Helena Independent Record - Travel

Experience Puebla’s resilience and wonders, both intact after the earthquake

Puebla, about 85 miles southeast of Mexico City, is full of earthen surprises, architectural wonders and human resilience. Read more

The Latest: Montecito, California, avoiding storm troubles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California storms (all times local): Read more

Hotel video shows Vegas gunman 'normal' before mass shooting

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hotel surveillance video from the days before the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history shows the gunman as an unremarkable Las Vegas hotel guest and casino patron. Read more

Forecasters warn of mudslide dangers in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A powerful storm spread more rain across California on Thursday, flooding streets and threatening to unleash mud and debris flows into communities near areas burned bare by wildfires. Read more

Authorities say Helena man confessed to killing parents; another person of interest identified

THOMAS PLANK thomas.plank@helenair.com

Authorities say 21-year-old Kaleb David Taylor confessed to killing his parents earlier this week i… Read more


Experts: Uber SUV's autonomous system should have seen woman

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Two experts say video of a deadly crash involving a self-driving Uber vehicle shows the sport utility vehicle's laser and radar sensors should have spotted a pedestrian, and computers should have braked to avoid the crash. Read more

Deadly crash raises questions about Uber self-driving system

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Video of a deadly self-driving vehicle crash in suburban Phoenix shows a pedestrian walking from a darkened area onto a street just moments before an Uber SUV strikes her. Read more

Global tourism predicted to slow after best year ever

LONDON (AP) — The travel and tourism sector is set for a modest slowdown in 2018 as a result of higher oil prices and airfares, a year after it experienced its best year on record, according to a leading global industry body. Read more


Digital exclusives

Photos: Romania's Merry Cemetery where people 'laugh at death itself'

The Merry Cemetery in the northwestern village of Sapanta is a collection of more than 1,000 elaborate wooden Orthodox crosses etched with … Read more

Photos: For this Amazon cult, happiness is a cup of ancient psychedelic tea

The Ayahuasca brew is sacred to Ceu do Mapia villagers, who use it in rituals that blend Indian beliefs with Roman Catholicism. Read more

Photos: This museum is one of the coolest. Literally

The biggest attraction at this temporary ice cream museum: A pool filled with 11,000 pounds of confetti-colored sprinkles. Read more

Photos: A bird's-eye view of the Olympic city

These stunning views helped bring the Olympics to Rio.  Read more

Photos: This Moscow museum offers a trip back in time—and defense against disaster

MOSCOW — For Boris Solomatin, a Moscow railway museum guide, steam locomotives are nothing short of time machines. Read more

More news

Another bus added for tour of world's first atomic test

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Another bus has been added for a special tour of the spot of the world's first atomic test during a special one-day open house. Read more

Russia grounds planes similar to the one that crashed

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian aviation agency has ordered the operator of a plane that crashed near Moscow last month to ground four other such aircraft in its fleet. Read more

United suspends new reservations for pets in cargo hold

United Airlines is pausing its pet-shipping business after mishaps that included a dog winding up in Japan instead of Kansas. Read more


Mortgage payoff trick eliminates up to 15 years of payments

Homeowners in Helena could save on their biggest expense - their mortgage.


The amazing VA benefits Helena veterans aren't claiming

Veterans in Helena could receive up to $42,000 with these VA benefits