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CDC moves large European country to its highest level of Covid-19 travel risk
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added just one new location to its list of "very high" risk travel destinations this week.

United States reopening plans: Here's what travelers need to know
The United States' new international travel policies are just weeks away from going into effect.

Tourist returns Harrison Ford's credit card after star loses it in Italy
It was the saga of Indiana Jones and the Lost Ark, or in this case Harrison Ford and the lost credit card.

A cyclist survived an attack from a 500-pound bear by kicking the animal after it charged toward him
A cyclist lived to tell his tale after a bear attacked him while riding alone in Cantwell, Alaska.

What happens when travelers test positive for Covid on vacation?
There's no denying that going on vacation has become a lot more complicated due to Covid-19.

Everest's 100 years of destiny and death on the roof the world
It's a fact every school child knows: Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world.

Royal Caribbean announces nine-month world cruise
It would've been unthinkable 12 months ago as the cruise industry reeled from the effects of Covid, but one operator is now offering an epic new voyage that will last nine months and take travelers to more than 150 destinations.

The hotel dog that saved its owner's life
Italy's Cinque Terre region was hit by a devastating flood in October 2011. But one hotelier's life was saved by his dog, Leo -- and they now run a popular hotel together.

Sheep replace cars as they cross Madrid en route to winter pastures
The streets of Madrid were filled with sheep and the clanking of bells on Sunday as shepherds guided their flocks through the heart of the Spanish capital, following ancient seasonal herding routes.

Sydney mayor has plans for a swimmable harbor
Clover Moore, the lord mayor of Sydney, has presented an ambitious plan that imagines the city's legendary harbor as a swimming pool.

Meet the luxury travel agent who plans trips for former US presidents and world leaders
On a personal trip to Ethiopia in 2015, former US President George W. Bush encountered a pleasant surprise.

A small Australian town's attempt to lure Chris Hemsworth has gone viral. Here's how the actor responded
An Australian town's mission to convince actor Chris Hemsworth to visit has paid off after the actor gave a surprise response to their creative campaign video.

Celebrating the tastes of Chinese American bakeries
In an age when Chinese food is no longer foreign to international audiences, with diners willing to embrace its many regional cuisines, there's one culinary area that has yet to receive much attention globally -- baking.

Singapore Airlines to fly A380 on 60-minute flight
The Airbus A380 is designed for long-haul flying, thanks to its hefty size and famously quiet inflight experience.

Saudi Arabia to launch enormous oil themed 'extreme park'
Saudi Arabia may be trying to reduce its dependency on oil, but that hasn't stopped the Arabic kingdom from using its petroleum industry as inspiration for a brand new tourist attraction.

When your home becomes a tourist attraction
Have you ever looked at a beautiful little mews house in London and thought "it must be so amazing to live there?"

Italy reveals its new national airline
They've long dominated the food and fashion worlds, this year they've dominated sports, and now they're aiming for the skies.

In Kenya, your next coffee could be a 'camel-ccino'
While tea may be Kenya's largest export, a new beverage is brewing in central Nairobi: cappuccinos made with a splash of camel's milk.

Scientists find rare fish trapped, and it nearly breaks their scale
The fish is nine and half feet long and scientists believe it could weigh more than 4,000 pounds.

$80M superyacht concept has a 'gaping hole'
Previous offerings include a yacht in the form of a swan and another devised to resemble a shark, but Lazzarini Design Studio's latest superyacht concept may be one of its most daring yet.

Airbus A380: Where to fly in a superjumbo as aviation returns
The Covid-19 pandemic threatened to render the A380 obsolete. But as international travel resumes, airlines including Singapore Airlines and British Airways are getting their superjumbos back into the sky.

Bali now open to tourists from 19 countries
Indonesia's Bali and Riau Islands are reopening to visitors from 19 countries starting Thursday, according to the country's Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan.

Yellowstone sets September and year-to-date attendance records
Yellowstone National Park has done it again.

How Italy's high-speed trains helped kill Alitalia
Alitalia takes to the skies for the last time on October 14. Did Italy's status as the only country in the world with two competing high-speed rail networks play a part in its national airline's fall?

