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Free Winchester Fish Ladder on the North Umpqua River, off Exit 129 on I-5 in Oregon

<i>Near the Fish Ladder (left) Mary Jane Huber & John Winnicki from Virginia & Jimmy Smith.</i>If you find yourself heading north or south this autumn along …

Windows 10 Laptops: In Search of Great Hardware to Match Great Software

The perfect Windows laptop doesn’t exist, but there are some good options—just make sure you have $600 to spend<p>Listen really closely, and you can hear the cries of Windows laptop users.<p>Windows 10 is truly great, but it doesn’t put an end to the affliction caused by inferior screens, …

Windows 10

10 iconic US road trips you should take right now

Instead of suffering through another round of apple picking in an orchard that's been plucked dry, check out these essential American road trips, where you can see the fall foliage in all its glory.<p>While beautiful year-round, this is a fall foliage fave (for its epic dogwood, sourwood, sassafras …

Top 10 American Road Trips

Road trips have long remained a classic American pastime, and we certainly don’t see these popular driving adventures going out of style anytime soon. That’s because there’s no better way to experience the charming waterfront towns, stunning vistas and rugged cliffs that dot America’s varied …

College grads who studied this one subject may have the 'safest route to the upper middle class in America today'

The decision makes sense because schools for specific professions tend to be considered in isolation. Few people have to choose one mechanics' school or another, or between two competing culinary schools.<p>Plus, a number of these specialized schools wouldn't have fit the list's emphasis on four-year …

Dear High School Seniors, Applying to College is the Easy Part

As high school seniors slog through the arduous and often cutthroat process of applying for college, it’s as good a time as ever to contemplate what …

High School

Should kids take algebra before high school? New state data highlight issue

The way Michelle Truax’s eighth-grade algebra students were enthusiastically blurting out answers, it appeared they were grasping the day’s lesson.<p>But when six students came up with wrong solutions to an in-class math exercise (graph 6x-3y<24) Truax knew she’d need to revisit the lesson during …

Discover Ireland’s most ancient secrets

Exploring Ireland’s ancient east means choosing your own adventure through 5,000 years of history – with no route, itinerary or list of sites.<p>Ireland is not very big. In fact, you can drive from the east to west coast in less than four hours. But the country’s newest tourism initiative – Ireland’s …

Ireland

Taking Out Student Loans? Do It Right With These 8 Tips

Considering that the average student loan borrower graduates with more than $26,000 in debt, you need a strategy to keep your loan debt from ballooning out of control. After all, student loan debt could affect your or your child’s quality of life after graduation.<p>“Every dollar for student loans is …

You Can't Work Your Way Through College Anymore

Working to pay for college doesn't work. Despite the fact that 40 percent of undergraduates work at least 30 hours per week while in college, tuition …

Why you can get a free college education in Germany but not in California

The public wants it<p>The narrative of success in the U.S. has traditionally been an individual one, the capitalist mentality that gives people the agency to determine their successes and futures. That same view has infiltrated how policymakers perceive education, said Cecilia Rios-Aguilar, director …

There are now 9 teams with a legit shot to win the Super Bowl

Using Nate Silver's "2015 NFL Predictions," a model that rates each team and then projects how the regular season and playoffs will play out, we can get a better sense of which teams are the true Super Bowl contenders.<p>Heading into Week 4, the Patriots are the favorite with a 19% chance to win the …