• Affordable ways to enjoy Maui, from beaches to scenic drives

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    KAANAPALI, Hawaii (AP) — The perception of Maui as a destination for the rich is only partially true. Flights and hotels can be pricey. The only down season is for about two weeks at the start of December. But the island has many affordable options for food, lodging and entertainment,...

  • Long and winding road: Driving Maui's famed highway to Hana

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    HANA, Hawaii (AP) — When we moved to Hawaii 10 years ago, my wife Yukako and I set out to drive the road to Hana on the eastern shores of Maui. Highway 360 was known for gorgeous scenery as well as for hairpin switchbacks and a bumpy road. But Yukako turned several shades of green...

  • North Korea lifts Ebola travel restrictions

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — North Korea has lifted severe restrictions on foreign travel it imposed last year to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. The already isolated country virtually closed its borders to foreigners last October, halting all non-essential visas and requiring those...

  • Airlines move to better track planes a year after Flight 370

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — At 656,000 pounds fully loaded and the length of six school buses, the Boeing 777-200ER is hard to miss. Yet nearly one year ago, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished, taking the lives of 239 passengers and crew in one of aviation's greatest mysteries. Live satellite...

  • United Airlines won't accept rechargeable battery shipments

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing safety concerns, United Airlines on Monday became the second major U.S. airline to announce it will no longer accept bulk shipments of rechargeable batteries of the kind that power everything from smartphones to laptops to power tools. Delta Air Lines quiet...

  • Rocky Mountain National Park closes areas to protect raptors

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) — Rocky Mountain National Park has closed several areas to hikers and climbers to protect raptor nesting sites. Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson says wildlife managers decided to temporarily close the areas so the birds of prey can nest...

  • Tourism thrives in Malaysia despite association with tragedy

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two airplane catastrophes put Malaysia on the map in a bad way in 2014. But they didn't hurt the country's tourism, and the higher visibility may even have helped: visitor numbers had their strongest growth in years. For the past decade, Malaysia has run...

  • New and now: Diego Rivera-Frida Kahlo at Detroit art museum

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — He carried a pistol. She carried a flask. So reads an ad for the Detroit Institute of Arts' upcoming exhibition on the year that artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo spent in Detroit in the 1930s. "Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit" opens March 15 and runs...

  • Appeals court upholds protection for threatened seabird

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit by the timber industry seeking to strip Endangered Species Act protection from a threatened seabird that nests in old-growth forests. Environmentalists say the ruling Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals in...

  • Correction: Volcano Scientist story

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    HAWAII NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii (AP) — In a story Feb. 26 about the scientist-in-charge of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory stepping aside, The Associated Press reported erroneously how long he has been in office. It is more than 10 years not more than 11 years. A corrected version of...

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