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Mining for tourists? A dubious economic savior in Appalachia

Mines built this company town. Jack and Sandra Looney hope vines — the wine grapes growing on a former strip mine in the hills above — will help to draw visitors here. Read more »

March 30, 2015

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Man retraces Daniel Boone's nearly 240-mile trek to Kentucky

Inspired by his own family's pioneering roots in the Kentucky wilderness, Curtis Penix walked nearly 240 miles through arduous Appalachian terrain, to follow in the footsteps of frontiersman Daniel... Read more »

March 27, 2015

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Puerto Rico prepares for luxury shopping amid recession

A pair of nearly 5-inch black satin heels with a large gold alligator that serves as the front strap retails for almost $1,600 at the first Saks Fifth Avenue store to open in Puerto Rico, more than... Read more »

March 26, 2015

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MoMA to open NY exhibit on Latin American architecture

A new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City will explore the architectural landscape of Latin America between 1955 and 1980. Read more »

March 25, 2015

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After years of mediocrity, Tulsa emerging as hipster hub

Punching far above their weight, starry-eyed Tulsans have tried for years to demonstrate to fellow Oklahomans and outsiders alike that the state's second-largest city was more funky and less in a... Read more »

March 24, 2015

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Tunisia: Museum hit by terrorist attack delays reopening

The curator of the Tunisian museum targeted by a terrorist attack announced Tuesday that the reopening has been postponed, for logistical and security reasons. Read more »

March 24, 2015

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US removes dozens of Cuban companies from blacklist

The Obama administration has removed dozens of Cuban companies from a U.S. blacklist of terror supporters and narcotics traffickers, another step in the two countries' process to improve relations. Read more »

March 24, 2015

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IOC panel visits bid sites; China fires back on human rights

IOC evaluators began a five-day inspection tour of Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics on Tuesday as Chinese organizers fired back at critics of the government's human rights record. Read more »

March 24, 2015

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Don't just eat that ramen: Go to a museum and learn about it

There are two kinds of ramen in this world. There's the packaged staple of dorm-room cuisine, one of the most processed, industrialized foods ever invented. And then there's the trendy, artisanal,... Read more »

March 23, 2015

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Tunisian prime minister fires security chiefs after attack

Tunisia's prime minister has fired five leading security officials after three gunmen attacked a renowned Tunis museum, killing 21 in the deadliest attack on tourists in Tunisia in 13 years, the... Read more »

March 23, 2015

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AP photos: Other-world sights await Antarctica tourists

They trek snow-covered mountains, gasp at seals flopping along the coastline, ooh at penguins waddling along on the ice and marvel at humpback whales flapping their tails amid a sea of melting... Read more »

March 21, 2015

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Landmarks go green for St. Patrick's Day around the world

Landmark buildings across Ireland and the world have been floodlit green for St. Patrick's Day as global celebrations of the Emerald Isle's patron saint are culminating in parades and celebrations... Read more »

March 17, 2015

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16 ski resorts worth hundreds of millions could be sold

A real estate investment trust that's considering getting out of the snow business could sell more than a dozen ski resorts from Maine to California that are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Read more »

March 16, 2015

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Christina Lavingia: Travel sites reveal how to save on top spring break destinations

Spring break season is right around the corner, a holiday that typically decimates the budgets of students. The average college student spends about $1,100 a week on spring break, according to... Read more »

March 16, 2015

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Extreme weather makes Mount Washington a hiking challenge

Winter adds a whole host of new challenges for those hardy souls who venture up the Northeast's tallest peak. Read more »

March 16, 2015

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Autonomous car prepares for 3,500-mile US road trip

Call it a preview of the cross-country road trip of the future. Read more »

March 13, 2015

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People have mixed reactions about proposed national monument

A proposal to designate a vast, sparsely populated area surrounding the Grand Canyon as a national monument is getting mixed reactions. Read more »

March 12, 2015

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World's tallest observation wheel in Las Vegas falls short on riders

The world's tallest observation wheel hasn't quite reached the elevated expectations of its owner. Read more »

March 9, 2015

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Ice bikes gain traction in bitterly cold Buffalo, New York

If it were possible for anything to be hot in Buffalo this winter, it was the newfangled "ice bikes" that debuted at an outdoor skating rink. Read more »

March 8, 2015

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The 35 most beautiful college campuses in America

From the beautiful beachside campus of Pepperdine University overlooking the Pacific Ocean, to the gorgeous Collegiate Gothic architecture of Duke University and the University of Chicago, to the... Read more »

March 6, 2015

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Bubbles from glacier ice turn up the noise in Alaska fjords

Glaciologist Erin Pettit began a research project to find out what humpback whales heard when a big piece of ice falls from a glacier and crashes into the ocean. But the sound generated by ice... Read more »

March 6, 2015

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Plane skids off LaGuardia runway, crashes into fence by bay

A Delta jetliner landing at LaGuardia Airport in a driving snowstorm on Thursday skidded off a runway and crashed through a chain-link fence, its nose coming to rest on a berm at the edge of an icy... Read more »

March 5, 2015

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Smithsonian issues ban on using 'selfie sticks' in museums

Cameras and pictures are allowed, but selfie sticks are now banned at the Smithsonian museums. Read more »

March 3, 2015

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Celebrating in Curacao: A couple's anniversary trip to the Caribbean island

A trip to Curacao turned out to be an amazing fifth-anniversary celebration for my wife and me in September. Curacao is the perfect destination for snorkeling around a sunken tugboat or just... Read more »

March 3, 2015

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Tombstone tours

Even if you don't believe in ghosts, walking through a graveyard can be a little spooky — especially in autumn as the trees lose their leaves, flowers wither away and light fades in the late... Read more »

Oct. 18, 2009

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