Alessandra Rivera

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American hostage pleads for life in Yemen al Qaeda video

More than a week after a raid on an al Qaeda stronghold in Yemen to free hostages, an American captive, who was not rescued, appears in a video, begging into the camera for his life.<p>In the recording recently posted by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, also known as AQAP, the terror group threatens …

17 Pieces of Spectacular, Shoppable Wall Art to Gift This Season

Whether you were loading up your virtual shopping cart with all those sweet Cyber Monday deals or snacking on your turkey leftovers (or both!), there’s no denying that the holiday shopping season has officially begun. If home is where the heart is, then gifting one of these 17 timeless (and …

A Literary Journey Through Monterey and Big Sur

John Steinbeck’s typewriter has left a well-known mark all over this pocket of California, where agriculture meets clear beaches and layered mountains, not to mention one of the world’s great coastal drives. What’s less known is that Steinbeck isn’t the only writer to capture it.<p>For the last leg of …

How to Photograph Kids

TravelTraveler Magazine<p><b>Reader Question</b> (this time, from <i>Traveler</i> Associate Editor Amy Alipio): How do you best photograph kids on location? I find it impossible to get all my children in the shot, in focus, and not making goofy faces.<p><b>My Answer</b>: Getting really great photos of your kids — especially …

CDC: Flu shot less effective this year because current virus has mutated

Scientists are concerned about what they're seeing so far this flu season, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday, a day after the agency advised doctors this year's flu vaccine is not as effective because the current strain of the virus has mutated.<p>Dr. Tom …

Hard California Rains Provide Little Relief From Record Drought

Amid fears of flooding and mudslides, this week's rain is only drop in dry bucket.<p>Rain has been soaking much of California this week, but the inches of much needed water are only a drop in the bucket amid the worst drought in the state's recorded history, experts warn.<p>"The rain is welcome—it sure …