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Are Bikes the New Tour Bus?

Many travelers opt for hop-on, hop-off tour buses to get a quick primer on a new place. As silly as it can look, and it does, it’s a useful way to get oriented when you’re visiting a destination for the first time. But there’s an alternative: biking.<p>The world is in the throes of a bike-path …

Ambassador Kennedy: A star is born

Caroline Kennedy is a long way from Syracuse.<p>The soft-spoken presidential scion, who four years ago this month toured upstate New York in a short and ill-fated bid for the U.S. Senate, has swept with force into her newest public role as President Barack Obama’s ambassador in Japan. And if the …

Rich people’s idea of charity: Giving to elite schools and operas

The wealthy aren’t donating to food shelters. They’re giving to Yale and fancy theaters for a tax deduction<p>It’s charity time, and not just because the holiday season reminds us to be charitable. As the tax year draws to a close, the charitable tax deduction beckons.<p>America’s wealthy are its largest …

Pope Francis trades skullcaps with Boston College students

Two Boston College students studying in Rome came away with a precious memento after an up-close encounter with Pope Francis.<p>Katie Rich, of Minnetonka, Minnesota, and Ethan Mack, of Portland, Maine, got to the Vatican early enough on Wednesday to grab a spot along the barricades for an audience …

Google acquires Boston Dynamics, maker of animal-inspired robots

Google has acquired Boston Dynamics, maker of Cheetah, BigDog, WildCat and other nature-inspired robots.<p>Google confirmed the acquisition in a Saturday New York Times report, which also broke the story earlier in December about former Android chief Andy Rubin leading a robotics push at Google.<p>Boston …

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