Things to do in Austin, Texas, all year round

March 23, 2017

(CNN)Even if you’re not visiting during the madness of South by Southwest, visitors can clearly see that Texas’s ever-changing capital city thrives on new sights, sounds, and eats. New stays In South Austin, Hotelier Liz Lambert (of the Hotel San Jose and Hotel Saint Cecilia) continues to push (and preserve) mid-century Texas chic with the Austin Motel. …

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A city stilled, shocked and then enraged by attack

March 23, 2017

London (CNN)The big red buses sit abandoned on the bridge, six of them. Nearby are two black taxicabs, also empty. No passengers, no drivers, no pedestrians. This area is rarely still, and never on a spring Wednesday afternoon. It should be packed with visitors, locals and the occasional parliamentarian. Of course, it’s not still even now. Slowly, then overwhelmingly, the noise takes over the senses — a cacophony of sirens and chaos. Lockdown descends upon this …

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Million-dollar holiday snaps? Andy Warhol’s China photographs up for auction

March 23, 2017

(CNN)Andy Warhol‘s personal photographs from his trip to Beijing and Hong Kong in 1982 are arguably the most famous holiday snaps of all time. And depending on how an auction of the collection fares later this month, they could soon be among the most valuable. Warhol, who was one of the most famous people in the western world at the time of his visit, went largely unrecognized on the streets of Beijing. It makes the images even more remarkable, not least to collectors, who have come …

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In coach’s rant, a lesson for parents and athletes

March 23, 2017

(CNN)If you’ve been on Facebook this week, chances are you’ve seen someone share comments made by Geno Auriemma, coach of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team. UConn hasn’t lost a game in more than two years and is in play for a fifth consecutive national title. Even after more than 30 years as head coach at UConn, Auriemma said that recruiting “enthusiastic kids is harder than it’s ever been.” In the video, he said that …

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Sen. Mark Warner: We have to talk to Paul Manafort

March 22, 2017

Washington (CNN)Virginia Sen. Mark Warner pledged on Tuesday that he would press President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort for answers. The Democratic senator and ranking member on the Senate intelligence committee said on CNN’s Erin Burnett “OutFront” that allegations about Manafort’s dealings in Ukraine and other open questions meant that the committee would speak with him as part of its probe into alleged Russian interference in the …

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15 of the world’s best bungee jumps

March 22, 2017

(CNN)Want to test your mettle or conquer a fear of heights? Join us as we highlight 15 of the world’s highest — and most impressive — jumping sites. 233 meters: Macau Tower, Macau, China 190 meters: Niouc Bridge, Val d’Anniviers, Switzerland What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Switzerland? Swiss watches and Toblerone, right? Well Switzerland is also home to Europe’s highest bungee jump …

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Billionaire bunkers: How the 1% are preparing for the apocalypse

March 21, 2017

(CNN)Say “doomsday bunker” and most people would imagine a concrete room filled with cots and canned goods. The threat of global annihilation may feel as present as it did during the Cold War, but today’s high-security shelters could not be more different from their 20th-century counterparts. A number of companies around the world are meeting a growing demand for structures that protect from any risk, whether it’s a global pandemic, an asteroid, or World War III …

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Anthony Bourdain wakes up to a London in shock after Brexit vote

March 21, 2017

(CNN)The London (and England) show is another example of my crew and I heading out to do one thing and, due to a sudden change in circumstances, finding ourselves doing something else entirely. Anthony Bourdain visits London as it reels from the Brexit vote. “Parts Unknown” airs Sunday at 9 p.m. What we wanted and expected to be a happy, carefree, food-centric show became squeezed by the sudden arrival of an elephant in the room. I love London and have many dear friends there. I …

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Kim Kardashian thought she would be raped, killed during Paris robbery

March 20, 2017

(CNN)Kim Kardashian discussed the Paris robbery she experienced last October for the first time during Sunday night’s episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” Kardashian, who was robbed at gunpoint on October 3, recounted the moment she was held at gunpoint by masked men posing as police officers, to her sisters during the episode. Kardashian said she thought she was going to be raped and killed. …

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Musicians remember Chuck Berry’s genius

March 19, 2017

(CNN)Many of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest guitarists list Chuck Berry as one of their influences. As do many other musicians. John Lennon said: “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry.’” Here are some of the reactions that some of the best musicians had when they heard Berry had died Saturday at the age of 90. …

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Chuck Berry didn’t just cross barriers — he obliterated them

March 19, 2017

(CNN)Whatever else that can be said about Chuck Berry’s “Maybellene” when it shot out of America’s radios like a Redstone rocket in the bright late summer of 1955, one hard, true thing remains clear after those 62 years: Nothing like it ever existed before. Here’s why: There was no category that could safely contain it. It charted No. 1 on the rhythm and blues charts, which was where most black recording artists such as Berry could be found. But its beat and its …

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Why there is more to Middle Eastern art than women and war

March 16, 2017

(CNN)A couple of months ago, I invited a reputed art historian to speak at Art Dubai’s inaugural Modern Symposium, a series of talks that focus on 20th-century art produced by masters from Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. I explained that the symposium, in part, responds to those who doubt the wealth, breadth and quality of modernism in this region. She laughed, knowing all too well the criticism that Middle East art practitioners face. I’m so proud to work with an …

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‘Bachelor’ finale 2017: Nick Viall proposes to …

March 14, 2017

(CNN)And the finale rose goes to … Vanessa Grimaldi. Nick Viall popped the question to Grimaldi during the season 21 finale of ABC’s “The Bachelor” Monday night. The proposal took place in Rovaniemi, Finland, after Viall broke the heart of Raven Gates by telling her she was not the one who had his heart. …

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