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  • The skyline of New York City. (Joshua Jackson/Unsplash.com/Public Domain)

    Urban Legends: 3 Common Myths About Modern Day Cities

    Urbanization is often touted as a solution to the world’s various ills. It’s been heralded as a fix for issues such as poverty, mass migration,... Read more

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    Why ‘Binge Watching’ Is to Blame for Kids Not Learning

    The Collins English Dictionary unveiled a thoroughly modern concept as its word of the year for 2015: binge watching. It usually refers to consuming endless... Read more

  • An Oklahoma police officer got a call about a lost donkey wandering in the street. So he decided to let the little guy ride with him to safety. (AOL Screenshot)

    Oklahoma Police Officer Lets Lost Donkey Ride in His Car (Video)

    Emergency responders have been credited with recovering lost family pets for as long as we can remember. But a police officer saving a lost donkey?... Read more

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    Michigan Woman Asks for Birthday Cake Decoration, Story Goes Viral

    A Michigan woman went to the grocery store to pick up a birthday cake, but had no clue what was going to happen next. Lisa... Read more

  • Customers shop at a mall in Berlin, Germany, on Dec. 1, 2015. (Adam Berry/Getty Images)

    Christmas Ad About Lonely Grandpa Has Germans Tearing Up

    BERLIN—A German supermarket chain’s TV ad has prompted floods of tears with its grim holiday story about an old man whose children never visit, not... Read more

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    Pianist Timur Mustakimov on Serendipity, Artistic Freedom, and How His Talent Was Discovered

    NEW YORK—Out of 14 talented pianists, six finalists emerged on stage at Carnegie Hall Oct. 5, 2014, during the Future Stars Recital as part of... Read more

  • In this photo taken Nov. 4, 2015, second grader Josh Mercado, left, helps kindergartner Erik Hodges, as second grader Annabelle Davis, right, helps kindergartner Kaidyance Harris, on programming during their weekly computer science lesson at Marshall Elementary School in Marysville, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Growing Push to Expose More Students to Computer Science

    MARYSVILLE, Wash.—Moving her finger over the laptop trackpad, 6-year-old Lauren Meek drags and drops a block of code to build a set of instructions. She... Read more

  • Max Chan Zuckerberg is held by her parents, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife announced the birth of their daughter Max, as well as plans to donate most of their wealth to a new organization that will tackle a broad range of the world's ills. (Mark Zuckerberg via AP)

    Facebook CEO, Now a Father, Will Give Away Most of His Money

    SAN FRANCISCO—Talk about birth announcements: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife say they’ll devote nearly all their wealth—roughly $45 billion—to solving the world’s problems... Read more

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    Want to Break a Master Lock? Expert Shows Just How Easy It Is

    People use master locks for all kinds of things, from locking doors to keeping valuables safe while at the gym. Unfortunately, a new video highlights... Read more

  • A rare monkey was recently born at Australia’s Taronga Zoo. (AOL Screenshot)

    Extremely Rare Bright Orange Monkey Born (Video)

    Francois’ Langurs are among the world’s scarcest monkeys, though their populations once flourished in both Vietnam and China. Among the unique facets of the dark-haired... Read more

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    Time to Take a Sick Day: Working When Ill Is Bad for You—And Your Company

    Feeling ill? Well, staying at home would seem to be the sensible course of action. Yet for many, going to work while sick has become... Read more

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    2015 Chevrolet SS: All-American Sports Sedan From Down Under

    The Chevrolet SS arrived for the 2014 model year the embodiment of a true modern-day muscle car sedan, oozing an in-your-face All-American attitude with its... Read more

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    2016 Kia Optima SX: Power and Performance Dominate the Road

    The Optima SX looks good and feels comfortable, but it is the engine that excited me. The 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline direct-injection (GDI) engine... Read more

  • The Petruzzelli Theatre, the largest theatre in Bari and the fourth largest theatre in Italy. (Photos by Mohammed Reza Amirinia)

    Italy’s Puglia: Rich in Tradition, Culture, Cuisine

    Puglia, positioned in the heel of Italy’s “boot,” is a lesser-known region to tourists. In fact, Puglia (a.k.a. Apulia, the Latin name for the region),... Read more

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    Why Narcissists at Work Ignore Your Advice

    New research reveals that narcissism is an epidemic among leaders who are often mischaracterized as “confident.” The study examines the relationship between narcissism and advice-taking... Read more

  • Playful flamingo wallpaper and punches-of-pink accessories decorate Richardson’s daughter’s bedroom. (At Home: Sarah Style)

