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U.S. Border Patrol Museum opens a world on the evolving agency

EL PASO, Texas – For many Mexican-Americans living near the U.S.-Mexico border, the U.S. Border Patrol was viewed as a federal government agency to be feared. Its agents might raid the factory...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

No money to travel? Find places to stay for next to nothing

Credit card rewards can be your ticket – literally your plane ticket – to a dream destination. But even if you’ve earned what you need to get to where you’re going, the accommodations could be a...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Nordic skating on a 4.5-mile trail on a frozen Vermont lake

FAIRLEE, Vt. – Ice skating on Vermont’s Lake Morey is far more than circling around a makeshift rink. It’s an expedition – a 4.5-mile one, around the frozen lake’s perimeter. It’s said to be the...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

U.S. aviation system is starting to show strains from shutdown

The partial government shutdown is starting to strain the national aviation system, with unpaid security screeners staying home, air-traffic controllers suing the government and safety inspectors...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

On Frontier, flight attendants accept tips

Use your credit card to buy a taco, a beer or a taxi ride, and it’s very likely the receipt screen will solicit a tip. A few years ago, that same option arrived on airlines, to the chagrin of...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Joshua Tree National Park closing over shutdown problems

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. – Destruction of its signature trees and driving off-road during the partial government shutdown have added to problems that will force popular Joshua Tree...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Jamestown honors women essential to Virginia’s founding

Anne Burras was only 14 when she arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1608. She was maidservant to another woman who died shortly after their arrival. For a time, Anne was the only English woman in a...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

In 2019, Grand Canyon celebrates 100 years as national park

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The first European American who reached the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon marveled at what was before him: an astounding system of canyons, profound fissures and slender...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Herb Kelleher, co-founder of Southwest Airlines, dies at 87

DALLAS – Not many CEOs dress up as Elvis Presley, settle a business dispute with an arm-wrestling contest, or go on TV wearing a paper bag over their head. Herb Kelleher did all those things. Along...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Human waste, trash overwhelm some national parks in shutdown

WASHINGTON – Human feces, overflowing garbage, illegal off-roading and other damaging behavior in fragile areas were beginning to overwhelm some of the West’s iconic national parks on Monday, as a...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Digital detox: Resorts offer perks for handing over phones

Can you take a vacation from your cellphone? A growing number of hotels will help you find out. Some resorts are offering perks, like snorkeling tours and s’mores, to guests who manage to give up...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

The Oregon Desert Trail: A journey through the wild, dry side of the state

I felt every drop of sweat make its way down my face, neck and back as I stared down the rattlesnake, its beady eyes locked with mine, daring me to move. At this point, a few miles into my...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

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