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30 of the most beautiful natural wonders around the world

Natural wonders come in all shapes and sizes. From Hawaii's Na Pali Coast to the Verdon Gorge in southeastern France, there are incredible places all over the planet.<p>Keep reading to learn about 30 of the most beautiful natural wonders on Earth.

Five L.A. rooftop bars where any drink comes with a view

They’re no secluded beach or mountaintop, but rooftop bars offer a pretty scenic place to watch some smoggy sunsets — and they’re conveniently ubiquitous in Los Angeles. Enjoy Southern California weather year-round, but especially now, by grabbing drinks at these sky-high spots.<p>Downtown L.A.<p>Broken …

Get $45 Flights With Southwest's Fourth of July Sale

The mid-week Fourth of July is upon us. What better way to celebrate the concept of freedom than to take yourself on an unexpected journey. There are …

16 Cleaning Hacks That Are Absolutely Perfect For Lazy People

After all, lazy people and procrastinators aren’t pariahs of society: we coexist with the most overachieving and the energetic, we fight the same …

10 Los Angeles renters’ rights your landlord doesn't want you to know

It’s always a good time to brush up on your rights<p>More than half of Los Angeles residents are renters (probably because of the high cost of homeownership)—at 54 percent, it’s the fourth-highest percentage of any major U.S. metro area at nearly 54 percent, according to a 2017 study by Abodo.<p>But how …

Los Angeles

'Swimming into the unknown:' Mexico's unmapped underwater caves - in pictures

Exploring in these conditions requires mental resilience.<p>I am about to climb down a 10-metre rope ladder into a manhole-sized gap in the floor of the Mexican jungle on the Yucatán peninsula, to dive an underwater cave system, exploring paths where no one has ever been in modern history.<p>You may be …

Scuba Diving

At first life without a smartphone was terrifying. Then it was beautiful

<i>In an attempt to try and battle an addiction to my smartphone (I’m sure most of us suffer from this addiction in some measure these days), I took a pretty radical step. I went out and bought a basic Nokia to use outside of work as much as I could. This “dumbphone,” as it’s called, would only allow</i> …

5 National Park Honeymoons for the Earth-Loving Couple

Earth-loving newlyweds who want to bask in the beauty of Mother Nature during your honeymoon, look no further! We’ve got just the thing for you—a peek at some of the best national parks from which to celebrate your wedded bliss. There may be nothing glamorous about the rugged outdoors, but that’s …

A Guide to Men’s Dress Codes for All Occasions

Although dress codes are designed to provide guidance on what to wear, they can often make choosing an outfit more complex. With all their […]

How to get all of your data back from Google

When a company is interested in getting as much of your personal information as it can the most important thing you need to look into is how you can …

Hurricane Harvey woke Houston up. Now things have to change.

On August 27, 2017 Hurricane Harvey hit Houston. The record-breaking rainfall left neighbourhoods around the city under water for several days. Harvey hovered near Houston for days but recovery will take years.<p>Why Houston was so hard hit is explained only in part by the 1.3 meters of rain that fell …

14 Photos That Prove Moms Beat The System Every Damn Time

When moms win, we win good.

Parenting

Marijuana Can Save Lives

This week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions paused a discussion of the opioid epidemic to, once again, go after marijuana. He suggested that addictive pain medication wasn’t the only problem and that many heroin addicts start out “with marijuana and other drugs.”<p>There is a relationship between …

Cannabis

'Collateral arrests' by ICE amount to racial profiling, violate immigrants' rights, lawyers say

They burst into View Park Automotive in South Los Angeles carrying semi-automatic weapons and wearing vests that simply read "police."<p>Four men, including Juan Hernandez Cuevas, were handcuffed and taken away.<p>Hernandez, 46, said he had no idea which law enforcement agency had just arrested him — or …

Train to Run Faster As You Age

If you’re like most of us, you may be over the hill before you even realize there was a hill to go over in the first place.<p>The book “Running Science: …