    Sarah Richardson Embraces Playful Approach to Design With New Book

    TORONTO—Sarah Richardson says she likes to add a bit of “quirky personality” to the spaces she designs and encourages other decor enthusiasts to embrace their... Read more

  • Needle-felted sheep from the book “Wool Pets.” Needle felting is an easy craft to learn, and crafters can fashion cute critters for the holiday dinner table or to give as gifts. (Kevin Sharp/Wool Pets and Creative Publishing International via AP)

    Easy, Needle-Felted Critters can Make Cute Gifts, Ornaments

    For holiday decorating and gift-making, fast and easy always win. Adorable doesn’t hurt, either. Needle felting hits all three targets. “It’s got one of the... Read more

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    Why We Gobble Up Specific Foods on Thanksgiving?

    United States lore has it that the first Thanksgiving was in 1621, when Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians shared a harvest feast. Several American... Read more

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    Is Black Friday a Thing of the Past?

    Black Friday is the “traditional” start of the holiday shopping season, when hordes of eager consumers line up outside retailers in the wee hours to... Read more

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    The ‘Real’ First Thanksgiving Was a Feast in Florida

    This Thanksgiving, people across the US will load the dining room table with turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie—the way most of us imagine the Pilgrims... Read more

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    Fifth-Grader Buys Dinner for Teachers Before Graduating to Middle School

    One fifth-grader made his teachers smile before moving onto middle school by treating all them to a dinner party.  Cody Dortch, 11, of Edmond, Oklahoma,... Read more

  • In this May 8, 2013, photo, a row of new 2013 Ford Fusions are on display at an automobile dealership in Zelienople, Pa. As the auto industry strives to sustain its post-recession comeback, car companies are resorting to tactics that some experts warn will lead to trouble down the road. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    Waitress Gets Car as a Tip

    A waitress was left in a state of shock after a couple left her with a significant tip. Gary and Roxann Tackett had frequented a... Read more

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    Window Washers Dress up as Superheroes to Clean Windows of Children’s Hospital

    The University of Missouri Children’s hospital gave young patients a pleasant surprise on May 26. Superheroes could be seen suspended outside their windows—and washing them. The window... Read more

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    Marine Dad Celebrates Holidays Early With Son Before Deployment

    A Marine dad will be deployed for the first time since his 3-year-old son was born. Knowing that he would be missing all of the... Read more

  • In this Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 photo, Dr. Henry Heimlich holds his memoirs prior to being interviewed at his home in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Dr. Henry Heimlich, 96, Uses His Own Maneuver for the First Time on Choking Person

    Dr. Henry Heimlich, 96, used the Heimlich maneuver he invented to help a choking person on May 23. It was the first time in his life... Read more

  • Mitchell Robson, 14, of Danvers, Mass., steps backwards while celebrating correctly spelling his word during the preliminary round three of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md., Wednesday, May 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    Contestants D-A-B-B-I-N-G During the Spelling Bee

    ESPN captured spelling bee contestants from Scripps National Spelling Bee in Harbor, Md., “dabbing” after their answers on the night of May 25—as if on cue,... Read more

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    The Real Story Behind the Children’s Book ‘Love You Forever’

    “Love You Forever,” the popular children’s book, has a somber story behind it, according to the book’s author. Penned by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Sheila... Read more

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    Son Captures Photo of Parents on Life Support Before Father Dies

    The moment Jim and Cindy Mininni met one another, they fell in love and were inseparable for the past 24 years. A photo of the... Read more

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    Parents Find 12-Year-Old Deceased Daughter’s Letter to Herself

    A teenage girl’s letter to herself before she died is a heartbreaking reminder that life, sometimes, is all too short. Tim and Mary Ellen Smith’s... Read more

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    Girl Scouts Build ‘Magic’ Playhouse for Girl Who Had a Heart Transplant

    Hannah Mae Campbell is a very lucky girl … or very unlucky, depending on how you look at it.  She’s the only known survivor of Diffuse Rhabdomyomatosis, a disease... Read more

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    Teen Escorts Terminally-ill Mother to Prom

    An Idaho teen took his mother to prom last month, worried that the terminally-ill woman wouldn’t live to see him at his wedding.  Dylan Huffaker’s mother,... Read more

  • Ewan MacKenzie applied for the manager position at his local soccer team.

