July 21, 2014
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TSA plane ticket fees are increasing Monday, and those using non-stop flights or connecting flights with long layovers will be hit the hardest.

The current security fee is $2.50 for a non-stop flight or $5 for a connecting flight. The new fee will charge $5.60 for all flights — but if your connection is longer than four hours, that counts as a separate flight. Congress has approved the TSA's increased fees to reduce the deficit, USA Today reports.

"In accordance with federal law, the revenue generated from the security fee will be deposited in the general fund of the Treasury," David Castelveter, a TSA spokesperson, told USA Today. "The revenue is to be used to offset TSA costs for providing civil aviation security services, after stipulated amounts are applied to reduction of the federal deficit."

In December, Congress agreed to raise $12.6 billion to lower the deficit. The TSA hopes the security fee increase will bring in $16.9 billion more than the current security fees. Meghan DeMaria

8:31 a.m. ET

Hold on to your tinfoil hats — Donald Trump just accused Ted Cruz's father of possibly having a hand in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

The comment was made during Trump's phone-in to Fox and Friends on Tuesday, when the Republican frontrunner was asked about Cruz's father, Rafael Cruz, who has been actively imploring evangelical voters to support his son.

"You look at so many of the ministers that are backing me, and they're backing me more so than they're backing Cruz, and I'm winning the evangelical vote. It's disgraceful that his father can go out and do that," Trump ranted.

Then things get weird. Trump goes on to claim that Rafael Cruz is an unidentified man in an August 1963 photograph with JFK-assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, where the pair is seen handing out pro-Castro pamphlets in New Orleans.

However, the theory that the mystery man in the photograph is Rafael Cruz was first floated by the dubious tabloid National Enquirer, and has since been dismissed as "another garbage story in a tabloid full of garbage" by Cruz's campaign. Experts on the JFK assassination also agree there is no evidence at all to corroborate Rafael Cruz's affiliation with Oswald in any way.

Not everyone is convinced, apparently. "Nobody talks about it...What [Rafael Castro] was doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death — before the shooting. It's horrible," Trump said.

Watch below, beginning at 5 minutes in. Jeva Lange

7:53 a.m. ET
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Sen. Ted Cruz's chances of stopping Donald Trump from clinching the Republican presidential nomination appear slimmer than ever in a new national poll by NBC News/Survey Monkey out Tuesday, the day of the fateful Indiana GOP primary. At 56 percent support, Trump more than doubles Cruz's 22 percent, winning what Politico reports is a "new high among Republicans." Ohio Gov. John Kasich lags far behind with 14 percent. Another 7 percent of respondents remain undecided.

Trump's new high marks a six-point jump from his support in last week's NBC News/Survey Monkey poll, in which he broke 50 percent for the first time. Cruz's latest numbers, on the other hand, indicate a continuing decline. Last week, he sat four points higher with 26 percent.

The poll surveyed 14,640 adults between April 25 and May 1. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points. Becca Stanek

7:52 a.m. ET
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The United Arab Emirates has Ferrari World, China lays claim to the Dwarf Empire, and in Argentina you can visit the The Republic of Children. Not to be outdone, Brazil is now planning its own wild and wacky amusement park — and the theme is sex.

The adults-only theme park, ErotikaLand, is planned for the city of Piracicaba, which sits about two hours outside of São Paulo, The New York Times reports. While ErotikaLand won't open until 2018, some have already protested that it is sending the wrong message.

"We cannot be known as the capital of sex," Piracicaba City Council member Matheus Erler said.

Admission will cost $100 and allow access to a "7D" cinema, where the seats vibrate, as well as to a "train of pleasure" with gogo boys and girls, a nudist pool, a "sex playground," bumper cars shaped like genitalia, and a snack bar selling aphrodisiacs. Sex inside the park will not be allowed, however.

"If attendees want to take things to another level, they can go to a nearby motel — which we will operate," the businessman heading the project, Mauro Morata, said.

The park has other perks for the community too, Morata points out. It will bring in 250 new jobs, for starters. It will also teach attendees about healthy, safe sex — employees will promote condom use, and a museum will teach visitors about the history of sexuality.

