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  • CNN's Denise Quan sat down with outspoken Oscar, Emmy and Grammy winner Cher about her own truth, and as usual, the star didn't disappoint with her candor.

    The invention that changed music forever

    (CNN) — “Do you believe in life after love?” Cher used to sing. And if you’ve ever heard that song, you might now have an earworm in your head. The singer’s 1998 comeback track marked the first prominent use of a technology called “Auto-Tune”, a pitch correcting software that has since changed the music industry. Auto-Tune alters the pitch of a singing voice to make everyone sound perfectly in tune. When used properly, it’s subtle enough that it can’t be […]

  • "I tend not to be thinking of something else, but what's in front of me when I draw," says Hogan.

    Artist creates beautiful Tokyo street scenes on coffee cups

    (CNN) — Mention coffee cup art to anyone nowadays and their eyelids begin to droop at the prospect of another Instagram picture of a barista’s swirly latte foam creation. But the work of Adrian Hogan, a self-employed illustrator based in Tokyo, should jolt them open again with the force of a triple espresso. Hogan has become an Internet sensation after a video of street sketches he makes on the side of disposal coffee cups got people clicking. “Once I drew […]

  • Check out how to be ‘storm ready’ for this year’s hurricane season

    For more information, just log on to: http://www.redcross.org/la/new-orleans

  • City of New Orleans selected to receive funding to help drive economic opportunities regarding preventative healthcare for low-income residents

    For more information, just log on to: http://governing.com/cityaccelerator/  http://www.citigroup.com/citi/citiforcities/ http://www.nola.gov/health-department/

  • Check out what’s new in building trends at this year’s Parade of Homes

    For more information, just log on to: http://hbagno.org/

  • Earlier this week Google filed a patent for a toy that can control other Wi-Fi-connected devices. This could be one of Google's creepiest patents yet -- especially if movies like "Chuckie" still give you nightmares.

    Google files patent for creepy teddy bear

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Remember Teddy, the super-computer toy, from the 2001 film “Artificial Intelligence?” Well, Google might be making one. Earlier this week the company filed a patent for a toy that can control other Wi-Fi-connected devices. This could be one of Google’s creepiest patents yet — especially if movies like “Chuckie” still give you nightmares. Imagine a teddy bear outfitted with sensors and cameras. If it senses you’re looking at it, the fuzzy toy will rotate its head […]

  • Monaco millionaire Pieter van Naeltwijck makes his money in real estate, but brings in a little extra by buying and selling some of the newest, most exclusive cars on the planet.

    Monaco car collector profits from ‘flipping’ Ferraris

    LONDON (CNNMoney) — Pieter van Naeltwijck is no ordinary car collector. The Monaco millionaire makes his money in real estate, but brings in a little extra by buying and selling some of the newest, most exclusive cars on the planet. When a supercar manufacturer launches a new model, van Naeltwijck snaps it up. Limited editions offer the best returns. “If you’re lucky enough to buy them, you can sell some of them for double the price,” he told CNNMoney. “There’s […]

  • The CNN Fit Nation team came together in Orange County, California last week to continue their training for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon in September.

    Fit Nation: ‘You can do anything you put your mind to’

    (CNN) — The CNN Fit Nation team came together in Orange County, California last week to continue their training for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon in September. Over the course of the week, they swam both in the pool and in the Pacific Ocean, biked along the Pacific Coast Highway and ran on the beach. And they also found time to enjoy some surfing lessons. Here are their thoughts on the trip: George “Chip” Greenidge, Jr. I was really looking forward […]

  • Twelve towers, 10,000 rooms and 70 restaurants, plus helipads and a full-size convention center: That's the plan for Abraj Kudai, a complex in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, that's set to become the world's largest hotel by room count when it opens in 2017.

    World’s largest hotel coming to Mecca

    CNN) — Twelve towers, 10,000 rooms and 70 restaurants, plus helipads and a full-size convention center: That’s the plan for Abraj Kudai, a complex in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, that’s set to become the world’s largest hotel by room count when it opens in 2017. Designed by architectural firm Dar Al-Handasah, the $3.5 billion site is currently under construction and will stretch across 1.4 million square meters. A ring of 12 towers will rise from a podium just over 2 kilometers […]

  • We saved on the bridal shower by borrowing an old-fashioned suitcase, buying this globe on eBay and putting up an old map to highlight the travel theme.

    I spent $1,000 to be a bridesmaid. Here’s how not to do that

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — In the next five months, I will be attending four weddings. And I’m a bridesmaid in two of them. Yes, they’re fun and I get to be part of a momentous occasion in my friends’ lives. But attending weddings is an expensive affair. I knew I was spending quite a bit, but had no idea that it was costing me a fortune until I started calculating my finances for this story. Turns out, I am spending […]

  • [4/9] This is the stunning view you get of the Gulf of Mexico as you cross over the carefully preserved dunes at St. George Island State Park, a short drive from Eastpoint and Apalachicola. The water takes on a greenish hue at the shoreline and turns blue as it gets deeper.

    Dr. Beach names top 10 U.S. beaches for 2015

    (CNN) — An hour’s drive from Oahu’s famous and often-crowded Waikiki Beach is a local’s delight. With miles of white sand and turquoise waters perfect for swimming, body boarding and sailing, Hawaii’s Waimanalo Beach Park topped Dr. Beach’s 25th annual top 10 list of U.S. beaches, released Thursday. There can be strong currents in the quickly deepening waters, so look for the lifeguard tower to swim in protected areas, Dr. Beach says. Dr. Beach, also known as coastal expert and […]

  • 6. Captain's BBQ, Palm Coast, Florida – Located along the Intracoastal Waterway, this Palm Coast, Florida, eatery -- which is accessibly by boat -- pairs mouthwatering meats with al fresco dining.

    TripAdvisor’s picks: America’s best BBQ

    (CNN) — There’s more than one bone of contention in the great finger-lickin’ barbecue debate. Pork or beef? Vinegar- or tomato-based sauce? No sauce — or maybe something mustard-based? Travel site TripAdvisor has waded into hotly contested territory with a list of the best BBQ restaurants in the United States. Not a one of the top 10 restaurants is in Tennessee, North Carolina or South Carolina. Blasphemy? Maybe. But hold on to your judgments; TripAdvisor also ranked the top 10 […]