Burning Man 2011 lights up Black Rock Desert

Two ladies dressed in the manner of creative garb that is common to Burning Man.

Held annually in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, Burning Man is β€œan experiment in community, self-expression and self-reliance,” where attendees provide or build their own shelter. While Burning Man 2011 is officially sold out for the first time in the event’s 25-year history, fans can follow the Burning Man live online feed. For […]

Mexico drug violence diverts spring breakers to US destinations

Acapulco, a traditional hot spot for U.S. students on spring break, is dealing with empty beaches and quiet hotels this season. Tourist warnings about drug violence in Mexico from the federal government and several states have convinced many students to take the party elsewhere. Mexican drug violence has swelled spring break crowds in southern California, […]

August 5 is International Beer Day

Photo of beer taps.

What better day to celebrate International Beer Day than a hot day in the middle of summer, specifically Aug. 5. This is a fairly new holiday founded in 2007, but it has caught on quickly for anyone who wants to celebrate beer, bartenders or friends. There will be celebrations across America, but if you can’t […]

PG&E to pay $70 million for pipeline tragedy

PG&E to pay $70 million for pipeline tragedy

Pacific Gas and Electric Co., a northern California utility, has agreed to pay $70 million to the California town of San Bruno for a pipeline explosion that killed eight people in 2010. Company says it’s remorseful The San Francisco-based power company’s president, Chris Johns, released a statement Monday, saying PG&E is sorry and eager to […]


North Korea encourages foreign tourism, with provisos

North Korea isn’t the first tourist attraction most international travelers think of, but the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea would like to change that. The Washington Post reports that North Korea has decided to allow tourists into the country – and according to reports, it will also allow them to leave when they complete their […]


Wall paintings like this, recreations of a picture Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il took at the crater lake of Baekdusan, sacred to Koreans, can be found all over the country. This particular one was located right outside the toilet.
Kim Jong Il (right) wants you to visit Mount Kumgang. (Photo Credit: CC BY/yeowatzup/Flickr)