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24 free things to do in San Francisco

Contrary to what you might expect from such a well known, tourist-heavy city, San Francisco quietly delivers a lot for the money. Many of its hotels offer comfort and location for a third of the cost of a comparable New York or London hotel; public transit is part of the fun (cheaper Market Street …

Travel

The Golden Compass recap: how a literary triumph was turned to dust

Philip Pullman's garlanded His Dark Materials trilogy should have been cinematic gold. Then someone remembered it was harsh on the Catholics<p>There are many universes and many Earths parallel to each other. Worlds where Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy was turned into a series of …

Verve Records and the man who made jazz the sound of America

Norman Granz, the founder of jazz label Verve, was a divisive figure who did much to end racial segregation in America's concert halls – as well as masterminding the later career of Ella Fitzgerald<p>Verve Records and Norman Granz in pictures – gallery<p>Two extraordinary mavericks changed the face of …

Headphones/earphones: the wish list – in pictures

Listen up: headphones and earphones have taken a great leap forward, and not just in terms of technology – now you can look great while you're chilling out. Choose from this colourful, aesthetically pleasing array – from headphones in emerald green or purple to in-ear earphones in groovy blue or …

Fleetwood Mac Cancel Tour as John McVie Undergoes Cancer Treatment

Band calls off 14 dates in Australia and New Zealand<p>Fleetwood Mac have canceled the Australia and New Zealand legs of their tour so that bassist John …

Christine McVie

The Importance of Being Earnest – review

Millennium Forum, Derry-Londonderry Gerald Barry's weird, manic operatic version of Oscar Wilde's most famous play really snaps into focus in this latest production<p>When Gerald Barry's operatic version of Oscar Wilde's most famous play received its first performance in concert in London last year, …

Oscar Wilde

Tom Brady's Injured Hand Was Super Swollen When He Led A 14-Point Comeback Against The Dolphins

Tom Brady was an abysmal 6 for 8 for 25 yards and an interception in the first half against the Miami Dolphins, and an injured hand appeared to be a big reason why.<p>CBS zoomed in on the hand, and it is looking pretty nasty.<p>That's some serious swelling on the throwing hand, but it didn't stop him …

NFL

Derrick Rose Says 'It's Really Going to Be Scary' When He Gets into His Groove

The Emperor eventually got his groove back, and so too will Derrick Rose.<p>"Wait, you mean he hasn't yet?" 29 other NBA teams will shriek in unison. "Crap."<p>Rose played in seven of the Chicago Bulls' eight preseason games, averaging 20.7 points and five assists while shooting 44 percent from beyond …

NFL Talkboard: week eight

Have your say on all the week eight games, including Giants vs Eagles, plus take part in our Pick Six contest<p>You know it has been a tough round in the Pick Six competition when nobody calls all six games correctly. That was the case last week, as the Colts' surprising win over Denver scuppered what …

Madison Square Garden unveils its billion dollar facelift

Three years, 2.6 million man hours of work and a billion dollars later, New York's Madison Square Garden will be showing off its new look Friday night following a top-to-bottom makeover.<p>The iconic arena, which opened 45 years ago and remained open during its renovation, will host a preseason NBA …

Shaquille O'Neal

Associated Press News

Lakers Won't Allow Kobe Bryant to Become Free Agent for Financial Flexibility

Superstar Kobe Bryant is set to become a free agent after the upcoming season, but, after reports saying otherwise, Jim Buss won't allow Bryant to hit the market at all.<p><b>UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 25, at 11:30 p.m. ET</b><p>ESPN's Ramona Shelburne has the latest:<p>"I want to put an end to any speculation that we …

Trial A Trend - RiRi ♥ MAC

Trial A Trend the RiRi ? MAC final collection<p>by Sophie Beresiner<p>I love MAC. I love Rihanna. Thus far I have loved their seasonal collaborations and …

Makeup

Investors Snub Next-Gen Game Console Chip Maker Just As It Starts Making Money

You wouldn’t know it by looking at AMD’s plunging share price, but the company just had a very successful quarter. Its financial report beat analysts’ expectations and revealed an all-important return to profit after a loss-making Q3 in 2012.<p>The good news stemmed largely from sales of its …

Loved the Viral Video. Hated the Movie.

All modern-day marketers covet a viral video. Because what’s a better advertisement for your goods or services than a commercial people ask to watch, …

Viral Videos

Facebook lets beheading clips return to social network

<b>Facebook is allowing videos showing people being decapitated to be posted and shared on its site once again.</b><p>The social network had introduced a temporary ban in May following complaints that the clips could cause long-term psychological damage.<p>The US firm confirmed it now believed its users should …

Internet

Barack Obama calls François Hollande following NSA revelations in France

White House highlights intelligence review after Le Monde published details from Edward Snowden which suggest the NSA has intercepted French phone traffic on a massive scale<p>The White House conceded on Monday that revelations about how its intelligence agencies have intercepted enormous amounts of …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

FEATURE-EMPTY<p>Trade U.S. slams Canada’s NAFTA compromises but will keep talking Subscriber content<p>Marijuana stocks Cannabis producer Aphria in $826-million deal for Nuuvera as industry consolidation mounts<p>Ontario marijuana producers hit by minimum wage hike<p>Trump tax reform leads U.S. entrepreneurs …

Business (Canada)

Mali's Top Islamic Leader Sees Conservative Values Flourishing At Home

BAMAKO, Mali -- When radical Islamists surged across northern Mali last year, temporarily seizing control of major cities and imposing a harsh form of religious law, they earned a stern public rebuke from an unexpected religious source.<p>"What right do they have to take up arms to tell us how to …

Religion

Thailand officials accused of selling Muslim refugees to traffickers

Thailand says it wants to clean up its act as a hotbed of human trafficking, but those efforts took a hit this week, after a report alleged that government immigration officials are involved in the sale of Rohingya refugees near the tourist mecca of Phuket.<p>Journalists Chutima Sidasathian and Alan …

Asia

U.S. Drone Strikes Violate International Law, Reports Allege

Two reports released on the eve of a White House visit by Pakistan's prime minister allege that the U.S. has "violated international law with top-secret targeted-killing operations that claimed dozens of civilian lives in Yemen and Pakistan," as McClatchy Newspapers writes.<p>In one of the reports, …

Ugandan ministers failing to tackle corruption, says HRW report

Government attacked for not taking action against senior officials, despite repeated promises to stamp out the practice<p>The Ugandan government has been criticised for failing to take action against senior officials implicated in corruption scandals, according to a new report.<p>The report, Letting the …

Corruption

US drone strikes could be classed as war crimes, says Amnesty International

Joint report with Human Rights Watch judges US attacks in Yemen and Pakistan to have broken international human rights law<p>US officials responsible for the secret CIA drone campaign against suspected terrorists in Pakistan may have committed war crimes and should stand trial, a report by a leading …