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3rd person dies after Minn. apartment building explosion

A third person injured in Minneapolis apartment building explosion has died, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office said Saturday.<p>Abdiqani Adan, 29, who did not live in the building, died Friday at the Hennepin County Medical Center, according to the office.<p>Meanwhile, two survivors still in …

US population growing at slowest rate since 1930s, census data shows

US population growth has slowed to levels not seen since the Great Depression, according to data released this week by the US census bureau.<p>The US population was expected to grow just 0.7% in 2013, to arrive at 317,297,938 people on New Year's Day 2014. That rate was down from 0.73% in 2010-2011 …

The Day the Rob Ford Story Stopped Being Funny

Of the four men in the most famous image of Ford hanging out in the drug house, one is dead, two are out on bail and the other remains the Mayor of Toronto<p><i>PLUS: The Definitive Rob Ford Timeline</i><p>It's been fun, I'm not going to lie. During the past three weeks in Toronto, you've never had to wonder …

British girls have almost worst drinking habits in Western world

British girls are among the most likely to get drunk in the Western world<p>British girls are more likely to get drunk than those in almost any country in the Western world, international research has found.<p>Only in Denmark is binge-drinking more common among 15-year-old girls, the analysis of …

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Suicide of elderly French couple stirs euthanasia debate

The discovery of letters left by an elderly couple who checked into a luxury Paris hotel to commit suicide has reopened the debate in France about the right of individuals to choose to die.<p>Georgette and Bernard Cazes, 86, were found lying peacefully holding hands on a bed in a room at the Lutetia …

Step Inside Africa's First Underwater Hotel Room

Africa opened its first underwater hotel room this month, making it the second in the world.<p>The room, at the Manta Resort on the Zanzibari island of Pemba, was designed by Swedish artist Mikael Genberg, who also built the first underwater hotel room in a lake in Sweden. The Manta Resort room sits 4 …

In The Streets Of Iran, A Fashion Shoot Bursting With Color

Iran is a notoriously closed society, so this was an unusual milestone: It was recently the setting for a high-fashion magazine shoot, published in California-based magazine <i>FSHN</i>.<p>Iranian-Canadian photographer Afra Pourdad took photos of model Shabnam Molavi posing in public spaces — in bazaars, on …

Quit Your Job and Travel The World: Reddit Users Reveal Their Final Straw

Quit your job and travel the world. <i>So much</i> easier said than done.<p>Sure, there are signs that clue you in, but how do you know when you’re ready? The final straw, that defining moment you decide to leave behind life as you know it and face uncertainty, all for the desire to explore the big, unknown …

What to pack? Gear for every situation

Okay, not <i>every</i> situation. But we've carefully pondered various scenarios travellers might encounter on the road and come up with some suggestions and tips. What's the ultimate set of accessories for a bar crawl? What should you take if you're visiting somewhere prone to four-seasons-in-a-day …

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Turkey

You've travelled to Turkey, eaten the local cuisine, danced at the open air nightclubs, made new friends, indulged in the local drink and chatted with the shopkeepers at the bazar. So now you can say you know Turkey? Or do you?<p>As the second largest country in Europe, Turkey's social landscape …

Free will is overrated: the surreal, self-aware joy of 'The Stanley Parable'

Video games, as a rule, depend heavily on a trick that TV Tropes calls the “Voice with an Internet Connection.” The Voice is the comm link in your head, giving you missions and explaining your world: think <i>Halo’s</i> Cortana, <i>Deus Ex’s</i> many operatives, or even <i>Portal’s</i> GLaDOS. By turns helpful, officious, …

Trekking From Lodge to Lodge in the Mountains of Peru

As I sat in the spa sipping a pisco sour, I looked down the valley to the huge, snow covered monolith at the end. Mt. Salkantay, the highest peak in the region, would loom over us for the next two days as we worked our way up and over the pass that bears its name. I could barely make out the trail …

Pokemon-inspired 'Trainer’s Band' lets you put a ring on it

Jewelry shop Art & Gems crafted a Pokemon-inspired engagement ring, the "Trainer's Band," featuring a Pokeball as its centerpiece.<p>Art & Gems is known for its geeky work, including a Triforce necklace and rings inspired by Star Trek and Iron Man. The Pokemon ring's concept includes Cubic Zirconium …

