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Best places to see wildflowers -- right now! -- in Death Valley National Park

To the friends who asked:  “Why Death Valley? What is there to do there?”

I answer: Wildflowers. OK, yes, stark, stunning landscapes. But, now, especially, wildflowers.  

Thanks to heavy rains that sparked flash floods in October and the late January moisture, Death Valley National Park and its surroundings are alive and blooming.

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Long-retired cruise ship United States may sail once again

The cruise ship United States isn't one anyone has heard much about — until now.

Crystal Cruises announced last week that it would rebuild and restore the historic American-made liner that on its 1952 maiden voyage captured the transatlantic speed record for large ships. The ship traveled roughly 40 mph and made the crossing from New York Harbor to Cornwall, England, in three days, 10 hours, 40 minutes.

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Valentine's Day: What you do above Vegas -- even making whoopee at 5,280 feet -- stays above Vegas

Picture this: You in a private plane above Las Vegas with a comfy bed -- and your Valentine. If this is your idea of romance, you're ready for the Love Cloud.

The highflying tour offers lovers a chance to use the main cabin of a twin-engine Cessna, which has been tricked out with a bed topped with a red blanket and plenty of heart-patterned pillows.

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Letters: The best time to hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for free

I enjoyed Christopher Reynolds' article ["Après-Ski Zone," Jan. 24] but was disappointed that he missed a couple of important items about Salt Lake City. Although the Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearsal nights are interesting, even more enjoyable are the free run-throughs for timing before its live radio broadcasts on Sundays.

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Warning on Iran updated to highlight risk

The State Department updated its travel warning on Iran on Jan. 29 "to reiterate and highlight the risk of arrest and detention of U.S. citizens, particularly dual national Iranian Americans, in Iran."

The U.S. relies on the Swiss Embassy in Tehran for consular services because the U.S.

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A chat about Southern California



Tom Carroll and Elisa Parhad will discuss her new book, "Southern California: A Guide for the Eyes."

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena.

Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220.



See "Meru," the story of three climbers who ascended Mt. Meru, the most technically complicated and dangerous peak in the Himalayas.

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