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11 Vacation Spots Where You Won't See Another Tourist

Want to clock some quality alone time this summer? These remote destinations have you covered.<p>Sometimes, you go on vacation to spend time socializing with friends, family and that fun couple you met on your snorkel excursion. Other times, though, all you want from a good summer getaway is to …

Ten things smart business people do

<i>This column is part of Globe Careers' Leadership Lab series, where executives and experts share their views and advice about leadership and management. Follow us at</i> @Globe_Careers<i>. Find all Leadership Lab stories at</i> tgam.ca/leadershiplab<p>Smart business people:<p><b>1.</b> Understand that the way to serve …

A new app wants to help you beat the credit card companies

Our increasingly automated world should make driving safer. It could also make things safer for your checkbook.<p>And just like with cars, it takes a …

The 8 Unexpected Rules Of Business That No One Teaches But Everyone Should Know

<i>These are the lessons I learned (the hard way) from launching America's top-rated hostel.</i><p>I fell in love with hostels during a college study abroad trip. By 2014, I had stayed in over 150 hostels in 30 countries. I've slept on everything from pillow-top beds with handmade duvet covers that could …

Europe's 20 most beautiful hotels | CNN Travel

(CNN) — With so many iconic cities and diverse landscapes, beautiful hotels in Europe are commonplace. But some are, quite simply, more beautiful than others.<p>From clifftop luxury retreats on Italy's Amalfi Coast to art nouveau masterpieces in the heart of Budapest, we've handpicked Europe's 20 most …

European Travel

You Think You Have Free Will? Science Says Think Again | Inc.com

<i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>You make decisions every day, don't you?<p>You assert yourself hourly. Especially if you're American.<p>You take life by the horns and you show it who's boss.<p>I have some news: You may be deluding …

Consciousness

Man shot dead by friend 'for paying restaurant bill' in Istanbul

A man has been shot dead by his friend because he paid the restaurant bill in Istanbul, according to Turkish media reports.<p>Hasan Erdemir and İdris Alakuş allegedly argued over who would pay the bill after the men had soup in the restaurant in the Turkish city's Bakirkoy district on Sunday …

Extremism

Apple is outdated, says Chinese tech CEO

Technically Incorrect: Jia Yueting CEO of LeEco (formerly LeTV) says Apple is just a hardware-and-software company. You know, a little old fashioned.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>It's fashionable to believe that everything progressive …

Technology

So Hot Right Now: 11 Chilies You Should Know

Over the past decade, I've watched with joy as America has finally figured out what I (and the rest of the world) have known all along: Spicy food rules. New hot sauces are debuting almost weekly; Mexican, Thai, and Korean cuisines are as mainstream as the hamburger. I love it. As a certified …

Cooking

LSD's impact on the brain revealed in groundbreaking images

The profound impact of LSD on the brain has been laid bare by the first modern scans of people high on the drug.<p>The images, taken from volunteers who agreed to take a trip in the name of science, have given researchers an unprecedented insight into the neural basis for effects produced by one of …

Consciousness

14 places where life expectancy is unusually high

How Long Does Sex Normally Last?

If you’re a non-scientist, you might have once asked yourself, propped against the bedhead after disappointingly quick intercourse, how long does sex …

Women's Health

10 Italian destinations frequented by the super rich

To find out where the rich travel when they go to the European nation, RoutePerfect.com has shared data for the most popular Italian destinations booked by wealthy travellers on a luxury budget, who spend an average of £13,900 ($20,000) on their overall trip.<p>The ranking is based on over 150,000 …

The Panama Papers: how the world’s rich and famous hide their money offshore

The hidden wealth of some of the world’s most prominent leaders, politicians and celebrities has been revealed by an unprecedented leak of millions of documents that show the myriad ways in which the rich can exploit secretive offshore tax regimes.<p>The Guardian, working with global partners, will …