    Seven-Year-Old Boy Sends Adorable Letter Applying to Be Soccer Team’s Manager

    The confidence and boldness of a 7-year-old Scottish boy has charmed the internet. After learning that his local soccer team and Scottish Cup winner—Inverness Caledonian Thistle... Read more

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    Teacher Calls African-Inspired Dress ‘Tacky’ for Prom, Teen Wears It Anyway

    A teacher at a high school in Cleveland, Ohio, apparently told a student that her African-themed gown was too “tacky for [the] prom,” but the teen wore... Read more

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    A Pair of Glasses Left on the Museum Floor Was Mistaken for Art

    A number of visitors to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art were tricked into thinking that a pair of glasses was an art exhibit, when... Read more

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    Father-to-Be Reveals Stress of Infertility, Miscarriage in Viral Pregnancy Announcement

    Dan Majesky, a soon-to-be father, spoke about the difficulties of trying to conceive a child in a viral Facebook post. According to the Centers for... Read more

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    Formerly Homeless Woman Graduates College While Caring for Two Brothers

    On Tuesday, May 24, Bianca Jeannot, 22, graduated with a bachelor’s in English and a certificate in forensic’s science from the College of New Rochelle.  Her... Read more

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    Woman Fights Fear of Cancer’s Return by Giving Unconditional Love to Strangers

    Diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago, Dr. Shamanie Thompson, 40, of Minneapolis, had become fearful that her cancer would return—after all, her doctor told... Read more

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    Video: 6-Month-Old Baby Skis Across Lake in Florida, Parents Say She Broke Record

    A 6-month-old girl in Florida may have set a record for water skiing.   The baby, Zyla St. Onge, is seen in a video posted... Read more

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    Fallen Officer’s Colleagues Escort His Daughter to Prom

    On Saturday, May 21, members of Tarpon Springs Police Department (TSPD) escorted the daughter of fallen police officer Charles Kondek Jr. to her senior prom... Read more

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    Man Seeking Tryout Has Been Standing Outside Patriots’ Stadium for a Month

    Since April 21 Abiola Aborishade, 23, has stood outside Gillette Stadium asking for a tryout with the New England Patriots, logging more than 130 hours,... Read more

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    Even Moderate Exercise Can Vastly Reduce a Woman’s Risk of Osteoporosis and Stroke

    By Ethan A. Huff, contributing writer to Natural News   Engaging in just a little bit of moderate exercise regularly can help women avoid developing heart... Read more

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    Statin Medication Linked to Mood Swings, Aggression in Women

    By J. D. Heyes , contributing writer to Natural News When you’re given even a commonly prescribed medication for a specific condition like high cholesterol,... Read more

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    Is Red or White Wine Better for Your Health?

    A cardiologist once told me that drinking half a bottle of red wine a day was better preventive medicine than any cholesterol-lowering medication he could... Read more

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    Peter, Paul, Kylie … David! Why We Forget Family Members’ Names

    Have you ever been called somebody else’s name? How often has your own mother forgotten your name? Does she ever cycle through the names of... Read more

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    Do You Really Want to Eat Hot Dogs After Knowing This?

    The hot dog is one of America’s most popular foods, with the average person consuming 50 of them per year. Hot dogs are one of... Read more

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    Grilled Fruit Salad Recipes

    Summer is full of promise. Yet we can’t always rely on summer’s promises – sometimes the sun goes into hiding or it’s too humid to take... Read more

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    How You Argue May Predict Future Health Trouble

    Whether you let it all out or bottle it up, arguments between spouses align with specific health problems, report researchers. The study, based on how couples... Read more

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    Don’t Let Grilling Lodge Metal Wires in Your Throat

    From 2002 to 2014, more than 1,600 people went to the emergency room because of injuries from wire-bristle grill brushes, according to new research. Loose bristles... Read more

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    A 4-Step Plan to Shed 20 Pounds Fast

    If you’re reading this and pondering how to lose 20 pounds, I already know something about you: You want to find a fitness program to lose weight, burn... Read more

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    Cherry on Top: Summer Fruits Are Also Good for the Brain

    Summer fruits are soon back on our tables. We’ve long known cherries and other stone fruits provide a range of essential vitamins and minerals. But... Read more

  • The Tennessee Valley Authority's Bellefonte Nuclear Plant site in Hollywood, Ala., on June 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Eric Schultz)

    Spent Nuclear Fuel Fire on US Soil Could Be Worse Than Fukushima

    An accidental fire from spent fuel at a U.S. nuclear power plant could dwarf the Fukushima disaster, according to a new study.  Spent fuel rods... Read more

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    31 Clever Uses for Coconut Oil

    Coconut oil is incredibly popular, and for good reason. It offers many health benefits, has a delicate taste and is widely available. It’s also an extremely... Read more

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    Pick Your Poison – Sunscreens vs. Sunburns

