Google to add Galapagos Islands to Street View
2013-05-23 18:11:08 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Few have explored the remote volcanic islands of the Galapagos archipelago, an otherworldly landscape inhabited by the world's largest tortoises and other fantastical creatures that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
Soon it will take only the click of a ...
NPS hantavirus response followed policy
2013-05-21 04:32:35 UTC
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Federal investigators probing the hantavirus outbreak blamed for three deaths at Yosemite National Park recommended on Monday that design changes to tent cabins and other privately run lodging first be reviewed by National Park Service officials.
Sally Ride to get posthumous Medal of Freedom
2013-05-21 04:17:57 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will bestow the Medal of Freedom posthumously on Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space.
Obama says Ride was a role model to young women and showed that achievement has no limits. He says Ride advocated for innovation in science, engine...
Senators require fingerprinting at 30 airports
2013-05-20 18:11:41 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators working on a bipartisan immigration bill have agreed to require fingerprinting when foreigners leave the country through any of the nation's 30 busiest airports.
It's a step toward the more expansive biometric system favored by many senators but deemed too expe...
United to restart 787 flights on Monday
2013-05-20 17:40:56 UTC
United Airlines is getting its 787s back in the air.
The planes are flying again after being grounded for four months because of smoldering batteries on 787s owned by other airlines. The incidents included an emergency landing of one plane, and a fire on another. Federal authorities lift...
Probe begins after Conn. commuter trains crash
2013-05-18 16:42:06 UTC
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Officials are describing a devastating scene of shattered cars and other damage where two trains packed with rush-hour commuters collided in Connecticut. They say it's fortunate no one was killed.
Seventy people were sent to the hospital Friday evening after the c...
Famed 'hatchet hitchhiker' arrested in NJ homicide
2013-05-18 16:20:49 UTC
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A homeless, hatchet-wielding hitchhiker who became an Internet hero earlier this year was arrested Thursday for allegedly beating a New Jersey lawyer to death inside his home.
Caleb "Kai" McGillvary, whose star turn as "Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker" came aft...
Airlines collected record baggage fees in 2012
2013-05-14 17:07:58 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. airlines collected more than $6 billion in baggage and reservation change fees from passengers last year — the highest amount since the fees became common five years ago.
These fees — along with charges for boarding early or picking prime seats — have help...
Refugees face uncertain future as Myanmar opens
2013-05-13 04:55:42 UTC
MAE LA REFUGEE CAMP, Thailand (AP) — Since the day she was born, 20-year-old Naw Lawnadoo has known almost nothing of the world beyond the fence and guard posts that hem her in with 45,000 others — ethnic minorities from Myanmar and those like her who were born and raised in the ...
New suspicious French case of SARS-related virus
2013-05-12 04:33:55 UTC
PARIS (AP) — France's health minister says tests on three suspected cases of a deadly new respiratory virus related to SARS are negative — but a fourth needs complementary tests and a fifth suspected case has been discovered.
Marisol Touraine said test results of the two remaining suspic...
3 suspected cases of SARS-related virus in France
2013-05-12 04:30:52 UTC
PARIS (AP) — French health officials said Friday they are investigating three suspected cases of a deadly new respiratory virus related to SARS, in people who had close contact in the hospital with France's only confirmed case.
Beatrice Degrugillers, a spokeswoman for the regio...
Cars made in Brazil are deadly
2013-05-12 04:22:40 UTC
SAO PAULO (AP) — The cars roll endlessly off the local assembly lines of the industry's biggest automakers, more than 10,000 a day, into the eager hands of Brazil's new middle class. The shiny new Fords, Fiats, and Chevrolets tell the tale of an economy in full bloom that now boasts...
Control towers at 149 small airports to stay open
2013-05-11 17:41:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is keeping open for now the 149 control towers at small airports that were slated to close as the result of governmentwide automatic spending cuts imposed by Congress.
