision would enable Council to "require those who contract with the city or are recipients of city financial assistance to pass along the requirements of such an ordinance to subcontractors (at any tier)
NEWS
June 10, 2013 | By Patrick Quinn and Rahim Faiez
ASSOCIATED PRESS KABUL, Afghanistan - At least five heavily armed insurgents were engaged in an hours-long gun battle with security forces on the perimeter of Afghanistan's main airport Monday after they tried to attack NATO's airport headquarters with rocket-propelled grenades, assault rifles, and at least one large bomb, the army and police said. The airport was closed to civilian air traffic because of the attack, an airport official said. It was unclear whether the attack had damaged facilities inside the airport itself.
NEWS
June 5, 2013
About 40 airport workers and members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 32BJ local marched at Philadelphia International Airport Monday, demanding that US Airways, the airport's largest airline, pressure subcontractors to improve wages and working conditions of 1,500 low-wage airport workers, such as skycaps and wheelchair attendants. The march came one day before a Philadelphia City Council committee hearing Tuesday on a two-year lease extension between US Airways and other airlines and the city.
BUSINESS
June 1, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey wants to leverage its expertise from running five New York City-area airports to attract more flights and travelers to Atlantic City International Airport. Under a 15-year agreement, the South Jersey Transportation Authority will pay the Port Authority $500,000 a year to assume control of airport operations, air-service development, and marketing effective July 1. The Port Authority operates New York's John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports, Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, N.Y., and Newark Liberty and Teterboro airports in New Jersey.
NEWS
May 31, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
NOW THOSE were some pumped-up kicks. Customs and Border Protection officers at Philadelphia International Airport were hot on the heels of a Camden woman who allegedly tried to smuggle 4 pounds of cocaine from Jamaica to Philadelphia in her shoes Wednesday. There's no indication whether Iveliza Tuhanna Perez, 25, was flying high on cocaine, but police say the passenger packed three pairs of women's shoes with cocaine hidden in the heels before boarding her flight. Perez made it onto the flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica, with no problem, but after landing in Philadelphia about 4:30 p.m., she was referred to a routine secondary search by Customs and Border Protection officers, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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