Lake of doom: deadly waterway calcifies any animal that dares to dive in

Sometimes, truth is indeed more terrifying than fiction. In what could easily make for prime horror film fodder, a renowned photographer has captured stunning images of wildlife calcified by the caustic waters of a deadly Tanzanian lake.<p>Nick Brandt, well-known for his photography of East Africa's …

6 Countries You've Definitely Never Heard Of

We know that a concrete slab in the middle of the ocean looks cool, but it's not a real country. There are, however, places almost as obscure that can legally consider themselves legitimate nations.<p>Check out these destinations (some vacation-worthy, some not so much) that you've definitely probably …

16 Times When Ben Bernanke Was A Total Badass

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke's term at the head of the U.S. central bank is up in January, and the search is on at the White House to find his replacement. Though he will be remembered as a soft-spoken, unimposing, professorial figure, the Fed head has definitely had his moments.<p>Bernanke …

Your Kids And Money: Teaching The Value Of A Dollar

What's the point of an allowance?<p>For Ron Lieber, personal finance writer for <i>The</i> <i>New York Times,</i> it'sa tool to help teach values and character traits like patience, moderation, thrift and generosity. And Lieber, who's writing a book, The Opposite of Spoiled, about kids, money and values, tells <i>Morning</i> …

Batman Fan Film Continues Story of 'The Dark Knight Rises' – /Film

Though it was released over a year ago, there’s still some debate as to the ending of <b>Christopher Nolan</b>‘s <b>The Dark Knight Rises</b>. Is Bruce Wayne alive, …

‘How to Insert a Tampon’ is an important video + The Morning Links

Maybe you think inserting tampons isn’t a skill you need to have, Mostly Male Readers. Maybe you think this because you don’t have a human vagina, or because no lover’s ever sweetly asked you to insert theirs. Regardless, you should watch this surprisingly heartwarming example. What starts as a …

Boston Bar Made From Blocks of Ice Opens at Faneuil Hall

The drinks are always cold at Boston’s first ice bar.<p>The Frost Ice Bar, constructed and furnished entirely with blocks of ice kept at a chilly 21 …

Nine Perfect Picnic Spots Around the World (Photos)

BYO Blanket<p>Avoid the cliché picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower and dine al fresco at one of these locals-only finds.<p>09.01.13 4:45 AM ET

Ten amazing off-the-radar experiences in France

No Francophile worth their salt would skip the Eiffel Tower or the lavender fields of Provence. But while France’s tourist trail is well trodden for a reason, there are plenty of wonders that might have escaped your radar. Here’s an alternative bucket list for your trip to France.<p>See flocking …

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How to Choose the Perfect Honeymoon Spot

Planning a wedding often means dealing with a seemingly endless list of over-the-top choices, from the shape of the ice sculpture to whether or not your college roommate's plus-one deserves a spot on the guest list. Save up all that decision-making energy and channel it into the one choice that may …

Everything you know about drugs is wrong

Author Carl Hart says we focus too much on drugs’ dangers – and not enough on how racism affects drug policy<p>It’s not every day you read a book that blows the lid off of everything you’ve ever been taught about drugs, but Dr. Carl Hart’s recent work, "High Price," does just that. Part memoir, part …

How to travel in Europe

Fifty sovereign states. 10,180,000 sq km. 738,200,000 people. The word ‘Europe’ does little to convey the diversity found within, which can make it a bewildering place to travel. So here’s a handy guide to your transport options:<p>Car<p><b>Budget:</b> medium-high (London-Prague petrol from EUR360 return, plus …

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The New Stars of European Travel

Could it be that American travelers are passing over Western Europe's traditional tourist trail in favor of newer, less-traveled destinations in southern and eastern Europe? A new report by the European Travel Commission seems to indicate so, as destinations historically popular with U.S. travelers …

The 10 Most Secluded Hotels Around The World

And while there are dozens of great off-the-beaten-path properties out there, these 10 offer their own special kind of seclusion in great destinations from the Americas to Africa.