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Ritz-Carlton's $6,400-a-week luxury superyacht cruise has finally set sail
Ritz-Carlton's highly-anticipated superyacht cruise has finally made its debut, three and a half years after its maiden voyage was originally scheduled to begin.

The Italian village with the 'elixir' of healthy life
It's a place of terraced lemon groves, a paradoxically warm mountain breeze, and a powerful fat-killing gene carried by a few lucky residents.

Virgin Boeing 747 to launch rocket into space
At the far southwestern tip of England, dangling into the Atlantic, the remote region of Cornwall rarely feels like the center of the world.

The hunt for the world's most elusive shipwrecks
In March 2022, the world let out a collective gasp when the remarkably preserved shipwreck of Ernest Shackleton's HMS Endurance was discovered almost two miles beneath the icy Antarctic seas.

This man built a plane for his family in his garden
It wasn't until he moved near to an airfield in the UK over a decade ago that mechanical engineer Ashok Aliseril Thamarakshan began to seriously consider learning to fly a plane.

Secrets from the world's toughest dining scene
Hong Kong is widely considered one of the most challenging cities in the world to operate a restaurant -- a roiling cauldron of changing tastes, cleaver-sharp competition and unsavory economics.

She asked a stranger for directions on vacation. Two weeks later they were engaged
Rachel Décoste landed in West Africa's Republic of Benin in August 2018, anticipating an important journey of self-discovery, but not predicting the extent to which the trip would change her life.

The Italian town with a boozy secret
It's super strong, fennel-flavored, as transparent as water -- and in many households across Sardinia it's still produced illegally.

Cappadocia: One of Turkey's most spectacular hiking destinations
A rich palette of shimmering caramel swirls, ochers, creams and pinks unfolds across the landscape like an enormous handwoven carpet. Stands of poplars line paths carved by ancient lava flows from three now extinct volcanoes, crisscrossing valleys studded with conical peribacı.

This Italian icon looks like you've never seen it before
For over 500 years, Michelangelo's sculpture of David in Florence has stood unchanged, the marble icon of masculinity, and one of the world's most famous works of art.

The European capital of cool that keeps getting cooler
Lisbon is in the midst of a renaissance. The latest European capital of cool's affordable rents, great nightlife and gorgeous streets -- which wind high into the hills from the River Tagus -- have seen younger travelers arrive in their droves in recent years, enjoying extended stays thanks to dedicated "digital nomad" visas.

Best Chinese food: 32 dishes every traveler should try
With one of the world's most diverse food scenes, China makes it nearly impossible to put together one single list that truly encompasses the "best" Chinese dishes.

Are you brave enough to sleep in the 'Ghostbusters' firehouse this Halloween?
There's something strange going on in this Oregon neighborhood.

Time Out picks the 'world's coolest' neighborhood for 2022
The top 10 includes the nightlife haven of Cais do Sodré in Lisbon and New York City's beloved Ridgewood, but which neighborhood took the top spot in Time Out's round-up?

Chiles are so important to this state, they made a law about them
For New Mexicans, chile isn't just a food, it's a way of life. Chiles are so important, New Mexico is only state to have an "official" question, "Red or green?"

All the restaurants Stanley Tucci visited in season two of 'Searching for Italy'
After watching the wanderlust-inducing "Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy," you'll undoubtedly be hungry.

Animal sacrifices and pagan worship on the edge of Europe
An untouched and remote region in northeastern Georgia, Tusheti is a wild trekking paradise of mountains and ancient villages where pagan rites are still observed alongside Christian beliefs.

Bamboo vipers and many-banded kraits: Experiencing Hong Kong's snake safari
A fraction of a second after William Sargent's torch light catches the unmistakable glint of snake skin he roars into action, sliding on a protective glove and launching himself into the dense green jungle of northern Hong Kong.

Yayoi Kusama's yellow pumpkin sculpture is back on Naoshima Island, Japan
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's famous yellow pumpkin sculpture was reinstalled on October 4th on Naoshima island after it was swept into the sea and badly damaged during a typhoon last summer.

Giant roadside Cheeto attracts a crowd
A giant Cheeto with massive fingers coated in orange dust becomes a roadside attraction. CNN's Jeanne Moos eats her way through the story.

