Is Great Britain really a 'small island'?
2013-09-16 06:56:36 UTC
A Russian official referred last week to Great Britain as "a small island to which no-one pays any attention". PM David Cameron responded by challenging anyone to name a country with a "prouder history, with a bigger heart, with a greater resilien...
Would you board flight 666 to HEL?
2013-09-14 06:26:44 UTC
HELSINKI (AP) — Would you board flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th?
For superstitious travelers, that might be tempting fate. But Finnair passengers on AY666 to Helsinki — which has the 3 letter designation HEL — don't seem too bothered. Frid...
Camping resets internal clock
2013-08-03 15:45:02 UTC
A short camping trip could help people rise and shine.
After a week living in tents in Colorado’s Rockies, volunteers’ internal clocks shifted about two hours earlier, transforming night owls into early birds, researchers report August 1 in Cur...
Urban wine renewal in San Francisco
2013-07-17 12:28:38 UTC
Mention wine tasting to a San Francisco visitor and bucolic scenes of rolling vine-covered Napa Valley hills swirl like a ruby red in a crystal glass.
No doubt the 50-mile journey north of the Golden Gate to the stately chateaux is worth a trip, ...
Eye to eye with a butterfly in San Francisco
2013-07-17 12:12:53 UTC
San Francisco is notorious for its cold summer fog, but at the Conservatory of Flowers – the oldest wood and glass conservatory in North America – spring is in perennial swing at the colourful Butterflies and Blooms exhibit.
“People love being s...
Sailing fever blows into San Francisco
2013-07-17 10:46:44 UTC
Anytime is a good time to be in San Francisco, but for seven weeks beginning 4 July there’s no better place to be than along the city’s stunning waterfront, The Embarcadero.
Here, a line-up of concerts, bayside restaurants and the world’s largest...
Haiti sees big money reviving flagging tourism
2013-07-08 06:51:29 UTC
MONTROUIS, Haiti (AP) — The Club Indigo beach resort north of the Haiti capital was crowded with U.N. peacekeepers, aid workers, diplomats and missionaries on a recent Sunday. But the only real, live tourists seemed to be Anne Fournier and her hus...
If you're going to San Francisco – stay on a stylish Sausalito houseboat
2013-06-29 07:20:59 UTC
London (The Guardian) - On the beautiful houseboats in Sausalito, on San Francisco Bay, the countercultural spirit of 1960s California is alive and well. Joshua Surtees jumps aboard and stays for a couple of nights.
Waking up on board the conve...
Playmate admits helping boyfriend in US illegally
2013-06-19 05:59:38 UTC
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A former Playboy Playmate has admitted helping her Canadian boyfriend after he illegally entered the United States in northern New York last summer.
Syracuse's The Post-Standard newspaper (http://bit.ly/16esc3V) says Col...
Chrysler agrees to recall of Jeeps at risk of fire
2013-06-19 05:46:46 UTC
DETROIT (AP) — After initially defying federal regulators, Chrysler abruptly agreed Tuesday to recall some older-model Jeeps with fuel tanks that could rupture and cause fires in rear-end collisions.
But the recall, which came in an 11th-...
US safety agency investigating Suzuki small SUVs
2013-06-18 17:38:33 UTC
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators said Tuesday that they are investigating problems with air bag sensors in the seats of some small Suzuki SUVs.
The probe covers 205,000 vehicles including Grand Vitaras from the 2006 through 2011 model year...
Argentine cash controls bring bargains, headaches
2013-06-18 16:22:28 UTC
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The Brazilian visitors gawk in wonder as they stroll past shop windows along touristy Florida street in the Argentine capital. The jackets, the shoes — they're all so cheap when your purse is stuffed with bla...
Dutch couple kidnapped in Yemen's capital
2013-06-16 05:02:28 UTC
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say a Dutch couple is believed to have been kidnapped from the capital, Sanaa.
The officials say police received a phone call that prompted them check on the couple in their apartment. They br...
Shock lingers after Nazi unit leader found in US
2013-06-16 04:47:46 UTC
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The revelation that a former commander of a Nazi SS-led military unit has lived quietly in Minneapolis for the past six decades came as a shock to those who know 94-year-old Michael Karkoc. World War II survivors in both t...
US-bound Egypt plane diverted after threat
2013-06-15 16:38:01 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — An EgyptAir official says a plane from Cairo bound for New York's John F. Kennedy airport has been forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger discovered a letter onboard threatening to blow up the aircraft.
Seatbelts could have prevented 3 Boston U deaths
2013-06-12 05:23:45 UTC
ROTORUA, New Zealand (AP) — Three Boston University students who were killed last year in New Zealand when their minivan rolled might have survived if they were wearing seatbelts, police said Wednesday.
Constable Tina Mitchell-Ellis told a co...
NSA leaker could be latest to seek help in Iceland
2013-06-11 04:08:50 UTC
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — From seafaring Vikings to digital dissenters, Iceland has always attracted outsiders.
This North Atlantic island nation has welcomed eccentric chess master Bobby Fischer, WikiLeaks secret-spiller Julian Assange a...
Obama plays golf before return to DC
2013-06-10 04:39:44 UTC
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama has squeezed in a morning round on a Southern California golf course.
The White House says the president played the nine-hole course at the Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage on Sunday.
New Zealand driver, 105: 'I don't think I'm old'
2013-06-09 17:55:06 UTC
NGATAKI, New Zealand (AP) — Bob Edwards was born before the first Model T rolled out of Henry Ford's factory in Detroit. He learned to drive in a French car that had a lever instead of a steering wheel. And he's still on the road, only now i...
Ayotte to back immigration overhaul
2013-06-09 17:41:02 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte on Sunday said she would support the bipartisan immigration overhaul, saying "the broken immigration system we have now is unworthy of a great nation."
In a television interview and in a long...
Man risks his life trying to enter Spain
2013-06-09 17:16:28 UTC
MADRID (AP) — Police have arrested a man who secretly clung onto a catamaran ferry in Morocco and traveled to Spain by holding onto the rear of one of its engines.
Authorities released dramatic photographs showing the barefoot, shirtless Alge...
Trade winds drop, and Hawaii gets muggy
2013-06-09 04:36:19 UTC
HONOLULU (AP) — Part of what makes living in Hawaii so pleasant is the gentle breeze. Arriving from the northeast, it's light enough that it is barely noticeable but strong enough to chase away the humidity.
It's a natural draw to the out...
Wizz Air jet makes safe emergency landing in Rome
2013-06-08 14:57:27 UTC
ROME (AP) — Officials at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport says a Wizz Air jet has made a safe emergency landing there after reporting a landing gear problem.
Wizz Air and airport officials say no injuries were reported, although officials sai...
Syria refugees could reach 3.5M this year
2013-06-08 06:00:54 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — The number of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries could more than double to 3.5 million by the end of the year, the United Nations said Friday as the global body launched its biggest humanitarian appeal ever.
The U.N. asked...
Sweden's Princess Madeleine to wed New York banker
2013-06-08 05:51:52 UTC
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Three years ago she crossed the Atlantic with a broken heart. Now Sweden's "party princess" returns from New York to Stockholm to tie the knot with her new, British-American love.
On Saturday, Princess Madeleine — the D...