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The castle Hearst built

SAN SIMEON, Calif. The coastline that parallels Route 1 in central California is so breathtaking that you might be forgiven for missing the zebras on the opposite side of the road. And that huge...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Texas house tied to Oswald opens to visitors

IRVING, Texas – Baby bottles sit on the kitchen counter in this small two-bedroom home in the Dallas suburb of Irving, just as they would have Nov. 22, 1963. Also the same: the rolled-up blanket...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

In Dallas, events will mark assassination anniversary

DALLAS – Church bells will toll throughout Dallas on Nov. 22 to honor President John F. Kennedy, and a moment of silence at 12:30 p.m. will mark the moment 50 years ago when he was assassinated....

DATE: Nov. 16, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Are cruise ships becoming too large to operate safely?

One of the largest cruise ships in 1985 was the 46,000-ton Carnival Holiday. Ten years ago, the biggest, the Queen Mary 2, was three times as large. Today’s record holders are two 225,000-ton ships...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

$1.9 million in gold bars found in toilet of Middle Eastern plane

An aircraft cleaning crew found 280 gold bars worth almost $2 million inside the toilet of a plane belonging to Middle East discount airline Flydubai. The Daily Mail of London says “cleaners...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

America’s gateway reopens

NEW YORK – The island that ushered millions of immigrants into the United States and became a monument to its mosaic of ancestries reopened to visitors last week for the first time since Superstorm...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

‘Festival fatigue’ strikes locals in Michigan town

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Lou Colombo insists he’s no Grinch and enjoys festivals. But so many were held along this Lake Michigan town’s grassy waterfront over the summer that he applied to City Hall...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

New seats let airlines squeeze in passengers

It’s not your imagination. There really is a tighter squeeze on many planes these days. The big U.S. airlines are taking out old, bulky seats in favor of so-called slimline models that take up less...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Around U.S., Halloween attractions ask guests to take part

NEW YORK – Ghost tours and haunted houses are hallmarks of the weeks leading up to Halloween. But this year, some attractions are raising their game with an interactive component. Now, visitors...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

You will be afraid

PHILADELPHIA An abandoned prison would seem creepy enough around Halloween. Now add blood-curdling screams and gruesome characters who can reach out and grab you. That’s the formula for “Terror...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

What to pay, when to fly during Thanksgiving week

It’s not too early to buy airline tickets for Thanksgiving. In fact, if you know you’ll be stuck traveling the busiest days (translation: most expensive days), you need to shop now. But first,...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

5 freebies for you in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE – Really, it’s not that hard to spell. Just remember, there are three Us and a couple of Qs. Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, has a history that stretches back to the days of...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

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