Obama to bring some Sandy Hook families on AF1
2013-04-08 16:54:10 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is bringing 11 relatives of those killed in the shooting at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School to Washington on Air Force One on Monday so they can personally encourage senators to back gun legislation that faces tough opposition.
Virgin America best US airline performer in 2012
2013-04-08 16:25:54 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. airlines scored their second best performance last year in the more than two decades that researchers have been measuring airline quality, with Virgin America the leader, says an annual report released Monday.
The report ranked the 14 largest U.S. airlin...
Ohio family missing in Everglades after boat trip
2013-04-05 16:56:04 UTC
MIAMI (AP) — Authorities searching for a missing family from Ohio who failed to return from a Florida Everglades airboat trip say they have heard whistles and an air horn.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino said Friday a helicopter is going to the ar...
Arthur Frommer gets Frommer brand back from Google
2013-04-04 17:10:27 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Travel guru Arthur Frommer said Wednesday that he has reacquired rights to his travel guidebook brand from Google, and that he intends to resume publishing Frommer guidebooks.
Google acquired the Frommer brand last summer from the Wiley publishing company, but last mon...
Crews corral cruise ship that tore loose in Ala.
2013-04-04 06:31:21 UTC
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The crippled cruise ship whose sewage-filled breakdown in the Gulf of Mexico subjected thousands to horrendous conditions tore loose Wednesday from the dock where it's being repaired, lumbered downriver and crunched into a cargo ship.
Wind gusts near hurricane stren...
High-profile rapes threaten India tourism business
2013-04-03 14:56:58 UTC
MUMBAI, India (AP) — A fatal gang rape in New Delhi didn't deter Germans Carolina De Paolo and Canan Wahner from traveling to India for a six-week tour. The attack was awful, but there is crime everywhere, they figured, and they'd take precautions.
Then a man sidled up to Wahner on a t...
Samoa airline introduces pay-by-weight pricing
2013-04-03 05:13:27 UTC
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — A tiny Samoa airline is giving passengers a big reason to lose weight: tickets sold not by the seat, but by the kilogram.
Samoa Air planned on Wednesday to start pricing its first international flights based on the weight of its passengers and their bags. D...
Report predicts ever-bigger Lake Erie algae blooms
2013-04-02 05:24:46 UTC
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — It was the largest algae bloom in Lake Erie's recorded history — a scummy, toxic blob that oozed across nearly one-fifth of the lake's surface during the summer and fall of 2011. It sucked oxygen from the water, clogged boat motors and washed ashore in rotting ...
Tourists kidnapped, 1 sexually assaulted in Rio
2013-04-01 18:09:39 UTC
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two foreign tourists were held for hours, brutalized and one of them sexually assaulted aboard a public transport van they boarded in Rio de Janeiro's showcase Copacabana beach neighborhood, police said in a statement.
Two men aged 20 and 22 have been taken into custod...
Abducted Israeli, Norwegian set free in Egypt
2013-03-27 04:44:50 UTC
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — An Israeli and a Norwegian tourist abducted last week by Bedouin gunmen in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula were released early on Tuesday, security officials said.
The tourists were seized last Friday along a main road in Sinai and were held in the peninsula's ...
Teen stabbed in Target store recovering
2013-03-26 23:09:09 UTC
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A 16-year-old girl who was used as a shield and stabbed by a homeless man who fled into a downtown Target store after a fight was visiting Pittsburgh with her family while on spring break from her school in Tennessee, authorities said Tuesday.
Allison Meadows, who at...
Haiti splashes slum with psychedelic colors
2013-03-26 04:49:50 UTC
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — One of Haiti's biggest shantytowns, a vast expanse of grim cinderblock homes on a mountainside in the nation's capital, is getting a psychedelic makeover that aims to be part art and part homage.
Workers this month began painting the concrete facad...
Mom of boy killed by Ala. airport sign unconscious
2013-03-25 17:06:58 UTC
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — As airport officials tried to figure out how a 300-pound arrival-departure panel fell off the wall and onto a family, the mother of a boy who was killed by the sign lay in a hospital with her own injuries, still unaware of what happened.
