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Oil Prices Regain Ground, but Growing Supplies Loom

Oil futures rebounded from early losses on Thursday but the recovery was muted as the market's focus switched back to signs of growing oil stocks.<p>Brent crude had gained ground by midday, on track for its strongest March since at least 2007. U.S. crude earlier in the day fell to a more than two-week …

The Best Ways to Stay in Touch on the Road

These apps and services will make sure Mom knows you're safe.<p>It's hard to even imagine the days of sending telegrams: Now, staying connected while you travel just keeps getting easier, and more fun, as technology increasingly enables us to catalog and instantly share our global experiences with …

9 USB-C accessories to give your new gadgets a boost

Ready or not, USB-C is the port of the future. There weren't many devices with the new, tiny, reversible USB-C port this time last year, but that's …

The 10 best and worst airlines to fly with are revealed in this global ranking

The airline you fly with, however, can make a huge difference.<p>AirHelp, which offers legal assistance to passengers filing claims against airlines for delayed flights, has released a global ranking of the 10 best — and worst — airlines in the world.<p>To find the most and least efficient airlines, …

Spooky Photos of Decrepit Tourist Destinations in Europe

Crumbling vestiges that signify a dying generation of tourism.<p>When my brother and I were kids, my parents used to take us to Gran Canaria, an island residing within Islas Canarias, a Spanish archipelago just off the Moroccan coast. The island has been largely visited and inhabited by Scandinavians …

Single Malt Scotch Prices Are Skyrocketing As Global Supply Runs Out

Here's what that means for you.<p>Scotch lovers, you'd better stock up: There's a global shortage of age-labeled single malt Scotch whisky, and prices are going up.<p>CNN Money reports that because Scotches are legally required to age for three years, demand is now outpacing supply. It gets worse: The …

11 Absinthe Cocktails for National Absinthe Day

Great recipes for the green fairy.<p>Herbal, anise-y and rumored to have hallucinogenic effects if you drink enough of it, absinthe isn’t for everyone. …

Spotify Announces Google Cloud Platform Partnership

Spotify announced today on their news blog that they have selected Google Cloud Platform as an infrastructure partner for their popular music streaming service. Up until now, it appears Spotify has been managing that hardware burden themselves via multiple providers and data centers (including …

TSA PreCheck Lanes Won't Be Members-Only Anytime Soon

Late last year, the Transportation Security Administration made a change to its PreCheck program that had frequent fliers rejoicing.<p>Those who were …

How 'Textual Chemistry' Is Changing Dating

My friend and I had just seen a play and, like everyone else in the theater, I took out my phone as the curtain came down. Waiting for me were five …

The Weeknd Shares How He Became One of The Biggest Artists With ‘L.A. Times’

It’s a good time to be The Weeknd!<p>With several award nominations and current chart hits, Abel sat down with <i>Los Angeles Times</i> to share how life really …

Rap & Hip-Hop

A New App Lets You Skip Immigration Lines (No Global Entry Required)

Haven’t had the time or inclination to go through the Global Entry application process? A new app, Mobile Passport Control (for iOS and Android), …

Best Bars in America

With star bartenders, expert cocktails and cool designs, these destination bars make key nightlife stops in cities around the country.

Eden Hazard will stay at Stamford Bridge if Real Madrid don't make an approach

Eden Hazard is having a pretty sub-par season, and his play could probably be used to summarize what went wrong with Chelsea in the months prior to José Mourinho's dismissal. But Hazard is showing signs that he might be returning to form, and along with that, interest from other clubs on his …

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says Ronaldo is better than Messi

Who is the world's best player? Zidane says it is Ronaldo, not Messi.<p>The general perception is that Lionel Messi is the best player in the world. …

Luka Modric Entrenching Himself as Zinedine Zidane's Centrepiece at Real Madrid

Link to Media<p>Luka Modric raised his eyebrows and exhaled forcefully, a knowing look on his face. From 20 yards, he'd sent a blistering half-volley toward the top-right corner of the Granada net, only to see goalkeeper Andres Fernandez spectacularly deny him.<p>Modric had caught it and had caught it …

Soccer

The Weeknd's New Album Really Shows Us The Beauty Behind The Madness

The wait is <i>finally</i> over. The Weeknd has revealed the <i>Beauty Behind The Madness</i> with his highly anticipated album release.<p>Abel already had four …

New Albums

bettina rheims photographs the complex worlds of prostitutes, prisoners, and celebrities

A new retrospective of the French photographer's work displays portraits of Madonna and Mila Jovovich, female inmates and transgender youth.<p>French photographer Bettina Rheims was a disciple of Helmut Newton, and his influence is visible in her work. Many of her series echo the sexually charged …

Martian Women Take Over an Otherworldly Puerto Rico

Senen Llanos set painted models against alien landscapes.<p><i>This article contains adult content.</i><p>All images courtesy the artist<p>We’re so spoiled by Earth’s natural splendor that many of us take it for granted—a bit ill-advised in this era of devastating climate change. But all around us is a sort of …

How Gin Became the Meth of 18th Century England

Today, the gin and tonic seems such a safe, civilized concoction. But when gin first hit England it caused a swathe of drunken destruction.<p>It doesn’t …

A Simple Game That Can Teach You About Design

I never really understood complementary colors, which makes sense, because I did horribly on that section of <i>Color</i>. It's an incredibly simple game …

Olive Oil Fraud: What's Really in the Bottle in Your Kitchen?

Unless you survive solely on a diet of dinners out and Seamless deliveries, it’s likely your kitchen cabinet is stocked with at least one bottle of olive oil — and there’s a good chance it’s "extra-virgin." The first pressing of the olive harvest is generally regarded as the most desirable thanks …

Meet The Most Pampered Vegetables In America

There's a small corner of the restaurant world where food is art and the plate is just as exquisite as the mouthful.<p>In this world, chefs are constantly looking for new creative materials for the next stunning presentation.<p>The tiny community of farmers who grow vegetables for the elite chefs prize …

The world's most romantic hotel bars

Avoid Tourist Crowds by Staying Where They Can’t

Traveling in the off season is the best way to score deals and avoid mobs of tourists, but you can’t always travel in the off season. Beat the …

Want to know what it’s like to give everything up and escape to more exotic climes? These inspiring travellers have made it work in all sorts of ways<p><b>Emma Robson, 35, from London is an adventure tour leader</b> <br>I was a cardiac physiologist working at St Thomas’s hospital in London and had spent seven …

Inspiration

Virginia Woolf's Guide To Grieving

In her fiction, the loss of her mother ripples silently.<p><b>In 1895, when Virginia Woolf was 13</b>, her mother, Julia Stephen, died suddenly -- influenza turned to rheumatic fever, and in short order she was gone. Young Virginia had a moment to kiss her mother as she lay on her deathbed; as she left the …

What It’s Really Like to Take the Certified Sommelier Test

“All I could think of was, <i>please don’t be him, please don’t be him</i>.” But it was. As she walked across the room to where he sat, at one of the four tables in the restaurant, her nerves climbed—not because she’d just seen him in a recent movie—but because she’d rehearsed this moment for months.<p>“Open …

Wine