Teenage Dutch sailor Laura Dekker sees life unravel after court blocks dream voyage

Young sailor Dekker’s dreams dashed

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Just four months ago Laura Dekker was a carefree 13-year-old with an extraordinary dream — to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world. On Tuesday, police hauled her home — clutching a suitcase and guitar — from a mystery trip to the Caribbean, and child care workers sought to remove her from her father’s custody.

Medieval ‘mourners’ to begin 7-city US tour next year in 1st display together outside France

Medieval ‘mourners’ to leave France for US tour

Sleeping Giant Ski Area near Yellowstone opens after 5-year closure

Sleeping Giant Ski Area near Yellowstone opens

Museum exhibits drawings collected by Delta flight attendant who gives crayons to passengers

Museum exhibits pictures drawn by Delta passengers

Even if the skies are gray, Belize underwater is a multi-colored world for snorkelers

Rainbows underwater in Belize even if sky is gray

1 dead, at least 5 hurt in collision of Coast Guard, civilian boats in San Diego Bay

1 dead, 5 hurt in Coast Guard boat collision in CA

Authorities: At least 6 seriously hurt in San Diego collision of Coast Guard, civilian boats

6 hurt in Coast Guard boat collision in San Diego

Coast Guard patrol boat, recreational boat collide in San Diego Bay

San Diego Coast Guard, recreational boats collide

Egypt antiquities chief says he will ask Berlin to return Nefertiti bust

Egypt antiquities chief to demand Nefertiti bust

Too cold for nude protest, bikers against NYC bike lane removal pin plastic breasts to jackets

Too cold for nude protest, NYC bikers switch gears

Several hundred motorists stranded on western Va. roads as snow storm socks East Coast

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Travelers, shoppers see frightful weather across East Coast ahead of Christmas

Treacherous snow storm strikes East Coast

WASHINGTON — A treacherous, frightful wintry storm slammed the East Coast on Saturday and dumped more than a foot of snow in some areas, hampering travelers and shoppers on the weekend before Christmas.

Travelers, shoppers brace for frightful weather across East Coast ahead of Christmas

President Barack Obama, daughter Sasha Obama and wife

Bikers plan topless ride to protest demise of bike lane in NY Orthodox Jewish neighborhood

Bikers plan topless ride to protest lane removal

Storm warnings issued, people stock up as heavy weekend snow bears down on mid-Atlantic

Storm warnings as snow bears down on mid-Atlantic

Sheriff: NC man who offered to help others this Christmas robbed and killed in his home

Good Samaritan robbed, killed in NC home

McLEANSVILLE, N.C. — Authorities say someone robbed and killed a North Carolina coin collector who had offered financial help to those struggling this Christmas.

Shanghai’s World Expo to put 10 baby pandas on display at city’s zoos

Shanghai Expo to show baby pandas at city’s zoos

Boyd Gaming submits $2.45B offer for Station Casinos; wants more of Las Vegas locals market

Boyd Gaming makes $2.45B offer for Station Casinos

Michelle Obama delivers Toys for Tots from White House drive, asks for toys for older kids

President Barack Obama

Britain’s Royal Academy says prince of Liechtenstein has canceled major London art exhibit

Liechtenstein royal cancels major UK art exhibit

Brazil toddler has 50 sewing needles inside body, doctors say they apparently inserted

Brazil toddler has 50 sewing needles inside body

Ancient pharaonic paintings that sparked feud between Egypt and the Louvre to return to Luxor

Ancient Egyptian wall paintings to return to Luxor

Tiger Woods course in Dubai despite golfer’s tarnished image, city’s debt woes

Dubai says moving ahead with Tiger Woods course

Czech zoo plans to relocate 4 rare northern white rhinos to Africa in effort to save species

4 white rhinos to move from Czech zoo to Kenya

Brazil boy has 50 sewing needles inside his body, doctors evaluating operation

Brazil boy has 50 sewing needles stuck inside body

Ancient pharaonic wall paintings that caused feud between Egypt and the Louvre arrive in Cairo

Ancient wall paintings return to Egypt from France

Pearl Jam, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison to headline 2010 New Orleans Jazz Festival

2010 New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup announced

Hope Diamond, Wittelsbach gem to go on display together at Smithsonian museum

Famed blue diamonds to join up at Smithsonian

France returns wall paintings sought by Egypt after feud

France returns wall paintings sought by Egypt

Snuba diving offers crash course in underwater breathing for budding divers

Snuba mixes snorkeling and scuba

ROATAN, Honduras — Breathing underwater was a strange sensation. It was even stranger because I’ve never been scuba-certified. Stranger yet that my wife — who is reluctant to even duck her head under water — was happily swimming 15 feet underwater behind me as we plumbed the depths on this island off the coast of Honduras.

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