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World's most outrageous hotel amenities updated: Mon Apr 09 2012 14:42:00

Now that ultra-plush bathrobes, high-thread-count linens and designer toiletries are de rigueur at upscale hotels, top properties are offering innovative and extravagant perks to ensure a distinctive experience.

Kirstie Alley plans to date 'ugly men' updated: Thu Jan 05 2012 16:56:00

Talk about a strange New Year's resolution.

CNNMoney: Hot flip-flops make cool millionupdated: Tue Nov 29 2011 11:42:00

Scott Santy has always had a love affair with flip-flops, despite growing up in Wisconsin where the window for this type of footwear is narrow.

Ashley Tisdale, Vanessa Hudgens get tattooed togetherupdated: Mon Sep 12 2011 16:26:00

Nothing says BFF like getting inked with your girlfriend. Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens Get Tattooed Togetherupdated: Mon Sep 12 2011 10:51:00

Plus, Hudgens tells PEOPLE she's single, despite rumors to the contrary

Money Magazine: Making money removing tattoosupdated: Thu Sep 01 2011 14:48:00

Marci Zimmerman was sitting in the stands at a baseball game one blazing hot afternoon in 2003 when she saw something that made an indelible impression on her. Justin Theroux: His Many Tattoosupdated: Tue Aug 16 2011 05:48:00

The actor puts his ink on display while vacationing with Jennifer Aniston in Hawaii

Through ink and blood, acceptanceupdated: Thu Aug 11 2011 01:23:00

Michael Lee Howard, like many HIV-positive men, lives with a biohazard tattoo. He explains the significance of his "ink."

Tattoos: A journey of HIV acceptanceupdated: Thu Aug 11 2011 01:23:00

As he puts a straw in his fruit smoothie, Michael Lee Howard accidentally knocks over the cup, spilling the seaweed-colored liquid. "Well, it happens," he says. As he collects the smoothie overflow in the plastic lid, he exposes the tattoos on his wrists: a biohazard symbol on the right and a radiation symbol on the left. Kat Von D's Twitter War with Jillian Reynoldsupdated: Thu Jul 28 2011 09:30:00

The newly-single star and the TV host argue over Von D bailing from her interview Andy Staples: Jim Tressel tries to take brunt of NCAA wrath in OSU resignationupdated: Tue May 31 2011 15:24:00

Try for a moment to remove whatever school-colored glasses you might own and consider the following questions:

MTV's 'Teen Mom' glamorizes getting pregnantupdated: Wed May 04 2011 19:06:00

As I stood in the checkout line waiting for the customer in front of me to finish paying for her groceries, I took a moment to glance over the ubiquitous magazines and tabloids that adorn every aisle. The cover of OK! was emblazoned with the headline: "More 'Teen Mom' babies! Who's pregnant with triplets! Who's hoping another baby will save the relationship! PLUS: Amber and Gary reunite!" Pushed to the margin was a picture of Britney Spears.

What could be causing my jaundice?updated: Mon Jan 24 2011 08:37:00

I have been sick for two weeks and my doctor said I have jaundice from mono. I got my belly button pierced on spring break in Mexico and I'm worried. Could my jaundice be from hepatitis C or HIV instead? Liam Neeson: Mel Gibson's 'Cool' with Me Taking Hangover 2 Roleupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 13:56:00

The actors had a "very pleasant" chat about cameo originally offered to Gibson

Turkish politics embraces body artupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 08:05:00

Politics may go more than skin deep in Turkey, where an increasing number of people are choosing to permanently ink allegiances into their flesh. Kat Von D: Why I'm Jesse James's Typeupdated: Thu Aug 19 2010 18:11:00

She and Sandra Bullock's ex are linked by more than just tattoos Off-Duty Hollywood: Rihanna Stops at a Tattoo Parlor with Beau Matt Kempupdated: Thu Aug 12 2010 09:07:00

Plus: Coldplay's Chris Martin "hangs ten" and more star sightings

How to safely get a tattoo removedupdated: Fri Jun 11 2010 10:26:00

Getting that tattoo seemed like a good idea at the time. But now that blast from the past on your back or tribal band around your arm may seem like a bit of body art you could live without.

Tattoos tell my real storyupdated: Thu Apr 01 2010 11:55:00

We are often asked to declare our identity for documents, applications, bank loans and even social networking sites. But how much of our identity is lost when we select "female," "African-American" or "Muslim?"

Snowboarder's style under fireupdated: Thu Feb 18 2010 15:41:00

CNN's Kyung Lah on why Japanese Olympic snowboarder Kazuhiro Kokubo is creating buzz off the slopes.

Olympic snowboarder's 'street' style offends Japaneseupdated: Thu Feb 18 2010 15:41:00

Olympic snowboarder Kazuhiro Kokubo is the talk of Japan. Not for his athletic ability -- but for his appearance. David Beckham Shows Off His Rosy Anniversary Tattooupdated: Thu Sep 03 2009 14:15:00

The soccer star got some special ink to mark 10 years of marriage to Victoria Beckham Survivor's Ethan Zohn Has Cancerupdated: Mon May 18 2009 17:53:00

The mop-haired winner of Survivor: Africa is being treated for a rare form of Hodgkin's disease

Commentary: Plan B risky for 17 year-old girlsupdated: Fri May 01 2009 11:12:00

In a matter of weeks, teenage girls, just 17 years old, will be able to get their hands on the "morning after pill" without ever talking to a doctor and without their parents ever knowing or being a part of this major decision. Chris Brown Denies Dating Girlicious Singerupdated: Tue Apr 14 2009 09:07:00

