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US considers higher entry fees at 17 popular national parks

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The National Park Service is considering a steep increase in entrance fees at 17 of its most popular parks, mostly in the U.S. West, to address a backlog of maintenance and infrastructure projects. Visitors to the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Zion and other ...

Stocking a sleepover kitchen

Parents who have hosted sleepovers know that half the fun for kids is making and eating treats. So it pays to prep the kitchen with fun culinary gear and supplies for the indoor campout crowd. Some entertaining ideas and gear: Get the movie-theater vibe going with Great Northern Popcorn's ...

Utah group battling Parkinson’s disease with boxing

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Daniel Dail's eyes are locked tight on the punching bag in front of him as sweat drips down his face. His stance is solid as he puts his boxing gloves up in preparation. As soon as he gets Coach Jens Howe's signal, he puts all of his energy into forcefully hitting ...

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Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia took in its first inmate in 1829, closed in 1971 and reopened as a museum in 1994.

What haunted houses tell us about ourselves and our past

NEW YORK (AP) — Haunted houses tell us a lot of stories. But those stories are not just about ghosts. Colin Dickey , the author of "Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places," went around the country visiting haunted houses to see if they "could tell us something about who we are as ...

Counting carbs at night: Today, fat is where it’s at

I can’t quit you, Gluten. You are my Brokecarb Mountain. I have tried to count you, curb you, even block you out of my life completely. But always you find me, with your doughnutty, cinnamon-streusel-swirled, fresh-baked goodness. Each time, I will win the battle. But only for a moment. ...

Saving by choice, not by chance

A reader question I answered recently brought a small avalanche of mail, mostly from readers who were aghast that I would suggest they save such significant portions of their paychecks for retirement. It was money they just didn't think they could afford to save. I can imagine that for people ...

Backyard hockey rinks range from simple to elaborate

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Hockey is woven into the fabric of life in Canada and parts of the northern United States. When it gets cold, players young and old hit the ice, whenever and wherever they can find it. Sometimes, finding the ice — at least enough ice for a hockey game ...

Whichcraft: 3 ways to fix up faux pumpkins

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — I love carving jack-o'-lanterns, but after coming downstairs one fall morning to find that an overly ripe pumpkin had "bled" all over my dining room table and ruined it, the idea of decorating with fake gourds does have a certain appeal. Foam craft pumpkins can be ...

Overwhelmed at the flea market?

Arriving at a sprawling flea market on a crisp Saturday morning can be exciting. So many potential treasures might be hidden among the dusty piles of cast-off, second-hand goods. Yet often it's overwhelming, even for experts. With acres of furniture, art, accessories and more stretching out ...

Bold color on kitchen cabinets is a thing

Conventional wisdom says to use neutral colors or simple wood stains for anything as permanent as kitchen cabinets. Homeowners craving a burst of color have generally been advised to bring it in through easily changeable items like curtains or seat cushions. But home-design TV shows and blogs ...

ASK A DESIGNER: Bold color on kitchen cabinets is a thing

Conventional wisdom says to use neutral colors or simple wood stains for anything as permanent as kitchen cabinets. Homeowners craving a burst of color have generally been advised to bring it in through easily changeable items like curtains or seat cushions. But home-design TV shows and blogs ...

Fall’s a great season to create a ‘cabinet of curiosities’

Digging around in a favorite flea market a couple of years ago, I found a handmade, compartmentalized box that someone had lovingly crafted from wood, probably 100 years ago. It looked like it could have been a tool kit, fishing tackle box or something a builder would use. Undeterred by the ...

EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: Ask me anything

From cars that reek of stale cigarette smoke to tile grout to robot floor mops, I get questions of every kind from my awesome readers. I love the challenge! So, please, keep those cards and letters coming! Dear Mary: I love my Eufy Robovac II. With an entire house of wood plank tile, it has ...

Life at 20-something: How to live in the present when anxiety creeps in

Silent sirens sound in our heads. We deny it for days, not wanting to admit our ridiculous reaction to changing plans. But eventually our internet search history unveils our true feelings – a nearly chest-collapsing weight that prompts the question “How can I live in the present?” With ...

Sometimes we’re a little too camera-ready

A photo used to be an event. You planned for it. (“Remember to bring Dad’s Instamatic. Is there much film left? Did you bring new flashcubes?”) You worked for it. (“Now I will drive this single roll of film to the drug store, then wait patiently for a week until it is developed. ...

Congratulations! Here’s a gift. But first, a timeshare pitch

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — I had filled out a form to win a Whole Foods gift certificate. Instead I got a phone call from "Hannah" at FantaSea Resorts congratulating me on winning a travel package. My gift sounded promising: Four airline tickets worth up to $4,500, a weekend at an East ...

Traveling with just one of your kids can forge bonds

Something wonderful happened when Lauren Asnis took her younger son, Danny, to Philadelphia for a weekend trip. Beyond visiting the Liberty Bell and devouring some tasty cheesesteaks, mother and son really got to talk and listen to each other. They bonded over the adventure of exploring a new ...

In this July 22, 2017, photo, people wait to load animals onto the Rescue Express bus at the first stop in San Fernando, Calif. For almost three years, Rescue Express, a Eugene-based organization headquartered on a farm off McBeth Road, has functioned as an escape vehicle for cats and dogs that had been living in overcrowded California shelters, where they were under threat of being euthanized for lack of space to keep them. (August Frank/The Register-Guard via AP)

Organization expands its efforts to save shelter pet in West

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Jasper, a large snow-white American Husky, jumped into the arms of animal rescuer Shafali Grewal, who said she wished she could keep him. They stood beside the Rescue Express bus, which was parked outside Almost Home Pet Boarding in San Fernando, California. Grewal petted ...

EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: Ask me anything

I have a friend who lives alone and considers himself single. But nothing could be further from the truth. He has four cats, or as I call them, The Four Shedders. Max solved his cat hair problem by replacing all of the carpet in his house with laminate flooring and a robot vacuum. Fortunately ...

Bygone staples and technology of the 1970s

It wasn’t so long ago. Nope. It wasn’t as long as you might think that we did things that seem completely alien to today’s kids. Think about it: Just a couple of decades ago we clipped items out of newspapers, practiced our cursive writing and called telephone operators for the correct ...