8 luxury hotels worth it just for the food

 Most people think of hotel food as something to endure, not enjoy. At some places, it’s as bad as you’d find at a hospital. But when it comes to knockout ambience, killer cuisine and a world-class experience, some luxury hotels bring their A game. Here, we’ve rounded up eight worth visiting just for a meal, based on cursory research and recommendations. 1. Wit & Wisdom at Four Seasons Hotel, Baltimore FourSeasons.com Michael Mina’s award-winning tavern is as American as you can get, with seafood thrown in for good measure. New Englanders will feel right at…

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Samsung made an even better Galaxy S8+, but you can’t have it

In just a few weeks, Galaxy S8s will begin appearing in mailboxes, and people will be posting pictures and videos of their new phones to make all their Twitter followers and Facebook friends who don’t have one jealous. But even if you’re rocking the Galaxy S8+ with the upgraded Y50BT AKG headphones and packing a 256GB SD card, you still won’t have the best model money can buy. According to a report by ET News, Samsung will be selling a souped-up version of the Galaxy S8+ in China and Korea…

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Betsy DeVos reveals her longtime education secretary aspirations: “I literally had never given it a

Her Senate confirmation last week—won by a hair’s breadth—didn’t help to make US education secretary Betsy DeVos any less blisteringly controversial. Neither, surely, will this. In an interview with Axios’s Jonathan Swan published this morning, DeVos—a Michigan billionaire with no personal experience in public education—revealed she was apparently just as taken by surprise by president Donald Trump’s choice to nominate her as the rest of the US was. Recalled DeVos: It was the day after the election that somebody with whom I’ve worked for a number of years actually e‑mailed…

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Five ways Britain wrecks young people’s mental health – and how to stop it

Astudy from the Varkey Foundation has revealed that young people in the UK suffer from some of the “lowest levels of mental wellbeing in the world” – second only to Japan. This won’t be a shock to anyone familiar with statistics on child and adolescent mental health in Britain. Some 75% of mental illnesses begin before the age of 18, and the charity MQ estimates that on average, there are three children in every classroom with a diagnosable mental illness. This, combined with a continuing crisis in mental healthcare in…

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Poll 2.0: Playing it out successfully on gadgets

Even as politicians are sweating it out on ground zero to woo people, the 4G-era voters are ‘playing’ with them on their mobile and laptop screens, virtually. The hordes of mobile phone games and app on desi politics are helping the gaming enthusiasts in fighting the ballot battle on their own. Giving a gaming twist to the ongoing poll fight, these political games having prominent leaders as main characters are in great demand. These include Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and BSP chief…

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If Obamacare Dies, Cities Will Feel It

Every year, about 300 children under age 6 turn up with elevated blood-lead levels among the thousands of lab tests surveilled by Houston’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention program. In the vast majority of cases, their staff follows up. Health officers reach out to parents to ensure that their kids are receiving care. Lead inspectors visit the aging homes in which those kids often live, and remediation crews scrape and replace the toxic paint from window frames and siding. Educators knit themselves into communities, educating schools, churches, PTA groups, and organizations…

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Trump could gut public health funding at the exact time we need it most

We’re hearing a lot about the 22 million people who may lose their health insurance if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. But there’s another, quieter tragedy that could play out if the ACA is gutted: States could lose critical funding for public-health efforts like responding to outbreaks, vaccination programs, and anti-smoking and anti-obesity campaigns. When the ACA was enacted in 2010, the law established the Prevention and Public Health Fund, with an annual appropriation that began at $500 million in 2010. The goal of the fund was simple: boost…

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Will Karl Lagerfeld or Ralph Lauren dress Melania Trump for the inauguration?

Who Melania wears at the inauguration on Friday will be as important, if not more so, than what she wears. There is little doubt that she will look polished, expensive and chic in her two outfits – a day outfit for the swearing-in, and a ballgown for evening. Anyone expecting an excess of cleavage or bling has not been paying attention to the makeunder (tone-it-down makeover, as also undergone by Kim Kardashian) that has seen Trump embrace a new look: neutrals (the camel coat she wore on election day), on-trend…

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100 years of First Lady fashion: What the Presidents’ wives wore to inaugural balls – and what it says about them

For a fledgling first lady there’s a lot riding on her inaugural gown. Obviously the name of the game is looking smoking hot. Hell, with the eyes of the world upon you, who wouldn’t want to be the belle of the Inaugural Ball? No one knows what Melania Trump will wear on Friday night, but we suspect she’ll have been planning her outfit ever since Trump won the presidency in November. But it’s not just as easy as choosing a pretty frock. The ball is the First Lady’s moment to…

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Trump Russia ties: Kremlin says it has no ‘compromising’ information

Russia has denied claims its intelligence agencies have compromising material about Donald Trump. Dmitry Peskov, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, said the allegations were “pulp fiction” and a “clear attempt to damage relations”. The unsubstantiated claims say his presidential campaign secretly communicated with Moscow. They also say Russia has information about the US president-elect involving prostitutes. Mr Trump has condemned the reports. The president-elect tweeted: “FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!” Later on Wednesday, he went on to write: “Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I…

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