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
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The family-friendly Natural Bridges State Beach is best known for the clouds of migrating monarch butterflies that arrive every winter and take up residence in the park’s eucalyptus grove.
The freestanding arch, once connected to land and strong enough to support the weight of automobiles, now serves as a roosting spot for hundreds of floppy brown pelicans.
Natural Bridges offers a cornucopia of wildlife viewing opportunities, including tide pools at the north end of the beach, sea otters and seals lounging in the waves, and a cormorant rookery on the cliffs near the park’s West Cliff Drive entrance.
The spring migration, which runs through May, features Mexican-born gray whale babies heading north for their first visit to the feeding grounds off Alaskan shores.
Natural Bridges offers picnic tables, barbecue grills, an interpretive center and park store — but no campsites.
Pay to park near the bathrooms and picnic tables, or find a street spot on Swanton Boulevard or near the park’s back entrance on Delaware Avenue and walk in.
The thrill rides at small attractions and county fairs get regular checkups from Florida inspectors. But other entertainment venues — including speedways where inexperienced tourists pay hundreds of dollars to get behind the wheel of a race car — don't get the same scrutiny.