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Nonfiction Book Review: One Thousand Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List by James Mustich, with Thomas Meagher and Karen Templer. Workman, $35 (960p) ISBN 978-1-5235-0445-9

One Thousand Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List<p>James Mustich, with Thomas Meagher and Karen Templer. Workman, $35 (960p) ISBN …

Books

The frugal traveler’s essential list of budget travel hacks

That chatty seatmate who can’t help bragging about how he paid chump change for the same flight that set you back a paycheck. The email offering a rock-bottom sale on the room you just prepaid as nonrefundable. The Caribbean cruise you got for next to nothing, but then you maxed out your credit …

Tourism

The Best Hotels in Las Vegas

Making the most of a trip to Las Vegas hinges on picking the right hotel. If you're right on the Strip you most likely will be within walking …

Las Vegas

Trump’s Post-Game North Korea Interviews Were Shockingly Bad

President Trump was fleeced by Kim Jong-un. During Tuesday’s summit between the two world leaders, Trump legitimized Kim’s regime while promising to …

CCCC Elections

Candidates Announced for 2018 Elections<p><b>Current CCCC members, with an email address on file, will receive their ballots by email. If you wish to</b> …

A New Golden Age for the Tiki Bar

Half a century after the tropical craze of the 1960s, the modern age of escapism is taking cues—and inspiration for giant rum drinks—from the past.<p>There are no TV screens inside the Polynesian, the giant new tiki bar that opened three stories above Times Square over Memorial Day weekend. That means …

Alcohol

How a Hacker Proved Cops Used a Secret Government Phone Tracker to Find Him

And how it might change what cops can do with our smartphones.<p>On a warm summer’s day in 2008, police spotted a man walking outside his apartment in Santa Clara, California, one of the many bedroom communities spread across Silicon Valley. Undercover FBI officers saw him outside the building and …

Surveillance

Hands off my data! 15 default privacy settings you should change right now

On the Internet, the devil’s in the defaults.<p>You’re not reading all those updated data policies flooding your inbox. You probably haven’t even looked for your privacy settings. And that’s exactly what Facebook, Google and other tech giants are counting on.<p>They tout we’re “in control” of our …

Apps

This is the Best Cheese for Mac and Cheese

The time has come to graduate from Cheddar. Don’t get us wrong, Cheddar’s rich mouthfeel and sharp and mild varieties make it a wonderful cheese to …

Cooking

Do conservatives feel the same fear and embarrassment as I do over President Trump?

Americans used to believe that the presidency was a role that had great dignity. But this president is an expert at escalating conflict and creating uncertainty — and he's frankly embarrassing<p>He has undermined public confidence in journalism, making it harder for us to share common facts. He seems …

North Korea

Hong Kong Housing

A black teen missed the bus to school. When he knocked on a door for directions, a man shot at him.

The 14-year-old was walking to high school after sleeping late and missing the bus, when he decided to ask a neighbor for directions.<p>It was a banal request, but it nearly got the student from Rochester Hills, Michigan, killed Thursday.<p>The woman who opened the door after Brennan Walker, who is …

Crime

A teen missed the bus to school. When he knocked on a door for directions, a man shot at him.

By Eli Rosenberg<p>, Reporter<p>The 14-year-old was walking to high school after sleeping late and missing the bus when he decided to ask a neighbor for directions.<p>It was a banal request, but it nearly got the student from Rochester Hills, Mich., killed Thursday.<p>The woman who opened the door after …

Crime

Travel agents and popular sites didn’t share the risks with those booking travel to Mexico resorts

CLOSE<p>Jason Enwere describes how he was mugged and nearly beaten to death while vacationing in Mexico to celebrate his mother's 50th birthday.<p>They …

Paul Ryan’s Sad Legacy

Under Obama, he was hailed as the deficit-warrior of Washington. Under Trump, he oversaw the greatest peacetime growth in deficit spending in modern American history.<p>Paul Ryan announced Wednesday morning that that he will not run for reelection in his Wisconsin district, ending his tumultuous, …

