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Wyndham’s New Loyalty Program: Is It Worth It?

This week, Wyndham Hotel Group announced an overhaul of their loyalty program, with a new name (Wyndham Rewards) and a new mascot (the Wyndham …

When in Milan: Must-Make Day Trips from the Expo

<b>Distance from Milan:</b> 49 minutes<p><b>See:</b> Best known as the home of Italy’s royals, the gorgeous La Venaria gardens and palace are Turin’s version of …

13 Grandiose Churches Reincarnated as Restaurants, Hotels, and More

It hardly gets more romantic than Worcestershire’s imposing Stanbrook Abbey, England’s newest country house hotel. Built in 1625 as a Gothic …

Millennials leaving church in droves, study finds

<b>(CNN) —</b> At its core, Christian life is set of sacred traditions linking generations of sacraments and Sunday school lessons, youth ministry morals and family gatherings sanctified by prayer. An unbroken circle, in the words of an old hymn.<p>In modern America, that circle may not be completely shot, …

Religion

People Have Voted Harriet Tubman To Potentially Replace Andrew Jackson On The $20 Bill

The Women on 20s petition, which 600,000 people voted on, was presented to President Obama on Tuesday.<p>In addition, three bills in support of having women on the 20 have already been introduced into the House and Senate.<p>Voters had 15 historically important women to choose from, compiled with advice …

These are the Season’s Best White Wines From Down Under

These are your “sun’s out, guns out” wines.<p>In 2009, some venerable producers got together and formed an association called Australia’s First Families …

In Pictures: Exploring New Orleans 10 Years After Katrina

The line for brunch at Elizabeth’s

Veteran Cop Todd Besser, Son Found Shot to Death in Minnesota

A veteran police officer was one of two people found shot to death in a Minnesota home on Saturday, officials said.<p>Deputies discovered the bodies after receiving a call about 7:00 p.m. local time (8:00 p.m. ET) from a man saying that he had been shot inside the residence in St. Michael — a city …

11 Vegetables Anyone Can Grow on Their Own

1. <b>Sprouts</b><p>Growing your own sprouts is quite easy, and you don't need a whole lot of space either; they can even be grown indoors. Sprouts may be …

9 Fat Burning Tips to Get Rid of Stomach Fat

Desperate to get rid of stomach fat? Let's keep it simple - start eating healthy and exercise regularly. So the first thing you need to do now is - …

Top 10 Summer Experiences in Norway

Explore the Arctic tundra, island-hop around scenic archipelagos, cruise majestic fjords, and hike magnificent landscapes under a never setting midnight sun. These experiences and more make up ten ways to enjoy the very best of summer in Norway.<p><b>Ride cable cars to see the midnight sun</b><p>Experience …

European Travel

Slow-cooker sweets! 5 easy dessert recipe you can make in a Crock-Pot

We know why you love slow cookers. It’s the hands-off, set-it-and-forget-it ease that makes it a cook’s best friend when it comes to preparing dinner. Those same qualities make it a baker’s buddy, too. Yes, it’s true: You can make cakes, puddings, brownies and more in your slow cooker. That means …

Jeb Bush: I would have invaded Iraq

Jeb Bush has said he would have authorised the US invasion in 2003 of Iraq.<p>The presumed Republican presidential hopeful said on Sunday he would have authorised the invasion, though he acknowledged mistakes made after Saddam Hussein’s downfall.<p>Bush, the son and brother of two former presidents, …

Government

Avengers: Age of Ultron scores second biggest second-week take ever in US

The Avengers: Age of Ultron scored the second biggest second-week haul of all time at the US box office this weekend with another $77.1m (£50m) in receipts.<p>Joss Whedon’s superhero sequel now boasts $875.3m worldwide and passed the $300m mark in North America, where its total stands at $312m going …

Marvel Universe

For GOP, too much of a good thing?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Republicans are going to have another free-for-all primary season on their hands. Their contest for the presidential nomination is attracting a huge crowd. For a political party that once insisted on order and hierarchy, always making clear who the next deserving nominee was going to …

Cavs coach David Blatt on near-timeout blunder: 'I almost blew it'

CHICAGO -- Before LeBron James got the chance to win Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on a buzzer-beating shot against the Chicago Bulls, …

Apple Expands Its Renewable Paper And Energy Initiatives To China

Apple will extend several of its environmental projects in China, one of its fastest-growing markets.<p>These initiatives include a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to protect forests used in the production of paper packaging for Apple items, as well as an effort to increase the use of …

Smartphone shipments in China decline for the first time in six years

Apple emerges as the number one vendor in the first quarter of 2015<p>For years now China has been one of the main drivers of growth in the global smartphone market, but it looks like demand in the country is beginning to slow down. For the first time in six years, smartphone shipments in China …

Oil prices have been soaring—now look for them to plunge again

After falling roughly 60% from July through March, oil prices are now up around 44% from their bottom. The chatter among many investors and industry players is that the worst is over. The only questions remaining, they say, are how high prices will go from here and how soon oil drillers can resume …

Van, Texas, and Nashville, Arkansas, Hit by Suspected Tornadoes

The death toll climbed to five on Monday after a devastating storm system rolled through Texas and Arkansas, spawning at least one tornado in a city east of Dallas where homes were reduced to splinters.<p>At least eight people were still unaccounted for in Van, Texas. Authorities said they were still …

Kerry set to meet Putin in first visit to Russia since start of Ukraine crisis

US secretary of state John Kerry has landed in Sochi, where he is due to meet Russian president Vladimir Putin later on Tuesday. The trip is Kerry’s first visit to Russia since the start of the Ukraine crisis.<p>Kerry will also hold talks with Sergei Lavrov, his Russian counterpart. The two laid …

Russia

Mother: Son accused in officer killings had drug problem

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Marvin Banks' drug use and drinking had worsened in recent years and he was hearing voices in his head.<p>His mother said she had hoped he would get help. He didn't, and now he is charged with capital murder in the deaths of two police officers in Mississippi. His girlfriend …

Almost everything we think we know about Osama bin Laden’s death is a lie, reports Sy Hersh

Osama bin Laden’s death at the hands of US Navy SEALs was nothing at all like the official accounts given by the United States government and military, according to a controversial article in the London Review of Books by veteran investigative journalist Seymour M. Hersh:<p>Rather than hiding in …

National Security

Great Spring Weekend Getaways

<b>Getaway from: Washington, D.C.</b><p>The mysterious disappearance of the original 16th-century colonists of Roanoke Island, NC, hasn’t tainted its …