Here's who will be able to get into the US more easily -- and whose trip just got harder
Another bit of welcome news for travelers clamoring to get into the United States came Tuesday with the announcement that land borders with Canada and Mexico will reopen to fully vaccinated visitors in November.

How she was chosen to be the only tourist in Bhutan
Fran Bak never read "Eat, Pray, Love."

Southwest Airlines canceled her entire family's flights and they missed her wedding day
What was supposed to be a special day over the weekend instead became an emotional roller coaster for a bride whose family couldn't attend her wedding after Southwest Airlines canceled thousands of flights around the country.

Regenerative travel is protecting Colombia's coral reefs
San Andres is one of Colombia's most popular beach destinations in the country. Meet the local entrepreneur and diver who has been spearheading the island's regenerative tourism efforts since 2013.

Europeans were enjoying blue cheese and beer 2,700 years ago, ancient poop shows
Iron Age Europeans enjoyed foods that are still part of our diet today -- like blue cheese and beer -- new research studying ancient poop has shown.

Thailand to allow some vaccinated tourists to bypass quarantine
Thailand has taken another step toward fully reopening to tourism by allowing fully vaccinated tourists from a handful of approved countries to bypass quarantine from November 1. - RSS Channel - App Tech Section

Google rolls out tool to help minors delete photos from search
Google is now making it easier for minors or their parents to have photos of them deleted from search results.

Facebook says it's facing 'government investigations' related to whistleblower documents
Facebook acknowledged to shareholders this week that it is facing "government investigations" related to the tens of thousands of pages of internal company documents leaked by whistleblower Frances Haugen.

Facebook is having a tougher time managing vaccine misinformation than it is letting on, leaks suggest
In public, Facebook has touted the resources it has dedicated to tackling Covid-19 and vaccine misinformation, even scolding US President Joe Biden for his harsh criticism of the company's handling of the issue. In doing so, it claimed that "more than 2 billion people have viewed authoritative information about COVID-19 and vaccines on Facebook, which is more than any other place on the internet."

This exec was central to banning Trump on Twitter. Now she's facing thorny issues in democracies abroad
Two months after former US President Donald Trump was inaugurated in 2017, Twitter executive Vijaya Gadde was asked how she felt about his proposition that he might not have won the White House without the social media platform.

Zuckerberg's power makes him untouchable
Throughout thousands of pages of leaked Facebook documents, there's an uncomfortable refrain echoing from the company's own employees: Something must be done.

Early Facebook backer to advertisers: 'It's your fault.'
Venture capitalist Roger McNamee says Corporate America shares blame for the troubles that exist today at Facebook.

Likes, anger emojis and RSVPs: the math behind Facebook's News Feed — and how it backfired
In late 2017, Facebook had a big problem: users were commenting on, "liking" and resharing posts less than they had in the past.

TikTok, YouTube and Snap execs in Senate hot seat over social media's impact on kids
Executives from TikTok, Snap and YouTube were grilled by Senators on Tuesday about the steps their platforms are taking to protect their young users, weeks after a Facebook executive faced tough questions on the same issue.

Elizabeth Holmes trial hit by new concern: losing too many jurors
The high-profile trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes was delayed multiple times before kicking off last month. Now there are questions about whether there will be enough jurors to get through the second half of the trial.

Electric robots are mapping the seafloor, Earth's last frontier
Seatrec and Bedrock Ocean Exploration are two startups taking electric robots to new depths in an attempt to map the ocean floor.

With just over 20% of the ocean floor mapped today, startups such as Bedrock Ocean Exploration and Seatrec are helping to change that with a new breed of robotic ocean technology.

SpaceX fixes Crew Dragon toilet before this weekend's launch
A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule is slated to take a group of professional astronauts to space this weekend. But first, NASA must look over and approve some changes SpaceX made to address some issues with a key component — the toilet.

The big takeaways from the Facebook Papers
Facebook is no stranger to the limelight. While the company has repeatedly come under fire over the past few years for its role in disseminating misinformation, especially related to the 2016 election, the last two months have been especially turbulent as a whistleblower and top officials have been called to testify in front of Congress following the release of leaked internal research and documents.

Internal Facebook documents obtained by news outlets show the role the company played in the insurrection at the US Capitol. CNN's Donie O'Sullivan reports.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg responds to the massive Facebook document dump
CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off Facebook's quarterly earnings call by addressing the latest wave of coverage based on a trove of leaked internal documents on Monday.

