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California Residents Seek Drought-Friendly Lawns

Lawn Paint Pros paints the lawn of a Camarillo, Calif. resident on Sept. 12. Lawn painting has taken off as a way to save on water while still having a lush-looking, green lawn. (Sarah Le/Epoch Times)
Lawn Paint Pros paints the lawn of a Camarillo, Calif. resident on Sept. 12. Lawn painting has taken off as a way to save on water while still having a lush-looking, green lawn. (Sarah Le/Epoch Times)

CAMARILLO, Calif.—More southern Californians are ripping up the grass in their lawns to plant drought-resistant plants, or to keep that green lush look, installing fake...

  • In this November 1989 photo, Tommy Thompson holds a $50 pioneer gold piece retrieved earlier in 1989 from the wreck of the gold ship Central America. Thompson led a group that recovered millions of dollars worth of sunken treasure only to end up involved in court cases brought by dozens of insurance companies laying claim to the treasure. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Lon Horwedel)

    Feds Chase Treasure Hunter Turned Fugitive

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—One of the last times anyone ever saw Tommy Thompson, he was walking on the pool deck of a Florida mansion wearing nothing but... Read more

  • A choir sings during 13th anniversary ceremonies at the Flight 93 National Monument in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on Thursday. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

    In a School Garden on 9/11

    Like the rest of us, I remember where I was on 9/11. I had arrived at Queen of Angels Catholic School in Roswell, Georgia, when... Read more

  • Journalism Next? Thriving in the Digital Age gives practical tools and a mental boost. (Shuttertock*)

    Journalism Inspiration Way Down Yonder

    The Atlanta Press Club just brought me a dose of inspiration from below the gnat line. The gnat line is a geological feature that bisects... Read more

  • This product image provided by Levi Strauss shows the company's Knit Jeans, made of stretch cotton knit that look like jeans but feel like sweatpants. Companies, including Levi Strauss, which invented the first pair of blue jeans 141 years ago, acknowledge that the jeans business has been hurt by what the fashion industry dubs the “athleisure” trend. That has led them to create new versions of classic denim that are more “stretchy” and mimic the comfort of sweatpants.  (AP Photo/Levi Strauss)

    A Look at the Past and Uncertain Future of the Iconic Blue Jeans

    NEW YORK—Americans’ obsession with jeans is beginning to wear thin. Jeans long have been a go-to staple in closets across the country. After all, not... Read more

  • People hold a photograph of James Foley, the freelance journalist killed by the IS group, during a memorial service in Irbil, 350 kilometers (220 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.  (AP Photo/ Marko Drobnjakovic)

    What to Show, What to Hide

    When ISIL terrorists murdered the second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, this week, tech firms halted spread of the video of his death. Some media outlets,... Read more

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    Reforming Drug, Alcohol Offenders: 2 Promising Programs

    WASHINGTON—A couple of frustrated circuit judges—one from South Dakota and the other from Hawaii—wanted to find a better way for changing the behavior of alcohol... Read more

  • Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, right, scrambles after a hand off from quarterback Nick Foles during an NFL football training camp scrimmage of New England Patriots and Eagles in Foxborough, Mass., Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    NFL Preseason Schedule, Scores 2014: Friday Night Football Starts with 3 Preseason Games; Jets to Answer Giants?

    Friday night football starts  with three games: the Patriots vs the Panthers, the Lions vs the Jaguars, and the Jets vs the Giants. All start... Read more

  • A truck that's been converted into a home is parked at the beach in Venice, Calif. on Aug. 14. (Sarah Le/Epoch Times)

    Living on Four Wheels in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES—Lisa Green was a successful financial analyst in Florida for 20 years until she had a spiritual awakening and moved out West. She decided... Read more

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    How Wall Street Tobacco Deals Left States With Billions in Toxic Debt

    Politicians wanted upfront cash from a legal victory over Big Tobacco, and bankers happily obliged. The price? A handful of states promised to repay $64... Read more

  • This image provided by NOAA taken Wednesday Aug. 6, 2014 shows Hurricane Iselle, center, and tropical storm Julio, right. Though it's not clear how damaging the storms could be, many in Hawaii aren't taking any chances as they wait for Hurricane Iselle to make landfall later this week and Tropical Storm Julio potentially hitting a few days later. (AP Photo/NOAA)

    National Hurricane Center Update: Back-to-Back Storms Rare in Hawaii

    Comparatively few really big storms pass close enough to Hawaii to do much more than shake the palm fronds, but now back-to-back storms packing high-speed... Read more

  • The statue of the 16th president of the US Abraham Lincoln is seen at the Lincoln Memorial on November 19, 2013 in Washington, DC. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

    Abraham Lincoln’s Handwriting Found in Book Justifying Racism

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—For years, librarians at a small central Illinois library gossiped that a tattered book lying on one of its shelves justifying racism may have... Read more

  • A man looks at blue jeans with messages challenging misconceptions about sexual violence, hung by the UCLA Clothesline Project, on the University of California Los Angeles campus during Denim Day in Los Angeles, Calif., on April 21, 2004 The UCLA Clothesline Project is a student organization which works to stop gender-based violence. In 1999, wearing jeans on Denim Day during Sexual Assault Awareness Month became an international symbol of protest against rape in response to an Italian Supreme Court decision, which overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore jeans. The Italian Court justices reasoned that the victim must have helped her attacker remove her jeans because they believed that without the victim’s help, removing the jeans would be impossible. (David McNew/Getty Images)

    Campus Sexual Assault: What Are Colleges Doing Wrong?

    During their time at college, the Department of Justice estimates one in five women will be sexually assaulted, and as many as 95 percent of the cases go unreported... Read more

  • Alvin Hendrix

    40 Years’ Treasure Hunt in Florida: A Journey to Prehistory Through Murky Waters

    OCALA, Fla.—A fishing trip to Orange Springs in 1960 introduced Alvin Hendrix to a hobby that would take him on underwater treasure hunts for the... Read more

  • US marines marching in France during World War I. (George Grantham Bain Collection/Library of Congress)

    20 Facts You Didn’t Know About World War I

    One hundred years ago, on July 28, 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia after Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated by a Serbian nationalist,... Read more

  • File photo dated June 1976 of Democratic candidate for the US Presidency Jimmy Carter during the Democratic National Convention in New York City. (AFP/Getty Images)

    35 Years Later, Jimmy Carter’s Energy Warning

    “Energy,” President Jimmy Carter said, “will be the immediate test of our ability to unite this nation, and it can also be the standard around... Read more

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    Under Water: The EPA’s Struggle to Combat Pollution

    For years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been frustrated in its efforts to pursue hundreds of cases of water pollution — repeatedly tied up in... Read more