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The Girl That Became a Boy

Fascinating deep reportage on life, gender, and fate in an unusual Afghan tradition.<p>"We are just talking about a child. Why is it important to manifest her female gender, especially when it marks the little girl as a weaker, more constrained, child, of lesser value?" writes reporter Jenny Nordberg …

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Palace of pain: Netley, the hospital built for an empire of soldiers

A hospital orderly, wearing what resembles a butcher's apron, poses with an equally ominous-looking trolley. Ward maids, country-looking girls, pose in utilitarian overalls designed for dirty work, rather than the pristine starch of nurses' uniforms. A handsome stable hand, straight out of War …

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Nutritionist-Recommended Foods to Suppress Your Appetite Naturally

<i>There may be no magic pill for weight loss, but dietician Julie Upton, MS, RD, of Appetite For Health, stays on top of the science behind taming your</i> …

Google’s 360º Panorama App ‘Photo Sphere’ Now Available On iOS

Google’s Photo Sphere has been one of the glowing capabilities of Android phones since its release just over a year ago, but the reign of exclusivity …

8 Grilled Cheese Recipes To Try Now

This kid-favorite is all grown up. You're going to love these tasty riffs that are still just as comforting as the classic.

A brunch-lover’s guide to New York City

Ahh, brunch. One part omelette, two parts mimosa, three parts coffee – life’s sweet distraction when the workweek is nigh. Though not a uniquely New York 'thing' <i>per se</i>, there’s no other city that takes its breakfast-lunch combustion quite as seriously as the Big Apple and every visitor should take …

Top 10 photography locations in the Lake District

These are my current top 10 photo locations in the Lakes, but ask me next week and the list may well have changed. This is because, first, we are spoiled around here for amazing views, and second – and more importantly – it’s not necessarily the killer views that make the best photographs, but the …

Ultra-Rare Canon EF 1200mm for Sale in the UK for $165K, Muscles Needed to Lift It Not Included

The ultra-rare lens that B&H Photo dubbed “The Mother of All Telephoto Lenses“, the Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM Super-telephoto, has surfaced once …

The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S.: 2014

You cast more than 1.5 million votes in our biggest Best Town Ever contest to date. One town may have triumphed, but you loved 15 other amazing places, too—from Burlington Vermont to Anchorage Alaska.<p>But before we reveal the winner, a word on our rankings.<p>This list is ordered by the number of votes …

How to Manage Your Email Like a CEO

<b>Answer by David Shin, High Frequency Trader</b><p>When I worked at Google in 2006/2007, Larry and Sergey held a Q&A session, and this exact question was …

Take a Peek Inside Yellowstone's Abandoned Mansion

It's hard to not to drive past The Smith Mansion on the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway, just outside Yellowstone National Park, and wonder what the hell it is. It looks like the work of a madman -- each story of the 75 foot structure is precariously stacked, held up by what seem like impossibly …

Why I’ve Gone Back To Shooting Film...And Why You Should Too

Our DSLRs have confused us. We obssess over the wrong things. Sharpness at 400%; bokeh characteristics of lenses produced from what-must-surely-be …

5 Quick Camera Checks Before You Release The Shutter to Produce Amazing Shots Consistently

Experience has the ability to make us wiser with our actions and choices. As a photographer, I have made mistakes in the past because of which I …

Midsummer's Dream: A Weekend Getaway to Nantucket

Must-see sights, stops, and stays.<p>Photo director of housebeautiful.com, ELLEDECOR.com, and Veranda.com, Kelly Stuart, recently visited Nantucket for a romantic weekend trip. Here, she shares her must-see sights, stops, and stays.

Alcatraz by the Numbers

From 1934 to 1963, the most high-profile, dangerous criminals in America went to one place – Alcatraz.<p>A high security prison built on an island off …

10 Easy Cookie Recipes

10 easy cookie recipes that you can make quickly or make ahead, slice, and bake.<p>We think of cookies as more of a snack than as a dessert—they beat any sweet-tooth craving, and are easily eaten on-the-go in a couple bites. And if you're going to eat cookies like we do, they should be equally as easy …

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James Brady's death ruled a homicide, police say

Former White House press secretary James Brady's death this week was directly related to wounds he sustained in the 1981 attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan, and authorities are now investigating it as a homicide, police told CNN on Friday.<p>Brady was shot in the head and partly …

Prince William goes back to work

Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, is going back to work, taking on a new role as an air ambulance pilot.<p>The duke will start training in September, a year after leaving the Royal Air Force, where he flew search and rescue helicopters. He will have his first air ambulance shift in …

Transparency troubles: Audit finds $619B gap in federal spending site

The Obama administration failed to properly account for how it spent nearly $619 billion, according to a watchdog audit of the main federal website meant to track where taxpayer money is going.<p>The report from the Government Accountability Office picked apart the website USASpending.gov, and the …

12 Totally Useless Travel Gadgets

<i>By Elina Bolokhova for the Orbitz blog</i><p>Never know what to buy the savvy traveler in your life? Or maybe you're heading out on the road yourself and need one more useless travel gadget to stuff into your already over-packed suitcase? Here's a list of 12 travel items that are certain to make someone's …

The Strongest Leverage Putin Might Have to Retaliate Against U.S. Sanctions

A dose of crony capitalism in the form of a no-bid Pentagon contract is causing anxiety that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government could have the needed leverage to retaliate against U.S. sanctions.<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting in Samara, Russia, July 21, 2014. …

Norway's Floating Snowflake Hotel Is A Five-Star Fjord Paradise

Norway is the greatest, and soon there will be a whole new way to see it: from the glass windowed wall of the world's first floating snowflake hotel.<p>The Krystall will feature 86 five-star hotel rooms, a spa and a conference center, all in a snowflake-shaped community in the middle of a picturesque …