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Backpack trip tells geologic story of Grand Canyon

When I first peered into the layer cake that is the Grand Canyon several years ago, I was surprised to spot a continuous strip of green between a grayish section and a red-brown one. "How could so much shrubbery grow in the desert Southwest?" I wondered as I stood at the edge of the South Rim.

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Jamaica's sweet lodgings over the water, atop the sea

(A big deal is happening: the first overwater bungalows in the Caribbean were to open Dec. 2. Similar to overwater bungalows in French Polynesia, Jamaica's Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay has figured out how to put the romantic lodgings safely in Caribbean waters. We got a sneak peek and the chance to be among the first test guests to stay overnight in one of the most romantic lodgings in the world.)

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Game review: 'Just Dance 17,' gets kids off the couch and into the virtual club

Parents need to know that "Just Dance 2017" is a dancing game. The game's music library includes a wide variety of dance songs, some of which include the occasional suggestive lyrics and/or dance moves. The game does require internet access in order to link to a UPlay Rewards account, public global platform for sharing, or compete online with the rest of the world. In-game ads for DLC, including "Unlimited" streaming service and premium songs, add pressure to players to spend real money beyond the price of the actual game.

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Rafters enjoy the rapids on the French Broad River

With dozens of outdoor activities on offer for visitors to North Carolina's Asheville area, whitewater rafting remains one of the most popular options. Tourists, coming in the tens of thousands from around the country and the world, flock to companies, such as French Broad Adventures, to experience the Blue Ridge Mountains from the water.

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Rafters enjoy the rapids on the French Broad River

With dozens of outdoor activities on offer for visitors to North Carolina's Asheville area, whitewater rafting remains one of the most popular options. Tourists, coming in the tens of thousands from around the country and the world, flock to companies, such as French Broad Adventures, to experience the Blue Ridge Mountains from the water.
JUSTINE MILLER jmiller@mcclatchy.com The Charlotte Observer
Rafters enjoy the rapids on the French Broad River 1:46

Rafters enjoy the rapids on the French Broad River

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Rock Hill holiday market draws local artisans, shoppers for 'unique' gifts

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Rock Hill company donates 300 bikes to Toys for Happiness