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Travel Picks: Top 10 desert city destinations

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Beaches are heating up but for real heat without the cooling influence of the sea, head for the desert or a city near one. Online travel advisers Cheapflights (http://www.cheapflights.com) offers its top 10 desert city destinations. Reuters does not endorse this list: Full story

Get your William and Kate condoms?

   The royal wedding memorabilia bonanza has reached a fever pitch with such items as William and Kate refrigerators, toilet covers, and yes, even condoms up for grabs. And a TV reporter in Palm Springs, Calif. loses her hat in some particularly windy weather.

What you can get for less than $450K

   TODAY real estate expert Barbara Corcoran talks to TODAY’s Al Roker about  homes in California, Missouri and New York that you can get for less than $450,000, including some right on the water.

Shining a light on Koch brothers’ secret meeting

   Ed Schultz comments on the protests outside the Koch brothers “billionaire’s caucus” meeting in Palm Springs. Are the protesters right to be concerned about a “retreat” for prominent elected conservatives and right-wing political donors?

Hotels that offer explosive views of July 4 fireworks

Get the best view of Independence Day fireworks at these great American hotels, from Boston to San Diego. Full story

'Demon' guilty of Friday the 13th slaying

A man who California prosecutors said calls himself a "true demon" has been found guilty of second-degree murder in a shooting that took place last November on Friday the 13th. Full story

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