    Confused about what to put on your skin to protect it from the sun?  Is a tanning bed a safer way of maintaining that “healthy... Read more

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    Want to Live Forever? Have Some More of This Delicious Herb

    By J. D. Heyes, contributing writer to Natural News Researchers believe that a staple food in the Mediterranean diet could be the secret to living a full... Read more

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    Parents Sue California for Law That Forces Children to Get Vaccinated

    Opinions on vaccines vary widely. Some say they are the greatest public health development ever invented, while others believe they are a dangerous, even deadly... Read more

  • The new proton therapy center at UF Health Cancer Center - Orlando Health treats cancer with more precision and fewer side effects than conventional radiation treatment. (UF Health Cancer Center - Orlando Health)

    Treating Tricky Cancers With Fewer Side Effects Using Proton Therapy

    Earlier this year Dr. Rhea Birusingh began to experience blurry vision. She thought it might be some side effect related to her pregnancy, but on... Read more

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    15 Easy Ways to Lower Blood Sugar Levels Naturally

    High blood sugar occurs when your body can’t effectively transport sugar from blood into cells. When left unchecked, this can lead to diabetes. One study... Read more

  • A high pressure gas line crosses over a canal in an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom on March 23, 2014 near Lost Hills, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)

    Fracking Wastewater Is Cancer-Causing, New Study Confirms

    The fracking industry likes to call its product “natural gas,” but the natural consequence of its activity is the production of billions of gallons of... Read more

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    The Potential Danger of Taking a Painkiller Everyday

    If you were to read just the headlines of most news articles about the benefits of taking aspirin, you might believe nearly everyone should be... Read more

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    Pride About Weight Loss Gets Distorted With Anorexia

    Being proud about weight loss may play a role in eating disorders like anorexia nervosa. The condition has a death rate 12 times higher for... Read more

  • In this May 8, 2013, photo, a row of new 2013 Ford Fusions are on display at an automobile dealership in Zelienople, Pa. As the auto industry strives to sustain its post-recession comeback, car companies are resorting to tactics that some experts warn will lead to trouble down the road. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    Waitress Gets Car as a Tip

    A waitress was left in a state of shock after a couple left her with a significant tip. Gary and Roxann Tackett had frequented a... Read more

  • Hannah Adams (L) and Ryan Darby (R), have both beat cancer. (Hyundai Hope on Wheels)

    These 2 Young Survivors and 4 Cancer Researchers Could Change Everything

    Most children have a naturally positive attitude about the future. But the youthful optimism shown by 12-year-old cancer survivor Hannah Adams is especially remarkable, which... Read more

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    CEO Launches Program to Pay for Employees’ Weddings

    Chieh Huang of Edison, New Jersey is the CEO of Boxed Wholesale, a company started in 2013 that offers free delivery of groceries and household... Read more

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    Holocaust Survivor Meets WWII Veteran Who Saved Him in Tearful Reunion

    A World War II veteran reunited with a Holocaust survivor he freed as a teenager from a Nazi death camp 71 years ago. The emotional reunion... Read more

  • Ewan MacKenzie applied for the manager position at his local soccer team.

    Seven-Year-Old Boy Sends Adorable Letter Applying to Be Soccer Team’s Manager

    The confidence and boldness of a 7-year-old Scottish boy has charmed the internet. After learning that his local soccer team and Scottish Cup winner—Inverness Caledonian Thistle... Read more

  • (Photo courtesy of Shamanie Haneca)

    Woman Fights Fear of Cancer’s Return by Giving Unconditional Love to Strangers

    Diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago, Dr. Shamanie Thompson, 40, of Minneapolis, had become fearful that her cancer would return—after all, her doctor told... Read more

  • Helaina Hovitz near the World Trade Center complex in New York City on May 23, 2016. (Justin McCallum)

    Child Survivor of 9/11 Makes a Career out of Hope

    All it takes is a scary story to stir up wild fears in children, causing them to expect the bogey man in every dark corner... Read more

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    Ohio Teen Keeps American Flag From Touching the Ground

    Cole Dotson, an Ohio high school senior, was driving when he saw an American flag that had nearly fallen to the ground. He stopped his... Read more

  • Joseph Mathews posing after his graduation on May 17, 2016 from Colombia University (photo courtesy of Joseph Mathews)

    Columbia Grad Escapes Poverty, Gangs to Get Two Masters Degrees

    “I never imagined that when I was placed in special education as a 3rd grader, flunking all 6 classes as an 8th grader, battling through... Read more

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    Fallen Officer’s Colleagues Escort His Daughter to Prom

