| Jan 15, 2014
| 8:26 PM
SEATTLE — The largest open-pit mine in North America, proposed for Alaska's wild and remote Bristol Bay region, would have a devastating effect on the world's biggest sockeye salmon fishery and the Alaska Natives and fishermen who depend on it,...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 5:00 AM
By the time Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990, the path to ending South Africa's political crisis through the abolition of apartheid was known, even if it would not be easy or straight.
Solving the country's economic crisis was another...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 12:44 PM
The governors of eight Northeast states petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to require nine "upwind" states in the South and Midwest to curb air pollution, which they say is blown by the wind into their region.
The petition asks the...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 2:22 PM
FOCHVILLE, South Africa -- In Fochville, a mainly Afrikaner mining town about 30 miles southwest of Johannesburg, not everyone wants to talk about the legacy of Nelson Mandela.
“No thank you,” said one white man, his face hardening at the...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 4:15 PM
No surprise here, but the signs are rife that the banking industry is busily cooking up alternatives to bitcoin--or just as likely, preparing to absorb the bitcoin model into their existing franchise.
The most recent indication comes from JPMorgan...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 8:25 AM
WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency proposed new rules on Friday to reduce future carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants, a major step to address climate change that industry and some environmentalist say could all but end the...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 2:53 PM
Vo Nguyen Giap, the communist general widely regarded as one of the military geniuses of the 20th century, who masterminded the defeat of the French and the war against the Americans in Vietnam, has died. He was 102.
Giap died Friday at a military...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 9:42 AM
The road to the abandoned gold mining town of Seneca, Calif. is six miles long, mostly dirt and gravel, snaking along a ridge hundreds of feet above the north fork of the Feather River. The road ends in a clearing, where a plaque declares that “gold...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 5:09 PM
M23 rebels in the lawless eastern reaches of the Democratic Republic of Congo have built alliances with local gangs to gain control of lucrative gold mines and smuggle out $500 million a year of the precious metal to finance their brutal attacks, a...
| Oct 13, 2013
Give any Arizona guidebook a glance, and a few dozen locales will be described as "a former copper mining town." That's also true for Bisbee, nestled near the Mexican border in the state's southeast corner. But the similarities stop there. Bisbee boasts...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 5:00 AM
"The Amazing Race" stayed Chile this week, salted and shined and taking care to avoid the lackadaisical street dogs who couldn’t care less that it was ER doctor's Nicole’s 40th birthday or that the remaining 10 teams got $589 on this leg of...