Los Angeles Times

Why: Santa Cruz Island offers an undeveloped, virtually uninhabited wilderness with staggering scenery and biodiversity that might make Charles Darwin weep. The beach at Scorpion Ranch is an ideal spot to marvel at life beneath the waves (especially the shoreline kelp forests) and view sea cliffs, coves and caves by kayak.

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The Wall Street Journal

Elon Musk’s SpaceX, demonstrating its founder and chief executive’s penchant for showmanship, announced that it had signed up the first private passenger seeking to fly around the moon. But the company provided no timetable or other details about the plan.

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