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  • An article is claiming that a 200-million-year-old dinosaur egg hatched at the museum in Berlin, Germany, but it’s a hoax. (Screenshot of World News Daily Report)

    ‘200 Million Years Old Dinosaur Egg Hatches in Berlin Museum’ of Natural History is Fake

    An article is claiming that a 200-million-year-old dinosaur egg hatched at the museum in Berlin, Germany, but it’s a hoax. “A malfunction with the heating... Read more

  • Lily Cole, model and founder of a social media network that allows people to help each other.
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    A Social Networking Platform Built on Altruism

    For 12 years, Lily Cole’s fiery red hair and porcelain features helped land the statuesque model on the cover of magazines and the runways of... Read more

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    Big Whopper Economics in Fast-Food Franchises

    In August, Larry and Kathryn Baerns and their son, Christopher, filed court papers charging that the two new Steak ’n Shake restaurants they had just... Read more

  • “Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” —Marcus Aurelius *Shutterstock

    Positively Speaking

     Five years ago, I was introduced to minimalism by my neighbor. It was a short conversation, only a few sentences long. I had been working... Read more

  • Personal Finances

    Top 3 Ways to Not Break Your Budget

    Last year Americans spent $4.3 trillion on retail sales. We have three things to avoid so you don’t break your budget and overspend on things... Read more

  • AOL video screenshot. Sarah and Andy Justice 5 babies in 1 year

    Couple Goes From No Kids to 5 Babies in Under a Year

    Sarah and Andy Justice had trouble conceiving, so they decided to adopt triplets. But just one week after their triplets Joel, Hannah, and Elizabeth were... Read more

  • The NEOREST 750H high tech toilet. Toto’s top-of-the-line toilet, a tankless wonder with all the gizmos, comes out this fall priced at around $10,000. (AP Photo/TOTO)

    High-Tech Toilets: No Hands or Paper Required

    NEW YORK—Every so often a revolution transforms something truly basic, rendering the status quo somewhat, well, primitive. First came covered sewers, then indoor plumbing and... Read more

  • Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste stands inside the defendants' cage in a courtroom during a trial on terror charges, along with several other defendants, in Cairo Egypt, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Mohammed Abu Zaid)

    Australian Parents Shocked as Son Caged in Egypt

    BRISBANE, Australia— The parents of an Australian journalist jailed in Egypt said Thursday they were haunted and depressed by images of their son caged in... Read more

  • Katherine Miller lights a candle during Ash Wednesday service at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in New York. Some Protestant, and all Catholic churches, distribute ashes on the forehead as a sign of repentance and renewal on Ash Wednesday as the 40-day season leading to Easter begins. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    Lent 2014 Dates and Calendar: Ash Wednesday, Passion Sunday, Palm Sunday

    Lent began in 2014 on March 5 with Ash Wednesday, preceded by Clean Monday. The period of approximately six weeks lasts through April 13 this... Read more

  • A mother takes a picture of herself and her children shortly after having their foreheads applied with ashes from burnt palms from last year, in observance of Ash Wednesday to usher the 40-day Season of Lent Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the Redemptorist Church at Baclaran, Paranaque,  south of Manila, Philippines. The Ash Wednesday is observed among Catholics worldwide to urge people to repent and to remind mankind that they are mortals. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Ash Wednesday 2014 Meaning, Plus Calendar for Lent

    Ash Wednesday–March 5, 2014–is the first day of Lent, and holds special meaning for people of different sects of Christianity and Catholicism.  The moveable holiday... Read more

  • A Roman Catholic nun makes a sign of the cross on the foreheads of devotees using ashes from burnt palms from last year in observance of Ash Wednesday to usher the 40-day Season of Lent Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the Redemptorist Church at Baclaran, Paranaque,  south of Manila, Philippines. The Ash Wednesday is observed among Catholics worldwide to urge people to repent and to remind mankind that they are mortals. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Ash Wednesday Fasting Rules: Catholic and Episcopal Fasting Rules, Including Whether You Can Drink Coffee

    Ash Wednesday is today, March 5, and many people are wondering about the fasting rules, including whether they can drink coffee. Catholic rules dictate that... Read more

