Release of Colombian hostages imminent

BOGOTA, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Five tourists who have been held hostage by rebels in Colombia's dense jungles since September will be freed, probably on Monday, a negotiator said Sunday.

Colombian rebels to release five hostages

BOGOTA, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Colombian rebels Saturday promised to release five tourists they have been holding hostage since September.

Colombia leader vows hunt for kidnappers

LONDON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has ignored threats and refused to call off the hunt for five foreign tourists kidnapped by left-wing rebels in September.

Israeli hostages to be released soon

BOGOTA, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The left-wing Colombian guerrilla group National Liberation Army says it will soon release its five hostages.

Father of hostage pleased some are free

LONDON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- The father of a British tourist kidnapped in Colombia has reportedly welcomed the release of two of his son's companions.

Colombia rebels release two hostages

BOGOTA, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Colombia's second largest leftist rebel group has reportedly released two of seven foreign tourists taken hostage two months ago.

Analysis: Wildfires fan forest bill flame

BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- The recent wildfires in southern California have accelerated approval in the Senate of the Bush administration's Healthy Forests Initiative -- legislation that would not have addressed the causes or reduced the impact of those fires even if it already had
DAN WHIPPLE, United Press International

Hostages to be freed

BOGOTA, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Leftist rebels in Colombia have agreed to begin releasing seven foreign tourists they took hostage on Sept. 12, a mediator said Monday.

Colombian hostages may be in mountains

BOGOTA, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Colombian rebels who kidnapped eight foreign backpackers from an archaeological site two weeks ago are believed hiding them in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

British kidnap victim reunited with family

LONDON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Londoner Matthew Scott, who fled his kidnappers by leaping from a cliff into a river and spent 12 days in the jungle, was reunited with his family Friday.

Tourist escapes Columbian kidnappers

LONDON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Columbian Army officials say a British tourist escaped his Columbian kidnappers Wednesday, after two weeks in the jungle.

Colombian rebels deny tourist abductions

BOGOTA, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A Colombian rebel group denied Wednesday it was holding eight foreign tourists kidnapped in the jungle last week, the BBC reported.

Search under way for kidnapped tourists

BOGOTA, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A massive search was being conducted Monday for eight tourists who were kidnapped Friday by rebels in northern Colombia.

Colombian rebels snatch hiking tourists

BOGOTA, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Eight tourists hiking through Colombia's Sierra Nevada mountains have been kidnapped by a notorious guerrilla group, the BBC reported Sunday.

Nevada camp could have been Donner's

RENO, Nev., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Archaeologists in Nevada might have located the 150-year-old site of the camp of the Donner Party where cannibalism was suspected.

Fire-hit areas wary of fireworks

AURORA, Colo., July 4 (UPI) -- On this firecracker Friday, the forest fire wary Rocky Mountain States are pondering a possible Fourth without private fireworks.

Weather again cancels women's downhill

SIERRA NEVADA, Spain, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- After a series of postponements, the second women's downhill in Sierra Nevada has been cancelled due to strong winds.

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Strong winter storm grips much of US West

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Soaking rains in California continued into the afternoon Friday while residents of the mountains to the east braced for the possibility of more than a foot of snow produced by the first major winter storm of the season.

Of Human Interest: News lite

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ELLEN BECK, United Press International

Sequoia forest blaze threatens otter kin

The McNalley Fire, in California's Sequoia National Forest, has been raging for more than a month, may cover more than 150,000 acres and is threatening the habitat and the existence of two species that dwell in the dense, mature forests -- the Pacific fis

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer DJ Fontana, two members of Elvis Presley's classic backup band, are special guests on Ronnie Wood's new album, "Not For Beginners."
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Record heat increases fire risk in West

BOISE, Idaho, July 12 (UPI) -- Record 100-degree-plus temperatures have created an extreme risk for new wildfires in the West and officials said Friday firefighting resources will be redeploy

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