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'We will not be silent': Families of victims vow to bring 'Newtown effect' to gun-control debate

WASHINGTON — Families and friends of the 26 people killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School gathered Thursday in the nation's capital to honor their loved ones through a solemn vigil and volunteer work nearly one year after the Newtown massacre.<p>Relatives of other gun violence victims from cities …

Andrew McCutchen Proposed To His Girlfriend On 'Ellen'

Ellen DeGeneres, clearly in on the surprise, started the interview by asking the reigning National League MVP if he was dating anybody. At that point, McCutchen showed a video he had prepared and then brought his girlfriend up on stage.<p>Here is video of the proposal.

Baseball

NFL Referees Keep Making Bad Calls And The NFL Keeps Having To Admit Their Mistakes

Every week of the NFL season brings its share of incredible catches, touchdown celebrations, cringeworthy injuries and press conference cliches. To the likely disappointment of the NFL brass in New York City, each week of the season also seems increasingly likely to include at least one admission …

Corey Hart agrees to join Mariners

SEATTLE -- The Mariners added a pair of slugging first baseman-outfielders to go along with Robinson Cano on Wednesday, reaching agreement on a …

Baseball

Head injuries in one football season cause measurable brain damage

For college athletes who get through their sport's season concussion-free, new research suggests it may be too early to breathe a sigh of relief.<p>Following a season of grueling practices and hard-fought games, football and ice hockey players who had no outward sign of head trauma showed worrisome …

National Geographic Travel

11 Music Venue Icons in the U.S.

For many people, music is the opposite of travel. It comes <i>to</i> us. If your dream is seeing “the Boss,” you wait for a tour, then buy your ticket to a variation on the same show in some big-box arena.<p>Yet some music venues are destinations themselves. After poring through hundreds of candidates in the …

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Make Way for the Penguin Parade

“Just to the right of that rock,” ranger Ash Belsar said, pointing, as we grabbed our night-vision gear. “You’ll see one straight ahead.” I put the lens to my eye and scanned the beach. There it was: my first little penguin of the night, wobbling out of the surf.<p>And it really <i>was</i> little. In fact, at …

Biking in Lewis + Clark’s Footsteps

“A kid can do a whole lot more than most adults think.” That’s how my eight-year-old son responded to people who thought it was too much for him to cycle with me for 67 days down the length of Japan.<p>We traveled 2,500 miles on connected bikes carrying about 75 pounds of gear to support a global …

Hiking Zion National Park

I have a confession to make. The American Southwest wasn’t on my adventure radar until my friend Reed persuaded me to join him on a road trip through Utah Canyon Country.<p>Driving into Zion National Park at sunset was a shot in the arm for my wanderlust. I was ready to explore the big red …

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Best Safari? Botswana.

This year, my wife and I will be marking our 20th wedding anniversary – a fact to which our kids excitingly wanted to know, “where are we going to celebrate?”<p>Becoming an expert on family travel has pretty much mandated that we vacation with the children at every opportunity. Not that I’m …

The Power of Train Travel

I blame luggage for all my troubles on trains — whether I’m whizzing down to Washington, D.C. or wending my way through Wallonia. I try to avoid clunking other passengers in the head with my elbow as I navigate tight aisles and haul my wheeled carry on over my head, but it’s not easy.<p>Despite these …

Stargazing in Sedona

After a 13-hour drive from Sequoia to Sedona — during which I nearly ran out of gas on a beautiful but desolate stretch of highway 40 (if it hadn’t been for Max‘s hybrid endurance, I absolutely would have!) — I squeaked into Red Rock Country well past dark and barely in time for my star-gazing …

Hiking the Inca Trail

The security line at my home airport in Washington, D.C., isn’t where I expected to get my first reminder that I should have trained a little more for 19 days of trekking the mountains of Peru.<p>I assumed that lesson would be taught somewhere around 9,000 feet, on the Inca Trail. But before I even …

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