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Fall is almost here and in some parts of the country the leaves are starting to change color.  Many people think it happens because the weather starts to turn chilly, but that’s only part of the story. You probably remember from your science classes that leaves are green because of the chemical pigment chlorophyll. When the weather starts to cool, the veins in the leaves close and eventually the amount of chlorophyll is reduced. The different colors of each trees leaves are the result of other pigments within.

It’s just a chemical reaction, but it sure does make for some pretty scenery.

Travel & Leisure has a mighty pretty round up of some of the country’s best fall-foliage drives with advice on where to stop for the best views, attractions along the way, and of course places to stay should you want to make a weekend of it.

Remember to check out the local tourism offices for information on peak foliage color weeks as that varies from state to state, and the further north you travel, the earlier the colors peak.

Photo: New England foliage via Flickr

Amy Coney Barrett

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Donald Trump will select U.S. Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court pick Saturday, multiple news outlets confirmed with White House officials on Friday — and the outlook couldn't be more bleak for reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, immigration, and the future of health care in the United States.

According to the New York Times, Trump "will try to force Senate confirmation before Election Day."

"The president met with Judge Barrett at the White House this week and came away impressed with a jurist that leading conservatives told him would be a female Antonin Scalia," the Times reported.

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