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'Dr. Beach' names the top 10 US beaches for 2022
A wild expanse on North Carolina's Outer Banks has earned the top spot on an annual list of America's best beaches.

How airline ticket scalpers took over the Chinese travel market
When I made up my mind to travel outside of Hong Kong in early March, the city's daily Covid-19 case count had just passed 50,000, with the highest fatality rate in the world.

Elizabeth line: Huge new underground railway opens deep beneath London
A huge new subterranean railway whisked fare-paying passengers deep beneath the streets of London for the first time on Tuesday as the UK capital opened a $25 billion new metro line that will transform travel across the city.

How American-style cheesecake was born in ancient Rome
Toga-clad Romans loved snacking on cheesecake made from goat milk and honey. Their recipes evolved over time and distance to become American cheesecake, which is now a big hit back in Italy.

See the dish that inspired Julia Child to start cooking
When legendary chef Julia Child tried sole meunière, it changed her life. "It was my first French food and I never got over it," Child recalled in archival footage in the new documentary "Julia" that premieres Monday, May 30, at 8 p.m. ET.

'Firewater' for dessert? Chinese spirit brand Moutai creates baijiu-infused ice cream
Moutai, a clear and potent spirit famed its incredibly strong taste, is known for being the drink-of-choice amongst many Chinese politicians and businesspeople looking to impress their colleagues.

World's fastest passenger jet goes supersonic in tests
The race to resume supersonic passenger flights decades after the retirement of Concorde was offered a glimmer of excitement on Monday when plane manufacturer Bombardier revealed high speed achievements while confirming the launch of its new business jet.

'The Love Boat': How a TV show transformed the cruise industry
In three decades from the 1970s, cruise passengers increased exponentially. According to industry insiders, that leap in numbers was mainly down to a certain TV show with a catchy theme tune. "Come aboard, we're expecting you."

Makgeolli: How Korean rice wine is stepping out of soju's shadow
A new generation of Korean entrepreneurs are taking makgeolli, a sweet and milky Korean rice wine, global.

From alternative fuels to rationing trips: A guide to more sustainable flying
As pandemic-related restrictions start to lift, and we emerge from the lockdown shadows, one thing is returning to the minds and spending of many people: travel.

The restaurant where real Italian mothers rule the kitchen
Like many Italians living abroad, Peppe Corsaro missed his mother's cooking.

Amazing Australia experiences for every type of traveler
Travelers have been waiting more than two years to get Down Under and now, at last, Australia is open to the world again.

Unusual new superyacht concept has a giant glass eye
The 110-meter vessel, named Zion, features a stunning glass dome that looks like a gigantic eye, or a "black hole." Serving as a viewing platform for those on board, it offers 360-degree views and stands out for miles.

30 of the best fried foods around the world
People have never been able to resist the crunchy craving of deep-fried food.

Japan is testing a return to tourism
The Japan Tourism Agency announced on Tuesday, May 17 that it would start allowing small group tours in May as part of a "test tourism" trial before the country fully reopens to foreign visitors.

Want to become Italian? The 007 of lost Italian documents may be able to help
If you have Italian ancestors in your family tree, it might be easier than you realize to get Italian citizenship. Francesco Curione, the 007 of Italian Records, helps track down documents to pave the way.

The German city with an incredible upside down railway
Suspension railways today seem like an anachronism -- a 19th-century vision of what the future of transport would look like. By the year 2022, surely we would all be commuting to work on upside down railways!

Revenge travel: How vacation vengeance became a thing
As more and more countries reopen their borders to eager tourists, a trendy new phrase has emerged on social media: revenge travel.

Spectacular world's longest suspension footbridge opens in Czech Republic
Walking from one mountain to another, suspended high above ground with only a vast valley yawning below, isn't for the fainthearted.

New Zealand, Japan and Samoa set to reopen to visitors
This week in travel news: the world's best hotels, greatest sandwiches and most spectacular railway journeys. Also, pilot emergencies in Florida and London and the latest countries to relax their entry restrictions.

Saudi man charged after Maserati driven down Rome's Spanish Steps
When in Rome, don't drive your fancy sports car down historic stairways.

The 'erotic' origins of Sicily's top pastry
Making a trip to Sicily without indulging in a delicious cannolo pastry is akin to visiting Naples without tucking into an authentic pizza. Practically unheard of.

All-Black group makes history by summiting Mount Everest
About 4,000 people have summited Mount Everest, the world's highest peak. And only eight of them have been Black.

'It was a big shock': New Texas BBQ joint takes #1 spot
Texas is famous for its BBQ with people traveling from all corners of the globe to try it. Find out which spot has claimed the title as best in the state and what people will endure to get a tray.

