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BBC Business News Feed: Boeing 737 Max: BA-owner IAG signs deal to buy 200 planes

Business Now Mag - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 17:11
Airline group IAG says it has "every confidence" in Boeing as it signs a letter of intent to buy 200 planes.
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More Than 1,000 Corgis Took Over a San Francisco Beach This Weekend

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 17:05
<p>Can you handle all this fluff?</p><p>For the fifth year in a row, Northern California became a paradise for corgis and corgi lovers alike. <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/corgi-beach-parties-california" target="_blank">Corgi Con</a>, a beachside convention of fluffy Corgis, their owners, and people who just love dogs, welcomed over 1,000 dogs on the north side of Ocean Beach on Saturday, June 15, the <a href="https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/5th-Corgi-Con-draws-1-000-dogs-to-Ocean-Beach-14000640.php?psid=aishf" target="_blank"><em>San Francisco Chronicle</em> reported</a>.</p><p>Forget <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/raccoon-cafe-seoul-korea" target="_blank">corgi cafes</a>, this beach party is a dream destination if you’re a true corgi fan.</p><p>If you’re not sure you can handle the profound cuteness of hundreds of adorable dogs waddling around on a beach, in costumes no less, turn back now (we know you won’t, though).</p><p>It’s easy to see why the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/animals/queen-elizabeth-corgis" target="_blank">Queen’s favorite dog breed</a> is also a favorite to the rest of us. Their big ears, long bodies, and especially fuzzy backsides are impossible to resist. Which is probably why some of the dogs in attendance have more Instagram followers than most people do, according to the <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em>.</p><p>“Corgis look really funny. But corgis don’t know they look really funny,” corgi owner Alaina Roberts told the <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em>.</p><p>At the event, both humans and canines can participate in activities, including a group picture, corgi races, corgi “ninja warrior” (an obstacle course, similar to "American Ninja Warrior"), and of course, a corgi costume contest.</p><p>Even if corgis aren’t entering the contest, they still come in a variety of fun outfits. There are corgis in sunglasses and Hawaiian shirts, adorned with unicorn horns, or dressed as pirates, gladiators, Waldo, and just about any other wacky thing you can think of.</p><p>The event has become so popular that other cities around the U.S. have started their own corgi-centered traditions. According to <em><a href="https://www.caller.com/story/news/local/2019/06/15/corgis-take-over-south-texas-corgi-convention-corpus-christi-2019/1423937001/" target="_blank">The Corpus Christi Caller Times</a></em>, this year marks the first annual Corgi Con in Corpus Christi, Texas, inspired by the NorCal convention. The Corpus Christi event was also held on Saturday, June 15.</p><p>The popular event actually happens twice a year, in June and October, according to <a href="https://hoodline.com/2017/06/with-corgis-and-costumes-corgi-con-returns-to-ocean-beach" target="_blank">Hoodline</a>. So if you happened to miss this weekend’s corg-stravaganza, you only have a few more months to plan for the next one.</p><p>More information about the semi-annual event can be found on the <a href="https://corgicon.com/" target="_blank">NorCal Corgi Con</a> website.</p>
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Entrepreneur: Don't Get Duped by This Sneaky Google Calendar Spam

Business Now Mag - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 17:04
Despite what that Google Calendar invite says, you probably didn't win a bunch of money.
Categories: Business

XXXTentacion's Friend C Glizzy, 16, Is Shot in the Head, Family Asks for Prayers

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 17:00
The teen rapper remains in hospital after he was shot in head outside a convenience store in Pompano Beach, Florida over the weekend, nearly a year after XXX's death.
Categories: Celebrity

Personal Finance App Dave Launches Mobile Banking; Raises $110 Million In Debt

Forbes News Feed - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 17:00
Dave, the personal finance app backed by Mark Cuban is getting into the mobile banking market, launching Dave Banking and announcing it raised $110 million in debt.
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Entrepreneur: Chick-fil-A Is Now the 3rd-Largest Restaurant Chain in America, and McDonald's and Starbucks Should be Terrified

Business Now Mag - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 16:59
Chick-fil-A moved up from the No. 7 spot on last year's Top 200 ranking, passing Wendy's, Burger King, Taco Bell and Subway.
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America's Most Scenic Road Trips

