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27 Reminders Why Brazil Is On Everyone's Bucket List

It has crossed your mind at least once ... You, Brazil, a beach, sipping on some fresh coconut water that an endearing elderly man probably just chopped open for you with a machete -- sun, relaxation, beauty.<p>Whether you've been dreaming of experiencing Carnaval in the South American paradise for …

Places You Never Thought You Could Afford in the Caribbean

You: barefoot on an empty white-sand beach. You: rubbing shoulders with celebrities on vacation. You: sipping a cocktail on St. Barts, Anguilla, or Virgin Gorda. The Caribbean's most exclusive and expensive islands may seem beyond your reach, but where there's a will to go, there's a way to …

10 Beach Dangers Everyone Should Watch Out For

The luster of a beautiful beach -- vivid blue water, cloudless skies, warm sand -- belies the innate perils of the shore. Beaches are subject to the unpredictable, wild nature of our environment. They harbor hazardous plants and animals. They get polluted. They sustain dangerous wave conditions. We …

The Biggest Booking Mistake Travelers Make

There is a science to airfare: The day, time of day, and the time of the month that you book matter.<p>The number one mistake I see most travelers make is to book too early. Unless you are planning travel for high-traffic days, like Christmas or July 4, you stand the best chance for the lowest …

Heroin epidemic plagues N.Y. suburbs

Officials in the Lower Hudson Valley say three deaths this week are suspected to have been caused by overdoses.<p>WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- A heroin epidemic claiming the lives of young adults locally and across the nation is continuing despite a crackdown on suppliers and increased efforts to warn users …

State Dept.: Keystone XL would have little impact on climate change

WASHINGTON -- A long-awaited environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline released Friday by the State Department found the project would have a negligible impact on climate change, bolstering the case for the controversial project as it heads to the White House for a decision on its …

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Top 10 Canal Trips

Float along the storied routes of cities and countrysides with this collection of the world's best canal trips.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>Journeys of a Lifetime</i><p><b>The Panama Canal, Panama</b> <br>Joining the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, this 50-mile (80-kilometer) engineering marvel is used by thousands …

Spaniards oppose changes to abortion laws

Thousands are expected to turn out in Spain on Saturday to fight plans to make it harder for women to have an abortion. <br>The draft law allows for a termination only in exceptional circumstances, such as rape. <br>But it has caused an outcry, particularly among womens' groups in the country. <br>Al Jazeera's …

Brazil police arrest Amazon tribesmen for murder

<b>Police in Brazil's Amazon region have arrested five indigenous members of the Tenharim tribe accused of killing three contractors who have been missing since mid-December.</b><p>The tribe denies any involvement in the disappearance of the three men.<p>Local groups accused tribe members of killing the three …

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Syrian government accused of 'starve or surrender' policy against civilians

The United States accused Syria of enacting a “starve or surrender” policy toward civilians in rebel-held areas on Friday, after peace negotiations between the regime and opposition groups failed to achieve any discernible progress.<p>There had been hope that the first round of talks, which ended on …

Former Ally: Chris Christie Knew About Bridgegate ‘When the Lanes Were Closed’

When Dav­id Wild­stein, a Chris Christie-ap­poin­ted of­fi­cial at the Port Au­thor­ity, pleaded the Fifth dur­ing a hear­ing about the …

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Greens suffer another KXL setback

The State Department on Friday released a final environmental study of the Keystone XL oil pipeline that increases the odds the project will win approval from the Obama administration, delivering yet another disappointment for climate activists.<p>The long-awaited analysis echoes past State Department …

CHIPOTLE SHARES ARE SURGING AFTER EARNINGS

This beat expectations for earnings of $2.52 per share, on revenue of $826.3 million.<p>The stock is up 11.3% after hours to $550.<p>Comp store sales were up 9.3%, beating expectations for 6.7%.<p>Full year revenue was up 17.7% from a year ago to $3.21 billion and comp restaurant sales were up 5.6%.<p>Chipotle …

Painting Wendy Davis as a bad mother is political sexism at its worst

Here we go again: sexist tropes being used against a high-profile female political candidate.<p>A recent article in the Dallas Morning News by the paper's senior political writer Wayne Slater purported to correct the biography of Wendy Davis, the democratic candidate for Texas governor. Davis made …

Rand Paul Defends Dad as ‘Rare Figure in Politics’

As Rand Paul has risen to prominence as a national figure, transforming from libertarian gadfly to viable presidential candidate, his father’s …

Proaction and the politics of fracking

David Cameron has argued that the UK should go "all out" for shale gas. As someone hearing this from atop the Barnett Shale in Texas, this makes me cringe. We've been going all out for fracking for years, and the results for local communities have been grim. In exchange for modest and fleeting tax …

Political Rivals Find Common Ground Over Common Core

Supporters of the new Common Core education standards adopted by 45 states say the standards hold American students to much higher expectations, and move curriculum away from a bubble-test culture that encourages test preparation over deeper learning.<p>But there's growing backlash to Common Core, and …

Marijuana Program Stalled, 'Revenge Porn' Proposal, O'Malley's Irish Muse: Maryland Politics in Brief

Check out the top political stories from around the state.<p><b>By Adam Bednar</b><p><b>Baltimore Sun:</b> Last year the Maryland General Assembly approved distribution …

UK's big six energy firms are getting involved in politics, says John Prescott

The UK's "big six" energy suppliers have made an unwarranted intervention into politics, John Prescott, the former deputy prime minister has alleged, by threatening power cuts and a dearth of investment.<p>Prescott, now a Labour lord, told the Guardian that the companies were "becoming very …

8 Decorating Ideas to Steal From Instagram

Design trends on the visual-heavy app.<p>Interior designers, bloggers, and tastemakers have taken to the visual-heavy app to capture life's most captivating moments. Here, we compile some of the most inspiring snapshots by the must-follow crowd.

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Just a delightful little taste of the work of photographer Dan Duchars. I love his use of natural light in these shoots. Almost like an extra …