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Electronic media searches at border crossings raise worry

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Watchdog groups that keep tabs on digital privacy rights are concerned that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are searching the phones and other digital devices of international travelers at border checkpoints in U.S. airports.<p>The issue gained attention recently after …

Border Crossings

The Masquerade Games in Bulgaria: Pictures

Folklore

Get Smarter in 2017. Here Are 5 Places to Educate Yourself Online (for Free) | Inc.com

What do you want to learn more about this year? Nanotechnology? Virtual reality? Bitcoin? How to protect democracy?<p>According to neuroscience professor Ken Kosik, adult education, or specifically engaging in challenging new learning experiences, encourages brain plasticity. And plasticity is …

Learning

Up Helly Aa Festival in the Shetland Islands: Pictures

Best Books of February 2017: George Saunders to Joyce Carol Oates

A Novel<p>Set in England in Fall 2016, <i>Autumn</i> is the first installment of Ali Smith’s new Seasonal Quartet, which is broken up—you guessed it—according to the seasons. After a historic summer, the United Kingdom is in pieces, and the transition into fall is bittersweet. In a world becoming increasingly …

Spiralizer recipe: celeriac pasta with broccoli

Celeriac works perfectly with a spiralizer in this delicious recipe<p>MAKES<p>4 servings<p>TIME TO PREPARE<p>20 minutes<p>ALSO WORKS WELL WITH<p>Swedes • Courgettes • Sweet potatoes • Butternut squash • Kohlrabi • Turnips • Parsnips<p>INGREDIENTS<p>Florets from 1 small-to-medium cauliflower<br>• 2 bunches tenderstem broccoli …

For London's Cabbies, Job Entails World's Hardest Geography Test

Satellite navigation and GPS can't match the street smarts demanded by "The Knowledge" test.<p>LONDON—Steve Scotland had better reason than most for thinking he knew London like the back of his hand. Not only was he a native Londoner, born and bred, but he'd spent years working as a chauffeur in the …

Proliferation of bird flu outbreaks raises risk of human pandemic | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The global spread of bird flu and the number of viral strains currently circulating and causing infections have reached unprecedented levels, raising the risk of a potential human outbreak, according to disease experts.<p>Multiple outbreaks have been reported in poultry farms and …

Public Health

Forget Nineteen Eighty-Four. These five dystopias better reflect Trump’s US

George Orwell’s tale of doublespeak and Big Brother is flying off the shelf after the president’s inauguration. But other imaginary worlds are closer to reality<p>Since the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four has shot up the bestseller …

Literature

A 100-mile rail trip through the Himalayas – for just 42p

You really can’t complain about the ticket prices. A 100-mile trip on the Kangra Valley Railway, through some of northern India’s loveliest landscapes, costs just 35 rupees – or around 42p.<p>Admittedly, the journey, winding past the Himalayan foothills, takes just short of 10 hours. But what’s the …

Promo images for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 Episode 10 – ‘The Legion of Doom’

Following yesterday’s trailer and promo [check them out here], The CW has released six images from next week’s tenth episode of <b>DC’s Legends of</b> …

Harvard's complete photography course is now available for free online [updated]

If your resolution for 2017 is to take better photographs than your current blurry, badly composed effort, you’ll want to check out this free MOOC from Harvard University –the school where Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates cut their teeth.<p>ALISON – one of the many repositories of online learning …

This Startup Will Replace Your Blood with Teenage Blood

Not creepy at all.<p>We will do some crazy things to look and feel young. The latest bonkers trend is apparently replacing your blood supply with the blood of the young, vampire-style, for a mere $8,000.<p>Ambrosia, founded by entrepreneur Jesse Karamazin, is conducting a trial to study the effects of …

Stanford University

50 Children's Books You Should Definitely Reread as an Adult

Some stories become better and sweeter over time.<p>Some stories become better and sweeter over time.

Paradise Beach: Luxury island retreat in Nevis, Queen of the Caribbean

<b>HOTEL REVIEW: Paradise Beach, Nevis</b><p>If you’re looking to experience the ‘real’ Caribbean away from the throngs of tourists, a good place to start is …

Network Rail stops charging passengers to spend a penny at major stations

Commuters finally have something to cheer about after Network Rail revealed it will stop charging to spend a penny at major stations.<p>Passengers at train stations in London will no longer have to pay 50p to use the toilets after bosses scrapped the charge which raked in £6.4 million.<p>Network Rail …

Trains

Stinco di maiale al forno con patate (Oven-Roasted Pork Hock and Potatoes)

I am taking some poetic license with today’s recipe. You see, <i>stinco di maiale</i> is actually the shank of the animal. It is a fairly easy to find cut in …

Cooking

Peposo (Peppery Tuscan Beef Stew)

This <b>Tuscan beef stew</b> has a long history. The story goes that it was invented by the furnace workers (<i>fornaciai</i>) who baked the terracotta tiles for …

Crocchette di patate (Potato Croquettes)

<i>Crocchette di</i> <i>palate</i>, or <b>potato croquettes</b>, are wonderfully versatile. They are probably most often served as an antipasto, but they can also do fine …

Ragù d’agnello e peperoni (Lamb and Red Pepper Ragù)

One of my regrets from my years in Italy is that I didn’t get over the Abruzzo more often. Just opposite from Lazio on the Adriatic side of the …

Italian Food

Homemade Passata di pomodoro: Step by step

<b>Passata di pomodoro</b> (or <i>passata</i> for short) is the multi-purpose tomato purée that every aspiring Italian cook should learn how to make. Fortunately, …

Homemade Giardiniera

There are many ways in Italian cookery to put up food, relics of the days before refrigeration and freezing and commercial processing. There is …

Italian Food

Who was Louisa May Alcott and what is her famous book Little Women about?

Women growing up in 19th Century Massachusetts were not expected to be particularly influential, or to fight for human rights, but Louisa May Alcott, one of the best-known female authors of the time, was rarely one to conform to type.<p>Alcott, who was born 184 years ago on Tuesday, became a famous …

Hotel to Know: Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira

Tucked away in the south of Chile, about 400 miles south as the crow flies from Santiago, is a town known primarily to native Chileans as a vacation …

South America

Day Trips from London: 5 Glorious Weekend Getaways

Ever since the Romans first arrived in 43 AD, London has continually grown and evolved into a bustling metropolis. Both then and now, people from all …

England

Tribes Revive Indigenous Crops, And The Food Traditions That Go With Them

Long before European settlers plowed the Plains, corn was an important part of the diet of Native American tribes like the Omaha, Ponca and Cherokee. Today, members of some tribes are hoping to revive their food and farming traditions by planting the kinds of indigenous crops their ancestors once …

Agriculture

Man Booker Prize: Paul Beatty becomes first US winner for The Sellout

<b>Paul Beatty has become the first US author to win the Man Booker Prize with his racial satire The Sellout.</b><p>His novel tells the story of a young black man who tries to reinstate slavery and racial segregation in a suburb of Los Angeles.<p>Amanda Foreman, chair of the judges, said the book managed "to …

Books

1.3 bn Tonnes of Food Binned Each Year: How YOU can Stop Food Waste

Worldwide, 1.3 billion tonnes of food is thrown away every year. At a price tag of $640 per household, Americans rank first in the average amount of …

Hidden Portugal

Overview<p>Price includes<p>Discover Portugal's vibrant second city, Oporto, in its splendid setting above the River Douro<br>• Visit a Port wine lodge<br>• Journey along the scenic Costa Verde<br>• Explore the Vinho Verde vineyards and discover historic Ponte de Lima's ancient Roman bridge<br>• Explore the fishing towns of …

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