The news that both states have banned the sale of most flavored e-liquids set off alarms in the vaping community, and led to some vaping enthusiasts stocking up on flavors like Dinner Lady Lemon Sherbet, Vapetasia Killer Kustard and Aqua Sweet Cereal Milk.
The motivation for this vape stockpiling is similar to people who load up on weapons following challenges to the Second Amendment, according to a firearms historian CNN spoke with.
Corinne Gaines, 30, of Maryland, decided to stockpile because of her health and President Donald Trump, who has flirted with the idea of banning flavored vaping products. So far, Gaines has dropped $100 on an assortment of fruity flavors like Apple Twist and Amazing Mango. Her collection should last eight months.
“I’ve gotten sinus infections and walking pneumonia from smoking cigarettes. I tried to quit many times using nicotine products such as the patch and gum and was never able to do so until I started vaping. I have never gotten sick from vaping,” Gaines said. “I believe the Trump administration’s ban on flavored e-liquids and cartridges is ridiculous and unnecessary.”
A 7th person has died from vaping-related causes. The CDC is stepping up its probe of e-cigarette illnesses

Gaines was one of a dozen people who shared photos of their hauls on Reddit’s vaping forum over the past two weeks. The photos included one from a 29-year-old Georgia man who has stockpiled 400 milliliters so far thanks to a sale he spotted and another from a Nebraska man who spent $75 on 400 milliliters of nicotine-flavored juice that should last four months.
The cloud of uncertainty surrounding the future of vaping in the US has spurred stockpiling among users afraid of returning to cigarettes. This concern was echoed by Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, a nonprofit advocacy group, who commended nicotine addicts for preparing for the worst.
“It’s a moral imperative to disobey unethical laws and they’re going to fight and not relapse back to smoking,” Conley said. “These are the type of hardcore former smokers who if they can’t access nicotine in a way that they enjoy, they are heavily at risk to going back to smoking.”

The health consequences of vaping remain unclear

While the link between cigarettes and lung cancer has been well documented, information on vaping’s health consequences is nascent. An outbreak of a vaping-related illness in the US has left hundreds sick and some dead.
The CDC says that e-cigarettes should never be used by youth, young adults pregnant women or adults who don’t already use tobacco products. The American Lung Association recently warned that “e-cigarettes are not safe” and can cause irreversible lung damage and disease.
As of September 19, there have been 530 cases of lung injury from vaping reported from 38 states and 1 US territory. Vaping has accounted for seven deaths in six states, according to the CDC. In comparison, cigarette smoking will account for roughly 480,000 deaths this year in the US, the CDC added.
While New York and Michigan hope the ban on certain e-cigarettes will stymie use among children, Mike Helms, a firearms historian, believes these decisions may have unintended consequences. Helms said he suspects that the proposed bans may lead to a rise in a flavored e-liquid black market and accelerate stockpiling. This sort of acceleration has been well documented in the firearms community, Helms said.

The psychology of stockpiling

“Bans often inspire a knee-jerk reaction from the people they affect the most,” Helms said. “I don’t know if the proposed ban on flavored vaping fluid evokes this sort of response. I suspect it does for at least a small number of people. Vaping is not protected in the Bill of Rights, certainly not in the same way that guns are.”
In the 1970s, the movement to ban handguns, and the popularity of the “Dirty Harry” movie franchise, helped boost handgun sales, especially for large-caliber revolvers like the Smith & Wesson used by the “Dirty Harry” characte, Helms said.
In the mid-1980s, the desire to ban Glock pistols was based on the government’s own paranoia that the polymer-based firearms would be “invisible” to X-ray machines at airports, Helms said. This resulted in an unprecedented sales boost for polymer-framed handguns, he said.
The use of an AR-15 during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012, saw the price of the rifle skyrocket, Helms said.
The rate of teen vaping has doubled within two years, new research finds