    On Saturday, May 21, members of Tarpon Springs Police Department (TSPD) escorted the daughter of fallen police officer Charles Kondek Jr. to her senior prom... Read more

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    Video: Elephant Falls Asleep to Woman’s Lullaby

    The above video captures a heartwarming moment between an elephant and a human. One that has happened often over the past two years.  Recorded at the... Read more

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    Random Acts of Kindness: New Yorkers Share Their Stories

    NEW YORK—The morning of May 20 was like any busy day in New York City: people rushing to work, lines of cars stuck in traffic,... Read more

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    New York City Fire Department to Adopt 3-Year-Old Boy

    Trucker Dukes, a 3-year-old boy from Maui, Hawaii, is currently fighting for his life at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) in New York. At... Read more

  • Haus, a German Shepherd, recovers from a snake bite at Blue Pearl in Tampa, Fla., Friday, May 13, 2016.  (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)

    Family Dog Takes Rattlesnake Bite to Save 7-Year-Old

    TAMPA, Fla.—When a venomous Eastern diamondback rattlesnake appeared in the backyard of a 7-year-old girl, her German shepherd came to her rescue, refusing to back... Read more

  • A file photo of a Domino's Pizza store. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Domino’s Pizza Shop Follows Hunch, Sends Life-Saving Delivery

    When the staff of this pizza parlor had gone two weeks without hearing from one of their regular customers, a simple check-up turned into the restaurant’s first life-saving... Read more

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    Police Make a Priority of Helping Tampa’s Homeless—and Do an Amazing Job

    A relentless Florida sheriff has spent six years getting the homeless off his county’s streets —and the heartening news is, he finds them homes and... Read more

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    Charlotte Police Officer Photographed Sitting With Suicidal Autistic Teen

    The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in North Carolina posted a picture on its Facebook page on May 13 showing an officer sitting on the ground with a student. ... Read more

  • Alfonso Gonzales finishes up his last class in autographical writing at the USC Davis School of Gerontology as he answers questions from classmates Kelsey Reinhardt, left, and Rita Chakrian. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

    WWII Veteran Graduates College at 96 Years Old

    It only took Alfonso Gonzales 69 years to earn a college degree.  For years, Gonzales—who had been the first in his family to attend college—believed... Read more

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    Policewoman Breaks the Internet for Saving Baby’s Life, Performs CPR in Back Seat of Car

    When police officers are not out fighting crimes, they are saving lives—like this woman police officer who in just 30 seconds saved a little boy’s... Read more

  • Author J.K. Rowling attends photocall ahead of her reading from 'The Casual Vacancy' at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on September 27, 2012 in London, England. (Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

    J.K. Rowling Gifts Troubled Fan Personalized Tattoo

    One dedicated “Harry Potter” fan received a special gift from the story’s creator.  Kate, who goes by the Twitter handle @AlwaysJLover, has suffered much hardship during... Read more

  • This photo taken April 8, 2016, shows town homes at The Cannery, which is set beside the plowed field of the small, urban farm that is a centerpiece of the community in Davis, Calif.  (Michelle Locke via AP)

    Agrihoods Take Root: A Housing Trend Rooted in Agriculture

    DAVIS, Calif.—”How ya gonna keep ’em down on the farm?” asks the old song. The answer may be: Build them an agrihood. Feeding off the... Read more

  • A living room designed by Betsy Burnham of Burnham Design. A couple's contrasting tastes are both represented: Sleek, modern furniture and lighting mix beautifully with soft floral drapes and colourful, patterned pillows. (John Hugstad/Burnham Design via AP)

    Ask a Designer: Advice for Couples Blending Two Homes Into One

    For couples setting up a new home together, it’s a challenge: how to merge two sets of stuff and two decorating styles into one space... Read more

  • This undated photo taken in Puerto Rico shows a weeping fig tree.  (Lee Reich via AP)

    Gardening: Tropical Houseplants Need a Little Coddling

    A winter trip to the “Isle of Enchantment,” Puerto Rico, left me feeling sorry for many of my houseplants back home. The effects of steam-bath... Read more

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    Costly Real Estate Market Drives Home Renovations Industry, says EiEi Home.com

    Home renovations are big business in Canada, outstripping even residential real estate transactions. EiEiHome.com has tapped into the flourishing home renovation industry by establishing a... Read more

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    How to Create an Outdoor Room

    Finally, the warmer weather is here to stay. That means dining alfresco on freshly grilled delights. Instead of hiding indoors, time will be spent trading sips... Read more

