How much would fictional houses cost in real life?

April 28, 2017

(CNN)From Great Gatsby’s luxury estate to Count Dracula’s Transylvanian lair and Amelie Poulain’s tiny Parisian pad, the houses in which our favorite fictional characters reside are often inspired by real-life properties. CNN tracked down some of literary and cinematographic history’s most famous post codes and calculated their value in today’s property markets. Use the slider tool to reveal their prices. The Great Gatsby (1925), F. Scott Fitzgerald …

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An artist creates a mural of Michelle Obama and nobody’s happy

April 26, 2017

(CNN)A new mural of former first lady Michelle Obama, painted on a building in the Chicago neighborhood where she lived as a child and remains popular, would seem like an innocuous project. But the mural, by Chicago artist Chris Devins, has sparked intense debate — and not for the usual political reasons. Shortly after Devins finished the mural last Friday, criticism began bubbling up online. People accused him of copying the image from Rhode Island art student Gelila Mesfin, who had …

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‘Robbery of the century’: Brazen heist erupts into gun battles in Paraguay and Brazil

April 25, 2017

… and lasted for about two hours. Another officer and three bystanders were injured and taken to local hospitals, police said. Grenades were set off and more than a dozen vehicles were set on fire as the robbery took place. Police said officers engaged in a gun battle with snipers and others armed with large caliber weapons, dynamite and caltrops. In a building next to the security firm, Alejandro Anisimoff and his family ran and hid when the robbers broke into their home. “We heard …

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Rebuilding a Nepali village, one block at a time

April 25, 2017

… building,” according to its website. The belief is that it is critically important for Nepalis to “use the tools themselves to rebuild their own lives and have autonomy in uplifting themselves from economic struggle.” Since September 2015, Conscious Impact has rebuilt a primary school and is working towards completing an orphanage, senior center and a community center. The group has also hosted more than 300 volunteers from 22 different countries. ‘Overwhelming …

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How US, Indonesia can both win from strengthening ties

April 22, 2017

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At least 12 suffer burns from ‘noxious substance’ at Hackney bar – BBC News

April 17, 2017

A Scotland Yard spokesman said the 10 people were treated for minor burns at the scene before being taken to hospital. No arrests have been made and officers are continuing to investigate, he added. Witness Phie McKenzie tweeted: “Scary scenes tonight, we have heard reports of chemical burns of people in the building here”. London Ambulance Service said it sent a number of ambulance crews and a hazardous area response team to the venue. Sign-up to get news from the BBC in …

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Ships in the night: A visit to one of Italy’s ‘pleasure boat’ yards

April 14, 2017

Viareggio, Italy (CNN)The maiden voyage of the Aurora — a new 160-foot, $26.6 million aluminum super yacht launched last week in Viareggio, Italy — lasted less than one hour and only covered a humble 500 yards. Watching an imposing vessel like the Aurora passing through the darkened streets of the scruffy, seaside town, halting traffic and only narrowly avoiding a collision with a streetlight, induces a surreal and somewhat disorienting feeling. But for those more immersed in the …

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Egyptians mourn, but do they understand?

April 10, 2017

… seek to incite violence against them. Join us on Twitter and Facebook The same churches damaged in Sunday’s bigoted terrorist attacks will be subject on Monday to the state’s bigoted laws on church building and renovations. Condolences won’t stop the next attack on Egypt’s churches, nor will they help undercut recruitment by terrorist organizations. Images of the Coptic Pope meeting with Sheikh Al Azhar, the highest ranking Muslim official in Egypt, will not …

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Male Lawmakers Suggest Women Go To The ‘Zoo’ For Abortions

April 8, 2017

… abortion clinics meet the same building standards as ambulatory surgical centers, or mini-hospitals, and that their doctors have admitting privileges at hospitals, because the Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that those laws are intended to shut down clinics rather than to make them safer. The advocacy group Progress Missouri denounced Onders drivel and lies. Onder later explained his rant in a Twitter post and clarified that he never intended to offer his draft amendment renaming the zoo. He …

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CNN 10 – April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017

… debate, which means to force an actual majority vote, you needed always to have 60. It required typically some bipartisan consensus building, because neither party often had 60-plus seats in their control. When you remove that, you start to slide even further down the slippery slope that Harry Reid started us all on in 2013. If we’ve already wiped out the use of the traditional filibuster, that 60-vote margin on several things including Supreme Court nominees, what’s to stop either …

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Greek Thomson: Scotland’s other great visionary architect – BBC News

April 2, 2017

… Cowcaddens Cross which went a decade earlier. Image caption Holmwood House was built for wealthy merchant James Couper Image caption Craigrownie Castle in Cove, overlooking Loch Long, was an early Thomson work before he adopted the Greek style Holmwood House is a breakthrough building, a brilliant fusion of different styles. Thomson broke down the old rigid restraints of Greek Revival architecture and introduced a romantic freedom and honesty. Tenements and terraces It was not …

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This skyscraper is out of this world — literally

March 30, 2017

Atlanta (CNN)Feeling too fancy for normal earth-bound existence? A new skyscraper concept would elevate your living situation — literally. Clouds Architecture Office has unveiled plans for a futuristic skyscraper dubbed the “Analemma Tower.” The building would hover majestically above the ground because it would be attached — wait for it — to an actual asteroid, in space, that is forcibly put into orbit around the earth. If that’s not enough to digest, …

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Dubai: Insider Travel Guide

March 29, 2017

… beef. Levantine This restaurant may not offer the best Lebanese cuisine out there, but it does bring eclectic fantasy decor at Atlantis The Palm. On the outside you’ll find salmon-colored walls and a casino-style spade shape in the center of the building. On the inside it’s psychedelic, swirly patterned carpets, under-the-sea motifs on the walls and a ceiling-high blown-glass sculpture coming out of a shell-shaped fountain. At Levantine you can sit outside on the terrace and take …

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Shanghai: Insider Travel Guide

March 24, 2017

(CNN)Welcome to the future. This is the best of Shanghai, home to more than 20 million residents, 6,000 high-rises (and growing) and a constant chorus of jackhammers. It’s a city striving to set all the benchmarks for the modern world. …

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A city stilled, shocked and then enraged by attack

March 24, 2017

… out of his mouth. When the yelling and sirens filled the air, Meichan says his group was separated into three. He didn’t know where his tutor was; he hopes she has been locked inside the building. He says he’s worried some of his friends have gone toward the bridge to take photos. “I’m a bit shaken up, you never expect this to happen to you,” he explains, his hands trembling. Meanwhile, curious bystanders have gathered next to the police tape, their phones …

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