Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk

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Teacup-sized penguin chicks going to fish school
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“You can be cool and you can be smart”
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Little League superstar Mo'ne Davis writing a book!
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Seal deemed “too friendly” heading to Detroit
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She spent $35,000 searching for her lost dog
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Cat cafe is fun for fans of felines
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Ready to skateboard on a cushion of air?
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No cash for gifts? Share you taste in music instead
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What makes Hellmann’s “real” mayonnaise real?
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Love snow days? They're becoming a thing of the past
Flying for 15 hours nonstop – fun or boring? The world's biggest passenger plane has been placed on the world's longest airline route. A Qantas Airbus A380 touched down Monday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, about 15 hours after leaving Sydney, Australia. The plane's journey had been 8,578 miles. The... - Posted on October 3, 2014
How much Harry Potter stuff is enough? A man is in Hogwarts heaven after his collection of "Harry Potter" memorabilia was named the world's largest. Menahem Asher Silva Vargas of Mexico City has spent nearly 15 years hoarding all things related to British author J.K. Rowling's young-adult wizard-fantasy series, w... - Posted on October 3, 2014
How do dolphins sleep without drowning? Dolphins aren't like fish, which can breathe underwater. They're mammals and they have to get to the surface to breathe air periodically. And a lot of them – like everyone's favorite, the bottlenosed dolphin – can only hold their breath for seven minutes or so.... - Posted on October 2, 2014
Violinist wants kids to have music in their lives Seven years ago, the well known violinist Joshua Bell performed for tips in a Washington subway station. Almost no one stopped to listen. The underground performance was an experiment with The Washington Post. The newspaper wanted to see if commuters would notice some of the... - Posted on October 2, 2014
Want a job with no pay, lousy hours and stinky? Help Wanted: No pay, hours can be lousy, and sometimes it stinks. That plea from animal shelters and rescues across the country doesn't sound very appealing. But thousands of volunteers answer the call every day. "I don't know how we could function without volunteers,... - Posted on October 1, 2014
Would you go bowling if they changed the rules? About a month and a half ago, Kevin Dornberger and his Swedish friend Christer Jonsson were watching a tournament in Hong Kong. They made it through most of the afternoon before Jonsson, the secretary general of the World Tenpin Bowling Association, looked at Dornberger, the presid... - Posted on October 1, 2014
How do you cheer up an unhappy ape? With a harp! Terri Tacheny long enjoyed taking her young daughters to Como Zoo in St. Paul, except for the Primate House, where she thought the gorillas, orangutans and monkeys often seemed to lack energy. Her solution was a little music. Now Tacheny, a volunteer, plays once a month for ... - Posted on September 30, 2014
US, Canada women's bobsled stars eager to race men Elana Meyers Taylor has long wanted a chance to jump in a bobsled and compete against men on an icy track. That time might have arrived. So Meyers Taylor was thrilled with the announcement that bobsled's governing body will consider the 4-man event gender neutral. It'... - Posted on September 30, 2014
How can a piece of glass be a piece of art? A huge grin appears on the face of glass artist Jonathan Michael Davis. He is burning hole after hole through spheres of glass, making a popping sound. Davis is a glassblower by trade. He uses a sabre of flame made of liquid oxygen and propane to manipulate glass into elabor... - Posted on September 30, 2014
Officials catch cougar roaming Utah neighborhoods A young mountain lion was let back into the wild Monday, a day after roaming into a Salt Lake City neighborhood and forcing dozens of families to stay inside their homes for hours. No people or pets were injured. But the hunt for the 2-year-old cougar caused quite a commotio... - Posted on September 25, 2014
Pots, pans, dolls, games up for toy hall of fame Pots and pans and paper airplanes are among the 12 finalists for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame. Those humble contenders are up against American Girl dolls, the board game Operation and several return nominees. Those include little green Army men and bubbles.... - Posted on September 24, 2014
Bennett, Gaga: Kids should know more about jazz Kids, singers Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga have homework for you. They want you to listen to their new jazz album. The Grammy Award winners say they hope "Cheek to Cheek," an album featuring selections from the Great American Songbook, will turn younger people on to jazz music... - Posted on September 23, 2014
Burger King Japan's latest meal is the new black The first Kuro, or black, burger had a signature black bun and sauce. Last year's edition, the Kuro Ninja, added a slice of (non-black) bacon to the signature black components. Now Burger King Japan is going black on black. The fast-food chain has added black cheese and deep... - Posted on September 23, 2014
Do you know what it takes to be an American citizen? Three former South Carolina governors are leading an effort to have high school students take a citizenship test. The following are 25 of the questions they'd be asked. They are among the 100 questions on a list that federal officers use when testing immigrants seeking citizenship.... - Posted on September 22, 2014
Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk Nik Wallenda is a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire. Now he now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers — partly because of the city's reputation for being windy. The chance to walk between buildings 50 stories above the Windy Cit... - Posted on September 22, 2014