In today’s globalized world, news doesn’t stop at the border. Every Monday morning, Latitude News brings you stories from around the United States that drive that point home.
- Environmental cleanup crews descended on central Wisconsin after an Enbridge pipeline burst on Friday, spilling around 50,000 gallons of oil. This isn’t the first time Enbridge, a Calgary-based energy company, has had safety issues. Two years ago, another of their pipelines burst in Michigan, sending about 843,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River. (Duluth News Tribune of Minnesota)
- Police in Michigan have ridden Harley-Davidson motorcycles since 1908. But the days of the iconic American motorcycle’s dominance may soon be over in the heart of our nation’s auto industry. The Michigan state police have added nine BMWs to their fleet. The German-made bikes accelerate more quickly and have a higher top speed. (Detroit Free Press of Michigan).
- Brazilians love touring America. Since 2005, the number of tourists from the South American nation to the U.S. has doubled. But it can take around 100 days to get the proper visa, and there are only four American consulates in Brazil, a country that’s larger than the continental U.S. Now diplomats from both nations are working on a deal that would allow Brazilians to visit the U.S. for 90 days without a visa. The tourism industry naturally supports the visa waiver, and no state looks to benefit more than Florida. Last year, 634,000 Brazilians tourists visited Miami, spending $1.345 billion. (Miami Herald of Florida)
- A popular Mexican cafe chain has opened in America, the first of what it says will be many locations. Cafe Punta del Cielo boasts 184 eateries in Mexico, Hong Kong and Madrid. Two weeks ago the company opened up a franchise in San Antonio, Texas. “Downtown San Antonio is always visited by tourists. They can be ambassadors of our concept and our brand,” said the chain’s owner. The city has lobbied hard over the last few years to attract Mexican businesses to its downtown. (San Antonio Express of Texas)
- Forget crucial swing states like Florida or Ohio. The newest hot spot for presidential campaigning is overseas. Both candidates are setting up potentially lucrative fundraisers in foreign countries to woo expatriate Americans. Mitt Romney is currently on an international tour that has taken him to Israel, Poland and London. Meanwhile, Barack Obama has avoided events abroad but surrogates have stumped for him in Shanghai, Paris and London. Next month, George Clooney will headline a $1,000-a-ticket fundraiser for Obama in Geneva. So far, the president has raised almost $600,000 from Americans living overseas. His Republican challenger trails with about $325,000 (Washington Post)