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September 18, 2013 | Wire Reports
The America's Cup is staying in America for at least one more day, thanks to the wind that blows in through the Golden Gate Bridge and the strong tide that flows out to sea. That means, of course, that all those bottles of champagne that New Zealanders have at the ready in San Francisco won't be popped open quite yet. Not long after Emirates Team New Zealand won Race 11 Wednesday to reach match point in the America's Cup against Oracle Team...
September 15, 2013 | By Jane Wooldridge
Whether it's the loping blue hills of Appalachia rising from a morning mist or the majesty of Alaska's Mt. McKinley piercing the clouds, mountains bring me peace. The clich├ęs come to life: The steely rock seems solid and safe, the sheer size of each pinnacle a reminder of personal insignificance. But it's the simple beauty of frosted peaks against a luminescent blue sky that is the best soother, a martini and a hand smoothed across the brow rolled into one. The most potent tranquilizer: recollections of a visit to New Zealand's Southern Alps.
September 12, 2013 | By David Wharton
Emirates Team New Zealand moved a step closer to capturing the America's Cup on Thursday, winning two more races over defending champion Oracle Team USA. Neither race on San Francisco Bay was particularly close as the challenger opened a convincing lead of six races to minus-one, Oracle still in negative territory after incurring a two-race penalty before the competition began. Emirates needs only three more wins for the Cup. "Very happy with the day," New Zealand skipper Dean Barker said.
September 10, 2013 | Susan Brenneman, Susan Brenneman, deputy Op-Ed editor, served as ballast in several minor sailing races on San Francisco Bay
Larry Ellison, prince of Silicon Valley, is richer than God. But even Ellison can't always get what he wants. In 2010, Ellison's Oracle Team USA won the America's Cup, the 162-year-old yacht race that pits big personalities and big pocketbooks against wind, currents and radical boat design. The victory gave him the right to set the rules for where and how the next cup would unfold. He chose San Francisco Bay as the location, and set specs for the boats: They would be seven-ton catamarans, 72 feet long, with 13-story carbon-fiber fixed "wingsails.
September 6, 2013 | By David Wharton
SAN FRANCISCO -- The last few days have put a trace of wariness in Jimmy Spithill's voice. Spithill is the skipper for Oracle Team USA, the racing boat that until recently had been favored to defend its America's Cup title in San Francisco this month. Expectations have shifted since an international jury - responding to an incident during preliminary races - hit the Americans with a slew of penalties. With the 34th America's Cup finals beginning this weekend on the bay, Oracle must win 11 races to take the regatta.
September 6, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Hawaiian Airlines and Tourism New Zealand have teamed up to offer a package starting at $1,210 that covers round-trip airfare, a night's stay in Auckland and a seven-day car rental. The fare is good from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and other western U.S. cities, but only until the end of the month. The deal: All About Tours makes reservations for the package that includes: --Round-trip airfare on Hawaiian Airlines to Auckland, with a stop in Honolulu; --One night with breakfast at the Copthorne Hotel Auckland HarbourCity ; --Seven days car rental with unlimited mileage.
August 27, 2013 | By Tracy Brown
The 34th annual America's Cup, the winner-takes-all sailing yacht race, begins Sept. 7 in San Francisco as the contest returns to the U.S. for the first time since 1995. The City by the Bay , the eighth city to host the America's Cup competition, has been busy in the run-up to the big race. Its Summer of Racing kicked off July 4 with an opening ceremony celebration. Racing started July 7 with the Louis Vuitton Cup , the challenger series that determines which team will face the defending Oracle Team U.S.A.
August 15, 2013 | By Times Staff
A strong earthquake has shaken the area around Wellington, New Zealand, but initial indications were that damage was minor and no serious injuries were reported. The quake struck just after 2:30 p.m. local time Friday (7:30 p.m. Thursday PDT). The U.S. Geological Survey measured the magnitude at 6.8, and said the quake was centered 17 miles south-southwest of Blenheim, on New Zealand's South Island. Blenheim is on the coast about 50 miles across Cook Strait from Wellington, the capital of New Zealand.
August 5, 2013 | By Kathleen McLaughlin, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details
BEIJING -- Revelations by a New Zealand dairy company that its exports could contain toxic bacteria have sent shock waves across Asia -- perhaps nowhere more so than in China, where officials announced a recall of potentially tainted powdered milk over the weekend. The news has shaken Chinese parents, who have grown to trust foreign formula brands over anything produced locally. Thousands of Chinese babies were sickened and several died in 2008 after drinking domestically produced formula that had been spiked with melamine , a compound used in making plastics that allowed watered-down milk to pass quality tests.
June 23, 2013
ALASKA Slide show Artist Roderick Smith will give a slide presentation of his trip by ferry through the Inside Passage to Fox Island in Resurrection Bay. Smith, who painted and wrote along the way, will describe the inner journey of an artist in pursuit of finding creative solace in the Alaskan wilderness. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. HIKING Workshop Experts will share tips and tricks on all aspects of hiking, such as trip planning, safety, local resources and places to go. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Tustin, 2962 El Camino Real, and 7 p.m. Thursday at the REI store in Huntington Beach, 7777 Edinger Ave. Admission, info: Free.
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