Southwest Life

The Oregon Desert Trail: A journey through the wild, dry side of the state

I felt every drop of sweat make its way down my face, neck and back as I stared down the rattlesnake, its beady eyes locked with mine, daring me to move. At this point, a few miles into my...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Quake from Mount Etna volcano jolts Sicily, sparks panic

ROME – An earthquake triggered by Mount Etna’s eruption jolted eastern Sicily before dawn Wednesday, injuring at least 10 people, damaging churches and houses on the volcano’s slopes and prompting...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Lava, ash spew from new fracture on Italy’s Mount Etna

MILAN – The Mount Etna observatory said lava and ash were spewing from a new fracture on the active Sicilian volcano amid an unusually high level of seismic activity. The Etna observatory said a...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Hertz hopes biometric scan will speed rentals

Biometric screening is expanding to the rental car industry. Hertz is teaming up with Clear, the maker of biometric screening kiosks found at many airports, in an effort to slash the time it takes...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

A direct line to the past: The vintage streetcars of San Francisco

When Rick Laubscher was 6 years old, he rode a streetcar to the circus. The San Francisco native is pretty sure he saw the lions and tigers and all that comes with it, but he wasn’t left with much...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

El Chapo trial becomes New York’s latest tourist attraction

NEW YORK – There was a time, after a spectacular prison escape, when Joaquin Guzman was the most wanted man in the world. The thrill of being able to see the man known as El Chapo up close – and...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Customs officers search more travelers’ devices

NEW YORK – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are searching the electronic devices of travelers more often and did not always follow proper protocol, a new watchdog report has found. The...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

In the Bahamas, Cat Island offers spectacular diving and solitude for miles

Sometimes, a shift in perspective makes all the difference. I am 100 feet deep in a Bahamian sea, finning along a reef wall that plunges like a waterfall of color into the blue depths below....

DATE: Dec. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

In a plot twist, Spirit tops U.S. airlines in on-time arrivals

DALLAS – Spirit Airlines tops the latest ratings for on-time flights, a big turnaround for a discount carrier that consistently ranked as the tardiest airline in America three years ago. Spirit...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Historic 1920s Delta Queen riverboat can cruise again

ST. LOUIS – After a decade in dock, the historic 1920s-era Delta Queen riverboat will cruise again. President Donald Trump signed legislation on Tuesday authorizing the 285-foot-long...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Sierra snowpack well above average after California storms

SAN FRANCISCO – Back-to-back California storms blanket the Sierra Nevada in snow, more than twice the snowpack level compared to this time last year, with winter still nearly two weeks away. At the...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Rising seas threaten historic lighthouses

MAURICE RIVER TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Rising seas and erosion are threatening lighthouses around the U.S. and the world. Volunteers and cash-strapped governments are doing what they can, but the level of...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

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