Four lucky museums are celebrating Tuesday's announcement that they will receive a space shuttle after NASA ends its 30-year-old shuttle program. Nearly two dozen museums had hoped to get one of the famous spaceships.
NASA chief Charles Bolden, a former space shuttle commander himself, made the announcement at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, whose visitor center will be home to space shuttle Atlantis.
Washington, D.C., has joined dozens of other jurisdictions across the country that are suing online travel companies for tens of millions of dollars in what they claim to be unpaid hotel taxes.
The Internet travel industry is growing fast. Expedia, Priceline and Orbitz raked in more than $7 billion last year. Revenue from hotel bookings on Orbitz alone shot up more than 10 percent to about $200 million.
Like millions of Americans, Jerome Hicks, an assistant property manager in Rockville, Md., makes all his hotel and plane reservations on the Internet.