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5 Surprisingly Affordable Places to Travel This Spring (Video)

Travel and Leisure - 13 hours 12 min ago
<p>Planning a great, impromptu getaway this spring may not be as expensive as you think. With Airbnb's competitive, affordable rates and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/flight-deals" target="_blank">new flight deals</a> popping up almost every day, it’s entirely feasible to string together a last-minute overseas expedition without sacrificing your entire paycheck.</p><p>And by picking a destination where your dollar will really stretch, travelers can fly far without worrying too much about the total bill.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/winter-vacations/affordable-winter-escapes" target="_blank">Five Surprisingly Affordable — and Warm — Winter Escapes</a> </p><p>To identify the destinations you can travel where your money will go farthest this spring, <em>Travel + Leisure </em>worked with <a href="https://www.quicken.com/" target="_blank">Quicken</a> — a personal finance management company — to quantify the places with advantageous exchange rates, and the most affordable food, transit, cultural experiences, and accommodations.</p><p>This season, destinations in South America, the Caribbean, and even the Great White North stood out as <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/budget-travel/affordable-international-destinations" target="_blank">top choices for value-conscious travelers</a>. </p><img alt="Japanese Garden in Buenos Aires, Argentina "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1521569726/Japanese-Garden-Buenos-Aires-Argentina-INTLSPRNG0318.jpg?itok=bb4QW2k1"><h2>Buenos Aires, Argentina</h2><p>Buenos Aires is utterly beautiful this time of year. You’ll want to spend as much time as possible wandering through the tree-lined neighborhoods and exploring the city’s famous <a href="https://www.buenosaires.travel/en/jardin-botanico-palermo/" target="_blank">Botanical Garden</a>: a maze of green alleys broken up by fountains and haunting mythical statues.</p><p>To get there, it’s a cinch. Flights this spring from New York City start at approximately $800 roundtrip — a steal considering just how far south you’re actually flying. (Meanwhile, the same ticket from other cities like Chicago and Los Angeles hovers under $1,050.)</p><p>With the Argentine peso being roughly equivalent to a nickel, it’s a fabulously affordable destination once you arrive. Frida Kahlo paintings can be viewed at the <a href="http://www.malba.org.ar/en/" target="_blank">Museum of Latin American Art</a> for just $6 per person, and access to Recoleta’s delightful <a href="http://www.recoleta-ba.com/recoleta-feria.html" target="_blank">weekend street market</a> is free. Buenos Aries also boasts one of South America’s most <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/buenos-aires-speakeasies" target="_blank">irresistible cocktail scenes</a>; and if you get peckish after all that drinking, the $2 street <em>empanadas</em> will blow your mind</p><h2>Punta Cana, Dominican Republic</h2><p>Despite the Dominican Republic’s reputation for ultra-luxurious, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/all-inclusive-resorts/adult-only-resorts#excellence" target="_blank">all-inclusive resorts</a>, travelers can opt to stay instead at an equally stunning guesthouse or Airbnb. In fact, many of them are located right next to the beach. So for $40 a night, you’ll have a direct path to the ocean, and all the privacy you’d expect at a regular hotel.</p><p>Getting to — and around — Punta Cana can be just as affordable. Quicken found flights this spring starting at a cool $350 round-trip from New York City, with slight increases of $100 or $150 if you’re traveling from Los Angeles or San Francisco. You don't need to bother renting a car when you’re there, either. A single taxi motorcycle costs just $2 per ride.</p><p>Of course, beaches are the main draw of this sun-drenched town on the eastern tip of the island. It won’t cost you a penny to sit out on the white sandy shoreline of Bavaro Beach, which stretches for more than six miles. The exotic cuisine is another reason you’ll love it here: local dishes like <em>tostones</em> (fried plantain) and <em>croquetas</em> won’t set you back more than $3 or $4.</p><img alt="Dunn's River Falls near Ocho Rios "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1521569726/Dunns-River-Falls-Ocho-Rios-INTLSPRNG0318.jpg?itok=nHU-Bd1M"><h2>Ocho Rios, Jamaica</h2><p>The classic Jamaican port town of Ocho Rios was once a small fishing village, but has since blossomed into the country’s most sought-after beach destination (it was even featured on several episodes of "The Bachelor").</p><p>But don’t confuse its popularity with priciness. One of the top bucket list items in town — a self-guided visit to dazzling <a href="http://www.dunnsriverfallsja.com" target="_blank">Dunns River Falls</a> — is only $20. And <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-beaches-jamaica" target="_blank">James Bond Beach</a>, on a tiny peninsula surrounded by crystal clear water, is absolutely free to enter.</p><p>Similar to its neighbor to the west, Jamaica’s native eats are ridiculously cheap (have a piece of scrumptious <a href="https://tarasmulticulturaltable.com/pan-de-coco-dominican-coconut-bread/" target="_blank">cocobread</a> for as little as $1). Beer is ubiquitous, and goes for as little as $2 a glass.</p><p>Despite Jamaica’s year-round tourism appeal, airfare is particularly accessible this season. Travelers coming from coastal cities like New York City or San Francisco can find a round-trip ticket for roughly $400. </p><img alt="Quebec City, Quebec, Canada "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1521569726/Quebec-City-Saint-Jean-stone-gate-INTLSPRNG0318.jpg?itok=OphkdDK2"><h2>Quebec, Canada</h2><p>For travelers who don't have a full week to spare for spring break (but still want to leave the country), consider this: the conversion rate is $0.78 USD to the Canadian dollar right now, so it’s actually cheaper than traveling inside the United States.</p><p>Meanwhile, Quebec is packed with awesome sights that can’t be found elsewhere on Earth. Travelers can spend days (and zero dollars) simply wandering through <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/best-city-canada-quebec" target="_blank">Old Quebec</a>, with its 400-year-old buildings, quaint shops, and impressive Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. For a similar kind of medieval beauty, you’d have to fly all the way to Europe.</p><p>Beer isn’t exactly cheap here (it’s no Jamaica), but Quebec makes up for it in other ways. For example, you can skip the fancy restaurants and comfortably have poutine instead (just $5). Travelers can even bed down in mid to upscale hotels for a reasonable $110 per night. </p><img alt="La Paz, Bolivia "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1521569726/Bolivia-La-Paz-Murillo-square-INTLSPRNG0318.jpg?itok=y7fCpsdy"><h2>La Paz, Bolivia</h2><p>For a real off-the-grid adventure, you’d better head to La Paz. While it recently emerged as one of the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/bolivia" target="_blank">coolest cities</a> in South America (with <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/why-la-paz-is-south-americas-coolest-city" target="_blank">a high-end restaurant scene</a> to match), it’s also delightfully untouristed. La Paz also has a <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/best-places-to-travel-in-2017#la-paz-bolivia" target="_blank">new system of aerial trams</a> that make for a fast, cheap, and beautiful way to navigate the city’s many neighborhoods.</p><p>While flights will set you back anywhere from $500 to $750 round-trip, you can plan on saving when you hit up attractions like <a href="http://www.lapazlife.com/places/tiwanaku-tiahuanaco/" target="_blank">Tiwanaku</a> — an ancient archeological site where you can wander through impossibly large stone temples, and admire the “Stonehenge of the Americas,” all for just $14.</p><p>Hotels this time of year in La Paz start at between $75 and $125 a night for an mid-range property with full amenities. And a full meal of <em>silpancho </em>(rice, potatoes, schnitzel-style meat, tomatoes, and fried eggs) with beer will set you back no more than $7. </p>
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One of The World's Most Luxurious Hotels Is Actually Made Up of Hundreds of Caves

