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Best of America: 9 Reasons to Love the Pacific Northwest

<b>By Helen Anne Travis</b><p>The upper left hand corner of the United States is a magical place.<p>Here, backyards butt up against ancient forests, waterfalls, and glacier-capped volcanoes. Bald eagles circle over organic coffee shops, and coastal residents text each other when a whale pod swims through the …

Walking Through Britain: Following in the Footsteps of A Medieval Saint

Going for a long walk over several days is not a completely new concept for me. I have been backpacking in the mountains for most of my life, and there is nothing like a backcountry experience for getting completely off the grid.<p>When hiking the Rocky Mountains or even the Ozarks in Arkansas, we …

11 of the World's Most Fantastic Opera Houses That Are Worth a Visit (PHOTOS)

Whether you're an opera fan, an avid admirer of historical architecture, or just someone who appreciates beauty, there are few buildings more lovely than the opera houses found all over the world. Sure, many are incredibly well-known (like the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the Sydney Opera House …

16 Reasons You Can't Totally Hate On Belgium

We may have lost the soccer match (and the epic match that was identification of waffle varieties), but even still, you can't <i>totally</i> hate on Belgium.<p>Why, you ask? They have fries. And just a few other things...<p><b>1. There are beaches.</b><p>...many beaches. We recommend De Panne, an "endless" strip of …

33 Reasons to Get Psyched for the Summer Olympics

This summer, all eyes will be on Brazil. From the impressive waterfalls of Iguazu to world-famous beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema, these 33 …

A beautiful afternoon on Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. Photo by @magnumji http://instagram.com/p/p6ayT6IMX1/

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Hang Out With Brazilian Soccer Players At This Lush Hotel Outside Rio

During the World Cup, the soccer players are sleeping at their training camp in Granja Comary on the edge of Serra dos Orgaos National Park, which is about 45 minutes from this Petrópolis hotel.<p>The Atelier Molinaro has stunning views of the surrounding mountains and is incredibly cozy with just 21 …

50 Places In Europe You Need To Visit In Your Lifetime

We've come up with the ultimate bucket list of travel destinations in Europe.<p>From biking along the canals of Amsterdam to tasting Chianti in Italy's Tuscany region, here are 50 things you need to do in Europe in your lifetime.

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Poland's Foreign Minister Said His Country's Relationship with the US Is 'Complete Bullshit'

In the first recording to be released, the interior minister, Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz, tells the governor of Poland’s central bank that “the Polish state exists only in theory; in practice it doesn’t exist.” So far, he has kept his job.<p><i>Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski with US Secretary of</i> …

USA 0-1 Germany

Both Germany and the United States reached the last 16 as a result of this scoreline and the one in Brasília, with a goal by Thomas Müller doing enough to allay suspicions that the Germans in charge of the two sides had colluded to produce a mutually satisfactory result.<p>A dreary draw looked on the …

The Only Other Fight for Alexander Gustafsson If Jon Jones Gets His Way

Jon Jones doesn’t want just any title contender standing across the cage from him for his next title defense—he wants an Olympic wrestler.<p>The problem is, Alexander Gustafsson, the man who’s already been promised a title shot after first fighting Jones to a close decision in September and then …

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4 Biggest Takeaways from the Baltimore Ravens OTAs

There is an aura of defiance surrounding the Baltimore Ravens as they proceed through OTAs, as a prideful roster is out to prove that the calamitous 2013 season was the exception rather than the norm. That, in and of itself, is one of the biggest takeaways from OTAs so far, and it bodes well for a …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Scottish independence: Post-Yes fiscal forecasts updated by IFS

<b>A think tank has suggested an independent Scotland would face bigger spending cuts and higher tax rises than previously predicted if it is to balance the books.</b><p>The Institute for Fiscal Studies has updated its calculations, based on the latest official forecasts.<p>Pro-Union campaigners have welcomed …

The Fed Is About To Spur Growth - By Raising Rates

The pressure is building at the Fed to get out of the low rate business. The economy is looking “too good,” and more Fed Board members are getting testy. These Fed hawks are eyeing the doves again, and this time it looks like they will come out on top. The argument appears to have shifted from</i> …

Three ways to get better at finance

<i>“Dwell in possibility.” – Emily Dickinson</i><p>We live in a society that seems to be pretty unforgiving when it comes to making mistakes or getting the …