Two teenagers are in an Anchorage hospital after a bear attack in the Alaska wilderness over the weekend. Joshua Berg, 17, of New City, N.Y., and Samuel Gottsegen, 17, of Denver were part of a group of seven teenagers who came upon a grizzly bear and her cub near the end of a 30-day backcountry training course.
Everett Ruess could have been one of this country's greatest wilderness writers, a poet and author on a par with John Muir or Edward Abbey.
But we'll never know for sure, because Ruess disappeared without a trace in November 1934. With two burros trailing behind him, he left the remote southern Utah town of Escalante, heading down the desolate Hole-in-the-Rock Trail towards the Colorado River in search of his favorite things: beauty and solitude.
About a week down the trail, Ruess ran into two sheepherders and camped with them for a couple of nights.
It was the only European Union member without divorce legislation, but starting in October disenchanted couples will no longer have to leave Malta to get divorced. Today's vote in parliament follows a referendum vote in May in which 53 percent of Maltese voted in favor of legalizing divorce.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is determined to stay in office for years to come despite treatment for a cancerous tumor in Cuba. In an interview published by the government newspaper Correo del Orinoco, Chavez said he would run for re-election in 2012 and suggested he hoped to remain in office until 2031.
The AP reports that Chavez, despite a personal illness and a struggling economy, is still popular with many Venezuelans:
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Beginning in 2007, full-body scanners were installed at the nation's airports to address concerns that terrorists could smuggle explosives hidden in their clothing — or, in one infamous case, their underwear — that wouldn't be picked up by standard metal detectors.
The scanners produced a fairly detailed image of a traveler's body, which was viewed on monitors by TSA screeners in a separate room.
The Chinese government has launched an investigation into fake Apple stores that have popped up around the southwestern city of Kunming. As Mark reported, last week, an American expat blogger who goes by BirdAboard spotted what she called "the best ripoff store we had ever seen (and we see them everyday.)"
Congress will continue discussions this week to work out a deal to continue funding the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA ran out of money on last Friday and some 4,000 employees were put on furlough. Airport modernization projects were also put on hold this week. None of that should affect the Louisville Airport, though.
President Obama recently certified the repeal of the policy preventing gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. Host Michel Martin speaks with Service Women's Action Network head Anu Bhagwati about the changes service members can expect, why Marines were most reluctant to repeal the ban, and why Bhagwati believes discrimination and homophobia will still occur in the military.
The public health community has gotten markedly better at distributing effective vaccines to the children who need them. But researchers are noticing an increase in mistrust of vaccines around the world, and they're concerned that unfounded suspicions could derail immunization programs essential to saving lives.