Stories by Beth J. Harpaz

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014

Giant trees, gingerbread add to dazzle of holidays

NEW YORK - The dark days of December are being lit up with holiday sparkle all over the map, from creative Christmas trees to giant menorahs. Gingerbread houses, light displays and train shows are ...
By Beth J. Harpaz

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

Gadgets, bags make good gifts for on the go

NEW YORK - What's the best travel bag? What's the must-have gadget for travelers? AP Travel asked people who travel for a living what they can't leave home without.
By Beth J. Harpaz

Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

Hanukkah takes on glitter of Christmas

Christmas has Elf on the Shelf. Now Hanukkah has Mensch on a Bench - not to mention Maccabee on the Mantel.
By Beth J. Harpaz

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014

'Sesame Street' turns 45

NEW YORK - You don't get to be the longest-running children's show in U.S. TV history by doing the same thing over and over.
By Beth J. Harpaz

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

St. Louis museum happily goes to the dogs

ST. LOUIS - Exhibits include dog paintings, dog sculptures and displays about famous dogs. But what really makes this St. Louis museum unique is the visitors: Dogs are welcome.
By Beth J. Harpaz

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

Political figures' new memoirs make waves

NEW YORK - Two prominent women in politics, New Yorker Kirsten Gillibrand, who replaced Hillary Clinton in the U.S.
By Beth J. Harpaz

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

The Roosevelt trail leads visitors deep into history

NEW YORK — Here’s a look at some major sites connected to Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt:
By Beth J. Harpaz

NYC's Roosevelt House: History and education

NEW YORK - Ken Burns' new documentary about the Roosevelts - presidents Theodore and Franklin, and Franklin's wife, Eleanor - is bound to stir interest in some of the places connected to them.
By Beth J. Harpaz

Fall is cool season for tourists

NEW YORK - Fall used to be off-peak for tourism everywhere except New England and other fall foliage destinations. But autumn tourism is rising, with traditional summer hotspots increasingly busy ...
By Beth J. Harpaz

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014

'Lucky' editor shares this fall's wardrobe essentials

NEW YORK - It feels like summer outside, but many stores are showing styles for cooler weather. Here are some tips and trends to help your wardrobe look "clean and fresh for fall," according to ...
By Beth J. Harpaz

Saturday, Aug 16, 2014

Memorial, museum, tours offered at Sept. 11 sites

NEW YORK - Out-of-towners and locals alike have shown enormous interest in sites connected to the Sept. 11 attacks. More than 700,000 people from 131 countries have been to the National Sept. 11 ...
By Beth J. Harpaz

Sunday, Aug 3, 2014

Older travelers worry selfies are distracting

NEW YORK - Jacquie Whitt's trip to the Galapagos with a group of teenagers was memorable not just for the scenery, but also for the way the kids preserved their memories. It was, said Whitt, a ...
By Beth J. Harpaz

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Does technology help or hurt overseas study?

NEW YORK - A generation ago, students on semester abroad were incommunicado, aside from airmailed letters and one or two calls.
By Beth J. Harpaz

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tips to make family outings with teens fun

NEW YORK - Family travel falls into three distinct phases. First, there's the exhausting period of travel with crying babies who need diapers, bottles, strollers, car seats and naps.
By Beth J. Harpaz

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Home shows life of leader during WWI

WASHINGTON - When World War I began in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed U.S. neutrality. Then in 1917, he sent U.S. troops to Europe. 
By Beth J. Harpaz

Saturday, May 31, 2014

New rides, slides set to open

NEW YORK - As Memorial Day approaches several theme parks have raised their ticket prices. But don't let that put a damper on your plans. Here are several ways to control the cost of a theme park ...
By Beth J. Harpaz

Saturday, April 19, 2014

World's Fair sites still a part of Queens

NEW YORK - You can just barely see them through the window of the No. 7 subway as it rattles into the elevated station in Corona, Queens: a gigantic steel sphere, two rocket ships, and towers that ...
By Beth J. Harpaz

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Disney movies help autistic boy

NEW YORK - In his new book, Life, Animated, Ron Suskind tells the remarkable story of how Disney movies unlocked his autistic son's emotions. 
By Beth J. Harpaz

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014

Former war-torn cities are travel destinations in 2014

The Olympics, the World Cup and commemorations of World War I, D-Day and the fall of the Berlin Wall are some of the events that will spotlight destinations such as Sochi, Brazil, Sarajevo, ...
By Beth J. Harpaz

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013

Christmas festivities come in many forms

NEW YORK - Lights, trees, gingerbread and the Grinch are among the Christmastime attractions on display around the country. Here are some details.
By Beth J. Harpaz
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Ex-SC Gov. Edwards dies

CHARLESTON, S.C. - James B. Edwards, South Carolina's first Republican governor since Reconstruction and later energy secretary for two years in the Reagan administration, has died.
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