Southwest Life

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Wine and weed? Some Oregon vineyards try hand at pot farming

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. – Bill and Barbara Steele moved to this sleepy corner of Oregon to start their own winery after successful, high-powered business careers. Now, more than a decade later and with...

DATE: May 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Massive slide buries stretch of iconic California highway

BIG SUR, Calif. – A massive landslide along an iconic coastal highway in California has buried the road under a 40-foot layer of rock and dirt, the latest hit after a winter of crippling slides and...

DATE: May 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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The new Vegas namaste: Yoga on a Ferris wheel, near dolphins

LAS VEGAS – Surrounded by imposing Las Vegas hotel-casinos in the foreground and desert mountains in the background, the group breathed deeply and loudly as an instructor guided them through their...

DATE: May 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Can I bring a Viking helmet on the plane? AskTSA has the answer

The tweet initially stumped Mary Ham. A traveler wanted to know if she could stow a spray-tan extender that resembled an alien blaster in her carry-on bag. The AskTSA specialist rifled through her...

DATE: May 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Solitude and majesty: A journey into Montana’s Beartooth Wilderness

RED LODGE, Montana Crawl from your warm sleeping bag out the tent door, into the darkness and predawn wind whipping across the plateau. Look up at the cathedral of the sky. Watch the whirlpool of...

DATE: May 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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JFK home renovation castoffs are transformed into art

HYANNIS PORT, Mass. – What once were pieces of John F. Kennedy’s home are now pieces of art. Floorboards, window panes, shingles, electrical fixtures, faded wallpaper, rusted nails and even a metal...

DATE: May 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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It’s a record year for processing U.S. passport applications

NEW YORK – The U.S. State Department expects 20.5 million applications for new and renewed passports this year, and that will be a record number. The busy year is no surprise. Adult U.S. passports...

DATE: May 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Delta tops in on-time flights, Spirit worst for complaints

WASHINGTON – Delta Air Lines scored the best for on-time flights in the latest government rankings, and United and American weren’t far behind. Virgin America had the highest rate of delayed...

DATE: May 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Nevada joins handful of states with spans of 80 mph driving

FORTY MILE DESERT, Nev. – Of all the things you can do legally in Nevada but not most other places, driving 80 mph lately hasn’t been one of them. That changed recently when new speed-limit signs...

DATE: May 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Orlando tourism grew in 2016, despite tragedy

ORLANDO, Fla. – Visits to Florida’s theme-park mecca continued to grow last year, despite tragic headlines from the region, enabling Orlando to keep its bragging rights as the most-visited...

DATE: May 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Nepal’s towering chariot of prosperity

KATHMANDU, Nepal The last time the five-story-high chariot crashed during Nepal’s Rato Machindranath festival, participants knew something bad was coming. Months later, in February 2005, then-King...

DATE: May 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Record number of climbers to attempt to scale Everest

KATHMANDU, Nepal – Sherpa guides struggled with high winds and snow Friday to prepare the final route to the top of Mount Everest, with a record number of climbers hoping to reach the summit this...

DATE: May 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel