| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Americans get the shortest vacations in the industrial world. With so little time, the pressure is on to make all the right choices when planning a trip. But how to select the right destination? It ultimately depends on your interests and your tastes --...
| Feb 7, 2014
What is it with Scandinavians? They've got the highest quality of life in the world, thanks to a non-insane attitude toward social welfare and state paternalism. They have sublime landscapes and really cool mythology. And yet, culturally, the Nordic...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 2:38 PM
Most alcohol drinkers have probably tried hard cider at some point.
Cider becomes "hard" by grinding apples or other fruit and fermenting them. But did you know that apples falling from the ground can ferment, as well?
Fermentation is simply the...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 3:25 AM
SOCHI, Russia -- Marielle Thompson and Kelsey Serwa finished 1-2 for Canada in women's ski cross on Friday, giving their country bookend gold-silver performances in Olympic freestyle skiing.
Freestyle opened Feb. 8 with sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-...
| Feb 16, 2014
| 4:05 AM
SOCHI, Russia -- Sweden completed a double in Olympic cross-country relays Sunday when its men's team successfully defended its title in the 4-by-10-kilometer event.
A day after its women's team earned a narrow come-from-behind victory, Swedish anchor...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 4:13 AM
SOCHI, Russia — Marit Bjoergen gave Norway a dominant victory in the women's cross-country team sprint on Wednesday for her fifth career Olympic gold medal.
Bjoergen opened up a sizeable gap for Norway on her first of three laps in the final and...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 6:59 AM
SOCHI, Russia — My greeting after finally checking into the open-since-Wednesday Gorki Grand Hotel could not have been more five-alarming.
It came over the hotel intercom first in Russian, then in English.
I actually figured out the Russian part...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 6:17 AM
SOCHI, Russia -- Ola Vigen Hattestad of Norway won the Olympic gold medal Tuesday in the men's cross-country sprint.
A collision early in the finals took out half of the six-man field, leaving Hattestad and Teodor Peterson of Sweden to battle for the...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 8:54 AM
SOCHI, Russia — Finland surprisingly won the men's cross-country team sprint at the Sochi Olympics on Wednesday, taking advantage of a fall that slowed its two closest rivals in the final.
Sami Jauhojaervi was able to pull ahead after Germany's...
| Oct 20, 2013
Of the Scandinavian crime writers who have become international sensations in recent years, Sweden's Stieg Larsson (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) is obviously the best known, but Norway's Jo Nesbø is catching up fast. Nesbø's dark and...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 4:57 AM
SOCHI, Russia -- Swiss cross country skier Dario Cologna easily won the men's 15-kilometer classic race on Friday for his second gold medal of the Sochi Olympics.
Wearing short sleeves on another mild day at the Laura Cross country Ski and Biathlon...