The Daily Populous

Thursday August 4th, 2022 evening edition

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Travelers could soon have more rights if their flight is canceled or delayed, as the Department of Transportation looks to "strengthen" protections for consumers seeking refunds.

The agency proposed a rule Wednesday that, if enacted, would define the terms of a "significant" change and cancellation for the first time.

Under the rule, the department would outline significant changes as:.

Changes that affect the departure and/or arrival times by three hours or more for a domestic flight or six hours or more for an international flight.

The move comes amid increased complaints against airlines -- the majority of which concern refunds and flight service, according to data from the agency.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. airlines have issued $21 billion in cash refunds, according to Airlines for America (A4A), the group that lobbies on behalf of all major U.S. airlines.

Cash refunds accounted for 8% of passenger revenues in 2021 and 22.3% of passenger revenues in 2020, versus 4.3% in 2019, A4A said. »

Catholic Exorcists Say They Are Overloaded With 'Possessed' People: Study

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Burnout does not discriminate across professions, according to a new survey of Catholic exorcists who say they feel overworked and under-supported.

Researcher Giuseppe Frau said that some exorcists were seeing 30 to 50 cases a day, according to The Times of London.

Exorcists told researchers that they experienced little support from bishops while attempting to free Catholics from professed demonic possession. »

Florida woman arrested for driving golf cart on highway while drunk, police say

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A woman with an open bottle of Jack Daniel’s whiskey in a bag was arrested for driving a golf cart on Florida’s busiest interstate while drunk, according to an arrest report.

According to a Florida highway patrol report, a semi-truck driver spotted the woman driving in the golf cart in the center lane of Interstate 95 in Brevard county, which is the heart of Florida’s Space Coast.

Interstate 95, which stretches up and down the east coast, is Florida’s busiest interstate highway, according to the Federal Highway Administration. »

‘Never seen it this bad’: America faces catastrophic teacher shortage

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Choose your plan ArrowRight The teacher shortage in America has hit crisis levels — and school officials everywhere are scrambling to ensure that, as students return to classrooms, someone will be there to educate them.

“I have never seen it this bad,” Dan Domenech, executive director of the School Superintendents Association, said of the teacher shortage.

correction A previous version of this article incorrectly identified the Tucson Unified School District as the Tucson Independent School District. »