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Obama's 'have-it-all' budget

The president says his $4 trillion budget raises spending without increasing the deficit.<p>President Barack Obama released a $4 trillion budget Monday designed to convince Americans that they can have it all: more tax breaks for the middle class, more spending on government programs, and just enough …

15 Packing Tips That Will Forever Change Your Toiletry Bag

We're always in for a good packing hack, whether it's the lazy way to stockpile shampoo or the brilliant carry-on bag that feels like you're carrying nothing at all.<p>One of the biggest packing headaches we face is, well, the stuff for our face (and hair, and nails...). Toiletries and bathroom …

10 Soup Recipes That'll Make You Go 'MMMMM'

No matter where you live in America, the winter months call for bowls full of soup all day, everyday. Here are ten recipes that will fill you up--and warm you from head to toe.<p><b>ULTIMATE CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP</b><p>A little bit of spice and a whole lot of comfort. <b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>CAULIFLOWER SOUP</b><p>Made with just …

The Mediterranean diet is out, and the Nordic diet is in

Nordic countries do everything better, as Americans commonly note. Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden have better pop music, better prisons, better schools, better working conditions for women, better healthcare, and so on; who’s to say a Nordic diet wouldn’t be better, too?<p>Now multiple …

Nutrition

Norwegian Escape's snow room is cruise ship's latest wow factor

When the Norwegian Escape cruise ship sets sail later this year, you can count on a bit of really cold comfort.<p>What will be the newest and biggest ship in the Norwegian fleet will debut a snow room in its Mandara Spa, where you'll be able to really get your heart pumping.<p>Why a deep freeze?<p>Think of …

10 books that every creative must read

to get their s**t together<p>Self-help books, for the most part, are cheesy. Sitting down with a book does not your problems solve. Yet that doesn't mean that books don't provide endless inspiration and encouragement, and that the self-help section of a bookstore should be written off entirely. In …

Books

Your 2015 Coachella Lineup, Explained

Jack White, AC/DC, Steely Dan, and some EDM for the kids.<p><b>The 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival</b> will take place April 10-12 and April 17-19 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. While recent incarnations of the festival have been mocked for shirtless cultural appropriation and …

Golden Globe nominees 2015: TV shows to watch, reviewed

The best TV shows that will be competing at this year's awards<p><b>The Affair (Showtime)</b><br>Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney<p><b>Downton Abbey</b> <b>(ITV)</b><br>Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery<p>"Downton is rescued from being merely a soapy, nostalgic mishmash by excellent acting and a script that …

Getting Back With Carbs

The original low-carb diet flirts with reason.<p>"So you can't eat all the cheese you want?"<p>"No, you can't. And you can't eat all the protein you want. And it's not only about bacon and sausage," said Colette Heimowitz, smiling a tight smile through the tedium of my misconceptions, which are …

Paris Charlie Hebdo attack: as it happened, January 9

French police launch raids on two separate sieges at a kosher grocery in east Paris and Dammartin, north-east of the capital where the Charlie Hebdo suspects have reportedly been killed - latest updates<p><b>• French police launch assault on both sieges<br>• Charlie Hebdo suspects and grocery gunman reported</b> …

Search for woman linked to Paris hostage-taker goes global

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hayat Boumeddiene seemed kind and polite, always wearing a veil and often motoring around on a scooter with her romantic partner, Amedy Coulibaly, a neighbor in a southern Paris suburb recalls.<p>Now the 26-year-old Boumeddiene is the subject of an international dragnet after Coulibaly -- said …

Terrorism

US-led coalition carries out 15 air strikes on Isis targets in Syria and Iraq

American-led forces have launched 12 air strikes against Islamic State (Isis) militants in Syria since Friday, all but one of them near the contested city of Kobani, the US military said on Saturday.<p>The strikes near Kobani hit two large Isis units and destroyed 15 of its fighting positions, the …

Middle East

Obama's Free Community College Plan Promises To Shake Up Higher Ed

Some 9 million Americans could attend community college tuition-free under a proposal President Barack Obama announced Friday.<p>His plan, which is subject to approval by Congress and depends on the participation of state governments, would dedicate some $60 billion over the next decade to defray …

The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

This year, spring-cleaning comes early—at least for our beauty tools. No matter how flawlessly your favorite makeup brushes may perform, the only way to keep them bacteria-, dust-, and dirt-free is with a weekly washing. For tips, we turn to makeup artist <b>Troy Surratt,</b> who recently released his own …

11 Vegetarian Blogs to Inspire Healthy Eating All Year Long

Keeping up healthy habits is easier when you surround yourself with people who inspire those habits. Although these bloggers are spread out all over …

the 11 best voices in hollywood

actors who have got serious singing chops<p>Back when Disney Channel original movies were still a thing (R.I.P.), there were only a few truly great triple-threats in Hollywood. And while there are now more young actors and actresses who can boast professional vocal training, when it boils down to it, …

Anne Hathaway

'Hacktivist' group Anonymous says it will avenge Charlie Hebdo attacks by shutting down jihadist websites

Hacker group Anonymous have released a video condemning the Paris attacks, saying "freedom of expression has suffered an inhuman assault"<p>Hacker group Anonymous have released a video and a statement via Twitter condemning the <b>attacks on Charlie Hebdo</b>, in which 12 people, including eight journalists, …