Winter weather adds to woes of US air travelers

CHICAGO - Travelers are suffered through another difficult day Monday as winter's icy grip causes airlines to delay and cancel more flights.

By late afternoon, nearly 1,200 flights in the U.S. had been canceled and 3,000 more had been delayed, according to tracking service FlightAware.com.

Nearly half of the canceled flights are at Chicago's two big airports, O'Hare and Midway, where the forecast called for snow into Monday night.

Through last week, airlines have canceled more than 75,000 domestic flights since Dec. 1, the highest total since the U.S. Department of Transportation started keeping track in the winter of 1987-1988.

Hong Kong Disneyland profiting, expanding

HONG KONG - Turning a page on years of losses, Hong Kong Disneyland said Monday it was profitable for a second straight year and plans to build a third hotel to help cater to rising numbers of visitors.

The theme park in the southern Chinese city more than doubled its profit to $31 million in the year to September.

The park had struggled after opening in 2005, with its poor performance blamed on its small size. But it became profitable in 2012 thanks to new attractions.

The park is building a new attraction based on the "Iron Man" movie franchise, which is wildly popular in mainland China.

University, port team for maritime projects

NEW ORLEANS - The Merritt C. Becker University of New Orleans Transportation Institute and the Port of New Orleans will partner for transportation research and workforce development projects targeting growth of the maritime industry.

Gary Lagrange, president of the state-run port, said the agreement will help promote economic development throughout the maritime community on the lower Mississippi River.

Wire reports