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 16:56
<p>“In our red rental car, we passed 617 white-knuckle switchbacks, 56 one-lane bridges, and tons of waterfalls as we traveled away from civilization,” says Kim Binsted, an astrobiology professor at the University of Hawaii who last month drove the length of Maui’s Hana Highway—one of the most heart-clutching and beautiful drives on the planet—with her best friend.</p><p>“To everyone in this country, the car represents freedom, mobility, and the control you feel over your destiny/destination,” says Callie Khouri, Oscar-winning screenwriter of <em>Thelma &amp; Louise</em>.</p><p>From the dramatic <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/california">California</a> coast to history-lined thoroughfares of New England, there are countless scenic drives across the country—and some stellar standouts. We’ve picked the American routes with heart-stopping views. On the winding Blue Ridge Parkway, for example, don’t be surprised if the morning mists seduce you like a country melody. The 469-mile road, now over 75 years old, winds its way past limestone caverns, clear mountain springs, and Appalachian majesty, offering different panoramic vistas depending on the season.</p><p>But sometimes it’s the man-made sights that make the trip. As you cruise on <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/chicago">Chicago</a>’s Lake Shore Drive, the view to the west includes the greatest hits of American architecture, such as Willis Tower, better known as the Sears Tower, once the tallest building in the world. To the east, there are 26 miles of Lake Michigan beaches.</p><p>And on U.S. 1 from <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/key-largo">Key Largo</a> to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/key-west">Key West</a>, travelers are treated to a good time, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/florida">Florida</a> style. The island chain’s stretch of road encompasses everything from underwater coral reefs and 7 Mile Bridge, one of the longest in the world, to marinas where you can hand-feed tarpon, and beach bars filled with Jimmy Buffett fans drinking margaritas.</p><p>So bring a friend or your family and hit the road. In Khouri’s words—go see what America tastes like.</p><h2>Hana Highway, Maui</h2><img alt="Scenic coastline Hana Highway, Maui "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/201103-w-roads-hana-highway-new.jpg?itok=96SsAKJ7"><p>The T-shirts all say: <em>I survived the road to Hana</em>. It can take more than two and a half hours to travel the 52 miles from Kahului to Hana, as you snake past steep sea-cliffs lush with blooming mango trees, buy banana bread from roadside stalls, and pull over for Jurassic vistas. In tiny Hana, a town on eastern Maui, a cinder cone shields the red sand beach where nudists and endangered monk seals bake idly in the sun.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> Drive past Hana to where the road ends (or becomes unpassable, according to most rental car contracts) to visit the Seven Sacred Pools, a gently cascading, seven-tiered gulch at Haleakala National Park. (<em><a href="http://www.nps.gov/hale" target="_blank">nps.gov/hale</a>; free.</em>)</p><h2>Blue Ridge Parkway, Carolinas and Virginia</h2><img alt="Scenic mountain highway in fall on the Blue Ridge Parkway "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/201103-w-roads-blue-ridge-mnts.jpg?itok=-BDM8R6X"><p>The nearly 500 miles of blacktop twisting through the Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah national parks was built for travelers seeking Appalachian overlooks. It’s a panoramic drive for all seasons, with undulating slopes of color in autumn, a bounty of forest canopy in summer, and hot-cider ski resorts in winter. The parkway has become a paradise for birders: with over 50 resident species, it boasts more diversity than the entire continent of Europe.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> In the mines of the mineral-rich Appalachian Mountains, visitors can pan for emeralds, amethyst, rubies, topaz, and even gold. (<em><a href="http://www.emeraldvillage.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">emeraldvillage.com</a>; from $10.</em>)</p><h2>Lake Shore Drive, Chicago</h2><img alt="Aerial of Lake Shore Drive in Chicago "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/lake-shore-drive.jpg?itok=FYvywg8h"><p>The rock stars of American architecture line up like soldiers facing Lake Michigan, starting north at Hollywood and reaching south through Jackson Park, spanning 26 miles. But the downtown buildings are showstoppers, from the blocky staircase of the Willis Tower—formerly the Sears Tower and tallest building in the world—to the Belle Époque<em> </em>elegance of Burnham and Root’s Rookery, to the stark post-Bauhaus boxes of Mies van der Rohe. It is the greatest architecture road on earth.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> In Millennium Park, listen to free summer concerts under Frank Gehry’s fretwork bandshell. (<em><a href="http://www.grantparkmusicfestival.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">grantparkmusicfestival.com</a>; free admission.</em>)</p><h2>17-Mile Drive, California</h2><img alt="17-Mile Drive along the PCH in California "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/17-mile-drive.jpg?itok=F_N86rGf"><p>The so-called 17-Mile Drive spanning California’s Monterey Peninsula clocks in at less than 10 miles long. On a privately owned strip off Highway 1, stretching from the towns of Pacific Grove to Carmel, the road runs through the Del Monte forests belonging to the exclusive Pebble Beach golf community. With surf-beaten cliffs and colonies of harbor seals, it also boasts spectacular sunsets over the Pacific that residents say are worth the $10.25 entry fee to use the private road.