  • A dog available for adoption barks at Downtown Dog Rescue in South Gate, Calif. March 4, 2014Barking is one of the biggest causes of feuds in neighborhoods across America. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    Barking Dogs Make for Bad Neighbors

    LOS ANGELES—Many neighborhood feuds in the U.S. are caused by barking and parking. When it comes to barking, animal trainers say dogs are usually bored,... Read more

  • Suzanne Heintz Mannequin family

    Woman Spends 14 Years, Travels World With Mannequin Family

    After being badgered one too many times about settling down and getting married, self-proclaimed spinster and photographer Suzanne Heintz created a new project titled “Life... Read more

  • Snow leopard waiting (ShutterStock*)

    How to Track, Capture, and Tag a Snow Leopard (Photos)

    “Snow leopards are not just iconic species of the Himalayas, they are vital indicators of the health of a fragile ecosystem that provides freshwater to... Read more

  • Beans

    Cat Got Your Tongue? Spill the Beans: Origins of 10 Common Sayings

    It is often difficult to trace the origins of words and sayings with complete certainty. Some of the origins of these phrases may be disputed,... Read more

  • Malan, left, has audience members help to illustrate a point. 

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    Teaching with Elan

    David Malan is standing before the audience in Longfellow Hall asking for step-by-step instructions to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In front of... Read more

  • Steel grey lower cabinets in this kitchen co-ordinate well with the stainless steel appliances. (Larry Arnal)

    Kitchen Design Q&A

    Kitchens are no longer just for cooking. Today’s modern kitchens have become the hub of our homes. It is where meals are shared, guests are... Read more

  • Radcliffe Fellow Julie Orringer is working on a novel about Varian Fry, a Harvard student who helped rescue Jews from Nazi-occupied Europe during WWII. While at Harvard, he lived in Gore Hall now known as Winthrop House, pictured in background.  

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    A Character Fit for a Novel

    Thanks to Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Oscar-winning film “Schindler’s List,” many know the story of Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who saved hundreds of Polish Jews... Read more

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    A Humorous Look at a Common Domestic Squabble

    While most of us have seen some definite signs of spring recently, it certainly appears that “Old Man Winter” is pretty reluctant to let go... Read more

  • 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 (Courtesy of GM/Chevrolet)

    2015 Silverado 2500 4WD LTZ Crew Cab

    Silverado not only has delivered a long-lasting and dependable powerhouse pickup, but a truck that can do any job. There is a dynamic duo under... Read more

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    Did a Giant Cosmic Lightning Bolt Hit Mars? Could One Hit Earth?

    Unexpected Origins of Lightning We See on Earth As we study natural phenomenon with deeper scrutiny, using new techniques and technology, we discover that many... Read more

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    Homemade Sauerkraut Recipe

    By Derek Henry, Holistic Health Coach for Healing the Body Sauerkraut is a fantastic way to add some flavour to your recipes, and is an... Read more

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    Fit Tip: Crunches Alone Won’t Make a Six Pack

    Somewhere far, far away, there is a magical gym where there’s never a wait for a cardio machine at 6:30pm, the bootcamp instructor never raises... Read more

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    Learning to Play the Piano? Sleep on It!

    According to researchers at the University of Montreal, the regions of the brain below the cortex play an important role as we train our bodies’... Read more

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    Raw Honey Works Better Than Drugs for Herpes!

    Mainstream physicians usually prescribe Acyclovir ointment or other topical medications to treat herpes outbreaks. But research shows that nature has a better solution. This remedy... Read more

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    The ‘Vitamin’ You Can’t Get From Food

    Dr. Edward M. Hallowell, author of the bestselling book Connect: 12 Vital Ties That Open Your Heart, Lengthen Your Life, And Deepen Your Soul calls... Read more

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    Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil: Two Superfoods Shown to Treat Acne

    By Natural News, Healing the Body According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, affecting an... Read more

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    Is Your Water Filter Really Removing Heavy Metals?