"This won't be a place for nuns, but it's not like we're trying to recreate Sodom and Gomorrah," Morata said. Jeva Lange

7:27 a.m. ET

Tuesday is primary day in Indiana, and Ted Cruz has thrown everything he has into winning the state and stopping Donald Trump's string of victoires. He has spent days campaigning there — and seen his lead over Trump turn into a 15-point deficit, Stephen Colbert said on Monday's Late Show. "Wow, it's almost as if spending time there campaigning hurt him," Colbert said. "Well, you know what they say about Ted Cruz: To know him is to wish you didn't." He marveled over John Boehner calling Cruz a "miserable son of a bitch" and "Lucifer in the flesh," adding, "And Boehner clearly knows Lucifer, because they go to the same tanning salon."

Colbert ended his survey of Cruz's Hoosier humiliation with a clip of the candidate berating a young boy heckling him, suggesting he be spanked for his bad manners. "You know things aren't looking good for the Cruz campaign when they're trying out a new slogan," Colbert said: "Ted Cruz '16 — He Hits Kids."

You can watch the beginning part of Colbert's "Road to the White House" segment below. It focuses on Trump's foreign policy speech last week, and has a joke aimed squarely at grammar nerds: "Trump is so dedicated to putting America first that he will be president of America, the United States of." Peter Weber

6:47 a.m. ET
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On Tuesday, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that a U.S. serviceman was killed "in the neighborhood of Erbil," the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. "It is a combat death, of course, and a very sad loss," Carter said in Stuttgart, Germany, where he is meeting with NATO allies. U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) also released a brief statement, saying the unidentified "coalition service member was killed in northern Iraq as a result of enemy fire."

A U.S. military official tells The Associated Press that the serviceman was killed by "direct fire" while advising Kurdish Peshmerga troops, after Islamic State fighters broke through the Kurds' forward line. He was two to three miles behind that line, the official tells AP. On Tuesday, CBS News adds, U.S. and coalition aircraft were helping local forces attack ISIS north of Mosul, about 50 miles west of Erbil. Peter Weber

6:16 a.m. ET
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On Tuesday, Indiana votes in the Democratic and Republican primaries, but the main drama is between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. Campaigning in Indianapolis on Monday, Trump said that if he wins, as recent polls suggest he will, Cruz should drop out. "Indiana is very important, because if I win that's the end of it," he said. "It would be over." Cruz, also in Indiana, vowed to stay in the race, but appeared to leave a little wiggle room for an exit. "I am in for the distance, as long as we have a viable path to victory," he told reporters. Indiana has 57 GOP delegates at stake.

Trump has been helped in Indiana by his focus on trade, especially on Carrier moving its Indianapolis air conditioner factory to Mexico; his sports celebrity endorsements; and a growing air of inevitability after having won the last six contests, The Washington Post says. "You cannot underestimate the impact that Trump winning all counties last week in the 'Acela primary' had on Indiana," veteran GOP strategist Scott Reed tells The Post. "A month ago, Cruz was leading Trump by 20 percent in Indiana. Trump's wins, coupled with landing his plane in state, have driven voters into his column."

On the Democratic side, the stakes are seen as lower; neither Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders will be in the Hoosier State on Tuesday. Peter Weber

4:38 a.m. ET

On Monday's Late Show, Stephen Colbert asked his Fox News frenemy Bill O'Reilly what he thought about Tuesday's Indiana primary, and O'Reilly didn't stop talking for the next five minutes. He began by saying that the primaries have been over since Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won their respective New York primaries, and Indiana doesn't really matter. "Feel the Bern all you want, but the Bern's going to be in the refrigerator and Clinton's going to be the nominee," he said. If Trump doesn't win Indiana, it will give Ted Cruz "a little thing to hang on to," O'Reilly added, "but it's still going to be Trump."

Colbert managed to ask O'Reilly if, since he has known Trump for years, he's "comforted" to think Trump will be one of two candidates in the general election. "I'm not arrogant enough to say that this person or that person isn't qualified," O'Reilly said. "The people in the Republican Party want Donald Trump for one reason: They want to blow the whole establishment up. That's why he's gotten where he's gotten." O'Reilly, it seems, shares that view. He said conservatives are upset because they believe progressives — "your crew," he told Colbert — have won the culture war. (The audience cheered). "They don't like what the country is becoming." When Colbert asked for an example, O'Reilly brought up the illegal immigrant who killed a woman in San Francisco.

You can watch below to hear O'Reilly's entire treatise on why Donald Trump is winning, or you can watch to see Colbert defang O'Reilly's bloviating just enough that the audience doesn't boo him until the very end. Either way, it's good television. Peter Weber

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