Hawaii tourism officials are sharing updates on their outlook for the state's biggest industry and their plans for promoting the islands to travelers around the world. The Hawaii Tourism Authority's spring ... More »Hawaii tourism officials present industry update
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond was on Tuesday to warn Chancellor George Osborne that he will rue his threat to cut an independent Scotland off from the sterling zone. "In the last three weeks people in Scotland have seen an array of approaches from the UK government -- what they apparently call their Dambusters strategy," he was to say. "We were love-bombed from a distance by David Cameron, then dive-bombed at close range by George Osborne. More »London currency threat to Scotland 'monumental error'
PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - The government of Panama said on Wednesday that it rejected Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's "unacceptable offenses" against it after the South American oil giant broke off diplomatic and commercial ties with the Central American nation. Earlier, Maduro had used the anniversary of former President Hugo Chavez's death to sever ties with Panama, whose conservative government he accused of joining the United States in "open conspiracy" against him. (Reporting by Lomi Kriel) More »Panama says rejects Venezuelan President Maduro's "offenses"
GENEVA (AP) — Chinese carmaker Qoros brought its campaign to gain global credibility to the Geneva Motor Show, where it showed off its second production car at a stand in prime real estate — between Maserati and Rolls Royce. More »Chinese car company Qoros builds credibility
The searing historical drama also earned prizes for British director Steve McQueen, supporting actress Lupita Nyong'o, best cinematography and best screenplay. The film, inspired by the true story of Solomon Northup, recounts the harrowing tale of a black violinist from New York state who was kidnapped and sold into slavery before the US Civil War. McQueen dedicated his trophy to Northup, whom he said "inspired me to look and try to find the truth." Brad Pitt -- who starred in and co-produced the film -- said he had been touched from the outset by the story of a "man trapped in completely inhumane circumstances and trying to maintain his dignity." "This is a film I personally love. To be part of that doesn't come along that often," Pitt, who braved the rain to attend the laid-back ceremony in Santa Monica with his partner Angelina Jolie, told reporters. More »'12 Years a Slave' wins big at pre-Oscar Spirit Awards
More airlines are rolling out new and improved services thanks to satellite technology, industry leaders said at the recent Singapore Airshow, with the public increasingly demanding wifi on planes. US-based Honeywell Aerospace and Gogo, which supply inflight connectivity systems to airlines, are collaborating with satellite giant Inmarsat to implement the "first global high-speed broadband for the skies" dubbed the Global Xpress (GX) Aviation network. Briand Greer, president of Honeywell Aerospace Asia Pacific, said inflight wifi could generate $2.8 billion for the company alone over the next 20 years. He estimates that around seven to eight percent of airlines currently offer wireless connection, but says this number is expected to grow to 25 percent by 2018. More »Wifi in the sky looks set for takeoff
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Panathinaikos ended Olympiakos' 27-match unbeaten league run on Sunday with a stormy 3-0 away victory that was interrupted for long stretches by home fans who threw flares and other objects onto the pitch. More »Panathinaikos beats Olympiakos 3-0
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania says six U.S. fighter jets and two tanker planes have arrived in Lithuania following a U.S. decision to increase NATO's air policing mission of the three Baltic states. More »NATO ups Baltic air patrols amid regional concern
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Two-time AL Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana agreed Tuesday to a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles as he tries to come back from the second major operation on his left shoulder. More »Johan Santana, Orioles agree to minor league deal
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The parents of jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste said on Thursday they were haunted and depressed by images of him caged in an Egyptian court. More »Australian parents haunted by Egyptian court scene
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Show Bits brings you the 86th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item. More »SHOW BITS: Ya, but what about 'True Detective'?
Spain's offer of citizenship to the descendants of Jews who were expelled from the country over 500 years ago during the Inquisition has sparked a flurry of global interest. Maya Weiss-Tamir, an Israeli lawyer who specialises in applications for citizenship in European countries, said she had received over 1,000 enquiries since the Spanish government approved the draft citizenship bill on February 7. "The new generation, young people, they want it mostly for practical reasons, they want to work in Europe, they want to live there, have a job," the 35-year-old said by telephone from her office in Haifa in northern Israel. "Others want it for sentimental reasons, they feel like it is the citizenship they lost and now they can gain it again." Most of the calls and emails she has received have come from Israel but Weiss-Tamir said she had also been contacted by people in the United States and Europe. More »Sephardic Jews seduced by Spanish citizenship offer
The UN Security Council will meet Saturday for a second round of emergency consultations, officials said, after Russia's parliament approved the deployment of troops to Ukraine. The announcement came just hours after Russian leader Vladimir Putin won approval from lawmakers to send Russian troops into Ukrainian territory. Britain's ambassador, Mark Lyall Grant, tweeted that the meeting was called at London's request. The UN envoy to Ukraine, Robert Serry, announced earlier that he was leaving the country because it was impossible to visit Crimea as requested by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. More »UN Security Council to hold emergency talks on Ukraine
It is already on a list of the 100 most dangerous invasive species in the world as it has a relentless appetite for native snails and earthworms in places where it has been introduced. Reporting in the journal PeerJ on Tuesday, a team of French experts said DNA tests had confirmed their worst fears: Platydemus manokwari has arrived in Europe. "This species is extraordinarily invasive," said Jean-Lou Justine of the National Museum of Natural History. "I really hope it can be stopped at the earliest stages." He added: "All snails in Europe could be wiped out. More »Escargot could follow the dodo, scientists warn
China has expressed its "deep concern" to North Korea after a Chinese airplane crossed the path of a rocket launched by the isolated state, China's foreign ministry said on Friday. On Thursday, South Korea's defence ministry said a Chinese civilian plane had "passed as the ballistic missile (from North Korea) was in the course of descending". The plane was flying from Tokyo's Narita airport to the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang on Tuesday, the ministry said. "On this issue, we have already contacted the North Korean side to convey our deep concern," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a daily news briefing. More »China voices "deep concern" to N. Korea over plane near-miss
[caption id="attachment_105605" align="alignright" width="300"] This March 3, 2014 image released by ABC shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, left, having his forehead wiped by host Jimmy Kimmel on the late night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live," in Los Angeles. Ford laughed off Jimmy Kimmel's suggestion that he get help for his drinking problem and was reported to be upset about his appearance on the late-night TV talk show. Ford's appearance Monday night on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in Los Angeles was the culmination of months of wooing by the talk-show host to get Ford to appear as a guest. More »Toronto mayor laughs off Kimmel's idea to get help
Burger King has replaced regular fries in its kids' meals with a lower-calorie, low-fat spud. In its calorie count, BK compares its ‘Satisfries’ to its golden arched rival, saying that the lower-calorie crinkle cut spud has 40 percent less fat and 30 percent fewer calories than McDonald’s fries. A medium-sized serving of regular BK Satisfries clocks in at 340 calories, while its regular fries are a hefty 410 calories. Satisfries were launched across the US last year and as of this week come standard with every kids’ meal. More »Burger King kids' meals come with low-cal fries
The second century of commercial aviation began on a positive note, with air traffic demand rising in line with an improved overall outlook for 2014, according to International Air Transport Association (IATA). Although the aviation sector remains highly vulnerable to external shocks, such as rising geopolitical tensions around the world, global traffic started off strongly as advanced economies and emerging market regions grew with revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) surging 8.0% this January versus 6.8% in the same period in 2013 and total growth of 5.2% last year. ... More »Strong January passenger demand lifts 2014 outlook
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government has summoned the Russian ambassador to explain his country's actions in Ukraine. More »Australia demands Russian envoy explain Ukraine