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Thanksgiving travel: 650 flights canceled so far on busiest day

If your Thanksgiving travels are taking you to the East Coast on Wednesday, be prepared for flight delays and cancellations as a powerful storm moves from North Carolina up to New England.

A nor'easter dumping rain and snow in the Northeast is adding to travel angst on the day before Thanksgiving, the busiest travel day of the year in the nation.

As of Wednesday afternoon Pacific time, more than 3,000 flights departing from or heading to U.S. cities were delayed and 650 were canceled, flight-tracking service FlightAware reports. More than 200 flights were canceled late Tuesday, even before the storm hit, as a preemptive measure, the website reports.

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in New Jersey, LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York City and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) led the pack of airports with the most cancellations.

The FAA reported average delays of nearly an hour and a half for flights into Boston Logan Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport in...

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8 car games -- slightly updated -- for your Thanksgiving road trip

Here are eight games for that car trip you’re taking this Thanksgiving weekend; they may appeal to a slightly older crowd that is, perhaps, a bit more cynical than a 6-year-old and is also interested in traveling, beyond being held captive in the family car.

Some are a freshening of old standbys—the Alphabet Game, Team Storytelling—and others are unique to California.

These may come in handy if your trip is long or your plans are slowed by the weather or by the sheer number of others on the road (3 1/2 million Southern Californians on the road to Turkeyville between Wednesday and Friday).

Play nicely, travel safely and let the games begin. May the odds be ever in your favor.

Spot the Expensive Car: Call out the cars on the road--they'll probably pass you--that cost more than $50,000. You can use a list from US News and World Report. (There may be too many of these to play easily in L.A. so you may need to get away to a more rural area to avoid a call-out frenzy.)  The Aston-Martin V-8...

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For Super Bowl weekend, Phoenix-area hotel room rates have soared

We hope Super Bowl XLIX fans who bought tickets for the Feb. 1 game near Phoenix next year already booked a hotel room. If not, there'll be a stiff price to pay. 

Hotel room prices have skyrocketed in and around the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., where the NFL showdown will take place.

Travel booking site conducted a survey of room prices on Nov. 15, and the news was not good.

"Currently only about one in 10 hotels in the greater Phoenix region still have vacancies for the Super Bowl weekend of Jan. 30 to Feb. 2," the website says.

Four- and five-star hotels have sold out, and even budget hotels have raised prices more than 300% above their usual rates.

I checked hotel websites Tuesday afternoon and found rooms available at these prices:

--Best available rate at La Quinta Inn & Suites Phoenix I-10 West about 10 miles from the stadium starts at $849 a night for Jan. 30 and Feb. 1 rooms. The following weekend the same rooms start at $99. 

--Gaslight Inn...

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New San Diego Dr. Seuss exhibit focuses on Seuss the artist

Most of us know about Dr. Seuss the author, but a new exhibit in San Diego showcases Seuss the artist.

"Ingenius! The World of Dr. Seuss" focuses on original sketches and oil paintings by Seuss, the visual and literary genius behind the fantasy world of the Grinch, the Cat in the Hat and other characters.

"Many locals know that Dr. Seuss lived here, and while they have read his books, many have not yet seen his art," Susan Brandt, president of Dr. Seuss Enterprises L.P. says in a statement. "This exhibition will show the community another fantastical side of Dr. Seuss."

Dr. Seuss, a.k.a. Theodor Geisel, was born in Massachusetts but lived and worked in La Jolla for more than four decades. He died in 1991 at age 87.

The show, which opened last weekend, includes artwork of famous characters such as the Cat in the Hat and the Lorax as well as a Seussian interpretation of local landmarks like the historic Hotel del Coronado.

Other original artworks on display include a wildly colorful...

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Guatemala: Culinary tour blends cuisines, culture

Experience Guatemala's rich cultural heritage from a unique perspective in February when a four-day Antigua culinary tour blends Southern-style United States cuisine with Maya flavors. The Cultiva Tours itinerary includes sightseeing in Antigua, as well as cooking classes, a rum tasting and several multicourse meals, including a lunch prepared by four Atlanta chefs at a 400-year-old, family-owned coffee farm, Finca el Pintado.

Dates: Feb. 2-6.

Price: The Atlanta-Antiqua Culinary Tour is $2,000 per person, double occupancy (single supplement $400). Included are airport transfers, accommodations at El Convento Boutique Hotel in Antigua, Guatemala; meals, sightseeing and activities and guide. International air fare is not included.

Info: Cultiva Tours, (404) 538-8939

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Lucky you! You can marry for free on Dec. 13 on the Vegas Ferris wheel

Couples who marry on Dec. 13 can have their ceremonies performed free in Las Vegas aboard the world’s tallest Ferris wheel.

Why that date? Followers of numerology believe sequential dates — 12/13/14, for instance — are lucky, so that Saturday is expected to be a big day for getting hitched in Vegas, the self-proclaimed marriage capital of the world.

Don’t rush into anything, but if you’re into the sequential thing, this is probably your best bet for the foreseeable future.

Those who don’t mind getting married en masse can join other happy couples for free services aboard the High Roller.

At the observation wheel, up to 20 couples will join an officiant in each of the attraction’s 28 cabins for mass marriages at no charge. To add to the numerical significance, the free weddings will be performed between 10:11 a.m. and 12:13 p.m.

The offer also includes a complimentary photo and a champagne toast.

A large crowd is expected, so couples can begin lining up at 8 a.m. They must provide their...

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