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POST-EASTER HORROR: Countless Abandoned Bunnies, Ducklings, And Chicks

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easter bunny eggs grassFor Easter, when Lindsay Durfee’s sister-in-law Kelley was young and sweet and wide-eyed, her parents bought her a team of ducklings. Kelley and her family, Ms. Durfee says, lived on a lake inOrlando, Fla., populated with different species of wildlife. 

So, shouldering a video camera to record it, young Kelley marched her Easter ducklings to the water like a drum major. But nature was ahead of her: before she and the ducks reached the edge of the lake, a large bird – probably a heron– swooped down and made off with a duckling by its neck. The gory detail of what happened next is PG-13; but suffice to say, says Durfee, the videotape captured it and Kelley's scream. 

“It's one of those stories that comes up every year,” Durfee wrote in an e-mail to the Monitor. To this day, says Durfee, "My husband and I laugh until we cry over how appalling it is!” 

Pet horror stories are a staple of the post-Easter season in the United States, day animal control and rescue officials. The Easter holiday brings out the duckling, chick, and baby bunny lovers in people. They make an impulse buy, the recipient goes wild with joy for a day, but the honeymoon soon ends and parents scramble to surrender the animals.

Animal rescue staff, traditionally inundated with calls from regretful parents following Easter, are asking consumers to stop and think before buying an animal for Easter, and with good reason.

If, and it’s a big if, the animal doesn’t die from all that Easter excitement, now there’s a growing and soon-to-be mature duck, chicken (worse, a rooster), and rabbit on your hands.

A pubescent rabbit is not one to cuddle. Females are prone to running in circles, lunging, and grunting, says Anne Martin, shelter director for House Rabbit Society’s headquarters in Richmond, Calif. And if you purchased a male? “The boys will spray urine ... all over the place,” says Ms. Martin, who owns six rabbits and adds that a mature rabbit is a fantastic pet. But they can be quite alarming for a new pet owner whose supplier did not warn them.

Suppliers are also known for selling bunnies that have been taken away from their mothers too soon, says Mary Cotter, vice president of the House Rabbit Society.    

Ducklings and chicks have their own drawbacks, says Susie Coston director of the Farm Sanctuary shelter.

Like bunnies, ducklings and chicks are extremely fragile. If a child plays with them like a toy instead of fine china, they are likely to die from over-handling, Ms. Coston says.

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The 10 Best Small Towns In America

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America's big cities may get all the splashy buzz, but for savvy travelers, our small towns are our best-kept secrets.

In a time when "authentic" is a travel buzzword, these hamlets are attracting visitors with an often unexpected—and surprisingly sophisticated—array of independent and locally-minded cultural, outdoor, and culinary offerings, all minus the urban price tags.

The only downside to all this small town regeneration? Narrowing down this list to just 10 favorites.

Our editors pored over the possibilities, ultimately picking the winners based on criteria like population (all are under 50,000 people), and draws like great local eats, interesting museums and cultural points, and noteworthy natural attractions or outdoor adventures. The result is a list that should inspire travelers of all walks to fill up the gas tank and hit the road.

Healdsburg, California

What it's Like: Napa and Sonoma's quieter wine country sister mixes contemporary cool with plenty of Norman Rockwell charm—not to mention mouth-watering eats and drinks.

Set about 65 miles from San Francisco, Healdsburg is not exactly an unknown—it's garnered its fair share of glossy magazine features—but the town of 11,254 manages to balance the hype with a relaxed pace and diverse price points, meaning visitors don't have to break the bank to enjoy the bounties of wine country.

Those who want to splash out can do so among the Bulgari bath products at Hotel Les Mars or in the Italianate Victorian Honor Mansion, complete with bocce courts and spa pavilions, then dine on homemade meatballs and thin-crust pizza at Scopa. The budget conscious should check into the LEED-certified h2hotel, home to a popular bar, and enjoy the free concerts in the town square and the charming country stores tucked among the lush wineries.



Bozeman, Montana

What it's Like: This Big Sky Country college town is a nature-lover's paradise, no matter the season.

Founded in the late-1800's to service travelers along a mining trail, Bozeman today is home to 37,280 permanent residents, as well as the fluctuating student population of Montana State University. The college presence lends the place an arty vibe; popular activities include the year-round Bozeman Symphony Society and summertime Shakespeare in the Parks.

