• This undated photo taken in Puerto Rico shows a weeping fig tree.  (Lee Reich via AP)

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    Dog Training Changes Prison Inmates’ Lives

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  • A customer pays for goods while shopping at the Atlanta Farmers Market in Atlanta on June 6, 2015. Wage growth has been perhaps the job market's biggest weakness since the recession ended. Pay increases have been both slow and uneven, highly dependent on your field of employment and, for many, not enough to keep pace even with a slow-rising cost of living. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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  • Canada’s financial establishment is about to be revolutionized by fintech—financial technology that puts loans, investment advice and a host of other services at the tip of a touchscreen. (The Canadian Press/Nathan Denette)

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  • Daniel Debow (2nd L) speaks on a panel about Canadian tech featuring Tony Bailetti (C), Janet Bannister (2nd R), Harley Finkelstein (far R), and moderated by Globe & Mail reporter Sean Silcoff (far L) at Shopify's Elgin Street office in Ottawa, Canada on May 15, 2017. (Rahul Vaidyanath/Epoch Times)

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    If you haven’t had the pleasure of getting your mind ripped wide open by the movie Cowspiracy, I will tell you it is a highly intelligent... Read more

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    “Look ahead,” says Captain Julie. “We might be coming up on a small pod of belugas.” We’re in Quebec on a yellow zodiac, zooming across... Read more

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    It’s likely more people know the debut album cover name that elevated rock legend Bruce Springsteen into public consciousness than the city “The Boss” played a... Read more

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    NANTUCKET, Mass.—In summer, the senses feed hungrily on Nantucket, and Nantucket gives generously, with the scent of honeysuckle in the air; white-trimmed, gray-shingled houses as... Read more

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    With a deep breath, I adjusted my earphones and buckled my seat belt. The seaplane took off, and we soared above the clear waters of... Read more

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    Historians may argue that Berlin is the only city in Germany that gives a powerful impression of the highs and lows of the country’s history,... Read more

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    Where History Meets the Arts

    GETTYSBURG, Penn.—Gettysburg College, home of the History Meets the Arts program, is one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation. A stroll along stately gingerbread brick... Read more

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    Exploring America’s Cowboy Heritage in Oklahoma City

    Being a city kid who grew up in Manhattan, I have a weakness for cowboy boots. When I found out that Oklahoma is as much... Read more

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    Whether a simple weekend camping or a week abroad in the lap of luxury (or perhaps something in between), embarking on an adventure with your... Read more

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    New Island Forms Off North Carolina Coast

    Cape Hatteras National Seashore on North Carolina’s coast is famous for it’s beautiful beaches and fishing spots, but a new addition to the coastline has locals... Read more

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    10 Must-See Places in South Korea During the 2018 Winter Olympics

    As I ambled through the ancient Gyeongbokgung Palace, the scent of jasmine flowers filled the air, the sun shone through the distant mountain peaks, and... Read more

  • At 1,850 feet long, Huntington Beach Pier seems to jut right into the sunset. (Channaly Philipp/The Epoch Times)

    In Huntington Beach, Calif., Surf Culture Reigns

    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.—On a glorious stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway, just south of Los Angeles, lie the beaches of Orange County. Lined with palm... Read more

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    Wales: Of saints, Dylan Thomas, and the Coast Path

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  • The Louvre cour Napoléon

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    Once a medieval fortress, turned into a royal palace, then a museum: with around 38,000 works of art on display, the Louvre takes you on... Read more

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    Manhattan’s Chinatown is home to the largest enclave of Chinese people in the West and the oldest Chinatown in New York City. Although rich in... Read more

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    Iceland Named World’s Most Peaceful Country (Video)

    Iceland is the world’s most peaceful country, according to the 2017 Global Peace Index. The Nordic island nation topped the list again and has held... Read more

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