Traveling the Inside Passage to Alaska

The sea route from Washington along the B.C. coast to Alaska lures kayaks, ferries, cruise ships — and even a stand-up paddleboard in an upcoming race.

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Anniversary of 1st Everest climb marked as industry frets

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Everest Day, marking the conquest of the world's tallest peak 62 years ago, was marked quietly by officials, people in the mountaineering business and a few climbers Friday, little more than a month after an earthquake-triggered avalanche swept the base camp and killed 19 people. The low-key gathering in Kathmandu, the...

Observatory at One World Trade Center opens to public

NEW YORK (AP) — There's a new bird's eye view of New York City. The One World Trade Center observatory has officially opened to the public on Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Visitors will get a view of the city and its surroundings from above 1,250 feet and stretching 50 miles past the Manhattan skyline...

Volcano erupts in southern Japan, spewing ash high into sky

TOKYO (AP) — A volcano erupted in spectacular fashion on a small island in southern Japan on Friday, spewing out rocks and sending black clouds of ash 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) into the sky. Authorities told people on the island to evacuate. One person was reported to have suffered minor burns from falling debris after...

Is demand-pricing coming to Disney theme parks?

Disneyland and other parks could cost more — $115 a day — on high-demand days in summer on holidays, and less for off-peak days. It’s similar to the way airlines set higher fares for busy periods.

Tired feet? Not Her Majesty, despite 8,000 party guests

LONDON — It was a stirring moment Thursday when the military band struck up "God Save the Queen" and Queen Elizabeth II appeared on the garden steps of Buckingham Palace next to her husband, Prince Philip. She didn't wave. A quiet smile carried the day. Then the 89-year-old monarch walked gingerly down the steps and...

Correction: Plane Crash-Drinking story

Authorities say a pilot reeked of alcohol after his plane struck a communications tower on the ground in Central Florida. The pilot's 10-year-old son also was aboard the twin-engine Cessna as it was preparing to fly to Dayton, Ohio.

Uber, Lyft push back against proposed NYC regulations

NEW YORK (AP) — Representatives of Uber and Lyft warned Thursday that a New York City effort to regulate app-based ride-hailing services will stall innovation and threaten competition. The regulations "will be crushing to our thousands of drivers," Michael Allegretti, New York head of public policy for San Francisco-based Uber, said at a public hearing...

US gambling market saturated, yet casinos keep on coming

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The casino market in the northeastern United States is saturated, yet that's not stopping some states from approving gambling legislation and companies from building new gambling halls. That's the consensus of participants at a major casino conference in Atlantic City. Eugene Johnson, of Spectrum Gaming Group, says by the end...