American gets 15 years of hard labor in North Korea for 'hostile acts' An American tour operator has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea for alleged “hostile acts” against the repressive regime, according to its official state news agency. Kenneth Bae, who is in his mid-40s and lives in Washington state, has been described by friends as a devout Christian who took tourists on trips to North Korea, The Associated Press reported. More
U.S. plans to drop gray wolves from endangered list The planned ruling would eliminate protection for the top predators, but scientists and conservationists say the proposal is flawed. Federal authorities intend to remove endangered species protections for all gray wolves in the Lower 48 states, carving out an a exception for a small pocket of about 75 Mexican wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico, according to a draft document obtained by The Times. More
South Africa: Elephant overturns vehicle South African officials say an elephant has overturned a vehicle carrying two tourists, injuring one of them. A statement from Kruger National Park says the tourists are of "Chinese origin." The statement says an elephant in the park attacked the vehicle on a road at 6:30 a.m. More
Ariz. sheriff releases records from Giffords' shooting The Pima County Sheriff's Office released an estimated 2,700 pages of investigative records Wednesday from a shooting rampage here two years ago — documents that are expected to shed new light on a massacre that left six dead and 14 wounded. More
Spiritual Warrior Death in Sweat Lodge in Sedona, Arizona This past weekend I clicked thru on a link in a tweet from a buddhist poster, and discovered what led to several articles about the sad deaths of two people at the Spiritual Warrior in Sedona, Arizona, led by James Arthur Ray, a self-help author. Both the ... 08/26/2012 - 1:00 pm | View Link
Sri Lanka: visit Kandy and Ella for spiritual experiences A slim film of sweat gathers across my brow as I return to face my tormenter ... accessible only via a steep dirt road. The lodge twinkles and teeters precariously close to the mountain edge; even in the dark, I’m guessing some seriously good views ... 11/20/2011 - 11:00 am | View Link
A Fading Aura For Arizona's Spiritual Tourism In addition to the criminal case against Ray, people who were in the sweat lodge and victims' families have brought ... books on religious and spiritual travel, says spiritual tourists don't make travel decisions based on money. 02/16/2011 - 11:17 am | View Link
James Ray Trial: "Spiritual Warrior's" Attorneys Try to Keep Cult Expert From Testifying at Trial "Spiritual Warrior"/snake-oil salesman James Arthur Ray -- accused of manslaughter in the deaths of three participants in a 2009 sweat-lodge ceremony in Sedona -- doesn't want the jury in his upcoming trial to hear what two experts on cult behavior have ... 01/25/2011 - 11:00 am | View Link
Now, far fewer tourists with spiritual needs Last October, a celebrated New Age practitioner held a sweat lodge ceremony that ran dangerously amok ... New Age practitioners are experiencing to the lack of disposable income tourists have for spiritual needs and not what happened that afternoon. 10/21/2010 - 1:00 pm | View Link
Forget that fresh arugula and grilled chicken salad. This season, ski resorts are letting us indulge with a new slate of warm, hearty comfort foods. They might not be the healthiest thing on the mountain, but after a day of racing down the slopes, they are just what skiers are craving.
A hard wind pelted exposed areas of our faces with tiny pellets of sleet and drove the 16-degree air through any chink in the ski gear covering my 4-year-old son Alex and me. He’d just fallen getting off a ski lift at Utah’s Brighton Ski Resort and I could see the tears welling up through the goggles.