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> The Monterey Bay Aquarium has sunlit kelp-forest tanks, a petting pool, and a million-gallon tank with giant sharks and sea turtles. (<em><a href="http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">montereybayaquarium.org</a>; $49.95 for adults, $29.95 for children.</em>)</p><h2>U.S. 1, Florida Keys</h2><img alt="Scenic U.S. hwy 1 in the Florida Keys "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/201103-w-roads-florida-keys.jpg?itok=DmV3vN_A"><p>Leaving the mainland for the 120-mile-long island chain of Florida’s Keys, travelers enter a paradise of beach bars, water sports, and Parrotheads (Jimmy Buffett fans). From Key Largo to Key West, the overseas highway strings the islands together like beads, running past lighthouses, underwater coral-reef parks, and across 7 Mile Bridge—one of the longest bridges in the world.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> On the docks at Islamorada travelers can hand-feed bait fish to tarpon more than six feet long. (<em><a href="http://www.robbies.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">robbies.com</a>; from $4.</em>)</p><h2>Route 12, Utah</h2><img alt="Route 12 desert highway in Utah "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/201008-w-coasts-utah-rt-12.jpg?itok=XB1ijqcB"><p>The red rock majesty of Utah is on triumphant display on State Route 12 winding between Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon national parks. The 124-mile strip has funky small towns and very few entry points, so it takes a map and determination to witness the steep sandstone canyons and bluffs of purple sage, and to tackle the narrow cliff-hanging ridgeline road called The Hogback.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> The log-and-sandstone Kiva Koffeehouse in Escalante supplies travelers with art, coffee, and views of Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument. (<em><a href="http://www.kivakoffeehouse.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">kivakoffeehouse.com</a>.</em>)</p><h2>Bluebonnet Trail, Texas</h2><img alt="highway through the flower feilds on the Bluebonnet Trail, TX "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/bluebonnet-trail.jpg?itok=ZR7-OymN"><p>Between Austin and Houston lies the Lone Star State’s most beautiful scenery, especially from March to May when the wild bluebonnets are out in force. From Austin, you’ll pass a chain of seven interconnected lakes on the Colorado River, including Lake Buchanan, a wilderness resort area popular with fishermen and artists.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> To admire more of the state’s native flowers, visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Research Center, named for the first lady who made national beautification a priority. <em>(<a href="https://www.wildflower.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wildflowers.org</a>; $12)</em></p><h2>North Shore Drive, Minnesota</h2><img alt="Bridge overlooking the lake on North Shore Drive, MN "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/north-shore-drive.jpg?itok=rBmyPQJp"><p>Lake Superior’s Minnesota shoreline is a thing of glacial beauty. As you drive from Duluth toward Two Harbors, Gitche Gumee’s “shining big sea waters” stretch out to the right and birch and maple northwoods climb high on the left. You’ll also get a look at ocean tankers anchored in the last inland port of the St. Lawrence Seaway as they wait to upload iron or grain from America’s heartland before sending it out to the world.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> Duluth’s four-mile lakeside sports path shows off the city highlights: a rose garden, pre-Prohibition brewery, an aerial bridge, and the largest grain elevators in the world. <em>(<a href="http://www.visitduluth.com/attractions/parks-and-trails/lakewalk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">v</a><a href="http://www.visitduluth.com/attractions/parks-and-trails/lakewalk/" target="_blank">isitduluth.com</a>)</em></p><h2>Trail Ridge Road, Colorado</h2><img alt="winding highway in the mountains on Trail Ridge Road, CO "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/trail-ridge-road.jpg?itok=-Rd7sul8"><p>Welcome to the highest continually paved road in the U.S.: the Trail Ridge Road winds as high as 12,183 feet through Rocky Mountain National Park. Following a route traced over the Continental Divide by Native Americans for thousands of years, visitors can see elk, deer, and bighorn sheep above the tree line in the dramatic tundra. </p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> The imposing Victorian splendor of the Stanley Hotel, in Estes Park, CO, was Stephen King’s inspiration for <em>The Shining</em>. <em>(<a href="http://www.stanleyhotel.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">stanleyhotel.com</a>)</em></p><h2>Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire</h2><img alt="fall foliage in Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/kancamagus-highway.jpg?itok=vr9iVa7H"><p>Though the White Mountains are a year-round sportsman’s paradise, the autumnal fireworks are the undisputed highlights of New Hampshire’s 36-mile Kancamagus Highway. Serious leaf-peepers visit in October to see the maples, alder, and birch blazing in full Technicolor glory. In spring, expect yellow violets and wood anemone.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> Take the half-mile hike to Sabbaday Falls, near Waterville, NH, to visit a three-tiered waterfall with easy access to the road.<em> (<a href="http://www.kancamagushighway.com/waterfalls/sabbaday_falls.htm" target="_blank">kancamagushighway.com</a><em>;</em> fre</em>e.)