The rate of teen vaping has doubled within two years, new research finds

Democrat Rep. Tom Suozzi and Republican Rep. Pete King, both of New York, have written federal legislation calling for a federal ban on flavored e-cigarettes and a tax on e-cigarette products equivalent to $3 per pack. The bill, titled the Quell Underage Inhaling of Toxic Substances (QUITS) Act, was introduced Thursday.
“Too often our children and adolescents are being exposed to the dangers of nicotine addiction,” King said in a statement. “It is imperative that Congress explore means to end this epidemic and ensure the well-being of our youth. I am proud to work with Rep. Suozzi in this effort.”
In the latest twist to the wide receiver’s turbulent NFL career, the Patriots released him Friday after a second woman accused him of sexual misconduct. Brown has denied the allegations.
The Patriots signed him September 7 hours after Oakland released him following disagreements with management.
Here are the flurry of messages he tweeted Friday after the Patriots released him.
6:03 p.m.: “Just got fired on Friday.”
4:23 p.m.: “The marathon continues.”
4:22 p.m.: “Thank you.”
4:20 p.m.: “If I’m lying then I’m flying.”
4:14 p.m.: “Thanks for the opportunity appreciate @Patriots.”
4:10 p.m.: “Some people try to destroy you precisely because they recognize your power. Not because they don’t see it, but because they see it and they don’t want it to exist.”
The phrase “the marathon continues” was made popular by rapper Nipsey Hussle, and has become a rallying cry by fans to carry on his legacy after his death.
In response to his release by the Patriots, Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, attorneys for the unnamed accuser, released a statement saying the NFL and the team took their client’s concerns seriously.
They alleged that Brown texted the woman after Sports Illustrated reported her sexual misconduct accusations and his alleged response.
Brown included the woman in a series of group text messages, claiming she was out to get money with her story, they said. In those messages, he asked others to look into the woman’s background and included a photo of her children, Banks wrote in a letter to NFL officials.
Sports Illustrated reported the woman was an artist hired to paint a mural inside Brown’s home. She said the athlete appeared naked behind her on her second day of work, holding a small hand towel over his genitals. Banks said the texts messages came after the publication of Monday’s SI report and her client considered them threats.
Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said it’s unfortunate things didn’t work out with the Patriots.
“But Antonio is healthy and is looking forward to his next opportunity in the NFL. He wants to play the game he loves and he hopes to play for another team soon,” he said.
In a tweet Monday, attorney Darren Heitner denied the artist’s allegations. CNN reached out to Heitner and Rosenhaus about the allegations of threatening texts, but didn’t get a response.
In a federal lawsuit filed last week, another woman who used to train the wide receiver accused Brown of rape. Brown denies the allegations.
An investigation into Brown’s conduct is ongoing and “will be pursued vigorously and expeditiously,” NFL officials said in a statement.
The Victoria Racing Club, which hosts the Melbourne Cup, announced earlier in September that Swift would headline Melbourne Cup Day on November 5. In an online statement Saturday, however, the club stated that “a recent change to Taylor Swift’s Asian promotional tour means she will no longer be able to perform at this year’s Melbourne Cup.”
After Swift’s performance was announced, animal rights group Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses called on Swift to cancel as part of their #NupToTheCup campaign, pointing to the deaths of numerous horses during the race.
Last year, Irish racehorse The Cliffsofmoher was euthanized on the racetrack after fracturing its shoulder, becoming the sixth horse to die at the event since 2013. The death sparked outrage online, and the #NupToTheCup hashtag subsequently on Twitter.
On Facebook, Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses urged Swift to withdraw from the event, citing her well-documented love for cats. “Taylor Swift has put money before compassion by agreeing to perform at the 2019 Melbourne Cup. An event where at least 6 horses have been KILLED over the past 6 years,” the group wrote.
“With such huge success already, she could easily afford to not only say NO, but use the opportunity to help the horses by speaking up against horse cruelty in the racing industry,” the post continued. “If Taylor Swift cares at all about other animals the way she appears to care about cats, she will cancel her show and make a strong statement that animal abuse is unacceptable.”
A petition launched by Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses currently has more than 6,000 signatures, while several social media users, including Australian senator Mehreen Faruqi, called for Swift to pull out on Twitter.
After news of Swift’s withdrawal broke, Faruqi posted, “Good on Taylor swift for pulling out and saying #NupToTheCup.”
CNN has contacted Swift’s representatives for comment.
Now Ukraine has become wrapped in the Trump presidency’s many subplots: the role of Russia and President Vladimir Putin, the legacy of Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, Trump’s reelection outlook and a loose network of advisers not always operating in concert.
The result is renewed focus on a country Trump once sought to tune out but where he now sees a political opportunity. His approach to Ukraine melds political and national security concerns fanned by some of his closest advisers.
What's going on with Trump and Biden and Ukraine

