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    The weekly geography quiz

    GEOQUIZ: Which country is not crossed by the Equator: Gabon, Guatemala or Indonesia?


    FAA chief: Disaster response depends on funding

    The Federal Aviation Administration outlined steps Monday to improve its security and air traffic control backup systems following the sabotage of a suburban Chicago air traffic control center that disrupted travel nationwide — but said widespread upgrades will require money from Congress.


    Travel dilemmas: Don't forget to compare merged airlines' fares

    Question: Here is something I cannot figure out: On a US Airways flight my parents want to take from Chicago's O'Hare to San Francisco on Dec. 23, a first-class nonrefundable ticket is not available, but a first-class flexible ticket costs $1,222. The same flight number and flight on American Airlines...


    The best days of the week to buy tickets

    For years we've been saying that the lowest domestic fares can be found Tuesday afternoon through Thursday night, but a recent study calls this into question.


    Family travel five: Ski adventures and snowy fun await

    1. Breckenridge, Colo. In addition to its snowy sports menu, this historic town continues to add palpable charm with new shops, museums, restaurants and music. On the mountain, families can take full advantage of Peak 6, an addition of 546 skiable acres that debuted last year. Look forward to a ...


    Life moves at leisurely pace in Slovakia

    David Lutz, 38, is a product manager for Collette (, an international guided-tour company. Lutz, originally from Houston, has lived or worked on six continents. For the last four years, he has lived in Slovakia.


    Lone Pine museum hails lost film era

    LONE PINE, Calif. - These days, sad to say, movie location scouts are so eager to flee California for cushy tax enticements that they don't even deign to shoot films supposed to be set in the Golden State on the terra bella.


    Picasso exhibit at Dali's place is a must-see

    I don't need additional incentive to visit The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, one of the must-see art attractions in Florida.


    Schweitzer ski resort: Big on powder, light on parties

    For ski vacations, I often make a beeline for British Columbia where lots of ski resorts have exactly what I want. Resorts such as Whistler Blackcomb, Sun Peaks and Big White are within a day's drive of Seattle and offer fun ski villages; ski-in, ski-out lodging; and lots of varied terrain.


    Keep kids happy at two small Idaho ski areas

    The ritual apres-ski drink at the Idaho ski resort Silver Mountain comes with a unique twist: 60,000 gallons of water per minute, moving at 35 mph.

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