23 of the world's best sandwiches
Is there a food more humble yet universally adored than the sandwich?

New Zealand to fully reopen in July
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday, May 11, that the country will fully reopen its international borders from 11:59 p.m. on July 31, with cruise ships also welcome back to local ports on the same day.

German airline apologizes after a large number of Jewish people are denied boarding
A German airline is apologizing after a large number of Jewish passengers were denied boarding on a connecting flight at a Frankfurt airport earlier this month because, the airline says, a "limited" number of them did not follow mask rules and other crew instructions.

See moment passenger lands plane after pilot had medical emergency
A passenger with no flying experience safely landed a private plane at a Florida airport with the help of an air traffic controller after the pilot became incapacitated. The condition of the pilot is unknown at this time. CNN's Pete Muntean reports.

Mardin: Turkey's ancient treasure trove
Donkeys meander through narrow streets past doorways and through low arches, suddenly braying around corners at startled tourists while residents continue on their way, unperturbed.

Why Italy's 'king of chocolate' is so delicious
There's chocolate, and then there's gianduiotto chocolate. An ancestor of Nutella, the melt-in-the-mouth treat is as rare as it is tasty.

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Google should limit location data collection to protect abortion seekers, US lawmakers say
Dozens of Democratic lawmakers urged Google on Tuesday to limit the amount of location data it collects and keeps on its users amid fears the information could be used against abortion seekers.

Group of Activision Blizzard employees votes to form the company's first union
Some workers at Activision Blizzard have officially unionized, marking the company's first union and the video game industry's most high-profile successful organizing effort.

Samsung plans to create 80,000 new jobs with $356 billion investment
Samsung on Tuesday outlined a plan to pour more than $350 billion into its businesses and create tens of thousands of new jobs over the next five years.

She thought a dark moment in her past was forgotten. Then she scanned her face online
Cher Scarlett, a software engineer, has a history of being misidentified by face-scanning technology, including one instance that may have surfaced a distant ancestor in a photo. So when she was introduced to an online facial-recognition tool she hadn't heard of, she wanted to see whether it would mistake photos of her mom or daughter for her.

Google's new Street View camera is more portable (and looks weirdly cute)
Since launching in five US cities in 2007, Google's Street View cars have been circling the globe, using roof-mounted cameras to map more than 10 million miles of imagery — pictures that have been stitched together to build a visual map of much of the world.

Federal appeals court rules for social media companies in battle over content moderation
Key parts of a Florida law restricting social media platforms' ability to moderate content likely violate the First Amendment, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, in a victory for the tech industry amid a wider battle over digital speech.

Here's what happened during Boeing's 'nail-biting' spacecraft docking
Boeing managed to dock a spacecraft at the International Space Station late last week, but it was not without several minor hangups.

DC attorney general sues Mark Zuckerberg over his handling of the Cambridge Analytica incident
Washington, DC, Attorney General Karl Racine sued Mark Zuckerberg on Monday, accusing the Facebook co-founder of misleading the public on the company's handling of privacy and personal data in connection with the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Facebook-parent Meta to share more details with researchers about political ad targeting
Facebook-parent Meta on Monday said it would soon offer more transparency and information to researchers about how political and social ads are targeted to users on the platform, months before the US midterm elections.

Meet the Wikipedia editor who published the Buffalo shooting entry minutes after it started
After Jason Moore, from Portland, Oregon, saw headlines from national news sources on Google News about the Buffalo shooting at a local supermarket on Saturday afternoon, he did a quick search for the incident on Wikipedia. When no results appeared, he drafted a single sentence: "On May 14, 2022, 10 people were killed in a mass shooting in Buffalo, New York." He hit save and published the entry on Wikipedia in less than a minute.

Elon Musk denies sexual harassment claims

Boeing launches Starliner astronaut capsule on uncrewed test mission
Boeing launched its Starliner spacecraft, designed to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station, on an uncrewed test mission toward the orbiting outpost Thursday evening. After two prior attempts to complete such a mission failed, Boeing's goal is to prove the spacecraft can dock with the ISS. It must succeed before it can move on to missions with people on board.

After a botched launch in 2019, Boeing successfully test launched their Starliner spacecraft that it developed to take NASA astronauts to the International Space Station.

Canada to ban Huawei, ZTE 5G equipment, joining Five Eyes allies
Canada on Thursday said it plans to ban the use of China's Huawei Technologies and ZTE 5G gear to protect national security, joining the rest of the so-called Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network.

