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Ex-band member guilty in drum major's hazing death

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida A&M band member accused of being the ringleader of a brutal hazing ritual known as "Crossing Bus C" that killed …

Band of drones can play music better than your average human

You've never heard Strauss performed quite like this. The team at KMel Robotics has assembled a band of hexrotor drones that "have taken up new instruments to play some fresh songs." That "fresh" description isn't exactly serious, as each of the three pieces performed date back either multiple …

Luxury Submarine Hotel Offers Romantic Undersea Getaway

Lovers Deep is a luxury submarine offered by Oliver's Travels for couples to go on a romantic getaway, deep in the ocean, and perhaps join what they're coining as the “Mile Low Club” (an undersea alternative to the Mile High Club that so many have participated in on airplanes). Each watercraft in …

14 Destinations For Your 2014 Travel Bucket List

The new year is rapidly approaching and we're making resolutions and wish lists for the year of travel ahead.<p>If you crossed some adventures off your 2013 travel bucket list, surely you'll need some new additions. Check out these awesome, under-the-radar destinations you should add to your list for …

If You're Looking For Something Crazy To Do In Europe, Here's Your Ultimate Plan

Not to sound ungrateful to the gods of culture, but once you've seen one museum, you sometimes feel like you've seen them all.<p>Looking for something extra crazy to do on your EuroTrip? Allow us to highlight the wacko-ist spots in each city on your map.<p><b>LONDON</b><p><b>You could</b> sip tea with the queen.<p><b>You …

The Ultimate DIY Beauty Gift Guide

There’s no need for DIY gift giving to go awry—select one or a few of our DIY beauty gifts to make someone’s holiday truly shine. Easy to come by natural ingredients, and fresh ideas abound. From <i>Spa Specialties</i> to <i>Kid Approved</i>, give a thoughtful gift and wow those on your holiday gift list this …

Top 10 Things to Do in Paris at Christmas

You probably won't be able to jet over to Paris for Christmas. But if you could, here are ten fun things to do (excerpted from the Rick Steves' European Christmas book). Read these and imagine a Joyeux Noël in the City of Light:<p><b>Manèges de Noël: Christmas Carousels</b><p>These seasonal merry-go-rounds pop …

3 Charming and Affordable European Cities You Haven't Visited Yet

<i>Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime. Article by Robert Firpo-Cappiello Budget Travel.</i><p><b>BIRMINGHAM, U.K.: A foodie destination in England's heartland</b><p>Anybody visiting a city from which both J.R.R. Tolkien and Ozzy Osbourne sprang should be prepared for a dose of cognitive dissonance, and Birmingham (or …

Abraham Lake Is Frickin' Beautiful When It's Frozen And You Can Walk On It

There's a good chance Abraham Lake in Canada is younger than you are-- it was manmade in the 1970s. And it won its name in a public naming contest. So it's certainly not the most natural lake in the world.<p>But it <i>does</i> trap bubbles under its surface, and that is quite a stunning sight.<p>Seriously... …

Free Things to Do in Prague

Not long ago, Prague was hailed—in hushed tones—as one of the greatest European cities vacationers had yet to discover. Those days are gone, and the city is now well known as a major destination for art, history, and culture. Naturally, its prices have grown along with its reputation. With these …

10 Places To See Before They're Gone

Places, much like animals can become endangered, and some of the world's most amazing sights are gradually disappearing. Scientists say climate change has been affecting oceans, reefs, beaches, and even cities. Development is another danger for once-pristine, off-the-beaten-path spots and their …

30+ Things Every Woman Should Know Before She's 30

Saturn returns. The astrological idea that everyone experiences a massive, say, change between 28 and 31 (when Saturn returns to the place it was at …

10 of the most Jaw-Dropping Hotel Photos EVER

By Kristen McKenzie, HotelsCombined.com<p>Here at the HotelsCombined office, we've all gotten pretty used to staring at stunning hotel images -- with over 400,000 hotels in our database, sorting through scenic pics of luxury villas and infinity-edge pools has become standard daily fare.<p>However, there …

20 free things to do in Amsterdam

It's easy to spend a fortune in the Netherlands' stylish capital, but the city has plenty of gratis goodies up for grabs.<p>Check out our pick of the freebies on offer.<p><b>1. Canal Ring</b><p>More canals flow in Amsterdam than in Venice, and get this: the 400-year-old waterways are a UNESCO World Heritage site. …

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Why Has the First Medical Tricorder Come from Scanadu?

