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African safari alternatives that don't cost a fortune

The Big Five (buffalo, lion, leopard, elephant and rhinoceros) sometimes elude safari goers in more ways than one. Rates for a five-night luxury safari - including guided wildlife drives, sunset cocktails, and tents with more puffy pillows than London's Ritz Hotel - can cost anywhere between …

Toronto

TravelPlaces of a Lifetime<p>Toronto hides its charms under a practical façade. "If it were a wine, it would not be fruit forward," says Canadian author Andrew Pyper. "You need to pour it into a decanter and let it sit for an hour." Indeed, this "wine" is reaching its peak now. The capital of <b>Ontario</b> …

Discover China's History Along the Great Wall

One of the world's greatest feats of engineering reveals the ingenuity of the ancients.<p>"The Great Wall impresses everyone who sees it for the first time, from children to adults, from the general tourists to scholars,” says Henry Ng, the manager of the World Monuments Fund’s China projects. “The …

SeaWorld Credit Rating Lowered to Junk Status by Standard & Poor's

Standard & Poor’s lowered SeaWorld Entertainment’s credit rating to junk status, citing “significant challenges” to the brand’s reputation and the …

Scientists Identify the Gene Responsible for Jetlag

No amount of pampering, pillow-fluffing, or photon-showering on airplanes has yet saved corporate jet-setters and global adventurists from the pain …

Brela Is The Secret European Beach Retreat You've Been Dreaming About

Warning: This beach will make you want to hop on a plane to Croatia ASAP.<p>The search for the perfect beach is never-ending, from a white sand paradise in Australia to an epic strip of sand in Greece, yet somehow each find is better than the last.<p>Brela is another one of those insanely gorgeous, …

Violence flares again in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Missouri — Looting and rioting flared up once again in the small town of Ferguson, Missouri, late Friday evening and into early Saturday morning.<p>Protesters waged a fierce battle among themselves to keep order in their own ranks and to safeguard property amid widespread chaos and property …

Ferguson rioters threaten reporters

FERGUSON, Mo. — Reporters trying to cover the renewed chaos in this town faced a new threat on Friday: the demonstrators themselves.<p>Print and video reporters and photojournalists were repeatedly and aggressively threatened and harassed when attempting to photograph or videotape any of the looting …

Woman's surgery delayed by ObamaCare

LaTrina Reed says the surgery she needs to correct a painful ovarian condition "is a matter of life or death," but she hasn't been able to get it because of errors in ObamaCare.<p>She’s missed countless days of work and is nearly bedridden because of the pain.<p>“I feel like I’m in labor all of the …

New Research Suggests That Development Aid Does Foster Growth

In the end, the UN settled on a figure of 0.7% of national income--a target subsequently reaffirmed by endless international powwows. Although few countries have met it, aid spending in real terms has nonetheless increased steadily ever since, to $134.8 billion in 2013 (see chart 1). Yet economists …

Economics

First-term state lawmaker faces hasty campaign in Montana Senate race

For Montana Democratic state Rep. Amanda Curtis, victory this November in her state's U.S. Senate race will be a difficult task.<p>The first-term state lawmaker from the mountain town of Butte was selected Saturday by state Democrats as the party's nominee in a special convention hastily assembled …

The Observer view on Obama and the limits of presidential power

Six years ago, when Barack Obama ran for president, he did so on the back of two audacious claims – he would be the man to end the war in Iraq and he would heal the nation's glaring social and political divisions. Last week – in two disparate places, worlds apart, Ferguson, Missouri, and Iraq's …

Obama won't be pouring ice water on his head

<b>Washington (CNN)</b> – President Obama is opting to stay dry.<p>Ethel Kennedy, the matriarch of the Kennedy family, challenged the President to dump a bucket of ice water on his head as part of the increasingly popular Ice Bucket Challenge campaign to raise money for research into Amyotrophic Lateral …

American Way: As Obama's controlled burn of the Middle East runs out of control, Hillary Clinton makes her pitch for 'smart power'

Whatever their personal differences, this week has exposed the fundamental differences in Obama and Clinton world views<p>On the dust-jacket of Hillary Clinton's manifesto-memoir 'Hard Choices', there is a picture of the then newly appointed Secretary of State standing in the Oval Office while a still …

Obama takes measured tone on clashes in Ferguson

<b>(CNN) -</b> President Obama on Thursday urged calm and peace in Ferguson, Missouri, where clashes between protestors and police continue to escalate in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown.<p>The President condemned all parties involved in the recent unrest.<p>“There is never an excuse for violence …

'McQueen effect' set to boost '67 Ferrari at Monterey Car Week auction

Steve McQueen owned and raced exotic vehicles, in the movies and in real life.<p>In the classic car world, that's good for business.<p>At a Saturday auction during Monterey Car Week, a Ferrari owned by the King of Cool could sell for $10 million or more — an astronomical sum for a car that would usually …

Le Mans

McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept previews super exotic track stormer

McLaren says the P1 GTR has one goal: "to be the best driver's car in the world on track." And with no intentions of making the thing road-legal, McLaren was able to freely put together this design concept, showing a car that, to our eyes, looks absolutely capable of delivering the best in …

2014 Pebble Beach: Ferrari CEO on rivals, hybrids, failures and SUVs

With such a high concentration of wealthy car collectors at Monterey Car Week, brands including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti and Bentley don't just send a fleet of cars for test drives and cocktail parties -- they send the executives to woo current and future buyers.<p>Ferrari Chief Executive Amedeo …

T.I. Goes In: MC on Iggy Azalea, Ambitious Album Trilogy and Young Thug

“She’s tal-en-ted.” T.I., typically polite and always loquacious, was speaking as if I’d asked the dumbest question in the world, pausing between …

Aerosmith Tour to Resume Following Drummer’s Heart Procedure

Aerosmith will resume their Let Rock Rule tour on Saturday at the Gorge in George, Washington. They had previously canceled the tour’s appearance at …

FKA Twigs: LP1 review – barely-there R&B reaches ecstatic new heights

By now, those with their ears pricked up will probably know a little about the artist Formerly Known as Twigs, one of 2014's most eagerly anticipated debutantes. The gossip goes like this: a dancer-turned-singer, Tahliah Barnett, was once, as per her latest track-leak, a Video Girl for artists such …

Billy Joe Shaver Remembers the King of Rock & Roll

Today marks both the 37th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley and the 75th birthday of Billy Joe Shaver. While the two men never met, they did …

Paul Giamatti Cast as Controversial Manager in N.W.A. Biopic

The N.W.A. biopic <i>Straight Outta Compton</i> has found its Jerry Heller. According to <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i>, Paul Giamatti has signed on to play the …

Paul Giamatti to Star in N.W.A Biopic

<i>Photo via Dr. Dre's Twitter</i><p>The N.W.A biopic <i>Straight Outta Compton</i>, directed by F. Gary Gray, just got a new cast member: Paul Giamatti will portray the band's manager Jerry Heller, according to <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i> (via <i>Rolling Stone</i>). The film is out August 14, 2015.<p>Giamatti joins a cast that …

Madonna's Most Iconic Looks Ever

1984<p>At the first annual MTV Video Music Awards, the icon was the perfect "edgy virgin bride" in a lingerie wedding dress, cheeky "boy toy" belt, and …