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The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …

Navy Yard: Swat team 'stood down' at mass shooting scene

<b>One of the first teams of heavily armed police to respond to Monday's shooting in Washington DC was ordered to stand down by superiors, the BBC can reveal.</b><p>A tactical response team of the Capitol Police, a force that guards the US Capitol complex, was told to leave the scene by a supervisor instead …

Donations pour in for homeless man who returned backpack with $42K

Honesty really paid off for a homeless man in Boston who turned in a backpack worth nearly $42,000 earlier this week.<p>Since his good deed, an online fundraiser had raised more than $92,000 for Glen James by early Thursday, and brought in offers from strangers who want to help the Good Samaritan by …

India Delhi gang rape lawyer faces 'misconduct' hearing

<b>The post-trial comments of a defence lawyer in the Delhi gang rape case amount to "professional misconduct", Delhi Bar Council vice-chairman Rakesh Sherawat has told the BBC.</b><p>Mr Sherawat said AP Singh "could lose his licence for life if found guilty".<p>Mr Singh caused shock saying he would have …

Germany's Refugee Policy Tested By New Arrivals

As many as 5,000 Syrian refugees are moving to Germany this month after Chancellor Angela Merkel's government agreed to a U.N. request to host them. But they aren't receiving the warmest welcome in a country where a growing number of Germans are unhappy about the steady stream of asylum seekers. …

A Scarier Bird Flu: CDC Chief Warns of Looming H7N9 Threat

An uncontainable virus, killer measles, and the plague top the list of the CDC’s worries. By Eliza Shapiro.<p>Be afraid. Be very afraid.<p>While the U.S. …

Yemen Child Marriage Law: Human Rights Minister Wants To Set Minimum Age At 18

Following reports that an 8-year-old girl in Yemen was killed after having intercourse with her 40-year-old husband, the nation's human rights minister is looking to pass a law banning child marriage.<p>Hooria Mashhoor asked Yemen's parliament to pass a law outlawing the practice, BBC reported. She …

A Russian Lawmaker Is Misusing My Gay Parenting Study

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p><i>Editor's note: Earlier this month, we wrote about how a Russian lawmaker had cited University of</i> …

Go Ahead and Freak Out About the School with No Books

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>An all-digital school means no more books, no more heavy backpacks full of textbooks, and no more …

When Public Shaming of Children Fails

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Kids these days are out of control, strutting around in their short shorts, twerking anywhere and …

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In Germany, one TV ad per candidate

BERLIN — Germany is in the heat of election season: in just over a week, voters will head to the polls to determine whether Chancellor Angela Merkel and her party get a third term leading the government.<p>So where are the TV ads?<p>The comparative lack of political advertising on the airwaves here would …

World War II veteran to return 'souvenir' Japanese sword

A 94-year-old veteran from southeastern Minnesota plans to return a sword he took from Nagasaki, Japan, as a token of his time during World War II.<p>“At first, I kept it as a souvenir,” said Orval Amdahl, of rural Lanesboro. “Then, all of a sudden, I began thinking — someone had to own this.”<p>Amdahl …

Ancient Chinese tomb adds to tale of scandalous 'female prime minister'

The 1,300-year-old tomb of one of ancient China's most influential women has been found in Shaanxi Province, adding another chapter to a soap-opera tale of slavery, redemption, intrigue and beheading.<p>Archaeologists deciphered the epitaph on a marker to determine that it came from the tomb of …

Archaeology

Analysis: Superpower rivalry between US, China shows signs of softening

<b>News analysis</b><p>The superpower rivalry between the U.S. and China is showing signs of softening, following a series of high-level military visits and plans for a rare joint naval exercise between the two nations next year.<p>Washington invited Beijing to participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific …

PRI

When we meet on a quiet street away from Phnom Penh’s daytime bustle, Samnang is showing little sign of the aftereffects of an evening spent carousing at a local bar. Bright-eyed and lively, he chats eagerly about his friends’ weekend plans.<p>“We go dancing and looking for girls,” he says. “It’s …

In pictures: Syria's displaced children

Bookless Public Library Opens In Texas

An all-digital public library is opening today, as officials in Bexar County, Texas, celebrate the opening of the BiblioTech library. The facility offers about 10,000 free e-books for the 1.7 million residents of the county, which includes San Antonio.<p>On its website, the Bexar County BiblioTech …

Fears of global population boom overblown, some argue

The United States has long feared overpopulation, particularly as Baby Boomers began to come of age in the 1960s.<p>President Lyndon B. Johnson weighed in on the issue during his presidency in 1965, promising to find a solution.<p>“I will seek new ways to use our knowledge to help deal with the explosion …

University of Oxford

China's Education Proposal Could Mean Less Homework For Students

For young students in China, school may soon be a lot less stressful.<p>According to state television network CCTV, the country’s Ministry of Education recently released a proposal to lighten the workload of Chinese students. The suggested regulations were open for public comment in late August and …

Immigrants lacking papers work legally — as their own bosses

Savvy young immigrants discover the limited liability company as a way to work legally. Some even hire U.S. citizens.<p>September 14, 2013|By Cindy Carcamo<p>Carla Chavarria of Phoenix can't drive in Arizona because she entered… (Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles…)<p>PHOENIX — At just 20 years of age, Carla …

Athletics cost colleges, students millions

As colleges and students face exploding spending, tuition and student debt, many question all of the money spent on sports.<p>CINCINNATI -- College sports create undeniable campus pride and identity, but spending has increased so fast it's taking money from academics and student services.<p>The …

Voyager probe 'leaves Solar System'

<b>The Voyager-1 spacecraft has become the first manmade object to leave the Solar System.</b><p>Scientists say the probe's instruments indicate it has moved beyond the bubble of hot gas from our Sun and is now moving in the space between the stars.<p>Launched in 1977, Voyager was sent initially to study the …

Utah's Air Quality Alerts May Have Inadvertently Put More Cars on the Road

Korea Will Soon Be Home To The World's First 'Invisible' Skyscraper

The world will soon have its first "invisible" skyscraper.<p>There's no construction date yet for the planned 1,476-foot tower, called Tower Infinity. But its architects have just been granted a construction permit to begin building outside of Seoul, South Korea near Incheon International Airport.<p>The …

26 Maps That Show How Ethnic Groups Are Divided Across America

Take German-Americans, the country's largest ancestry group with 49 million members. While they make up more than 30% of the population in the Midwest, they account for less than 10% of the population in the Deep South and California.<p>Irish-Americans are everywhere in the North East, but almost …

You May Not Want To Look: Blobfish Named 'Ugliest Animal'

At first glance, we thought it was a <i>Star Wars</i> character.<p>But, no, the blobfish is a real creature that bobs around in the waters off Australia.<p>And now it's the "winner" of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society's online vote to choose a mascot.<p>Or as the society and the British Science Association say, …