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In Europe, taking the long way home, thanks to volcano

It’s 2:30 in the morning, my Berlin-bound train rattling through the darkness. I take it we’ve just crossed the Austrian-Czech border because a no-nonsense conductor in a red-trimmed blue uniform just yanked open the door of our compartment, flipped on a blinding overhead light and demanded our tickets in Slavic-accented German.... Read more»


Volcano ash cloud shuts down Europe

About 8,000 flights in Europe were canceled on Thursday and about 16,000 were expected to be grounded Friday — well over half the number normally criss-crossing the continent.... Read more»

Local efforts help stave off state park closures

Rock concerts and raffle tickets are saving endangered state parks across Arizona from closure.... Read more»

Oil & politics

The political hydraulics of OPEC

Iraq and Iran vie to best Saudi as the world's leading producer of oil and it's China that looms as final arbiter.... Read more»


Bicycles help green Ireland's capital

Free bike scheme & bike-to-work program encourage cycling in Dublin. A free bicycle scheme in this rainy metropolis of narrow roads, potholes and, it has to be said, bicycle thieves, has been a spectacular triumph.... Read more»

Obama backs up pledge to reduce nuclear arms

A treaty signed by President Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev in Prague on Thursday would trim the two power’s strategic nuclear arsenals to their lowest levels in half a century.... Read more»


U.S. can give better aid to Haiti

Pledging money is the easy part. The U.S., the lead donor and friend with the greatest interest in Haiti’s development, can do much more: its own aid programs can be more effective; and it can take steps that are far more critical to long-run prosperity for Haiti’s people.... Read more»

Comic: Seventeen Words For Snow

You can't sit here

I'm not sure which is more of an eyesore: birds and their guano or nails/spikes designed to prevent birds from landing and leaving their guano.... Read more»


High winds increase fire danger

High winds will increase the fire danger throughout Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.... Read more»

Stewart Udall, former Interior secretary, dies at 90

Stewart Udall, former Arizona congressman and Interior Secretary under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, has died. He was 90.... Read more»


John Nance: A reporter who covered the human soul

For a shot of faith in what's good about humanity, in the face of so much that isn't, consider John Nance, who died this week in Ohio. Nance understood that "news" was about people — individuals and societies — not grand events. That made him an uncommonly good reporter. But that was not the half of it.... Read more»

Local expert predicts busy rattlesnake season

This year’s cold, rainy weather may delay rattlesnake season a bit, but it ultimately will mean more snakes when they surface in full force, probably the beginning of April.... Read more»1

Scholars make 9,000 corrections to James Joyce classic

After 30 years of detective work and eye-strain, two Dubliners have produced a corrected version of "Finnegans Wake." Their new edition of James Joyce's most difficult work is being launched in Dublin on March 11. It is naturally the literary event of the year in Ireland.... Read more»2


In Buenos Aires, a brave few go veggie

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Agostina Senese is a vegetarian in a country where cooking beef on the grill is considered a sacred rite.... Read more»

Comic: National People's Congress

Risky business in Tiananmen Square

At China's National People's Congress, security – of the top officials – is taken very seriously. But worrying about land mines in Tiananmen Square, we think, goes too far.... Read more»

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