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The Exceptional Traveler: Housesitting

Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.— Miriam Beard<p><b>How To Do Exceptional Things Inexpensively</b><p><b>Post #3 Housesitting</b><p>I'm a big fan of house rentals and housesitting, having done both many times in different parts of the world, …

Chicago could be the next Detroit

Both cities rely on the manufacturing industries — and both are in dire financial straits<p>CHICAGO — Much like the city of Detroit’s epic economic saga, this story took me on a wild goose chase. I’m an art journalist reporting on Detroit from Chicago — or, if you would prefer, the Motor City from the …

US fast-food workers in vanguard of growing protests at 'starvation' wages

McDonald's and KFC employees, struggling to support families, lead protests at pay and conditions spreading across America<p>McDonald's in New York's Times Square, in midsummer. The fast food store heaves with native New Yorkers and tourists, including a table of Filipino nuns and a troupe of …

4 biggest myths about crack

For U.S. politicians, targeting drug users in black communities is easier than addressing poverty and unemployment<p>It's no secret that crack cocaine carries a stigma. While casual pot-smoking and cocaine use are tolerated in college dorms and clubs, crack cocaine is often considered to be on a …

Associated Press News

Why do we make mistakes? Blame your brain, the original autocorrector

Does Siri make us lazy? Does Facebook make us lonely? Does Twitter make us stupid? Will Google Glass make twitching, distracted Glassholes of us all? If you've read a magazine, listened to a radio show, browsed (or clicked on) the non-fiction section of a bookstore (or Amazon) or been a sentient …

Mother Jones Will Also Ban 'Redskins,' Which It Rarely Uses

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Following Slate's lead, the progressive magazine <i>Mother Jones</i> has announced that it will henceforth …

Privatization in Mexico is a road to nowhere

Infrastructure is key to development. There is little more crucial to trade and commerce than a good system of roads and highways. That is why Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto recently announced a major new infrastructure program that hopes to attract $100 billion in private investment. The …

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Los Angeles immigrant community pushes to keep Zapotec language alive

It’s 6 p.m. on a Friday. About a dozen people gather inside a small office space in Los Angeles — in the MacArthur Park neighborhood, where many immigrants live.<p>Sitting around a circle, they recite words in Dizha’ Xhon, also known as the Zapotec language.<p>Aaron Huey Sonnenschein, a linguistics …

Farmers Rip Up Experimental Golden Rice Plants In The Philippines

As scientists prepare to submit the genetically engineered rice for regulatory approval, some locals protest.<p>A decade and a half after it was first invented, genetically engineered rice may soon grow in farmer's fields for the first time, in the Philippines. Just as some in the U.S. oppose GMO …

Did Tyson Ban Doping Cows With Zilmax To Boost Foreign Sales?

Tyson Foods Inc. announced this week that it would soon suspend purchases of cattle that had been treated with a controversial drug, citing animal welfare concerns.<p>But many in the industry wonder if the real reason is the battle for sales in other countries, where certain drugs that make livestock …

Bradley Manning to speak for defence at sentencing hearing next week

Navy rear admiral testifies warning villages which were in danger of Taliban reprisals after leaks took nine months<p>Bradley Manning will make a rare statement before his defense finishes arguments in his sentencing hearing next week, his lawyers said Friday.<p>The 25-year-old faces up to 90 years in …

Toxic Fukushima fallout threatens fishermen's livelihoods

Rising anger at Tepco two years after Japanese tsunami and nuclear meltdown as contaminated water seeps into Pacific<p>Despite his age, 63-year-old Kazuo Niitsuma believes there are many more years of fishing ahead of him. The sea is in his family's blood, he says. His octogenarian father began …

Kids And TV: Watching An Extra Hour Can Harm Kindergarten Performance, Study Says

Yet another data point has been added to the ongoing debate over how much TV watching is too much for young children.<p>A study of Canadian children has found that even an extra hour of TV time -- above the daily average of 72 minutes -- could significantly harm a child’s performance in kindergarten, …

Perseid Meteor Shower to Flare

Australian quits election after Quran gaffe

An anti-immigration politician has withdrawn from the Australian election after the screening of an interview in which she called the Quran the "haram", said Islam was a country, and asserted that Jews followed Jesus.<p>Stephanie Banister quit as the One Nation party's candidate for Franklin, …

Syria refugees swell Christian community in Turkey

<b>Syria's Christians belong to one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, but chased away by the threat of violence some are heading for neighbouring Turkey, where they have been greeted with considerable enthusiasm.</b><p>Driven by a deep and humble faith, Father Joaqim is a young man with a …

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US and Russia to push for Syria peace talks

US and Russian officials have agreed on the need to convene a Syrian peace conference in Geneva as soon as possible, following talks in Washington DC.<p>John Kerry, US secretary of state, hosted his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on Friday, amid mounting tension between the two nations over …