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That Gorgeous Dress Too Expensive? New Website Lets You Name Your Price

A new website from a couple MIT grads lets customers haggle for high-end, locally made products.<p>Haggling is an age-old tradition at marketplaces around the world, but price negotiations between merchants and buyers haven’t quite made their way into the world of e-commerce.<p>Theorem, a San …

eCommerce

Compelling Portraits of People Who Live Alone in the Forest

While most people all over the world live in a community with others around them, Russian photographer Danila Tkachenko captures those that choose to turn their backs on this lifestyle. His compelling series <i>Escape</i> documents people who instead live a solitary existence in the wilderness. They make …

Photography

Beautifully Haunting Self-Portraits That Are Filled with Emotion

This elegant collection of self-portraits by London-based photographer Mariell Amlie is filled with soft color palettes and strong lighting that lend to the haunting aura throughout each image. Amlie captures unbelievable emotion throughout her work, which quickly consumes the viewer and creates a …

Photography

Black Crescent's Boozy Five Dollar Shake

A new drink is gracing the menu of NYC's cocktail and oyster bar Black Crescent, and there isn't really anything else out there like it. This new creation from celebrated bartender Michael Reynolds (who's also one of Black Crescent's co-owners), dubbed the "Five Dollar Shake," looks a lot like a …

Cocktails

9 Ways to Become More Creative in the Next 10 Minutes | Inc.com

Modern culture often labels creativity as natural gift. Artists get showered with praise and proclamations of "you're so <i>talented</i>," but truthfully, talent has little to do with it.<p>Creativity is a skill to be learned, practiced, and developed, just like any other. Juggling takes practice, as does …

Creativity

Do You Have To Wash New Underwear Before You Wear It?

<b>The Scientist: Philip M. Tierno, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and pathology at New York University School of Medicine</b><p>The Answer: In a word, yes. …

Clothing

Inside the portfolio of Mark Segal

VOGUE HOMMES CULTURE<p>Shooting for the world's most celebrated publications, Mark Segal's iconic black and white images exude sensuality, sending …

7 Bad Habits You Need To Break Now

<i>Update: This story was originally published on July 14.</i><p>There are bad habits you quit and then there are bad habits you keep, despite resolutions, …

Chia Seeds

7 Easy Recipe Swaps for Healthier Meals

Cut calories, fat and salt without sacrificing flavor in your cooking and at restaurants.<p>Sometimes not following the recipe can result in a better-for-you dish while being just as tasty. Find out the easiest ways you can turn a regular dish into an extra-healthy one. Plus, get advice on how to make …

STD rates jump in California in 2013, though chlamydia cases decline

The numbers of newly reported gonorrhea and syphilis cases jumped again in California in 2013, although the chlamydia rate edged down for the first time in almost two decades, the state Department of Public Health said this week.<p>Last year, rates of newly reported gonorrhea cases rose nearly 13%, …

Drowning In Debt? Read This

Illustrated by Julia Stadler.<p>Here’s one area where Baby Boomers have a leg up over their millennial counterparts: stress over debt.<p>According to a …

Personal Finance

Hot Under the Collar

This past winter, as I sat in the theater watching <i>American</i> <i>Hustle,</i> I got just as swept up in the fashion as in the plot. While I suspected that my husband, David, was debating the plausibility of wearing three-piece suits, I was more interested in what Amy Adams wasn’t wearing: a buttoned-up top or, …

Texas man sentenced to 75 years in prison for knowingly giving teen HIV

A Dallas man who knowingly transmitted HIV to an underage girl received 75 years in jail from a jury on Wednesday.<p>Matthew Reese pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child with a deadly weapon, aggravated sexual assault with serious bodily injurym and sexual assault of a child on …

Angelina Jolie, UK's Hague, vow action at sexual violence summit

Boko Haram Abducted At Least 20 Young Mothers in New Kidnapping Attack

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>At least 20, and possibly as many as 40, young mothers and three men have been kidnapped in Nigeria, …

Kenya Is Facing A Growing Al Qaeda Threat

Though the attack on the Westgate Mall last fall is the driver of Kenya's current anti-terrorism campaign, the country knows terrorism well. From the 1998 bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi onward, terrorist attacks by Al Qaeda and its affiliates have occurred regularly, if not often.<p>Attacks …

Africa

William Hague to investigate claims of Tamil rape victims being deported

Pledge follows allegations UK is sending back Sri Lankan asylum seekers who have been abused by security forces<p>William Hague has said the government will investigate claims that Tamil asylum seekers are being deported from the UK to Sri Lanka despite evidence they have been subjected to rape and …

‘Teenage Kissers’: Raw Photographs Capture Young Love

The photographer and skateboarder Ed Templeton’s compelling series <i>Teenage Kissers</i> captures young people at the moment when innocence fades into …

LA jail conditions 'unconstitutional'

<b>The condition of mental healthcare inside Los Angeles County jails is so poor that it is unconstitutional, the US justice department has said.</b><p>The "deplorable" conditions violated a ban on cruel and unusual punishment in the US Constitution, its report said.<p>Jail officials, it said, had failed to …

Mental Health

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Time Management

Want to #WalkWithKarl?

Ford Models are searching for a new face for the Chanel catwalk.<p>Move over Cara, because as of next season, there will be a bright new face on the Chanel catwalk. Thanks to Ford Models, which has just launched a new modelling contest called #walkwithkarl, one new girl will not only receive a …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

What She Said<p>Paper towels are not coffee filters.<p>By Beca Grimm4 days agoView More<p>Entertainment<p>The California native's debut album <i>Expectations</i> is …

Men's Fashion

Harvard experts say book is bound with human skin - CNN.com

<b>(CNN)</b> -- It's reading matter not for the faint of heart.<p>Experts at Harvard said this week that they have confirmed that a 19th-century book housed in one of the university's libraries is bound in human skin.<p>Scientists and conservators carried out a series of tests on Houghton Library's copy of the …

Outrage over mistreatment of women in India and Sudan

<b>Three stories on the shocking treatment of women have hit the headlines.</b><p>Two teenagers in a village India were gang raped and hanged from a tree amid claims police there teased the father of one of the victims.<p>In Sudan, a mother awaiting the death penalty for marrying a Christian man has given birth …

Human Rights

Husband of Sudanese death row woman appeals for support

The prime minister and other political leaders have added their voices to the campaign to lift the death sentence given to Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman sentenced to hang for apostasy.<p>David Cameron's announcement came after Ibrahim's husband, Daniel Wani, appealed for global support to free his …

India rape victim's mum beaten for complaint

Three men have been arrested in northern India for brutally attacking the mother of a rape victim after she refused to withdraw her police complaint.<p>Superintendent Dinesh Kumar said on Friday that the men, including the father of the man accused in the May 11 rape, followed the mother into a field …