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Lost-luggage problem is getting better, slowly, at airports

Advances in technology and bag-handling procedures deserve credit for a decline in wayward luggage, including improvements over the years in the bar-coded tags and optical scanners that have long been in use for identifying and sorting checked luggage. But optical-scanning systems have their limits, and the airline industry has been slow to adopt methods used by other industries that need to track items through the shipping process.

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Serious street riding in Italy

A word, please, about Italian drivers. They were weaned on Ferraris, Alfa Romeos and Lamborghinis. They are expert operators, generally, who seem to think every trip to the supermarket is a Formula One event.

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Family adventure on Turks and Caicos Islands

Our captain, the avuncular "Marvelous" Marvin Mullings, pilots our boat, the Always Something, away from a squall and toward a quiet beach - quiet, that is until all the other boat captains of Providenciales, the most-visited of the Turks and Caicos Islands, reach the same conclusion and join us, forming a moored flotilla. Marvin is one-part seaman, one-part showman; he encourages us to attend to his safety instructions while gently inebriating us on rum punch. We then snorkel above a school of small, blue and utterly complacent fish, next climb back onboard for our next destination, Half Moon Beach.

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In the footsteps of the Bronte Sisters

Staring at the horizon, I might have been looking at a vast canvas where the technique of chiaroscuro, the interplay of light and dark, was used to create a specific mood. One minute sunshine dappled the landscape; the next misty rain enveloped it.

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Exploring the revived Eau Claire, Wis.

My Wisconsin hometown is easy to miss - the real Eau Claire, that is. Take any of its three I-94 exits, 90 miles east of the Twin Cities, and you'll find gas stations, fast-food joints, chain hotels, a shopping mall. Nothing too memorable.

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Harlem offers lively mix of old and new

Take a walk on 125th Street. Check out the Apollo Theater marquee, the latest exhibit at the Studio Museum, the patio dinner crowd on Lenox Avenue, the high-priced brownstones, the locals of all hues striding past Afrocentric sidewalk stalls while a drum circle grooves across the street.

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48 hours in Bentonville, Ark.

A guide to where to eat, stay and play in Bentonville, Ark., home to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and a lively food and culture scene.
Cindy Hedel The Kansas City Star
48 hours in Bentonville, Ark. 3:22

48 hours in Bentonville, Ark.

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Amid TSA problems, travelers talk about their experiences with KCI security

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Friday Night Touchdowns (Aug. 26)

Ian Kennedy on the Red Sox: 'It's a tough lineup' 1:07

Ian Kennedy on the Red Sox: 'It's a tough lineup'