  • Laundry detergent makers introduced miniature packets in recent months such as this one photographed Thursday, May 24, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

    Laundry Pods Poison More Children Every Year

    Laundry pods may be convenient, but they come at a price.  A study published in Pediatrics on Monday showed that more children were being poisoned... Read more

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    Neglected Treasures Freshly Innovated in Milan Furniture Fair

    MILAN—Big Italian furniture brands turned out collections at the 55th Milan Furniture Fair that included forgotten or neglected treasures from their archives, along with fresh... Read more

  • This April 28, 2004 photo taken near New Market, Va., shows an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly perched on some Creeping phlox, a ground cover. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

    Gardeners Can Help Protect Butterfly Populations

    Bees aren’t the only pollinators suffering from a massive North American die-off. Butterflies and moths, those flying flowers of the insect world, are disappearing too... Read more

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    Why This Incredible Creation Should Not Be Called Dr. Seuss House?

    Out in the wilderness of Willow, Alaska, Phillip Weidner built a house for himself that, as he put it, is his “poem to the sky.” His original... Read more

  • : Garages usually end up being a dumping ground for things that we don’t want cluttering up the house. (eieihome.com)

    Garage Storage Solutions: How to fit an Entire Car in Your Garage

    We heard the most unbelievable urban legend today. Apparently, a long time ago, people actually used to put their cars inside of garages, instead of... Read more

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    House Build Around the Full-Grown Tree Is Getting as Close to Nature as Possible

    To allow people to escape the concrete boxes of modern city life, Kazakh architect Aibek Almassov brings nature as close to you as a home... Read more

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    Tiny Home Is Totally Transformed With Technology

    A couple wanting to live in central Hong Kong found the perfect place. The only problem… It was just 309 square feet. And Michelle Tennant... Read more

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    Man Turns Political Campaign Signs Into Awesome Camper for His Bike

    If the idea of nomadic life strikes a chord with you, Paul Elkins may just have the thing you need—a camper that is light and compact... Read more

  • This photo provided by Amelia McDonell-Parry, shows weavings by McDonell-Parry, a New York-based editor and writer, who hasn’t been weaving for very long but has fallen in love with the craft.  (Amelia McDonell-Parry via AP)

    Women in Craft: Making Their Mark, and Often a Living

    Women have always been an integral part of crafting culture, and now, with help from the internet, they’re at the forefront of the current “maker”... Read more

  • In this photo provided by Kristina Crestin, today’s more flexible spin on a breakfast nook offers a built-in bench on one side, with an open space where homeowners can set up a table and chairs, as shown in this kitchen designed by Crestin.  (Sandra Kimball/Kristina Crestin via AP)

    Ask a Designer: The Breakfast Nook Has Been Updated

    The term “breakfast nook” sounds hopelessly trapped in the 1970s, but modern homeowners are embracing the style and practicality of built-in seating in the kitchen. ... Read more

  • PPG Paints’ 2016 colour of the year, Paradise Found, a complex, leafy hue. Green is a trending colour this spring as people respond to wellness trends and the need for calmness in a hectic world. (Angus McRitchie/PPG via AP)

    Green is the Colour for Spring Décor

    When we start thinking “spring,” one colour comes to mind. Tender pea shoots, that soft fuzziness on budding trees, a new lawn—there’s a palette of... Read more

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    This Stunning Modern House Is Built Right in the Trees

    It feels like this house was made of harmony and meditative peace. Mexico-based architects from Grupo Arquitectura proved that modern design can live in harmony with nature... Read more

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    Super Kitchens: Stove, Sink, Fridge and Wifi Countertop

    North American kitchens have always served as more than cooking and eating spaces. Generations of kids have done homework at kitchen tables. Parents claim counter... Read more

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    2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited: Let’s Go Places

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    2016 Chrysler Town & Country Touring: Your Home Away from Home

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    Man Survives Car Crash Only to Be Hit by Bus

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    New Tesla 3 Unveiled, Already 150,000 Pre-Orders

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    NEW YORK—The biggest months for adding and dropping credit cards are December and January, so now’s the time to make sure that $95 annual fee... Read more

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    Equity Investing in 2016: Bull Market Still Has Legs

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  • A customer pays for goods while shopping at the Atlanta Farmers Market in Atlanta on June 6, 2015. Wage growth has been perhaps the job market's biggest weakness since the recession ended. Pay increases have been both slow and uneven, highly dependent on your field of employment and, for many, not enough to keep pace even with a slow-rising cost of living. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    What 2016 Will Do to Your Checkbook: Rent, Food, Gas, Raises

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    Uber Banking: Fintech Aims to Revolutionize Financial Services in Canada

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    Q&A: How MyRA, a New Retirement Account, Works

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    Credit Scores Can Reveal If You’re Healthy or Not

    A new study confirms what insurance companies already know: Credit scores can reveal how healthy you are. Researchers have uncovered a strong relationship between low credit... Read more

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    Do Student Loans Prevent New Small Businesses?