The towers, which are operated by contractors for the FAA ...
Bears, glaciers: Show pits man against Alaska
2013-05-11 17:29:27 UTC
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Dallas Seavey knows what it's like to mush across the wilds of Alaska. Now it remains to be seen how he survives being dropped off in the middle of that wilderness and navigates his way out without the help of a dog team.
Seavey, 26, who became the younge...
Ore. smokejumpers skydive into illegal pot garden
2013-05-11 05:02:01 UTC
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A team of smokejumpers parachuting into a fire in the mountains of Southern Oregon landed in an illegal marijuana garden being prepared for growing season.
The six smokejumpers from a base in Redmond found the site Monday evening, when there was a rash of lightning s...
Icy Arctic rising as economic, security hot spot
2013-05-11 04:35:00 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The icy Arctic is emerging as a global economic hot spot — and one that is becoming a security concern for the U.S. as world powers jockey to tap its vast energy resources and stake out unclaimed territories.
Diplomats from eight Arctic nations, including Secr...
US officials probe Corvette headlamp problem
2013-05-10 17:10:11 UTC
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating complaints that the low-beam headlights can go dark without warning on some Chevrolet Corvettes.
The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers more than 103,000 Corvettes from the 2005 through 2007 mo...
'Ring of fire' eclipse crosses Australia, Pacific
2013-05-10 05:40:34 UTC
SYDNEY (AP) — Skygazers across the Australian Outback were among the lucky few to witness a solar eclipse on Friday as the moon glided between Earth and the sun, blocking everything but a dazzling ring of light.
The celestial spectacle, known as a "ring of fire" eclipse, is th...
2 cruise passengers fall overboard off Australia
2013-05-10 05:22:05 UTC
SYDNEY (AP) — No trace of an Australian couple believed to have fallen off a cruise ship has been found despite an intense, day-long search, officials said Friday.
Paul Rossington, a 30-year-old paramedic, and his 26-year-old girlfriend Kristen Schroder, both from the town of Barraba in ...
Delta will pay a dividend, buy back shares
2013-05-08 16:28:18 UTC
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Delta Air Lines will start paying a quarterly dividend and buy back some of its shares — investor-friendly moves that are common in other industries but rare for airlines.
Delta said on Wednesday that it will pay a quarterly dividend of 6 cents per share st...
GM recalls 38,197 cars for battery control defect
2013-05-07 06:08:01 UTC
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is recalling 38,197 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, Buick LaCrosse and Buick Regal sedans in the U.S. because a defective battery control module could stall the engine or cause a fire.
Vehicles from the 2012 and 2013 model years equipped with GM's eAssist hybrid...
Philippine volcano spews rocks, killing 5 climbers
2013-05-07 05:25:21 UTC
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — One of the Philippines' most active volcanoes spewed huge rocks and ash after daybreak Tuesday, killing at least five climbers and trapping more than a dozen others near the crater in its first eruption in three years, officials said.
Rescue teams and helico...
Utah cabin had uninvited guests _ 60,000 bees
2013-05-06 04:42:36 UTC
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It was the biggest beehive that that Ogden beekeeper Vic Bachman has ever removed — a dozen feet long, packed inside the eaves of a cabin in Ogden Valley.
"We figure we got 15 pounds of bees out of there," said Bachman, who said that converts to about 60,000 honey...
China career boost can come with health risks
2013-04-30 19:09:27 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — Whitney Foard Small loved China and her job as a regional director of communications for a top automaker. But after air pollution led to several stays in hospital and finally a written warning from her doctor telling her she needed to leave, Small packed up and left for Tha...
1 dead after 2 small planes collide near LA
2013-04-30 06:43:55 UTC
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. (AP) — Two small airplanes collided in midair over the Southern California mountains Monday, sending one crashing into a rocky ridge and killing its pilot while the second was able to maneuver a belly-flop landing on a nearby golf course, officials said.