Ho, ho, ho, Yosemite: A magical winter destination

This undated image provided by the National Park Service shows the famous Half Dome granite formation in Yosemite National Park in California in winter. The park is less crowded in winter and offers solitude, scenery and activities like hiking, snowshoeing, skiing and ice skating. (NPS Photo via AP)

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Yosemite National Park might not seem like an ideal winter destination, particularly if you’re from a part of the country where you’d like to trade in road salt for rim salt on your margarita and leave the words “wind chill” behind.

Mississippi museums explore slavery, Klan era

In this Nov. 10, 2017 image, Ellie Dahmer, foreground, wife of Vernon Dahmer of Hattiesburg, who was killed in 1966 by the Ku Klux Klan, their daughter Bettie Dahmer, and an older brother Harold, right, view some of the artifacts in the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum during a private preview in Jackson, Miss. Dahmer was targeted because he encouraged fellow African-Americans to register to vote during the Jim Crow era. The facility is adjacent to the newly built Museum of Mississippi History, that documents the state's rich history and the diversity of its people. Work crews and archivists are putting the final touches on the two museums set to open Dec. 9. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In the 1950s and ’60s, segregationist whites waved Confederate flags and slapped defiant bumper stickers on cars declaring Mississippi “the most lied about state in the Union.”

Book ponders appeal, then and now, of ‘The Graduate’

This book cover image released by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill shows "Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How "The Graduate" Became the Touchstone of a Generation," by Beverly Gray. (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill via AP)

“Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How ‘The Graduate’ Became the Touchstone of a Generation” (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill), by Beverly Gray

Native American students face education challenges

In this June 24, 2017, photo, Jessi Soliz dances as members of the Native American Cross Cultural Association perform at the 20th annual World Beat Festival at Riverfront Park in Salem, Ore. The Native American Cross Cultural Association advocate for more Native American studies and experiences to be shared in the classroom and encourage Native students to pursue their education. (Molly J. Smith/Statesman-Journal via AP)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Debbie Austin grew up in the Great Depression, a “time when it was not a good thing to be an Indian.”

Ballerinas help kick off Christmas at White House

The Grand Foyer and Cross Hall are decorated with "The Nutcracker Suite" theme during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ballerinas leaping to the strains of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” helped launch Christmas at the White House, featuring a traditional decor that Melania Trump chose for her family’s first holiday season in the White House.

Even procrastinators can find deals on holiday travel

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, file photo, passengers pass through Terminal A at Logan International Airport in Boston. It’s getting late for booking holiday travel, but not too late. Experts say there are tips for procrastinators to find affordable airfares and hotel rooms. Flexibility is the key. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)



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