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Gear: Your little superhero can have a super backpack for traveling

Why should your little traveler wear a backpack designed for mere mortals when he or she can don one that reveals the superhero within?

When you unzip the hidden pocket at the top of the spongy nylon pack of the SuperME Cape Backpack, out flows an attached big, bright satiny cape.

Another pocket holds a matching mask. Among about 10 color schemes and themes are a black, gray and yellow Ninja Graffiti...

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Deal: Heat and dust add up to savings at Arizona's Boulders resort

If you can put up with the heat (highs this week are expected to range from 100 to 107) and navigate around some major renovations, the Boulders Resort & Spa in Carefree, Ariz., has a summer package that gives you a chance to relax and save at the same time.

The deal: The Truly Boulders Deal  puts all 422 rooms on sale. For example, a two-bedroom villa begins at $389 a night. During the winter and...

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Build a Batmobile or chat with 'Friends' on Warner Bros.' expanded backlot tour

Hollywood has long been a big draw for tourists visiting Southern California.

Now Warner Bros. is hoping to capitalize on that interest by giving travelers to Los Angeles a deeper look into the movie-making process.

Spurred by the success of its behind-the-scenes Harry Potter studio tour outside London, Warner Bros. is planning a major expansion of its backlot tour in Burbank.

The newly named Warner...

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New Viking Ocean Cruises line adds four more itineraries

Viking Ocean Cruises has been so popular in its inaugural year of sailing that it has added four new itineraries for its recently christened Viking Star and sister ships Viking Sea (debuting in April 2016) and Viking Sky (debuting in March 2017).

If the name Viking rings a bell, it is because Viking River Cruises, founded in 1997, is one of the giants of river cruising.

Viking Ocean will add the the...

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Arkansas park is a girl's best friend: Woman finds -- and gets to keep -- 8.5-carat diamond

A Colorado woman paid for her vacation — and then some — when she discovered an 8½-carat diamond at an Arkansas park where visitors can hunt for stones and keep what they find.

Bobbie Oskarson uncovered a raw, 8.52-carat white diamond last week at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, about 100 miles southwest of Little Rock.

Oskarson, of Longmont, Colo., had been looking in the 37-acre field...

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California (and beyond): July 4 fireworks show spots

Looking for a show? Here’s is a sampling of July 4 fireworks displays in some of our traditional summer vacation spots, ranging from cozy mountain retreats to the bangy urban pleasures of Las Vegas:

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN

A full weekend of family festivities is highlighted by the annual fireworks shows in the plaza at Mammoth and at Crowley Lake, just outside of town.

Time: July 3-5, fireworks start July...

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