Hong Kong offers 500,000 free air tickets to tempt tourists back
Hong Kong attracted around 56 million visitors a year before the pandemic, and now the popular destination is taking significant steps to win tourists back after over two years of some of the world's toughest travel restrictions.

Asia Pacific set to lose title as the world's largest travel region
Asia Pacific is home to some of the world's most beloved travel destinations, from the natural beauty of Bali to the urban buzz of Singapore. These dreamy vacation hotspots -- teamed with the region's business power -- secured Asia Pacific the title of world's largest travel region for much of the past decade.

The world's best bars for 2022 have been revealed
Move over London. Step aside New York. There's a new cosmopolitan cocktail capital: Barcelona is home to Paradiso, the newly crowned world's best bar.

The rise of sleep tourism
Going on a vacation might seem like a rather unconventional way to try to improve your sleep habits.

The secrets of Turkey's historic capital of cool
At first glance Izmir looks very much like any other modern Turkish metropolis, densely populated with unimposing architecture.

FAA to announce rule allowing more rest for flight attendants
Federal aviation officials plan to announce Tuesday that flight attendants will soon get more mandated rest time between flights, two sources familiar with the announcement tell CNN.

The 'tombstone village' built by Korean refugees on a Japanese cemetery
At first glance, Ami-dong seems like an ordinary village within the South Korean city of Busan, with colorful houses and narrow alleys set against looming mountains.

20 best German foods
German food is rich, hearty and diverse. It's comfort eating with high-quality, often locally sourced ingredients.

Hong Kong is opening up to tourism -- but is it too late?
The city hopes the move will revive its status as an international business and travel hub, but the locals said the change may be too late.

Amid global crises, superyachts are selling more than ever. Here's why
The specter of global conflict lurks on the horizon. Energy prices are putting the squeeze on millions. Covid lingers. But at the yachting world's most glamorous event, it's business as usual.

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Samsung profits sink to 8-year low as smartphone and PC demand drops
Samsung's quarterly profits have plunged to their lowest level in eight years as customers snapped up fewer cell phones and laptops.

TikTok CEO to testify before Congress in March
TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew will testify at an upcoming hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, a committee spokesperson confirmed to CNN Monday.

ASML says 'rules are being finalized' on chip export controls to China
ASML, a Dutch maker of semiconductor equipment, says "rules are being finalized" on export controls, amid reports that the Netherlands and Japan have joined the United States in restricting sales of some computer chip machinery to China.

Real estate agents say they can't imagine working without ChatGPT now
If you came across a four bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home listed for sale recently on a quiet cul-de-sac in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, you might not think twice about the online listing. It included typical real estate descriptions like "ideal for entertaining" and "ample space for relaxation."

Researchers took gallium, a metal with a low melting point, and embedded it with magnetic particles to create a robot that can melt and move. Their inspiration? A sea cucumber.

China still wants to control Big Tech. It's just pulling different strings
Investors have raced back into Chinese tech stocks this year, encouraged by an apparent truce in a two-year battle between some of the country's most powerful regulators and its biggest internet companies.

Jan. 6 Committee failed to hold social media companies to account for their role in the Capitol attack, staffers and witnesses say
"There might be someone getting shot tomorrow."

Meta and Twitter decided to restore Trump's account. Will other platforms follow suit?
Former president Donald Trump could soon make a return to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and reach the massive audiences on each, now that the companies behind those platforms have restored access to his accounts.

Madison Square Garden CEO doubles down on use of facial recognition tech
The chief executive of the Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corporation has doubled down on using facial recognition at its venues to bar lawyers suing the group from attending events.

ChatGPT passes exams from law and business schools
ChatGPT is smart enough to pass prestigious graduate-level exams -- though not with particularly high marks.

Plagued with errors: A news outlet's decision to write stories with AI backfires
News outlet CNET said Wednesday it has issued corrections on a number of articles, including some that it described as "substantial," after using an artificial intelligence-powered tool to help write dozens of stories.

How Google's long period of online dominance could end
For the better part of 15 years, Google has seemed like an unstoppable force, powered by the strength of its online search engine and digital advertising business. But both now look increasingly vulnerable.

IBM and SAP are cutting thousands of jobs
IBM and SAP are the latest tech companies to slash thousands of jobs, as they reorganize businesses and profits come under pressure from a slowing global economy.