The mix of faculty, students, cowboys, outdoor enthusiasts, and the odd celebrity has also elevated the dining scene; The rotating menu at John Bozeman's Cafe in the historic downtown might feature Jamaican jerk chicken, while the bison burgers and Kobe beef at Montana Ale Works pair perfectly with the 40 beers on tap. Hotels like the Gallatin River Lodge, set on a 350-acre working ranch, and the Lehrkind Mansion, a former brewer's residence-turned-B&B, make ideal bases for fly fishing, skiing, rafting, and exploring Yellowstone National Park.



Sedona, Arizona

What it's Like: Red-rock panoramas and the mythical "vortex" energies set the scene for this spa and wellness haven.

The striking vistas and natural splendors that once inspired artists like Max Ernst and countless Western filmmakers are today attracting a mix of New Age healers, spa therapists, artisans, and wellness-seekers to this mellow desert town of just over 10,000 residents.

Sedona is light on historic activities, so visitors are free to hike, mountain bike, or jeep-tour around the red-hued canyons and buttes; shop for jewelry and Native American crafts in the town center; and park themselves at spots like Elote Cafe for gourmet Mexican (and great views), or Dahl & Di Luca for elevated Italian.

Many guests simply settle into a health-minded hotel and indulge in spa treatments, yoga sessions, and excursions to the Vortex, a rock outcrop that's said to be a powerful source of ancient energy. Accommodations here tend toward the upscale—favorites include the celeb-endorsed Enchantment Resort and its Mii Amo spa and hillside, cottage-style L'Auberge de Sedona—but deals can be found at places like the Sky Ranch Lodge, where some rooms have fireplaces or kitchenettes.



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Billionaire Sean Parker And His Gorgeous Fiancée Are Having A Medieval-Themed Wedding*

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alexandra lenas sean parkerAlexandra Lenas and Sean Parker have been engaged since February 2011, and last year they had a child together, Winter Victoria Parker.

They've settled on a date for their wedding, which will be in Big Sur, Calif. on June 1.

The theme?

Medieval, according to the New York Post.

Guests don't have to worry about coming up with their own costumes. Lenas and Parker will be providing custom-made medieval costumes for them all.

The invitations have been sent, and they're designed to look like a scroll.  It could easily end up looking like an episode of "Game of Thrones," one person tells the NYP. But Lenas and Parker like to dress up. They've appeared in public with highlighted hair as Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, and as "The Birds" for Halloween.

We're still waiting to receive our invitation (and hoping this isn't some cruel April Fools joke).

While we're all waiting, get to know the gorgeous and talented woman Sean Parker is marrying >

*UPDATE: We're disappointed to say that the wedding won't be quite as "medieval" as NYP initially reported. Sean Parker just tweeted:

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SOLD: Late Billionaire Teddy Forstmann's Incredible Hamptons Compound

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About a year after it was put on the market, sources tell The NY PostTeddy Forstmann's Hamptons mansion is in contract.

Forstmann was a billionaire private equity titan immortalized in the book Barbarians At The Gate.

He lived an epic bachelor's life, dating gorgeous women and flying around the world in his Gulfstream jet. His NYC apartment sold last year for $40 million.

As for this property, the 6 bedroom home is on Meadow Lane (arguably the most exclusive street in the Hamptons) and boasts an ocean-side pool, two hot tubs, and a tennis court. It is said to be going to $28.5 million, Corcoran's Tim Davis has the listing.

The house is 8600 sq ft



Entertain over dinner with gorgeous views



The property sits on 4 acres



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The 25 Colleges With The Highest SAT Scores

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The college admissions process is extremely competitive at each school, with only a small percentage of applicants receiving acceptance letters.

One major factor that universities use to evaluate students is the SAT score.

A perfect SAT score will not guarantee a student admission to a top school because it is only one aspect of a larger application that includes coursework, recommendations, and extracurricular activities. But a great score will certainly help.

CollegeBoard publishes the mid-50 percent SAT scores of incoming freshmen for each of the three sections — critical reading, math, and writing — for each college.

For example, a range of 710-780 means that 50 percent of the students scored in that range, with 25 percent scoring above, and 25 percent scoring below that range.

We took the average of the ranges and ranked the schools based on the highest average SAT score.

#25 University of Notre Dame (Tie)

Average SAT Score: 2130

Critical Reading: 705

Math: 725

Writing: 700

Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana, is known for its football team, but its students are smart too.



#25 Haverford College (Tie)

Average SAT Score: 2130

Critical Reading: 705

Math: 710

Writing: 715

Haverford College is located in Haverford, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia. 