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    Vancouver Real Estate Market Keeps Surging

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    Hardy Fred Harriss first picked up a hammer when he was 10 years old. The year was 1938, the time, before World War II even... Read more

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    Smokers Have a Harder Time Finding Jobs, Stanford Study Finds

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    Automation Won’t Destroy Jobs, but It Will Change Them

    The last few years have seen numerous studies pointing to a bleak future with technology-induced unemployment on the rise. For example, a pivotal 2013 study... Read more

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    We Need to Look Beyond Unemployment to Fix Labor Market Inequality

    When we think about disadvantages and challenges in the labor market, unemployment generally takes center stage, clearly exemplified by the monthly jobs report hype over... Read more

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    You’ve probably seen these pictures before. Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy. But chances are you’ve never seen them like this. The vintage artsy... Read more

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    Artist Creates Most Cute and Beautiful Pictures on Her Eyelids

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    Holocaust Survivor Meets WWII Veteran Who Saved Him in Tearful Reunion

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    Student From Kazakhstan Challenges Academic Publishing Giants

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    How to Make Your Own Compost Tea

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    Understanding the Heart of Chinese Medicine

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    Green Living: The Most Effective Oven Cleaner

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    How to Use Vinegar and Baking Soda to Clean Your Home

    By Allene Edwards, Organic Lifestyle Magazine When it comes to cleaning your home, how do you choose products? Marketing companies try to convince us that scrubbing... Read more

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    Is the Meat Industry More Sustainable Than California’s Almond Plantations?

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    All National Parks to Offer Free Admission on 16 Days in 2016

    WASHINGTON—The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and wants everyone to celebrate! All national parks will waive their entrance fees on 16... Read more

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    Why Gardening Is Good for Your Mind as Well as Your Body

    More than half the planet’s population now live in cities, with limited access to the natural world. For Europe and Latin America, the figure is... Read more

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    How to Get Rid of Black Mold for Good (Infographic)

    If you detect black mold in your house, it is important that it be removed as soon as possible. Toxigenic black mold can quickly take... Read more

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    Cowspiracy Will Expand Your Perception of the Modern Meat Industry

    If you haven’t had the pleasure of getting your mind ripped wide open by the movie Cowspiracy, I will tell you it is a highly intelligent... Read more

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    France Has a Great Plan for Its Soil—And It’s Not Just About Wine

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    Goal Zero Venture 30: Rugged Waterproof Power Pack & Solar Charger

    When you need reliable offgrid power for charging phones, cameras, tablets, or other mobile devices, a portable solar charger and power pack are just what... Read more

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    28 Baking Soda Hacks to Make Life Easier

    Forget about cakes and cookies–baking soda is one of the most useful items you could (and should!) have in your kitchen, and for more reasons... Read more

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    How Apple Cider Vinegar Can Change Your Life

    Vinegar is said to have been discovered around 5000 BC, when unattended grape juice turned into wine and then vinegar. Originally used as a food... Read more

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    Susan Rockefeller on Protecting What Is Precious

    NEW YORK—Mermaids have captivated her imagination since she was a child. Part human and part fish, the mermaid bridges two worlds. Laid back and fully... Read more

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    Most people remember all too well their first attempts at riding a bike: being lovingly helped along by mom or dad, the thrill of moving... Read more

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    10 Things to Throw Away for Better Health

    Each and every day, you come into contact with a large number of items—many of which have health risks that can accumulate over time. Many... Read more

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    Palm Springs vs Borrego Springs

    There are distinct differences between the California desert communities of Palm Springs and Borrego Springs, but they both offer a bonanza for the visitor seeking... Read more

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    Tokyo’s Latest Animal Café Trend: Hedgehogs

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  • Sainte Pierre, with Mount Pelée looming in the background. Sainte Pierre was Martinique’s capital city until it was wiped out after Mount Pelée erupted in 1902, killing around 30,000 people. (Photo by Luc Olivier)

    Martinique: A Rustic Caribbean Beauty

    Ah, the French. They have a knack for great food and wine, and a few hundred years ago they managed to secure a handful of... Read more

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    Absolutely Insane Airport Security Line in Chicago Leaves Internet Users Baffled

