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The woman bringing a Caribbean twist to French Champagne
A region in the north of France roughly twice the size of San Francisco is the birthplace of a revered sparkling wine synonymous with wealth, luxury and exclusivity.

World's first space hotel scheduled to open in 2027
Voyager Station is a cruise ship-style hotel built from modules connected into a ring that will rotate to create artificial gravity in orbit.

The flight attendant who fell in love on an airplane
In September 1970 Jocelyne Nowaski was working as chief flight attendant on a Pan American World Airways flight from Paris to New York when her life changed forever.

Italy has a new way to combat overtourism
The Uffizi, one of the world's most famous art galleries, is launching regional outposts in an effort to protect itself from being overwhelmed by visitors when travel returns to normal.

This is when you can go on vacation again
Vaccination roll-outs are underway around the world, but when it comes to the recovery of leisure travel, how long will it be before travel gets back to normal?

The 20 best soups around the world
If a bowl of soup strikes you as the ultimate in comfort, you've got plenty of company. So here are 20 of the world's best soups -- from Mexico to Japan -- to fill stomach and soul.

Why not everyone is happy with Italy's €1 homes bonanza
Dozens of Italian towns selling abandoned dwellings for little more than a dollar have created a bonanza among enthusiastic buyers. But what happens when someone doesn't want their family home being sold?

'Firefall' 2021 lights up in orange glory -- and Yosemite has extended the viewing
For all the world, it looks like dangerous hot lava streaming down the side of a cliff. But no, that's not volcanic activity in Yosemite National Park in California.

South Africans get their tongues round Gqeberha, the new name for Port Elizabeth
South Africa's city of Port Elizabeth has been officially renamed to Gqeberha -- derived from the Xhosa language -- the native tongue of late political hero Nelson Mandela.

Cheese rolls: How a humble snack became a signature New Zealand food
A cheese roll may seem simple: it's basically a slice of bread with cheese-based filling, rolled up and toasted until slightly crispy.

What it's like to live on Italy's Covid-free islands
There are very few places across the globe that have managed to escape the Covid-19 pandemic; even Antarctica has reported cases.

Airplane seat revolution creates one of biggest beds in the sky
One of the largest beds in the sky is set to debut in just a few months time when JetBlue starts flying its A321neos from Boston and New York to London.

See spectacular newly restored Pompeii frescoes
One of Pompeii's oldest frescoes, the House of the Ceii, has been restored to its former glory with the help of laser technology.

Mystery of 60-year-old photos is solved
After a collection of mysterious photographs of Alaska were published on CNN, the people featured in them have step forward to identify themselves and revealed their delight at reconnecting with a past that they thought had been lost for good.

Risky business? Balancing Mexico's pandemic response with tourism
Along the beaches of Mexico, typically teeming with vacationers, there is a struggle between two powerful forces that won't be going anywhere anytime soon: The very real concern for health and safety during the pandemic and an equally valid concern for economic survival.

This man has climbed every mountain in Hong Kong
Surrounded by photos, maps and other documents, 45-year-old photographer Simon Wan Chi-Chung is planning his next great Hong Kong adventure.

World's rarest marine dolphin finds protection in this flying friend
There are only about 63 adult Maui dolphins left on earth. This new technology aims to help protect them from some of their biggest threats.

Japan's Naked Festival wasn't the same this year
This time a year ago, thousands gathered for Japan's annual Hadaka Matsuri -- also popularly known as the "Naked Festival"-- in Okayama prefecture in the southern part of Honshu island.

South Korea hotel apologizes after honeymooners discover people can see into mirrored sauna
An upscale hotel in South Korea has issued an apology for a mistake that may have enabled outsiders to see into their sauna.

Eco-friendly cruise ships to be powered by sails
French shipyard Chantiers de l'Atlantique is planning to construct cruise ships topped by striking 80 meter "eco-friendly" paneled sails, made of fiberglass and carbon.

Dolphin 'stampede' caught on camera
A dolphin tour off the coast of Newport Beach, California, got a special treat when they encountered a "stampede" of dolphins.

30 classic Italian dishes that everyone should try
Think of Italy and you're likely to think of food first, and all the other beautiful things it offers second.

How the Maldives became the biggest 2020 international tourism success story
In most destinations, being a million tourists short over the previous year would be a huge cause for concern, the result of a horrible natural disaster. But that was before 2020, and before the coronavirus pandemic changed the way we travel forever.