Donald Trump Takes Out Paul Ryan, and ‘It’s Going to Be a Civil War’

Everything Trump touches dies, and the speaker’s legacy is no exception.<p>The news that Paul Ryan is retiring from Congress was received by grim-faced …

An Incomplete List of Things Black People Should Avoid Doing so They Won’t Be Killed by Police

On Sunday, March 18, police in Sacramento, Calif., fired 20 shots at Stephon Clark, killing him. Clark was unarmed and in his own backyard, leading …

Justice

The 20 Best Places to Go in 2018

These destinations are spectacular—and affordable.<p><b>The 20 Best Places to Go in 2018</b><p><b>By Megan Leonhardt and Kerri Anne Renzulli</b><p>Whether you dream of …

FCC Commissioner: Our Policy Is ‘Custom Built’ for Right-Wing Sinclair Broadcasting

A body meant to foster a diversity of viewpoints is taking major steps to promote just one.<p>Sometime this spring, the Federal Communications …

LED 101: Your cheat sheet for the light bulb aisle

How to Make Wylie Dufresne’s Incredibly Creamy Scrambled Egg Sandwich

It's time to start whisking cream cheese into your scrambled eggs.<p><i>Wylie Dufresne breaks down the expert egg technique behind his grilled cheese-egg sandwich hybrid at Du's Donuts in NYC. It’s the only non-donut item on the menu, so you know it’s gotta be good.</i><p>My love of eggs has been long and …

17 of the most savage tweets about Trump's response that he would have "run" into Parkland to stop the school shooting

Earlier today, five-time draft dodger and current president of the United States, Donald Trump made some pretty bold statements. The president …

How Funeral Potatoes Got Their Name and Why They're So Delicious

Have you heard of funeral potatoes? They are what their name suggests. Widely associated with funerals, funeral potatoes are a potato-based dish in …

Cooking

Switzerland has a stunningly high rate of gun ownership — here's why it doesn't have mass shootings

Switzerland hasn't had a mass shooting since 2001, when a man stormed the local parliament in Zug, killing 14 people and then himself.<p>The country has about 2 million privately owned guns in a nation of 8.3 million people. In 2016, the country had 47 attempted homicides with firearms. The country's …

Guns

21 Low-Cost Ways to Make Money from Home

Startup costs can be a real barrier to getting up and running, so here are some work ideas that cost little to no money to consider.<p>Startup costs for training, schooling or equipment can be a real barrier for many people who want to make money from home and are limited to what they already have in …

Employment

The Best Kind of Steak for Fajitas

Quick to prepare and endlessly customizable, fajitas are one of my go-to weeknight dinners. Fajitas are an especially great end-of-the-week supper, …

BBQ

The Secret Ingredient To Making Tender Meat

If you have ever volunteered to cook the Thanksgiving turkey, you are probably familiar with the concept of brining; soaking the bird in a mixture of …

Politics News | Breaking Political News, Video & Analysis-ABC News - ABC News

Chris Christie: Democrats need 'a little bit more exciting' message to voters<p>Powerhouse Roundtable: Trump's 'shifting stories' on Russia 'are a …

Donald Trump

Meet the world's richest black billionaires of 2018

Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Jeff Bezos may be the richest men in the world, but they aren't the only billionaires.<p>There are 2,043 people across the globe with three commas in their net worths, according to the 2017 Forbes Billionaires list. The 23 wealthiest have $1 trillion collectively.<p>In …

Emerging Markets

Take 5 minutes, read this and you’ll understand the whole Trump-Russia controversy

Don’t feel bad if you’re mystified by what’s going on with the Trump-Russia investigations. There’s a blizzard of misinformation out there. But if you read this, which will be updated as the case progresses, you'll have a grip.<p><b>Q. What’s being investigated?</b><p>A. Any connections between the Russian …