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Irish government in jeopardy ahead of key Brexit talks

Ireland’s government was fighting for its survival on Friday after the party propping it up announced plans to break their agreement because of the handling of a policing scandal.<p>The domestic crisis has hit just weeks ahead of a key European Union summit on Britain’s plans to leave the EU, a large …

A Bare Bones Kit for Getting Started with Hand Tools, Building a Swedish Torch Camp Stove, Outdoor Furniture & More

Part 2 of this week's Makers Roundup<p><b>The Beginning Hand Tool Kit</b><p>Thinking of getting into hand tools? Here Shannon Rogers, founder of The Hand Tool …

10 Iconic Train Journeys That Are Trips Unto Themselves

One of the best ways to experience the travel style of yesteryear's rich and famous is to spend some time on a luxury train.<p>Typically, these trains provide private two-person overnight compartments, some with built-in showers, along with lavish service, onboard guides, and elaborate meals.<p>Many also …

Trains

The Best Neighborhood Coffee Shops In Manhattan

New Yorkers take their coffee seriously.<p>Street corners are dominated by Starbucks, and city favorites include Stumptown Coffee, La Colombe, East Village espresso bar Abraço and California import Blue Bottle Coffee.<p>But it's not just about the coffee, but also the people and atmosphere.<p>Check out ten …

Coffee

How Meditation Works

Mindfulness meditation is having a moment in the West, and with it some compelling reasons to understand and try it.<p>NicoleAbalde/Flickr<p><i>Mindfulness meditation</i>. Chances are that you've either heard or seen (or rolled your eyes at) these words in recent months, as studies, celebrity endorsements, and …

My Favorite On-the-Road Apps

On recent trips, I’ve zipped around Belgium, Israel, and Ireland on foot and behind the wheel of a rented car without getting lost (okay, it happened once in awhile), all because of my phone, or what I like to call my third hand.<p>When I think back to traveling ten years ago, I can’t even imagine (or …

Latest World, US & Local News

Aaron P. Bernstein / Reuters file<p>Senate confirms Gina Haspel as CIA director<p>Congress<p>advertisement<p>U.S. Geological Survey / via AFP - Getty Images …

Obama orders US to draw up overseas target list for cyber-attacks

Barack Obama has ordered his senior national security and intelligence officials to draw up a list of potential overseas targets for US …

Our First Success Story for Our Fitness Plan, PaleoFit!

<i>This testimonial about our fitness plan, PaleoFit, is by Jennifer Shippee, who is Max Shippee’s (PaleoFit’s creator) cousin-in-law, married to Max’s</i> …

NSA whistleblower reveals himself: 'I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things'

<i>The Guardian</i> has published an interview with the NSA whistleblower, who revealed himself as a 29-year-old former technical assistant named Edward Snowden. In recent days, Snowden has leaked top secret NSA documents to <i>The Guardian</i> and the <i>Washington Post</i> detailing the NSA's PRISM and Boundless …

CIA, NSA contractor admits to leaking secret programs

The criminal investigation into who leaked key documents on the government's secret electronic snooping programs had only just started when a 29-year-old federal contract employee came forward and claimed responsibility.<p>Now, Edward Snowden is holed up in a Hong Kong hotel room, seeking to avoid the …

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations

The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant …

Any iOS device can be hacked within one minute with modified charger, say researchers

Security researchers have discovered a way to push software onto an iOS device using a modified charger. The team at Georgia Institute of Technology says its charger was able to upload arbitrary software to an iOS device within one minute of it being plugged in. According to the researchers, "all …

Price Drops: 1Password for iPad & iOS 50% Off

<b>1Password</b>, the excellent password manager app for iPad and iOS, is on sale at 50% off for a limited time. It’s available right now at $8.99 – down from its standard price of $17.99.<p>Apparently the team at AgileBits, makers of 1Password, have got a bad case of WWDC fever – and part of the cure is a …

Proceed with Caution: Warning Signs That You May Not Be Ready to Retire

There's plenty of guidance available to help you feel confident that it's time to retire. But it could be just as important to recognize signs that …

Should You Rent Or Buy A Home In Retirement?

By the time many of us retire we’ve become so accustomed to owning a home, that the idea of renting one might never occur to us.<p>But if you’re pondering a change of address in retirement, it’s worth considering all the angles of buying vs. renting, even if you haven’t been a renter since shag …

6 Most Affordable Places To Retire

How would you describe your perfect town? Bucolic. Quaint. Active. And don’t forget affordable. We’ve found six beautiful U.S. cities where the cost of living is lower than the national average and the state income and sales tax won’t take a chunk out of your wallet.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>6 Most Affordable …

4 Great Canadian Road Trips

Summer is the best and brightest season to explore Canada’s vast expanses by car. Slush has melted off the highways and byways (well, most of them), …

Canada

35 Cool Outdoor Deck Designs

We’ve already told you of some terraces, porches, ponds and fountains to design your garden. Now maybe you need a deck – a place covered with wooden …

Will Retirement Stress You Out?

Many people think they will no longer have stress in retirement. Safely crossing the finish line into retired life is the end goal of years spent working and saving, and we deserve to leave our troubles behind and be happy. But preparing for retirement is no guarantee that your retirement will be …

Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

European Travel

Coolest Starbucks around the world

It's been said that you're never farther than 170 miles from a Starbucks in America -- and we can assume that will become only more true as Starbucks continues its global domination. As of July 2012, there were 17,651 Starbucks locations worldwide, with an additional 1,500 slated to open in 2013. …

Starter Kit to Patagonia

Few places in the world provoke wonder like Patagonia. The expanse of land, carved by the Andes Mountain Range and reaching down to the end of the …

South America

Retirement Planning | Charles Schwab

Your journey toward and through retirement, along with life’s events along the way, is one of a kind. We’re ready to work with you on your terms, every step of the way.<p>Planning: Crucial for success<p>We’ll help you understand savings fundamentals, prioritize your goals, and manage debt and …

Top 10 Eastern European getaways

For years Eastern Europe was the undiscovered half of the continent - but things have changed. The diverse highlights of Eastern Europe are now drawing travellers by the trainload. Here are our top 10 Eastern European getaways.<p>1. Julian Alps, Slovenia<p>The Julian Alps form Slovenia's dramatic …

America's best-kept-secret restaurants

When dining out, not all secrets are meant to be kept — at least that's partly the intent with the "secret" restaurant trend. Unmarked entrances, unadvertised contact information, and word-of-mouth marketing are typical attributes of this deliberately cryptic experience. Clandestine appeal aside, …