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How Can I Train Myself to Want Less Stuff?

<i>Hannah, 33, wants to save more money but can’t seem to force herself to do it. She knows it’s</i> possible <i>— she works in real estate, and her salary</i> …

70,000 tourists may postpone visit to Bali

The Association of Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants (PHRI) has estimated that about 70,000 foreign tourists postponed their plans to visit Bali in …

Rome with a view: Colosseum opens its top levels to public

ROME (AP) — Visitors to the Colosseum can now enjoy even more of the ancient amphitheater and the spectacular views it offers of Rome.<p>Officials on Tuesday showed off the newly restored fourth and fifth levels of the Colosseum, which are opening to the public for guided tours starting Nov. 1. …

Italy

The Unveiling of an Ancient Underwater Forest off Alabama Coast

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — Deep beneath the surface, off the coast of Alabama, lies a hidden treasure not known to man for thousands of years: an ancient underwater forest.<p>Long concealed and preserved under a thick layer of sediment are clusters of cypress trees, which scientists believe was uncovered by …

Sea Level

After Maria and Irma: Caribbean Tourism, Island by Island

After two major hurricanes tore through the Caribbean in less than two weeks, some of the most idyllic — and tourism-dependent — destinations have been devastated.<p>Ferocious storms are nothing new to these islands, but Hurricanes Maria and Irma were some of the most powerful Atlantic basin storms …

Caribbean

Hurricane Maria Heads Toward Puerto Rico; Expected To Become Major Storm

<b>Updated at 5:30 a.m. ET</b><p>The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Maria is an extremely dangerous storm. It was a Category 5 storm when it hit the island of Dominica. Later it was downgraded to a Category 4 hurricane. But a short time ago, forecasters says Maria had regained the strength of a …

Rainfall

NASA's Hubble spots "pitch black" planet lurking beyond our solar system

WASP-12b orbits a Sun-like star 1,400 light-years from Earth and is "black as fresh asphalt"<p>NASA's Hubble telescope has discovered an exoplanet that …

Where Tourism Thrives in Mexico, Bloodshed and Poverty Are Blocks Away

LOS CABOS, Mexico — In recruiting foot soldiers, the drug gang did not have to look hard to find 18-year-old Edwin Alberto López Rojas. He, in fact, had been looking for them.<p>He admired the traffickers’ lifestyle and power. And the money he stood to make promised admission to the ranks of the …

Mexico

Mind-Altering Cat Parasite Just Got Linked to a Whole Lot of Neurological Disorders

"This study is a paradigm shifter."<p>The brain-dwelling parasite <i>Toxoplasma gondii</i> is estimated to be hosted by at least 2 billion people around the …

Humans are still evolving, say scientists

Scientists have identified genetic variants less common in older people than younger people. They say it’s natural selection at work, continuing to …

Controversial AI 'Gaydar' Study Spawns Backlash, Ethical Debate

Following a backlash from academics, technology experts and LGBTQ advocates, a controversial study suggesting artificial intelligence can predict a person's sexual orientation by analyzing a photo of his or her face is now facing additional scrutiny.<p>The study — which was conducted by Stanford …

Artificial Intelligence

Disney World photos show Hurricane Irma's damage to parks

Walt Disney World reopened on Tuesday after damage from Hurricane Irma forced the Florida-based theme parks to shutter its doors for two days.<p>Disney’s Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom had first closed on Sunday, ahead of powerful Hurricane Irma.<p>The parks avoided extensive damage from the …

Olympic double: IOC says yes to Paris in 24, and LA for 28

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The tears welling in the Paris mayor's eyes told the story one way. The words the Los Angeles mayor spoke told it another.<p>This was one of those rare Olympic moments when everyone walked away a winner.<p>Paris for 2024. Los Angeles for 2028. And the International Olympic Committee for …

International Olympic Committee

Theft of Equifax data could lead to years of grief for home buyers and mortgage applicants

The catastrophic theft of 143 million consumers’ personal data from national credit bureau Equifax could cause financial grief for years for home buyers and mortgage applicants.<p>The odds are that some of your sensitive information was stolen — possibly your address, Social Security number, driver’s …

Identity Theft

L E T G O

No. 1 Alabama smothers No. 3 Florida State in opener, 24-7

Harvey aftermath: Toxic waste sites flooded in Texas, EPA says

<b>(CNN) —</b> As Harvey's rainfall tapered off over the weekend in Texas, the region is starting to take stock of the damage as it enters the next phase of recovery.<p>Cleanup efforts are underway after the deadly storm. But, with rivers still full and floodwaters only starting to recede, officials say it …

Extreme Weather

How Your Brain Benefits From the Labor Day Long Weekend

An argument for the permanent three-day weekend.<p>Some Americans will head out of town or host epic end-of-summer barbecues this long Labor Day …

Rud Ra

Harvey pays return visit, swamps evacuee shelter in Texas

HOUSTON (AP) — Harvey's floodwaters started dropping across much of the Houston area and the storm weakened slightly Wednesday but major dangers remained for the U.S. Gulf Coast area, including the threat of an explosion at a stricken Texas chemical plant and major flooding further east near the …

Extreme Weather

10 children's rooms that show the fun side of interior design

This week's roundup from Pinterest shows how children's bedrooms can be designed to encourage play, even in the most minimal of homes. Examples …

Scores treated after 'chemical mist' hits British beach

Residents and tourists in a southern English seaside town have been taken to hospital after inhaling a noxious 'haze.' Police said the chemical mist …

In Houston, Anxiety and Frantic Rescues as Floodwaters Rise

HOUSTON — What felt like an apocalyptic onslaught of pounding rains and rapidly rising floodwaters brought the nation’s fourth-largest city to its knees on Sunday, as highways and residential streets turned to rivers, waist-high waters choked off access to homes and hospitals, and officials begged …

Extreme Weather

Harvey Strengthens as Gasoline Surges on Texas Refinery Threat

Harvey became the strongest hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years, making landfall in the heart of the U.S. energy sector and bringing the …

Weather

The Hidden Meaning Behind the Cut of Your Engagement Ring

The most exciting aspect of the engagement process can also arguably be the most agonizing: Deciding which type of ring you’ll wear. After all, it’s the longest style commitment you’ll ever make. Luckily, diamonds never go out of style.<p>Gemologist and fourth-generation diamantaire, Olivia Landau, …

Israel, the land of milk and honey _ and now whiskey?

U.S. Investigating Diplomats’ Hearing Loss in Cuba

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is consulting with outside experts to determine what happened to American diplomats in the Havana embassy who returned home with damaged hearing, officials told NBC News on Thursday.<p>What caused the Americans in Cuba to suddenly begin losing their hearing remains a …

Cuba

Landmark Vitamin Discovery Could Prevent Miscarriages And Birth Defects

"The most important discovery for pregnant women since folate."<p>A simple vitamin supplement could have the potential to prevent miscarriages and birth …

Canada Confirms Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim Freed From North Korea

A Canadian pastor serving a life sentence in North Korea was freed on "humanitarian" grounds because of his health, the country's state-run news agency said.<p>Hyeon Soo Lim was convicted and sentenced to hard labor for life in December 2015 after North Korea accused him of trying to overthrow the …

North Korea