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In brief for May 16, 2007

L.A.'s Morton's to close Legendary restaurant hotspot Morton's, which regularly hosts Hollywood's elite for dinner and is the site of Vanity Fair magazine's star-studded post-Oscar bash, is set to close its doors at the end of the year. British hotelier Nick Jones plans to open a branch of his members-only social club--Soho House--in the space, the L.A. Times reports. Now open in London and New York, Soho House offers areas for dining and special events; the New York branch is also a hotel ...

Airline delays worst in a decade If you feel that your flights have been delayed more often this year, it isn't your imagination. The U.S. Bureau of Transportation said last week that U.S. airlines posted their worst first-quarter performance in 11 years. One in four flights arrived at least 15 minutes late in the first three months of 2007, due largely to bad weather and an overloaded air-traffic control system ...

GOP party no favor to fundraising The annual fundraising gala for the national Republican Party in Washington last week took in only $10.5 milllion, the Associated Press reports, down from $17 million last year. The cocktail party cost $1,500 a ticket, which treated 800 guests at the D.C. Armory to a grazing menu of tenderloin sandwiches, crab cakes, vegetables and hummus.

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