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Mexican police rescue 458 children in raid on home

Residents were forced to beg for money and suffered sexual abuse while being held against their will in filthy conditions<p>Mexican federal and state police officers have raided a home in the western state of Michoacan and rescued 458 children who were forced to beg for money and suffered sexual abuse …

Japan's top 10 culinary locations

Unesco recently added Japanese cuisine – known in Japan as <i>washoku</i> – to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list. This puts it equal to French cuisine, the only other national culinary tradition to be so honoured. A journey around Japan reveals the wisdom of Unesco’s decision: every corner of the …

The train that takes on Alaska’s Mt McKinley

The 470-mile Denali Star line tracks through a vast landscape so wild, it can be easier to spot caribou than people and one town’s mayor is a cat named Stubbs.<p>Just a few minutes earlier, cries of “Moose beside the track!” had managed to distract many of the Denali Star’s train passengers from their …

National Parks

Solitary confinement: inside America's dreaded isolation cells

Depicted in 'Orange is the New Black' and fiercely debated in Congress, America's widespread and controversial use of solitary confinement is under fire. The Telegraph visits an isolation cell in Maine State Prison to find out more<p>The heavy steel door clangs shut. The bolt makes a startling bang as …

After 16 hours, an exit from stalled casino boat

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — After 16 hours stuck at sea, passengers stranded on a casino boat that ran aground off Georgia's coast were ferried to shore …

Texas actress to serve 18 years for sending ricin letter to Obama

Shannon Guess Richardson, a Texas actress, will serve 18 years in federal prison after she sent poison-laced letters to President<p>Obamaand formerNew York CityMayor Michael Bloombergas part of a bizarre plot to frame her estranged husband, federal officials said Wednesday.<p>Richardson, 35, of New …

Crime

A NYC Top 10 Must Do List From a Child's Eye

After a recent trip to NYC for SpecialGlobe with my 6 and 8 year old children, I asked them both to list their top 5 things. Below were their favorite experiences from the trip.<p><b>1.</b> American Natural History Museum -- For a 5 year old boy, the Dinosaur exhibit on the 4th floor is a dream come true not …

How A Student And A Professor Became Business Partners

Honest Tea’s concept–social responsibility to the beverage industry–was born in a classroom. Its cofounders are learning from each other.<p>Most university students can’t wait for summer break to escape the inquiring glances and intense grilling from their professors. But one Yale University School of …

Behind the Traveler Photo Contest

Have you ever wondered what makes an award-winning photograph? This is your chance to find out.<p>Join the judges and winners of the 2014 <i>Traveler</i> Photo Contest for a <b>Google+ Hangout On Air,</b> and get the inside scoop on how the winning photographs were selected from more than 18,000 images.<p>The</i> …

House votes to let banks work with pot stores

The House of Representatives held two bipartisan votes on Wednesday that should open the door for banks and other financial institutions to do …

States with the biggest house price discounts

Prices for single-family homes obviously vary between cities and states, but new research finds there’s also a dramatic difference in the discounts …

Beyond the Dome: A Walk Around D.C.’s Secret Capitol Hill

A Corgi and a Rottweillerish mutt weave between tombstones like X-wing fighters attacking the Death Star. Over by J. Edgar Hoover’s grave, which faces the city prison, two poodles slurp from a water bowl below an old-fashioned faucet. I’m learning this is just an average day at the capital’s …

How Starbucks can raise prices for your coffee and get away with it

Food price inflation is becoming a problem for the fast food industry, and Starbucks is no exception. Milk prices are up 27% this year, and coffee prices are not far behind, rising by about 25%.<p>The below chart, built using data compiled by Piper Jaffray analyst Nicole Regan, shows that Starbucks’ …

Coffee

8 Awesome Houseboat Rentals Across the U.S.

By Meredith Rosenberg, CNTraveler.com<p>Since houseboat rentals are available at about 40 lakes nationwide and many offer all the creature comforts of a hotel, they're a great option for exploring watery parts unknown. Plus, little or no boating experience is required to pilot one; even better, some …

