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The Crystal Serenity will carry 1,070 passengers and 655 crew members through the Northwest Passage, a voyage made possible by the loss of Arctic ice cover. It has taken years for planners to work out the logistics for the 32-day expedition from Seward, Alaska, to New York City. (Crystal Cruises)

Northwest Passage luxury cruise promises adventure, risk

- The Washington Times

Crystal Cruises can’t promise its passengers that they will see a polar bear — but in addition to the standard shuffleboard, open buffets and Zumba classes, the company does promise its passengers an opportunity to venture where no luxury cruise liner has gone before.

Dana Zzyym, of Fort Collins, Colo., talks about the arguments in a hearing on Zzyym's lawsuit requiring people to pick a gender to get a passport outside the U.S. Federal Courthouse early Wednesday, July 20, 2016 in Denver. Zzyym, who was born with ambiguous sex characteristics, claims that requiring people to designate their sex to get a passport is discriminatory. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Federal judge urges settlement in passport gender case

- Associated Press

A Navy veteran from Colorado who does not identify as male or female is pushing the U.S. government to allow for a third gender option or get rid of gender designators altogether on passports, highlighting the argument that forms on the state and federal level have been slow to include other identities even as gender becomes less defined.

Watermelon salad with summer tomato, feta, red onion and chervil from the Seasons 52 restaurant. (Photograph by Jacquie Kubin / Special to The Washington Times)

Enjoy the tastes of summer at Seasons 52

Seasons 52, with more than 40 restaurants nationwide, including Tysons Corner, Bethesda and Columbia, selects only the top seasonal fruits and vegetables to build its unique summertime selection.

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This Oct. 18, 2014 photo shows fan art from the anime series "Tamako Market" at the Demachi Masugata Shotengai in Kyoto, Japan. Anime tourism is a phenomenon in Japan, with fans hunting down real-world places that are used as settings in the cartoons. (Michael Vito via AP)

Fans hunt real places in Japan featured in anime

- Associated Press

Everyone's surprised that "Pokemon Go" is getting people out from behind their screens and out of the house. But Japanese animated creations have a much longer tradition of sending people on real-world adventures, although in a very different way.

In this May 24, 2016, photo, subway commuters exit a crowded L train in New York. The L train's tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn will close for 18 months, starting in 2019 to repair damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Busy NYC subway tunnel to close for 18 months for repairs

- Associated Press

A subway tunnel that was severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy will be closed for 18 months starting January 2019 for repairs, shutting down one of the system's most crowded lines that connects Manhattan with vibrant neighborhoods in Brooklyn, officials said Monday.