Travel

  • Camping resets internal clock
    Camping_resets_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 make...

  • Urban wine renewal in San Francisco
    P019jhck 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 winemaker...

  • Eye to eye with a butterfly in San Francisco
    P01b2my9 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 t...

  • Sailing fever blows into San Francisco
    P01c1wp8 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 ...

  • Haiti sees big money reviving flagging tourism
    0fa9eddbb4c0e916360f6a7067004adf 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 rarit...

  • If you're going to San Francisco – stay on a stylish Sausalito houseboat
    What_to_wear_and_how_to_dress_according_to_your_body_type_-_style_guides 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 ...

  • Playmate admits helping boyfriend in US illegally
    Colleen_shannon_lebanon_008 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 (http://bit.ly/16esc3V) says Colleen Shannon pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesd...

  • Chrysler agrees to recall of Jeeps at risk of fire
    8a35fad766cc1414350f6a7067006e0c 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 H...

  • US safety agency investigating Suzuki small SUVs
    1371562049000-xxx-suzuki-grand-vitaratdl008-1306180928_x-large 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...

  • Argentine cash controls bring bargains, headaches
    Migraine_is_often_misunderstood_by_those_who_do_not_suffer_symptoms 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 stree...

  • Dutch couple kidnapped in Yemen's capital
    Rt-20130615-152949 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 ...

  • Shock lingers after Nazi unit leader found in US
    5b0244acec7dba13340f6a706700b33d 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 ...

  • US-bound Egypt plane diverted after threat
    _67798419_plane 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 3...

  • Seatbelts could have prevented 3 Boston U deaths
    Istock_000016720495xsmall 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...

  • NSA leaker could be latest to seek help in Iceland
    Article-2338917-1a3f1a9e000005dc-843_634x416 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 Part...

  • Obama plays golf before return to DC
    Fcf974ee54554c13340f6a70670085da 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 Ram...

  • New Zealand driver, 105: 'I don't think I'm old'
    Cd0cd446d5b3de12330f6a7067003087 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...

  • Ayotte to back immigration overhaul
    5381d43353594813340f6a70670006ed 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 sen...

  • Man risks his life trying to enter Spain
    26d29fd001f02e47e2a112d4c8ed0b15b33179250af97f1a58aafda6191d589e 2013-06-09 17:16:28 UTC
    MADRID (AP) — Police have arrested a man who secretly clung onto a catamaran ferry in Morocco and traveled to Spain by holding onto the rear of one of its engines. Authorities released dramatic photographs showing the barefoot, shirtless Algerian stowaway partially hidden at the stern of the...

  • Trade winds drop, and Hawaii gets muggy
    0f4df8639aebbc12330f6a70670037e1 2013-06-09 04:36:19 UTC
    HONOLULU (AP) — Part of what makes living in Hawaii so pleasant is the gentle breeze. Arriving from the northeast, it's light enough that it is barely noticeable but strong enough to chase away the humidity. It's a natural draw to the outdoors. It is not uncommon to show up at a house to...

  • Wizz Air jet makes safe emergency landing in Rome
    Wizz_air_pink_skies 2013-06-08 14:57:27 UTC
    ROME (AP) — Officials at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport says a Wizz Air jet has made a safe emergency landing there after reporting a landing gear problem. Wizz Air and airport officials say no injuries were reported, although officials said a few people requested medical checkups after pa...

  • Syria refugees could reach 3.5M this year
    Germany_to_receive__5.6_billion_from_eu_for_taking_1.7m_refugees 2013-06-08 06:00:54 UTC
    BERLIN (AP) — The number of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries could more than double to 3.5 million by the end of the year, the United Nations said Friday as the global body launched its biggest humanitarian appeal ever. The U.N. asked donor countries for $5.2 billion to help alleviat...

  • Sweden's Princess Madeleine to wed New York banker
    Poll-_sweden's_social_democrats__greens_and_left_party_lead_as_election_nears 2013-06-08 05:51:52 UTC
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Three years ago she crossed the Atlantic with a broken heart. Now Sweden's "party princess" returns from New York to Stockholm to tie the knot with her new, British-American love. On Saturday, Princess Madeleine — the Duchess of Halsingland and Gastrikland — will wed N...

  • Chinese taste for baccarat drives Macau boom
    5c543d1513970f13340f6a706700c254 2013-06-07 16:39:16 UTC
    MACAU (AP) — In the nearly three dozen casinos in Macau, the world's biggest gambling market, there's only one game that matters: baccarat. Almost all of Macau's $38 billion in gambling revenue last year — six times more than the Las Vegas Strip — came from card game, much of it from Chi...

  • Lofty art: Painting visible only from Eiffel Tower
    603cd69ff6d50112340f6a7067001299 2013-06-07 04:45:15 UTC
    PARIS (AP) — Art is often seen as lofty — but perhaps none more than a new roof installation in Paris that's only visible from the top of the Eiffel Tower. The work, a huge 700-square-meter (7,500-square-foot) painting of black and white horseshoe shapes, was unveiled Thursday to bird's-...