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Jolted by terror attacks, U.S. travelers get serious about overseas trip security

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Youssouf Ouedraogo is a seasoned traveler, but suddenly he’s not such a casual one. Before a recent string of terrorist attacks, mass shootings and downed airliners, Ouedraogo would have picked a hotel for his upcoming visit to Cameroon based on what the expense account would bear and his own seat-of-the-pants sense of which was safest. Now, after two days of travel training provided by his nonprofit employer, the Washington, D.C.-based …

In 2016, your ID might not work for air travel

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Sometime in 2016, people from several states could have trouble getting on an airplane or into federal buildings because of a post-Sept. 11 law that tightened requirements for state-issued identification. When that will happen and who will be affected won’t be completely clear until the Department of Homeland Security releases further details of …

Russia opens new Stalin museums

Sunday, December 20, 2015

A bust of Josef Stalin stands on the front lawn of a house-turned-museum in the small village of Khoroshevo, Russia, where the Soviet leader is said to have stayed the night on his only visit to the front during World War II. Inside, the museum director, a sturdy woman armed with a wooden …

Spirit of St. Louis replica soars 88 years on

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Charles Lindbergh would instantly recognize the plane with “Spirit of St. Louis” painted on its nose rumbling above treetops in New York’s Hudson Valley. There’s a 9-cylinder engine similar to the one used in his historic flight, an …

Where have all the Canadian tourists gone?

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Around this time of year, Joel and Lorraine Leydier usually make their annual drive from their home in a small town east of Toronto to Myrtle Beach, S.C., where they love watching the beach from the balcony of …

Don’t let airlines lose your suitcase

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Heading into winter, fliers should take extra precautions with their checked luggage — December and January are traditionally the worst months for lost bags. To avoid problems, arrive at the airport early enough to let your bag get …

Think you want a tiny house? Businesses offer a tryout first

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Hilary and Shane Lentz were hooked on the idea of a tiny house, but they weren’t sure the reality would be so appealing. Their curiosity led them to the hills of New Hampshire, where a business that started …

Tips to avoid the challenges of traveling with someone who has dementia

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The holidays spell family and festivity to most of us. Travel to far-off places to visit friends and family is a time-honored tradition. But travel when one of the members of the party has Alzheimer’s or another form …

Tips to avoid the challenges of traveling with someone who has dementia

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The holidays spell family and festivity to most of us. Travel to far-off places to visit friends and family is a time-honored tradition. But travel when one of the members of the party has Alzheimer’s or another form …

Texas: For Alamo, a $31.5 million makeover

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Centuries of rainfall and punishing Texas sunshine are slowly doing what cannon fire and barrages of Mexican bullets couldn’t back in 1836 – disintegrating the Alamo. That’s why the shrine is undergoing $5 million in emergency repairs, part …

History, pints on tap at Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Picture this. You’re standing in the bottom of a beer glass that’s seven stories high. Could be the beginning of a really strange dream, but more likely you’re at the Guinness Storehouse, the venerable shrine to suds that …

Mass ascension kicks off international balloon fiesta

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Tens of thousands of spectators swarmed the launch field Saturday for the first mass ascension of the 44th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The nine-day event kicked off at dawn. More than 500 balloons representing dozens of states …

Everything is awesome about Lego Vatican

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Philadelphia’s science museum already was hosting a blockbuster exhibit of Lego sculptures and preparing to unveil a huge display of Holy See treasures for the pope’s visit when administrators got a serendipitous inquiry. Would they like to see …