#24 Carleton College

Average SAT Score: 2135

Critical Reading: 715

Math: 715

Writing: 705

Carleton is located in Northfield, Minnesota, and was ranked the eighth best liberal arts college by U.S. News.



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VOTE NOW: Who Serves The Best Fast Food?

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Fast food is an integral part of American culture. 

With all the time and money spent on fast food, most people have strong opinions about where they go and why. 

In-N-Out fans swear it's the best thing out there. Others prefer a Big Mac or Whopper for their burger fix. 

We've compiled a list of some of the best and brightest fast food offerings, and we want to know your favorites. 

Thanks in advance for your time and cooperation. We'll publish the results later this month.

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Here's The Penthouse Panoramic View That Wall Street's Best Paid CEO Is Trying To Save

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Last week, it was reported that Jefferies CEO Richard Handler is trying to stop the construction of a Tribeca roof top deck that would block his panoramic views from his apartment. 

Handler, who was awarded $58 million, including his 2012 compensation and future incentives, filed a petition in Manhattan Supreme Court claiming the planned roof deck at 50 Varick Street would obstruct his river views from his penthouse at 1 York Street, according to DNAInfo. 

We were able to track down photos of Handler's apartment and the views are jaw dropping. 

The One York Street building is located right at Tribeca and SoHo.

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The One York Street building is super swanky.

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The building has a swimming pool and a gym.

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See How Craftsmen Make Each Bentley Flying Spur One-Of-A-Kind

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 bentley flying spurThe New York International Auto Show opened to the public this weekend at the Jacob Javits Center, but Business Insider got a sneak peek at Bentley's new Flying Spur, which officially debuted at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.

The car comes with a hefty $206,000 price tag, but for people who care about driving a unique vehicle and who can afford it  it's worth the cost. (Of course, the total price can rise tremendously depending on how it's outfitted.)

Customers who are buying the Flying Spur can design their vehicles so they are one-of-a-kind, picking their own woods, leathers, and even stitching styles so they get exactly what they want.

We had the opportunity to speak with the leather and wood craftsmen who make many of the car's details by hand, and they showed us everything that makes Bentley's new Flying Spur special.

This is Bentley's new Flying Spur. Compared to older models, it has stronger lines, and is lower and wider than its predecessor.



Part of the inspiration for the design came from older Bentleys.



The basic frame of the car is standard, but beyond that, the buyer has endless options to make the car completely unique.



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Private Jet Dealerships Are Popping Up All Over China

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Over the past decade and a half, the number of private business aircraft operating in mainland China has risen to an estimated 126 (though the actual total is likely higher), with the greatest increase in purchases seen between 2009 and 2011. 

By the end of 2011, China had an estimated 70 airports and 216 landing points for general aviation, according to a recent CAAC report.

In tandem with rising demand among China’s wealthy for private helicopters and jets, the presence of the world’s top manufacturers has grown rapidly in the country.

As John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault Falcon recently said, “We sold our first new Falcon to China in 2006, but the market has now grown to become our largest for new aircraft orders and our most promising.” Brazil’s Embraer SA, the world’s largest maker of regional jets, expects China to buy 15 percent of its new 61- to 120-seat aircrafts by 2031 as a growing middle class bolsters travel between second-tier cities.

Embraer also expects Chinese demand for business aircrafts to be worth a whopping US$24 billion by 2022, accounting for 9 percent of global deliveries by value. Last June, Embraer was cleared to begin producing its Legacy 650 executive jet in China, reducing the cost and inconvenience of selling planes requiring import licenses.

With demand rising, it’s getting easier by the year for wealthy Chinese to purchase their own helicopters or business jets. This past weekend, Beijing’s first private aircraft dealership opened its doors, attracting quite a bit of attention from gawkers and buyers alike. In all, the dealership sold three planes in its first day.

Via China Daily:

A businessman named Ma from Shandong province, who received his pilot’s license several months ago, bought a 17 million yuan ($2.7 million) helicopter and a 2 million yuan helicopter, China Radio International reported on Sunday.

Wuhan Morning Post reported that it costs at least 200,000 yuan to get a pilot’s license in China.

“If clients buy our aircraft, we can offer free training for them to become licensed pilots,” said Zhang Changyi, manager of the Beijing International United Flight and pilot coach of the store.

While Beijing’s first private jet dealer opened on Friday, Wuhan also opened a store on Saturday.

