NEW YORK Top fashion designer Ralph Lauren marked 50 years in the business on Friday with a celebrity-filled gala in Manhattan's Central Park. | Video
HAVANA Cubans use them to fish, ferment wine, fix punctures or tie up hair; latex condoms have become the ultimate multipurpose tool on the Communist-run island where shortages of basic goods have forced locals to become masters of invention. | Video
REIMS, France In the hilly region of Champagne in eastern France, winegrowers are bringing in grapes early this year for a harvest they expect to be one of the best in a decade. | Video
(Wine marketer corrects number of bottles under order in paragraphs 3, 10 of Aug. 10 story) | Video
BUDAPEST As the sun rises above Budapest, hundreds of people spread out their yoga mats on a bridge over the Danube, at the start of a day when the river crossing turns into a unique venue for concerts, dance and picnics.
NEW YORK When Devin Shomaker thinks about growing grapes, he doesn’t imagine the rolling hills of California’s Napa Valley or the greenery of New York’s Finger Lakes region. | Video
COLLEGE STATION, Texas A master distiller and a crop scientist who specializes in corn breeding are working on a project they hope one day will help bring local identities to American whiskeys. | Video
LUXEMBOURG A German distiller selling a whisky called "Glen Buchenbach" may be infringing Scotland's rights on its national drink even though he makes clear he produces it in Germany, the EU's top court ruled on Thursday.
MOSCOW One of Russia's leading art galleries announced on Monday it would try to stop the sale of alcohol on its premises after a man attacked a masterpiece with a metal pole after drinking vodka there. | Video
WINDSOR They may not have been in the chapel or the reception, but the 2,640 locals, community representatives and members of the public invited to witness Saturday's royal wedding inside the walls of Windsor Castle still felt they had front-row seats.