Travel and Leisure - 13 hours 15 min ago
<p>If you’re looking for a stay that will allow you to take a step back in time, head to the Kayakapi Premium Caves hotel in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/cappadocia-turkey-rock-formations" target="_blank">Cappadocia</a>, Turkey.</p><p>The property was recently ranked as the top hotel in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/turkish-town-underwater-hasankeyf" target="_blank">Turkey</a>, the third best hotel in Europe, and the 12<sup>th</sup> best hotel in the world by travelers as part of the <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Hotels" target="_blank">2018 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards</a> thanks to its impressive cave dwellings you can book a stay in.</p><p>Located in the Kayakapi <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/romantic-getaways/life-changing-trips-for-couples#cappadocia-turkey" target="_blank">neighborhood of Cappadocia</a>, which is one of the city’s first historic residential areas, the property is made up of hundreds of centuries-old cave homes and structures. </p><p>The historic structures you’ll find today include everything from a cave church on the grounds that dates back to the 10<sup>th</sup> century and a mosque dating back to the 11<sup>th</sup> century.</p><img alt="cappadocia turkey "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1521659456/cappadocia-turkey-TURKEY318.jpg?itok=H5YisxXB"><p>Guests can choose from cave rooms, suites, and mansions, with the hotel’s most splurge-worth room — the Grandiose Cappadocian Pool Mansion — complete with both an indoor and outdoor pool and sweeping views over the city</p><p>While the hotel’s other suites and rooms don’t guarantee you two pools, they do come with complimentary Godiva chocolates, the option of plunge pools, iPod docking stations, and Nespresso machines.</p><p>Meanwhile, those looking to take a dip with a view can also check out the hotel’s upper-level pool, where they’ll be treated to panoramic views over Kayakapi, Cappadocia, and the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/cappadocia-hot-air-balloons" target="_blank">hot air balloons</a> that are known to fly over the area.</p><p>The property is also home to a variety of restaurants serving traditional Cappadocian and international specialties, its own wine cellar, and several lounges housed in the cave setting.</p><p>Guests will also be treated to views of the city of Ugrup and the Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia, both of which have been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1985, during their stay. </p>
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Khloe Kardashian Cradles Growing Baby Bump in Sexy Lingerie Snap

