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The Haggler: Korean Air and the Canceled Ticket

Q. In early September, I saw a good deal on a round-trip fare from San Francisco to Palau, in the South Pacific, on Korean Air. I booked two tickets for February — one for me, one for my girlfriend — for $510 apiece. In the weeks that followed, we booked hotels and planned activities, and […]

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Cain May Follow Palin Model and Shape Campaign From Outside

Herman Cain, who suspended his presidential campaign following allegations of an extramarital affair, walked off the campaign trail having raised at least $14 million and with money in the bank. It’s likely a sum that puts Cain in a position to still have some influence on the 2012 race by donating to other candidates or […]

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Obama will need a new Martha’s Vineyard rental

That’s because Blue Heron Farm, where he and his family have vacationed for three years, has been sold. And the new owner, a Britain-based mogul, has indicated he will not rent out the $21.9 million acquisition, according to the Vineyard Gazette. It reported that Blue Heron has a main house and smaller home, plus “a […]

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Check In, Check Out: Viceroy Snowmass, Snowmass Village, Colo.

This slopeside boutique hotel, a ski-in ski-out resort, puts a stylish ecological spin on the family-style accommodations that Snowmass is known for, with 173 LEED-certified condo-style rooms starting at $224 in low season, $435 in high. BASICS The Viceroy is a great option if you’re seeking the slow pace and good midrange skiing of the […]

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Why In-Person Socializing Is a Mandatory To-Do

I’m a 30-year-old writer who works from home and thrives on the neat things you can do with technology. I’ve written books about smartphones and online social networks, and I’m reading things all day. But perhaps the most idea-generating part of my workweek is attending a knitting circle. I’m pretty sure at least a half-dozen […]

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Niagara Falls displays dazzling light shows in winter

In spring and summer, the colored lights shine for just three hours, but with less daylight in winter, curtains of color wash over the falls each night for up to seven hours. Crowds gather along the sidewalk and railing on Niagara Parkway to see the show as mist rises from the falls and basin in […]

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The Facts: Ski Trivia!

Number  of ski areas in Alabama: 1 Number  of ski areas that don’t allow snowboarding: 3 (Alta, Utah; Deer Valley, Utah; Mad River Glen, Vt.) Number  of Vermont-based artists who painted murals and designed play structures at  The Schoolhouse, Sugarbush’s new children’s center: 5 Age  that children can begin snowboard lessons at Smuggler’s Notch, Vt., […]

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What to give the person who travels

It is exactly two weeks before Christmas, and you’re still scrambling to find a gift for your loved one to enjoy. Here are five ideas for the person who loves to travel — all gifts are virtual, in a way, and will not take up a lot of legroom or cabin space. For the unguided […]

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Win a nude wedding in Jamaica

Are you willing to get married in the buff , especially if you don’t have to pay for it? Hedonism II in Jamaica tells USA TODAY it is seeking couples willing to say “I do” nude on cable TV on Valentine’s Day. The anything-goes resort has hosted the “World’s Largest Nude Wedding” and now asks […]

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36 Hours: 36 Hours: Lake Placid, N.Y.

  Friday 6 p.m.1. MIRROR IMAGE First things first: That placid body of water next to town is not Lake Placid — it’s Mirror Lake. To see Placid, head a few miles out of town to the Lake Placid Lodge (144 Lodge Way; 518-523-2700; lakeplacidlodge.com). This icon of the Adirondacks burned to the ground a […]

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