Once banned in Cuba, Christmas festivities resurgent

Dec 25, 2014

Once banned in Cuba, Christmas festivities resurgent

Cubans this year celebrated Christmas, a resurgent holiday banned for 38 years by the communist government, with an early gift from U.S. President Barack Obama: a historic rapprochement. Across the island, houses, restaurants, supermarkets, hotels and state-run stores have put up Christmas decorations, embracing ...

Dec 16, 2014

China's mountain hermits seek a highway to heaven

His unheated hut is halfway up a mountain with no electricity, and his diet consists mostly of cabbage. But Master Hou says he has found a recipe for joy. “There is no happier way for a person to live on this earth,” he declared, ...

L.L. Bean struggles to meet demand for iconic 'duck boot'

Dec 5, 2014

L.L. Bean struggles to meet demand for iconic 'duck boot'

Whether due to “lumberjack chic” or old-school utility, demand for L.L. Bean boots is surging — so much so that some customers will have to wait until February to get their holiday purchases. A backlog of 60,000 boot orders could grow to 100,000 by ...

Nov 14, 2014

Ban the cowbell? Swiss farmers say 'udder nonsense'

Holy cow! A Swiss university has sparked ire by suggesting that cowbells — as emblematic of the Alpine country as chocolates, watches and Heidi — should be banned. Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich said the traditionally heavy bells have ...

Oct 31, 2014

French town bans clown disguises after assaults

A small town outside Montpellier in southern France has banned people from disguising themselves as clowns from the streets — especially on Halloween. This week’s decision by Mayor Pierre Dudieuzere of Vendargues follows a series of incidents around France in which people dressed as ...

Oct 27, 2014

Jeb Bush 'moving forward' on 2016 White House run

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is “moving forward” on a potential 2016 White House run and it appears more likely he will enter the Republican field, according to his son, who’s running for office in Texas. George P. Bush told ABC’s “This Week” that ...