Trump has raised the issue involving the former vice president and his son Hunter Biden repeatedly in private conversations and believes there is a political opportunity in further probing the matter, the people familiar with the matter said.
He’s been urged along by his private attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who told CNN on Thursday evening that he’d pressed Ukrainian officials to investigate Biden and his son. Giuliani has maintained that he has been acting on his own and not at the direction of the President as he meets with Ukrainian officials. But Giuliani is aware that the issue has gotten Trump’s attention, according to the people familiar with the situation. And Trump has raised it multiple times, in person and on the phone.
A source close to the White House who is familiar with Trump’s comments said the President has been seething for months about Ukraine and Biden. The source described Trump as “angry” about what he sees as a liability for the former vice president. The source also said Giuliani has been “egging him on.”
Trump told reporters on Friday that “somebody ought to look into” the Biden matter, and said that “it doesn’t matter what I discussed” during a July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. CNN reported on Friday that in that call, Trump pressed Zelensky to investigate Biden’s son. Trump is due to meet next Wednesday with Zelensky in New York.
Trump was not initially interested in meeting with Zelensky or engaging with him, viewing him as an extension of the country’s previous leader, President Petro Poroshenko. Trump believed Ukraine was a corrupt country that wasn’t committed to reform, according to people familiar with his thinking at the time.
The phone call and meeting come after months of back and forth between Trump and his advisers, who have worked to convince him that engaging the new Ukrainian leader is worth his time and effort for national security reasons.
The country’s attacks on Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, with accusations of him laundering money with offshore accounts, were the ultimate foundation for the President’s beliefs.
Trump also consistently cast Ukraine — a portion of which was annexed by Russia in 2014 — as a messy situation created by his predecessor that he was unenthusiastic about wading into himself.
“He had never been concerned or interested in Ukraine,” one person familiar with Trump’s thinking said.
“Obama lost it,” was Trump’s view, the person said, adding that the President always seemed “more interested in engaging Putin than Zelensky.”
Trump’s ties to Putin have been heavily scrutinized, and he’s been accused of showing deference to the Russian leader. He’s also remained fixated on Obama, frequently seeking to unravel his legacy.
That lack of interest in Ukraine appeared to shift over the summer, when some of Trump’s national security advisers worked to convince him that engaging Ukraine’s new leader would benefit US national security interests. Though Trump continued to remain skeptical, he told his advisers he was open to being convinced of further engagement.
Then-national security adviser John Bolton and other senior Trump administration officials invited Oleksandr Danylyuk, the secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, to Washington for meetings in early July. They went well, and the White House saw it as a “sign of encouragement” to nudge Trump toward working with Ukraine.
The renewed engagement happened to dovetail with Giuliani’s efforts to convince Ukrainian officials to look into Biden and his son — an effort Giuliani spoke about publicly and that quickly caught Trump’s attention. Even before Zelensky took office, Giuliani made known he was looking to set up a meeting to discuss an investigation into Burisma, the natural gas company where Biden’s son Hunter had served on the board of directors.
Giuliani’s meetings occurred over the summer, just as US administration officials were working to spark Trump’s interest in Ukraine. The parallel efforts seemed to be the launchpad for convincing Trump to engage with Ukraine more robustly. Three weeks later, Trump spoke by phone with Zelensky for the first time, in a call that is now under intense scrutiny for its potential role in the whistleblower’s complaint. Later, aides worked to arrange a meeting in Poland, though Trump ultimately did not make the trip because of a hurricane in the United States.
People familiar with the matter said Bolton and the other US officials who met with Danylyuk in early July did not discuss the Biden matter. But the issue was known, and colored the talks.
“That was a bizarre situation, but it all seemed to be dealt with in Giuliani track,” a person familiar with the meetings said. “It was out there, but it was being handled by Giuliani. We did not deal with that because he [Giuliani] was talking about it and saying he was a private citizen.”
At the same time, the administration begin reviewing $250 million in foreign aid to Ukraine, initially placing a hold on the package that angered some in Congress. The issue provided another wedge between Bolton, who was an advocate for the aid, and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, who pushed for the package to be reviewed. The money was released last week.
It’s not known how, if at all, the foreign aid was related to the Biden matter. And a person familiar with the situation said Friday that Trump had not discussed the pending aid package during the July 25 call with Zelensky.
But even before this week’s revelations about the intelligence whistleblower, Democrats in Congress had accused the administration of engaging in a quid pro quo with the Ukrainian government.
Through it all, Trump’s interactions and meetings on Ukraine have been treated with special sensitivity within the administration. The State Department never got extensive readouts of his calls. And few people within the administration learned precisely what was discussed.
“There was concern about leaks,” one person said of the tight hold on information.
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill called Dr. Ulrich Klopfer one “of the more notorious abortionists in the history of Indiana.”
The doctor had “a record of deplorable conditions and violations of regulatory controls that are placed on these clinics,” Hill said. “He certainly was problematic in life and as it turns out continues to present problems in his death.”
The thousands of fetal remains found in a doctor's Illinois garage date to 2000, authorities say