Aces Show Biz News Feed - 13 hours 19 min ago
Photographed by Sasha Samsonova, the 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' star dons lacy Gooseberry Intimates lingerie while cradling her tummy.
Categories: Celebrity

Range Rover Velar D300 Diesel Forbidden Fruit Review

Motortrend News Feed - 13 hours 35 min ago

Diesel is, ahem, in bad odor in Europe right now. Following the Volkswagen dieselgate scandal, state and local governments have announced that diesel vehicles will be banned from cities, and there have been astonishing allegations that Daimler, BMW, and VW funded tests that involved live monkeys being forced to breathe diesel exhaust fumes. The end result is a snowballing backlash against diesel powered cars and SUVs. Sales of diesel-powered vehicles in Europe crashed 20.5 percent in December. In Britain, diesel sales in January were down 25 percent on the same month last year. Few analysts expect the trend line to change direction.

That’s a problem for the Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE D300, the most powerful and expensive diesel-powered model in new Velar lineup.

The Velar is available in the U.S. with three engines, two gasoline—a 247-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four and a 380-hp 3.0-liter supercharged V-6—and one diesel, the 180-hp version of JLR’s 2.0-liter I-4 oiler. But British Velar buyers can also choose from an additional three engines—a 300-hp version of the 2.0-liter gasoline four banger, a 240-hp version of the 2.0-liter diesel four, and a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 diesel that makes 300 hp. And here’s the moral dilemma facing British consumers, post dieselgate: The worst engine is the best option.

Two reasons: Weight, and torque. According to Land Rover’s spec sheet the Velar R-Dynamic HSE D300 weighs almost 4400 pounds. It needs every bit of the big diesel’s 516 lb-ft to deliver the performance to match its breathtakingly elegant styling.

On paper, the turbodiesel-powered Velar D300 is slower than the supercharged, gasoline powered P380—Land Rover claims a 0-60 mph time of about 6.1 seconds for the D300, versus 5.3 seconds for the P380 – though claimed top speeds are similar, 150 mph versus 155 mph. But after driving near-identically equipped P380 and D300 Velar R-Dynamic HSEs back-to-back, it’s clear the diesel V-6’s 55 percent more torque makes the D300 model the more fluidly responsive, more relaxedly rapid of the two, especially on winding British back roads.

The diesel Velar is also better value for Brits. The D300 engine can be ordered on the base-spec Velar, but if you want the P380 engine, you have to order a top-of-the-line HSE model. Even then, an R-Dynamic HSE D300 retails for about 3 percent less than an R-Dynamic HSE P380, and Land Rover UK’s own finance calculator quotes a 7.8 percent lower monthly repayment over identical three-year lease terms. Throw in the fact the diesel V-6 delivers—according to Land Rover—46 percent better fuel economy than the gas V-6 on the European test cycle, and it looks an even more compelling choice.

