News and Deals: December 31, 2012 – End of the line for historic Buenos Aires trains, State Dept. Upgrades Travel Warning To Haiti, Suspected Norovirus Hits 400 on Two Christmas Cruises and New Year’s Travel: Why Smart Tourists Are Headed To Scotland

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End of the line for historic Buenos Aires trains
CNN International

Buenos Aires is putting the brakes on one of its most historic pieces of public transport — the wooden “La Brugeoise” cars of the city subway system’s Line A.

Opened on December 1, 1913, Buenos Airies Metro’s Line A was the first subway line to operate in the southern hemisphere, featuring trains made by Belgian company La Brugeoise et Nicaise et Delcuve between 1912 and 1919.

Today, the trains are among the world’s oldest still in regular commercial service.

But according to various media reports out of Argentina, the graffiti-covered cars will soon be replaced by modern trains as part of a long-planned overhaul.

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State Dept. Upgrades Travel Warning To Haiti
CBS Local

Travelers to Haiti are being warned about robberies and lawlessness in the island nation.

Last Friday, the U.S. State Department upgraded their Haiti travel advisory, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald.

“U.S. citizens have been victims of violent crime, including murder and kidnapping, predominantly in the Port-au-Prince area. No one is safe from kidnapping regardless of occupation, nationality, race, gender or age,” according to a statement on the department’s website.

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Suspected Norovirus Hits 400 on Two Christmas Cruises
Voice of Russia

An outbreak of vomiting and diarrhea has sickened more than 400 vacationers and crew members aboard two Christmas-time cruises in the Caribbean, the CDC said Saturday.

The CDC said it was still conducting lab tests to determine the pathogen, but it indicated it might be Norovirus, which is highly contagious and typically transmitted from person to person.

Both ships, Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and Princess Cruises’ Emerald Princess, reported the outbreak to the Centers for Disease Control, following guidelines that come into play when more than two percent of the passengers and crew are hit.

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New Year’s Travel: Why Smart Tourists Are Headed To Scotland
Huffington Post

Hogmanay, Edinburgh’s New Year’s celebration, may not be the biggest celebration on Earth, the hippest or, for that matter, the warmest, but it is absolutely the most enjoyable. On New Year’s Eve the gothic alleyways of the creaking city fill with revelers dancing to traditional fiddle and bagpipe music and kilted, intoxicated men attempting somber recitations of the poetry of Robert Burns.

Everyone is cursing the English while speaking a local brand of unintelligible English and buying each other orders of Scotch. A friendly chaos reigns and the local police do very little to rein it in.

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