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Grand Canyon visitors turned away

The National Park Service closed all 401 national parks after Congress missed its deadline to prevent a partial government shutdown.<p>GRAND CANYON, Ariz. -- This visit was going to be the grand finale for the Bouquet brothers' first big trip together.<p>But when the five Minnesota brothers, ages 59 to …

TSA to Expand PreCheck to 100 Airports in 2013

The Transportation Security Administration announced a major expansion of their expedited passenger screening program—TSA PreCheck—to have 100 …

20 free things to do in Sydney

You don't need a fat wallet to enjoy the glamour and chic of Sydney. These 20 attractions, activities and icons won't cost you a cent.<p><b>Take the Bondi to Coogee Walk</b><p>One of the most spectacular walks and coastlines you could hope to see, this route takes in some of Sydney’s most iconic beaches. In …

How to travel in Europe

Fifty sovereign states. 10,180,000 sq km. 738,200,000 people. The word ‘Europe’ does little to convey the diversity found within, which can make it a bewildering place to travel. So here’s a handy guide to your transport options:<p>Car<p><b>Budget:</b> medium-high (London-Prague petrol from EUR360 return, plus …

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Bell: NFL, NFLPA need to adopt tougher alcohol policy

Because they're talking about a few things, it's time for the NFL and the NFL players union to toughen up the alcohol policy.<p>First DUI offense? Gone. Suspended.<p>Two games right off the bat.<p>The weak policy that exists now -- under which a player can be fined two game checks, up to $50,000, for a …

Weekend picks for book lovers

Spend your weekend with 'Letters From Skye' and other intriguing reads.<p>What should you read this weekend? USA TODAY's picks for book lovers include an epic new study of Lawrence of Arabia and the Middle East, and a charming love story told in letters.<p><b>Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly,</b> …

Which Travel Credit Cards Have the Best Rewards?

Gearing up for your summer travel plans and looking forward to racking up the rewards on your credit card? Depending on which credit card you use, you could get some serious value for your travel. From double points for every dollar you spend on the card to $400 cash intro bonuses to two free …

Nailed It? Why BMW’s New i3 May Be the Most Popular Electric Car Yet

On Monday, BMW streamed video of the world premiere of the company’s first mass-production electric car. The i3 is a funky-looking four-seater that</i> …