Countries welcoming vaccinated travelers
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the travel industry, countless destinations around the world are rolling out vaccines to their most vulnerable citizens.

This is Mardi Gras during a pandemic
No parades, limited gatherings and shuttered bars. A normally raucous Bourbon Street almost devoid of people. No sign of crowds who traveled far and wide from other places. And absolutely frigid weather on top of it all.

How Italy changed Stanley Tucci
A year in Florence as a boy changed the actor's life and put him on the path he's still on today. Now, he's returned to the country of his origins to explore how the history of Italy is entwined with its food - and why what Americans think of as Italian food is far from the reality.

Airbus CEO: Could ramp up production by second half of 2021
Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury discusses how UK production levels remain competitive and how he expects air travel to go back to pre-pandemic levels by 2024 with CNN's Richard Quest.

Why this will be the hottest airplane seat in 2021
Premium economy. The two words might seem a weird combination in airline terms, since it's a rare airline where economy seats feel premium these days. But these seats between coach and business class on international flights were heating up even before Covid-19, and as we all start to travel again in 2021, they're set to be a must-fly for many passengers.

They love each other but Covid has torn them apart
Unmarried couples of differing nationalities separated by coronavirus travel bans will spend this year's Valentine Day apart from their loved one. Here's how Covid is hurting long distance love.

Covid passports could deliver a 'summer of joy,' Denmark hopes
Desperate to thaw its frozen economy, Denmark is seeking to become the first country to formally introduce Covid-19 vaccination passports that would allow its borders to open. - RSS Channel - App Tech Section

Yes, you are getting lots of robocalls again
After a year of relief, robocalls are back up to pre-pandemic levels.

T-Mobile is a consumer favorite. Now it's trying to break into the business world
T-Mobile has been popular with consumers, but an underdog when it comes to serving businesses. The "Uncarrier" wants to change that with the rollout of 5G.

Square to acquire majority stake in music service Tidal for $297 million
Jay-Z has 99 problems but figuring out a buyer for his struggling music streaming service is no longer one.

YouTube CEO says Trump's account will be restored when risk of violence recedes
Former President Donald Trump's YouTube account will eventually be restored in accordance with the platform's current policies, the company's CEO, Susan Wojcicki, said Thursday.

UK launches antitrust probe into Apple
The United Kingdom's competition watchdog has launched an investigation into Apple after app developers complained that they're being forced to use the company's payment systems and distribute their products via its App Store.

This 'snake robot' can fix pipelines on the ocean floor
Eelume is a six-meter-long, snake-like robot that will maintain oil and gas pipelines deep beneath the sea.

SpaceX Mars prototype rocket nails landing for the first time, but explodes on pad
A SpaceX rocket prototype, known as SN10, soared over South Texas during test flight Wednesday before swooping down to a pinpoint landing near its launch site. Approximately three minutes after landing, however, multiple independent video feeds showed the rocket exploding on its landing pad.

Facebook to lift its ban on political advertising
Facebook said it plans to lift a moratorium on US political advertising this Thursday, ending a ban that had been in place since the November elections.

Microsoft says a group of cyberattackers tied to China hit its Exchange email servers
Microsoft says that a sophisticated group of hackers linked to China has exploited its popular email service that allowed them to gain access to computers.

Instagram accidentally hid likes for some users
An Instagram bug briefly hid likes from some of its users on Tuesday, after the company accidentally expanded a long-running test of the feature.

Japanese billionaire invites 8 people to join SpaceX mission around the Moon
Japanese fashion mogul Yusaku Maezawa, who first announced his intention in 2018 to take a group of artists with him on a six-day trip around the Moon, said Tuesday that he's inviting the public to apply to fill eight open seats on the mission now slated to take off in 2023.

Right-wing misinformation on Facebook is more engaging than its left-wing counterpart, research finds
By now it's well known that Facebook has a misinformation problem. The company has tried to address it in various ways, from labeling false claims to reducing its visibility in users' feeds. But a new study from researchers at New York University finds that not all misinformation on Facebook is created equal when you factor in political ideology.

TikTok empowered these plus-sized women, then took down some of their posts. They still don't know why
After losing her marketing job due to the pandemic and then gaining 40 pounds, Remi Bader, 25, began spending more time on TikTok. She built up a following by posting about clothing items not fitting her correctly and her struggle to find larger sizes in New York City stores.

