January 26, 2012 RSS feed / Living

Museum revamps automobile displays

The suburban Detroit museum founded by auto pioneer Henry Ford is revamping its automotive displays, offering a fresh look at its rich collection and showcasing the enormous influence of the automobile on culture and daily life in the United States. More...

Natural gas, oil boom spurs sand mining in Midwest

Worries over health, environment surface

The rolling hills and scenic bluffs of western Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota hide a valuable resource that has sparked what’s been called a modern-day gold rush. More...

New owners try again at ‘Animal House’

Two weeks after they reopened the Dexter Lake Club, the funky roadhouse featured briefly in “Animal House,” Gregg and Shannon Stewart are still getting “the look” from locals. More...

Galveston ferry ... possibly Texas’ best tourist bargain

Galveston’s Bolivar Ferry, Texas’ version of the famous New York Staten Island Ferry, may be the best tourist bargain in the Lone Star State. More...

THIS WEEK IN THE CIVIL WAR

Lincoln’s outspoken war secretary resigns

President Abraham Lincoln’s outspoken war secretary, Simon Cameron, a canny old-time political boss from Pennsylvania, resigns the all-important Cabinet post on Jan. 14, 1862. More...

One year after Sugarloaf accident

The safety of ski lifts

It was a perfect day for skiing at Sugarloaf on fresh powder left by a December snowstorm the day before. But something seemed amiss as Rick Tonge and his son rode a chairlift up the mountain. First he heard some banging and clanging. More...

FBI range is popular deer hangout

Call it a playground for Bambi and G-Men, where imaginary criminals are hunted and deer are the spectators. More...

Marriage optional

More and more adults in America staying out of the ring

NEW YORK A s a 20-something, Erin Turner feels she made all the right moves dating wise. She graduated from college and spent three and a half years with a boyfriend before they moved in together. Their cohabitation bliss lasted only eight months. More...

Gray wolves on the rebound

Their future is uncertain as federal protections end

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Oddly enough

Robbery suspect used infection threat SHARON, Pa. (AP) — Police say a man tried to rob a western Pennsylvania gambling parlor by threatening to spread a staph infection. More...

Border Patrol to toughen policy

The U.S. Border Patrol is moving to halt a revolvingdoor policy of sending migrants back to Mexico without any punishment. More...

U.K. scientists find ‘lost’ Darwin fossils

British scientists have found scores of fossils the great evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin and his peers collected but that had been lost for more than 150 years. More...

THIS WEEK IN THE CIVIL WAR

USS Hatteras, Union troops pound Cedar Key, Fla.

The Union Navy, intent on further tightening the blockade on the South and seizing Confederate outposts all along its coast, dispatches the USS Hatteras to Cedar Key, Fla., during this week 150 years ago in the Civil War. More...

Reebok’s work force on the move

New fitness program has employees shedding pounds

To be blunt, Peggy Baker is an overweight, middle-age diabetic. Until last year, she had never lifted a kettlebell or done a box jump in her life. More...

New England Journal

200 years of medical history

Unhappy with today’s health care? Think of what it was like to be sick 200 years ago. No stethoscopes, antibiotics, Xrays or vaccines. Bloodletting was a common treatment. More...

South Dakota twins born in different years

When they grow up, a set of newborn twins in South Dakota will be able to tell people they were born in different years. Kylee Anthony was born a minute before midnight on New Year’s Eve, and brother John Jr. More...

Titanic artifacts headed to auction

The owner of the largest trove of artifacts salvaged from the Titanic is putting the vast collection up for auction as a single lot in 2012, the 100th anniversary of the world’s most famous shipwreck. More...

THIS WEEK IN THE CIVIL WAR Clamor for war; Union Navy fights

The year 1862 will open with the Union Army of the Potomac under Major Gen. McClellan facing popular and political pressure to engage in major combat with its Confederate foes. But McClellan has come down with typhoid and is ill in bed. More...

Florida yoga teacher named ‘world’s oldest’

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. The yoga teacher in the front of the room lay on the floor, her hands resting on her upper thighs. She lifted her right leg high in the air, foot flexed. More...