News and Deals: February 19, 2013 – State attorney charges Vision Airlines with grand theft, N. Korea says tourism ‘booming’, Swiss airline targeted in “gigantic” diamond heist and Bold Bunnies Attacking Cars At Denver Airport

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State attorney charges Vision Airlines with grand theft
The Northwest Florida Daily News

State Attorney Bill Eddins has charged Vision Airlines with grand theft for failing to pay more than $100,000 in fees owed to Okaloosa County.

Eddins and Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley announced the charge at a joint press conference Monday.

“We have charged the airline as a corporation,” Eddins said. “We have not charged any individuals that work with the airline. … We have notified the company they have been charged, and they have indicated they contest the charges.”

The unpaid fees stem from passenger facility charges collected by Vision Airlines while operating at Northwest Florida Regional Airport from December 2010 to July 2012. Under federal regulations, airlines are required to collect the fees on a monthly basis for each airline ticket issued.

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N. Korea says tourism ‘booming’
FRANCE 24

Foreign tourism is “booming” in North Korea, state media said Tuesday a week after the country triggered global outrage by conducting its third nuclear test.

The number of foreign visitors to the North has grown steadily since 2000 and witnessed a surge after 2009, especially in the number of European visitors, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

“The global popularity of tourism to (North Korea) is booming,” the agency said, without providing any breakdown on the number of visitors.

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Swiss airline targeted in “gigantic” diamond heist
USA Today

Brussels Airport and a Swiss airline are at the center of a multi-million dollar international diamond heist that’s in the news this morning (Feb. 19).

Police say the theft occurred late Monday at Brussels Airport. According to authorities, a group eight men cut a hole in a perimeter security fence, drove out to the tarmac and removed diamonds worth tens of millions of dollars from the cargo of a Helvetic Airways’ Fokker 100 jet operating for Swiss International Airlines.

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Bold Bunnies Attacking Cars At Denver Airport
Oddnew.org

Bunnies have been wreaking havoc on cars parked at Denver International Airport – eating spark plug cables and other wiring.

The furry creatures have already caused thousands of dollars in damage as wildlife officials work to solve the problem.

“I see at least dozens every morning,” airport shuttle driver Michelle Anderson told KCNC-TV. “They go hide under the cars and the cars are warm.”

A spokesperson from an automotive service centre said the rabbits are chewing on the insulator section of the vehicles’ ignition cables, which can lead to hefty repair bills.

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