Explore the Killer Food Scene in Portland, Maine



Craft beer, craft coffee, and history around every corner: Maine’s liveliest city is reinvigorating New England’s classic traditions.

Be sure to pencil in some time on Portland’s buzzy waterfront. / Photo by Sean Pavone/Getty Images

From the food and history to the waterfront location, Portland is a place Bostonians will immediately recognize as reminiscent of home. But over the past couple of decades, the city has developed its own distinct old-meets-new flavor that makes it a must-visit destination in its

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Train station protests fizzle in Italy as COVID passes start



Italian police officers perform checks at Milan’s Stazione Centrale train station, Italy, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. The Italian government vowed to crack down on demonstrators threatening to block train tracks throughout the country on Wednesday as a rule requiring COVID-19 tests or vaccines takes effect for long-distance domestic public transport. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)


Police outnumbered demonstrators at several of Italy’s main train stations as COVID-19 vaccination or tests became mandatory Wednesday for long-distance travel within the country. Threats by some of the rule’s opponents to block railroad tracks apparently fizzled.

On the eve of the

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Pet-friendly travel grows, and hotels open doors to dogs, cats and more: Travel Weekly


The Covid-19 pandemic boosted an already growing trend of dog owners traveling with their pooches, and hotels are stepping up with lenient policies and extra amenities to entice guests who don’t want to part with their canines.

The pandemic stirred up just the right recipe to spur increased travel with pets, according to Jason Halliburton of pet travel and lifestyle website BringFido.com, starting with the puppy adoption boom during the initial weeks of lockdowns and stay-at-home orders in spring 2020. An ASPCA survey released this May found one in five respondents had acquired a dog or cat during the

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Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama will join Phil Mickelson at tour event in Napa


Jon Rahm, the world’s top-ranked golfer and reigning U.S. Open champion, will make an unexpected stop before this month’s Ryder Cup — to play in the season-opening PGA Tour event in Napa.

Rahm has committed to the newly named Fortinet Championship at Silverado Resort. Tournament officials made the announcement Wednesday.

Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama also will play in this year’s event, Sept. 16-19 on Silverado’s North Course. PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson previously committed, so the tournament will feature three 2021 major champions.

The only reigning major champ not in the field is Collin Morikawa, who won the British Open

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