10 Ways Travel Changed My Life Forever

I bought a one-way ticket to Iceland on a weekday afternoon hiding behind my computer screen, and a few weeks later I found myself with no job, moved out of my apartment and almost all of my things sold. One amazing month-long backpacking trip later, I'm back in the states surfing couches, …

Top 11 Travel Products for Your Summer Getaway

<i>Visit offMetro.com for car-free getaways from NYC, SF, and around the world.</i><p>Sweeten your summer getaway with these 11 travel items, be it an inflatable stand up paddle board, waterproof speakers, weekend bag, a hammock built for two, or a stylish dress designed for adventure. You'll be inspired to …

Why credit card companies are dangling more rewards in front of people

Despite some recent backsliding, the total pile of US credit card debt outstanding remains far below its pre-crisis peak. New regulations, changing consumer attitudes toward debt, and more conservative lending during the Great Recession drove the change over the last few years.<p>But now there are …

Labor Economics

15 Gorgeous Spots That Take Us Back In Time...Without The Crowds

Sure, you could hop over to Paris or London or Rome for a bit of vacation and a history lesson. But wouldn't it be fun to go some place that isn't your typical tourist destination?<p>These 15 spots -- towns with charming medieval squares or even gorgeous old castles -- will provide all the history you …

One Crucial Party Has Disappeared From Snowden's Story

At the time, WikiLeaks was paying for Snowden's plane tickets, lodging, and legal counsel while acting as a "go-between" to deliver Snowden's messages and requests to "officials and governments."<p>But to hear Snowden tell the story now, one wouldn't know that WikiLeaks advised him to fly to Russia on …

Airbnb Host: A Guest Is Squatting In My Condo And I Can't Get Him To Leave

We've shared stories of hosts coming home to find their homes trashed, and a story of an inebriated host using his keys to enter the property at night while the guests — a Business Insider employee and his girlfriend — were sleeping.<p>Here's a new one: A woman rented her 600-square-foot Palm Springs, …

Malaysia Air retires flight number, offers full refunds - CNN.com

The NSA Shared Sexually Explicit Photographs, Says Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency contractor turned whistle-blower, claims that “incredibly weak” oversight of U.S. surveillance programs …

The 15 Coolest Things We Found Out About The Unclaimed Baggage Center

Guitars, headphones, suitcases and vacuums -- an odd assortment of sorts, but the kind of things you'd expect to find at any local superstore around the corner. But what if we told you that you could find all this (and even a suit of armor!) at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Alabama?<p>Welcome to the …

Government agents 'directly involved' in most high-profile US terror plots

Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the "direct involvement" of government agents or informants, a new report says.<p>Some of the controversial "sting" operations "were proposed or led by informants", bordering on entrapment by law …

Gourmet Doughnut Food Truck in Portland, Maine

Growing up I had a deep, profound love for doughnuts. Often, on weekends, my dad would pull a box of the variety pack Entenmann's doughnuts out and while he enjoyed his coffee and paper I'd have my way with the chocolate frosted, powdered, and plain doughnuts. This weekend morning routine remained …

Groom's Game: New Details on Adam Levine's Wedding

Sure he may have a reputation as a playboy, but Adam Levine seems to be getting into the groove of wedding planning. The engaged rocker --fiancée is …

Child star Skye McCole dies aged 21

Skye McCole, who appeared alongside Mel Gibson in The Patriot, has died<p>Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak, who portrayed Mel Gibson's young daughter in the 2000 film The Patriot, died in her Houston home, her mother said Sunday. She was 21.<p>Bartusiak's mother, Helen Bartusiak, told The Associated Press …

The 30 Best BBQ Restaurants In America, According To Open Table

America has a serious love affair with barbecue. It's an adoration so profound, the people were unable to leave it in the South from whence it came. You no longer have to live in Alabama or make a trip to Texas to eat great ribs, brisket, or awesome BBQ sides. These days, you can get great barbecue …

The Worst Restaurant Social Media Disasters

For big companies, social media is one of the trickiest domains to manage. It's truly a minefield: you're putting a message on Facebook or Twitter in real-time, with the goal of sparking a conversation, and anyone can reply, uncensored. In the restaurant industry (especially fast-food), where a new …