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Whale watching now year-round activity in San Diego

Posted on March 14, 2015 at 7:39 pm

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Once limited to the winter months, whale watching off San Diego is now a year-round activity that comes with a guarantee of a sighting. On a recent day on the Pacific Ocean, it took just less than an hour away from the dock for Capt. Troy Sears to spot two juvenile gray whales meandering south toward Baja California. By the time the cruise aboard the 139-foot

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  • Graceland brings Elvis back to his Las Vegas home

    Posted on February 28, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Graceland will always be home, but Las Vegas is set to be Elvis Presley’s home away from home yet again. The King first played Vegas almost 59 years ago and spent months as a Sin City resident. Now, the Westgate Las Vegas hotel-casino will house a rotating display of Elvis memorabilia and artifacts rarely seen outside his famed Memphis, Tennessee, Graceland mansion. Feel like getting married?

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  • ‘Frozen’ Niagara Falls drawing tourists to winter spectacle

    Posted on February 21, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Visitors look over masses of ice formed around the Canadian Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015.

    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — The winter’s deep freeze has transformed Niagara Falls into an icy spectacle, encasing the trees around it into crystal shells and drawing tourists who are braving below-zero temperatures. The Niagara River keeps flowing below the ice cover, so the falls aren’t completely frozen over. But the massive ice buildup near the brink has become a tourist magnet for the second straight year after several relatively

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  • Rio’s Carnival kicks off; city gears up for 5 days of fun

    Posted on February 14, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Patients from the Nise de Silveira mental health institute dance in costume during the institute’s carnival parade, coined in Portuguese: “Loucura Suburbana,” or Suburban Madness, in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Feb. 12. Patients, their relatives and workers from the institute held their parade one day before the official start of Carnival.

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The five days of over-the-top parades and raucous, alcohol-soaked street parties that make up Rio de Janeiro’s world-famous Carnival celebrations kicked off Friday amid a recent avalanche of bad news, including more evidence of Brazil’s stalling economy, an ongoing drought and a snowballing corruption scandal at state-run oil giant Petrobras. In the annual ceremony that marks the official start of the festivities, Rio Mayor Eduardo

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  • Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center Museum offering free admission through February

    Posted on February 10, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Thanks to an anonymous donor, the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center Museum in Townsend is offering free museum admission during February. The center, dedicated to the preservation, protection and promotion of the history and culture of people who inhabited the area around the Great Smoky Mountains, features permanent and traveling exhibits. Permanent exhibits in the museum’s main gallery include: • Native Americans of East Tennessee: Learn about the discoveries archaeologists

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  • No red carpet, but 5 free things to do in Cannes

    Posted on June 14, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    CANNES, France (AP) — This jewel of the French Riviera was a sleepy fishing village when 19th-century English aristocrat Henry Brougham began encouraging his friends to visit. These days the place is packed with millionaires year-round, though the famous Cannes Film Festival held each May is the designer-gowned cherry on top of that pricey sundae. But you don’t have to be a movie star to enjoy this beautiful resort. Here

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  • About to Rock? Salute rock history at Pigeon Forge’s new cafe

    Posted on May 24, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Hard Rock

    On Tuesday, May 20, Hard Rock opened the doors of its newest location — a 12,000-square foot cafe at 2050 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. The opening marks the relocation of the Hard Rock Cafe in Gatlinburg, previously located at 515 Parkway. “The new Pigeon Forge cafe places us in a more strategic location, allowing us to serve even more guests in a larger space. Additionally, the new location’s interior design

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