Watch out, PayPal. Square just launched its own bank
Square, the financial payments firm run by Jack Dorsey, launched an in-house bank that it says will allow it to "operate more nimbly" in an increasingly crowded fintech market.

Inside the complicated business of disguising 5G equipment
For years, artificial cacti have lined the sandy roadsides of North Scottsdale, Arizona. They look real at first glance but tucked inside are antennas and radio equipment that provide 4G LTE wireless connectivity to the area. Large concealment structures like this, which in this case are about 24 feet tall, have become so good it's sometimes hard to tell the real cacti from the fakes.

Volvo to go fully electric by 2030
By the end of the decade, the only Volvo you'll be able to purchase will be electric. And you'll only be able to buy it online.

Amazon quietly changed its app icon after some unfavorable comparisons
Amazon has quietly changed the design of its new app icon, replacing the blue ribbon on top that drew some unfavorable comparisons.

Instacart doubles its valuation for the second time since pandemic began
For the second time since the the pandemic began, Instacart has doubled its valuation as a privately-held startup.

Top European media outlet refuses to join Facebook News
Facebook is launching its news product in Germany without media giant Axel Springer, which publishes the country's most popular daily newspaper and says it won't participate due to the "inappropriately low remuneration" offered for journalistic content.

Biden throws support behind Amazon workers holding milestone union vote
President Joe Biden on Sunday night lent his support to Amazon workers who are pushing to unionize — and appeared to warn Amazon not to deter them.


Jack Sheppard (1702)
A popular English criminal who served as the basis for the character Macheath in John Gay's The Beggar's Opera, Sheppard was arrested and imprisoned five times in 1724 alone. The first four times, he escaped. The fifth time, he was executed. Because his crimes were all non-violent, he was well liked, especially by the lower classes, and he became a fixture in the folklore of the era. His execution resembled a party, with the 22-year-old stopping to do what on his way to the gallows? Discuss

Charles Ponzi (1882)
Possibly the most famous con man in history, Ponzi is now synonymous with a particular type of ruinous investment scheme. By promising impossibly high returns on a "get rich quick" scheme, Ponzi attracted enough new investors to use their money to pay off old investors, which made his outfit appear successful and solvent. It was not. After a series of trials, he was deported from the US, but in at least one case in 1922, he was found not guilty. Who was his lawyer at that trial?

Moe Berg (1902)
Once known as "the brainiest man in baseball," Berg was a professional athlete who became a professional spy. Though he played for several teams over a span of 15 seasons, he never distinguished himself on the field or at bat. He did, however, speak seven languages, and obtained degrees in languages and law from Princeton and Columbia. At one point in his espionage career, the former backup shortstop and catcher was tasked with helping to determine whether or not to assassinate whom?

This Day in History

First Meeting of the Homebrew Computer Club (1975)
In 1975, computer hobbyists in Silicon Valley, California, decided to meet regularly to exchange ideas. The first meeting took place in a garage. Members of the club would go on to become some of the most influential players in the burgeoning computer industry, including, most notably, Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, who formed their company the next year. What other giants of the industry were members of the Homebrew Computer Club during its early years? Discuss

Collinwood School Fire (1908)
In one of the deadliest disasters of its kind in the United States, 172 children and three adults were killed when an elementary school caught fire in Collinwood, Ohio. Though the building's doors opened outward, they were fitted with regular door latches instead of panic bars, which hindered the evacuation. As the conflagration rapidly spread, many children became trapped. Within two years of the disaster, residents of Collinwood voted to make what dramatic change to their community?

Significant Oil Reservoirs Discovered in Saudi Arabia (1938)
Prior to 1938, Saudi Arabia was not considered an oil-rich nation. Today, the oil industry dominates its economy, making up 90 percent of all Saudi exports. Oil was first discovered there in the mid-1930s by the US-owned Arabian Standard Oil Company, which became the Arabian American Oil Company. However, it was not until 1938 that a commercially viable oil field was found, yielding one of the largest supplies in the world. How large are Saudi Arabia's oil reserves estimated to be?

Quote of the Day

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons. Discuss

W. Somerset Maugham
Charm and nothing but charm at last grows a little tiresome...It's a relief then to deal with a man who isn't quite so delightful but a little more sincere.

Washington Irving
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.