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Sitting 26 Feet High Atop A Horse, Gen. Lee Becomes A Lightning Rod For Discontent

At the center of Charlottesville's violent white nationalist rally was a long-simmering controversy over the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.<p>Controversies over Confederate symbols have been brewing around the country — most notably in South Carolina, where the Confederate flag …

This small Italian village will pay you £1700 to move there

See you there?<p>If you’ve ever wondered what it’d be like to move to Italy, you know, to enjoy that hand-rolled pasta, fresh gelato and everything else …

19 Home Improvement Tips For People Who Are Deathly Afraid Of Axe Murderers

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Our Picks: Budget-Friendly Apron Front Farmhouse Sinks

If you love the look of an apron front (or farmhouse) sink, look no further than this handy guide, where we've rounded up 22 different sinks, in all …

How to make a family room comfortable for toddlers and grown-ups

THE CHALLENGE<p>Kristen and Joseph Llobrera recently moved into a home in Rockville and are struggling to make the 17-by-19-foot family room work for themselves and their young daughter. They are looking for more seating and better traffic flow, as well as a kid-friendly and comfortable room for …

Meet The Republican Governors Who Don't Want To Repeal All Of Obamacare

As congressional Republicans begin work on repealing the Affordable Care Act, many of the nation's governors want to make sure that their state budgets don't take a hit during the dismantling process.<p>They're most concerned about Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor that's run jointly …

When will Alexa and Google Assistant appear in speakers that actually sound good?

The always-on, always-listening "smart speakers" made by Amazon and Google, the Echo and Google Home, sound great when asked to read news headlines or the weather. But if you care about audio quality when playing back music, both kind of suck.<p>Solutions exist today for music-centric Alexa and Google …

Smart Homes

Comparing WeMo Smart Plugs

A quick review of the Mini Smart Plug, Insight Switch and Switch<p>In a recent post on home automation, I mentioned that I was using some WeMo plugs to …

Home Automation

Bookcases in Every Color of the Rainbow

(Image credit: One Kings Lane)<p>We love bookcases. We love color. Put them together and you have something even dreamier than the sum of its parts, …

Amazon is using Alexa to take over your home, car and entire life

Voice-activated personal assistant appears in everything from speakers to cars and fridges.<p>If you wandered the vast and seemingly endless halls of …

Common Amazon Echo problems and how to fix them

The Amazon Echo and Echo Dot are the best voice-controlled smart home speakers you can buy. They work with many different smart home products and …

The 6 Things You Absolutely Need to Know Before Buying a TV

So you're shopping for a new television. You enter a big box store and find yourself standing in front of a synchronized wall of flashing monitors, a …

10 Must-have smart home devices you need right now

Share17<p>Tweet<p>Share2<p>+13<p>Shares 22<p>What if all the devices in your life could connect to the Internet? Not just computers and smartphones, but everything: …

Home Automation

Trump Foundation apparently admits to violating ban on ‘self-dealing,’ new filing to IRS shows

President-elect Donald Trump’s charitable foundation has admitted to the Internal Revenue Service that it violated a legal prohibition against “self-dealing,” which bars nonprofit leaders from using their charity’s money to help themselves, their businesses or their families.<p>The admission was …

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Twitter Suspends Accounts Affiliated With Alt-Right

Social media platform Twitter shut down a number of accounts associated with the Alt-Right movement and white nationalism this week, according to <i>USA</i> …

Internet

'Tangled web': Trump's businesses could create conflicts

NEW YORK (AP) — Asked on TV earlier this year whether a President Donald Trump would ever mix politics with business, his eldest son, Donald Jr., …

The company blamed for starting the opioid epidemic has a lot to thank Rudy Giuliani for

According to The New York Times, Giuliani "used his clout with the Justice Department to press the federal authorities to offer a less onerous punishment to the company after allegations that security problems at its warehouses might have contributed to black market sales."<p>In 2007, Purdue pleaded …

Trump has said he does not want to take a salary, but he may have to

"I won't take even one dollar. I'm totally giving up my salary if I become president," Trump said in a video posted to his Twitter account.<p>Most recently the president-elect told "60 Minutes" that he would take a $1 salary because the law required him to.<p>According to Title 3 of the US Code, the US …

Trump is the first UPenn graduate to make it to the White House — here are the colleges that have produced the most US presidents

Trump started out at Fordham University, located in the Bronx borough in New York City, but he transferred to UPenn's Wharton School of Finance his junior year and graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics.<p>While the Ivy League school has finally achieved the status of having …

Who is Jared Kushner? Trump's son-in-law at center of transition team drama

One of the key men behind Donald Trump’s transition to power is a 35-year-old real estate mogul, businessman and publisher called Jared Kushner. He is also married to Trump’s influential daughter Ivanka, and is in line to be arguably the most powerful son-in-law to ever set foot in the White …

Why did women vote for Trump? Because misogyny is not a male-only attribute

Women were not the only ones to vote against their own self-interest in the US elections, but our complicity is is at least explainable<p>Susan Sarandon told us why she would not vote for Hillary Clinton: “I don’t vote with my vagina.” Nor, it seems, do many women. The howl of pain that accompanied …

White nationalism, a term once on the fringes, now front and center

<b>(CNN) —</b> President-elect Donald Trump's selection of Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist and senior counselor swept a new term out of the fringes and into the mainstream: white nationalism.<p>Bannon, the Trump campaign CEO and executive chairman of Breitbart News, has called his site "the platform …

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Newtown victim's daughter to Trump: Please denounce Alex Jones

<b>(CNN) —</b> The daughter of slain Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung asked President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday to "cut ties" with Infowars founder Alex Jones, who has pushed conspiracy theories alleging that the Newtown murders were faked as part of a government hoax.<p>In an open letter posted to …

Twitter Suspends Prominent Alt-Right Accounts

Twitter has suspended several accounts linked to the alt-right movement, which has been associated with white nationalism.<p>The move comes as Twitter is rolling out a series of actions to curb hate speech and abuse on its platform as criticism has mounted of the company's failure to rein in …

The secret libraries of history

After news emerged about an underground reading room in Damascus, Fiona Macdonald discovers the places where writing has been hidden for centuries.<p>Beneath the streets of a suburb of Damascus, rows of shelves hold books that have been rescued from bombed-out buildings. Over the past four years, …

Archaeology

These Are the Most Searched Vacation Destinations in the World

Europe is packed with desirable vacation spots, from these 10 under the radar destinations to the sprawling avenues of Paris and the impossibly blue …

The Perfect Three-Day Weekend in the Berkshires

As part of a new series, Travel + Leisure is exploring America one three-day weekend at a time. Here’s what to do on a short trip to Massachusetts’ …

New England

WOW: $99 Fares to Europe from Several US Cities

Yesterday Wow Air announced that they’re moving Stockholm service to the area’s main Arlanda International Airport (ARN) effective November 18 and …

The battle to save Langston Hughes' $3 million home

Ivy still grows on the front of Langston Hughes' home in Harlem. There aren't many houses like it left in New York City. Real estate agents estimate it's worth over $3 million.<p>And that's before anyone talks about the fact that one of America's great writers -- a hero of the Harlem Renaissance -- …

A Harvard Psychologist Says This Trait Matters Most: 10 Ways to Make a Great First Impression

Amy Cuddy says people answer one question when they first meet you -- and that answer lays the foundation for a business relationship.<p>Say you meet a new potential customer, a potential employer, or anyone with whom you want to establish a business relationship.<p>Which matters more:<p>Showing that you're …

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