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Puppy dog eye contact: the hormonal stuff of bonding

Oh, those puppy eyes. Just by gazing at their owners, dogs can trigger a response in their masters’ brains that helps them bond, a study says. And owners can do a similar trick in return, the researchers found. This two-way street evidently began when dogs were domesticated long ago, because ...

Ship that survived A- bomb tests found off California

Apr 18, 2015

Ship that survived A- bomb tests found off California

Experts have discovered a World War II U.S. aircraft carrier that is “amazingly intact” despite languishing on the bottom of the Pacific for more than 60 years. The ship is upright, listing only slightly and may even have a plane inside The former USS ...

Teacher's assignment goes viral after pupils reveal secrets

Apr 18, 2015

Teacher's assignment goes viral after pupils reveal secrets

A Colorado teacher who posted notes from her third-grade class online and started a social media whirlwind under the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew said Friday the assignment had been a revelation for her. Kyle Schwartz, 26, asked the eight- and nine-year-olds at her Denver inner city ...

Top Saddam deputy reportedly killed after years on the run

Apr 18, 2015

Top Saddam deputy reportedly killed after years on the run

He was the last member of Saddam Hussein’s inner circle still on the run, depicted with his distinctive red mustache as the “king of clubs” on the U.S. military’s deck of cards of most-wanted Iraqi regime fugitives. Now, officials say they believe government forces ...

Apr 17, 2015

The line of succession to the British throne

Prince William’s second child will be born fourth in line to inherit the British throne, behind their first child, Prince George. Everyone below the baby will move down a place, starting with William’s brother, Prince Harry, who will drop to fifth. The immediate line ...

Apr 17, 2015

William and Kate: royal parents with a modern image

by James Pheby

The birth of the second baby of Prince William and his wife, Kate, will cap a momentous four years for Britain’s golden couple, completing their journey from student sweethearts to regal domesticity. The couple have cultivated an image as down-to-earth parents ever since William ...

Apr 17, 2015

Connect the dots: U.S. city gets umlauts back on signs

Minnesota’s Great Umlaut Crisis is over: The city nicknamed “America’s Little Sweden” gets to keep them. At Gov. Mark Dayton’s order, road crews on Thursday restored the two small dots above the “o” in Lindstroem (LINDT’-stroom) on two highway signs on the edge of ...

Apr 17, 2015

'Suge' Knight to stand trial for murder

Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight will stand trial for murder over the hit-and-run incident earlier this year that left one man dead and another seriously injured, a Los Angeles judge ruled Thursday. Knight is to face charges of murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run ...

Mexico acts to save endangered vaquita porpoise

Apr 17, 2015

Mexico acts to save endangered vaquita porpoise

President Enrique Pena Nieto inaugurated a plan Thursday to save the critically endangered vaquita marina, the world’s smallest porpoise, found only in the Sea of Cortez. There are fewer than 100 vaquitas left and the head of the World Wildlife Fund in Mexico, Omar ...