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The first cold storm system of the season will bring strong and gusty winds to the mountains and deserts around Southern California. Rain and snow will be possible as well.

  • Sistine Chapel gets AC, lights makeover

    Sistine chapel

    Osservatore Romano/Reuters

    High above the altar in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo's masterpiece fresco is being seen in a new light..

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  • Suspect ID'd in national park vandalism

    Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park

    D Mason

    It's a bad idea to deface national parks. It's even dumber to tag your vandalism across four states and have the images go viral among vexed nature enthusiasts.

  • Mind-boggling photos that defy perspective

    Alla Shubina

    Alla Shubina/CNN iReport

    It all started when she kissed the Great Sphinx of Giza. Bored with taking the same, tired poses at monuments on their trip to Egypt in 2010, Alla Shubina and her husband began tinkering with perspective to create clever, funny photos.

  • Lady Liberty is hipper than you think

    Statue of Liberty

    Chris Boyette/CNN

    Happy birthday, Lady Liberty!

  • Vacations that look like a Hollywood movie

    Chronicles of Narnia

    Walt Disney Pictures

    Ever watched a movie and wished that was your life -- or at least your vacation? Now it can be, just as long as your fantasies involve Finland.

  • Buy your own ghost town. Starting bid: $800,000

    Johnsonville CT


    Ever dream of owning your own ghost town?

    On Tuesday, October 28 -- just in time for Halloween -- you'll have your chance.

    That's when Johnsonville Village in Connecticut will be auctioned off by Starting bid: $800,000.

    The auction price...

  • Wi-Fi hot spot's alarming name delays flight

    American Airlines

    From American Airlines

    A transatlantic American Airlines flight was delayed Sunday after a passenger noticed a portable Wi-Fi connection named "Al-Quida Free Terror Nettwork."

    American Airlines Flight 136 was scheduled to fly from Los Angeles International Airport to London...

  • Avid fans crash Harry Potter hotel website

    Georgian House Hotel, Harry Potter-themed rooms

    From Georgian House

    Harry Potter fans are clamoring to book a limited number of rooms at a central London hotel that were decorated based on the popular J.K. Rowling books.

  • Best comedy clubs in Los Angeles

    Laugh Factory

    Laugh Factory

    From the South Bay to the Westside to North Hollywood to a vaunted stage in Pasadena where a young Robin Williams and some ex-weatherman named David Letterman once showed promise, these comedy venues consistently deliver hilarious goods.

  • The best time to book your holiday flight is...

    Airline airplane


    If you're planning on flying over the holidays, now's the time book your tickets.

  • 6 things you should know about Diwali


    SoumenNath / iStock

    The Hindu holiday of Diwali is India's biggest and brightest national holiday. But Indians around the world come together to celebrate the festival of lights.

  • Teen's Amazon quest ends in tragedy

    Amazon forest


    Kyle Nolan did his research -- his mother made sure of that. She didn't want her 18-year-old son heading to the Amazon jungle at all -- let alone, without learning everything he could about the supposed "medicine" with the bizarre name that he insisted would help him turn his young life around.

  • San Francisco guide's Chinatown rant goes viral

    Racist tour guide San Francisco

    A San Francisco tour guide's expletive-laced rant about Chinatown on her last day of work has angered a metropolis used to celebrating the diverse and welcoming City by the Bay.

  • Dear nature vandal: The Web wants you


    Matt Lingerfelt/CNN

    The National Park Service is investigating reports of graffiti and other vandalism in at least 10 National Park sites throughout the western United States.

  • Ebola fears prompt N. Korea to halt tourism

    North Korea

    North Korea is closing its borders to international tourists because of concerns about Ebola, tour agencies specializing in the country were told.

    Beijing-based Koryo Tours and Young Pioneers Tours issued statements Thursday saying they received news...

  • Rwanda reverses plan to screen US visitors

    Ebola virus


    Rwanda will not be screening U.S. visitors for Ebola after all.

  • China one of top 3 destinations for expats

    China's flag

    Carlos Barria/Reuters

    Many Chinese want to swap Beijing pollution for greener foreign shores, but it seems plenty of expats are happy to head in the opposite direction..

  • Airline issues new 'Hobbit' safety video

    Air New Zealand

    Courtesy Air New Zealand

    Here's an airline safety video passengers might actually watch. Air New Zealand has published another in its recent series of "Hobbit"-themed videos, complete with cameos by director Peter Jackson and Elijah Wood, star of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

  • Visiting national parks could cost more

    waterfall in Yellowstone National Park

    Ray Birden

    Want to visit Yosemite, Grand Canyon or Yellowstone next year? Pack your camping supplies and knock those parks off your bucket list now.

  • Americans taking fewer vacation days

    Beach chairs, umbrella, vacation, ocean

    Patrick Moore/SXC

    Feeling buried by work, like you can't find time for a few days off, like your entire work-life balance is out of whack?

  • $134,700 trip of a lifetime for fashionistas

    Arc de Triomphe Paris


    Trendy power couples can now get their fashion fix with a 30-day tour of the 12 most in-vogue global cities. But deep pockets better be in style: The trip costs $134,700.

  • 50 states, 50 jobs, one honeymoon

    50 states, 50 jobs, one honeymoon

    Courtesy Heath Padgett

    Newlyweds from Texas were looking for a "grand adventure" when they set out on June 1 for a seven-month, 50-state road trip -- and an extended honeymoon.

  • The suitcase you can ride to the airport

    Suitcase you can ride to airport

    Courtesy Olaf

    Ever wished you could clamber aboard your cumbersome luggage to zoom down a hill or coast through an airport? Driven by the same desire, Slovenian frequent flier Bostjan Zagar has come up with the answer -- a foot-powered scooter-suitcase known as Olaf.

  • Lonely Planet's top 10 cities for 2015

    Duomo Milan cathedral, Italy

    Jiuguang Wang via Wikimedia Commons

    Whether you want a cosmopolitan city, a central spot from which to explore nature or a hidden gem not yet discovered by great hordes of tourists, Lonely Planet's top 10 cities for 2015 has a spot for you.

  • W. Africa travelers restricted to 5 US airports

    JFK airport Ebola screening

    U.S. Customs & Border Protection

    All travelers flying into the United States from the West African countries most impacted by the Ebola virus can only enter the U.S. through five airports, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Tuesday.


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