And then there’s the fact the diesel has lower CO2 emissions than the gas V-6. A moral dilemma indeed…

In truth, most British buyers who want a diesel Velar will opt for one of the less expensive four-cylinder variants, trading off performance for style. Base Velars come standard with 18- or 19-inch wheels, which is a bit like seeing Giselle Bundchen out on the town in your mom’s fluffy slippers. Unlike U.S. customers, however, UK buyers can option a base car with the 20-, 21-, or even 22-inch wheels that work best with the Velar’s stunning proportions. But they pay heavily for the privilege: The cheapest 20-inch wheel/tire combo adds the equivalent of $2,800 to the sticker, while the most expensive 22-inch setup takes it up an eye-watering $6,200…

Both of our six-cylinder HSE-spec Velar testers had air suspensions. The P380 rode on 22-inch wheels and tires, and the D300 on 21s. We’d opt for the 21s. They still look the part, and there’s just a little more compliance in the ride. You could probably get away with 21s even on cars without air springs: The base Velar’s suspension is set up softer than that of the closely related Jaguar F-Pace—which rolls on steel springs—and copes better with road acne.

Although it doesn’t have a low-range transfer case, Land Rover engineers claim the Velar is still more off-road capable than most SUVs. The height-adjustable air suspension, standard on six-cylinder models, can raise and lower the Velar 3.9 inches to give a maximum ground clearance of 9.9 inches, and it can wade through water more than two feet deep. The Velar boasts more wheel travel than the F-Pace, and the finely calibrated Land Rover Terrain Response system delivers better off-road performance. That off-road capability is important, even expected, just like it’s expected a Porsche 911 will do more than 180 mph. But just as few 911 owners ever venture the omigod side of 150 mph, not many Velar owners will take the lowest, most aerodynamic Range Rover in history rock crawling.

Very few production cars deliver the breathtaking street presence of a concept car. The Range Rover Velar is one of the very few. Its elegant, sheer surfacing, extravagant proportions, and obsessively reductive detailing set a new benchmark for modern SUV design. And for many buyers that’s all that really counts.

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Categories: Property

5 Tips For Making The Best Pizza According To An Italian Pizzaiolo

Fine Dining Lovers News Feed - 13 hours 35 min ago
Making the perfect pizza isn't impossible. Not if you follow these expert tips from Italian pizza maker Giuseppe Vesi. Tip number four is epic!
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2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF First Test: A More Civilized Miata

Motortrend News Feed - 13 hours 35 min ago

If you like a dreary days, don’t move to Los Angeles. On average, we get well under two feet of rain per year, and it’s normal to go months without so much as a drop. I, on the other hand, was perfectly happy to move here. After putting up with Boston weather for the last several years, L.A.’s convertible-ready weather would be A-OK with me.

Unfortunately, when it does rain here, the timing can be incredibly inconvenient. Take, for instance, the week we were supposed to test the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF. It rained almost every day, making it difficult to fully enjoy the “retractable” part of the Miata’s “Retractable Fastback.” Thankfully, one dry day allowed us to run the RF through our battery of performance tests. And even though Mazda technically updated the Miata for 2018, the results weren’t much different than they were the first time we tested an RF with a manual transmission.

In the acceleration test, for example, our car hit 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and ran the quarter-mile in 14.9 seconds at 92.2 mph. The 2017 Miata RF may have posted a 0.2 mph faster trap speed, but its times were identical. We also recorded a negligible difference in braking distances. The 2018 model needed 110 feet to stop from 60 mph, while the 2017 convertible needed 109 feet.

As road test editor Chris Walton wrote in his notes, “Nothing new to report.” Like before, he appreciated the rev-happy engine and firm brake pedal, but he did note a slight lag on the tachometer and a power drop-off just before 7,000 rpm.

On the skidpad, the Miata averaged 0.91 g of lateral acceleration, matching our previous test. It also posted a figure-eight time of 26.0 seconds at 0.70 g, ever so slightly off the 2017 Miata RF’s time of 25.9 seconds at 0.71 g.

After driving the car on the track, testing director Kim Reynolds called out “the usual Miata cues [including a] superb shifter, weak lower rpm torque, great seats, and terrific steering,” but also mentioned that he was surprised at the extent of the body roll on this hardtop model.

Despite that issue, the Miata impressed him yet again. “If you can’t drive this car well, you really can’t drive at all. It’s both a superb car to drive well and incredibly forgiving to those who don’t/can’t.”

Even though the rain didn’t completely throw off our testing schedule, it did minimize the amount of top-down fun I could have throughout the week. By the time I actually got up to the canyons, the amount of mud and debris on the road forced me to enjoyable myself in a more restrained fashion than I would have preferred.

Although our last Miata RF tester was a mid-level Club trim, this one was the top-of-the-line Grand Touring version. Among other features, the Grand Touring trim comes standard with leather seats, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry, automatic climate control, navigation, and lane departure warning. Our tester added Soul Red Crystal paint and the purely aesthetic Interior package, bringing the total to $34,660. That’s pretty pricey for a car with only 155 hp, but if you’re planning to use your Miata RF as a daily driver, you’ll probably come to appreciate the extra features.

Considering how much the B-pillars impact visibility, however, I would have gladly traded lane departure warning for a rearview camera. Mazda also needs to add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ASAP, and despite the fact that the roof raises and lowers in a respectable 13 seconds at up to 6 mph, I missed the speed and simplicity of operating the soft-top. Beyond those things, my complaints were minimal.

Yes, the Miata is tiny by modern standards, but after the first couple days, I stopped noticing. And although less body roll would make it a better track car, the softer suspension paid off around town. And even when you’re not driving it hard, the manual transmission is a total delight. This hardtop variant is also noticeably quieter than the soft-top.

Add in the convenience of Grand Touring features such as rain-sensing wipers and automatic adaptive headlights, and the Miata RF becomes a car you don’t have to justify owning. It’s just an excellent all-around car.

Surprisingly, it even won over my sports-car-hating wife. “I can’t believe I didn’t hate it as much as I thought I would,” she told me. “It’s actually nice.” Coming from her, that’s a serious compliment.

Sure, you could buy a soft-top Miata Club, save about $3,600, and have just as much, if not more fun on winding back roads. But if you’re going to spend most of your time driving around town, the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF in Grand Touring trim could be worth the extra money.

2018 Mazda MX-5 (RF Grand Touring 6MT) BASE PRICE $33,640 PRICE AS TESTED $34,660 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door convertible ENGINE 2.0L/155-hp/148-lb-ft DOHC 16-valve I-4 TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 2,422 lb (50/50%) WHEELBASE 90.9 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 154.1 x 68.3 x 49.0 in 0-60 MPH 6.4 sec QUARTER MILE 14.9 sec @ 92.2 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 110 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.91 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 26.0 sec @ 0.70 g (avg) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 26/33/29 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 130/102 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.67 lb/mile

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Tessa Thompson Will Reunite With Chris Hemsworth for 'Men in Black' Spin-Off

Ace show biz movies - 13 hours 37 min ago
The Valkyrie depicter in 'Thor: Ragnarok' will star alongside Chris Hemsworth in Sony's 'Men in Black' spin-off written by 'Iron Man' screenwriters.
Categories: Movies

ZE:A's Dongjun Addresses Go Sung Hee Dating Reports

Aces Show Biz News Feed - 14 hours 4 min ago
The 'Black' actor and the 'While You Were Sleeping' actress are rumored in a relationship after meeting on the set of SBS' 'Master Key' last December.
Categories: Celebrity

Amtrak Just Changed Its Cancellation Policy — Here’s How Much It Will Now Cost to Get a Refund

Travel and Leisure - 14 hours 7 min ago
<p>Without fanfare, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/bus-train/amtrak-guest-rewards" target="_blank">Amtrak</a> has tightened the rules surrounding their refund and cancellation policy.</p><p>Amtrak's previous cancellation policy gave ticketholders full refunds should they cancel their trip before the scheduled departure, <a href="http://travelwithgrant.boardingarea.com/2018/03/21/amtrak-quietly-makes-big-negative-changes-to-cancellation-refund-policies-tonei/" target="_blank">as <em>Travel with Grant</em> noted</a>. The refund, in the form of a voucher, could be used at any time within the year. In some cases, Amtrak even issued full or 90% refunds to the original form of payment, depending on the ticket and time of cancellation.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/canceled-diverted-flight" target="_blank">This Is the First Thing You Should Do If Your Flight Is Canceled or Diverted</a></p><p>However, Amtrak tickets issued on March 20, 2018 or later are now subject to stricter cancellation rules. Most customers who wish to cancel their trip will have to pay a 25-percent cancellation fee, and the window of cancellation for a full refund varies from ticket to ticket.</p><p>Here's what you need to know about <a href="https://www.amtrak.com/refund-and-cancellation-policy" target="_blank">Amtrak's new refund and cancellation policy</a>, broken down by fare type.</p><h2>Saver Fares (Reserved Coach, Acela Business Class)</h2><p>If you purchase a Saver fare, you can get a full refund or full value <a href="https://www.amtrak.com/planning-booking/changes-refunds/evouchers-your-travel-credits-stored-electronically.html" target="_blank">eVoucher</a> if you cancel your trip within 24 hours of booking your ticket. Amtrak will not refund to the original form of payment after this 24-hour period, unless you bought your ticket with an eVoucher. In that case, you can get a 75-percent refund, if you cancel your trip before the scheduled departure time. If the train has left the station, you're out of luck.</p><h2>Value Fares (Unreserved Coach, Reserved Coach, Acela Business Class)</h2><p>If you wish to cancel this type of ticket, you are eligible for a full refund or full value eVoucher, but you must cancel your ticket at least 8 days prior to your trip. Tickets canceled after this time will incur a 25% cancellation fee.</p><p>Unreserved tickets, however, must be canceled within one hour of purchase to get the full refund or full value eVoucher. Otherwise, you will have to pay a 25% fee.</p><h2>Flexible Fares (Unreserved Coach, Reserved Coach, Acela Business Class)</h2><p>As the name suggests, these fares are the most flexible when it comes to cancellation and refunds. You can get a full refund to the original form of payment or a full-value eVoucher whenever you want, even after the scheduled departure.</p><h2>Business Fares (Non-Acela Business Class)</h2><p>Like the Flexible Fares, you are eligible to get a full refund or full-value eVoucher at any time before departure. However, you must forfeit the ticket if you wish to cancel after the scheduled trip.</p><h2>Premium Fares (Acela First Class)</h2><p>The same policy that applies to Business Fares applies to Premium: as long as you cancel your ticket before the scheduled departure, you can get a full refund or eVoucher at full value.</p><p>If you purchased your ticket before March 20, 2018, you can get your full refund or eVoucher by calling <a href="https://www.amtrak.com/contact-us/helpful-links-and-phone-numbers.html" target="_blank">Amtrak Reservations &amp; Customer Service</a> at 1-800-USA-RAIL or 215-856-7924.</p>
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Zayn Malik Spotted Filming New Music Video With New Bleached Blonde Hair and Beard

Aces Show Biz News Feed Music - 14 hours 14 min ago
The British singer is caught on camera enjoying a cigarette break while listening to a man playing a guitar on the set of his music video in Miami, Florida.
Categories: Music

Blockbuster Is Closing Its North Pole Location and Even Santa Claus Is Upset

Travel and Leisure - 14 hours 26 min ago
<p>Many of today’s kids will never know the joy of going to Blockbuster on a Friday night and picking out a movie from the “New Releases” section to watch. The beloved video rental chain, which <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/04/26/blockbuster-has-survived-in-the-most-surprising-of-places-alaska/?utm_term=.6658670ba99a" target="_blank">began closing its stores in 2013</a>, <a href="https://news.sky.com/story/north-pole-branch-of-blockbuster-to-close-11295854" target="_blank">announced last week</a> that it would shutter its <a href="https://www.travelalaska.com/Destinations/Communities/North%20Pole.aspx" target="_blank">North Pole, Alaska</a> location, thanking patrons for their many years of support.</p><p>But Blockbuster isn’t totally extinct yet. Although the once-ubiquitous <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/tv-movies" target="_blank">movie</a> rental company has shuttered thousands of locations across the country (at its height, the company operated some 9,000 locations worldwide), there are still <a href="http://fortune.com/2018/03/20/blockbuster-video-north-pole-shut-down-alaska/" target="_blank">six stores remaining</a>, four in Alaska and two in Oregon.</p><p>While you may be surprised to learn that there are even Blockbusters still in existence, the brick and mortar video rental market found its niche in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/best-times-to-visit-alaska" target="_blank">Alaska</a> where the lack of high-speed Internet makes video streaming difficult, and mail delivery DVD rental has fallen by the wayside as <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/tv-movies/somebody-feed-phil" target="_blank">Netflix</a> has focused on online streaming.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/trips-based-on-all-time-greatest-movies" target="_blank">40 Trips Based on 40 of the Greatest Movies Ever Made</a></p><p>In fact, when Blockbuster announced it was closing the North Pole location, many of its loyal customers expressed great disappointment.</p><p>“I feel like I am losing my childhood,” Sonja Yatlin wrote <a href="https://www.facebook.com/blockbusteralaskalastfrontier/posts/10156154883121737" target="_blank">on Facebook</a>.</p><p>Robert Campbell also lamented, "You don't know, that with every store that closes, a part of my life and heart goes with it!"</p><p>Rachael Stark wrote that her family has always used Blockbuster and “will continue to do so until the end.” They will keep getting their movie rentals from the neighboring Fairbanks location. She commented, “We and our kids enjoy the social experience as in going outdoors to get something. Going into stores will become a thing of the past that’s why as a family we never use Amazon or shop online. Shop local!!”</p><p>Even Santa Claus, a notable North Pole resident whose legal name is, in fact, Santa Claus, added his condolences: "Sad that North Pole Blockbuster is closing."</p><p>Most Americans haven’t seen a Blockbuster in years, since the chain announced <a href="https://qz.com/144372/a-brief-illustrated-history-of-blockbuster-which-is-closing-the-last-of-its-us-stores/" target="_blank">bankruptcy in 2010</a>. If you’re wondering what exactly a Blockbuster is, or want a dose of nostalgia for the analog video rental experience, here’s what it’s like at the last few stores in the country.</p><p>The store’s trademark blue and yellow signage hasn’t changed a bit:</p><p>And neither have the membership cards:</p><p>It seems the company has a sense of humor about losing much of its business to competitors like Netflix:</p><p>Inside, you’ll still find a New Releases section (with questionably “new” movies) and shelves are still stocked with multiple copies of the same DVD:</p><p>Movie rentals are a very affordable $0.49 per night!</p><p>Evidently people love paying homage to the original movie entertainment store. We’ll be sad when the last few close their doors too.</p>
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Allsop expects larger March auction to beat 2017 total