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    The Many Charms of Turkish Thrace

    Some of the most fought-over areas in the old Roman world can be found in Thrace, a region in southeast Europe whose historical boundaries have... Read more

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    Je Suis Une Moto: Traveling Europe on a Rented Motorcycle

    MONTEPULCIANO, Italy—Gingerly balancing on the foot pegs of the big Ducati motorcycle, I turned the machine down a dirt-path hill between olive trees and grapevines... Read more

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    Indonesia’s Wondrous ‘Intangible’ Cultural Treasures

    Indonesia, the largest archipelagic country in the world, is made up of 13,466 islands, big and small. Since they are separated by the sea, there... Read more

  • The lighthouse and the Bavarian Lion guard the entrance to Lindau harbour. On the right is the Mangturm, built in the 12th century and once part of the old city walls. (Wibke Carter)

    Lindau and St. Gallen: A Tale of Two Cities in Two Countries

    Lindau Lindau might not be well known to people living outside of Europe, but in Germany it is quite a tourist attraction and had been... Read more

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    Venice Is Never Off-Season

    I have been to Venice in the spring, summer, and fall, and on each occasion found the crowds to be crushing. Access to the famous... Read more

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    Preserving Peru’s Intangible Cultural Heritage

    Peru, a republic with Amerindians, Europeans, Africans, and Asians, is a South American country with a wide array of artistic expression, especially in music, dance,... Read more

  • One evening we took a cruise down the Zambezi River. An army of fifty or so elephants plunged into the waters and swam, en masse, to a sandbar downstream. The folds and ridges of Zambia’s escarpment in the distance looked like a curtain that shielded our watery, green stage.(Giannella M. Garrett)

    Zimbabwe: The Comeback Country

    I stepped off the Cessna Caravan and into a veritable frying pan. “Welcome to Hwange National Park,” greeted my guide, Richard Yohane, looking crisp and... Read more

  • The Panthéon in Paris’s Latin Quarter functions as a mausoleum containing the remains of martyrs and distinguished French citizens. (Camille Gévaudan/Public Domain)

    Paris: Museums, Masterpieces, and Avoiding Human Gridlock

    If all roads lead to Rome, it seems that all planes land in Paris. Certainly, the city’s most famous attractions are worth some selfie-stick puncture... Read more

  • A uniformed tour guide gestures to tourists outside the War Museum in Pyongyang on October 9, 2015. North Korea is gearing up for a lavish celebration marking the 70th anniversary of its ruling Workers' Party on October 10.     AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones        (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

    10 Signs That Should Tell You Visiting North Korea Is a Terrible Idea

    No matter where you travel, you should be aware of the laws and cultural norms in order to avoid unwittingly getting yourself into trouble. In some countries, like... Read more

  • Braving wind and cold to experience sunrise at Grand Canyon on New Year's Day, Jan. 1, 2016. (M. Quinn/National Park Service, CC BY 2.0)

    How the Grand Canyon Changed Our Ideas of Natural Beauty

    Few sights are as instantly recognizable, and few sites speak more fully to American nationalism. Standing on the South Rim in 1903, President Teddy Roosevelt... Read more

  • A still shot from "Elkmont Symphony" by Harun Mehmedinovic.

    Watch the World’s Largest Gathering of Synchronized Fireflies

    Every June, the largest gathering of fireflies illuminates Elkmont Ghost Town in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s a mating ritual in which the males... Read more

  • A surfer looks at the Northern lights illuminating the sky over the snow covered beach of Unstad, on Lofoten Islands, Arctic Circle, on March 14, 2016.  
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    Photos: Surfing Under the Northern Lights in the Arctic Circle

    Surfs up in the freezing cold.  Unstad beach, on the Lofoten Islands in Norway, is one of the most unlikely surfing hotspots in the world. Located... Read more

  • This Dec. 17, 2015 photo shows an old-fashioned candy shop in the neighborhood around the Kiyosumi-Shirakawa metro station in Tokyo. (Linda Lombardi via AP)

    Away From Tourist Crowds, an Older Section of Tokyo Beckons

    TOKYO—Explore Tokyo beyond the crowded tourist highlights and you’ll find many older parts of the city with a different look and slower pace. One of... Read more

  • Sea Monkeys dive guide Colleen Strayer with an Atlantic stingray at Alligator Reef. (John Christopher Fine, Copyright 2016)

    Shipwreck Diving and Star Gazing in the Genuine Florida Keys

    An overseas highway, U.S. 1, island hops in the Florida Keys. I followed it and found the Florida of my childhood. I lay back in... Read more


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