The remains found in his home date back to abortions he performed between 2000 and 2002, when he operated clinics in Indiana, authorities said. They were inside small, sealed plastic bags that contained a chemical used to preserve biological material, Will County Sheriff Mike Kelley had said.
Klopfer operated three abortion clinics in South Bend, Indiana, before his license was suspended in 2015.
The state attorney general office’s investigation will try to answer many questions, Hill said on Friday, including whether there were any other licensed professionals who had a hand in the transfer and delivery of these fetal remains across state lines — from Indiana to Illinois, where they were found in the doctor’s garage.
The investigation would also look into the abandoned records, he said.
“Folks who use these clinics have a high degree of expectations of privacy and confidentiality and these records have been abandoned,” Hill said.
Authorities have recovered and secured those records, he added.

‘We are going to bring our babies home’

Many legislators have already begun reaching out to the attorney general’s office, Hill said, to determine if the fetal remains found in the doctor’s home are all connected to Indiana.
Preliminary findings, he said, indicate they are.
“There are a lot of unanswered questions concerning the how, the why, the what,” he said. Hill added authorities were able to identify the location and time the abortions took place from records that were attached to the fetal remains.
He said they’ve began receiving calls from mothers of children who were aborted between 2000 and 2002 who want to inquire about the remains.
Authorities are working on procedures to contact people and address their questions.
Now, Hill says his office is working to help bring the remains back to the state.
“We are going to bring our babies home and make sure that they’re treated with the proper dignity and respect,” he said.

For the royals, though, flying commercial means something rather different than it does for us.

They don’t typically just enjoy the perks offered to first class customers. There’s is a world of exclusive lounges, handpicked cabin crews, private airport entrances and chauffeured cars right up to the steps of the aircraft.

So what can the royal couple expect as they embark on their first royal tour of Africa?

One former member of British Airways cabin crew told CNN that the day they flew Prince Harry several years ago was unlike any other.

“What amazed me was how low key it was,” they said.

“Once we arrived at London Heathrow we were on stand within five minutes of landing, and he was off the plane before we turned the lights up.

“He was in first class on a jumbo [747, where there’s a door at the front of first class in the nose of the plane] so the airbridge was placed at the door nearest him and he was whipped off before the rest of the passengers took their seatbelts off.

“And he’d been brought on board by special services [British Airways’ VIP liaison staff] and arrived in a special car from a separate lounge.

“He sat with his minders in first, while others in his team sat in business class.” The rest of the passengers were none the wiser about their famous fellow traveler, they said.

As for the all-important question, the flight attendant — who asked not to be named — says Harry was “absolutely delightful.”

They fly among us — but you’d never know

That level of privacy — or separation from the great unwashed — is par for the course in the aviation world.

There’s little need to take a private jet with the VIP services offered by both airlines and airports around the world. Celebrities, politicians and royalty can fly commercial without their fellow passengers being aware of their presence.

It tends to happen on long haul flights, says Carolyn Addison, head of product at luxury travel company Black Tomato. Where a private jet within Europe costs around $25,000, flying London to Los Angeles would top $125,000. Few A-listers can stretch to that.

In comparison, a first class ticket on British Airways from London to LA starts at a rather more reasonable £3,121 ($3,900). Tickets to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s next destination, Cape Town, start from £4,064 ($5,071) return.

Secret lounges

The Private Suite LAX

The Private Suite at LAX

Courtesy The Private Suite

Forget business class and even first class lounges. Major airports have private suites for their top tier travelers — and they’re usually drive-in. Those who book them get to skip the lines for check in, security and passport control — all of which is done in the privacy of the suite.

Take Los Angeles International Airport, which, for obvious reasons, has its A-list travel procedure down to a tee.

The Private Suite, which opened in 2017, is an independently owned and operated private terminal, the other side of the runway from the main airport.

Visitors are chauffeured directly to the terminal, have their baggage processed on arrival, and are led to one of 13 individual suites.

Each comes with its own bathroom, entertainment system, and kitchen area with candy dispensers and a fully stocked fridge. Pillows, earplugs and kids’ toys are available to take onto the plane, and there’s a full a la carte menu service.

From there, you go through a private passport control lane and onto the tarmac, where a BMW 7 series deposits you at the foot of your plane, your hand luggage is carried up in front of you, and you board the plane ahead of other passengers.

