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A Taste of Transylvania in North Carolina

Looking for a couple's getaway to keep you both happy? A surprisingly attractive option lies a reasonably short distance from the Asheville, N.C., airport. Home to world-class mountain bikers drawn to its extensive trail network and mild winters, nationally known fly fishermen and an internationally acclaimed music center, this rural getaway offers travel amenities, a publicly accessible NASA gem and an art district that's home to a Smithsonian exhibitor. Need more? There's also a blooming craft beer scene, and more waterfalls than you can shake a stick at. North Carolina's Transylvania County has much to offer lovers of music, mountain biking and Mother Nature.

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Familiar frights at these haunts

Six years ago, director Eli Roth pulled on a costume from his film "Hostel" and staged an impromptu performance inside the film's maze at Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights.

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A Yosemite park ranger's five favorite spots

Yosemite National Park is not just about Half Dome, spectacular as it is. There's so much beauty and bounty to check out in its northern reaches, where the crowds are sparse and the sights spectacular. So we asked park ranger Jamie Richards about some of her favorite spots. She's particularly fond of Tuolumne Meadows and the points along Tioga Road, she says, and now is the perfect time to go.

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$60 million settlement in federal criminal case against Wilmington Trust

Wilmington Trust Corp. agreed Tuesday to pay $60 million and help federal prosecutors with their criminal case against four of its former top executives. As a result, the bank avoids a federal trial on charges it illegally concealed hundreds of millions of dollars in bad loans to developers from its own investors, bank examiners and the federal TARP bailout program during the last decade's mortgage-finance crisis.

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London's newest attraction, Mail Rail, delivers

In 1913, the British Post Office realized that London's congested traffic was slowing down mail delivery and something needed to be done about it. (They are turning in their graves if watching London's traffic snarl these days.) That year, Parliament approved building the Post Office Railway, as it was officially known, and construction began two years later. The Great War intervened, however, and although the tunnels were nearly completed full operation began only in December of 1927.

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Leaf peeping in Virginia wine country

The rolling hills around this historic town and county seat northwest of Washington, D.C., has long been known as horse country. Jackie Kennedy famously rode with the Piedmont Fox Hounds in nearby Middleburg, and even today there are more horses than houses in Loudoun County, which was settled in the mid-1720s and still feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the nation's capital.

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