</p><h2>Going to the Sun Road, Montana</h2><img alt="Going to the Sun Road scenic mountain highway, MT "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/going-to-the-sun-road.jpg?itok=0I7VZ73c"><p>One of America’s most inspiring public-works projects winds through Glacier National Park’s snow-covered peaks, sub-alpine meadows, and lakes across the Continental Divide on the spine of the Rockies. Snowdrifts threaten to top 100 feet in winter, so the road is open only from May to October.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> To learn more about the geology of glaciers, local Native American customs, or the park’s ecosystem, sign up for a day class at the Glacier Institute. <em>(<a href="http://www.glacierinstitute.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">glacierinstitute.org</a>; from $65 per person, per day)</em></p><h2>Highway 101, Oregon</h2><img alt="Highway 101 along the Oregon coast "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/highway-101.jpg?itok=LVYe_xB0"><p>The state owns the entire coast of Oregon and has preserved unobstructed natural vistas along 300 or so miles of beaches off Highway 101. Between Port Orford and Brookings, fierce sea cliffs stand in contrast to the pastoral farmland and roaming cattle of Oregon’s small towns.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> Pull over when you spot the roadside Tyrannosaurus rex at the Prehistoric Gardens, where 23 life-size dinosaur replicas are staged against the rainforest landscape.<em> (<a href="http://www.prehistoricgardens.com/" target="_blank">prehistoricgardens.com</a>; $12)</em></p><h2>Olympic Peninsula Loop, Washington</h2><img alt="aerial of Olympic Peninsula Loop mountain highway, WA "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/olympic-peninsula-loop.jpg?itok=9A3URwqG"><p>Both the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/road-trips/mountain-loop-highway-road-trip" target="_blank">scenic route</a> and the peninsula’s only major route, Highway 101 loops around the largest road-free area in the continental U.S. Starting in Seattle, head northwest to climb into the Hoh River rainforest, dominated by ancient Sitka spruce and western hemlock. You can spy the San Juan Islands from the top of Hurricane Ridge, and at low tide, the pools on Olympic beaches are rife with starfish, sand dollars, and crabs. <em>(<a href="http://www.nps.gov/olym" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">nps.gov/olym</a>)</em></p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> Take a break at the spooky logging town of Forks, a must for <em>Twilight </em>fans.</p><h2>Route 6, Massachusetts</h2><img alt="Route 6 along the coast in Cape Cod, MA "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/route-6.jpg?itok=0Phh14hh"><p>This 118-mile <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/road-trips/road-trip-guide-route-6" target="_blank">route</a> links Cape Cod’s network of sand dunes, beaches, marshes, tidal ponds, and quaint fishing towns. You can follow it to Provincetown’s music festivals and art galleries, to the bay side for family-friendly beaches, or ocean-side for panoramas of the Cape Cod National Seashore.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> Book a summertime whale-watching boat tour and keep your eyes peeled for a big-winged New Englander or humpback whale. <em>(<a href="http://www.whalewatch.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">whalewatch.com</a>; $53)</em></p><h2>Anchorage to Valdez, Alaska</h2><img alt="road to Anchorage to Valdez along snow-capped mountains, AK "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/201103-w-roads-alaska.jpg?itok=G16SmdUQ"><p>The trip from Anchorage to Valdez, which connects Glenn and Richardson highways, runs past prehistoric glaciers and into mountain ranges with so many 14,000-foot peaks a lot of them haven’t even been named. Along the 300-mile route, the trans-Alaska pipeline pops in and out of view. The final approach to Valdez includes a 25-mile drop from Thompson Pass (2,771 elevation) to sea level through the waterfalls of Keystone Canyon, opening into Prince William Sound.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> Gaze at domesticated musk oxen, the Ice Age wonders of the Alaskan landscape prized for their wool, in Palmer. (<em><a href="http://www.muskoxfarm.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">muskoxfarm.org</a>; tours $11 per adult.</em>)</p><h2>Lemhi Pass, Montana and Idaho</h2><img alt="Lemhi Pass "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/lemhi-pass.jpg?itok=MRlHgisp"><p>Explorer Meriwether Lewis came to the Rocky Mountain backbone of North America, the Continental Divide, at Lemhi Pass (7,323-foot elevation), in 1805. Instead of the fabled Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean, Lewis looked west over the mountains and saw….more mountains. Determined visitors with a 4 x 4 can take in the historic view on single-lane Forest Service roads from either Beaverhead Rock State Park in Montana or the Salmon National Forest in Idaho.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> Go in August to see the annual Lewis and Clark Festival’s historic reenactments, with men dressed in buckskin traveling on dugout canoes. (<em><a href="http://www.beaverheadchamber.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">beaverheadchamber.org</a>; free.</em>)</p><h2>Silverado Trail, California</h2><img alt="Silverado Trail highway through vineyards, CA "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/silverado-trail.jpg?itok=7OsbadQW"><p>Here’s a road trip where the food rivals the scenery. Flanked by the rolling vineyards of more than 40 wineries, the Silverado Trail on the eastern edge of Napa Valley road passes a who’s who of the American culinary scene. Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, where a 1973 Cabernet made headlines, and Yountville, home to the French Laundry restaurant, are two highlights.