36 Hours in Queenstown, New Zealand

The adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown, the South Island’s magnetic mountain resort, thrives on adrenaline. Site of the first commercial bungee-jumping operation — established in 1988 over the Kawarau River — Queenstown is the place to test your courage by jumping off, flying over or skimming above things. During the winter (June through September), visitors flock to four ski …

Delta reduces flights to Korea as virus outbreak spreads

The new virus is taking a broader toll on airline travel By DAVID KOENIG AP Airlines Writer February 26, 2020, 11:28 PM 3 min read Delta Air Lines is reducing flights to South Korea while Hawaiian Airlines will suspend them entirely, as airlines deal with growing concern about the spread of the new virus beyond China. Delta said Wednesday that …

‘Like a Scream of Resistance’: Rio’s Carnival in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

Surfacing Turbocharged creativity and passion were on display in the streets of Rio de Janeiro this month. Rio de Janeiro’s world-renowned Carnival has always had streaks of irreverence and political satire. But with the ascendancy of President Jair Bolsonaro, many revelers have come to see the celebration as an act of resistance. Bolsonaro, who came to power as a far-right …

Stocks sink, bonds soar on fears virus will stunt economy

Stocks slumped again on Wall Street Tuesday, piling on losses a day after the market’s biggest drop in two years as fears spread that the growing virus outbreak will put the brakes on the global economy. Nervous investors snapped up low-risk U.S. government bonds, sending the yield on the 10-year Treasury note to a record low. The latest wave of …

Spring Break: Where to Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck

If you are searching for a cost-effective spring break, there are two rules of thumb. Avoiding the hot spots like Miami, the Caribbean and popular European cities is crucial, and going all in with all-inclusive packages, a travel holy grail for families in search of getaways that don’t break the bank. We spoke to several experts to weigh in on …

Airline, cruise stocks pummeled on fear of spreading virus

Investors are fleeing from airline and cruise-line stocks as fear grows that the new virus could spread dramatically beyond China By DAVID KOENIG AP Airlines Writer February 24, 2020, 10:57 PM 3 min read The stocks of American Airlines and several cruise lines were among the worst performers in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index Monday, as investors fret that …

From Bonn to Vienna, in Search of Beethoven, the Man

Cäcilia Fischer, a neighbor, later recalled the young Beethoven “leaning in the window with his head in both hands and staring fixedly at one spot. ”A tall, odd-looking metal sculpture by the Japanese-born sculptor Yukako Ando now marks the site, showing desks climbing skyward, topped by a window. Standing there, looking at the one thing Beethoven would still recognize, the …

US ‘honor roll’ of historic places often ignores slavery

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Antebellum Southern plantations were built on the backs of enslaved people, and many of those plantations hold places of honor on the National Register of Historic Places – but don’t look for many mentions of slavery in the government’s official record of places with historic significance. The register’s written entries on the plantations tend to say almost …

5 New Standout Hotels in Los Angeles

Once upon a time, Hollywood was a company town. Now, Los Angeles has so much more to offer than box office smashes and boulevards of broken dreams. The Staples Center alone gets 20 million visitors a year, and international travelers alight to eat, shop, gallery-hop and explore overlooked neighborhoods that are buzzing with enterprise. Take downtown (or DTLA, as the …