If You Suffer From Tight Hips, Find a Wall ASAP, and Do This Amazing Stretch

Tight hips are a common affliction among us desk dwellers. They can lead to lower back pain and tightness in our legs and just make us feel all around uncomfortable. Free your tight hips by finding a wall and doing this life-changing stretch (no really, it's <i>that</i> good!).<p>Known as figure four, you can …

Hips

Freeway pollution travels farther than we thought. Here's how to protect yourself

If anyone knows where to find refuge from air pollution near Los Angeles freeways, it’s Suzanne Paulson.<p>The UCLA atmospheric chemistry professor has spent years studying how invisible plumes of dirty air from car- and truck-choked roadways spread into surrounding neighborhoods — increasing …

Pollution

How to Increase Mental Toughness: 4 Secrets From Navy SEALs and Olympians

Know what’s really interesting? Learning how Navy SEALs build mental toughness to handle deadly situations.<p>Know what else is really interesting? …

Here’s how to use mindfulness to make better decisions

A lot of the time you know what the smart thing to do is. But you’re still worried about how it might turn out. Or regrets about a past decision are …

Mindfulness

Even if you only have 5 minutes, here’s how to read aloud with kids of all ages every day

By Amy Joyce<p>Amy Joyce<p>Writer and editor for On Parenting<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Writer/editor<p>Think you don’t have time in your busy schedule to read with your kids? Think again. Reading with and to your children is worth the effort. It can help you end the day in a lovely way, bond you with your teens when …

Kids

Controversial sugar industry study on cancer uncovered

<b>(CNN) —</b> An old study is now shedding new light on the sugar industry's controversial past, and its secrets are being revealed in a new paper.<p>The 1960s study, which suggests a link between a high-sugar diet and high blood cholesterol levels and cancer in rats, was sponsored by the sugar industry, …

Nutrition

12 Mind-Blowing, Affordable Adventures for Your Bucket List

Start planning your next vacation now.<p>Are you an adventure hound who lives for trips that test your physical limits? Have you fantasized about …

Route 66 – New Mexico to Arizona: Where to eat, what to see and what to do

<b>One of the things you will notice when you’re driving Route 66 is how much the landscape changes.</b><p>The urban and green setting of the east will …

The Absolute Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

CAJUN CREAMED CORN<p>This comforting side dish from John Seymour will be the star of your meal thanks to thick-cut bacon, cheddar cheese and a nice kick …

Accounts of rape, burning children and murder: How a Rohingya massacre unfolded at Tula Toli

<b>(CNN) —</b> Discarded and left for dead, Mumtaz says she found herself on top of a mound of charred, entangled bodies.<p>"They killed and killed and piled the bodies up high. It was like cut bamboo," says Mumtaz, a Rohingya woman from the village of Tula Toli in western Myanmar.<p>"In the pile there was …

The Best Family Hikes in the U.S.

Finding a hike that's easy enough for youngsters and still enticing for adults can be difficult, but there are several worthwhile hiking trails …

Take a Tijuana-Style Birria Taco Crawl Here in L.A.

On the corner of Maple and Adams it looks like there’s a barbershop with a birria truck out front; in fact, it’s a birria truck with a barbershop …

10 Stunning Private Islands You Can Rent From $307 a Night, Ranked By Price

Check these out if you're in search of a beautiful, secluded getaway.<p>If you’ve always fancied taking over a secluded private island for a night, …

A relationship psychologist reveals what you should ask yourself before getting married

Eli Finkel, author of "The All-or-Nothing Marriage," and a professor of psychology at Northwestern University says that addressing longterm compatibility before popping — or answering — questions is a major factor in avoiding divorce down the line. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><b>Eli Finkel:</b> …

Cleanup From California Fires Poses Environmental and Health Risks

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Dr. Karen Relucio has heard reports of people digging into the ashes of their burned homes in recent days without gloves, wearing only shorts and T-shirts, looking for sentimental items that might have survived California’s horrific wildfires. And as the chief public health …