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Big Sur's Highway 1 southern route to open in late July

BIG SUR, Calif. – The entire coastal stretch of California's iconic Highway 1 will re-open at the end of July, restoring a beloved but fragile route from San Francisco to Los Angeles that has been closed for more than a year, the California Department of Transportation announced last week.

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Ecuadorian Amazon is a watery paradise

If I close my eyes, I can still feel the warm, tropical breeze blowing across my face as our cigar-shaped motorboat purrs down the brownish, silt-laden Cuyabeno River, heading for the remote Siona Lodge in Ecuador's Amazon region. Our two-hour boat ride into the heart of the 2,300 square-mile Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve exposes our small group of adventurers to the wonders of a tropical rainforest: brilliant blue, iridescent morpho butterflies flash across the open space ahead of us; monkeys dart effortlessly through the branches of an overhanging tree; a toucan calls noisily as it flies from one towering treetop to another. We are spellbound. Can this be real?

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Disneyland adds blackouts

Already struggling with crowding problems, Disneyland resort officials have long hinted that they will be forced to add restrictions to deal with the surge of crowds when a Star Wars land opens next summer.

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Museum of the Bible becomes a star attraction for tour groups

Morning began with a daily devotion on the tour bus bound from Richmond, Virginia, to the nation’s capital. Katherine Webster, 85, a retired schoolteacher from Jackson, Mississippi, and her three adoring nieces set their pitches and broke into song, blending their voices on “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “Take the Name of Jesus with You” in splendid four-part harmony.

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How to avoid flying in the dreaded middle seat

Flying in the middle seat is rarely a pleasant experience, but it’s considerably worse when you never saw it coming. While many airlines allow you to select a non-middle seat ahead of time, even that strategy isn’t fool-proof.

Winter driving tips for motorists heading to higher elevations

Public Information Officer Liza Whitmore interviews Donner Pass Maintenance Superintendent Dave Wood who shares important tips for motorists heading to higher elevations this winter.