Facebook has language blind spots around the world that allow hate speech to flourish
For years, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg touted his mission to connect the entire world — and his company has come closer than perhaps any other to fulfilling that lofty goal, with more than 3 billion monthly users across its various platforms. But that staggering global expansion has come at a cost.

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin wants to build a tourism space station nearly as big as the ISS
Blue Origin, the rocket and space tourism company founded by Jeff Bezos, is proposing a massive new commercial space station called "Orbital Reef" that could be used to host science experiments, vacation getaways, and potentially even in-space manufacturing.

What we learned this week in the trial of Elizabeth Holmes
One witness occupied the stand for the better part of week seven in the criminal trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes. For two days straight, jurors heard testimony from former Theranos insider Daniel Edlin, who was a friend of Holmes' brother and worked at the failed blood testing startup for five years.

Russian group that hacked SolarWinds is still attacking America's computer networks
Nobelium, the Russian hacking group responsible for breaching SolarWinds, is still at it.

The Facebook Papers may be the biggest crisis in the company's history
Facebook has confronted whistleblowers, PR firestorms and Congressional inquiries in recent years. But now it faces a combination of all three at once in what could be the most intense and wide-ranging crisis in the company's 17-year history.


Niccolò Paganini (1782)
An Italian violinist and composer whose virtuosity is the stuff of legend, Paganini was playing with an orchestra by the age of nine. By the time he reached adulthood, the renowned violinist had also earned a reputation as a shameless womanizer and inveterate gambler. The latter vice once even cost him his prized violin. Nevertheless, he had a profound influence on the evolution of violin technique. Why did the Catholic Church deny him burial in consecrated ground for years following his death? Discuss

Beryl Markham (1902)
A British-born Kenyan aviatrix, adventurer, racehorse trainer, and writer, Markham is best remembered for her historic east-to-west solo flight across the North Atlantic in 1936 and for her 1942 memoir West with the Night, which chronicles her many adventures. The book had only modest success at first and soon went out of print, but it was rediscovered and reissued in 1983 and is now considered one of the best adventure books ever written. What controversy arose regarding its authorship?

Richard Evelyn Byrd (1888)
A pioneer in aviation and exploration, Byrd was a member of the first expeditions to fly over the North and South Poles, undertaken in 1926 and 1929 respectively. The North Pole flight earned him a Congressional Medal of Honor and helped him secure funding for his subsequent expeditions, like the one to Antarctica two years later. From the base he established there, he went on to explore and map large areas of the continent. Why do some believe he was undeserving of the Medal of Honor?

This Day in History

The First Underground Line of the New York City Subway Opens (1904)
Now an integral part of New York City culture, the NYC subway opened its first underground line in 1904—about 35 years after service began on the first elevated line. The subway's early popularity was highlighted in songs like "Take the 'A' Train" and publicity contests like "Miss Subways." Millions of people now ride the city's subways every day, consistently crowding some trains well beyond capacity. What 1888 natural disaster boosted support for the creation of an underground transit system? Discuss

President of South Korea Assassinated by His Chief of Intelligence (1979)
Park rose through the ranks of the South Korean army and was a member of the military junta that overthrew the civilian government in 1961. Two years later, he was elected president of South Korea. Although his government aided economic progress through export-oriented growth, Park became increasingly dictatorial and was assassinated by his chief of intelligence in 1979—the last of several assassination attempts against him. Who was accidentally murdered in a 1974 attempt on Park's life?

The Charge of the Light Brigade (1854)
The Charge of the Light Brigade, immortalized in Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem of the same name, was an ill-advised British cavalry assault on Russian forces during the Crimean War. As a result of miscommunication, British soldiers advanced on heavily armed Russian troops who thought their attackers must be drunk. Though hundreds of British soldiers were killed or injured in this battle, their commander, the Earl of Cardigan, not only survived but did what immediately after the battle?

Quote of the Day

Francis Bacon
There is no vice that doth so cover a man with shame, as to be found false and perfidious. Discuss

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Nothing in the world is harder than speaking the truth and nothing easier than flattery.

Mark Twain
My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its office-holders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out.