    By Mike Adams, editor of Natural News  As promised, we’ve now published the results from testing countertop water filters for their ability to remove toxic... Read more

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    How to Protect Yourself From Bed Bugs While Traveling (Video)

    Bed bugs are the last thing anybody wants to bring home from a trip, but it happens more than we know. Howdini’s Kimberly Austin asks... Read more

  • An iPhone accessory, Flir One, turns the smartphone into a thermal imaging device, great for ghost-hunting. (Courtesy of Flir)

    How to Bust Ghosts, Track Coincidences, and Other Weird, Cool Things With Your iPhone

    Many of the devices used by ghost hunters come in app form for iPhones. Apps are also giving researchers a method of collecting large swaths... Read more

  • Left: Gyani Maiya Sen, possibly the last person alive to speak the mysterious language Kusunda. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) Right: An example of the Indus script, 4,000-year-old glyphs that puzzle linguists. (Sheldon Lee Gosline via Wikimedia Commons) Background: The Indus Valley in eastern Pakistan and northwest India, where objects printed with the Indus script were found. (Shutterstock*)

    The Mysterious Origins of Some Dead or Dying Languages

    Language is said to be the key to understanding a culture—the medium by which the arts and ideas of a people have been passed down... Read more

  • Main Image: Jade discs, from China, that resemble modern-day CD's or donuts, and date to the late Neolithic Period, Liangzhu culture (3300-2250 BC), on display at the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler galleries in Washington, D.C. (Screenshot/National Geographic/YouTube); Left: Two Jade discs. (Hiart via wikimedia commons).

    The Mysterious Origin of The Jade Discs

    In ancient China, dating back to at least 5,000 BC, large stone discs were placed on the bodies of Chinese aristocrats. Their original function still... Read more

  • Thailand temple (Vagabond Journey Travel)

    Top 10 Things That You Will Really Do in Thailand

    Original article at www.vagabondjourney.com 1. Try Delicious New Foods Thailand has some of the best cuisine in the world at very low prices. Mixing sweet,... Read more

  • Bristlecone Pines

    World’s Oldest Trees: 3,000 to 9,500 Years Old

    Many a tree has quietly, peacefully stood watching the changes of the Earth for thousands of years. Some of them are giants, declaring clearly their... Read more

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    Your Gut Bacteria Want You to Eat a Cupcake

    Humans’ gastrointestinal tracts are home to 10,000 species of bacteria, which get energy from our half-digested lunches. (Another estimate puts the number of species as high... Read more

  • Background: Vintage art showing drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci. (Shutterstock*) Bottom right: Drawing of Leonardo Da Vinci's water lifting devices. (Sailko via wikimedia commons)

    More Than 50 Ancient Greek Inventions Brought to Life Through Incredible Reconstructions

    A new museum dedicated to the advanced technological inventions of ancient Greek scientist Archimedes, has just opened up in Ancient Olympia, Greece, according to a... Read more

  • Coquet Island, England (AOL videos)

    Coquet Island – Saving Unique Seabirds Place (Video)

    A mile off the coast of Northumberland lies a unique island teeming with seabirds during the breeding season and home to 90% of the UK’s... Read more

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    Soothe ADD/ADHD Symptoms Naturally With Some Ayurveda Tips

    By Natural News, Healing the Body Often only associated with children, attention-deficit disorder (ADD) and its cousin, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), are both surprisingly common... Read more

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    Enjoy Some More Cherries!

    Down south, we did not have cherries. With winters that were not cold enough and summers that were just too hot, I was stuck with... Read more

  • Worst campsite ever in Hocking Hills Ohio (Traveling Ted)

    5 Criteria to Judge Good or Bad Campground

    When you think of the worst campsite ever, what are some of the criteria you use to judge a good or bad campground? I will... Read more

  • A room in a Palm Beach, Florida, home decorated by interior designer Jan Showers. (AP Photo/Jan Showers & Associates, Jeff McNamara)

    Decorating Touches Help Retreats Sparkle

    DALLAS—From airy beach houses filled with light to rustic retreats tucked into the mountains, vacation homes can lead to inspired decorating. “You love that place,... Read more

