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New effort afoot to restore Houdini’s grave in NYC

Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brookz, magicians and administrators of The Houdini Museum in Scranton, Pa., are working to raise money to restore Houdini’s gravesite. AP

A group of magicians is working to raise money to restore Harry Houdini’s gravesite and permanently care for the monument at a New York City cemetery.

Posted: November 29th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Garcia Marquez archive goes to University of Texas

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The archive of celebrated Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been acquired by the University of Texas — meaning the critic of U.S. foreign policy is having his papers end up in a country he wasn’t always too fond of.

Posted: November 25th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

US company introduces odor-eating toilet seat

In this photo provided by the Kohler Co. demonstrates how to access the housing that contains a carbon filter and scent packs on a new no-smell toilet seat the Wisconsin company is introducing. Kohler is introducing a battery-operated deodorizing toilet seat that includes a fan that sucks in air, pushing it through an odor-eating carbon filter and then a scent pack. (AP Photo/Kohler Co., David Wallace)

Blow out the scented candle and ditch the aerosol spray can. The Kohler Co. has introduced a deodorizing toilet seat that it says eliminates embarrassing bathroom odors and the need for candles and sprays to cover them up.

Posted: November 24th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Do’s and don’ts for Thai tourists in Japan

Tourists wearing traditional Japanese long-sleeved kimono, or "furisode," visit Sensoji Buddhist temple at Asakusa district in Tokyo, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014.  AP

BANGKOK — Thailand’s embassy in Japan has some tips for Thai visitors: Don’t put your chopsticks in the serving bowl. And if driving, stop for pedestrians at cross walks.   The advice is part of a new online manners guide the embassy has posted on its Facebook page in response to criticism on social media […]

Posted: November 20th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Booze Traveler’ host explores how world drinks

In this April 19, 2014 photo released by the Travel Channel, Jack Maxwell, left, helps deliver the popular fermented beverage boza in Istanbul, Turkey. (AP Photo/Travel Channel)

BOSTON — Jack Maxwell drinks for a living.   From moss schnapps in Iceland to gut-busting raki in Turkey and homebrew in the Himalayas, he’s learned the hard way that tippler’s truism: “It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.”   Maxwell says shining shoes as a kid in the barrooms of South Boston helped prepare him to […]

Posted: November 20th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »