Families play on the beach near the village of Thanos, Lemnos. The island has more than a hundred beaches. Greek tourists like Lemnos because it's affordable and relaxing, and foreign tourists like its unspoiled beauty and traditional charm.
For years, hotels, shops and restaurants on the Aegean islands have kept costs low thanks to a big tax break. The new bailout plan for Greece calls for a steep sales-tax increase on the far-flung islands, raising fears it could harm tourism.
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The headline on the Vatican's official news site makes the point clearly: "Pope: divorced and remarried people not excommunicated."
Cedar Fair, the parent company of Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, reported record revenues for the first half of 2015.
Some 260 million people spend about $10 billion annually at regional theme parks, and attendance is soaring. To attract more thrill-seekers, the parks have been adding bigger, faster rides.
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Daniel Harmon, a veteran of the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq, looks out the window of his room at the Hollywood Veterans Center in Los Angeles. The facility provides housing to homeless vets.
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It may be August, but in the office it feels like January. And there's a mysterious man to blame.
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Two passenger trains lay next to each other in India after they derailed Tuesday night. The accident is being blamed on flash floods on a bridge outside the town of Harda in Madhya Pradesh state.
More than 300 people survived, according to local media reports. Just minutes before the crashes, another train had passed safely over the same area.
Girls plays basketball at a school for some 2,000 Syrian refugees in Reyhanli, southern Turkey. The school, which depends on private donations, is struggling to remain open. The students attend in five separate shifts throughout the day.
Many Syrian refugee children haven't been to school in years. NPR's Deborah Amos visits one school in southern Turkey that serves as a refuge for those lucky enough to attend.
Some people wind up having to pay hospital deductibles on top of other medical deductibles. But those do not apply to outpatient procedures.
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Deborah Nansteel as Lucinda and Nathan Gunn as Inman in the world premiere of Cold Mountain at the Santa Fe Opera.
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The best-selling novel and star-studded movie gets the operatic treatment from Pulitzer-winning composer Jennifer Higdon with a world premiere in Santa Fe.
A stage production or a Korean wedding? It can be hard to tell.
Baby showers, weddings, even meet-the-parent weekends don't have to include your actual loved ones, at least not in South Korea. A cottage casting industry exists to help fill your life-staging needs.
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All five of these people are running for president, but it looks like only one will make it into the first Republican debate.
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The top 10 candidates, as determined by Fox's analysis of polls, will debate Thursday. But even when you average polls together, it's tough to tell the difference between the lower-ranked hopefuls.
Isis Wenger, an engineer at OneLogin, responded to critics and Internet pundits with a hashtag campaign that shows the diversity of tech.
After being surprised by online responses to her appearance in a recruiting ad, engineer Isis Wenger wanted to see if others felt like they didn't fit a "cookie-cutter mold."
Laws in Montana, Utah, North Dakota, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and North Carolina have also made it illegal for activists to smuggle cameras into industrial animal operations.
A judge ruled Monday that an Idaho law criminalizing undercover investigations of farms is unconstitutional. Seven other states have similar laws, but legal experts say they may not stand much longer.
A group of young Sudanese women performs "girls' music" using overturned kettles and buckets as percussion in the documentary Beats of the Antonov.
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From a hard-hitting documentary that delves into deep questions of cultural identity in Sudan to a parody of Indian club anthems, there's something for everyone.
Jim and Lyn Schneider installed solar panels and batteries because bringing grid power to their house in central Wyoming was going to cost around $80,000.
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The ability to store energy could revolutionize the way electricity is made and used. But for many utility companies and regular folks, energy storage is still too costly and difficult.
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He killed the Pennsylvania governor's wife's cat — or so the story went. As it turns out, the Labrador was sentenced to the grim corridors of Eastern State Penitentiary to live up to his name.
A worker at Ford's assembly plant in Wayne, Mich., installs back seats made from soy-based foam in a Ford C-Max.
Corporate sustainability reports help measure firms' ecological footprints. Ford, for example, touts renewable materials in its cars. But some environmentalists say the reports can be misleading.
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Dr. Dre releases his first album in 16 years, Compton, on Friday.
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He gave us Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar. Now, the producer has a new crop of protégés.
All those folks who think they can invent whatever claims they want about climate change, vaccines or evolution are like Martin Sheen trying to sell Centrum Silver on TV, says Adam Frank.
It's the heat that straightens the hair. But too much, and hair can be permanently limp, or burned.
Heat can turn curly locks into a sleek 'do — and can also damage hair permanently. Engineers at Purdue are figuring out how hot is just hot enough when it comes to wielding that flat iron.