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The Senate is set to pass a bipartisan agreement to put all FAA employees back to work, Air France kept female flight attendants away from Strauss-Kahn, Pisa is ridding the city of distasteful souvenirs, and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
FAA employees go back to work
The 74,000 transportation and construction Federal Aviation Administration employees currently out of work because of the partial shutdown will be receiving their paychecks again soon, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the House and Senate have reached an agreement. The deal, which Reid expects the Senate to pass today, is a temporary solution to reauthorize funding, the Huffington Post reports. It lasts through mid-September, so lawmakers will have to address the issue again when Congress is back in session next month.
Air France only allowed male flight attendants to serve Strauss-Kahn
News has surfaced that Air France staff, accustomed to Dominique Strauss-Kahn “sexually abusing” its female flight attendants, only permitted males to serve him, according to the Daily Mail. French presidential candidate and former IMF chief Strauss-Kahn is accused of sexually assaulting a hotel staff member in New York City. Newspaper Le Parisien broke the story after receiving an anonymous letter from an Air France employee.
Pisa issues fines for raunchy souvenirs
Local authorities in Pisa are targeting vendors that sell offensive interpretations of the famous leaning tower with fines of around 500 euros. Government members in Pisa, Florence, Siena and two other popular Tuscan tourist spots are asking regional authorities for more power and permission to rid their destinations of improper merchandise, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
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“So starting an American football league in India seems like a ridiculous idea. But it's happening. As the Sports Business Journal reported on Thursday, the Elite Football League of India (EFLI) plans to kick off in the fall of 2012.”
– Time magazine reports on India’s new American football league, of which one notable investor is former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka.