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The Best Lakes in Italy

Italy’s rolling countryside and coastal towns, plates of pasta, and ancient sites are well documented (and well visited). But its more than 1,500 lakes? Not so much. From the country’s largest lake to its most star-studded, consider this your guide.


12 new Netflix movies to stream on Thanksgiving

Netflix no longer has every movie you can dream of: instead, it offers a curated selection, with new movies usually being added by the month. The trouble is, it isn't always obvious what good films have made their way onto the service just by browsing around. We've taken a look through the past few …

There’s a huge hidden downside to standing desks that no one told me about

It wasn’t fear of cancer, heart attacks, diabetes or even early death that did it. The reason I switched to a standing desk was, simply, to find a reprieve from pain. Since I graduated from college, back pain and its cruel confederates—neck, shoulder, and hip pain—have been unshakable facts of …


Three Days in Quebec City

Here's how to plan the perfect long weekend in this historic Canadian destination.<p>Winters in Canada can be strong, so Quebecers are among the first to hit the streets in the spring to dance in the sunshine at festivals and relax on café patios. Join them and it won’t be long before you too develop …


Fixing Broken Government: Put Humans in Charge

A decades-long obsession with writing excessively detailed laws had made it impossible for real people to get anything done.<p>The Veterans Affairs scandal of falsified waiting lists is the latest of a never-ending stream of government ineptitude. Every season brings a new headline of failures: the …

West African healthcare systems reel as Ebola toll hits 932 | Reuters

MONROVIA/DAKAR (Reuters) - Health workers in West Africa appealed on Wednesday for urgent help in controlling the world’s worst Ebola outbreak as the death toll climbed to 932 and Liberia shut a major hospital where several staff were infected, including a Spanish priest.<p>The World Health …