Wine

Michelin awards four San Francisco restaurants with three stars

- The San Francisco Bay Area's reputation for great food got a boost as Michelin awarded four of its restaurants with its highest rating in its 2015 eating guide, to be released on Wednesday.

Budapest-Tehran train trip is newest luxury pursuit

BUDAPEST - A luxury train connecting the capitals of Hungary and Iran left Budapest for the first time on Wednesday, with 70 passengers set to cross the Balkans, the Bosphorus and Kurdistan on the way to Persia aboard a set of deluxe railcars.

16 Oct 2014

Budapest-Tehran train trip is newest luxury pursuit

BUDAPEST - A luxury train connecting the capitals of Hungary and Iran left Budapest for the first time on Wednesday, with 70 passengers set to cross the Balkans, the Bosphorus and Kurdistan on the way to Persia aboard a set of deluxe railcars.

15 Oct 2014

Beyond the beaches in Tampa Bay

TAMPA Fla. - Sunshine and more than 35 miles (57 km) of white-sand beaches have long lured tourists to the Tampa Bay area on Florida's Gulf of Mexico coast, where an infusion of arts and hipster-friendly culture is livening up options once you hang up your bathing trunks.

10 Oct 2014

France uncorks new generation of wine experts

PARIS - Not everything related to wine gets better with age, as a young generation of French wine experts can attest.

07 Oct 2014

Science fiction author Bradbury's estate auction nets nearly $500,000

- A portion of late science fiction author Ray Bradbury's estate, including George Bernard Shaw's garden spade and artworks both comedic and surreal, sold for $493,408 in California, the auctioneer said.

26 Sep 2014

Beauty pageants expose dreams and dangers in modern Myanmar

YANGON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sparkling in a red, sequined dress, Htet Htet Htun spins around the stage rehearsing a traditional Burmese dance that she hopes will make her stand out from 18 other young hopefuls competing in the first Miss Myanmar World pageant this month.

Myanmar, Entertainment 26 Sep 2014

Trip Tips: Munich's Oktoberfest stems from tradition, draws millions

MUNICH - If you dislike crowds, noise or beer, this is not the time to visit Munich. Even though it is called Oktoberfest, one of the world's largest fun fairs has already started and is drawing in its usual crowd of millions.

25 Sep 2014

In Pennsylvania, heroin easier to get than wine, cheaper than beer: report

HARRISBURG Pa. - Young people in rural Pennsylvania can buy heroin more easily than a bottle of wine and getting high with the opiate can be cheaper than buying a six pack of beer, according to an investigative report released on Tuesday.

23 Sep 2014

In Pennsylvania, heroin easier to get than wine, cheaper than beer: report

HARRISBURG Pa. - Young people in rural Pennsylvania can buy heroin more easily than a bottle of wine and getting high with the opiate can be cheaper than buying a six pack of beer, according to an investigative report released on Tuesday.

23 Sep 2014