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Associated Press News

Beijing smog alert turns 'orange' as air pollution soars

<b>Beijingers have been warned to stay indoors as much as possible to avoid outdoor air pollution that has reached hazardous levels.</b><p>Particulate readings soared 15 times above the daily maximum recommended by the World Health Organization.<p>In response, city authorities have started using Beijing's new …

Pollution

FCC Chief: We’re Not Going to Police Your Newsroom

The head of the Fed­er­al Com­mu­nic­a­tions Com­mis­sion is try­ing to douse Re­pub­lic­an ac­cus­a­tions that his agency is try­ing to cov­ertly …

Net Neutrality

Should 'New York's Finest' March on Saint Patrick's Day, If Gays Can't?

New York City’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade dates back to 1766, when Irish soldiers serving in the British army organized “a parade of sorts … including fife and drums at dawn.” Today the parade maintains an air of militarism, its ranks swelled by uniformed police officers, as well as firefighters. …

Government

Associated Press News

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New drugs may transform Down syndrome

Recent breakthroughs could lead to pharmacological treatments for the chromosomal disorder<p>People born with Down syndrome have always been considered to be incurably developmentally delayed—until now. In the past few years a number of laboratories have uncovered critical drug targets within disabled …

NBC's Maria Shriver won't step down to support brother's campaign

NBC correspondent<p>Maria Shriversaid she sees no need to step down from her news job while campaigning for her brother, Bobby Shriver, a candidate for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.<p>"I've been a journalist for 30 years,'' she said Saturday, during the opening of her brother's campaign …

California

Why Dads Matter

A third of American children are growing up in homes without their biological fathers.<p>MIDVALE, Utah — Jordan Ott was the third of his mother’s six children, born over the course of four marriages.<p>By age 8, he’d had two step-dads; his brothers and sisters had more or fewer based on birth order. Each …

Obama adviser Rice has no regrets on 2012 Benghazi comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, said on Sunday she was not "100 percent correct" in her remarks after the deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, but called it patently false to say she intentionally misled Americans about the …

Barack Obama

UK says to use Merkel visit to push curbs to 'welfare shopping'

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Sunday it planned to use a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week to try to persuade Berlin to support measures to discourage people from moving within the European Union to tap welfare benefits.<p>If re-elected next year, Conservative Prime Minister …

Associated Press News

How to Be the World's Smartest Traveler (and Save Time, Money, and Hassle)

• <b>Author:</b> Christopher Elliott<p>Leading travel expert and <i>USA Today</i> columnist Christopher Elliott shares the smartest ways to travel in this tip-filled guide from National Geographic. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience as a consumer travel advocate, Elliott gives you the inside scoop on how to …

How to Get a Refund on a Non-Refundable Airfare and Avoid Change Fees

It now costs $200 to change or cancel a non-refundable airfare on the remaining "legacy" U.S. airlines (American, Delta, United, and US Airways), and a bit less on some other carriers. Changing or canceling an international airfare can cost much more. But there are ways of avoiding the fees, and …

Why First Class Is (and Isn't) Worth the Extra Money

Recently on Twitter, one of my followers responded to this article about getting a better seat when you fly. True enough, he was tweeting from a first class seat on @AmericanAir for which he paid the economy class fare of $124 plus a $90 upgrade on a flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Washington. But …

Top 5 Romantic Tropical Cruises for 2014

The world is a mighty big place, and that means there's no shortage of tropical islands that draw cruise ships, yachts, and sailing vessels to their …

Cruise Ships

The Best Time to Book a Flight Depends on the Destination

The average fare for a flight from the US to Europe will vary by $256 from when a ticket is first offered to the day the plane takes off. A flight …

Here’s why you shouldn’t buy a US-to-Europe flight more than two months in advance

The average fare for a flight from the US to Europe will vary by $256 from when a ticket is first offered to the day the plane takes off. A flight from the US to South America will fluctuate in a $262 range over the same period. This is according to Kayak, a travel website, which analyzed millions …

Travel Websites

The Gulf Coast's Merry Mardi Gras Fest

It's that time again -- Mardi Gras time, that is. The Carnival season of Fat Tuesday is widely and wildly celebrated around the world in places such as Rio de Janeiro, Trinidad and Tobago, Venice and of course New Orleans. None, however, can make the claim that their Mardi Gras offers the chance to …

Festivals

10 Reasons Why Rio is AMAZING!

Brazil will be at the top of the travel news for some time. With the World Cup right around the corner and the upcoming Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, we are bound to be bombarded by Brazil everything! Luckily, Brazil is GORGEOUS. I recently came back from a trip to Rio and I wanted to stay, …