FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2013 file photo, travelers walk under a sign reading "Happy Thanksgiving" at LaGuardia Airport in New York. There will be 12.3 million roundtrip passengers, globally, on U.S. airlines during the 2014 holiday travel period, up 1.5 percent from 2013, according to the industry’s lobbying group, Airlines for America. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

During the long holiday weekend, 46.3 million Americans are expected to go 50 miles or more from home, the highest number since 2007, according to travel agency and car lobbying group AAA. That would be a 4.2 percent increase over last year.

A TSA employee packs away a fake chain saw after a news conference at John. F. Kennedy Airport in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The Transportation Security Administration displayed thousands of items on Tuesday that were confiscated from carry-on bags over three months at New York's Kennedy Airport. As the chaotic holiday travel season approaches, the agency wanted to remind the public what carry-on items were no-no's. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

“Say you’ve got a knife; this is something that you like to carry with you, as this person did,” TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said, holding up the aforementioned knife at a press conference.

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., speaks during a news conference on the roof of the Capitol Building in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, to announce the completion of the scaffolding and the start of the repairs for the Capitol Dome Restoration Project. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The 52 miles of scaffolding pipe and two miles of decking will allow repair crews access to the dome at all levels, from the 36 columns at its base to the Statue of Freedom at its peak.

This artist's rendering by Heatherwick Studio and provided by Risa Heller Communications shows a proposed park and performance space to be known as Pier 55, in the Hudson River on the lower west side of New York. The park, to be largely funded by media mogul Barry Diller and his wife, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, would be built on an undulating platform jutting about 180-feet into the river. (AP Photo/Heatherwick Studio via Risa Heller Communications)

Diller, chairman of the New York-based media company IAC/Inter-ActiveCorp, and von Furstenberg, have agreed to provide over $100 million to build the 2.7-acre park on a West 14th Street pier through a family foundation.

LOS ANGELES | A cruise ship docked in California on Sunday after 172 people on board fell ill with the highly contagious norovirus during a nearly monthlong trip, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Some of the more than 4,100 people aboard the Crown Princess began to show signs of the gastrointestinal sickness a […]

This Nov. 8, 2014 photo shows a type of ice cream served at The Helmand, an Afghan restaurant in Baltimore. The ice cream is flavored with cardamom and served with dates, dried figs and fresh mango. The restaurant is owned by Qayum Karzai, brother of the former president of Afghanistan. (AP Photo/The Helmand)

In fact, on a couple of recent trips here, so many people mentioned The Helmand restaurant’s connection to the former Afghan president that it began to sound like an urban legend.


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