• Newcomer vintners shaking up Chilean wine scene
    2014-02-18 06:29:37 UTC

    MAULE VALLEY, Chile (AP) — Sven Bruchfeld doesn't mind if you don't like his wine, as long as some people love it. He's part of a bold new wave of independent vintners who are challenging Chile's reputation for producing oceans of agreeable but predictable wines. Their quirky, small-batch harvests are capturing the attention...
  • Anti-shark devices popular on Maui after attacks
    2014-01-24 07:10:20 UTC

    KIHEI, Hawaii (AP) — A surge in shark attacks on Maui over the past year, including two fatal ones, hasn't stopped people from surfing and swimming in the warm ocean waters that surround the Hawaii island. But it has spurred sales of devices that claim to keep sharks away by emitting an electric pulse. "They just cannot make thes...
  • Wall of storms threatens to upend holiday travel
    2013-11-27 08:08:55 UTC

    CHICAGO (AP) — A wall of storms packing ice, sleet and rain could upend holiday travel plans as millions of Americans take to the roads, skies and rails Wednesday for Thanksgiving. So far, the deadly storms barreling into the mid-Atlantic and Northeast have not resulted in many flight delays or cancellations, but forecasters were ex...
  • Search on for 2 hikers in Wash. state; 2 safe
    2013-10-02 06:38:56 UTC

    SEATTLE (AP) — Search and rescue officials plan to renew their efforts to locate a man and a woman missing in separate, remote parts of southwest Washington after a helicopter rescued two other hikers from waist-deep snow. Hikers Matt Margiotta and Kyla Arnold were hoisted aboard a Coast Guard helicopter Tuesday evening from the sno...
  • Snake grounds jet with 370 passengers in Sydney
    2013-09-24 19:11:00 UTC

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A tiny Asian snake was found on a Qantas Boeing 747 airliner in Australia, leading to 370 passengers being grounded overnight. Staff found the 20-centimeter (8-inch) Mandarin rat snake in the passenger cabin near the door late Sunday before passengers were due to board the flight bound for Tokyo from Sydne...
  • Is Great Britain really a 'small island'?
    2013-09-16 06:56:36 UTC

    A Russian official referred last week to Great Britain as "a small island to which no-one pays any attention". PM David Cameron responded by challenging anyone to name a country with a "prouder history, with a bigger heart, with a greater resilience". But he conceded that the UK was a "small group of islands". Is it? In fact Britain...
  • Would you board flight 666 to HEL?
    2013-09-14 06:26:44 UTC

    HELSINKI (AP) — Would you board flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th? For superstitious travelers, that might be tempting fate. But Finnair passengers on AY666 to Helsinki — which has the 3 letter designation HEL — don't seem too bothered. Friday's flight is almost full. "It has been quite a joke among the pilots" said veteran Fi...
  • Camping resets internal clock
    2013-08-03 15:45:02 UTC

    A short camping trip could help people rise and shine. After a week living in tents in Colorado’s Rockies, volunteers’ internal clocks shifted about two hours earlier, transforming night owls into early birds, researchers report August 1 in Current Biology. “It’s a clever study, and it makes a dramatic point,” says Katherine Shar...
  • Urban wine renewal in San Francisco
    2013-07-17 12:28:38 UTC

    Mention wine tasting to a San Francisco visitor and bucolic scenes of rolling vine-covered Napa Valley hills swirl like a ruby red in a crystal glass. No doubt the 50-mile journey north of the Golden Gate to the stately chateaux is worth a trip, but thanks to a crop of passionate urban winemakers resuscitating San Francisco’s storied ...
  • Eye to eye with a butterfly in San Francisco
    2013-07-17 12:12:53 UTC

    San Francisco is notorious for its cold summer fog, but at the Conservatory of Flowers ­– the oldest wood and glass conservatory in North America – spring is in perennial swing at the colourful Butterflies and Blooms exhibit. “People love being surrounded by these beauties, and the opportunity to observe them so closely is a unique ex...
  • Sailing fever blows into San Francisco
    2013-07-17 10:46:44 UTC

    Anytime is a good time to be in San Francisco, but for seven weeks beginning 4 July there’s no better place to be than along the city’s stunning waterfront, The Embarcadero. Here, a line-up of concerts, bayside restaurants and the world’s largest pop-up bar herald the arrival of the prestigious Louis Vuitton Cup, a challenger series t...
  • Haiti sees big money reviving flagging tourism
    2013-07-08 06:51:29 UTC

    MONTROUIS, Haiti (AP) — The Club Indigo beach resort north of the Haiti capital was crowded with U.N. peacekeepers, aid workers, diplomats and missionaries on a recent Sunday. But the only real, live tourists seemed to be Anne Fournier and her husband. The young couple from Montreal is a rarity in this afflicted country. Crime, heal...
  • If you're going to San Francisco – stay on a stylish Sausalito houseboat
    2013-06-29 07:20:59 UTC