Skydive instructor, student killed in Fla. jumps
2013-03-24 17:22:11 UTC
ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (AP) — Deputies found the bodies of a skydiving instructor and a student, both from Iceland, after the two didn't return from a weekend jump with a group, setting off an hours-long air and ground search in southwest Florida, authorities said.
The two men had successfull...
Egypt officials negotiating to free 2 tourists
2013-03-23 18:02:38 UTC
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian intelligence officials say they are negotiating with Bedouin gunmen to free two tourists kidnapped along a main road in the south of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.
The intelligence officials said Saturday that a Bedouin kidnapper abducted an Israeli m...
Remade Mideast poses new perils for Obama on trip
2013-03-20 04:38:24 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — On his second trip to the Middle East as U.S. commander in chief, President Barack Obama this week will confront a political and strategic landscape nearly unrecognizable from the one he encountered on his first trip to the region shortly after assuming office i...
Swiss tourist gang-raped in central India
2013-03-17 01:45:59 UTC
NEW DELHI (AP) — A Swiss woman who was on a cycling trip in central India with her husband has been gang-raped by eight men, police said Saturday. The attack comes three months after the fatal gang-rape of a woman aboard a New Delhi bus outraged Indians.
Authorities detained and questi...
Antarctica concerns grow as tourism numbers rise
2013-03-16 06:30:45 UTC
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ROSS ISLAND, Antarctica (AP) — Across most of Earth, a tourist attraction that sees 35,000 visitors a year can safely be labeled sleepy. But when it's Antarctica, every footstep matters.
Tourism is rebounding here five years after the...
Air traffic tower closures will strip safety net
2013-03-15 19:38:44 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — The planned shutdown of nearly 240 air traffic control towers across the country under federal budget cuts will strip away an extra layer of safety during takeoffs and landings, leaving pilots to manage the most critical stages of flight on their own.
Horst Faas dies aged 79 - the images that changed course of history and touched the human heart
2012-05-12 14:54:22 UTC
Horst Faas, a prize-winning combat photographer who carved out new standards for covering war with a camera and became one of the world's legendary photojournalists, has died aged 79.
A native of Germany who joined the US-based news co-operative The Associated Press there in 1956, Faas photo...
Harry Potter's Wizarding World Heads To Japan
2012-05-11 16:04:52 UTC
At the end of last year, it was announced that Universal Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction would be replicated at Universal's Hollywood park. Now the literary wizard are heading much further east -- to Japan.
Harry and gang will make their castle at Universal Studi...
Asia's superrich build their own art museums
2012-05-09 10:15:04 UTC
HONG KONG (AP) -- Over the past two years Wang Wei and her husband Liu Yiqian dropped a reported $317 million on their hobby. Now they need somewhere to display the collection they've amassed. The solution: a private art museum that Wang hopes will impart some class to China's flashy nouveau rich...
2012 London Olympics: 1 Million Tickets To Go On Sale Friday
2012-05-08 17:19:50 UTC
LONDON — Olympic fans who missed out on tickets for the London Games will get another opportunity this week, including a chance of securing high-demand seats for the opening ceremony or 100-meter final.
Olympic organizers said Tuesday they are putting nearly 1 million tickets on sale, with pri...
20 Reasons To Visit Colombia (PHOTOS)
2012-05-06 14:49:20 UTC
Colombia has made all the headlines recently, but, yet again, for all the wrong reasons. And before this bout of bad press, what else do we associate with Colombia, aside from romantic but tourist-laden Cartegena? Perhaps you might say security concerns -- at least that's what you find when you s...
Film Sets As Vacation Rentals (PHOTOS)
2012-05-06 09:50:52 UTC
Want to rent Edward and Bella's honeymoon villa from "Twilight"? What about the insanely beautiful home Ari and Melissa Gold escaped to in the series finale of "Entourage"?
Home, apartment and condo rental site FlipKey.com has created a list of eight properties around the world featured in mov...