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The Salt
3:48 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

High Tea, Afternoon Tea, Elevenses: English Tea Times For Dummies

Afternoon Tea, 1886. Chromolithograph after Kate Greenaway. If you're looking for finger sandwiches, dainty desserts and formality, afternoon tea is your cup.
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You're an American in London. You've visited Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Tower of London, but there's one more thing you want to check off your to-do list: tea.

No, not just any tea – we're talking a good, old-fashioned English tea time, with finger sandwiches, dainty china cups and all the formality a Downton Abbey lover could wish for.

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Science
3:15 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

To Keep Up With Earth's Rotation, Clocks Will Tick An Extra Second Tonight

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Dance
3:15 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Misty Copeland Becomes First Black Principal Dancer At American Ballet Theatre

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Economy
3:15 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Export-Import Bank Set To Expire At Midnight After Congress Fails To Act

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The Two-Way
3:12 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Prison Officials On Leave After New York Escape

Police stand over David Sweat after he was shot and captured on Sunday. Authorities say he has told them he and Richard Matt performed a dry run of their escape the day before they broke out.
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Twelve officials at an upstate New York prison have been placed on leave, as authorities investigate how two convicted killers managed to escape from the facility on June 6.

Among those placed on leave are Superintendent Steven Racette, of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, and Deputy Superintendent Stephen Brown, according to multiple media accounts.

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