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From power tools to helicopters: 6 famous prison escapes

<b>(CNN) —</b> Prisons are supposed to be the most difficult buildings to escape from. Yet time and again, inmates break free -- sometimes with dramatic helicopter stunts, sometimes by just slipping through the cracks -- literally.<p>Here are some of the most amazing prison breaks in history:<p>The French …

Crime

B.B. King and The Thrill Is Gone: PIctures

New York City

Best American beach campsites | CNN Travel

Travel

Top 5 Castle Hotels in the World

Sleep like a king (or queen) at these regal properties across the planet -- literally! From Medieval-style English manors to an Indian palace in the middle of a lake, GAYOT's Top 5 Castle Hotels give guests the royal treatment. Centuries-old architecture is complemented by modern amenities and …

58 Dishes to Bring to an Outdoor Party

Not all food is ready to withstand hungry hordes and sit outside in the hot, hot heat. That's why these 58 dishes exist.<p><b>When we're heading to picnics</b>, cooking out in the backyard, and gearing up for days at the beach, we want our food to be as ready for the summer sun as we are. But not all food …

Healthy Eating

Ice Cream Hacks: 4 Healthy Frozen Recipes That Put Soft Serve to Shame

Every spring it seems we reach a crossroads—in one direction we hear the siren call of soft serve and its spattering of sprinkles, in the other: bikini season beckons. Fortunately, this year we have the skinny on Freeze, the genius dessert hack created by Los Angeles-based Pressed Juicery that …

SoftServe

10 Critically-Despised Movies You Didn't Know Were Oscar Nominees

The 2015 Oscars are just around the corner, and this year's nominees (in even the smaller categories) all mostly films whose reviews were on the positive side. But that isn't always the case.<p>There are some movies that time forgot but who can claim an honorary distinction -- movies you would never, …

Movies

Rare fox spotted in Yosemite National Park

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's not every day that a fox sighting makes headlines. But when it's a once-in-a-century sighting of a rare Sierra Nevada red fox, it merits a mention.<p>Researchers on staff at Yosemite National Park made the find during a five-day trek through the backwoods of the park. The scientists, part …

National Parks

North Korea demanded $10bn in cash and food to attend talks with South

Hermit state asked for money and half a million tons of food as precondition to holding summit with South in 2009<p>North Korea demanded $10 billion in cash and half a million tons of food in 2009 as a precondition of holding a summit with the South, former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak said, …

North Korea

36 Game-Day Snacks to Satisfy *All* Special Diets

Entertaining can be tricky when special diets come into play, but it doesn’t have to be that way. These 36 Super Bowl-worthy recipes work for all kinds of allergies and preferences, from gluten-free to paleo to vegan to vegetarian — and everything in between. The best part, though? Even those folks …

This Is What Eating 8,000 Calories A Day Actually Looks Like

A surprising visual of Bradley Cooper's American Sniper bulk-up plan.<p><b>Bradley Cooper had to pack on 40 pounds</b> for his role as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in <i>American Sniper</i>—and to do so, he reportedly ate a whopping 8,000 calories a day. It's an amount that seems so immense, we couldn't help but wonder what …

Healthy Eating

7 slow-cooker recipes for your Super Bowl line-up

The most important tool for a successful Super Bowl feast? (Hint: It's not a beer cozy or a pair of stretchy pants — though those might also come in handy.) We're talking about a slow cooker, that wondrous appliance that lets you produce warm, tasty dishes with minimal effort.<p>If you're hosting a …

I Toured NYC's Least Hygienic Restaurants and They Were Delicious

I sampled food from restaurants that have fallen afoul of the Health Department, and enjoyed almost all of it. Then I puked.<p>Over the past couple of months, our friends at VICE offices around the globe have been hitting up the dirtiest restaurants in their respective towns to see what they have on …

New York City

17 Best-Loved Holiday Cookies and Bars

<b>1. Almond Biscotti</b><p>Inspired by the almond biscotti served at the celebrated Zuni Cafe in San Francisco, these Italian-style cookies are are made by forming a fragrant, almond-studded dough into loaves, partially baking it, slicing it and then baking it again. They are everything you want a good …

12 Exceptional Wines for Parties

Denver's McLain Hedges and Mary Wright spend their days recommending bottles in their fantastic shop, The Proper Pour. Here, they recommend 12 wines …

Eat The Enemy: How Eating Autumn Berries Can Help The Environment AND The Fight Against Cancer

<i>This story is part of "Eat The Enemy," a HuffPost series on edible invasive species, non-native plants and animals you can help contain from the comfort of your dinner table. Not all invasive species are edible, and some included in this series can be dangerous, including lionfish and wild boar.</i> …

Your Favorite Wholesome Weeknight Dinners

<i>There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.</i><p><i>Today: Your favorite weeknight dinners to keep you going through the holiday rush.</i><p>We've …

Cooking

Our 15 Most Popular Entertaining Recipes from 2014

Did you throw dinner parties in 2014? Did people gather around your table and pass plates and laugh and ask for seconds and linger over final bites of cake and sips of wine? Did you spend your Saturday afternoons baking, or rolling pasta dough, or braising things, then welcome friends with an apron …

Recipes

Robin Williams's Friends and Family Remember His Legacy

For Zak Williams, the grief is always there, but the memories come in waves – sometimes small, sometimes tidal.<p>It has been more than four months …

Robin Williams

15 Slow Cooker Oatmeals And Healthy Breakfasts To Prep Overnight

A daily ritual of breakfast in bed is a long-shot wish: You might be able to swing it if you've got buckets of money and a crumb catcher built into your sheets.<p>The next-best thing? A healthy breakfast, more elaborate than a bowl of cereal or a sad granola bar, all ready for you as you groggily …

Graves of 'vampires' discovered in Poland were cholera victims

Archaeologists have discovered the graves of cholera victims which were treated like vampires to stop them rising from the grave and infecting the locals<p>When archaeologists discovered graves in Poland where the dead had been buried with sickles across their throats and rocks under their chins, they …

Archaeology