New Orleans museum has big plans for city's tricentennial

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bear-paw moccasins stitched by Native Americans in the 1700s and pieces of pottery from three centuries before that will be part of an exhibit about New Orleans' early decades for t...

Companies offer quirky perks like guitar lessons, tattoos

NEW YORK (AP) — Sabbaticals, massages, or a home maid service? Bike maintenance, tattoos or guitar lessons? Some small and medium-sized companies are offering quirky and enviable perks to try to attra...

Taiwan’s Hidden Gem: Chen Ming-Kun’s Art of Iron Glazed Ceramics

The art of iron glazed ceramics, also known as Jian ware (建盏), originated from the Tang Dynasty, but reached its peak during the Song Dynasty when Japanese monk diplomats brought the techniq...

In Syria's Raqqa, Old City wall a testament to glorious days

BEIRUT (AP) — The Old City wall of Syria's Raqqa that was the scene of intense fighting Tuesday in the battle against the Islamic State group was once a testament to the golden age of Islamic civiliza...

Mexican farmers picking up the slack in chile cultivation

EL CAMELLO, Mexico (AP) — A dozen workers from southern Mexico, the youngest not quite a teenager, tip back glass bottles of ice-cold Coca-Cola in a plowed field just steps from the U.S. border. ...

Looted statues, pottery returned to Italy after probe in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Seven ancient statues and pottery vessels are headed back to their Italian homeland after authorities say they tracked down the stolen items in New York City. The Man...

Renowned Soviet avant-garde art collection comes to Moscow

MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Lysenko's painted bull stares with flat black eyes like a double-barrel shotgun, one of his horns festooned in a mosaic of bright rectangles, the tip of his tail stretched towar...

Free half-day tours available for foreign passengers with 7- to 24-hour layovers in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan's Tourism Bureau is offering free half-day tours for transit or transfer passengers with 7- to 24-hour layovers, who have valid Taiwan travel visas or come from coun...

New ways to return online purchases that just aren't right

NEW YORK (AP) — As online shopping surges, so do the returns — and the hassles for shoppers trying to get rid of items that aren't right. A few startups dedicated to online returns as well as changes ...

In an Israeli warehouse, clues about Jesus' life and death

BEIT SHEMESH, Israel (AP) — In a cavernous warehouse where Israel stores its archaeological treasures, an ancient burial box is inscribed with the name of Jesus. Not THAT Jesus. Arch...

Open Pescadores (Penghu) Islands’ door to peace and prosperity

Where can Taiwan turn its industry around? We might as well examine an offshore archipelago of Taiwan for its suitability—the Pescadores (Penghu) islands. The archipelago consists&n...

Discipline, Hard work, Nationalism - a view on Taiwan

I spent the days ushering in the new year in Taiwan with some members of the family, mostly in the capital city of Taipei, with two days in Taichung and Nantou, and a day in Yilan.  We wanted to ...

As young move away, traditional craft dies out in Nepal

THIMI, Nepal (AP) — For generations, the residents of the ancient Nepali town of Thimi supplied the rest of the Himalayan country with everything from tiny clay lamps used in temples to massive grain ...

CashStar Extends Leadership in Digital Gifting with Release of New Product eGifting Solution

PORTLAND, Maine--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 13, 2016--CashStar, the industry-leading provider of prepaid commerce solutions, today announced the release of CashStar Product eGifting, a new solution which en...

A trip to Israel gives Hanukkah new meaning for 1 family

JERUSALEM (AP) — For Reform Jews like us, Hanukkah means lighting candles, eating latkes and opening presents. But this year the holiday holds deeper meaning: It's a way of remembering our trip to Isr...