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Gear: Squid keeps your shower stuff clean

As I write from a motel room, I am more than ready to take a shower, but there’s nary a shelf to hold my shampoo, cream rinse, shaving cream, razor and other whatnots.

But I am (multi)armed with my Shower Squid. This newfangled shower caddy has a cute little rubber “head,” from which dangle nine adjustable “tentacles” to grab my supplies.

The Squid hangs by a built-in rubber noose from any shower...

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New way to watch dolphins, whales and more in Southern California

You have a new whale-watching option in Southern California; a new boat is sailing out of north San Diego County.

Oceanside Adventures, which began offering daily, year-round excursions on Wednesday, is sailing a new, 50-foot, single-deck catamaran that can accommodate up to 49 passengers.

The two-hour cruises depart from Oceanside Harbor.

Each year, about 20,000 gray whales migrate from feeding grounds...

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Kauai fest recalls the roots of the sugar cane industry

The history and culture of Kauai's south shore will be celebrated with a festival that pays tribute to its agricultural roots dating to the early 1800s.

Koloa Plantation Days will be held at various sites throughout Koala and neighboring Poipu on July 17-26. The celebration will honor the people from around the world who settled on the island to work in its sugar cane plantations.

Koloa is known as...

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Charm of Espelette, France, puts stop sign on road trip
The new 'X-Files' stars David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Vancouver, Canada