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> Experience an Estate Collection tasting flight at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. <em>(<a href="https://www.cask23.com/visit/tours-and-tastings" target="_blank">cask23.com</a>; $45)</em></p><h2>Ocean Drive, Newport, RI</h2><img alt="mansions along Ocean Drive in Newport, RI "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/ocean-drive.jpg?itok=KHxfkTPZ"><p>The 10-mile coastal route packs in historic mansions and spectacular views over Narragansett Bay. The Gilded Age “cottages” of Ocean Drive compete with maritime scenery for jaw-dropping splendor, including opulent homes built for titans of <em>fin de siècle </em>industry, the Vanderbilts, Astors, and Morgans.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> War buffs can visit historic Fort Adams, which garrisoned soldiers for more than 125 years. (<em><a href="http://www.fortadams.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fortadams.org</a>; $15.</em>)</p><h2>Park Loop Road, Maine</h2><img alt="Park Loop Road coastal highway, Maine "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/park-loop-road-maine.jpg?itok=SxnlonUU"><p>The loop through Acadia National Park can be completed in an hour—when summer tourists aren’t clogging the 27-mile, two-lane artery. But whatever the season, you’ll want to give yourself time to appreciate the high ridgelines, sheer rock precipices, and rugged coast of the North Atlantic along the way. An ocean-side cavern dubbed Thunder Hole explodes with a plume of foamy surf as waves beat the shore.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> Spend the day on a lobster fishing boat and take your catch home for supper. <em>(<a href="http://www.robertsonseatours.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">robertsonseatours.com</a>)</em></p><h2>Highway 143, Tennessee</h2><img alt="spring flowers on scenic mountain, Tennessee "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/highway-143.jpg?itok=c3Q7SgUp"><p>Set out along Tennessee’s Highway 143 in the Roan Highlands of the Appalachian Mountains to witness the world’s longest uninterrupted stretch of grassy heaths. Purple rhododendron blossoms carpet the slopes in early summer.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> The highlands portion of the Appalachian Trail is famous for its balds (summits covered in thick grasses rather than trees); catch the trailhead at Carver’s Gap. <em>(<a href="http://www.appalachiantrail.org/about-the-trail/terrain-by-region/tennessee" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">appalachiantrail.org</a>)</em></p><h2>Great River Road, Louisiana</h2><img alt="Great River Road along the river, Louisiana "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/great-river-road-louisiana.jpg?itok=wdkDbsxI"><p>There are tons of entry and exit points along the Great River Road, which follows both sides of the Mississippi through 10 states. But when it hits Louisiana, the road offers a special peek into the world of antebellum southern living. Between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, drive under broad oak canopies and forests dripping with kudzu to view the colonnaded, plantation-era “Big Houses.”</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> Take a tour of Oak Alley on select days to hear “The Colonel” recount the effects of the Civil War on the lives of plantation families. <em>(<a href="http://www.oakalleyplantation.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">oakalleyplantation.com</a>)</em></p><h2>Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, Michigan</h2><img alt="Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive along sand dunes, Michigan "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/pierce-stocking.jpg?itok=uwzjmkKz"><p>Only 7.4 miles long, this short-and-sweet drive along Lake Michigan’s eastern shore shows off the majesty of giant bald sand dunes, dense forest canopies, and a freshwater lake so wide that you can’t see the opposite shore.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> The Dune Climb up steep 450-foot sand dunes is a fun challenge—but not half as fun as the run back down. <em>(<a href="http://www.nps.gov/slbe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">nps.gov/slbe</a>)</em></p><h2>The High Road, New Mexico</h2><img alt="The High Road through a village, New Mexico "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/the-high-road.jpg?itok=Ai3cYHPZ"><p>The 56-mile route from Santa Fe to Taos delivers one photo-op after another: ancient Indian pueblos, deserts, forests, wildflower meadows, and artists’ colonies in 17th-century adobe towns. The High Road climbs from the Sangre de Cristos to the Rocky Mountains, with canyon views over Truchas Peak at 13,102 feet.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> The Sante Fe Opera for summer concerts <em>(<a href="http://www.santafeopera.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">santafeopera.org</a>)</em></p><h2>Highway 2, Nebraska</h2><img alt="scenic winding Highway 2, Nebraska "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/201104-w-roads-sandhills.jpg?itok=SDFiGAPp"><p>Sandhills (grass-covered sand dunes) make up nearly one-fourth of Nebraska, undulating in slow hypnotic curves as far as the eye can see. Take Highway 2 for expansive views of the Great Plains and pastureland that’s more than twice the size of Rhode Island.</p><p><strong>Stop:</strong> The sand dunes are smack in the middle of the Great Plains Migratory Flyway; look out for cranes at the Nebraska Nature &amp; Visitor Center. <em>(<a href="http://www.nebraskanature.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">nebraskanature.org</a>)</em></p>
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Out Of 21 Of The Richest Countries On The Planet, The U.S. Is The Only One That Doesn't Offer Paid Vacation

