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Uber and Wingz can now pick up passengers at John Wayne Airport

Uber and Wingz have begun passenger pickups at John Wayne Airport (SNA) this week. The airport has become one of the first in Southern California to allow ride-share companies to operate alongside taxicabs, shuttle buses and other services.

The airport announced Monday that the companies are the first two to receive specially crafted ground transportation permits approved by the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

Ride-share companies previously were allowed to drop off passengers at John Wayne but not to accommodate pickup requests.

Now other companies may soon follow suit.

Airport spokeswoman Jenny Wedge says via email that the airport reached out to eight companies, including Lyft, to apply for permits.

The popularity of ride services hailed through a smartphone app has prompted airports to rethink their rules and regulations.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), however, hasn't yet allowed companies such as Uber and Lyft to pick up passengers at the airport.

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French Polynesia: Jean-Michel Cousteau to host four Gauguin sailings

Passengers aboard four Paul Gauguin sailings to the South Pacific next year will meet and hear lectures by oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau.

The 76-year-old son of ocean legend Jacques Cousteau will talk about his work with Ocean Futures Society, the organization he founded in 1999.

Like his father, Cousteau has dedicated his life to sharing his love of the sea and educating people about the importance of protecting oceans worldwide.

Cousteau will be on board the 332-guest MS Paul Gauguin on 10-night sailings to the Society Islands & Tuamotus on March 2, June 1 and Sept. 21, all in 2016.

He'll also sail on a 14-night cruise to the Marquesas, Tuamotus

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Festival of Books: Let the pros show you how to find travel deals

Learn how to save money on your next trip with tips from travel guru Johnny Jet and Travelzoo senior travel editor Gabe Saglie on April 18 at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC.

Jen Leo, who writes the weekly WebBuzz column for the Los Angeles Times Travel section, will moderate a "More for Your Money" panel featuring Johnny Jet (a.k.a. John DiScala) and Saglie at 12:15 p.m. at the Travel Smart Stage.

The event is free as part of the Festival of Books, which runs April 18 and 19.

Want some deal-finding tips right now?

--Leo writes about the pros and cons of Tripda, a ride-sharing app for long-distance travel; Tixchart.com, a lowest-airfare finder in the beta phase for carriers in the U.S. Europe and the Pacific; and Gas Guru, which steers you to the cheapest gas stations closest to wherever you are.

-- Travelzoo is a good go-to place to find bargains, but it's also a good website to use to get ideas of places to go. For example, search on Northern California deals and...

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Family-friendly musical to be staged for Easter on Oahu

If you're in Hawaii for Easter, a Waikiki shopping center is offering family-friendly musical theater free of charge.

"Honu by the Sea" is to be staged at the Royal Hawaiian Center along Kalakaua Avenue.

Through original songs written by Hawaiian composer Johnson Enos, the musical shares the story of an underwater community imperiled by pollution.

The main character, a teenage surfer named Kainoa, is granted a wish to spend a day beneath the waves. He meets Honu, a sea turtle, who guides him through an undersea adventure.

Kainoa and the audience members learn how careless humans are unknowingly endangering the fragile ocean environment.

The colorful cast includes a crab named Shaka, an octopus named Hula Hoop and a seahorse called Kapper.

“Honu by the Sea” is scheduled to be performed at the shopping center’s outdoor gathering spot, the Royal Grove, at 2 p.m. Sunday. Seating is limited, so guests are encouraged to arrive early.

Info: (808) 922-2299.

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New York: Cooperstown museum displays notes from Lincoln's autopsy

The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., opens a small exhibition Wednesday (today) that displays handwritten notes made by doctors who performed an autopsy on President Abraham Lincoln.

The documents chronicle the physical damage done by the bullet that killed Lincoln at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865.

To mark the 150th anniversary of his death, the museum also will host a reading of "Our American Cousin," the play Lincoln was watching at Ford's Theater the night he was killed, and re-enact what happened after he was shot.

The event is free and will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 14.

"Autopsy for a Nation: The Death of Abraham Lincoln" runs until Dec. 31. It gives visitors a chance to read handwritten notes made by U.S. Army surgeon Dr. Joseph Janvier Woodward, who, along with Dr. Edward Curtis, performed the autopsy the next day at the White House.

Woodward's notes include a description of the "gunshot wound of the head around which the skull was greatly...

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Travel tip: Why dental floss is a must-pack

Under the list of things that one should take on the road, I always love to include dental floss.

I wish I could say it’s because my dental hygiene is so very important to me that I want to keep my good habits going on the road.

This of course would be a lie. Just ask my dentist.

But dental floss almost always comes in handy.

On a recent road trip to the Phoenix area, for instance, I unexpectedly purchased a sofa console table. It’s not large, but it would not fit in the trunk of the car.

So I flipped it on its top and put it in the back seat. To ensure it didn’t come flying forward in case of a sudden stop, I tied the legs to the headrests in the back using dental floss. (I could probably have used knee-high hose, but I worried they would be too stretchy.)

I also needed to smooth out some wrinkles in a blouse, letting the steam from my shower work its magic. Because I was staying in not-the-Ritz, the hangers were the kinds that you latch onto a metal circle secure on the closet...

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