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Persian Wars: Battle of Thermopylae

<b>Battle of Thermopylae - Conflict & Dates:</b><p>The Battle of Thermopylae is believed to have been fought in August 480 BC, during the Persian Wars (499 …

The Persian Immortals

The Achaemenid Empire of Persia (550 - 330 BCE) had an elite corps of heavy infantry that was so effective, it helped them to conquer much of the …

6 Stunning Destinations for People Who Hate Tourists

Avoid the crowds.<p>Travelers have clocked 369 million international trips so far this year, an incredible sum equal to nearly 1.6 million trips per …

How the CIA Came to Doubt the Official Story of JFK’s Murder

Newly released documents from long-secret Kennedy assassination files raise startling questions about what top agency officials knew and when they knew it.<p>After the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963, the CIA appeared eager, even desperate, to embrace the version of events …

JFK Assassination

How to learn to play the piano in six weeks

In How to Play the Piano, the concert pianist James Rhodes teaches readers how they can learn the instrument in just six weeks. Watch the video above to find out more.<p>Many adults express a desire to learn an instrument, but may have been put off by childhood lessons, the dread of long and tedious …

Flute

Bay Area pot laws are confusing - Here's what you need to know

California pot legalization initiative Proposition 64 allows all adults 21 and over to possess up to an ounce of cannabis buds, seven grams of extract, and grow six plants in their homes.<p>But are medical marijuana dispensaries open in your town? Is it OK to grow some plants in your outdoor garden? …

Does blurry photo show Amelia Earhart survived plane crash?

<b>(CNN) —</b> A newly unearthed photo showing blurry figures on a dock may shed light on the 80-year-old mystery of what happened to Amelia Earhart.<p>A new History channel documentary quotes experts who say the image shows the famed pilot survived her 1937 crash in the Pacific. But other experts told CNN …

Airplanes

How to Spend a Night in San Francisco

For night owls, travel junkies, and adventurers alike.<p>Startup culture and surges of absurdly lucrative tech money have sunk their bland bougie tentacles into California's most historically eccentric, experimental, and sexually inclusive city. Still, old school pockets of strangeness have managed to …

Jack Kerouac

It's time to 'get off the crazy train': Rep. Jason Chaffetz explains why he's retiring and joining Fox News

The announcement confirmed speculation that he would join the conservative media giant after his surprise decision in May to leave Congress 18 months before the end of his term.<p>When asked by Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer during an interview on the reason behind his decision, Chaffetz said he needed …

Jason Chaffetz

Oblivious to History, Trump's Turning Up the Heat on Iran. He Should Look at the 1953 CIA Coup.

So sensitive was this operation that not all documents have been declassified for public view, even after the passing of almost 64 years.<p><i>In 1979,</i> …

Here's How Much the Average Airbnb Host Earns in a Month

And how you can max out your home's earning potential.<p>Airbnb has changed the way the world travels since its launch in 2008. The company, which is …

The photogenic Instagram destinations of Marin

Let's be blunt: the North Bay is one of the most naturally beautiful places in the United States, and tourists and locals alike head to Marin and beyond every weekend to set up the tripod.<p>With cliffs, beaches, and sky-high views from mountaintops, snapping a gorgeous photo of the local landscape is …

Could the City of Salmon Have Become the Manhattan of the West?

References to Lewis and Clark are ubiquitous in Oregon. But the name on my mind while traveling the Beaver State is James MacKay, the explorer who …

Oregon

Let's Answer This Question Once and For All: Is It Cheaper to Rent or Buy a Home?