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 16:46
<p>It’s no secret that there’s a paid vacation problem in the U.S., but when you see it laid out in a chart, suddenly the problem becomes so much clearer.</p><p>A recent report from the <a href="http://cepr.net/images/stories/reports/no-vacation-nation-2019-05.pdf" target="_blank">Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)</a> shows that the U.S. continues to be the only country out of 21 "rich countries," (including 16 European countries, Australia, Canada, Japan, and New Zealand) that does not offer workers mandatory paid vacation time and paid holidays. The report includes a chart laying out how much paid time off is offered to workers in other nations around the world, and seeing the U.S. with a little “zero” next to it can be a little demoralizing.</p><p>Especially when you consider that other nations, like Australia, France, Spain, the U.K., Sweden, Germany, Greece, and others get nearly a month or more of mandatory paid vacation time.</p><p>Many studies on workers in the U.S. have been conducted about how much time we take off from work, and most of them come to the conclusion that workers are at work too much and take off time too little.</p><p>There are many reasons for this. Some workers claim they <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/budgeting-currency/millions-of-americans-can-not-afford-summer-vacation-costs" target="_blank">simply can’t afford</a> to go on vacation while others worry about feeling <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/millennials-feeling-vacation-shamed" target="_blank">“vacation shamed”</a> by their coworkers. People (especially young people) are now resorting to super-quick getaways, or <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/travel-trends/what-is-a-micro-cation" target="_blank">micro-cations</a>, just to catch a break while still showing up for their 40 hours per week.</p><p>The CEPR notes that the European Union imposes a four-week minimum of paid vacation time for all countries that belong to the EU, but some exceed that requirement. France requires companies to offer 30 days of paid vacation (plus one paid holiday), Austria, Denmark and Finland offer 25 days of paid vacation (plus at least nine paid holidays).</p><p>Countries like Australia, Belgium, Greece, Italy, Ireland, and Germany all offer 20 days of paid vacation (plus a minimum of eight paid holidays).</p><p>On the lower end of the spectrum, both Canada and Japan offer 10 days of paid vacation time, plus nine days and 15 days of paid holidays, respectively.</p><p>And at the very bottom of the chart — dead last — is the U.S., with zero mandatory paid vacation and zero paid holidays. Perhaps it’s time to declare this an emergency situation.</p><p>Although many companies in the U.S. do offer paid leave, this decision is up to the employer’s discretion. Back in March, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/de-blasio-proposal-mandatory-paid-time-off-new-yorkers" target="_blank">mandatory two weeks paid vacation for all New York City residents</a>, making New York the first U.S. city to make vacation mandatory.</p><p>The CEPR study also shows a large discrepancy between full-time and part-time workers, with 90 percent of full-time workers getting paid time off, and only 40 percent of part-time workers getting that same benefit.</p><p>How much money a worker makes also plays a role, with 91 percent of the top 25 percent of high-wage workers receiving paid time off, compared to only 52 percent of the bottom 25 percent of low-wage workers. Only 70 percent of workers in small companies (less than 100 people) also received this benefit, compared to 86 percent at larger companies.</p><p>The report concluded that about a quarter of the U.S. labor force has no paid vacation or holidays, and the “absence of mandated paid vacation and paid holidays in the United States disproportionately affects lower-wage and part-time workers, and employees of small establishments.”</p><p>Taking a vacation isn’t time to blow off work or responsibilities, it can actually have numerous health benefits and even <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/research-says-you-could-live-longer-if-you-take-a-vacation" target="_blank">help you live longer</a>. In that way, mandatory paid vacation time might actually be a good, legislative step to helping Americans live healthier lives.</p><p>More details on the report can be found on the <a href="http://cepr.net/images/stories/reports/no-vacation-nation-2019-05.pdf" target="_blank">Center for Economic and Policy Research</a> website.</p>
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Boeing 737 Max: BA-owner IAG signs deal to buy 200 planes