  • Hand washing clothes (Shutterstock)

    Do-It-Yourself Garment Care

    I am definitely not the happy homemaker. I don’t own a cookbook, and my culinary skills comprise boiling water for coffee and making a peanut... Read more

  • Trunks serve as mini dining tables and extra storage in a shared off campus home. (AP Photo/PBTeen)

    Right at Home: Style Tips for Off-Campus Living

    For college kids who move off-campus, learning to accommodate the styles and needs of housemates is good practice for life after school. Take Erica Weidrick... Read more

  • A stylish DIY bird feeder pad. (CHT Media)

    DIY Bird Feeder Pad

    Interior designer Nicholas Rosaci makes a stylish bird sanctuary using a dinner plate and easy big box store materials. Materials Needed: • Wood pieces for... Read more

  • Beautiful Highlands of Scotland. (*Shutterstock)

    Ready for a Fall? This Year’s Fall Decor Does a Scottish Fling

    Where fashion goes, decor follows. And this fall, the fashionistas are inspired by Scotland. It was Karl Lagerfeld with his Chanel Pre-Fall ’13 collection, who... Read more

  • This entertaining deck featured on Woodnaturally.com demonstrates how exterior soft wood lattice can add a great deal of privacy between neighboring houses. (AP Photo/Wood, Naturally, Woodnaturally.com)

    Ask a Designer: Exploring Wood’s Possibilities

    Working with wood comes naturally to New York interior designer Dan Faires. He grew up in an old farmhouse and has been developing his carpentry... Read more

  • 10 DIY tips to improve your kitchen on a budget via Hometalk.com

    10 Tips for Upgrading Your Kitchen on a Shoestring

    Kitchen upgrading can be an expensive and draining endeavour. But with all the time you and your family spend in your kitchen, it’s important that... Read more

  • The living room off the entry of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House is seen July 10, 2014, in Silverton, Ore. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Randy L. Rasmussen)

    Artful Wright House Right for Art

    SILVERTON, Ore.—People who appreciate inviting, glass-framed living rooms, subtle red concrete floors, and custom fretwork see Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House as a piece of... Read more

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    DIY: Homemade Natural Sunscreen

    Nobody wants a sunburn. At least I don’t think they do. Let’s go on the assumption that they don’t and that nobody wants to rub... Read more

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    9 Natural Ways to Stop Gnats & Fruit Flies

    A recent and annoying outbreak of gnats and fruit flies in my kitchen and adjoining family room nearly drove me to despair. The darn things... Read more

  • Comfortable seating provides a neutral backdrop for the colourful design elements of pillows, flowers, rug, and artwork. (Stephani Buchman)

    Decorate Outdoor Space for Summer Fun

    Your outdoor space should be an extension of the unique style and aesthetics of the rest of your house. With all of the great options... Read more

  • 10 Weekend Bathroom Upgrades

    Top 10 Bathroom Upgrades All Do-able In One Weekend!

    Just because bathrooms are some of the smallest rooms in your house doesn’t mean you need to skimp on big style. Here are the best... Read more

  • Plant materials for making an original eco-dyed scarf. For this particular scarf, eucalyptus leaves (both in the dye as well as in the bundled scarf), marigold petals, red and yellow onion skins, red rose petal, and avocado skins were used. (AP Photo/St. Lynn’s Press, Chris McLaughlin)

    In Search of Natural Hues? A Garden ‘To Dye For’

    Homegrown botanical dyes are in—it’s part of today’s shift toward more natural and organic living. And you don’t need a degree in chemistry to create... Read more

  • Plants placed in raised wooden beds, behind walls, or separate from walkways and patios are easier to manage. (Brenda Carson/Hemera/Thinkstock)

    Creating a Low-Maintenance Outdoor Paradise

    We all dream of having a gorgeous outdoor living space where we can relax, entertain, and pass the warm summer days. But often we spend... Read more

  • To create this understated living room, interior designer Burnham, of Burnham Design in Los Angeles, balanced a subtle palette of neutral colors with a mix of rich textures and unique shapes. The effect is powerful, but the room has a soothing elegance. (AP Photo/Burnham Design, Grey Crawford)

    Ask a Designer: Finding Beauty in Subtlety

    Paint your walls a bold color and friends will likely praise your creativity. Invest in a standout piece of furniture or striking work of art... Read more

  • Vintage Patriotic Decor via The Golden Sycamore on Hometalk.

