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Her disability check was gone, and now the only option left was also one of the worst

For the people of the hollow, opportunity begins where the road ends, and that was where they now went, driving onto a dirt path that vanished into forest. It was here that they came at the end of the month, when the disability checks were long gone, and the next were still days away, and the only …

Anne’s Chambéry, France

TravelWhere the Locals Go<p>Few outside of France have heard of <b>Chambéry</b>, and those who have probably know it as a pit stop en route to their favorite Alpine ski stations. Washington, D.C. native <b>Anne Donnelly</b> (on Instagram @amdonn8) has the pleasure of living in this little medieval city in the …

France

$625 for a 7-day cruise to Alaska, among other travel deals

Here are some of the more interesting deals, websites and other travel tidbits that came across our desk recently:<p>•Holland America Line has seven-day Alaska cruises priced as low as $399 per person double occupancy. For example, a July 5 sailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Seward, Alaska, …

Worst Drought in 1,000 Years Predicted for American West

Global warming to cause historic "megadrought" by century's end.<p>Large parts of the U.S. are in for a drought of epic proportions in the second half of this century, scientists warn in a new study that provides the highest degree of certainty yet on the impact of global warming on water supplies in …

Grand Canyon Wolf That Made Epic Journey Shot Dead in Utah

A local hunter said he mistook Echo, a female gray wolf from Wyoming, for a coyote.<p>The famed gray wolf that had traveled to the Grand Canyon from the Northern Rockies late last year is officially dead.<p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed yesterday that the wolf, whose astonishing trek made …

Wildlife

Marathon talks produce Ukraine peace deal; cease-fire Sunday

The peace deal reached Thursday for Ukraine, if it holds, would be a partial win for both Moscow and Kiev: Ukraine retains the separatist eastern regions and regains control of its border with Russia, while Russia holds strong leverage to keep Ukraine from ever becoming part of NATO.<p>But neither …

U.S. stocks slide as a three-day rally peters out

U.S. stocks are closing lower, shedding some of the gains that pushed a key index to a record level a day earlier.<p>Talks between Greece and its creditors remain unresolved with a major debt payment looming at the end of the month.<p>The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 101 points, or 0.6 percent, …

Senate confirms Obama's pick for Pentagon chief

The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Barack Obama's choice to run the Pentagon, handing Ash Carter the unenviable task of steering the military as the United States confronts Islamic State militants, conflict in Ukraine and other worldwide threats.<p>The vote in the Republican-controlled Senate …