Get An Emergency Passport Within A Day

It is possible to get an emergency passport in 24 hours. Customers who need to get this within 24 hours have two options: Appearing in person at a US Agency …

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First Lady Michelle Obama continues state visit to China

First Lady Michelle Obama continues state visit to China
Note: The post below is part of a series authored by First Lady Michelle Obama to share her visit to China with young people in the U.S. You can read all of the First Lady's posts at March 24 … Our visit began …
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The Madness of Modern-Day Poaching
"Come work for us again, Johnny," said Chai, the slot machines jingling and clattering around them. "No way," said Johnny. "We have lots of business." … Mau stood over her. "I get your first 60,000 rand [about $ 8,700]. After that you can have your …
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China: Plane spots objects in search for Flight 370
(USA TODAY) — China's state news agency reported that a Chinese plane crew spotted some "suspicious objects in the southern Indian Ocean" on Monday while searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The crew of the Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 plane …
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Obtaining A Lost U S Passport Replacement While Traveling Overseas

When traveling abroad in a foreign country, even the simplest tasks can be more complicated. When there is a language barrier, things become even more difficult. You can imagine how a normally difficult task in your home country, such as lost passports replacement, can be a stressful thing to deal with while traveling. In order to make the process run as smoothly as possible, it is best to be prepared ahead of time.

Most people would never leave on a vacation without first packing their bags, making reservations at a hostel or hotel and saving up a little bit of spending money. So why would you leave on vacation without taking all the necessary precautions to deal with a lost passport? A little bit of planning can help tremendously in a complicated situation like applying for a replacement Emergency American Passport in a foreign country.

Before leaving your home country, you should make copies of everything. You should pack your passport, credit cards and ID in a different bag than the copies you made. If your backpack with all of your important documents gets stolen, you will still have the copies to prove to the embassy that you are who you claim to be.

Another thing you should do before leaving on your trip is set money aside for such a situation. Many people have an emergency fund in case of a medical accident or stolen travelers checks. Prepare for a situation where your passport and credit cards are lost or stolen by talking with a friend about the possibility of them lending you money to replace the passport.

If you are already traveling and you notice your passport missing, you should immediately call local authorities to report it. If it was stolen they can begin searching for the person who stole it. Often times you cannot get a new passport until you have officially reported your original one missing.

If you have computer access, you should log onto the American embassy’s website and download a DS-11 form. Fill out the form and bring it with you to the embassy. This form, along with identification and a fee will allow you to get a new passport. Original identification cards such as a driver’s license will work best, but if you only have photocopied versions, bring those.

You will be required to pay a fee for the passport. Without paying this fee you cannot receive the document. If your money was stolen or lost with the passport, you should contact family and friends to see if they can wire you money.

Losing your passport should not mean that you have to miss or delay flights. Furthermore, lost passport replacement can be a speedy process if you are adequately prepared ahead of time to deal with the situation. Expedite the process with Emergency Pass Port services. This way, you’ll get a temporary passport in time to make it onto your flight.

Malaysian Airlines MH370: March 18 as it happened

Malaysian Airlines MH370: March 18 as it happened
Malaysia's top official in charge of the operation said it was vital to reduce the scale of the search and renewed appeals for sensitive military data from its neighbours that Malaysia believes may shed light on where the airliner flew. The U.S. Navy …

Rural post offices must not go the same way as Garda stations
The range of services provided by the post office has grown exponentially in recent years. These have included public sector services like ordering passports or paying speeding fines. Local postmasters are not looking for a subsidy or for the rural …
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UK expats in UAE can apply for passport online
This declaration form must be signed by the applicant, and together with the supporting documents and photos be posted to the HM Passport Office to the address given in the pack. “HM Passport Office will begin processing your application when we …
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Welcoming Phil Jackson to New York – they could do worse
Partly because they're my favourite team in my favourite sport and it's as much an obligation of mine to take in their games as it is to renew my passport every so often. Partly because I develop an itch of sentimentality – from re-watching videos of …
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Wiltshire Council is first to send council tax bills online

Wiltshire Council is first to send council tax bills online
"Dotpost is available on most mobile devices, and will provide secure online access to key documents like for example a stored copy of your passport which you could in an emergency, as well as an increasing number of bills and communications from …
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Private well owners near Line 9 feel like 'second-class citizens'
With six pipelines that run across North Dumfries — three that carry natural gas, two for oil and one for refined products such as jet fuel — plus a rail line, the municipality has long been prepared for an emergency spill from any one of them. "This …
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Snapshots of Malaysia Airlines passengers

Interesting dose of bureaucratic honesty on US passport form.
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Snapshots of Malaysia Airlines passengers
Once a week, he would come see us with the whole family. He really took care of us." Gurusami Subramaniam says he worked 20 … Malaysia's main opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, knows the captain and said "he is against any form of extremism." The …
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US court tells Sonia Gandhi to present copy of passport to support absence claim
New York, United Sikhs (March 21, 2014): A US court has asked India's Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi to provide a copy of her passport to show that she was not in the US between September 2 and September 9 last year. It may be recalled that …
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Expired Coupons – Garbage Or Couponing Gold?

If you are a novice coupon shopper you may think that as soon as your coupons expire they should be thrown straight in the trash. But that is not always the case!

If you can’t find a place to use the coupons yourself or would just like to help out our country’s military families, you should know that commissaries on military bases overseas will honor expired coupons. Usually they will accept coupons up to six months past their expiration date. This can be a great way for military families to really stretch every dollar. There are several groups who gather and mail expired coupons overseas to families there who can use them.

If you are interested in doing this, make sure you sort the coupons into two categories: food and non-food. Clip the coupons out of the inserts. This will not only make it much easier for those receiving the coupons on the other end but also will make shipping less expensive for you. Consider putting the coupons into plastic baggies or rubber-banding them so they stay organized. Flat-rate shipping is a great way to get a lot of coupons to the military families without paying a lot for shipping. Your local post office may want to examine the contents of the package you are mailing overseas, so take the box or envelope to the post office open and then do the final taping there after it has been viewed by a post office employee. You will also be asked to fill out a customs form. This is common for anything that is going to a military base. This can be a great thing to help out the military families, so if your store doesn’t accept expired coupons, consider sending them overseas.

There are also opportunities stateside to use expired coupons. Some stores will accept expired coupons. Finding out if your local stores will accept them is generally as simple as asking at the customer service desk or calling the store and speaking to the manager. It is best to not just try to pass them off to the cashier and hope you don’t get caught. If it is not your store’s policy to accept these, you can get a bad reputation as an unscrupulous coupon shopper.

Frequently companies that issue store coupons (coupons that are only good in their stores) will be more lenient with the expiration date on these types of coupons. Again, it’s good to ask, but the closer to the expiration date, generally the better luck you will have with being able to redeem them. 

Stores that accept expired coupons are often proud of this fact and will prominently display a sign in their window or information on their website letting you know. But if your store doesn’t do this, don’t hesitate to ask and find out what their policy is.

There are lots more tips and tricks to using coupons to maximum benefit. For more information and to sign up for a free mini-course on coupon shopping, please visit