Corruption

Steve Wynn Is Trying to Maintain Control of Wynn Resorts

Image source: Wynn Resorts.<p>Four years ago, Steve Wynn had firm control over his company <b>Wynn</b> <b>Resorts</b> . But after his former money man, Kazuo Okada, had his shares redeemed by the board of directors Wynn lost a partner with about 20% of the company and now his ex-wife is trying to gain back the …

Investing

3 Stocks to Buy With Dividends Yielding More Than 5%

If you want both income and growth from your portfolio, it's hard to beat dividend stocks. An average yield of around 2% for the stock market might not give you the income you're looking for, but if you look hard, you can find some promising stocks with yields of 5% or more.<p><b>TiVo</b> (NASDAQ: TIVO),</b> …

Investing

Here’s How Much Time Snapchat Users Spend on the App

Snapchat users spend an average of about 30 minutes every day on the popular app, according to new data.<p>The photo messaging service, which has tried …

The world's top 10 companies, ranked by reputation

The Reputation Institute sorts companies according to the public's perception of their performance in seven areas: products and services, innovation, workplace, governance, citizenship, leadership, and performance.<p>The chocolate maker The Hershey Company is the most reputable brand in the US, but …

Top 10

Brownies or Blunts, Marijuana Experimentation Is On

Legal marijuana (<i>Cannabis sativa</i>) is one of the fastest-growing industries in the U.S., which means that more and more of us are now in a position to get our hands on pot. Now that we’ve got it, however, not everybody knows what to do with it. Do we smoke it or eat it? And does it make a difference?<p>…

Cannabis

Now Lyft drivers need not own a car: Lyft and GM start short-term rental program

General Motors Co.and ride-hailing service Lyft are launching a short-term car rental program that is expected to eventually evolve into an autonomous vehicle network.<p>The companies said Tuesday that the Express Drive program, aimed at prospective Lyft drivers who don't have qualifying cars, will …

San Francisco

Doctors, Lawyers, Tech Workers Make Top-Paying Jobs List

Jobs in technology, law, finance and healthcare command the highest salaries, according to a new roundup of the 25 best-paying positions by job search site Glassdoor.<p>Physicians make the most, with a median annual salary of $180,000. Lawyer and research and development manager come int at numbers …

The 11 highest-paying tech jobs in America in 2016

Glassdoor sifted through the salaries reported by employees who have these jobs, limiting its search to salary reports from the past year, to come up with median salaries.<p>The website also looked at the demand for these jobs, based on the current number of job openings on its site.

Try Smoking a Joint With Your Next Glass of Wine

As marijuana goes mainstream, the conversation around it has become increasingly sophisticated—with the kind of emphasis on producers, clones, terroir, and even tasting notes that one more typically associates with wine.<p>For those who reside in one of the twenty-three states (and the District of …

A farewell to gold: Canada winds down its holdings

Canada's golden age is over – at least in a manner of speaking.<p>The latest report on the country's official international reserves, published Thursday, shows zero gold on the ledger.<p>The government has been winding down its holdings of the precious metal for years, but this is the first time it has …

All Canadians are paying the price for ‘conceal’ estate in Toronto and Vancouver

The latest attraction in London is the Kleptocracy Tour, organized by anti-corruption groups. They drive customers through neighborhoods that have …

Brother of Montreal Mafia leader arrested in Arizona with ’62 kg of cocaine destined for Canada’

A specially trained German shepherd in Arizona might be named Amigo but he is no friend to a Montrealer recently arrested with a large quantity of …

Crime

16 hotels in California, 5 in Las Vegas earn 2016 five-star Forbes awards

If it's the plush life you're after for your next hotel stay, check out 42 new hotels that have been awarded five stars by the 2016 Forbes Travel Guide.<p>The guide on Monday announced awards for five-star, four-star and recommended hotels for those that meet its criteria each year. (You can read up …

Beverly Hills

Forget the postworkout ice bath – study suggests hot water, instead

The epitome of the hard-core, no-pain-no-gain approach to training is the postworkout ice bath. After pushing your muscles to their limits, you soak them in teeth-chatteringly cold water to speed their recovery before the next gruelling workout.<p>But there may be a gentler, more soothing path to …