London Heathrow is equally swanky. Its Heathrow VIP program sees passengers chauffeured to a private entrance of the airport in a BMW 7 series, and whisked through to the Windsor Suites.

Their baggage is checked and they’re given a private suite, complete with a menu developed by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton. A butler and personal shoppers are on hand, and there are also tax refunds for thrifty VIPs.

When it’s time to board, they head through a private security lane and get the BMW to the aircraft steps. They can be on the plane without any paparazzi or cameraphone-wielding passengers being any the wiser.

VIP handlers

american airlines five star service

AA’s Five Star Service program sees clients whisked to the plane in Cadillacs

American Airlines

In fact, at LA, celebrities only need to be papped if they want to, says Janelle Anderson, American Airlines’ VP of global marketing.

“You see the up and coming ones [going] through LA security, but it’s a choice,” she says. “Entertainment industry people use our service to travel without a lot of commotion.”

AA’s Premium Services team coordinate A-listers, politicians and royalty through The Private Suite at LAX, using what it calls its Five Star Service program.

Clients and their management can email, call or text their handlers. “You’d be surprised at how close they can get,” says Anderson. “They get to know some of the celebrities pretty well.”

For real high rollers, in traffic-congested New York and Los Angeles it offers helicopter transfers, allowing customers to get from the city to the lounge or gate in under seven minutes.

AA also offers a scaled-down version of the program. If they’re happy to share the lounge with mere mortals, VIPs can elect to check in at the dedicated first class area — which at London Heathrow is in a separate building from the main AA terminal — and get escorted through security (where they skip the line) to the Flagship Lounge, where there’s a sit-down meal service of locally sourced food.

From there, they’re escorted to the gate, where they can either preboard or go on last, depending on their preference.

“Some go on first and put on a hat and sleeping mask, and some do the opposite,” says Anderson. Either way, “people using the service are generally trying not to be seen.”

It’s not just celebrities who use these services, according to someone who books them.

“You’d be surprised,” says Grant Holmes, who organizes trips for his VIP clientele as MD of A Small World Travel, part of the Virtuoso travel adviser network. “It can be someone wealthy who just doesn’t like airports or crowds, may be mobility impaired, and has the money — so why not do that?

“It can be people who are very well known in the business world who don’t want people pitching to them as they walk to the gate.

“It’s about privacy and ease more than anything. We get you in and out hopefully without anyone seeing you.”

Most of his clients choose to board last and get off first.

If a celebrity is particularly keen on privacy they can book under a pseudonym, he says. Then, at check in, the booking can be switched to their real name. But that’s very unusual.

On board

British Airways First Class

British Airways First Class

Courtesy British Airways

Celebrities love the front row of first class for the privacy it offers — unless there are bathrooms at the front, there’s likely to be no one walking past except for cabin crew.

But if a civilian has already booked that seat, there might be a tussle.

Our former British Airways flight attendant reckons a normal passenger would always be moved to accommodate a politician or royalty. An aviation insider who knows how the royals travel agrees.

And Grant Holmes says that sometimes first class passengers might have their seats switched for landing, so a high profile traveler can be closest to the door, to hop off first.

But Janelle Anderson says that would never happen on American Airlines. “Of course we love our celebs but we really do believe all our customers are equally important,” she says. “If you’ve already picked it, you’d keep it.”

Customers in first and business class are pretty discreet anyway, says Black Tomato’s Carolyn Addison.

“People tend to be very respectful, and the staff are there to check their flight isn’t being interrupted by gawking fellow passengers,” she says. “Plenty of high profile people fly [commercial]. Technically they could buy extra seats to have a buffer around them, but I’ve never heard of anyone doing that.”

Crew are informed about their high-flying passengers during their pre-flight briefing. They might get additional messages about the celebrity in question — for example, if they want to be addressed a certain way (many fly under their real names, which are different from their stage names).

And if they’re high security passengers, the flight manager might tell crew that they’re not allowed in first class unless they’re working the cabin.

Crew are not allowed to ask for selfies or autographs unless the VIP offers — but many do. “The Brad Pitts of the world will come into the galley and have a coffee with you,” says one flight attendant. “It’s the ones trying to prove they’re somebody who can be s—s.”

One aviation insider says that sometimes celebrities book the VIP service in order to be noticed.

“You can have someone like Jonny Lee Miller who travels like anyone else, gets on the plane and is unfailingly polite,” they say. “Or you have others who’ll book special services because they want people to look.