Liu Xianlu, customer service manager, said besides jet sales the store also provides services such as maintenance, repairs, pilot training, aircraft management and rentals.

On Saturday, three helicopters were ordered by two aviation companies in Hubei and Henan provinces. Each plane cost around 20 million yuan.

Although there clearly is promise in the market, massive obstacles remain before China’s private aviation market truly “takes off.”

While the Chinese government is taking steps toward improving the industry by building business craft-specific airports around major cities and cutting the time required for approval of private flights from several days to several hours, as Jing Daily has previously pointed out, “red tape and a dearth of trained pilots, maintenance crews and facilities, and suitable airports continue to smother the nascent industry.”

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Dolce & Gabbana Designer Goes On A Twitter Rant After Being Fined $440 Million For Tax Evasion

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dolce & gabbanaStefano Gabbana, of the legendary fashion duo Dolce & Gabbana, has attacked a decision by a Milan court forcing the pair to pay a fine of 343.3 million euros (£290 million) for tax evasion, saying the accusations against them are "untrue".

"To be accused of something untrue is not a beautiful thing. But in the end who cares, we will all finish up six feet under," Gabbana said in a personal Twitter tirade after the court rejected the celebrated stylists' appeal.

"I am interested in making clothes and that's all. They can do and say what they want," he added.

The icons of Italian fashion lost their appeal on Friday in a lengthy court case in which they are accused of evading more than 400 million euros in taxes after selling their D&G and Dolce & Gabbana brands to a holding company, Gado, they established in Luxembourg in 2004. They have been ordered to pay 343.4 million euros plus interest.

Prosecutors say the complex arrangement enabled the world-famous duo, Gabbana and business partner Domenico Dolce, whose clients include Madonna, Scarlett Johanssen and Angelina Jolie, to avoid hefty Italian taxes and pay a lower tax rate in Luxembourg.

Investigations into Dolce & Gabbana's operations began in 2007. While a court initially cleared the partners of the allegations, Italy's highest court overturned that acquittal in November 2011 and ordered that the case be sent back to trial.

In the latest decision the Milan provincial tax commission rejected an appeal by the designers and ruled in favour of Italy's tax authority, Agenzia delle Entrate.

In its findings, the commission found "conduct of abuse with the only goal of obtaining a fiscal advantage".

Investigators claimed the price at which the companies were sold – 360 million euros – to the holding company was about one third of their true market value.

The designers have always denied the allegations and said the charges were based on "a completely abstract calculation" of their companies' value.

Apart from the massive fine, the business partners face prison sentences of up to five years if found guilty. It is unclear whether the fashion designers will take the latest decision to the next level of appeal.

The case attracted a great deal of interest in Italy since technocrat government of prime minister Mario Monti adopted a hardline on tax avoidance last hear. Finance police and tax inspectors conducted a number of high-profile raids across the country in a bid to clamp down on a black economy estimated to account for 17 percent of Italy's gross domestic product.

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Victoria's Secret Angel Feels 'Guilty' About Promoting Flawless Image

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Victoria's Secret model Cameron Russell impressed the world with her insightful TED talk late last year. 

Russell, who has appeared in countless magazine spreads, credited her success to "winning the genetic lottery." 

NYMag's The Cut first brought our attention to the interview on Nightline. 

In an interview on Nightline, Russell described why she "has to feel guilty" about the privilege she enjoys as a model. 

Russell said that her guilt stems from promoting an ideal that is unattainable to most women. 

But that doesn't mean she plans to quit modeling: 

"I don't think fashion is evil...I think some people definitely got at that issue when they said, 'You still work in this industry, and you still promote a skinny white beauty ideal.' I say, 'Yeah that's true and that's unfortunate.' I hope that the benefits outweigh the costs."

Here are a couple of the photos that Russell shared in her TED talk comparing modeling to personal snapshots: 

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The Best Architecture In Beijing [PHOTOS]

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This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to Beijing. Beijing has a range of architectural styles, but the three most prevalent are the traditional imperial style (the Forbidden City), the “Sino-Sov” style (boxy structures built between the 1950s and 70s), and lastly the explosion of a modern corporate style that is punctuated with Starchitect buildings like OMA’s CCTV TV Station HQ.

We put together a list of 12 modern/contemporary buildings that we feel provides a good starting point. It is far from complete. There are dozens of other great buildings that are not our list, and we are looking to add to the list in the near future. 

To check out other cities visit our world map or our Architecture City Guide page.
The Architecture City Guide: Beijing list and corresponding map after the break.

