The government shutdown earlier this year brought — among a laundry list of other things — the closing of the country’s national parks. That meant majestic Yosemite and Yellowstone were closed, as were the exotic Everglades, stark Death Valley and the spectacular Grand Canyon. The closings represented a loss to the nation’s psyche, and they also started me thinking of travel alternatives. The United States has (as of a recent survey) 8,565 state parks, ranging in diversity from New York’s Niagara Falls State Park, the nation’s oldest, to Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park in Kansas, the newest (opening later this year). Many of these gems are often overlooked in favor of their national counterparts, and that is a shame. Following is a roundup of five of my favorite state parks, from Hawaii to Kentucky. Akaka Falls State Park, Hawaii Some years back on a visit to Hawaii’s Big Island, I took a guided hike to Akaka Falls, a state park on the … [Read more...] about Beyond Yosemite: Five U.S. state parks worth a visit
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By John Woolfolk | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: March 21, 2019 at 3:24 pm | UPDATED: March 22, 2019 at 4:50 am Just days after a gunman massacred 50 people in New Zealand, the country banned military-style rifles used in the attack and touched off another searing debate in the U.S., where citizens’ right to bear arms is both a bedrock constitutional liberty and constant source of division. Soon after, U.S. leaders on the left like California Sen. Dianne Feinstein called on Americans to follow New Zealand’s example and enact bans on military-style guns. “In country after country, massacres are followed by sweeping changes to gun laws, as logic would dictate,” Feinstein said Thursday on Twitter. “The United States needs to follow these examples and take action to protect Americans from this deadly public health scourge.” In country after country, massacres are followed by sweeping changes to gun laws, as logic … [Read more...] about New Zealand banned military style guns after massacre. What about U.S.?
Kelvin Chan and Joe McDonald Associated Press Published 4:04 PM EST Jan 30, 2019 Beijing – U.S. criminal charges against Chinese electronics giant Huawei have sparked a fresh round of trans-Pacific recriminations, with Beijing demanding Tuesday that Washington back off what it called an “unreasonable crackdown” on the maker of smartphones and telecom gear. China’s foreign ministry said it would defend the “lawful rights and interests of Chinese companies” but gave no details. Huawei is the No. 2 smartphone maker and an essential player in global communications networks. A day earlier, U.S. prosecutors criminally charged Huawei and several of its officials for allegedly stealing technology secrets and violating Iran sanctions. That followed the detention in Canada of the Huawei founder’s daughter – a top company official who was named in one of the U.S. indictments, and who is now awaiting possible extradition to the U.S. Huawei has … [Read more...] about China-U.S. row over tech giant overshadows trade talks
On Instagram, John Chau came off like a carefree young adventurer – climbing mountain peaks and exploring jungles. But in reality, the missionary harbored a deadly obsession with an isolated tribe in India he’d first read about as a teen. Chau spent years planning to travel illegally to remote North Sentinel Island on a mission to convert its residents to Christianity. Though he knew the islanders had long violently resisted outsiders, he conducted a covert mission to the protected island this month. Shortly after he arrived, the tribe killed him, and police say they have yet to recover his body. The death of the 26-year-old missionary from Washington state – who broke a raft of laws and put the health of the indigenous people at risk – has sparked international outrage, a heated debate about the protection of tribal communities and at least two investigations by authorities in India. It also has prompted soul-searching in the U.S. evangelical community, which … [Read more...] about ‘He lost his mind,’ friend says of slain U.S. missionary obsessed with tribe
Sarah Rahal and James David Dickson The Detroit News Published 6:57 PM EST Nov 20, 2018 Detroit — A federal judge ordered the release Tuesday of roughly 100 Iraqi detainees held for more than 16 months, saying the federal government cannot indefinitely detain foreign nationals. U.S. District Court Judge Mark Goldsmith granted two motions filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan in 2017: release of the detainees and sanctioning of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for "demonstrably false statements to the court designed to delay the proceedings." "The law is clear that the federal government cannot indefinitely detain foreign nationals while it seeks to repatriate them when there is no significant likelihood of repatriation in the reasonably foreseeable future," Goldsmith said in an opinion released Tuesday. The case, Hamama vs. Adducci, sought to end the detention of some 1,400 Iraqis nationally, including … [Read more...] about U.S. District judge orders release of Iraqis targeted for deportation