Jet boats provide family fun on Hells Canyon rapids

Special watercraft allow anyone to ride the wild Snake River through North America’s deepest canyon.

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Enchanted Valley in Olympics closed to camping because of bear threat

Olympic National Park has closed the Enchanted Valley area to camping for at least the next month because of a threat from black bears. Visitor reports say bears have approached hikers in Enchanted Valley and have acquired and eaten human food, park officials said in an emailed announcement Friday. “Bears that eat human food come...

Cheaper fuel has airlines soaring to record profits

DALLAS (AP) — For airlines, the record profits keep coming, thanks to cheaper jet fuel. Like motorists, airlines have been saving money at the pump since oil prices began plunging last summer. Even with a recent increase, the spot price of jet fuel is down 40 percent since September. Airlines are getting such a price...

Cruise line to offer free drinks on Miami-based ship

MIAMI (AP) — Norwegian Cruise Line is offering free booze to attract more customers on short cruises out of Miami. The cruise line says it will include wine, beer, spirits and soda up to $11 in the cost of the fare on Norwegian Sky starting in January. The ship sails from Miami on three-and four-day...