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Canadian family arrested for making wrong turn at border crossing

Canadian family arrested for making wrong turn at border crossing Apr 3rd, 2010 at 11:00AM: After visiting church, the McDaniel family decided to take a drive to visit a new farm built up the road from their own new home in New Brunswick. What happened next sounds like something out of an April fools joke - the family was forced to stop, removed from their vehicle and arrested. Their vehicle was seized and the parents and their two kids were transported to a border processing facility...

Vote for America's best bathroom

Vote for America's best bathroom Jun 8th, 2009 at 12:30PM: It's a room we visit several times each day, but the humble bathroom (john, head, bog, loo, etc.) is rarely celebrated in its true glory. Cintas Facility Services, a leading provider of bathroom supplies, wants to change that with its America's Best Restroom Award. Check out their website to see the nominees and vote for your favorite. A good bathroom is the traveler's best friend, and should be...

American journalists get the max in North Korean court

American journalists get the max in North Korean court Jun 8th, 2009 at 12:00PM: Laura Ling and Euna Lee, reporters with Current TV, were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor this morning – the maximum sentence under law. The five-day trial yielded a verdict of guilt for the "grave crime" of illegally crossing into North Korea, the Korea Central News Agency reported, according to MSNBC. The English version of the story, at least, has not yet made it to the KCNA's website,...

Be nice ... or else pepper spray

Be nice ... or else pepper spray Mar 4th, 2009 at 3:00PM: Dear Gadling Reader, It has come to our attention that on Monday, March 2nd, on the Canada/U.S. border just east of Vancouver, a dance instructor from Coquitlam, B.C. attempted to cross and visit his second home in Washington, where he had left his wallet. The dance instructor, Desiderio Fortunato, was asked to shut his car off by the American border officer. Unfortunately for Mr. Fortunato, his...

Unmanned drone to finally crack down on wild US/Canada border

Unmanned drone to finally crack down on wild US/Canada border Dec 9th, 2008 at 11:30AM: While much attention is paid to the border between the United States and Mexico, our neighbors to the north have yet to encounter the scrutiny that they deserve. No prison-like fences or vigilante minutemen have stood in the way of people sneaking back and forth between the United States and Canada. Well, the U.S. government has decided that these shenanigans have gone on for long enough....

Rick Steves Talks Up Tijuana

Rick Steves Talks Up Tijuana Oct 23rd, 2008 at 12:30PM: In a recent syndicated column, European travel guru Rick Steves explains why Tijuana is a worthy travel destination. He admits that, at first, he was down on the border city because of its reputation, but had never visited until recently. So what did the author and travel show host with the unlikely voice ("he sounds like my Grandmother" a friend once told me) think of life on the other side of...

Mexican Border Cities Becoming More Dangerous

Mexican Border Cities Becoming More Dangerous Oct 17th, 2008 at 12:00PM: The US State Department has added the border town of Nogales to its growing list of Mexican cities that are becoming more dangerous because of violence. Drug cartels have been clashing in an attempt to gain control of lucrative smuggling routes. Daylight firefights have taken place in major border cities like Juarez and Tijuana. More than 1,000 people have been killed as a result of the fighting...

Gnome bandit reignites French-German hostilities

Gnome bandit reignites French-German hostilities Jun 14th, 2008 at 10:00AM: The French and the Germans have a long, complicated diplomatic history. Aside from the fierce hostilities that took place during World War I and World War II, the two countries frequently bicker over disputed boundaries, in particular the Alsace-Lorraine region. Though tensions have cooled noticeably in recent years, it looks as though a new "international incident" involving garden gnomes (?!) is...

Washington state issues enhanced licenses for border crossings

Washington state issues enhanced licenses for border crossings Jan 24th, 2008 at 10:20AM: Border crossings seem to be on my mind this week. For those of you lucky enough to be residents of Washington state (like myself), you are now able to surpass all the identification hullabaloo when crossing up to Canada. Last year Washington governor Chris Gregoire, in an effort to maintain travel and cultural ties with British Columbia, signed a law launching a pilot program between the state and...

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