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Best Budget Destinations For Spring 2015

We've monitored trends, industry news, currencies, and sale patterns to point you in the direction of places that offer the best bargains and low-season pricing for the coming season.<p>(Photo: Washington, D.C. via Shutterstock)<p>Spring is our favorite season for great travel deals. There's simply no …

Costa Rica

Unusual 'Backstage' Things You Can Only Do In London

For the ultimate "backstage" experience, this annual event literally opens to the public buildings that are normally off limits. The theme is "revealing great architecture for free," and, indeed, the entire weekend offers free admission.<p>Los Angeles resident Adaeze Uyanwah recently won what was …

Royal Opera House

New York, New York -- So Good They Named it Twice (and Just Kept Going)

Everyone loves a new coffee shop on their block but, as rents rise and New Yorkers get squeezed out of neighborhoods they've called home for years, is N.Y.C. simply becoming a city for rich people?<p>Another month goes by and another New York neighborhood gets a re-brand. It's part of the constant …

East Village

If You Do Anything in Jamaica it Should be This

The whistling willows called out as the cool ocean breeze flowed through their spindly fingers and over the misty mountain.<p><b>By Maria Russo</b><p>The whistling willows called out as the cool ocean breeze flowed through their spindly fingers and over the misty mountain. We sat quietly dipping golden …

Farm-to-table

Veggies in desserts? Give it a try, chefs say

Vegetables are popping up on more restaurant dessert menus, and we’re not talking about zucchini bread or pumpkin pie.<p>Celery, beets, parsnips and even eggplant are some of the unusual veggies getting their due in high-end, creative sweets, a trend that chef Dominique Ansel predicted here on …

Watch How One Bakery Makes Hundreds of Croissants Every Day

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All of Your Burning Questions About Dairy, Answered

These days, a simple walk down the dairy aisle becomes fraught with choice. It’s no longer just: skim or whole milk? salted or unsalted butter? It’s Greek yogurt and Icelandic yogurt and whipped yogurt. It’s sour cream and creme fraiche. It’s ice cream and frozen yogurt and gelato and kefir and ice …

ISIS and the Foreign-Fighter Phenomenon

Why do people travel abroad to take part in somebody else’s violent conflict?<p>In August 2014, ISIS marked Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, with a 20-minute, high-definition video offering its greetings to the Muslim world.<p>Gauzy images of smiling worshippers embracing at a mosque cut to children …

War

Oklahoma Frat Boys Caught Singing 'There Will Never Be A Ni**** In SAE'

The national headquarters for Sigma Alpha Epsilon is closing its chapter at the University of Oklahoma after video surfaced Sunday of members on a bus singing racist lyrics about their fraternity. SAE's national office called the video "inappropriate" and said it was "disgusted" by its members …

How to Get a Natural Glow All Winter Long

From dry skin to chapped lips and everything in between, keeping your skin glowing through winter can seem like an impossible task. Fear not, because …

6 Homemade Takeout Dishes Your Family Will Love

Why spend money on take-out when you can make the same dishes even better at home? These flavorful and family-friendly recipes will one-up your favorite restaurant meals.<p>Why spend money on take-out when you can make the same dishes even better at home? These flavorful and family-friendly recipes …

Recipes

Eight dead in door-to-door Missouri shooting spree

(Reuters) - A man armed with a handgun went on a house-to-house shooting spree in a rural Missouri town, killing seven relatives and neighbors before taking his own life, officials said on Friday.<p>All of those killed by the gunman, identified as Joseph Aldridge, 36, lived within a few miles of each …

No Shutdown For Now: Congress Passes Week-Long Homeland Security Patch

Congress<p>Two hours before a midnight deadline, Congress has narrowly averted a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security for one week, setting up another funding showdown for next Friday.<p>Hours before a midnight deadline, the House easily approved a one-week extension of the funding. The vote …

House Can't Even Agree To Fund DHS For 3 Weeks

WASHINGTON -- A House Republican effort to punt on Department of Homeland Security funding failed on the floor Friday, leaving the GOP leadership in a bind on whether to throw in the towel and pass a budget bill without immigration measures.<p>It's back to the drawing board with only hours to go until …

