An age apart: Two women witness three centuries

Jun 30, 2015

An age apart: Two women witness three centuries

When Susannah Mushatt Jones and Emma Morano were born in 1899, there was not yet world war or penicillin, and electricity was still considered a marvel. The women are believed to be the last two in the world with birthdates in the 1800s. The ...

World's second-tallest building twists upward in Shanghai

Jun 21, 2015

World's second-tallest building twists upward in Shanghai

The world’s second-tallest building, Shanghai Tower, will soon open in the Chinese financial capital with a twist — a 120-degree twist, to be exact. A triangular “outer skin” twists around a circular core, sending the glass-and-steel tower spiraling 632 meters (2,086 feet) into the ...

Jun 19, 2015

Last month was the hottest May in modern history

Last month marked the hottest May in modern history, continuing a troubling trend of rising global temperatures, U.S. government scientists said Thursday. “This was the warmest May on record,” said Derek Arndt, chief of the monitoring branch at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ...

'One Piece' sets Guinness World record for manga

Jun 15, 2015

'One Piece' sets Guinness World record for manga

The popular manga series “One Piece” was officially recognized by Guinness World Records on Monday as the comic book series with the most copies published by a single author. Shueisha Inc. had published more than 320 million copies of Eiichiro Oda’s series in 77 ...

Harvard gets $400 million from Wall Street alum

Jun 4, 2015

Harvard gets $400 million from Wall Street alum

Harvard has received its biggest gift in school history: a $400 million donation from Wall Street hedge fund billionaire and alumnus John Paulson, the university said Wednesday. The endowment from Paulson will support the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, which has led technology ...

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 ...