    Fourth of July DIY Extravaganza: 10 Tips That Won’t Cost the Earth

    Decorating your home for special occasions need not cost the earth. Here are some easy to follow craft tips for all the family to enjoy... Read more

  • A wall shelf from IKEA with lots of knobs from P.S. 2014’s collection, designed for the mobile resident. It provides storage and hanging space in one unit. (AP Photo/Ikea)

    Right at Home: Tips for Living in a Small Space

    For many young people, a first apartment might be a cramped studio or just a bedroom in a shared living arrangement. Juggling that room’s living,... Read more

  • Outdoor Vista via Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful on Hometalk.

    8 Patio Ideas to Kick Off Your Summer Celebrations in Style

    Check these 8 wonderful ways to turn your outdoor space into a beautiful living space for celebrating al fresco dinner parties this summer or for... Read more

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    3 Things You Probably Should Replace Now

    “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” ― Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol Warhol may have said this... Read more

  • Small, casual pieces of furniture can be moved around when entertaining. Stools can do double duty as side tables. (AnikaSalsera/iStock/Thinkstock)

    Tips for Converting a Home to a Venue for Entertaining

    VICTORIA—Creating a home that can easily be converted from serving the needs of daily life to a venue for entertaining guests is something homeowners might... Read more

  • This undated photo provided by Honda shows the 2015 Honda Fit. Honda is recalling 12,000 Fit subcompacts to replace the steel front bumper beams so the cars are more crash-resistant. (AP Photo/Honda)

    Honda Bolsters Fit to Boost Crash Resistance

    DETROIT—When the subcompact Fit failed a crash test, Honda went back to the drawing board. The tiny Fit, redesigned for the 2015 model year, initially... Read more

  • 2015 Subaru Legacy (Courtesy of Subaru)

    2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

    Subaru has a remarkable record of producing quality cars, as demonstrated by the fact that in the last 12 years, 96 percent of all its... Read more

  • 2014 Mazda MX-5 (Courtesy of Mazda)

    2014 Mazda MX-5: 25 Years and Counting

    The MX-5 Miata roadster has a record of unrivaled longevity. Mazda this year marks the 25th anniversary of its little sports car that has endured... Read more

  • FILE - This May 22, 2012 file photo shows a demonstration of a side mirror warning signal in a Ford Taurus at an automobile testing area in Oxon Hill, Md. The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions. A research report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that the technology could eventually prevent 592,000 left-turn and  intersection crashes a year, saving 1,083 lives. The agency said it will begin drafting rules to require the technology in new vehicles.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

    Government Wants to Make Cars Talk to Each Other

    WASHINGTON— The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that... Read more

  • In this March 13, 1990, photo a landmark in racing car history, a 1962 Ferrari 250 Gran Turismo Berlinetta Competition "G.T.O.," is displayed in Bridgehampton, New York. A '62 Ferrari 250 GTO was sold during an auction on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, for more than $38 million at Monterey Car Week according to The Los Angeles Times. (AP Photo/Mario Suriani)

    1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta Sells at Auction for $34 Million

    CARMEL, Calif.—A rare 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO once owned by a famed racing driver and Olympic gold medalist has sold for $34.65 million. Thursday’s sale... Read more

  • 2015 Dodge Challenger (Courtesy of Dodge)

    2015 Dodge Challenger and Challenger SRT

    The executive branch and government agencies like the EPA are making it more difficult for car manufacturers to build more advanced muscle cars. The government... Read more

  • 2014 Chevrolet Trax (Courtesy of NetCarShow.com)

    Chevrolet Adds Trax Crossover to Lineup

    Compact crossovers like the Buick Encore, Nissan Juke, and Mini Countryman have been popular enough to encourage serious competition that will come from the Honda... Read more

