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
Meet the Australian couple who gave up their life of comfort to run a spiritual retreat in the Peruvian Amazon, where guests hallucinate after drinking a plant-based potion As hundreds of tourists from around the world travel to the Peruvian ... visit botanical garden and use the centre’s ‘sweat lodge’ inspired sauna. While Peru is a long way from home, Julian and Angela encourage Australians to take control of their ... 01/17/2015 - 10:58 pm | View Link
Best Spiritual Experience: The Sweat Lodge Even just trying to put the sensation of visiting the sweat lodge in Elliðaárdalur down on paper seems an exercise in futility; I don’t think words could ever quite mediate the scale of physical and mental effects experienced during a session. 07/8/2013 - 1:00 pm | View Link
A Fading Aura For Arizona's Spiritual Tourism But Guadreau attributes her struggles to the recession, not to fallout from the sweat lodge incident. Jennifer Wesselhoff, CEO of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce ... says spiritual tourists don't make travel decisions based on money. As a result, he ... 02/15/2011 - 4:10 pm | View Link
A Fading Aura For Arizona's Spiritual Tourism A self-help guru goes on trial this week for manslaughter after three people died during an event he hosted at a sweat lodge near Sedona, Ariz. Following that deadly spiritual retreat, tourists have retreated from the area's mecca of spiritual energy ... 02/15/2011 - 4:04 pm | 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 ... who has written several books on religious and spiritual travel, says spiritual tourists don't make travel decisions based on money. 02/14/2011 - 7:34 pm | View Link
Stay at this Stunning Aboriginal Lodge and Hotel in ... Visit the Skwachàys Healing Lodge for a unique Aboriginal experience. Browse the image gallery to see traditional sweat lodge, artist in residence, and hotel. 01/29/2015 - 7:13 am | View Website
Sweat Lodge The sweat lodge (also called purification ceremony, sweat house, medicine lodge, medicine house, or simply sweat) is a ceremonial sauna and is an important way of ... 01/29/2015 - 2:34 am | View Website
The Death Dealer | The Verge When James Arthur Ray lifted the heavy tarp door and beckoned his devotees into a wood-frame dome, they obeyed. Tall and confident, Ray watched them enter ... 01/28/2015 - 6:56 pm | View Website
How to Stop Drinking In the attempt to stop drinking, strategies will always be better than tactics. Here are 13 strategies on how to overcome alcoholism. 01/28/2015 - 4:18 pm | View Website
Ojibway First Nations Culture , Crafts and Ceremonies Learn about sweat lodges, healing weekends, smudging, medicine wheels and vision quests, golden thread, gowgabgonce, juniper berries and other aboriginal medicinal ... 01/28/2015 - 3:25 am | View Website
Former Gov. John G. Rowland on Friday raised questions about whether his prosecutors systematically denied him evidence he could have used to defend himself last fall from campaign corruption charges and said he intends to seek a new trial.
Just how the suburban town of Woodbridge landed on a top 10 list of priciest zip codes in the U. S. for car insurance — right up there with Detroit, Brooklyn and Philadelphia — is something of a head scratcher.
HARTFORD — Claiming he was afraid that her "soul would never rest," a fire captain destroyed pictures of a young victim of the deadly Hartford circus fire that had hung in the Engine Co. 14 firehouse for more than 25 years.
FALL RIVER, Mass. — When Odin Lloyd was killed, he and Aaron Hernandez were barely more than acquaintances in the beginning stages of friendship, a witness told jurors Friday during the second day of testimony in the former New England Patriots tight end's murder trial.
Nearly 100 miles east of the heart of Orange County lies an expanse of sand, palm trees and windmills. It’s a place where the mayor who once crooned “I Got You Babe” chased off college spring breakers. It’s where movie stars once flocked on