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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Melbourne's usually vibrant downtown streets were draining of signs of life on Wednesday on the eve of Australia's toughest-ever pandemic restrictions coming into force.

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Sao Paulo's Carnival craziness might not quite reach Rio levels, but make no mistake — Sao Paulo during Carnival is insane. Sound trucks, mechanized floats and parades of sparkly partiers fill the streets. It's sensory overload, but keep your wits about you.

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While "Game of Thrones" certainly made Dubrovnik famous, the truth is this stunning Adriatic Sea city has been charming visitors for decades. If you're in town because of your undying affection for the television series, you'll quickly notice locations for scenes in King's Landing, as well as Qarth and Slaver's Bay.

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The roads in the Dominican Republic are known to be a backdrop for trouble. There are drive-by robberies and taxi scams, in which the driver winds up charging tourists much more than the local rate. Setting criminal behavior aside, the D.R.'s city streets can be packed with motorcycles and cars, rattling even the most experienced drivers.

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—Brooke Raboutou, climber, U.S. She's the first U.S. female climber to qualify for Tokyo. The teenager grew up with world-class climbing parents and split her time between Colorado and France. She's a student at the University of San Diego majoring in business.

Dear Annie: I am the proud owner of a flip cellphone, and I probably wouldn't have it if public telephones still existed. I use about 100 minu…

Dear Annie: Both my wife and I are in our 80s, and we like to take walks together. Recently, we've noticed a safety issue that concerns us. As…

ST. MATTHEWS -- St. Matthews Town Administrator Milton Pope told town council at the October meeting that the town has sent a letter to the Ca…

Orangeburg's Memorial Plaza is at the heart of the city's downtown district and in many ways at the heart of the city's community life.

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