  • General Motors Co. Chevy Equinox vehicles sit in dealership parking lot. General Motors Co., which has called back almost 29 million vehicles in North America for various fixes this year. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

    GM’s Third Recall: SUV Can Catch Fire

    General Motors’ troubles with safety recalls have surfaced in another case, this time with the company recalling a group of SUVs for a third time... Read more

  • 2015 Hyundai Sonata (Courtesy of Hyundai)

    2015 Hyundai Sonata Limited

    The Sonata Limited was my car to drive for a week and the focus of this report. The Sonata is also found in SE and... Read more

  • 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite (Courtesy of NetCarShow.com)

    Honda Odyssey Is the Go-To Bus for the Child-Endowed

    Parenthood brings an adjustment of your vehicular responsibilities. In question are little red Miatas, powerful Corvettes, and fancy-pants sport sedans. Nope, they won’t do. If... Read more

  • 2014 Honda Civic Si Coupe (Courtesy of NetCarShow.com)

    2014 Honda Civic Si: Elevating the Fun Factor

    The slightly reworked 2014 Honda Civic Si is not about horsepower and straight ahead performance. The Si version of the popular compact Civic has always... Read more

  • 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe (Courtesy of General Motors/Chevrolet)

    2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 2WD

    The Tahoe has three trims to choose from, starting with the LS in the low $50s and the LT in the mid $50s. The LTZ... Read more

  • 2015 Volvo V60 (Benjamin Yong)

    2015 Volvo V60 T6 R-Design

    Volvos and wagons go together like, well, you fill in the blanks. For the better part of a half-century, the Swedish manufacturer has been a... Read more

  • 2014 Cadillac CTS (Courtesy of NetCarShow.com)

    2014 Cadillac CTS Turbo Sedan with Premium Collection

    The CTS is a longer, lower, and leaner sedan that mixes well into the midsize luxury segment. Its weight reduction technologies include aluminum door structures... Read more

  • 2014 Toyota 4Runner Trail (Courtesy of Toyota)

    2014 Toyota 4Runner Trail Premium 4×4

    Every inch of the 4Runner is built with off-road ability. It has an aggressive exterior, while underneath the striking new front end lies a reinforced... Read more

  • 2014 Nissan Rogue (Photo by Benjamin Yong)

    2014 Nissan Rogue

    The SUVs over at the Nissan Motor Company have been going through a growth spurt lately. The Nissan Pathfinder was the first to be massaged... Read more

  • 2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0-L EcoBoost (Photo by Benjamin Yong)

    2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0-L EcoBoost

    From a company that once valued big power from big engines, Ford has been changing with the times by focusing development on compact, turbocharged engines... Read more

  • 2015 Kia Sorento (Courtesy of Kia)

    2015 Kia Sorento Limited

    The Sorento has two engines to choose from. The 2.4-L 4-cylinder engine puts down 191 horsepower (3,000 rpm) and 181 lb.-ft. torque (6,300 rpm), while... Read more

  • This undated product image provided by Audi shows the 2015 Audi A3. The car is revamped with new styling and technology. (AP Photo/Audi, Jim Fets)

    Google Maps, Street View-Connected Audi Can Read Tweets, Facebook Posts

    After just a few months on the U.S. market, Audi’s new, entry luxury 2015 A3 sedan is on track to make the German brand fashionable... Read more

  • 2014 Hyundai Elantra GT (Courtesy of NetCarShow.com)

    2014 Hyundai Elantra GT

    With “GT” attached to the name of Hyundai’s new Elantra hatchback released last year, there was a certain expectation of performance that wasn’t quite fulfilled... Read more

  • This Nov. 23, 2009 photo released by Starpix shows actor-comedian Robin Williams performing his stand-up show, “Weapons of Self Destruction,” at Town Hall in New York. After thousands of fans petitioned the creators of the online role-playing video game "World of Warcraft" to memorialize Williams, the game's lead designer said Thursday that Blizzard Entertainment planned to create a character inspired by the actor, comedian and avid gamer, who died Monday, Aug. 11 of an apparent suicide at the age of 63. Williams was a notable fan of the massively multiplayer fantasy game, which is currently played online by about 6.8 million people. (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca)

