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January 17, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds
European river-cruising, a rarity among American travelers 20 years ago, continues to grow rapidly on the waterways of the continent, with dozens of vessels on the water, more being built and some companies expanding into Asia and beyond. Along the way, ships have begun adding features like bicycles, kayaks and canoes to lure younger, more vigorous travelers, although seniors still make up a majority of passengers. As several speakers told travel agents at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show Friday, the key thing for a newcomer to recognize is that a river cruise is vastly different than the ocean cruises that involve ships with 3,000 passengers, multiple pools, casinos, climbing walls and many options for children.
January 16, 2014 | By August Brown
Country star Trace Adkins has entered rehab after an alleged confrontation with a Trace Adkins impersonator aboard a cruise ship, according to reports. According to ABC News  and other outlets, the 52-year-old singer was aboard the Norwegian Pearl, headlining a seven-day country-themed concert cruise with fellow stars Montgomery Gentry and Wynona Judd. On Monday, in a bar on the ship, he overheard an Adkins impersonator performing karaoke to one of his singles, and a fight broke out, according to TMZ . A representative for Adkins confirmed to ABC News that the singer had disembarked the ship on docking in Jamaica and that he had immediately re-entered rehab.
January 12, 2014 | Jane Levere
One became a prime minister. Another a songwriter whose compositions included "White Christmas. " And a third became an Angeleno who married, raised a family and became a social worker. All extraordinary in their own ways, all on an extraordinary journey poignantly recounted at the Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp. The emigration experiences of Golda Meir, Israel's first female prime minister; Irving Berlin, whose song Bing Crosby famously crooned; and Bessie Cohen, who moved to East Los Angeles in 1937, are among those of the 2 million immigrants who came to the United States from Europe from 1878 to 1934 on ships operated by the Antwerp-based Red Star Line.
January 7, 2014 | By Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT - The initial consignment of Syria's most toxic chemical weapons material was shipped out of the country Tuesday, international officials said, advancing a cleanup effort widely seen as a success in the midst of a long civil war that has cost more than 100,000 lives. The announcement came as the leader of an Al Qaeda-linked rebel group tried to broker a cease-fire among Syrian opposition factions that have been battling one another. A "first quantity" of so-called priority chemical materials was moved from two sites to the Syrian port of Latakia and loaded onto a Danish commercial vessel, Sigrid Kaag, who heads the international effort to rid the country of its chemical arsenal, said in a statement.
January 4, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Coast Guard was dispatching a special ice-breaking cutter to help free two ships lodged in the Antarctic, officials announced Saturday. The Polar Star, the Coast Guard's only active heavy polar ice breaker, was being sent to help free the Russian and Chinese vessels from thick bands of ice, officials said. According to a Coast Guard statement, the Polar Star left its home port of Seattle in early December on one of its primary missions, Operation Deep Freeze.
January 2, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis
A group of 52 scientists and tourists who had been stranded for more than week on an icebound ship in the Antarctic were airlifted to safety Thursday, Australian maritime authorities said. Taking advantage of calmer winds and improved visibility, a Chinese helicopter landed on a floe near the stricken Akademik Shokalskiy and transported the passengers in groups of 12 to an Australian icebreaker, according to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's Rescue Coordination Centre , which oversaw the operation.
December 23, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers are closing in on a one-year contract with former All-Star closer Chris Perez, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been finalized. Financial terms of the prospective deal aren't known. Perez, 28, was an All-Star with the Cleveland Indians in 2011 and 2012 but was released Oct. 31. Perez was arrested on marijuana charges this year and lost his job as the Indians' closer. Armed with a fastball routinely clocked in the mid- to high 90s, Perez figures to be a late-inning reinforcement in a bullpen that includes closer Kenley Jansen and setup man Brian Wilson.
December 22, 2013 | By Catherine Watson
The trans-Atlantic eclipse voyage was organized by Betchart Expeditions ([800] 252-4910, ), a California-based company specializing in science-oriented travel. It offers about two dozen science-themed trips a year to destinations around the globe. I'd traveled with Betchart once before, on a trip to Antarctica 20 years earlier, and I trusted the company, the intellectually oriented clientele its trips attract and the experts it chooses for daily lectures.
December 19, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The redesigned Mac Pro has gone on sale, but good luck getting one anytime soon: Apple won't ship any until February. The company Thursday morning began taking orders for the two basic models, which cost $2,999 and $3,999. Apple's website quoted early customers shipping times of Dec. 30, then told some customers that it could ship the machine by January, according to 9to5Mac. After a few hours, the shipping time for both models was pushed back to February, the website said. PHOTOS: The top 10 tech gadgets of 2013 There are likely two major reasons for the lag time.
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