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In Ecuadorean cave, meals offered in darkness by the blind

QUITO, Ecuador — On the outskirts of Ecuador’s capital, young couples and families venture into a pitch-black cave in search of an unlikely experience: a meal in the dark. Blind waiters guide guests to their tables and deliver tangy fruit juices and appetizing dishes like caramelized vegetables and sweet fried bananas — foods the owner …

Liz Weston: 4 Steps to Disaster Proof Your Finances

Mother Nature could be excused if she wondered, “How much more prompting do you people need?” This year delivered epic wildfires, devastating hurricanes, massive floods and some pretty horrific earthquakes. Yet many people still haven’t taken a few critical steps to protect their financial lives from such disasters. Consider setting aside a few hours this …

RIGHT AT HOME: New doorbells have lots of bells and whistles

Before electricity, doorbells rang via a complex rigging of mechanical pulleys. Visitors pulled a rope or turned a key-like affair think Downton Abbey’s elaborate system to summon staff, but on a smaller scale for the masses. The electric doorbell was invented in 1831, and by the early 1900s was all the rage. Chimes and bells …

How to ace your transfer to a 4 year college

Transferring from community college to a university should be as simple as basic math: Two years at the first school plus two years at the second equals a bachelor’s degree. But the equation is often more complicated. Many students’ classes don’t transfer correctly, and they have to spend extra time and tuition dollars finishing their …

Photo project focuses on Indigenous youth and reconciliation

TORONTO— Colourful graffiti covers a massive wall next to a rumbling subway station. But it’s something far more mundane that’s caught the eye of budding photographer Jeremiah McLaughlin-Assinewai. The 16-year-old sits on the ground to get the right angle with his smartphone, training his lens on a tangle of green weeds bursting through the pavement. …

NYC votes to repeal 91 year old law banning dancing in bars

NEW YORK— Cut loose! New York City lawmakers voted Tuesday to legalize dancing in bars, repealing a 91-year-old law that banned boogieing at most city nightspots. The anti-dancing law was first enacted in 1926 and prohibited dancing in bars and restaurants that don’t have a cabaret license. Critics said the so-called cabaret law originated as …

Souls ‘reunion’ with the living not only during “Undas”

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna – A lot of stories have been written and read about “All Souls’ Day” —  there are articles that scare the readers and others provide important information why people across the world have fixed a date to observe it. Whatever it is, in the Philippines, this day falls on November 1st, is …

Trump, first lady welcome ghosts, goblins on Halloween eve

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump dressed up as himself, complete with his trademark red tie, for his first Halloween in the White House. Trump and first lady Melania Trump greeted some of the 6,000 children and adults who were invited for trick-or-treating at the White House on Halloween eve. Children from more than 20 schools …

Hikers, runners, climbers scramble toward ever faster feats

LOS ANGELES—Tim Freriks remembers being a kid and gazing up from the bottom of the Grand Canyon at the intimidating, steep walls looming thousands of feet overhead. He dreaded the long hike back to civilization and never imagined he would one day run up the trail snaking along those cliffs. The distant memory came to …

Rent to own: Be informed before you sign

Imagine a store where you can pay as you go with no credit and get brand-name furniture, appliances and electronics for as little as $19.99 a week. That’s the marketing pitch for rent-to-own companies, which tout low prices, no hassles and instant gratification to cash-strapped consumers. If you’re considering a rent-to-own deal or are already …

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