    Robin Williams ‘Goodbye Video’ With Cell Phone and CCTV Facebook Posts Both Scams; as Billy Crystal to Pay Tribute

    There’s been a spate of scams surrounding the death of Robin Williams–namely one being spread through Facebook claiming he said “goodbye” and recorded it before... Read more

  • The Facebook and WhatsApp app icons are displayed on an iPhone. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Boiling Water Challenge? Hot Water ‘Injures Multiple Teens’ Article a Hoax; No Opposite to Ice Water (Bucket) Challenge

    An article saying a so-called “boiling water challenge” has left several teens injured is bogus. It was published on the National Report, a so-called satirical... Read more

  • Jan Hammenecker laughs in a short film by Christine Rabette. (Screenshot/7avoir/YouTube)

    Watch: A Short Video With a Simple Message That Could Stay With You for Years

    A short film made in Brussels in 2003 titled “Merci!” and also known as “Bodhisattva in the Metro,” has an infectious effect. The video’s enduring... Read more

  • This 2011 photo shows Abe Mashal posing at his home in St. Charles, Ill. The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. One of the plaintiffs in the Portland lawsuit, Abe Mashal, was unable to print his boarding pass before a flight out of Chicago four years ago. A counter representative told him he was on the no-fly list and would not be allowed to board. Mashal was surrounded by about 30 law enforcement officials, he said. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media)

    US to Change Rules of Suspected Terrorists’ No-Fly List

    WASHINGTON—The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air... Read more

  • The Lower Basins Zone is outlined by the white rim edge as seen from the Murphy Campsite on the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park, Utah on October 26, 2007. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

    Drones Banned in Arches, Canyonlands National Parks

    SALT LAKE CITY—Drones are now officially banned in Arches and Canyonlands national parks in southeastern Utah. Kevin Moore, acting chief ranger for the two parks,... Read more

  • A Nigerian port health official uses a thermometer on a worker at the arrivals hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria Aug. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

    UN Wants Ebola Screening at All Affected International Airports

    GENEVA—Ebola-affected countries should immediately begin exit screening all passengers leaving international airports, sea ports and major ground crossings, the U.N. health agency said. The agency... Read more

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    Viral: Lebron James ALS Ice Bucket Challenge; Calls Out President Obama

    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — the national phenomenon raising awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease, continues to trend strongly. Many big names grace the list of past... Read more

  • In this Oct. 1, 2013, photo third grade teacher Melissa Grieshober teaches a math lesson at Silver Lake Elementary School in Middletown, Del. Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

    Brain Scan Shows How Kids Learn Math Skills

    WASHINGTON—Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out... Read more

  • Hand washing clothes (Shutterstock)

    Do-It-Yourself Garment Care

    I am definitely not the happy homemaker. I don’t own a cookbook, and my culinary skills comprise boiling water for coffee and making a peanut... Read more

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    Anxiety and Amen: Prayer Doesn’t Ease Symptoms of Anxiety-Related Disorders for Everyone

    Whether the problem is health, enemies, poverty or difficulty with aging, “Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there,” suggested the late gospel... Read more

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    How to Really Love Someone

    “Love,” like “Happiness” can be hard to explain. But the great writer Ernest Hemingway came very close to expressing the essence of love. “When you... Read more

  • SeaWorld is planning to build larger pens for its killer whales in response to protests from animal rights activists. (Matt Stroshane/Getty Images)

    SeaWorld Plans Improved Killer Whale Enclosures

    NEW YORK—Stung by criticism of its treatment of killer whales, SeaWorld said Friday it will build new, larger environments at its theme parks and will... Read more

  • Playing scrabble. (The Canadian Press/Nathan Denette)

    W-I-N-N-E-R! Oregon Man Crowned Scrabble Champ

    BUFFALO, N.Y.— A 24-year-old Portland, Oregon player has been crowned the national Scrabble champion. Conrad Bassett-Bouchard beat 29-year-old Jason Li, of Montreal, on Wednesday in... Read more

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