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Fares would

only seem lower

Legislation that would let airlines advertise airfares without adding in fees and taxes has the support of — you guessed it — the nation’s airline industry.

The bill introduced March 6 by Reps. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., would negate a rule adopted in 2011 by the U.S. Department of Transportation that now requires airlines to advertise the full cost of tickets, including fees and taxes.

The Transportation Department has already fined the nation’s airlines thousands of dollars over the last three years for violating the “full-fare” advertising rule.

Under the new bill, dubbed the Transparent Airfares Act, airlines can advertise the base fare, with extra fees and taxes listed separately on the same print ad or with a link or pop-up window on websites.

Airlines for America, the trade group for U.S. airlines, said last week that the current federal rule is unfair because it masks how much government fees raise airfares.

“It’s a misnomer to characterize the current law as a consumer protection rule when it really protects the government, not airline passengers,” said Nicholas E. Calio, president and chief executive of the group.

Airlines

New service

Copa Airlines said it will begin nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International and Panama City, Panama beginning July 11. The flights will operate four days a week.

Copa flies out of three other Florida airports, including Miami, but this will be its first service out of Fort Lauderdale.

New York

Hip-hop pioneers planning a museum

The pioneers of hip-hop are hoping to create a museum in the Bronx dedicated to the genre. Organizers say it would be called the Universal Hip Hop Museum.

Afrika Bambaataa says the museum would look at the historical and cultural roots of hip-hop and the contributions made by break dancers and disc jockeys.

Bambaataa is frequently called the father of hip-hop. He would serve as the museum’s chairman.

The museum hopes to open in 2017 inside the Kingsbridge Armory, which is being redeveloped into a national ice sports center. The plan was announced on Wednesday.

New Mexico

This tour’s the bomb

The Los Alamos Historical Society is sponsoring a tour of the site of the first man-made nuclear explosion. The group is selling $150 tickets for an April 5 visit to the Trinity site in southern New Mexico. As part of the tour, visitors will see a restored house where the nuclear core was assembled and visit the spot where the bomb was detonated.

The Manhattan Project exploded an atomic bomb around 30 miles southeast of Socorro, N.M., on July 16, 1945. Research around the bomb took place under top secret at Los Alamos, then an unknown town in northern New Mexico.

The U.S later dropped similar bombs over Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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