‘Dr. Beach’ names the top 10 US beaches for 2022

(CNN) — A wild expanse on North Carolina’s Outer Banks has earned the top spot on an annual list of America’s best beaches.

Ocracoke Island’s Lifeguarded Beach is the No. 1 stretch of sand for 2022, according to coastal scientist Stephen Leatherman, also known as “Dr. Beach.”

Leatherman, a professor and director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University, has been ranking America’s best beaches since 1991.

He uses 50 criteria to evaluate 650 public beaches in the US. The criteria include beach width, sand softness, water temperature and color, wildlife and more.

Ocracoke is only accessible

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‘Firewater’ for dessert? Chinese spirit brand Moutai creates baijiu-infused ice cream

(CNN) — Moutai, a clear and potent spirit famed its incredibly strong taste, is known for being the drink-of-choice amongst many Chinese politicians and businesspeople looking to impress their colleagues.

And now, the prestigious brand is hoping it can tap into a younger market by launching its very first Moutai ice cream store, selling sweet treats infused with the notoriously strong spirit that’s 53% alcohol.

The first ever Moutai Ice Cream shop opened on May 19 in the lobby of the Moutai International Hotel in the city of Zunyi in southwest Guizhou province. The Kweichow Moutai group, which produces the

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How airline ticket scalpers took over the Chinese travel market

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(CNN) — When I made up my mind to travel outside of Hong Kong in early March, the city’s daily Covid-19 case count had just passed 50,000, with the highest fatality rate in the world.

But I was trying to go to Shanghai, my hometown, for the first time in more than two years.

I knew traveling from a Covid hotspot to an

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Elizabeth line: Huge new underground railway opens deep beneath London

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London (CNN) — A huge new subterranean railway whisked fare-paying passengers deep beneath the streets of London for the first time on Tuesday as the UK capital opened a $25 billion new metro line that will transform travel across the city.

Large crowds of rail enthusiasts, commuters and

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How American-style cheesecake was born in ancient Rome

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Rome (CNN) — It was nutritious, easy to prepare and great as a snack, especially when sprinkled with poppy flower seeds and served in cubes.

The ancient Romans feasted on a delicious honey-crusted cheesecake called Savillum, which is believed to be the real ancestor of modern US-style cheesecake.

Instead of Philadelphia soft cheese,

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