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Ascension Island, a Burnt Volcanic Cinder in the Vast South Atlantic: Getting Really, Truly, Terminally Away From It All on the Looney Front (Part 1)

A 34-square-mile speck of 44 lava, ash and cinder cones lost in the middle of the South Atlantic, eight degrees south of the Equator, 900 miles from Africa and 1,400 miles from South America, it would be harder to find a more remote get-away than Ascension Island.<p>That is unless you're also on your …

Human ancestors developed a taste for alcohol 10 million years ago

Happy hour started way earlier than we thought.<p>Roughly 10 million years ago -- long before humans began to store food harvested by agriculture, and long, long before they intentionally fermented food and made a delightfully relaxing ritual of consuming the result -- a new study finds that the guts …

New Jersey releases quarantined nurse

A nurse who was quarantined at a hospital in New Jersey after returning from West Africa was released Monday, her attorney said.<p>Kaci Hickox, who told CNN the quarantine was violating her rights, was discharged after testing negative for Ebola.<p>Also on Monday, a 5-year-old boy who recently visited …

The World's 6 Creepiest Haunted Hotels

By: Sophie-Claire Hoeller<p>Usually when you need a good scare, you just check out your credit card statement to see how much you spent last month.<p>But if you're really out to prove you have, like the awesome '80s T-shirt line, <i>no fear</i>, well, try sleeping in a haunted hotel. And we don't mean the …

White House intruder was armed with a knife

The Secret Service on Saturday launched a security review to learn how a man carrying a knife was able to get inside the front door of the White House on Friday night after jumping a fence and sprinting more than 70 yards across the North Lawn — the first time that has ever happened.<p>Within seconds, …