Bird's Nest National Stadium: Herzog & de Meuron designed this massive stadium, built for the 2008 summer Olympics.



Watercube National Swimming Centre: The aquatic center for the 2008 summer Olympics was designed by PTW Architects.



National Grand Theater Of China: The National Grand Theater, by Paul Andreu is home to three auditoriums. The curved building is made of titanium with a total surface area of 149,500 square meters.



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The Most Eligible Bachelors And Bachelorettes In Science

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This is part of our series on the Sexiest Scientists Alive.

It's surprising that some people who made our sexiest scientists list still haven't been snapped up.  

These men and women make the perfect marriage material: intelligent, ambitious, successful, and they have the looks to boot. 

For clarity, we define bachelors and bachelorettes as anyone who is not yet married.

Physician-scientist Daniel Kraft

Age: 45

Position: Executive director of the FutureMed program; Faculty chair of medicine at Singularity University; Founder & CEO of IntelliMedicine

Nationality: American

Fun Fact: Kraft has served as a Flight Surgeon and Officer in the Air National Guard with over 100 flying hours in F-15s and F-16s, and was a finalist for NASA-Astronaut Selection.

Kraft, a physician-scientist, explores ways to use developing technology, including new tools, tests, and apps, to improve health and medicine.

He invented a device called the Marrow Miner that quickly harvests bone marrow with less pain for the donor. This makes bone marrow transplants, which treat diseases like leukemia and lymphoma, easier, quicker and less painful for the organ donor, lessening the hurdles to donate.

His other research focuses on stem cells, which could pave the way to regenerative and anti-aging medical applications. He's also worked on heal care statistics and data flow optimization.



Associate physics professor Martin Hanczyc

Age: 42

Position: Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, Chemistry, and Pharmacy 

Institution: University of Southern Denmark

Nationality: American

Fun Fact: He's the founder of a vintage bicycle club chapter. He also speaks Italian and Danish.

To demonstrate how early life may have formed on Earth, Hanczyc makes chemical droplets, called "protocells," that behave like living cells. Specifically they behave like the first pre-life chemical compositions — stripped down versions of cell containing only the most fundamental chemicals of a cell.

In these droplets he can simulate how the chemical precursors to life became the cells we know today.



Researcher Rachel Armstrong

Age: 44

Position: Co-Director an architectural research group

Institution: University of Greenwich

Nationality: British

Fun Fact: She enjoys writing science fiction.

Armstrong uses artificial cells that have life-like qualities (but are not fully alive) to create sustainable construction materials that can (hopefully) repair themselves after a crack, bend, or break.

She thinks this type of technology could be used to prevent Venice from sinking. And, these semi-living materials would also take up carbon dioxide (a potent greenhouse gas that drives climate change) from the atmosphere.



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Make Sneakers Look New Again With This Biodegradable Cleaning Kit

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This is the Premium Shoe Cleaner kit from Jason Markk.

Why We Love It: What's the point in having awesome kicks if you can't keep them clean? Water and soap is a fine option — until you're faced with fixing scuffs on your suede, leather, or cotton mesh shoes.

Jason Markk's shoe cleaning kit is completely biodegradable and doesn't contain any harsh chemicals or abrasives, so your sneakers remain in premium condition. It's safe with all colors and materials, and comes with a synthetic bristle, four ounces of the Premium Sneaker Solution, and how-to directions on the back of the package.

Jason Markk shoe cleaning premium kit

Where To Buy: Available through Jason Markk's website.

Cost: $15.

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The Number Of Foreign Female Tourists In India Has Plummeted After Sex Attacks

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The number of foreign women tourists visiting India has dropped by 35 percent in the past three months following a spate of sex attacks that have made global headlines, a new survey has found.

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) says overall tourist arrivals are down 25 percent year-on-year, with holidaymakers opting instead to visit other Asian countries such as Malaysia and Thailand.

The fatal gang-rape of a 23-year-old Indian student by six men on a bus in New Delhi in December sparked outrage at the country's treatment of women, and since then there have also been other widely reported attacks.

A Swiss cyclist was gang-raped in Madhya Pradesh last month, while a South Korean tourist was allegedly drugged and raped in the same state in January by the son of the owner of a hotel where she was staying.

Such incidents have "raised concerns about the safety of female travellers to the country," said D.S. Rawat, secretary general at ASSOCHAM, which surveyed 1,200 tour operators from different cities.

