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 Both the Times and Fox News articles about the sweat lodge deaths seem to have the same details: Sixty-plus people squeezed into a sweat lodge for 2 hours, part of a $9,000-per-head weekend spiritual retreat. Two were taken out, with neither breath nor ... 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
Vortexes / Tours We are honored to be your spiritual guides during your time of personal development & life transitions. Trust in us during your Sedona visit: We look forward to ... 03/8/2014 - 1:27 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 ... 03/8/2014 - 11:11 am | View Website
Sweat Lodge Deaths At "Spa" Near Sedona Spas are all about wellness, but lately they've been on a bad run. On Thursday, Oct. 9, two people died and 19 more had to be treated after two hours in an 03/8/2014 - 8:40 am | View Website
Firekeeper Firekeeper or flametender describes a specific ceremonial role, common in the religious practices of a variety of cultures. A firekeeper or flametender tends the ... 03/8/2014 - 7:00 am | View Website
Mi'kmaq Association for Cultural Studies Spirituality The spirituality of a people cannot be described on its own. It’s part of what makes up their culture—something that defi nes who they are. 03/7/2014 - 9:42 pm | View Website
 my challenge, in this era of package tours and homogenized vacations, was to discover if traveling through the French Alps, on and off the hills, still delivers a distinctive enough experience to merit the long trip, even late in the ski season. A good deal on a weeklong package tour, including hotel, lift tickets, rentals and two meals a day, can be found for under $1,000 - surprisingly reasonable for an area often considered to be solely the domain of lavish jet-setters.
Karma Portable HotspotWhen travelers reach a destination, their first question is not, "Can I drink the water?" but rather, "Where can I connect to Wi-Fi?" The Karma mobile hotspot device gives users high-speed access to a 4G network, with 1GB of data included.
The clever twist is that each time a person joins your open Karma network, you're rewarded with an additional 100MB of data to your plan, a "karmic" reward for sharing your bandwidth (and promoting their product).
The coverage area is currently only domestic metro areas, which overlaps with nearly ubiquitous free Wi-Fi networks.
 due to security paranoia, there's a hesitation for others to join your network and help you accumulate extra data.
Not only can you look up a flight without its number and get instant information about its arrival or departure and gate or terminal status, but you can also set alerts for real-time flight information.
Track the flight's progress on a map or send updates to your phone, e-mail inbox and more.
There's a lot of airline, airport and seat-map info at your fingertips, but it's the flight board and advanced notice of delays and changes that will make this one of your favorite travel apps.
Whether you view them as benevolent protectors meant to aid us ("Danger, Will Robinson!"), mechanical servants created to handle menial tasks (the Jetsons' maid, Rosie), or ultimately our undoing (the maniacal beings who wage war on humankind in "Terminator"), robots are undeniably compelling. Decorated with robots from the private collection of the owners, the bakery walls are an exhibition of robot artwork, soft and spongy robots, comic books about robots, toy robots alongside their original packaging, lunch boxes and more.
Visitors who don't have boats to watch the action up close can take to the Crow's Nest and Johnny's Harborside restaurants and catch the action over dinner or a glass of wine, or just hang out at the harbor.
For cheese lovers, California's Artisan Cheese Festival in Petaluma is the big one - a weekend of farm tours, seminars, cooking demonstrations, expert panel discussions and, naturally, tasting the finest artisan and farmstead cheese.
Saturday's Grand Cheese Tasting is a roaming feast and gastronomic showdown with top local chefs concocting everything from souffles to sandwiches to desserts in a bid for approval from eager tasters.
"An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered."
- G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936), English literary and social critic, from "All Things Considered" (1908)