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5 free things to see and do in Naples

NAPLES, Italy (AP) — La dolce vita is all the sweeter when you get it for free. "La dolce vita," of course, means "the sweet life," in Italian, something you will find plenty of in Italy's third-largest city. Naples gets…...

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Female vineyard workers sharp in Napa contest

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Every year for the last 12 years the vineyard workers of the Napa Valley have gathered in the soft light of a mid-winter morning, shears at the ready, game faces on, each eager to prove he's the…...

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In California wine country, an olive oil trail

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Come to California wine country taste the . olive oil? Yes, there's liquid gold hidden among the vines, part of an olive oil boom in recent years. You can tour an orchard, learn what extra-virgin olive…...

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Hard cider takes bigger slice of beverage market

Autumn's a great time to fall for apple appeal, with cooler temperatures setting the stage for the fruit to star in gently steaming pies and alongside fragrant roasts. Or, you could drink your apple a day, the fermented…...

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Pompeii: Dead city lives in ruins, in imagination

POMPEII, Italy (AP) — Pompeii is the city of the long goodbye. In A.D. 62, a major earthquake toppled buildings, causing severe damage, harbinger of what was to come. Seventeen years later, in A.D. 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted,…...

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Wineries add some hip to their sip

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — The tiki tasting hut in the barrel room of the Judd's Hill winery is a tipoff: This isn't your old-school faux chateau. Which is just the way Napa Valley winemaker Judd Finkelstein and his family want…...

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Liquor companies wooing women customers

Maybe it's the ad's strikingly handsome spokesman dressed in fireman's gear. Maybe it's the fact that his shirt has a winsome habit of disappearing, revealing sculpted pecs. Maybe it's the beret-wearing kitten he chats with.…...

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When in London, take a page from a favorite book

LONDON (AP) — Walking toward the George Inn on a drizzly evening, yellow light from its bustling Parliament Bar spilling out on wet cobblestones, it's easy to imagine the ghostly footsteps of the past. Is that a double-decker…...

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Tater Tots appealing to hipsters and home cooks

Tater Tots have come a long way from your school lunch tray. The comfort (and kid) food staple, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, has been making it big on the bar scene, showing up as a crispy snack recently…...

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Quake jolts, doesn't stop 2014 Napa harvest

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — The first pinot noir grapes of the season came in to Trefethen Family Vineyards as usual, glistening purple mounds stacked in white bins. Well, almost as usual. This year, harvest workers donned safety…...