The R&B singer's rep says Natalie Mejia is not Brown's new girlfriend

Bizarre tax laws hit crack heads, pro-athletesupdated: Mon Apr 13 2009 12:02:00

Benjamin Franklin said that nothing is certain in this world but death and taxes. Rihanna Gets a Gun Tattooupdated: Thu Mar 26 2009 22:08:00

The singer adds to her tats with a Hollywood house call from her favorite artist, BangBang

D.C. tattoo parlors offer lasting inaugural memoriesupdated: Mon Jan 19 2009 22:36:00

Sometimes, a T-shirt just doesn't cut it. Benji Madden: 'Paris and I Are Very Happy'updated: Sun Oct 26 2008 00:09:00

He denies cheating on Hilton – plus offers details on his upcoming albums and Beverly Hills tattoo parlor Travis McCoy Shows Off His Hall & Oats Tattoosupdated: Mon Aug 18 2008 18:16:00

The Gym Class Heroes frontman pays tribute to music idols

Too tattooed to work?updated: Thu Jun 19 2008 14:38:00

At Sara Champion's previous job as a project engineer for one of the country's top construction firms, visible tattoos for professional staff were against company policy. Luke Russert Recalls Father Timupdated: Mon Jun 16 2008 17:25:00

"We're holding up as best as can be," said the newsman's son about his family

'Idol' Chatterupdated: Wed Apr 09 2008 19:19:00

CNN Radio's Michelle Wright talks about who rocked and who didn't on last night's 'American Idol.'

No flying with nipple ringsupdated: Fri Mar 28 2008 17:37:00

A Texas woman says TSA agents made her remove her nipple piercing with pliers to board a flight. Jordin Sparks Wants a Tattoo – of Her Brother's Nameupdated: Thu Nov 29 2007 19:22:00

"Tattoo" singerJordin Sparks is determined to get a tattoo of her own – and she wants it to be the name of her brother P.J., whom she misses terribly now that she travels so much.

Cops set up tattoo parlorupdated: Fri Nov 16 2007 15:43:00

CNN's Rusty Dornin talks with a Georgia Sheriff who came up with a creative way to combat gang activity in his town.

Tattoo parlor run by cops busts gangsupdated: Fri Nov 16 2007 15:43:00

Walking into the Colur Tyme Tattoo Parlor is a lot like walking into a head shop. One wall is lined with gang monikers and symbols, the other with bongs for smoking marijuana and other drugs -- one even shaped like a skull.

The worst way to shake handsupdated: Mon Nov 05 2007 13:11:00

Have you ever shaken someone's hand and in the same instant, felt every bone in your fingers and palm shatter? Or, even worse, felt like you were shaking the fin on a dead fish?

Health Minute: Tattoo Removalupdated: Mon Sep 17 2007 10:17:00

Erasing a tattoo can be painful and expensive. CNN's Judy Fortin reports in this Health Minute.

Tattoo remorse fuels boom for dermatologistsupdated: Mon Sep 17 2007 10:17:00

Laura Hathaway initially had no regrets after getting a tattoo on her lower back when she was 21. But now, 10 years later, she wants it gone.

FSB: Coming in 2007: removable tattoosupdated: Tue Dec 12 2006 13:11:00

Like a Vegas wedding, getting a tattoo can be a regrettable experience. While about one out of four Americans now has a tattoo (up from one out of six in 2003), 17 percent will seek to have it remo...

CNNMoney: Extreme hotel concierge servicesupdated: Thu Jul 14 2005 17:21:00

In an age of heated competition for guests, posh hotels often offer more than just a nice place for pampered travelers to lay down their weary bones.

CNNMoney: Don't hide that tattooupdated: Tue May 31 2005 10:10:00

With more and more young people sporting tattoos and other forms of body art, companies are forced to be more accepting when considering potential job candidates, an employment firm said Tuesday.

FDA warns of 'permanent makeup' scarringupdated: Fri Jul 02 2004 12:35:00

The Food and Drug Administration issued an alert Friday warning of possible disfigurements from injecting permanent ink as eyeliner, lip liner or eyebrow coloring.

CNNMoney: Teens turning modest? Think again.updated: Tue Jun 22 2004 10:49:00

Check out the hot summer look for teens this year: scandalously short miniskirts, tiny shorts, sheer shirts and tank-tops.

Canada to open prison tattoo parlorsupdated: Tue May 04 2004 10:41:00

When Todd Matchett went to prison for second-degree murder in 1986, a fellow inmate threaded a guitar string through a Bic pen, attached it to a cassette Walkman motor, and tattooed the grim reaper on Matchett's left shoulder.

Fortune: Tattoo Remover Dr. Luis Moreno, Ya'stuvo Tattoo Removal Clinic, East Los Angelesupdated: Mon Feb 23 2004 00:01:00

Ya'stuvo is slang for "I've Had It." That's the name of the clinic, but a lot of people just call it Homeboy Laser Tattoo Removal Clinic. We work on gang members who are trying to leave that life a...

Fortune: The Doctor Is In Any questions?updated: Mon Sep 01 2003 00:01:00

I realize that Dr. Robert Atkins died, but I keep hearing about his diet. What's up?

Fortune: Working By Numbersupdated: Mon Jul 09 2001 00:01:00

25% "Brainstorming" ideas that improved a given process, according to a QualPro study of 471 process improvement experiments at 163 companies over the course of five years

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