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 ...

Boy crowned youngest-ever U.S. chess grandmaster

Nov 28, 2014

Boy crowned youngest-ever U.S. chess grandmaster

Not many people can claim to have shattered a major American record at the age of 13 years, 10 months and 27 days. But chess prodigy Samuel Sevian can now do just that, after being crowned America’s youngest-ever grandmaster, easily besting the country’s previous ...

American wife wins record British divorce settlement

Nov 28, 2014

American wife wins record British divorce settlement

The estranged wife of a London financier was awarded £337 million ($530 million) on Thursday in one of the biggest divorce settlements seen in a British court. Details of the payment to U.S.-born Jamie Cooper-Hohn, 49, emerged after a draft judgment was given to ...