June 1, 2013 |
PHOENIX - The weeklong detention of an American woman after Mexican authorities said they found 12 pounds of marijuana under her bus seat illustrates just one of the perils Americans face while traveling in Mexico. Yanira Maldonado, 42, walked out of a prison on the outskirts of Nogales, Mexico, and into her husband's arms late Thursday after a judge dismissed drug-smuggling charges against her. The judge determined Maldonado was no longer a suspect after viewing video that showed the couple climbing onto the bus with just a purse, blankets, and bottles of water.
May 18, 2013 |
Attention, bargain-hunters around the world: Japanese goods - from cars to televisions - are going on sale. Credit Japan's drive to pump cash into its economy to stimulate growth. The extra money flooding its financial system is helping shrink the value of the yen. A dollar now buys about 100 yen compared with fewer than 80 last fall. When the yen's value falls, many Japanese goods become less expensive worldwide. By contrast, goods made in Europe, Asia, and the United States become pricier compared with Japanese products.
April 30, 2013 |
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - A powerful blast believed to be a gas explosion ripped open an office building in the center of Prague on Monday, injuring at least 35 people and sending shock waves through the Old Town tourist district. The blast shattered windows in the scenic area of charming streets and postcard-pretty buildings, sending glass flying. Authorities closed a wide area around the site, and some tourists were stranded on street corners with baggage-loaded trolleys, unable to get into their hotels.
April 18, 2013 |
The stone walls of the house Thomas Rutter built in Berks County have remained sturdy over centuries - from the colonial period and American Revolution to the Civil War and on to the present. Within them, Rutter and his descendants were first to plot the course, in the early 1700s, of the iron industry in Pennsylvania, and later supplied munitions to George Washington's Continental Army. At the Pine Forge Mansion, overlooking the Manatawney Creek, the Rutters spoke out against slavery and turned their home into a stop on the Underground Railroad network that helped thousands of African Americans find freedom.
April 15, 2013 |
On Boston's Beacon Hill, a bright-red door, illuminated by a hanging lantern and framed by a brick archway, struck me as beautiful. So I pointed my camera and shot picture after picture until the door swung open, and a barefoot guy emerged, his hair a little tousled, his white T-shirt wrinkled from sleep. He didn't look up at the group of camera-wielding tourists standing feet away from him on the sidewalk. He simply bent over, plucked the newspaper from his stoop, and retreated quickly back into the house.
April 2, 2013 |
RIO DE JANEIRO - Two foreign tourists were held for hours, brutalized, and one of them sexually assaulted aboard a public transport van they boarded in Rio de Janeiro's showcase Copacabana beach neighborhood, police said in a statement. Two men, ages 20 and 22, have been taken into custody and a third is being sought in connection with the incident, which saw the two foreigners held for around six hours starting shortly after midnight Saturday, police said. The statement said the men forced other passengers to get out of the van and then sexually assaulted the female tourist inside the vehicle, which was one of a fleet of vans that serve bus routes and seat about a dozen people.
March 25, 2013 |
PETRA, Jordan - President Obama set aside the Middle East's tricky politics Saturday to marvel at the beauty of one of the region's most stunning sites, the fabled ancient city of Petra. "This is pretty spectacular," he said, craning his neck to gaze up at the rock faces after emerging from a narrow pathway into a sun-splashed plaza in front of the grand Treasury. The soaring facade is considered the masterpiece of the ancient city carved into the rose-red stone by the Nabataeans more than 2,000 years ago. Obama's turn as tourist capped a four-day visit to the Middle East that included stops in Israel and the West Bank, as well Jordan.
March 19, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - Five men have been arrested and have confessed to raping a Swiss woman who was attacked while on a cycling vacation with her husband, police said. Two other suspects are being sought, said D.K. Arya, a senior police officer. The five men arrested in Datia on Sunday are from villages near where the attack occurred Friday night as the couple camped in a forest. The couple told police that the woman had been raped by seven or eight men, but that it was dark and they could not be sure of the exact number, Arya said.
March 18, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - A Swiss woman who was on a cycling trip in central India with her husband has been gang-raped by eight men, police said Saturday. The attack comes three months after the fatal gang-rape of a woman aboard a New Delhi bus outraged Indians. Authorities detained and questioned 13 men in connection with the latest attack, which occurred Friday night as the couple camped out in a forest in Madhya Pradesh state after bicycling from the temple town of Orchha, local police officer R.K. Gurjar said.
February 22, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Bullets were flying from a black Range Rover at a gray Maserati as the vehicles raced toward a red light on the Las Vegas Strip. Beneath the neon lights, police say, the Maserati ran a red light at one of the Strip's busiest intersections and smashed into a taxi that exploded into flames early Thursday, killing the two people inside. Three more cars and a utility truck collided at the crossroads home to Bellagio, Caesars Palace, and Bally's, leaving at least six more people injured as the Range Rover sped off in the predawn darkness.