BBC Business News - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 16:45
Airline group IAG says it has "every confidence" in Boeing as it signs a letter of intent to buy 200 planes.
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Boeing 737 Max: BA-owner IAG signs deal to buy 200 planes

BBC Business News Feed - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 16:45
Airline group IAG says it has "every confidence" in Boeing as it signs a letter of intent to buy 200 planes.
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New limited-edition Bugatti rumored for Pebble Beach

Auto Blog News Feed - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 16:35

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M&G Real Estate buys Industrial Estate in Northampton

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 16:34
M&G Real Estate has acquired a 274,000 sq ft industrial estate in Northampton from Pears Property Group for an undisclosed sum.
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New York City Home Buyers Rushing To Close Before July 1 Mansion Tax Hike

Forbes News Feed - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 16:32
Real estate agents and their clients are in a mad dash to close before the end of this month, experts say.
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Entrepreneur: 4 Tech Trends Shaping the Future of Media and Entertainment

Business Now Mag - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 16:30
We've all heard about AR, VR and blockchain, but what exactly are entertainment and media businesses doing with these technologies?
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Charitable Giving Took A Hit Due To Tax Reform

Forbes News Feed - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 16:24
Charitable giving by individuals fell, partly due to tax reform
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United Airlines App Will Now Help You Make a Tight Connection

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 16:20
<p>Flight transfers can be tricky. Even when it appears you’ve got ample time, a simple <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/how-to-know-if-your-flight-will-be-delayed" target="_blank">flight delay </a>— or a lengthy gate-to-gate walk — can result in a tight or impossible transfer, leaving you waiting hours for the next flight.</p><p>United Airlines is looking to eliminate this <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/united-free-live-tv" target="_blank">travel stressor</a> with a <a href="https://www.travelpulse.com/news/airlines/united-airlines-introduces-new-connectionsaver-tool.html" target="_blank">new tool</a> that helps travelers make tight transfers. The airline recently announced ConnectionSaver, a program that was designed to make connections easier for United passengers.</p><p>ConnectionSaver works by first identifying departing flights that can be held for connecting customers while ensuring passengers who are already on board will arrive at their destination on time. Before making the decision to hold the flight, the new tool takes into account the impact the hold could take on other flights and how much time it will take the tardy connecting passengers to reach the gate.</p><p>Connecting <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/united-non-binary-gender-options" target="_blank">passengers</a> using the latest version of the United app will get personalized text messages that include directions to the connecting gate and how long it should take to get there. The airline will also send a map of the airport and available amenities.</p><p>The tool, which <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/united-testing-program-holding-flights-for-connections" target="_blank">was tested</a> earlier this year at Denver International Airport and Chicago O'Hare International Airport, has helped more than 14,400 customers make connections they would’ve otherwise missed, according to a <a href="https://hub.united.com/united--makes-connecting-easier-connectionsaver-2638762086.html" target="_blank">statement</a> by the airline. During the test, flights that were held were delayed an average of six minutes.</p><p>"Through improved technology and our dedication to running a reliable operation, customers with tight connections are making their flights. With summer travel picking up, as many as 150,000 customers will make connections on United flights every day and our goal is to provide our employees and these customers with the most up-to-date information to make connecting as stress-free as possible," Toby Enqvist, chief customer officer at United said in a statement.</p><p>United plans to have the technology at every United hub by the fall, before expanding to every airport utilized by the airline.</p>
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Control Lets You Bend Reality In The Weirdest Ways

Game Informer News Feed - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 16:18

Publisher: 505 Games Developer: Remedy Entertainment Release: August 27, 2019 Rating: Rating Pending Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Thanks to our cover story on Control from earlier this year, we've already learned a lot (and shared it all with you) about Remedy's upcoming supernatural action adventure game. At E3, we had the chance to step into the bizarre world once again and play Control for nearly an hour.

