News Bonanno crime family leader Vincent Asaro is escorted by FBI agents; the Bonanno crime family committed acts of extortion and arson, including the airport heist, a brazen crime made famous by the 1990 film 'Goodfellas'

For more than 35 years the mobsters behind one of the largest cash thefts in US history – a heist so brazen it was used as one of the central themes of the film Goodfellas — seemed to have got clean away.

Ayling declares BA has turned the corner despite 80% profits slump

BRITISH AIRWAYS declared yesterday that it had started to turn the corner despite reporting a drop of more than 80 per cent in profits for the second quarter - traditionally its most profitable period of the year.

Outlook: Ayling fights to pull BA's shares out of tailspin

BRITISH AIRWAYS' share price is suffering from the same problem as its giant ferris wheel on London's South Bank. As Richard Branson pointed out yesterday with characteristic cheak, Bob Ayling just cannot get it up. In the space of the last five months BA's shares have gone into such a tailspin that the chairman of Virgin Atlantic is thinking of resurrecting plans to acquire a minority stake in his arch rival.

US airline staff ran drugs racket

AIRLINE FOOD trays and items of baggage were used to smuggle drugs into the United States through Miami airport, according to police in the city. The drugs ring responsible was allegedly operated by ground crew of American Airlines.

BA to cut seats to US

BRITISH AIRWAYS will an-nounce a 12 per cent cut in the number of seats available on its transatlantic flights over the next three years in a bid to shore up profits and comfort investors.

The Investment Column: John Menzies

JOHN MENZIES has pulled off a textbook lesson in business strategy. Its skills as a retailer were insufficient to see it compete successfully in the high street, so it found new markets for its related abilities in distribution. That market - yet another beneficiary of the outsourcing craze - has better prospects.

Travel: A land fit for giants

Can't face the suffocating crush of New York's museums, but still want to see world-class art? Then head off for the tranquillity of the Appalachians and the Storm King Art Center, where huge sculptures dot the landscape Traveller's Guide

Greeks ask BA to manage Olympic

BRITISH AIRWAYS is to take over the running of the ailing state- owned Greek carrier, Olympic Airways, as a prelude to the privatisation of the business.

Classical: Handel in youth and age



Lufthansa Baroque Festival

MBA: Time to invest in your future

More and more people are choosing to go back to school in order to succeed at work.

Smart Moves: How to learn in a global classroom

Today's Tuesday, this must be Hong Kong. No, not the bemused mutterings of a jet-lagged traveller, but the words of an international executive on a business management course.

Budget airlines face shake-out, says Bishop

THE HEAD of the UK's second-largest scheduled airline yesterday predicted a bloodbath between the low-cost carriers.

Consumer Travel: Flight 2000: ready for take-off?

Most airlines seem confident they can deal with Y2K, but some are taking no chances.

Investment: Menzies profits set to drop

JOHN MENZIES, the news and logistics business, yesterday warned full-year profits would drop in 1999 because of management and systems problems which have hampered its attempt to refocus the company.

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Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

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British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
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Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

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Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
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'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

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