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California's coastal Highway 1 is now temporarily closed in several places after recent storms

After being battered by above-average rain this winter, California’s coastal Highway 1 remains temporarily closed in several places roughly between Ragged Point and Carmel.

That’s bad news for anyone considering a road trip this spring because one trouble spot may keep the highway shut in both directions for months.

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Round trip to Dallas is just $168 on Southwest from LAX, and it's good through September

Avoid the craziness of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and get a low fare with a $168 Southwest round-trip flight to Dallas’ Love Field from LAX.

The fare, subject to availability, is for travel through September. (Seats are scarce for July.) You must buy your ticket 21 days in advance.

Info: Southwest, (800) 435-9792,



‘Mammoth is just gawd-awful.’

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This road race in the Nevada desert is 400 miles of hell--and wickedly good fun

The Mint 400 is a 400-mile off-road race along a loop extending from the California-Nevada state line near Primm, Nev., to the outskirts of Las Vegas. It takes place March 4 this year, all along a desert course.

For the last two years, driver Justin Lofton has won overall races with times of 5:36:10 in 2016 and 5:57:38 in 2015.

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Norwegian just picked a fight with other airlines by offering a $65 fare to Europe. The winner: You.

No-frills airline Norwegian on Thursday started offering crazy-low prices on 10 routes between small New England airports and five cities in Ireland and Scotland. One-way fares are advertised as low as $65.

Starting in mid-June, sale destinations from the U.S. include Edinburgh, Scotland; Belfast in Northern Ireland; and Cork, Shannon and Dublin in Ireland.

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'Mammoth is just gawd-awful.’ Or not. For some, 40 feet of snow is a winter blast

The winter that just won’t quit has graced the Eastern Sierra with more than 40 feet of snow, as some Mammoth Lakes workers shovel in as much as $100 an hour in the endless quest to keep shops open and houses accessible in the popular recreational retreat.

Depending on whom you ask, Mammoth’s string of monster snows is either a blessing or a punishment.

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Love the star treatment? Two California hotels shine with new Forbes Five-Star ratings

When it comes to the star treatment, think resorts instead of the red carpet. Two hotels and two spas in California have received the luxury high mark of Five Stars from the Forbes Travel Guide for the first time this year. That’s out of just 174 hotels and 56 spas with the distinction worldwide.

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