Control's premise is enticingly weird. You play as Jesse Faden, a young woman who hopes to find answers about her mysterious supernatural powers by visiting the Oldest House, the home of a paranormal investigative branch called the Federal Bureau of Control. The demo sees Jesse investigating the maintenance sector of the Bureau, fighting off new types of the Hiss (the dangerous and ghostly entity that has possessed much of the staff), meeting new personalities, and binding to abilities such as Evade and Shield.

Combat feels smooth, dynamic, and similar to what we experienced during the cover story trip (if anything, it's more polished now). The big difference is that in this demo I had fewer abilities because it takes place earlier in the game. At first, I could only use melee, launch (it lets you push/pull objects or people in midair), and two forms of my Service Weapon (these included Grip, similar to a standard pistol, and Shatter, which triggers explosive blasts). Melee and gunplay work well to bring down a foe's health, whereas your abilities are great at destroying shields. Of course, you can mix it up however you like, and it's best to handle combat with a melange of both physical and supernatural attacks.

Using your abilities is what makes Control's combat so much fun. I loved launching desks, giant machines, chairs, and whatever I could find toward enemies to topple them off their feet. The particle effects are really detailed, too, so everything feels satisfyingly destructive. 

I came across two new types of enemies: Hiss Charged, which looks like a contorted zombie that hovers over the ground and explodes when near death, and Hiss Trooper, a heavily armored foe that shoots grenades. Groups of Hiss Charged were particularly menacing; I had to be careful to run away in time after dealing the final blow. I was happy to see more enemy types in the demo, since I remember coming away from the cover story hoping for more variety in that department.

One of the memorable moments during the demo was a side mission to acquire the Evade ability. After following a strange red light in a storage room and "cleansing" an Object of Power (these are items that are tinged with supernatural qualities) that looked like a horse from a carousel (er, I can't explain that one), I was transported to the Astral Plane. This otherworldly zone is where you can learn new abilities as long as you pass a trial. To acquire Evade, I had to use the ability to quickly zoom through walls that closed in and then practice using it with enemies. These side missions are comprehensive tutorials, but I'm curious how Remedy brings the Astral Plane to life in other ways, particularly with story moments.

Speaking of the story, we learn a bit more about Jesse's motivations and about the remaining Bureau workers. For example, I met research assistant Emily Pope, who narrative designer Brooke Maggs says Jesse begins to trust and open up to later on, and a peculiar janitor named Ahti who's Finnish background isn't a coincidence (Remedy is located in Helsinki, Finland). 

"There's this Finnish heritage that he has, and sometimes he uses weird expressions that are very familiar to us as Finns, but then he just translates them directly to English," gamer director Mikael Kasurinen says. "So it's a bit weird to talk with him. But he's a fun and sometimes unsettling character."

A conversation with Pope reveals that something happened to Jesse's brother Dylan when they were young, and that he's been missing ever since. This disappearance is partly what led Jesse to the Oldest House. After an unexplainable supernatural incident, they came across a "strange entity" and the Bureau stepped in.

"The bureau investigates these strange phenomena that happen around the world, and then study them contain them," Kasurinen says. "So they came and took her brother. [Jesse] managed to escape. Ever since then, she wanted to find out what happened to him."

I came away from this demo feeling all the more excited for Control and eager to discover more about Jesse and the strange environment and circumstances she finds herself in. With an intriguing story and solid combat, this is a title to keep on your radar.

For more impressions on the demo, you can watch parts of it in our New Gameplay Today video below.

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Control releases on August 27 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (exclusively on the Epic Store). Click the banner under this text to learn more.

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Volkswagen CEO wants new Golf out by end of the year

Auto Blog News Feed - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 16:15

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Diess says first cars should be delivered before 2020.

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Exclusive Investigation: How Lies And a Troubled Workplace Brought Down The Founder Of $115 Million Cleo

Forbes News Feed - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 16:09
Backed by ex-GE boss Jeff Immelt and venture capital firms Greylock and NEA, Cleo was on the Silicon Valley fast track. But its CEO and cofounder Shannon Spanhake lied about her background and built a work culture that didn’t match the vision of a parent-friendly company she was selling.
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