9 Southern Snacks for Binge-Watching House of Cards

From juicy ribs to spicy hush puppies, here are nine Southern foods to make for a weekend with the new President of the United States.<p>South Carolina …

HBO Is Determined To Tackle Its Diversity Problem

On the heels of the whitest Oscars since 1998, Patricia Arquette's semi-accidental rebel call for "gay people and people of color" to fight for women's rights, and a generally rising tide of consciousness about how minorities are treated in Hollywood, HBO announced that it will launch a new …

11 Things You Need to Get Out of Your House NOW

Or otherwise known as, "How to not be a hoarder."<p><b>1. A Household Hazard</b><p>We're not talking poisonous products (although you should get rid of those, too). But more like that rug by the door you keep tripping on or that end table with the sharp edge you keep running into.<p><b>2. Decor That Reminds You of</b> …

Here’s What Your Voice Tells Others About You

People judge you by your voice in many ways.<p>Via Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior:<p>The result: speakers with higher-pitched …

IRS watchdog investigating email scandal: 'potential criminal activity'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The IRS watchdog investigating the disappearance of Lois Lerner's emails told a congressional panel on Thursday night they are looking into the possibility of criminal activity.<p>Lerner was the IRS official at the center of allegations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted tea …

World’s First Plantable Coffee Cup Biodegrades Into Seedlings After Use

Given America's caffeine addiction, it's no surprise that to-go coffee cups contribute significant amounts of waste to landfills. One California-based company has a solution to cut back on coffee-related trash: cups that can be planted. Seeds embedded in fibers that make up the cup's walls will …

Articles about 10 inventive brooklyn houses we love on Dwell.com - Dwell

Boerum House and Home, a Brooklyn outpost features a roster of emerging and established designers.<p>Spend blissful hours recharging your creative battery with these ten Tumblrs we've put together to make you feel inspired, keep...<p>Tiny houses are spreading like proverbial wildfires across the …

Apple Watch: everything you need to know

The Apple Watch is due for release in April, and will be further showcased at the company's March 9 event. Read on for everything you need to know about specs, pricing, features and release date<p>Cometh the hour, cometh the Watch, and Apple are finally on the verge of releasing theirs following years …

The Week in Review: Year of the Goat (or Sheep or Ram)

Hundreds of millions of people celebrated Chinese New Year this week and will continue to over the next month, in Asia and around the world. The most important festival of the year in China, which was first celebrated in the 14th century B.C., begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice …

6 Cruises to Book Right Now

These are the cruise ships Condᅢᄅ Nast Traveler readers say they'd sail again (and again), in their own words. Plus, the cruise itineraries you should book right now.<p><i>by David Jefferys, Condᅢᄅ Nast Traveler</i><p>These are the cruise ships Condᅢᄅ Nast Traveler readers say they'd sail again (and again), in …

Cruise Ships

7 things to do with your money when you get your first real job

With the second one, though, you have a prime opportunity to start setting yourself up for success.<p>"I think it's a big transition," says financial planner Michael Solari. "Especially coming from college, not making any money, to coming home with a paycheck. People's heads spin about what they …

Powerful Photos of Stranded Polar Bears Surrounded by a Melting Sea of Ice

While on board a ship touring the Svalbard Archipelago in Norway, Italian academic researcher Marco Gaiotti caught these stunning images of lonely-looking polar bears surrounded by a sea of ice. He joined a photo expedition that's purpose was to observe polar bears in their raw and natural habitat. …

LEAKED: These may be the first real photos of Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge

Lewis Hilsenteger of YouTube channel Unbox Therapy claims to have gotten his hands on images of Samsung's newest smartphones just days before they're expected to be announced.<p>The phones look legitimate — we won't know until Samsung holds its press event on March 1 — but the images appear to be the …

Japan Prevents Conflict Photographer From Going to Syria by Confiscating His Passport

Japan has confiscated the passport of a photographer who was planning to travel to Syria, saying that the move was necessary to protect the man’s …