“The question is, are you important or self-important? And if you’re important, is there a security issue around mixing with the public?”

Royal extras

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The atrium to the private suites for the Heathrow VIP program

Heathrow Airport/Richard Boll

The aviation insider — who spoke on condition of anonymity — tells CNN that the treatment the British royal family get depends on “where they fit in the hierarchy.”

The Queen, for example, doesn’t have a passport, so there’s no passport control for her. When traveling through Heathrow, she’ll use a specially dedicated royal lounge.

Senior royals — the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen’s children and their spouses — also get to use the royal lounge, although they do have to go through immigration and security there.

As the next generation, William, Kate, Harry and Meghan don’t qualify for the lounge, and would normally have to use the Windsor Suites alongside other Heathrow VIPs, says the insider.

If they’re traveling on official business, however, they can be “upgraded” — so Harry and Meghan will presumably kick off their Africa visit with a trip to the royal lounge.

They’ll likely get special treatment on board, too. The British Airways staffer who worked a flight with Prince Harry (and has also carried Prince Andrew) says that standards are always upped when the royal family flies on the national carrier.

“They will get perfect aircraft, and cabin crew will have the “i”s dotted and the “t”s crossed when it comes to their uniform. Hats are a must.

“If it’s the Queen, sometimes a special crew who have previously worked with the royal family will be rostered to work.

“Other members of the royal family wouldn’t normally get preferential treatment, but because Meghan and Harry are so high profile at the moment, I think they might.”

One other thing to know about the royals, is that although cabin crew are allowed to speak to them, they’re not allowed to request any money.

So if Harry and Meghan want to buy any duty free, it’ll be up to one of their staff to pony up.

They’re unlikely to have the cabin to themselves, though, according to the aviation insider. “If you take the Cambridges going on vacation to Mustique, they tend to book a few seats in row 1 and 2 for themselves plus their private secretary and one security guard, but the rest of first could be sold to other travelers.”

The same goes for the Sussexes’ flight to Cape Town. But don’t get too excited.

“Yes, you might be in the same the same cabin as Harry and Meghan, but you won’t be sat next to them and you won’t be holding the baby.”

The bottom line

There’s no need to be a celebrity to live this lifestyle — anyone can pay for these services, as long as they’re traveling first or business class. The Heathrow VIP experience costs £3,300 (£2,750 plus tax) for three people. “If you split that between three of you, it becomes £1,000 each,” says Carolyn Addison. “It’s not nothing but it’s not unachievable for a special trip.”

The Private Suite at LAX costs $7,500 for four people ($4,500 annual membership plus $3,000 per visit).

Those prices only cover an arrival or departure, however. If you want the service at both ends, you’ll have to pay both lounges.

American Airlines’ Five Star Service is more affordable. A simple escort service through the airport, including pre-boarding and access to the dedicated Flagship First check in, costs $350 for the first traveler and $100 per additional adult.

The helicopter transfer costs $195 per person for a scheduled flight, or $1,200 to charter the helicopter.

AA also offers a more affordable experience at LAX, where clients arrive, check in and pass security at The Private Suite, but then take a Cadillac to the AA lounge in the terminal, and from there an escort to the gate. This costs $1,200 for two people.

Do celebs get the red carpet treatment for free? Absolutely not. “Normally when they’re famous they don’t mind paying,” says Janelle Anderson. Even Harry and Meghan would have to pay to use the Windsor Suite, says the aviation insider. If they use the royal lounge, however, that could be complimentary.

