Laura Kissock

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5 Companies That Are Actually Helping Us Travel Cheaper

We love to hack our way to a good travel deal -- because quite frankly, it sometimes seems like the big companies are out to get us.<p>But, fair traveler, this is not entirely so. Many corporations seem aimed at helping travelers achieve their dream trips in cost-effective ways, from phone plans to …

This one U.S. hotspot produces the largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane. Why?

The Four Corners area (red) is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background …

Dick Van Dyke: Brits have teased me for 50 years about Mary Poppins accent

Picking up an award in Hollywood, US actor reveals half a century of scorn from UK residents concerning iffy English accent as Bert the chimney sweep – and a novel way of keeping young<p>• Porpoises rescue Dick Van Dyke<p>Dick van Dyke has experienced more than a half century of ribbing from fans about …

No visas for heads of Russian, Chinese space agency to attend major conference

Ottawa's apparent refusal to grant visas to the most senior Russian and Chinese delegates at a prestigious international astronautical conference Monday blindsided the head of Canada's space agency, who was left struggling to come up with an explanation.<p>The leaders of Russia's and China's space …

Veterans Affairs (Canada)

Runner-Up In NASA's Space Taxi Contest Will Fight Decision

Will NASA be required to fund the Dream Chaser?<p>With the recent retirement of the Space Shuttle program in 2011, NASA has been in desperate need of some space taxis -- vehicles designed to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station. For the past three years, the space agency …

Transgender rights bill opposed by Harper may be sidelined in Senate

A Conservative senator is considering proposing changes to a transgender rights bill that narrowly passed the House of Commons last year, raising the prospect it will meet further delays and perhaps stall before the next election.<p>Senator Don Plett, a former Conservative Party president, told The …

LGBTQ

Blow to Detroit's poorest as judge rules water shutoffs can continue

Judge hearing historic bankruptcy case says city can continue to shut off water access to residents behind on payments<p>Residents fight back against shutoffs: ‘It’s life or death’ Detroit demolishes its ruins: ‘The capitalists will do the rest’<p>The judge overseeing Detroit’s bankruptcy ruled Monday …

The People Have Voted: Pluto is a Planet!

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Kerry Enlists Saudi King in War of Ideas Against ISIS

On the night of Sept. 11, John Kerry arrived at the royal palace here for a meeting with the King of Saudi Arabia. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz makes his …

Ten of the world's best destinations for drinkers

Instead of cracking a can at home, why not search out one of these boozy hotspots? Whether you fancy guzzling a pint, sipping a cocktail or knocking back a dram or two, we can help you quench your thirst in style.<p>Pivni Lazne Bernard, Prague, Czech Republic<p>Sure, a pint of pilsner wouldn’t go amiss - …

Victoria (Australia)

Solar Flare Could Trigger Auroras Tonight For Northern U.S.

Earth is in the line of fire of a powerful solar flare that has already begun hitting us, but most of the energy from the Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, will skirt safely by, scientists say, with major disruptions to the electric grid, satellites and communications unlikely.<p>But if you're lucky — …

How to Save Money on Your Next Hotel Stay

<i>fhotels / Flickr</i><p>Whether you're planning to spend two weeks on an island or a weekend in the big city, booking a hotel can be the most important part of any travel budget. Your flight tickets are likely more expensive individually, but your hotel room rate will probably include multiple nights and …

3 Roosevelts Come Alive In PBS Documentary, Ken Burns' Best Yet

Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his most resonant and famous line during his presidential inauguration speech of 1933: "So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief, that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." It was resonant because he was being defiant, and optimistic, in the face …

How 'But I'm A Cheerleader' & Natasha Lyonne Helped To Usher In The Next Wave Of LGBT Portrayals

These days, Natasha Lyonne is most loved for her portrayal of Nicky Nichols on Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black." But 14 years ago, Lyonne played another iconic LGBT character in the satirical indie “But I’m a Cheerleader.”<p>Written and directed by Jamie Babbit, the movie used campy humor to tell a …

The Coolest Celebrity Backyards — As Revealed By The Ice Bucket Challenge

Photo: Via Torrilla.<p>Have you heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge? Just kidding. Of course you have. Everyone’s doing it. Even your mom, who’s …

Iconic Monuments Magnificently Photographed From Sunrise Till Sunset

The world's most iconic monuments and buildings often have two very different qualities, depending on which time of day you visit them.<p>You might …

6 Needs of the Millennial Traveler

Hospitality

Cowboys sign Michael Sam to practice squad

IRVING, Texas – It took a little longer than he expected, but Michael Sam is grateful for a chance to find a professional home in his home state. And during his first day on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, separate in-person greetings from quarterback Tony Romo and tight end Jason Witten left …

Dallas