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  • Californians can expect to see a partial (not total) solar eclipse. Here are 8 places to go to watch

    Californians can expect to see a partial (not total) solar eclipse. Here are 8 places to go to watch

    When a solar eclipse begins to hit the U.S. on Monday, nowhere in California will witness totality, the time when the moon completely blacks out the sun for a few minutes. Total darkness will first be experienced in North America in Salem, Ore., around 10:18 a.m. PDT. The eclipse’s path of totality...

  • Race track will make its debut on the mega-ship Norwegian Bliss

    Race track will make its debut on the mega-ship Norwegian Bliss

    If you’ve been pining for a race track at sea, your ship will be coming in. Norwegian Cruise Line announced Monday that its 16th ship, the Norwegian Bliss, will come with a two-level electric car track for passengers who want to race around the top of the ship. Norwegian Bliss, which makes its maiden...

  • Your glass of horchata can be a lot more mysterious than you think

    Your glass of horchata can be a lot more mysterious than you think

    A perfect summertime drink, horchata — most familiar as the sweetened, slightly gritty iced beverage found at taquerias — is wildly popular throughout Puerto Rico, Central America and central and southern Mexico through the Yucatan Peninsula. In the U.S., the Mexican style of horchata predominates,...

  • Women were the big winners at the 2017 Hugo Awards

    Women were the big winners at the 2017 Hugo Awards

    The Hugo Awards, widely considered the most prestigious science fiction and fantasy prizes, were announced Friday, with female authors dominating and N.K. Jemisin winning the award for novel for the second year in a row. Jemisin, who became the first black author to win the Hugo’s novel award last...

  • Don't soak your dried beans! Now even the cool kids agree

    Don't soak your dried beans! Now even the cool kids agree

    Are you still soaking dried beans? Why?  For years I’ve been telling people that you don’t need to soak most beans. Now the cool kids are agreeing. Yesterday my old e-friend, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, published on Serious Eats his findings on cooking black beans. The headline: “So you like flavor? Don’t...

  • How a California road trip inspired a new beauty collection from Chanel

    How a California road trip inspired a new beauty collection from Chanel

    It was over dinner with friends that Chanel’s Global Creative Makeup and Colour Designer Lucia Pica decided a California road trip would be the perfect source of inspiration for a beauty collection. “I wanted to go on a journey and get out of my comfort zone,” says Pica during a recent summer day...

  • The flight attendant did nothing wrong. Still, he was ordered: ‘Pull down your pants’

    The flight attendant did nothing wrong. Still, he was ordered: ‘Pull down your pants’

    “And now,” said the Brazilian customs agent, “we need you to pull down your pants.” I stared at him, wide-eyed and disbelieving. “You need me to do what?” My eyes shifted to the other customs officer, hoping he would explain that this was just a cruel joke. Instead, his glare made my stomach churn....

  • 11 new Trump books for fans and critics of The Donald

    11 new Trump books for fans and critics of The Donald

    Next week, Scribner will publish “Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power” by two Washington Post reporters, Michael Kranish and Mark Fisher. On Friday, the paper gave readers a preview of the book, a portrait of Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee. ...

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