Following Buffalo shooting, 4chan shows how some platforms are accountable only to themselves
The mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, has put a spotlight on 4chan, a largely unmoderated site that has been the breeding ground for several tragedies and controversies over the years and appears to have played a role in inspiring Saturday's attack.

Boeing tries to catch up to SpaceX after plenty of drama
Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company, a primary US defense contractor, and a titan of a global aviation duopoly. A few years ago, the idea that it would dominate commercial space was a given, and companies like SpaceX, a relatively young business relying on a strategy of moving fast and breaking things, would take a back seat to the move level-headed and experienced Boeing.

US senators target Big Tech's digital advertising machine with new legislation
Google, Facebook's parent Meta, and Amazon could have to spin off chunks of their advertising businesses under Congress's latest bill targeting Big Tech, according to the US senators behind the proposal.

Twitter will now label and suppress misinformation surrounding armed conflict and other crises
Twitter will now apply warning labels to — and cease recommending — claims that outside experts have identified as misinformation during fast-moving times of crisis, the social media company said Thursday.

Texas asks Supreme Court to keep state social media censorship law in effect
The Supreme Court should allow a sweeping Texas law to remain in effect that restricts the ability of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to moderate their platforms, according to the state's attorney general.

Deal or no deal, Elon Musk could upend Twitter's business for a long time
Nearly a month after Twitter agreed to sell itself to Elon Musk in a stunning $44 billion deal, the fate of the acquisition remains very much uncertain.

Today

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803)
Emerson was a poet and essayist who established himself as a leading spokesman for transcendentalism. He developed his own philosophy combining German idealism, Neo-Platonism, and Asian mysticism, and dominated the American lecture circuit of the 1830s with his winter lecture tours, which included the notable essays "The Over-Soul" and "Self-Reliance." Although he published many volumes of essays and poetry, his lectures provided most of his income. What famous philosopher was Emerson's godson? Discuss

Jean-Paul Marat (1743)
Marat was a French Revolutionary leader and journalist. When the Revolution began, he founded the newspaper L'Ami du peuple and became an influential voice for radical measures against the aristocrats. Elected to the National Convention in 1792, he led the attack against the moderate Girondists. Horrified by the excesses of the Reign of Terror, Girondist sympathizer Charlotte Corday assassinated Marat, stabbing him as he soaked in a bath to relieve the discomfort of what condition?

Franz Anton Mesmer (1734)
Mesmer was a German physician who experimented with an early form of hypnosis, known as "mesmerism." He developed a doctrine of "animal magnetism," believing that harmony could be restored in the human body by inducing "crises"—trance states often ending in delirium or convulsions. He carried out dramatic demonstrations of his ability to "mesmerize" his patients using magnetized objects. Accused by Viennese physicians of fraud, he left Austria for France. What scandal plagued Mesmer's career?

This Day in History

Edict of Worms Declares Martin Luther an Outlaw and Heretic (1521)
The Diet of Worms was an assembly opened by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V to deal with the question of Martin Luther's recalcitrant behavior. Luther was asked to retract his teachings condemned by the pope, but he refused. Various theologians argued with him for a week, but he would not change his position. On May 25, Luther was formally declared an outlaw in the Edict of Worms, and the lines of the Reformation were thereby hardened. Who hid Luther to protect him from the edict's enforcers? Discuss

Brooklyn Bridge Opens to Traffic (1883)
The Brooklyn Bridge—one of the oldest suspension bridges in the US—stretches over the East River from Manhattan to Brooklyn. It was the first steel-wire suspension bridge in the world and, at the time of its completion, was the world's longest suspension bridge. Construction was plagued by at least 27 fatal accidents, one of which killed John A. Roebling, the bridge's designer. Days after the bridge opened, rumors of its impending collapse caused a stampede that killed how many people?

Bonnie and Clyde Ambushed and Killed (1934)
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were notorious robbers who went on a 21-month crime spree in the central US from 1932 to 1934. They captivated Americans during the "public enemy era" and continue to do so today through films and songs. Betrayed by a friend, Bonnie and Clyde were tracked, ambushed, and killed on a desolate stretch of Louisiana highway by a posse of officers using armor-piercing rounds. Though remembered primarily as bank robbers, Bonnie and Clyde actually preferred to rob what?

Quote of the Day

Hans Christian Andersen
Being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swan's egg. Discuss

E. M. Forster
The most successful career must show a waste of strength that might have removed mountains, and the most unsuccessful is not that of the man who is taken unprepared, but of him who has prepared and is never taken. On a tragedy of that kind our national morality is duly silent.

Honore de Balzac
No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman.