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This undated photo provided by Visit Loudoun shows wine bottles on the patio at Greenhill Winery in Middleburg, Va., one of two dozen wineries in Loudoun County. Located about an hour's drive from  Washington, D.C., the area calls itself "DC's Wine Country." (Visit Loudoun via AP)

Virginia’s Middleburg offers wine country getaway

- Associated Press

Virginia is home to more than 250 wineries, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay. The state’s Middleburg area, in Loudoun County, has two dozen wineries alone, and it’s so close to Washington that it calls itself “DC’s Wine Country.” Middleburg is about an hour’s drive from Washington, D.C., or about 24 miles (39 kilometers) from Washington Dulles International Airport- perfect for a day trip or long weekend. Just in time for fall, October is Virginia Wine Month with special events to take in autumn foliage and milder weather.

In this July 26, 2015, file photo, a United Airlines passenger airplane passes over Whittier, Calif., on its way to Los Angeles International Airport. Fliers in certain markets are seeing bargain flights as fare wars make a limited return. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

Heads up! Airfare wars making a comeback

- Associated Press

Don’t expect widespread sales or cheap flights home for Thanksgiving. But a number of cities are seeing ridiculously low prices at off-peak hours - prices the industry has spent the years trying to eliminate.

The Basque Center displays both the United States flag and Basque flag on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in Boise, Idaho. Boise's Basque neighborhood offers culture and history all in one block. (AP Photo/Kimberlee Kruesi)

Boise, Idaho: Home to all things Basque

- Associated Press

Idaho is home to one of the biggest concentrations of Basques in the United States, and the best way to learn more about that heritage is by visiting the Basque Block, tucked in the center of the state’s capital city.

Shrimp boats are docked in calm waters in Bayou La Batre, Ala., the town that calls itself Alabama's seafood capital, on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. The city suffered severe damage in Hurricane Katrina a decade ago even though the storm made landfall far to the west on the Louisiana-Mississippi line. The storm left dozens of shrimp boats atop docks and marshes in the town of 2,500, and seafood processers were wiped out. About 75 percent of its homes were damaged or destroyed.  (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Alabama’s ‘seafood capital’ rebounding from Katrina

- Associated Press

Hurricane Katrina only sideswiped Alabama as it devastated coastal Mississippi and New Orleans a decade ago, but Belinda Clark’s family is still recovering in the town that calls itself the state’s seafood capital.

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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell speaks at an event at the Red Rock National Conservation area Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, near Las Vegas. Jewell was at the conservation area to promote the Every Kid in a Park program which gives fourth grade students free passes to federal parks. (AP Photo/John Locher)

US official in Nevada highlights kids in parks campaign

Associated Press

The nation's top Interior Department official led a delegation of schoolchildren to a scenic national area outside Las Vegas on Wednesday to highlight a federal "Every Kid in a Park" campaign.

In this Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 photo, visitors gather at an outlook on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona. The Grand Canyon and other big national parks are seeing more visitors than usual this year, partly driven by good weather, cheap gas and marketing campaigns. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)

National parks seeing huge spikes in visitation this summer

- Associated Press

Visitors heading to the Grand Canyon lately know they are going to get two things when they arrive: breathtaking views and long waits, whether it is to get into the national park itself or to find a parking spot inside. A few frustrated tourists have even turned around and left.

In this Saturday, June 27, 2015, photo, an Air Koryo plane sits on the tarmac in front of the new Pyongyang International Airport terminal building, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Air Koryo is the only carrier to have been awarded just one star in rankings released recently by the UK-based SkyTrax consultancy agency. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Is N. Korean airline world's worst? It may be the quirkiest

- Associated Press

If an Air Koryo passenger ignores its no-photography rule, a flight attendant might take the camera and delete the pictures herself. Crumpling up a newspaper bearing the image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un can earn travelers a stern lecture, or worse.

Hiker lost 9 days in forest says she regrets leaving group

- Associated Press

A hiker missing for nine days in California's Sierra Nevada with broken legs and forced to endure freezing temperatures at night said Tuesday that she regretted her decision to leave her group of backpackers.

'Jurassic National Monument' proposal gets local support

- Associated Press

A proposal from two congressmen to convert a central Utah dinosaur fossil quarry rich in Jurassic-period bones into a national monument gained a key endorsement Tuesday from county officials.