At the Dublin Web Summit last week, I met Sam de Brouwer, co-founder of one of the most interesting startups of the past couple of years, Scanadu.<p>Following its successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, Scanadu’s Scout tricorder is set to go to market in March 2014. The aim is to get one of …

Beyond the beignets: New Orleans' modern food movement

New Orleans is a food city, no question; it always has been. No offense to those hearty regional faves – gumbo, jambalaya and the ubiquitous beignets – but the association has long been one of over-indulgence rather than variety and refinement. The good news: a number of the city's recently opened …

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The World's 20 Most Beautiful Lakes

Lakes showcase some of water's most alluring qualities, from mesmerizing ripples and mirror-like reflections to crystalline clarity. The world has millions of them, from tiny grass-lined ponds to massive freshwater expanses easily mistaken for oceans, but some lacs, lagos, and lochs simply stand …

On Designing A Luxurious Balloon Ride Into Space

Forget rockets and high Gs. One company wants to take you to space in leisure and style.<p>Virgin Galactic is capturing the public’s imagination with an exhilarating, 2,500 mph rocket ride into space. But NASA contractor Paragon–with their special expertise in pressurized capsules–has a different …

4 Scams to Watch out for in Paris

<i>Photo Courtesy of jorgeq/myBudgetTravel. Article by Kaeli Conforti of Budget Travel.</i><p>I just got back from an amazing trip to London and Paris with Contiki, a tour company that specializes in tour packages for 18-to-35-year-olds, where I spent nine days touring the sights and attractions both cities …

This Might Be the Most Beautiful Castle in the World

I'm never one to turn down a castle visit. From England's Windsor Castle to Namhansanseong in South Korea, if a travel destination has a royal residence -- currently inhabited or long abandoned -- I'll add it to my to-tour list.<p>But after spending time in Scotland earlier this fall, I think I've …

10 Ghost Towns Around the World

Silent streets and derelict buildings offer a glimpse into the lives of once thriving communities.<p>With their silent streets, derelict buildings, and remnants of homes and workplaces, abandoned towns offer a haunting view into the lives of once thriving communities. Here’s a look at our top ten from …

First child 'functionally cured' of HIV remains in remission, scientists announce

In March, a team of medical researchers revealed that a two-year-old patient had been "functionally cured" of HIV after undergoing unusually early treatment with antiretroviral drugs. The instance marked the second documented case of HIV remission, and was the first such case involving a …

10 of the Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Ireland

Outdoors lovers will find lots to be excited about in Ireland, with acres of wild and windswept countryside, cute-as-a-button villages and hair-raising coastal cliffs making up the country's surprisingly varied scenery. From mesmerizing UNESCO World Heritage sites to unique vistas that beg to be …

The world's best secret islands

Looking for a romantic spot that's (almost) all yours? Here’s a list from our brand new <i>Best in Travel 2011</i> guide to reignite your love affair with desert islands, with picks from across the globe.<p>1. Torres Strait Islands, Australia<p><i>Image by Killer White Fluff</i><p>As far as you can go in Oz without …

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15 Homemade Beauty Recipes

We’ve been on a DIY beauty kick recently with homemade face masks, lip balms, and face scrubs. But there are so many more things you can DIY in your kitchen to use in your beauty routine. Here are a few of our favorite makeup essentials, hair products, and a few luxuries, too. We think an at-home …

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