The figures contradict monthly estimates compiled by the Indian tourism ministry, which found an increase in foreign tourists arriving in early 2013, although figures for March were not yet available.

February saw arrivals increase by 1.6 percent compared with last year, according to the ministry, still far lower than the 7.9-percent growth logged in February 2012.

Gour Kanjilal, executive director of the Indian Association of Tour Operators, also questioned the scale of the drop in visitors reported by ASSOCHAM, but said some potential visitors had been in contact to discuss concerns.

"There is a decline whenever any such incident takes place. Tourism becomes the first casualty," he told AFP.

The ubiquitous "Incredible India" marketing campaign has helped raise the number of foreign visitors over the past decade to about 6.6 million in 2012 -- albeit still far behind destinations such as China and Malaysia.

The concern over sex crimes and the lurid reporting of the crimes is a blow to government attempts to boost the tourism industry, especially during a period of lagging economic growth.

Rawat said deteriorating standards of safety and security were the main reasons for the apparent drop in tourists this year, although the global economic slowdown was also a factor.

Travel advisories from various countries stressing the need for their citizens to take care in India has "further aggravated" the situation, said the release from the industry body on Sunday.

If found nearly 72 percent of tour operators had a number of cancellations in the last three months -- usually a busy tourist season -- especially by female visitors from countries such as Canada, the United States and Australia.

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A Ukrainian Daredevil Defies Death In These Crazy Photos

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The 26-year-old Ukrainian who goes by the pseudonym "Mustang Wanted" has taken the internet by storm with his vertigo-inducing pictures.

He's been seen dangling from buildings, doing pull-ups on abandoned cranes, and climbing up the cables of bridges, all without any equipment, ropes, or perceptible fear.

Hailing from Kiev, Ukraine, "Mustang Wanted" has been doing these daredevil stunts for the past 12 or 13 years, he told Business Insider in an email.

His self-described "hobby" has led to the popularity of his YouTube channel, and his photos have been popping up all over the web.

Here, the 26-year-old dangles from a snowy building in Moscow.



He's not afraid to jump on the top of a bridge with his model friend.



Or stand on this rickety-seeming structure and look down.



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21 Photos Of People Carrying Way Too Much Stuff

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In most western nations, goods are transported on trains, ships, and trucks.

But in areas where those vehicles are less available, people who need to move a lot of stuff from place to place get much more creative.

These photos reveal how people from all over the world use bikes, carts, boats, and animals in amazing ways to get themselves and their stuff where they need to go.

This man in India is biking around with a huge number of plastic balls.



For transporting a lot of ducks, a motorcycle works.



A riverboat in Amazonas, Brazil is overloaded with empty boxes.



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A Strange Tour Through The Heart Of Old Cairo

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Old Cairo holds all of the shops, tradesmen, and food kitchens one might expect in the most ancient part of an ancient city.

Climbing from the cab late on Saturday afternoon, dust whirled against storefronts and around dirt parking lots and sidewalk.

From this brown and dusty haze emerged a little girl in a bright pastel party dress. My translator asked if I wanted to take a picture, and, as I was saying no, he walked over and asked her mom. The mom smiled, the girl posed, and I took a picture and immediately showed them.

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Next stop, following encouragement from my translator, was an Egyptian barber shop for my first-ever straight razor shave.

Five pounds for Egyptians, I was asked to pay 10 EGP, which is about a buck-fifty. Full-face and ear threading service was an added surprise.

The barber had taken over the shop when his father died in 1988 and still worked beneath the man's photo nearly every day of the year.

I learned that my translator's father was also a barber in the area, as are his brothers. He explained that the position is held in very high esteem throughout the less privileged parts of Cairo. It's important, he said, that when families don't have much they take real joy in looking their best and coming together to share time with one another.

When the barber was done, he beamed with pride and bragged about his expertise and renown. 

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Old Cairo

Old Cairo

When we were done, there was no stopping my guide's hunt for a favorite local meal. We sat down plates of meat I asked him not to explain (I recognized one as sheep head, as I'd seen it on "Amazing Race").

We sat with two 23-year-olds living at home with their parents. One had an IT degree and had just found a job following a 12-month search working in a cell phone call center.

All three of them had college degrees and all of them longed to put them to use, anyplace they could, though local jobs are limited and Egyptians face a high barrier to travel outside the country.

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Old Cairo

Finally, here's a picture of a striking workshop I found after trying to track down a strange noise.

"Why would I need a mask?" this man asked after we inquired.

Old Cairo

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