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
A Fading Aura For Arizona's Spiritual Tourism Spiritual tourism, an economic staple of northern Arizona, continues to suffer in the wake of a fatal incident at a Sedona-area sweat lodge. In 2009 ... says spiritual tourists don't make travel decisions based on money. As a result, he says, "The leisure ... 02/15/2014 - 8:01 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
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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
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San Juan Capistrano has its swallows, the Central Coast has its elephant seals, and Marysville has tundra swans — an unusual abundance of the graceful white waterfowl drawn to the northern Sacramento Valley’s rice fields and wetlands every fall.
The heart of the festival is a lineup of at least 17 field trips led by wildlife naturalists, but visitors can also take advantage of free workshops, wildlife exhibits, kids’ activities and a wildlife art exhibition.
The Vintner Circle Dinners are among several special events in the festival’s fourth year, which kicks off with a showing of “The Imitation Game,” starring Benedict “Sherlock” Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.
In addition to selling sculpture, pottery, beadwork, basketry, jewelry, textiles and other works of art, the fair will offer dance and music performances, storytellers, art demonstrations, exhibitions and kids’ activities.
Founded in 1935, the Tacoma Art Museum will nearly double its size — and boast one of the top collections of Western American art — when a new gallery devoted to the almost 300 works in the Haub Family Collection opens Nov. 15. www.tacomaartmuseum.org.
Willemstad’s colorful streets host the inaugural KLM Curacao Marathon Nov.
Look to the side of the road in countless countries, and you’ll see disposable plastic dead soldiers everywhere, adding to the litter problem.
Next time, bring along the Hydrapak Stash, a soft TPU-walled bottle with a molded top and bottom that snaps together in a 2-inch-high package for easy storage and transport.
The BPA- and PVC-free bottle packs into a size that barely takes room in your carry-on, and the molded bottom allows it to be set on a table without collapsing.
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Three large cruise ships were already docked in the harbor, bringing some of the astounding 1.2 million annual visitors to the tiny port town.
Nowadays, Skagway hosts a reverse Gold Rush, in which people come to leave their money behind in gift shops, restaurants and tour offices, rather than trying to pull it out of the earth.
Peering out the windows to the streets at the crowds of freshly arrived ship passengers, I could easily imagine the room’s original occupants shouting service offerings to the throngs below.
For the hardy, it’s still possible to buy (or rent) a pack and gear in Skagway, hire a guide and hike for five days on the original trail over the steep Chilkoot Pass into the “howling wilderness” of the Yukon territory, possibly seeing bears, wolves and bald eagles along the way.
 named for its harsh weather, inhospitable marshes and soul-crushing bleakness, the valley lived up to its name during my journey, whipping me with wet sleet and draping me in a soggy blanket of fog amid impenetrable darkness as I slogged forward, hoping I wouldn’t stumble over a cliff.
The day after my run, I was able to retrace my route from the comfort of one of the vintage railcars, enjoying sweeping views of waterfalls, forests, raging rapids and distant glaciers, as well as that accursed road.
Preserved about 30 feet beneath the dry frozen soil were thousands of mammoth tusks, fossilized skulls of saber-toothed tigers and bones of arctic camels, as well as arrowheads and other tools of ancient native cultures.
Especially he loved to run in the dim twilight of the summer midnights, listening to the subdued and sleepy murmurs of the forest, reading signs and sounds as a man may read a book, and seeking for the mysterious something that called — called, waking or sleeping, at all times, for him to come.
 Spring streets, (907) 983-6000, www.westmarkhotels.com/Skagway.php.
Comfortable, updated rooms in a friendly hotel with bar, restaurant and the only wireless Internet in town.
 Steele streets, (867) 667-7554, www.klondikerib.com.
Offers guided five-day hikes along the Chilkoot Trail, the original gold stampeders’ trail over the mountains, with the option of taking the railroad back on the return journey.
Grab nine friends, an RV, maybe some costumes and run 115 miles from Skagway to Whitehorse.
Since 1983, annually in September.
There’s a good chance you have a little brown bottle of hydrogen peroxide in your bathroom right now — but you probably don’t use it for much other than the occasional disinfection of minor cuts and scrapes. Behold all the affordable (and ingenious) uses you've been missing out on.