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Tens of thousands converge on California ‘poppy apocalypse’

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. – Like Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz,” the Southern California city of Lake Elsinore is being overwhelmed by the power of the poppies. About 150,000 people over the weekend...

DATE: March 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Rain ignites super bloom in California desert

BORREGO SPRINGS, Calif. – It started with the desert lilies in December. Since then, a wave of wildflower blooms has been crescendoing across Southern California’s Anza-Borrego desert in a burst of...

DATE: March 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Yes, this is Colorado: Discover canyons, grasslands and chilling history in state’s southeastern corner

The eastern third of Colorado, some joke, might as well be part of Kansas or Oklahoma. The undulating plains are marked by relentless heat waves in the summer and bitter winds in the winter....

DATE: March 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Airlines to give customers ‘nonbinary’ choice under gender

DALLAS – Major U.S. airlines say they will soon change their ticketing process to give passengers the option of identifying themselves as other than male or female. The gender option on airline...

DATE: March 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Revamped museum takes honest look at Belgium’s colonial past

TERVUREN, Belgium – For decades, Belgian schoolchildren had come to the Africa Museum near Brussels to marvel at the stuffed animals, drums, ritual masks and minerals that glowed in the darkness of...

DATE: March 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

A supersonic era: Speedy Concorde was ‘designed to outwit time’

The speed and elegant appearance of the Concorde inspired awe. Its ear-rattling sonic booms irritated people on the ground and led to restrictions on where the jet could fly. The Concorde’s maiden...

DATE: March 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Smile: Some airliners have cameras on seat-back screens

Now there is one more place where cameras could start watching you – from 30,000 feet. Newer seat-back entertainment systems on some airplanes operated by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United...

DATE: March 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Oregon man snowed in with taco sauce grateful for rescue

PORTLAND, Ore. – An Oregon man who was rescued after five days stuck in deep snow with his dog is deeply grateful to his rescuers and embarrassed to have caused so much trouble, his aunt told The...

DATE: March 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

More sharks bite people in Hawaii, but risk minuscule, study says

HONOLULU – The rate of shark bites in Hawaii has been increasing slightly in recent years, but the risk remains extremely low – roughly 5-in-1 million – according to new research. Recently...

DATE: March 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Small measures fight heavy Colorado ski traffic

DENVER – “Friends don’t let friends drive I-70.” The tongue-in-cheek mantra is often uttered by Colorado skiers and snowboarders who frequent resorts far from the crowded mountain corridor, which...

DATE: March 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Deep in the Amazon, an indigenous culture is revived

MANU PROVINCE, PERU – Along the banks of the upper Madre de Dios River is Parign Hak, a traditional healing center that welcomes tourists and locals to stay for a week or more to be immersed in the...

DATE: March 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

China bars millions from travel for ‘social credit’ offenses

BEIJING – Skipped paying a fine in China? Then forget about buying an airline ticket. Would-be air travelers were blocked from buying tickets 17.5 million times last year for “social credit”...

DATE: March 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

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