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Solar-plane pilots say trip was also test of human endurance

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — The two Swiss pilots taking turns to fly a solar-powered airplane around the world said Sunday the endeavor is not only a demonstration of the importance of renewable energy but also of the many challenges the human body can endure.<p>Pilot Bertrand Piccard completed a …

Airplanes

Newborn puppy that lost its mom finds unusual foster family

After this cute pup named Bobby sadly lost its mother to a car accident, the Michigan Humane Society was able to pair up the dog with a new family — of cats.<p>Bobby was just two days old when its mother was fatally struck by a vehicle, so it was important that the puppy found a new family as quickly …

Animals

Returning home is a mixed blessing for victims of Boko Haram

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — "Bring Back Our Girls," say the placards in the park and the tweets read around the world. But for thousands of girls and women who've escaped Boko Haram's clutches, the message they've sometimes encountered at homecomings has been "Stay Away."<p>As U.S.-backed African governments …

Boko Haram

Is your child hopeless at spelling? Don’t panic… 

Shortly after I began teaching, I had my first lesson with a group of mostly dyslexic boys.<p>As soon as I handed something out, a number of them started doodling over it. “Why are you doing that?” I asked. One boy replied, “We’re the dyslexic class, sir. We’re supposed to be creative.” It turned out …

Spelling

Prince Autopsy Completed, Medical Examiner's Office Confirms

"Gathering the results will take several days and the results of a full toxicology scan could likely take weeks."<p>Prince's autopsy has been completed, according to a release from the Midwest Medical Examiner's office on Friday afternoon.<p>The release states that the Chief Medical Examiner began the …

Autopsy

Wives become less stressed after their husbands die, study finds

Marriage has long been thought to be beneficial, in sickness and in health.<p>But a new study suggests that widows actually suffer less stress and frailty than wives whose husbands are still alive.<p>The findings are in contrast to previous research which showed marriage has a protective effect on …

Marriage

7 iPhone apps for kids that will help them learn something new

Apple introduced a kid's section to the App Store years ago, but it can be difficult to wade through thousands of apps to find those with educational value.<p>To help you out, we sifted through a bunch of kids apps to find the best, focusing on ones that were highly rated and recently updated.<p>The …

iPhone

The One Thing That Gives Kids Stability In A Stepfamily

Focusing on your marriage will ultimately benefit your kids.<p>You have to "focus on making memories instead of what you can't control," says mom and blogger Donna Mott.<p><i>As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they’ve worked to bring their</i> …

Kids

10 Beliefs About Vaccinating Kids That Are Dangerous and Wrong

Despite tons of scientific data about kids' shots, these major misconceptions persist.<p>Even before you have a baby — hell, even if you <i>don't</i> have one — you'll hear mixed messages about immunization. The GOP's debating it. Parents like Jenny and Neil Burdett are advocating for vaccines after tragedy …

Kids

10 Commandments of Toddlers

If you've lived through the toddler years, you know it's no stroll through the park. Living with toddlers is like getting a sharp stick in the eye and a bikini wax at the same time. Toddlers are good at what they do, despite their lack of real-world experience. The following list is a guide that …

10 Commandments

Value of Prince's $300-million estate is expected to soar in coming years

By any measure, Prince was rock star royalty. That includes his wealth.<p>The prolific musician leaves behind a vast legacy of genre-bending albums and gender-bending fashion statements — and an estate said to be worth about $300 million, making him one of the most valuable entertainers in the …

Music

17 Landscaping Ideas for a Low-Maintenance Yard

HGTV's Chris and Peyton Lambton​ reveal how to spend less time taking care of your yard and more time relaxing in it.

Gardening

Emission cheating costs VW $18 billion

<b>London (CNN) —</b> Volkswagen's huge emission cheating scandal has already cost the carmaker about 16 billion euros. It's also costing its executives a big chunk of their pay.<p>The company released its full year earnings on Friday, reporting a net loss of 5.5 billion euros ($6.2 billion) in …

Volkswagen

All diesel cars tested break emissions limits when driven on road

All diesel vehicles tested by the government in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal fail to meet EU standards for nitrogen oxide pollution when driven in the real world, with some emitting up to 12 times more than the limits.<p>A Department for Transport (DfT) study, launched after it was …

Autos

Indonesia defends use of death penalty for drug trafficking

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia on Friday defended its use of the death penalty for drug traffickers, just days after its representative was jeered at a U.N. narcotics conference, citing a steep rise in demand and consumption in Southeast Asia's most populous country.<p>Indonesia has faced widespread …

Indonesia

'Naked In Nature' Instagram Will Make You Want To Ditch Your Clothes Next Time You Travel

