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Do go chasing waterfalls: You can see 250 of them in western North Carolina

BREVARD, N.C. - Some are big. Some are small. Some are wide. Some are narrow. Some crash down. Some are a slow trickle. And some, you can slide right down. There are at least 250 waterfalls in Transylvania County, North Carolina, about halfway … more

Club Digest: June 10, 2018

NU MASTER CHAPTER OF BETA SIGMA PHI Members met on April 19 at the home of Liz Wild. A business meeting was held after lunch. Libby Singletary thanked everyone for supporting United Ministries. She asked members to participate in "Baby Bottle … more

Dirty money is an understatement

Pennsylvania State UniversityThe ConversationWe live in a dirty world. Wherever we go, we are among microbes. Bacteria, fungi and viruses live on our phones, bus seats, door handles and park benches. We pass these tiny organisms to each other when … more

How does your garden grow? With drones, phones to make things easier, more efficient

New technology is easing the way we garden, store equipment, monitor watering and re-shape landscapes. And some of those tasks can be done remotely, using phones or tablets. The innovations extend well beyond downloading a few apps. New to the … more

From snipers to mothers

NATICK, Mass. - The terrors of World War II impacted most of the world's women, both on the home and battlefronts. A new exhibition at the International Museum of World War II in Natick, Massachusetts, highlights just that - the important and … more

Homegirl Cafe offers 'platos' by ex-gang members with hope

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a different time, at another place and under other circumstances, you might have run away from Latisha Valenzuela and Glenda Alvarenga. But at Homegirl Cafe, a Los Angeles breakfast and lunch spot with a Latino twist, the two … more

Sea-life sculptures are made from ocean's plastic trash

NEW ORLEANS - Huge sculptures of sea life are dotted about New Orleans' aquarium and zoo, all of them made from plastic trash that washed ashore. There's a great white shark made partly of bottle caps and beach toys and a jellyfish made mostly of … more

Baseball's offensive tweeters teaching moments for parents

NEW YORK - At 13, Charlie Fish in Cincinnati has just been given the parental go-ahead to use social media for the first time. He's also a competitive golfer, avid "SportsCenter" watcher and well aware of the attention received by offensive tweets … more

Hemingway story from 1956 published for 1st time

NEW YORK - The themes and trappings are familiar for an Ernest Hemingway narrative: Paris, wartime, talk of books and wine and the scars of battle. But the story itself has been little known beyond the scholarly community for decades: "A Room on … more

On the road again: More people are embracing old-fashioned vacations

Suddenly, old-fashioned road trips are trendy again. Surveys show they're on the rise. Websites, newspapers, magazines and even books are featuring road trips like they're the next big thing - even though they're actually a longstanding American … more

'Not my child'

CHICAGO - Ayrial Miller is clearly annoyed. Her mother is sitting with her on the couch in their Chicago apartment, scrolling through the teen's contacts on social media. "Who's this?" asks Jennea Bivens, aka Mom. It's a friend of a friend, … more

Summer and diet damage your DNA

Today, your body will accumulate quadrillions of new injuries in your DNA. The constant onslaught of many forms of damage, some of which permanently mutates your genes, could initiate cancer and prove fatal. Yet all is not doomed: The lives we lead … more

Out of the shadows: Babies of Rohingya rape survivors arrive

UKHIYA, Bangladesh - Tucked away in the shadows of her family's bamboo shelter, the girl hid from the world. She was 13, and she was petrified. Two months earlier, soldiers had broken into her home back in Myanmar and raped her, an attack that … more

How do you 'burn' fat?

Many of us may be considering "burning some fat" so we feel better in our bathing suits out on the beach or at the pool. What does that actually mean, though? The normal fat cell exists primarily to store energy. The body will expand the number … more

Don't miss Music of Spring Garden Tour

The 2018 Music of Spring Garden Tour will be presented by the Sumter Council of Garden Clubs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at the Swan Lake Visitor's Center in Sumter from May 20 through 26 … more

Fashion firms go digital focusing on speed, trends

NEW YORK - Prototypes? Passe. Fashion company Betabrand saw that knitwear was a hot style in sneakers and wanted to quickly jump on the trend for dressier shoes. It put a poll up on its website asking shoppers what style they liked, and based on … more

'Jurassic Park' dinosaur expert's next big thing: 3-D holograms

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Forget the gray, green and brown dinosaurs in the "Jurassic Park" movies. Paleontologist Jack Horner wants to transport people back in time to see a feathered Tyrannosaurus rex colored bright red and a blue triceratops with red … more

What to know before saying 'yes' to online wedding dress

Carol Hickins' wedding dress arrived at her office "in a plastic bag inside a brown cardboard box," she says. The packaging was a "letdown," she says, but the dress was not. She loved the gown she … more

Is retiring to ocean breezes and cheap rent really for you?

The world is full of tropical paradises and other exotic places where a couple can live comfortably on $2,000 a month or less. Plus, good health care abroad can cost a fraction of what it does in the … more

Twins buried together in France after WWII deaths at Normandy

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France - For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred. Today, he has recovered his identity - and was reunited with his twin brother in Normandy, where … more
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