The police chase began after a driver refused to stop, witnesses told the affiliate.
Captain Vincent “Vinny” Liberto Jr., 58, leaves behind a wife and seven children, many of whom are active law enforcement officers and military members, the Mandeville Police Department said.
“Captain Liberto was a highly decorated and respected law enforcement officer, who was known across the entire county,” the department said.
The other officer was injured and treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound but is expected to survive, Mandeville Police Chief Gerald Sticker said in a Friday press conference. Authorities have not yet released the name of that officer.
“It’s a bad day for the Mandeville Police Department,” Sticker said.
“We have a wife that’s grieving, we have children that are grieving, we have an agency that hasn’t lost a police officer in probably over 50 years that is grieving,” Sticker said.
Two suspects are in custody, Sticker said.
The Louisiana State Police will be conducting an investigation into the shooting, authorities said.
Liberto served in the United States Marine Corps for more than 10 years, police said, and later joined Mandeville Police in 1994.
“He climbed through the ranks and earned multiple prestigious awards during his years of service, including Officer of the Year,” the department said. Captain Liberto was a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and a polygraphist.
The shooting “hit our community so very hard,” said Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere, who called the city “one of the safest places to live.”
“I have received calls, email and texts from all over Mandeville and the state of Louisiana expressing condolences and offers for help,” Villere wrote on Facebook. “We will survive, but we will never forget.”
The governor also sent his condolences.
“Today we mourn the loss of a dedicated public servant who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting the people of Mandeville and the people of Louisiana,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said on Twitter. “Our hearts go out to the officer’s family and friends, the people of Mandeville and the entire law enforcement community.”
He was 91 and died of natural causes Thursday, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation said.
His son, Steven M. Hilton, who serves as chairman of the board at the Hilton Foundation, said the family is mourning the loss of a remarkable man.
“My father was a loving husband to our mother, Marilyn, a wonderful role model to his eight children, a loyal and generous friend, visionary businessman, respected leader and a passionate sportsman. He lived a life of great adventure and exceptional accomplishment.”
His granddaughter, Paris Hilton, said she has always looked up to him.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my grandfather Barron Hilton,” she tweeted. ” He was a legend, a visionary, brilliant, handsome, kind and lived a life full of accomplishment and adventure.”
In 2007, CNN reported that Barron Hilton will pass on the $1.2 billion windfall from the sale of Hilton Hotels Corp. — – not to his famous progeny, but to his family’s philanthropic foundation. His family said he committed 97% of his wealth to the foundation’s humanitarian work.
He was born in Dallas on October 23, 1927. He moved with his father, Conrad N. Hilton, to Los Angeles in 1937 and started off his hospitality career as a teen by parking cars for hotel guests.
Hilton later enlisted in the Navy, where he developed his love for amateur photography and took flying lessons, earning his private pilot’s license and pursuing it as a passion throughout his life.
In a statement, the Chargers NFL team he helped found said it would not be in existence without him.
“Simply put, the modern NFL would not be what it is today without the vision of Barron Hilton,” said Dean Spanos, the team’s controlling owner. “A founding father and charter member of the upstart AFL’s sarcastically self-dubbed ‘Foolish Club,’ Barron was a pioneering leader, risk-taking entrepreneur, prolific philanthropist, devoted family man and, of course, anything but foolish.”
Hilton spent two decades as an entrepreneur before succeeding his father as president of the board of Hilton Hotels Corp. in 1966.
Even after he retired in 1996, he remained chairman of the board as his successor focused on mergers and acquisitions, according to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation website.
While Saudi authorities have pledged that production will soon be back on track and oil prices have fallen, the attack underscored China’s particular vulnerability to disruption in oil supplies.
As the world’s largest crude oil importer, China’s heavy dependence on other countries for energy has influenced much of its foreign policy. Beijing is trying to reduce that dependence, but the needs of its growing economy and a trade war with the United States have put it in an awkward position. It’s buying more Saudi oil than it has done for years.

Less American oil, more Saudi oil

China has traditionally purchased the bulk of its oil from Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. But it has been forced to cut back on at least two of those sources.
Chinese imports of US oil plunged 76% in the first half of 2019 because of the escalating trade war and the threat of tariffs, according to data from customs authorities. Imports from Iran also dropped sharply due to sanctions re-imposed by the Trump administration on countries buying Iranian crude.
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That gap has largely been closed by Saudi Arabia. The world’s largest oil exporter has become China’s biggest supplier in recent months, increasing its share of Chinese imports from 14% in 2018 to 18% so far this year, and overtaking Russia for the first time in more than five years, according to a report by financial data provider Refinitiv.
Last Saturday’s attack, which knocked out about half of Saudi oil production, left China worried.
“We are very concerned about the attack’s potential impact on the international crude supply and price stability,” Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a press conference on Tuesday.