    London (The Guardian) - On the beautiful houseboats in Sausalito, on San Francisco Bay, the countercultural spirit of 1960s California is alive and well. Joshua Surtees jumps aboard and stays for a couple of nights. Waking up on board the converted 19th-century ferry steamboat Yellow Ferry, I see an immense wooden paddle wheel fill ...
  • Playmate admits helping boyfriend in US illegally
    2013-06-19 05:59:38 UTC

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A former Playboy Playmate has admitted helping her Canadian boyfriend after he illegally entered the United States in northern New York last summer. Syracuse's The Post-Standard newspaper ( says Colleen Shannon pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to a felony charge and faces a senten...
  • Chrysler agrees to recall of Jeeps at risk of fire
    2013-06-19 05:46:46 UTC

    DETROIT (AP) — After initially defying federal regulators, Chrysler abruptly agreed Tuesday to recall some older-model Jeeps with fuel tanks that could rupture and cause fires in rear-end collisions. But the recall, which came in an 11th-hour deal between the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, co...
  • US safety agency investigating Suzuki small SUVs
    2013-06-18 17:38:33 UTC

    DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators said Tuesday that they are investigating problems with air bag sensors in the seats of some small Suzuki SUVs. The probe covers 205,000 vehicles including Grand Vitaras from the 2006 through 2011 model years and SX4s from 2007 through 2011. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration s...
  • Argentine cash controls bring bargains, headaches
    2013-06-18 16:22:28 UTC

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The Brazilian visitors gawk in wonder as they stroll past shop windows along touristy Florida street in the Argentine capital. The jackets, the shoes — they're all so cheap when your purse is stuffed with black-market money. Visitors who turn to the streets rather than the banks to swap their d...
  • Dutch couple kidnapped in Yemen's capital
    2013-06-16 05:02:28 UTC

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say a Dutch couple is believed to have been kidnapped from the capital, Sanaa. The officials say police received a phone call that prompted them check on the couple in their apartment. They broke down the door after no one answered and found only the couple's pet dog. They say t...
  • Shock lingers after Nazi unit leader found in US
    2013-06-16 04:47:46 UTC

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The revelation that a former commander of a Nazi SS-led military unit has lived quietly in Minneapolis for the past six decades came as a shock to those who know 94-year-old Michael Karkoc. World War II survivors in both the U.S. and Europe harshly condemned the news and prosecutors in Poland have said they'll ...
  • US-bound Egypt plane diverted after threat
    2013-06-15 16:38:01 UTC

    CAIRO (AP) — An EgyptAir official says a plane from Cairo bound for New York's John F. Kennedy airport has been forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger discovered a letter onboard threatening to blow up the aircraft. Chairman of EgyptAir Tawfiq Assi says flight 985 had around 300 passengers onboard when it was divert...
  • Seatbelts could have prevented 3 Boston U deaths
    2013-06-12 05:23:45 UTC

    ROTORUA, New Zealand (AP) — Three Boston University students who were killed last year in New Zealand when their minivan rolled might have survived if they were wearing seatbelts, police said Wednesday. Constable Tina Mitchell-Ellis told a coroner's court that the three who died and a fourth who suffered brain trauma in last May's...
  • NSA leaker could be latest to seek help in Iceland
    2013-06-11 04:08:50 UTC

    REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — From seafaring Vikings to digital dissenters, Iceland has always attracted outsiders. This North Atlantic island nation has welcomed eccentric chess master Bobby Fischer, WikiLeaks secret-spiller Julian Assange and the online freedom advocates of the Pirate Party. Could its next guest be Edward Snowde...
  • Obama plays golf before return to DC
    2013-06-10 04:39:44 UTC

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama has squeezed in a morning round on a Southern California golf course. The White House says the president played the nine-hole course at the Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage on Sunday. Obama played the course on Sunday with Mike Ramos and Bobby Titcomb, childhood friends ...
  • New Zealand driver, 105: 'I don't think I'm old'
    2013-06-09 17:55:06 UTC

    NGATAKI, New Zealand (AP) — Bob Edwards was born before the first Model T rolled out of Henry Ford's factory in Detroit. He learned to drive in a French car that had a lever instead of a steering wheel. And he's still on the road, only now in a red four-wheel-drive Mitsubishi. The oldest licensed driver in New Zealand, and one...
  • Ayotte to back immigration overhaul
    2013-06-09 17:41:02 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte on Sunday said she would support the bipartisan immigration overhaul, saying "the broken immigration system we have now is unworthy of a great nation." In a television interview and in a longer statement on her website, the New Hampshire senator became one of the first Republicans...