Property Week News Feed - 14 hours 40 min ago
The auction house is offering 53 more lots than at last year’s sale, including 23 lots guided at £1m-plus.
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A Giant Inflatable Duck Spent a Week Lost at Sea

Travel and Leisure - 14 hours 50 min ago
<p>A beloved mascot of a western Australian city has finally returned home after being lost at sea.</p><p>The giant inflatable duck that belongs to the Cockburn Masters Swimming Club, lovingly called Daphne, went missing off the coast of Coogee Beach, in Perth, Australia, on March 11.</p><p>Daphne was blown away by strong winds as preparations were taking place for the 22nd annual Coogee jetty to jetty swim competition. According to <em><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/18/world/australia/daphne-missing-duck-found.html" target="_blank">The New York Times</a></em>, Peter Marr, the club’s president, tried to swim after the $900 star of the event, but couldn’t keep up.</p><p>“After 50 meters she was just gone, baby, gone,” Marr told the <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-19/daphne-the-duck-found-near-rottnest-island-by-fisherman/9563538" target="_blank">Australian Broadcasting Corporation</a>.</p><p>The event Facebook page <a href="https://www.facebook.com/coogeejettytojetty/photos/a.1379571282307613.1073741829.1375157289415679/2057915001139901/?type=3&amp;theater" target="_blank">posted a plea</a> for help to find Daphne as rumors floated around about her whereabouts. At one point, people reported to have seen her as far as 270 miles away.</p><p>Daphne was finally found by local fisherman, Tony Gibb, about 30 to 40 kilometers (about 20 miles) west of Rottnest Island only about an hour after she went missing. At first, he wasn’t sure who the inflatable duck belonged to until the club contacted him, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.</p><p>Marr had planned to meet with Gibb to retrieve the duck last Wednesday, and she has finally returned home on Monday.</p><p>Next year, Daphne will be tied down with some stronger rope.</p>
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Acuitus to sell shopping centre for fraction of 2005 value

Property Week News Feed - 14 hours 51 min ago
Royal London Asset Management is putting a shopping centre it acquired for £17m in 2005 up for sale via auction with a guide price of just £3.7m.
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Safestore faces down shareholder revolt over exec pay policy

Property Week News Feed - 14 hours 52 min ago
Safestore has fended off a shareholder revolt against the self-storage company’s executive pay plans by the narrowest of margins.
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Report: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux Barely Speak to Each Other After Split

Aces Show Biz News Feed - 14 hours 52 min ago
A source reveals that the former couple is 'moving on full speed ahead,' with Jennifer keeping herself busy with 'dinners and social engagements.'
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AIG acquires student block in Bournemouth