There's always been a lot of controversy about this question. Find the right answer for you.<p>Whether it's cheaper to buy or rent a home is one of the …

Go Beyond the City: This Is the Best Hiking in San Francisco

Hiking in San Francisco is one of our favorite things to do. Because the Bay Area city is so hilly and on an incline almost everywhere, it’s a …

Facial recognition technology is taking over airports: Your face is your new boarding pass

Traveling through the world's airports has never been simple. Just this week, the Trump Administration announced a new procedure in which visa …

Very soon it may be stupid to buy a home in San Francisco and these other cities

In some cities, buying is only marginally cheaper than renting<p>Nowadays, it’s the mortgage that’s too damn high.<p>While it’s still cheaper to buy than …

Real Estate

The dam of GOP resistance to Trump oversight is showing some cracks

Baby steps, but real ones.<p>The barricade of GOP resistance to any kind of meaningful oversight of Donald Trump appeared to be cracking Tuesday night.<p>Arizona Sen. John McCain, always good for a quote, spoke at a dinner for the International Republican Institute and straightforwardly compared the …

A Free Course on Machine Learning & Data Science from Caltech

Right now, Machine Learning and Data Science are two hot topics, the subject of many courses being offered at universities today. Above, you can …

How I went from zero to San Francisco software engineer in 12 months

One year ago, I was working part-time as a route setter at a rock climbing gym in Tennessee. Today I’m working as a software engineer at a cyber-security startup in San Francisco.<p>My journey to this point has been unforgettable and life-changing. And yet as challenging as everything was, I think …

Nonprofits

Warren Buffett uses furniture to explain why Berkshire Hathaway doubled its AAPL holdings in January

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has explained why Berkshire Hathaway doubled its AAPL holdings in January, stating that he used his understanding of the furniture market to appreciate the strength of the iPhone …<p>He told <i>CNBC</i> that while most people might buy appliances on price, he’d noticed that …

Investing

Mode Modern Sunrise Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

In our quest to discover the latest sleep tech, we've come across sensor-equipped mattresses, sleep-tracking wearables and white-noise machines. Startup Mode Modern is taking a different approach with its Sunrise Smart Pillow. The $129/£100/AU$175 Sunrise promises to pack all of that …

Exclusive: Billionaire investor Draper to participate in blockchain token sale for first time

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper soon plans to take a step that even he, a long-time bitcoin aficionado, has eschewed to now: buying a new digital currency offered by a technology startup.<p>Draper, an early supporter of bitcoin and its underlying blockchain financial …

Invisible Service Hotels Are the New Trendy Airbnb Alternative

Whether you’re heading out on your first solo vacation or planning a new adventure in a town you already know well, picking a place to stay can make or break your trip. While we love a luxe hotel, we’re <i>also</i> always down to scope a trendy new neighborhood thanks to a hot Airbnb, so we’re super …

Hospitality

'I blew it': Warren Buffett laments missing out on Google

Even the world's most famous investor, also known as the Oracle of Omaha, has regrets.<p>Warren Buffett admits he missed the boat on investing in two of today's most successful tech companies: Google (GOOG) and Amazon (AMZN). Both are among the largest companies in the world today.<p>Buffett said he …

Investing

How Secret Russian Spy Kim Philby Helped Set Up Israel

A document uncovered by The Daily Beast shows that Soviet mole Kim Philby was hampering his British intelligence colleagues in their efforts to …

JFK's grandson gives rare live interview

<b>(CNN) —</b> Former President John F. Kennedy's grandson Jack Schlossberg gave a rare live interview Friday, discussing why he thinks former President Barack Obama is courageous and also his favorite JFK speech.<p>"My favorite speech of his is the speech he gave at Rice University explaining to America why …

CNN

In Rare Unity, Hospitals, Doctors and Insurers Criticize Health Bill

It is a rare unifying moment. Hospitals, doctors, health insurers and some consumer groups, with few exceptions, are speaking with one voice and urging significant changes to the Republican health care legislation that passed the House on Thursday.<p>The bill’s impact is wide-ranging, potentially …

Health Care

Silicon Valley VC: 7 things to study if you want a high-paying job in the future

Josh Elman of Silicon Valley venture capital firm Greylock Partners knows about keeping an eye out for the next hot industry.<p>In the early 2000s Elman …

Silicon Valley