3 getaways for this weekend, from Ilwaco’s tall ships to B.C. tequila expo

Head for Long Beach Peninsula, Vancouver or Portland if you need a road trip this weekend.

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Singapore Airlines investigates jet that lost power in both engines during flight

SINGAPORE  — Singapore Airlines said Wednesday that it is investigating how one of its jets suffered a loss of power in both of its engines over the weekend and descended 13,000 feet (3,962 meters) before regaining altitude en route from Singapore to Shanghai. The Airbus A330-300 was carrying 182 passengers and 12 crew members when...

BASE jumpers pushed to remote, no-rules sites

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — BASE jumpers, by nature, just want to be free. Their sport is inherently death-defying, growing at the bleeding edge of high-risk extreme sports, and they tend to be hostile to any attempt at containing their passion. In the U.S., their devil-may-care culture has been pushed out of urban areas, national parks...

Falling museum visitor grabs at, smashes ancient Greek vase

ATHENS, Greece  — Greece's culture ministry says a millennia-old pottery vase in a southern museum has been damaged after a visitor who lost her balance tried to hold onto the exhibit and crashed down with it. A ministry statement says the prehistoric, Minoan-era vase, which had been broken in antiquity and restored after excavation, is...

Traveling with your dog will cost you — sometimes hundreds

What started as a basic, one-time pet fee at many hotels has blossomed into a per-night charge and costs that can total hundreds. Some properties offer amenities from patches of grass to chew toys, designer bowls and in-room massages — usually for an additional price — while others simply levy cleaning fees, whether your dog...

Down Under brews up $3 billion coffee scene

Once stereotyped as a nation of meat-pie eaters and Foster’s lager swillers, Australia has developed a vibrant coffee-drinking market that devours more fresh beans per person than any other country.