Property Week News Feed - 14 hours 57 min ago
AIG Global Real Estate has agreed to forward-fund a prime student accommodation development in Bournemouth for £40m.
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Schroders to sell Palace House

Property Week News Feed - 15 hours 2 min ago
Schroder UK Real Estate Fund (SREF) has appointed agents to sell Palace House on London’s South Bank for £55.4m.
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These Best-selling Leggings Are the Perfect Travel Pants — and They're on Sale Right Now

Travel and Leisure - 15 hours 2 min ago
<p>Get your credit cards ready, because a pair of best-selling leggings just went on sale — and they’re selling out quick. With about 4,000 reviews and a stellar 4.7-star rating, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/zella-live-in-leggings/4954838" target="_blank">Zella’s ‘Live In’ leggings</a> are nothing short of a cult favorite. And wait, it gets better: They’re 33 percent off.</p><p>Suddenly we’re daydreaming of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/leggings-celebrities-wear" target="_blank">comfy travel days</a>, exhilarating workouts, and lazy Sundays, all in our Zellas.</p><img alt="These Best-selling Leggings Are Perfect for Travel — and They're on Sale Right Now "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1521651968/zella-black-live-in-leggings-nordstrom-ZELLALEGGINGS0318.jpg?itok=uGwdBrjy"><p><strong>To buy: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/zella-live-in-leggings/4954838" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $35 (originally $52)</p><p>From the opaque moisture-wicking fabric, to the hidden waistband pocket, to the discreet seaming, this Zella pair just might be the perfect staple black legging you’ve been looking for. But don’t just take it from us; let us refer you to the reviews.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/fashion/best-travel-pants-women" target="_blank">The Best Travel Pants for Women Who Hate Flying in Jeans</a></p><p>Andiebabe6 raves about comfort and opacity, writing, “These are the most comfortable leggings I've ever owned! They are thick enough that you can't see through them, but they are SO comfortable! They are the most expensive pair of the leggings that I've purchased, but they are definitely worth the price because the quality [is] amazing!”</p><p>Reviewer Eazychillin, meanwhile, explains why they keep repurchasing: “I absolutely love these leggings and hope they never stop making them. I just bought my 3rd pair (got my first in 2010). These are the only leggings I have that, over time, continue to look brand new, don’t pill, and fit just right, a little snug and over the belly. I’m tall (6’) with long skinny legs (inseam 34-35”) and these cover my ankles just fine. I order an xs (yes that’s right). It takes a little time to wear them in.”</p><p>Head over to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/zella-live-in-leggings/4954838" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a> to shop Zella’s ‘Live In’ leggings for $35 (originally $52) before they sell out — again.</p>
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This App Will Tell You All the Cool Things You’re Flying Over

Travel and Leisure - 15 hours 14 min ago
<p>For <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/seat-on-airplane-personality" target="_blank">window seat people</a>, one of the greatest thrills of flying is seeing the world from above. However, it’s not always possible to know what’s actually happening 40,000 feet below.</p><p><a href="http://www.inflighto.com/" target="_blank">Inflighto</a> is a new app (available for both <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/inflighto/id1253881119?mt=8" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.imaginato.inflighto&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Android</a>), developed to give passengers information on the places they’re flying over.</p><p>Although it’s long been possible for passengers to orient themselves with seatback live maps, the app goes more in depth. Using in-flight Wi-Fi, the app’s moving map provides information on landmarks and points of interest below.</p><p>The idea for an interactive flyover map on your phone is not altogether new. The app <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flyover-country/id1059886913?mt=8" target="_blank">Flyover Country</a> was also designed to give users information about interesting sights below the plane.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/mobile-apps/last-minute-travel-apps" target="_blank">The 10 Best Apps for Last-minute Travel</a></p><p>It’s the premium versions (either $9.99 or $39.99 per year) of Inflighto that set the app apart. Users can use live weather tracking to get information about the clouds they’re flying through while preparing for any turbulence along the route. Premium versions also include live marine tracking so, when flying over a body of water, users can discover the names and occupations of the boats below.</p><p>The app was developed by two pilots with both passengers and fellow pilots in mind. Aviation enthusiasts can geek out over live flight data like altitude, vertical speed, and geographic location coordinates.</p><p>If someone else on the flight (passenger or crew) also happens to have the app, users can enter a chatroom and talk to each other online. The creators hope that pilots or flight attendants will use the app’s chatroom to alert users when there’s something interesting happening outside the window.</p>
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