Mary Elizabeth Van Volkenburg

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Fan who caught Seahawks' game-winning touchdown turns down $20,000, is going to jail

After Jermaine Kearse caught Russell Wilson’s 35-yard touchdown pass in overtime to send the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl, he chucked the football into the seats of CenturyLink.<p>The ball landed into the lap of Scott Shelton. The day after the catch, Shelton was offered $20,000 by a sports …

NFL

Meet the artist who creates surreal masterpieces with his iPhone

“Really I just download some apps I think sound interesting and play around with them for some time.”<p>The iPhone makes creativity-on-the-move a reality

Art

How Dogs Understand What We Say

Scientists — and anyone who lives with a canine — know that dogs pay close attention to the emotion in our voices. They listen for whether our tone is friendly or mean, how the pitch goes up or down and even the rhythms in our speech.<p>But what about the meaning of the words we say?<p>Sure, a few …

The Force is with the new 'Star Wars' trailer

<b>(CNN)</b> -- A droid rolling along in the desert. Stormtroopers leaving a transport vehicle readying for battle. A Sith lord showing off his three-sided lightsaber.<p>Those are the images that make up the first look at "Star Wars: Episode VII -- The Force Awakens," which debuted its first teaser trailer …

Surgeon tied to India sterilization deaths arrested

A surgeon has been arrested on charges of negligence and attempted culpable homicide in the deaths of a dozen women who had undergone sterilization operations at a mobile clinic in one of India's poorest states.<p>Dr. R. K. Gupta, assisted by a team of fellow medical professionals, operated on 83 …

Scientists Doubt That Meteor Caused Crater In Nicaragua

We reported on Monday that a meteor, thought possibly to be a chunk of an Earth-passing asteroid, was the cause of a 40-foot crater outside the international airport in the Nicaraguan capital.<p>But astronomers and NASA scientists are now casting doubt on that possibility. The biggest mystery is that …

Why I Never Pay Full Price (It's Not What You Expect)

One writer on the thrill of the hunt – and her 7 rules for coming out of a sale with the best pieces (and the best prices)<p>I like to think that I show artful restraint in almost every aspect of decorating (and life) with one small exception: at a furniture sample sale. It isn't a pretty ordeal, but …

Robin Williams Tributes: Rufio, Broadway’s ‘Aladdin,’ and More

From World of Warcraft and late night to Dante Basco—better known as Rufio from Hook—see some of the tributes to the great comedian.<p>1) Last Tuesday …

Infant Possibilities

Babies’ genomes hold clues that can save their lives, but that same information could be used in far less noble ways. Where should we draw the line?<p>When Kira Walker was born, on June 13, 2013, her parents and doctors knew she might have health issues. Her mother, a recovering heroin addict, had …

Mutations

Influenza: How the Great War helped create the greatest pandemic ever known | @GrrlScientist

The Great War helped create the influenza pandemic of 1918, which eventually brought an early end to the Great War<p>I had a little bird,<br>Its name was Enza.<br>I opened the window,<br>And in-flu-enza.

13 Real-Life Stories of the Worst Customers Ever

The customer isn't always right, but they invariably think they are, even while they're punching a barista in the face.<p>So with a goal of equal parts catharsis, shaming, and old-fashioned hater-tainment, <b>we asked service industry veterans across the country to share with us tales of the customers</b> …

Transformers: Age of Extinction review – interminably stupid

The OED offers one definition of "epic" as "an exceptionally long and arduous task or activity", and it is clearly this informal usage that Michael Bay adopts when describing his latest bore-buster. Yes, it's Transformers: Bigger, Louder, Longer, although sadly not Better. All the usual Bay …

How Melissa McCarthy sold out overweight women

<b>Melissa McCarthy (AP/John Shearer)</b><p>The actress has been an impassioned advocate for body acceptance. Her film career would suggest otherwise<p>Laura Bogart<p>July 14, 2014 12:00am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on DAME.<p>I was a size 18 at the time, at times needing a 20 to cover the amplitude of my …

Has The End Of The Banana Arrived?

Researchers fear that a relentless and virulent fungus could cripple the world's banana monoculture<p>Two weeks ago, at a conference in South Africa, scientists met to discuss how to contain a deadly banana disease outbreak in nearby Mozambique, Africa. At fault was a fungus that continues its march …

Forestry

Watch Music Bring Back Memories for Alzheimer's Patients

How songs can help people whose minds are deteriorating.<p>One day in 2006, New York social worker Dan Cohen realized that with today's devices, all of his favorite music—he's a fan of '60s rock—is at his fingertips, but he might no longer be able to listen to it if he winds up in a nursing home when …

47 Pie Recipes for Every Season

From classic apple to blueberry—we've got a pie for every season.<p>No matter what the season, pie is one of our favorite desserts. There's not much you can't put into a flaky, buttery crust. From fruity fillings piled high (high pie!) with meringue to rich, velvety chocolate delights, here are our …

Mini Chicken Pot Pies - The Nerd's Wife

One of my favorite comfort foods that’s perfect for a cold winter night is chicken pot pie. I grew up eating the stuff and I just love it. But with …

DIY: Hanging Mason Jar Storage

To see all of Quimby's one-of-a-kind creations, check out this photo gallery that takes you through her kitchen full of recycled projects.<p>Step …

DIY

I Love to Create: It's About Twine!

Knitting, Crochet, Craft and DIY parenting blog, by author, designer and TV personality, Vickie Howell.

Spray Painted Mason Jars

<i>Metallic Mason Jars: Spray Painted in Silver & Gold</i><p>… and you answered.<p><i>All 70 of you …</i><p><i>* Wow *</i><p>Seventy comments in the comments thread! <i>Really?</i><p>I’m …

Mason Jar Table Lanterns

5 Great Outdoor Mason Jar Lighting Projects

Everyone loves the mason jar… it holds a sense of nostalgia and is a versatile decorating element in any style garden! Here are five great ways to …

Sausage and Gravy on Pasta

Where do recipes come from? From necessity, distant memories, and problem solving, mostly. This one came from the fact that my littlest one won't eat hamburger but loves sausage. And I had picked up some freshly made pappardelle pasta from Eataly. And I found a green pepper in my late-summer …

Drug-resistant superbugs multiplying: CDC report IDs 'urgent threats'

Thoughtless use of antibiotic medications continues to promote the growth of drug-resistant superbugs in the U.S., threatening doctors' ability to combat infections, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>The 114-page publication, which was written for …

Top 15 DIY Fall Wreaths To Try This Year

As you may have noticed, the weather starts to send us hints that summer is over and that we should get ready for autumn. Fall is a beautiful season …

Wreaths

How To Argue With Someone Who Says 'Pandas Deserve To Die'

It's a contentious, edgy argument! But it's flawed in just about every way. Here's how to exploit those flaws.<p>A baby panda was born last week at the National Zoo. The National Zoo, and many people not associated with the Zoo, celebrated, because the panda is a <i>very</i> endangered animal and has become …

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