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The invitation-only island of Niihau

As we scanned the heavens, clouds skittered across the blue. The helicopter did not. Pilot Dana Rosendal, who grew up on Oahu and has been flying for the company for eight years, got us settled and seat-belted, and we were off, whisking the 17 or so miles across the sometimes-rough Kaulakahi Channel. “Kauai steals all the rain,” Rosendal explained. Whereas parts of Kauai bathe in rain (the summit of Mount Waialeale is said to get 400 inches a year), Niihau gets a dozen or so. It was 1863... 

The Top 10 Victoria Day events across Canada

The travel website TripAtlas.com has come up with a list of uniquely Canadian events and festivals taking place on or around Victoria Day weekend. Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Victoria each get two of the Top 10: 1. Victoria Day Parade, Victoria, B.C.: What better place to celebrate Victoria Day than in Victoria? The Victoria Day Parade takes place in downtown Victoria on May 18, with more than 120,000 spectators watching marching bands, floats and clowns. See www.tourismvictoria.com. 2. Canadian... 

Apple tablet computer may ship in March: WSJ

WASHINGTON – Apple Inc. plans to unveil a long-awaited tablet computer this month which may begin to ship in March, The Wall Street Journal is reporting. Citing “people briefed by the company,” the newspaper said the color screen tablet is expected to be a multimedia device that will let people watch movies and television shows, play games, surf the Web and read electronic books and newspapers. The Journal said the device, which has been the subject of speculation for years, will come... 

Technology not as advanced by 2010 as some had hoped

NEW YORK – Despite iPods, genetic sequencing, the Internet and Twitter, nearly a third of Americans said they thought there would be more technological advances by the year 2010. Not everyone expected to be living like The Jetsons, the space age television cartoon series of the early 1960s, but the Zogby International survey of more than 3,000 adults in the United States showed many were less than enthusiastic about how far we have come by the dawn of a new decade. “The age group most likely...