Not enough reserves

Beijing has repeatedly emphasized the need to diversify its energy sources.
“Our most important task is to ensure energy security,” Zhang Jianhua, director of China’s National Energy Administration, said in a statement posted on the website of the Chinese government last month. “How to ensure national energy security and economic and societal growth is always the No. 1 issue for our energy development,” he said.
In 2018, China imported nearly 70% of its oil, according to a paper released earlier this year by the China Petroleum Enterprise Association. The association expects that figure to rise to 72% in 2019.
As its economy grows, China will need more oil, the paper said. But domestic production has been going backwards and efforts to establish strategic reserves have fallen short of targets.
Last year, China’s crude oil production decreased 1.3% to 189 million metric tons, a third straight year of decline. That’s less than one third of its annual consumption of 648 million tons in 2018.
“China’s crude imports will continue to increase in 2019,” the paper said.
At a press conference on Friday, Zhang from the National Energy Administration said Beijing is trying to reduce China’s dependence on foreign oil. He said the government will increase investments and support exploration to boost domestic oil production.
China’s oil production should increase slightly to reach 191 million tons by the end of 2019 and 200 million tons in 2022, he added.
China doesn’t release data about its oil reserves. But the statistics authority said at the end of 2017 that the country had established nine major oil reserve bases across the country, with a combined capacity of 37.7 million tons. Going by the 2018 consumption figures, that would only satisfy the country’s needs for about three weeks.
In 2008, the Chinese government had set a goal of increasing its oil reserves to around 85 million tons by 2020. That’s almost as much as the United States keeps in its Strategic Petroleum Reserve — the world’s largest backup oil supply.

Weaning itself off foreign oil

The Chinese government has also been trying various means to achieve energy independence.
In its 13th five-year plan, China’s policy blueprint for 2016 to 2020, the government established a goal of becoming at least 80% self sufficient in energy by 2020.
In 2014, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed a New Energy Security Strategy, calling for the country to diversify sources of energy imports, foster cordial relations with major oil and gas producers, boost alternative energy development as well as encouraging technological innovation in nuclear power and electric vehicles.
China's economy is getting worse. That makes a trade deal more likely

China's economy is getting worse. That makes a trade deal more likely

But in an opinion piece published in June, Lin Boqiang, director of the China Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University, said China is finding it hard to cut its reliance on oil because its vast transportation industry accounts for 70% of consumption.
The most effective way for China to boost energy security is to accelerate the development of electric vehicles, high-speed railways, and transit systems that are more efficient, according to Lin.

Higher gas prices

China is already struggling with a slowing economy, a long drawn out trade war with the United States and a pork crisis that has pushed up inflation. Volatility in the global oil industry will only make things worse.
High oil prices could propel inflation further upward and leave policymakers less leeway to reduce the severity of the economic downturn.
On Monday, the People’s Bank of China made a surprise move by keeping a key loan rate steady. Markets previously thought the central bank would reduce the rate given poor economic readings for last month.
Analysts said rising inflationary pressure is limiting the room for the central bank to cut rates. Cutting interest rates stimulates growth, but it also stokes inflation.
China’s consumer price index rose 2.8% in August, driven mainly by a spike in pork prices after a bout of African swine fever wiped out roughly a third of China’s pigs.
China is starting to eat into its emergency reserves of pork

China is starting to eat into its emergency reserves of pork

China has dipped into its national pork reserves to stave off that crisis, but it doesn’t have the same ability with its oil reserves.
And with Chinese consumers already paying more for a variety of goods thanks to higher US tariffs, a jump in the price of gasoline will only add to their woes.
On Wednesday, Chinese regulators raised the retail prices for both gasoline and diesel by 125 yuan ($17.6) per metric ton.
The price increases were due to “recent changes in international oil prices,” according to a statement by the National Development and Reform Commission, the nation’s top economic planner. The commission sets China’s domestic fuel prices by issuing price guidance every few weeks.
Peace Day was established in 1981 by the United Nations and is usually marked with a particular theme. The theme is announced on the 100-day countdown to Peace Day by the UN Secretary-General.
This year’s theme coincides with the massive worldwide climate protests– “Climate Action for Peace.”
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“The global climate emergency is a threat to security and stability. As coastal areas and degraded inland areas are becoming uninhabitable, millions of people are being forced to seek safety and better lives elsewhere,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement announcing the theme. “With extreme weather events and disasters becoming more frequent and severe, disputes over dwindling resources risk fueling climate-related conflict.”
Climate action is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals launched by the UN in 2016. The Sustainable Goals cover a broad range of issues including poverty, hunger, health, and social justice. Climate action specifically refers to immediate action to lower greenhouse emissions, build resilience and improve education on climate change.
The UN is also convening a Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23 to talk about what immediate action can be taken to implement the Paris Agreement, an international pact to fight climate change.
“Today peace faces a new danger: the climate emergency, which threatens our security, our livelihoods and our lives. That is why it is the focus of this year’s International Day of Peace. And it’s why I am convening a Climate Action Summit,” said Guterres.
The UN encourages everyone to get involved by doing simple things such as turning off lights and walking somewhere instead of driving.