Meta says it will restore Donald Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts
Facebook-parent Meta said on Wednesday that it will restore former President Donald Trump's accounts on Facebook and Instagram in the coming weeks, just over two years after suspending him in the wake of the January 6 Capitol attack.

Classic 'GoldenEye 007' game is coming to Nintendo Switch and Xbox
The James Bond-starring video game, originally released on Nintendo 64 in 1997, will be available January 27 through Nintendo Switch Online's expansion pack and Xbox Game Pass.

How Microsoft could use ChatGPT to supercharge its products
Is ChatGPT the new Clippy?

Microsoft cloud outage hits users around the world
Microsoft on Wednesday said it had recovered all of its cloud services after a networking outage took down its cloud platform Azure along with services such as Teams and Outlook used by millions around the globe.

Microsoft quarterly profit falls 12% but cloud computing business shows strength
Microsoft on Tuesday posted weaker-than-expected revenue and a double-digit percentage drop in profit for the final three months of last year amid broader economic uncertainty and reduced demand for personal computers and software.

DOJ sues Google over its dominance in online advertising market
The Justice Department and eight states sued Google on Tuesday, accusing the company of harming competition with its dominance in the online advertising market and calling for it to be broken up.

Ticketmaster gets grilled: 6 takeaways from hearing over Taylor Swift concert fiasco
Lawmakers grilled a top executive of Ticketmaster's parent company, Live Nation Entertainment, on Tuesday after the service's inability to process orders for Taylor Swift's upcoming tour left millions of people unable to buy tickets late last year.

Today

Norman Mailer (1923)
American writer Norman Mailer was catapulted to fame at 25 with the publication of The Naked and the Dead, a partially autobiographical novel based on his World War II service. He pioneered the use of novelistic techniques in nonfiction works, a style known as New Journalism, and won his first Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for The Armies of the Night. He won his second Pulitzer in 1980 with The Executioner's Song, a novel depicting the events surrounding whose execution? Discuss

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882)
Elected to an unprecedented four presidential terms, Roosevelt guided the US through the Great Depression and World War II. He instituted the New Deal program to promote economic recovery and social reform and, as war spread in Europe, prepared for the possibility that the US would enter the war. When it finally did, he led the nation to the threshold of victory, dying in office less than a month before Germany's surrender to the Allies. What quote about fear is attributed to FDR?

Oprah Winfrey (1954)
The grand dame of television talk shows, Winfrey is a highly respected television host, actress, billionaire media magnate, and philanthropist. Early in her career, she hosted AM Chicago, which, following its early success, was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show and expanded to a full-hour format. In the mid-1990s, Winfrey adopted a less tabloid-oriented format and began covering important social issues like abuse, addiction, and depression. Why did Texas cattlemen sue Oprah in 1998?

This Day in History

Private Slovik Executed for Desertion (1945)
US Army private Eddie Slovik was executed for desertion in 1945. His was the first such execution after the Civil War and the only one of 49 World War II desertion death sentences to be carried out. Slovik was initially separated from his unit during an artillery attack. He rejoined them but deserted after being assigned to the front lines. He later confessed in writing that he would do it again and refused offers to destroy his note and return to battle. How old was Slovik when he died? Discuss

Hitler Is Appointed Chancellor of Germany (1933)
Hitler's rise to power began long before 1933, with his development of the Nazi party in the early 1920s and the release of his book, Mein Kampf. When the Nazis were elected the largest party in the Reichstag in 1932, German President Paul von Hindenburg offered Hitler a subordinate position in the cabinet. Hitler held out for a more powerful post and only had to wait six months to be named chancellor. How did Hitler then work to eliminate the communists as a political opponent?

Edgar Allan Poe Publishes "The Raven" (1845)
Like Poe's other works, "The Raven" conveys the dreamlike and often macabre forces that pervaded the author's sensibility. While his wife suffered from a protracted illness, Poe composed this poem, which became an instant sensation when it appeared in the Evening Mirror in 1845. In the poem, the speaker, who is mourning the death of his love, Lenore, is mysteriously visited by a talking raven and asks the bird a series of questions. What is the raven's one-word response to each query?

Quote of the Day

E. M. Forster
One always tends to overpraise a long book because one has got through it. Discuss

Alexander Hamilton
I never expect to see a perfect work from imperfect man.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The labor of women in the house, certainly, enables men to produce more wealth than they otherwise could; and in this way women are economic factors in society. But so are horses.