Mountain bikers eye $1 mln in 'toughest race on earth'


JOHANNESBURG - Mountain bikers tempted by the $1 million in prize money up for grabs in a new South African endurance race are given a warning before they sign up: "This could change your life, or end it".

Former wine collector to forfeit $20 million for counterfeiting

NEW YORK - An Indonesian man once considered one of the world's top wine collectors was ordered Thursday to forfeit $20 million for selling millions of dollars of counterfeit bottles of wine to unsuspecting buyers.

24 Jul 2014

World Chefs: Michelin-starred Hungarian chef inspired by 'two moms'

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23 Jul 2014

Once joined in Soviet Union, Ukraine, Russia never further apart

KIEV - Over a table piled high with food and wine, a newly married husband and wife watched warily as the toasts began.

22 Jul 2014

World Chefs: Michelin-starred Hungarian chef inspired by "two moms"

BUDAPEST - Akos Sarkozi has delighted throngs of guests with his no-frills style, stripping down heavy Hungarian dishes to their defining flavors. But there is one person he has never dared cook for: his mother-in-law, whose mastery is a key source of inspiration.

22 Jul 2014

Even in isolated, pristine Tasmania, pressure to allow GMO farming

POWRANNA Australia - Thousands of Black Angus bulls snort steam gently into the frigid early morning air at Tasmania's largest cattle feedlot as they jostle for space at a long grain trough. | Video

Science, Health, Environment, Life 18 Jul 2014

U.S. beauty pageant winner sues after being stripped of crown

- A beauty pageant winner who was stripped of her Miss Delaware crown for being a few months too old is suing the Miss America organization, saying officials knew her age and disqualified her unfairly, court documents filed on Wednesday show.

17 Jul 2014

Billionaire Koch settles suit over fake wine

NEW YORK - In a long-running campaign against fake vintage wine, billionaire oenophile William Koch has settled a lawsuit worth millions of dollars against New York wine retailer Acker, Merrall & Condit.

16 Jul 2014

Climate change signals the end of Australian shiraz as we know it

HOBART Tasmania - Young Australian vintner Nick Glaetzer's winemaking-steeped family thought he was crazy when he abandoned the Barossa Valley - the hot, dry region that is home to the country's world-famous big, brassy shiraz. | Video

Life, Environment, Water 15 Jul 2014

Sotheby's enlists eBay to expand live auction bidding

NEW YORK - Two of the biggest names in auction sales, the traditional Sotheby's and the digital pioneer eBay, said on Monday they are joining forces to make it easier to buy antiques, collectibles and works of fine art online.

Life, Deals 14 Jul 2014