Imagine the breeze...<p>Earlier this week hipster entrepreneurs announced plans to launch London's first naked restaurant.<p>But there are far better places to get your kit off, as demonstrated by the Instagram account Naked In Nature.<p>The account shows bare bums in all their glory in the great …

European Travel

The 50 greatest hotels in Italy for a slice of la dolce vita

<b>An expert guide to the best hotels in Italy, including the top hotels in Venice, Rome, Florence and the Italian Lakes.</b><p>It’s the sheer variety that strikes you first. Italy has as many hotels as it has destinations, from old-fashioned family-run pensioni in historic city centres to elegant lakeside …

Italy

Canada's supreme court gives Métis people 'Indian' aboriginal status

Canada’s supreme court has ruled that more than 600,000 aboriginal people previously denied special legal status by the federal government should receive it, granting potential access to new rights and benefits.<p>The court declared that Métis people – those of mixed aboriginal and European descent – …

Canada

Swede arrested in Brussels 'brainwashed' by militants

MALMO, Sweden (AP) — Osama Krayem lived a delinquent lifestyle in Rosengard, an immigrant neighborhood in the Swedish city of Malmo, before he was "brainwashed" and joined Islamic militants in Syria, community activists and his aunt say.<p>The 23-year-old is now under arrest in Belgium where …

Brussels

Landscaping moves into the house

Robert Jimenez-McWilliams is a landscaper, but you won't find his work outdoors.<p>The Palm Springs designer specializes in interior plantscaping. He works with interior decorators and general landscapers to bring leafy greenery to interior spaces, paying artful consideration not just to what plant …

House

Monkey sneaks into Bhubaneswar airport, ‘hangs’ around for 12 hours

Authorities at the Biju Patnaik International Airport may have airtight security arrangements in place to check passengers, trafficking and possible …

Travel

Sotomayor: US high court needs more diversity, in many ways

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the nation's highest court needs more diversity of personal backgrounds and professional experience, speaking as a vacancy has refocused attention on the court's makeup.<p>During a talk Friday at Brooklyn Law School, Sotomayor didn't …

Diversity

Wall St Set to Open Higher as Oil Surges

Wall Street was set to open higher on Friday, helped by a surge in crude oil and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's comments pointing to resilience in the U.S. economy.<p>Crude rose more than 3 percent on fresh hopes of top producers agreeing to freeze output, and economic indicators in the United …

Finance

Ex-Sailor Declared Innocent of Murder, Rape After 33 Years in Prison

A 60-year-old former sailor will be freed from a Virginia prison after 33 years on Friday after the state Supreme Court unanimously found him innocent Thursday of murder and rape thanks to new DNA evidence.<p>Keith Allen Harward was convicted in 1982 of murdering Jesse Perron of Newport News and …

Prison

Argentine prosecutor wants president probed in Panama leaks

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine President Mauricio Macri said Thursday that he will set up a blind trust to make his finances transparent, speaking hours after a prosecutor sought permission to investigate the leader's role in two offshore companies that emerged in the "Panama Papers" leak.<p>…

Argentina

Flight Attendants Share The Craziest Things They've Seen Mid-Air

Their list includes licking, squirrels, and babies in the overhead bin.<p>Travelers have all encountered a rowdy or unruly passenger at some point, but flight attendants deal with them all the time. It’s not just calming down angry fliers, but also bearing witness to some of the most bizarre behavior …

Travel

The Brown Sugar Balsamic-Glazed Pork Loin that Pinterest Loved

There's a game of telephone woven into almost every recipe: They're passed along—horizontally, from friend to friend, or vertically, from generation to generation—and inevitably, the recipe transforms, based on preferences or whatever the maker happens to have in the pantry or how legible the …

Slow Cooker Recipes

Panama Papers reveal offshore secrets of China’s red nobility

The eight members of China’s Communist party elite whose family members used offshore companies are revealed in the Panama Papers.<p>The documents show the granddaughter of a powerful Chinese leader became the sole shareholder in two British Virgin Islands companies while still a teenager. Jasmine Li …

Asia

22 Science Jokes Only Smart People Will Understand

Argon walks into a bar. “We don’t serve noble gases in here,” says the barman. Argon doesn’t react.<p>Via @robynvinter<p>Via @drrichjlaw.<p>Via @jdthndr.<p>Via @kerihw, who wishes to point out that, technically, 2D shapes don’t have faces, they have sides, so his joke doesn’t work.<p>Via @donaldosaurus.<p>Via …

Space Science

Wisconsin primary: Cruz, Sanders win in upset for front-runners

MILWAUKEE — Sen. Ted Cruz has won the Republican primary in Wisconsin, and Sen. Bernie Sanders has won the Democratic primary, according to exit polls and early returns.<p>The Associated Press called the race for both men within an hour of polls closing at 9 p.m. Eastern time. In both races, the …

Bernie Sanders