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Full vending machines. Pot on the pillow. What some California hotels are doing to attract marijuana smokers

A few months after California legalized recreational use of marijuana, the Desert Hot Springs Inn in the Coachella Valley began advertising itself as cannabis friendly — a place where guests can smoke by the pool or heat up a vaporizer in the rooms.<p>What surprised innkeeper John Thatcher was not …

Cannabis

There's little economic justification for tipping. But we can't stop doing it

Voters in Washington, D.C., decided this week to do away with the so-called tip credit, a miserable practice that allows employers — mostly restaurants — to pay dirt-cheap wages if workers also receive tips from customers.<p>California is one of just seven states that have eliminated the tip credit. …

Hospitality

15 Quotes That Will Make You Feel Smarter Immediately

Some Memorial Day silliness<p>Well, it's the Memorial Day weekend. As the summer starts in earnest I find myself bereft of serious business thoughts. So this column is just for fun.<p>This column is inspired by Albert Einstein, who said, "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm …

Al Gore

Iowa gov. signs 'fetal heartbeat' abortion ban

A High-School Student Just Won $250,000 For This Incredible Explanation of Relativity

This is genius.<p>The German physicist Albert Einstein needed complex equations to describe his theory of relativity, but 18-year-old Hillary Diane …

Physics

How to replace your laptop with a tablet

Make your computing even more portable.<p>Companies have been promoting tablets as serious computing devices for a long time—at least as far back as Microsoft's 2001 Tablet PC. And in the last few years, as both hardware and software become more powerful, they've started to look like genuine laptop …

The disease that could change how we drink coffee

For years, researchers in Colombia have been engaged in a little-known battle against a disease that could disrupt coffee drinking everywhere.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2017” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>If you landed in Bogota in the 1960s, one of the first things …

Coffee

The 5 Best Men’s Shoes You Can Wear Comfortably All Day Long

Let’s face it: as great as they may look, traditional men’s shoes aren’t always the most comfortable choice for prolonged wear. Stiff soles can cause …

Shoes

Consumer Reports stops recommending Microsoft Surface PCs over reliability concerns

25 percent of Surface owners have had problems within two years of buying one<p><i>Consumer Reports</i> is stripping its “recommended” badge from Microsoft’s entire lineup of Surface PCs because the hardware was found to be “significantly less reliable than most other brands.”<p>In a survey of 90,000 tablet and …

Batteries

ABC denies axing Tim Allen's Last Man Standing over Donald Trump support

US television network ABC denied on Sunday that it had cancelled comedian <b></b>Tim Allen's popular sitcom "Last Man Standing" due to its conservative politics.<p>Fans of the show - and Allen himself - were angered when ABC announced in May that one of its most-watched scripted series, a solid ratings draw, …

Why You Need Plenty of Potassium

When it comes to ­dietary strategies to control blood pressure, sodium gets all the atten­tion. But too little potassium could be just as important …

Nutrition

The Latest: Maduro says company's vote claim part of US plot

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on Venezuela's political crisis and the dispute over a rewrite of its constitution (all times local):<p>8:50 …

PAPA JOHN'S CEO: American free enterprise is 'under assault' from big government

In his book "Papa: The Story of Papa John's Pizza," CEO John Schnatter slams greedy executives and says regulations are steering the country in a dangerous direction — away from the system of free enterprise he believes is crucial to the nation's success.<p>"America in 2016 is on the path to becoming …

Laser Blasts Could Finally Remove Those Annoying Squiggles in Your Vision

They're not uncatchable after all.<p>You've probably seen transparent squiggles swimming across your field of vision before, which are actually tiny …

Ophthalmology