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In this photo taken on Nov. 25, 2014, an autumn sunset silhouettes some of the few offseason visitors to Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, Wash. The beachfront cabins, with electric heat, rent for bargain rates in the offseason. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Tan Vinh)  SEATTLE OUT; USA TODAY OUT; MAGS OUT; TELEVISION OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT TO BOTH THE SEATTLE TIMES AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Winter is cheap and peaceful at cabins on Camano Island

- Associated Press

There was talk of a splashing storm on the horizon, with a sunny morning masking the stiff winds to come. And still I came. I visited Cama Beach State Park in late November, well past the season of beach balls and sandals.

Revere actress portrays Revolutionary characters

- Associated Press

A suffragette rejected by peers when she married. A Hollywood temptress and inventor. The first woman in the American military. Revere actress Judith Kalaora said she is drawn to characters who seem conflicted about society's gender roles.

Teen's journeys earn him 'Traveler of Year' honor

- Associated Press

On a July evening in 2012, Joe Foley stepped off the Amtrak Acela in Washington, D.C., and into pure freedom. He was 16 and on his own. Parents and teachers were hundreds of miles away.

In this Nov. 2013 photo, Emily and Travis Motter, with Madeline and 5-month-old Jack, walk at the Bridge of the Gods Trailhead on the Pacific Crest Trail in Cascade Locks, Ore. The popularity of Cheryl Strayed's memoir "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" has led to increased awareness and use of the trail that runs from Canada to Mexico through Washington, Oregon and California. (AP Photo/Statesman-Journal, Thomas Patterson)

Movie "Wild" generates more interest in Pacific Crest Trail

- Associated Press

The popularity of Cheryl Strayed's memoir "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" has led to increased awareness and use of the trail that runs from Canada to Mexico through Washington, Oregon and California. There are more thru-hikers - people who, like Strayed, attempt to hike the entire trail - and more day and overnight users of this incredible national resource.

ADVANCE FOR RELEASE SATURDAY, DEC. 20, 2014, AND THEREAFTER- A D.H. Conley High School student participates in an Hour of Code in Greenville, N.C. Smith brought Hour of Code to the school as part of Computer Science Education Week. Students used free tutorials from the website Code.org. (AP Photo/The Daily Reflector, Rhett Butler)

Computer time gives students with idea for career

- Associated Press

Tapping away on their keyboards at schools across the county last week, students played games based on popular characters, such as Anna and Elsa from the movie "Frozen" and the flock from Angry Birds, while learning skills that could lead to technical careers.

FILE - In this April 20, 2014, file photo, relatives of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol sit near the sea at a port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea. Over 300 people were killed in the accident, many of them students. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

Top news of 2014 left public grasping for answers

- Associated Press

Twenty-thousand feet down the answers may be waiting, hidden in some underwater canyon far off Australia's coast. But more than nine months after searchers began scouring the seas for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that vanished with 239 people aboard, the catastrophe defies resolution.

West Virginia hotel also publishes newspaper

- Associated Press

The newsroom of The INNformer is a place of keyboard clicking as stories take shape for the next issue. It is where locals stop by to chat up publisher-owner Charles Winslow, dropping morsels of news about the town of some 1,300 people hugging the Ohio River.

Experts: It was a busy, black-eye year for disease control

- Associated Press

Health officials are celebrating some important victories in 2014, and Time magazine even named Ebola fighters the persons of the year. Nevertheless, this was a black-eye year for public health.

FILE - This file image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows Neil Patrick Harris in a scene from "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," at the Belasco Theatre in New York.  (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus, File)

The AP picks its Top 10 theater of 2014

- Associated Press

This year's best-in-theater list includes a musical with multiple murders, another with a cross-dressing German, one that's set in a decadent Berlin nightclub, the revival of an America masterpiece and we celebrate someone who broke an important barrier. Our Top 10 list of the best in theater in 2014:

In this image released by The CW, Gina Rodriguez portrays Jane in the new series, "Jane The Virgin."  (AP Photo/The CW, Tyler Golden)

2014 gave viewers great shows on-air and online

- Associated Press

From the extraordinary Maggie Gyllenhaal-starring miniseries "The Honorable Woman" on SundanceTV to Syfy's goofy "Sharknado 2: The Second One," TV delivered in 2014 - streaming, on cable and over the air.