Tourism thrives in Malaysia despite airline tragedies

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 an elaborate campaign to market itself...

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Try James Beard semifinalists for great food in Portland

Looking for great food at the latest happening place for your next visit to Portland? If James Beard nominations are a good measure, here's a list of 13 Portland chefs and restaurants who are semifinalists for the 2015 James Beard Awards. This from the folks at Travel Portland: "Hot spots Kachka and Langbaan are vying...

Nepal official says human waste on Everest a major problem

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Human waste left by climbers on Mount Everest has become a problem that is causing pollution and threatening to spread disease on the world's highest peak, the chief of Nepal's mountaineering association said Tuesday. The more than 700 climbers and guides who spend nearly two months on Everest's slopes each climbing...

Italian tourist killed when hit by piece of Alaska glacier

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 28-year-old Italian tourist was killed in Alaska when he was crushed by a chunk of ice that broke from a glacier, authorities said. Alaska State Troopers said Alexander Hellweger, of Sand in Taufers in northern Italy, died Sunday at Lake George Glacier, north of Anchorage. Hellweger was with a group...

Trekker camera goes on a zipline for Amazon jungle images

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For its next technological trick, Google will show you what it's like to zip through trees in the Amazon jungle. The images released Monday are the latest addition to the diverse collection of photos supplementing Google's widely used digital maps. The maps' "Street View" option mostly provides panoramic views of cities...