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Do I have Alzheimer's? 5 questions to ask yourself

It’s no secret that you’re getting older. Now that the years are adding up on you, you might be making jokes about telltale aging signs, like forgetting things or needing more sleep. To an extent, these small signs are just a normal part of the process. However, if you’re noticing a lot of …

Angered At and Angry With

It’s the time of year when my Bible-reading plan takes me through the book of Proverbs. There’s something almost absurd about reading this book at a …

Evangelical Christianity

8 of the most memorable drives in the West

In national parks throughout the West, rangers and traffic engineers work long hours to nudge travelers out of their cars and onto trails — or at least onto shuttle buses and other less polluting alternatives. But the dramatic roads that the National Park Service carved out in the early 20th …

National Parks

Apple names the best iOS apps of 2015

Apple on Wednesday announced its choices for the best iOS apps of 2015. Taking top honors was Periscope, an app Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice …

Florida by Land: Follow the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail

Travel<p>The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail offers experiences for avian enthusiasts of all levels.<p>Eastern North America’s highest diversity of birds and butterflies is found in Florida, and nowhere is that variety more evident than on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. The …

8 Great Winter Birding Trails

<b>Rhode Island Coastal Birding Trail</b><p>The Ocean State’s coastline, punctuated with endless bays and peninsulas, offers hundreds of miles for exploration. …

Insane Makeup Turns Models Into 2-D Paintings Of Famous Artists

Facepainting isn’t just for kids anymore, and one talented Russian makeup artist is elevating it to an artform.<p>When we think of face painting, we usually think of clowns, county fairs and this turtle-loving zombie kid. We certainly tend not to respect it as an art: instead, it’s considered a …

7 safety tips from hackers

It's easy to get hacked. And yes, it can happen to you.<p>Follow this advice from actual hackers, and you'll be a lot safer online.<p><b>1. Turn off your phone's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.</b> Hackers are religious about this. Keeping these features "on" all the time makes it easy for strangers to slip into your …

Bette Davis on The Sexes

Administration seeks $1.2 billion for border

The Obama administration renewed its plea Monday for Congress to provide additional money to deal with the unaccompanied migrant children at the border. The request seemed likely to fall on deaf ears as neither party showed an appetite to revive the issue.<p>Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson …

IG let Veterans Affairs officials alter report to absolve agency in Phoenix deaths

Crucial language that the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general could not “conclusively” prove that delays in care caused patient deaths at a Phoenix hospital was added to its final report after a draft version was sent to agency administrators for comment, the Washington Examiner has …

Krauthammer: Speech on ISIS will likely be 'more of Obama's rhetoric'

Charles Krauthammer said Monday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" he doubts that President Obama will lay out a clear strategy to defeat the Islamic state militant group in a Wednesday speech, predicting it will be "more of Obama's rhetoric."<p>Obama will outline his plan in a meeting Tuesday with …

Rice says China, US should avoid close calls between militaries

China and the U.S. need to avoid incidents that complicate relations between their militaries, the U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Tuesday in Beijing following a recent close call between air force planes from the two sides.<p>Rice made the comments in a meeting with China's Vice …

US efforts to track Islamic extremists reportedly hampered by disputes with Europe

Efforts by U.S. intelligence officials to track American and European-born fighters who travel to the Middle East to join Islamic extremist groups like ISIS have been complicated by different approaches to sharing information and homeland security from their European counterparts, according to a …

How Obama spun the press on immigration delay — and sort of got away with it

The White House engaged in some truly masterful spinning of the decision to delay action on immigration, and the press half-bought it.<p>President Obama, for his part, was half-candid.<p>The upshot was coverage that was about half as tough as it should have been.<p>Obama was, after all, breaking a fairly …