World's oldest person turns 116

May 24, 2015

World's oldest person turns 116

A Detroit-area woman turned 116 on Saturday, but she offers no secret for a long life. “There’s nothing I can do about it,” said Jeralean Talley of Inkster ahead of her birthday weekend. Talley was to celebrate her birthday twice, including at a party ...

Cartier ruby nets record $30.42 million

May 13, 2015

Cartier ruby nets record $30.42 million

A Burmese ruby weighing 25.59 carats sold for a world record 28.25 million Swiss francs ($30.42 million) at a Tuesday auction that saw strong demand for colored stones and exceptional natural pearls, auction house Sotheby’s said. “The Sunrise Ruby,” which has the rare grading ...

Apr 15, 2015

Whale sets migration record, a 22,500-km Pacific round trip

A lone female Western North Pacific gray whale has set a record for long-distance migration, according to a study Tuesday. Nicknamed Varvara, the nine-year-old whale was tagged off Russia’s Sakhalin Island in 2011. She crossed from the northwestern to the northeastern side of the ...

Be kind to live long, world's oldest woman says from Arkansas

Apr 2, 2015

Be kind to live long, world's oldest woman says from Arkansas

The world’s oldest person, 116-year-old Gertrude Weaver of Arkansas, believes the key to longevity is treating other people kindly. Weaver, born on July 4, 1898, lives at a senior care facility in Camden, Arkansas, where she exercises in her wheelchair three times a week ...

Mar 29, 2015

Swiss pilot on solo odyssey dies in Ecuador crash

A Swiss aviator attempting to circumnavigate the world in 20 months in a lightweight two-seater aircraft died Saturday after crashing into a volcano in central Ecuador, officials said. Eric Guilloud, 62, was declared dead following the accident in Cotopaxi province, Ecuador’s Directorate General of ...

Mar 6, 2015

Attempt to row across Atlantic foiled off Barbados by wind

Heavy wind caused an eight-member crew attempting to row across the Atlantic Ocean in record time to fall just short of their goal Thursday as they neared the island of Barbados. The six men and two women were blown off course about 2½ miles ...

Nine couples set marathon dance record of 35:01:01

Feb 15, 2015

Nine couples set marathon dance record of 35:01:01

Nine couples have broken the world record for the longest dance marathon in the seaside town of Pattaya, southeast of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok. The couples broke the record by dancing for 35 hours, one minute and one second, gaining a spot in the Guinness ...

U.S. mom delivers 6½-kg baby after surprise pregnancy

Feb 8, 2015

U.S. mom delivers 6½-kg baby after surprise pregnancy

Maxxzandra Ford said she realized during delivery that she was giving birth to an unusually large baby, but had no idea her son was 14.1 pounds (6,400 grams). It was a double surprise for the Florida mom, who hadn’t even realized she was pregnant ...

Dec 24, 2014

Oldest man in U.S. dies at 110

A northern Illinois resident recognized as the oldest man in the U.S. has died at 110. The Rockford Register Star reported C. Conrad Johnson died Tuesday. The director of the funeral home handling Johnson’s arrangements also confirmed his death. The Swedish-born Johnson worked as ...