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  • Dr. Seuss: 10 favorite quotes on his birthday

    10 favorite quotes from Dr. Seuss on his birthday.

  • Vatican Secret Archives: 6 of the most intriguing documents in church history

    One hundred documents held in the Vatican’s Secret Archives are now on display in Rome for the first time. Read our list here of six standouts.

  • Dr. Seuss: 7 adaptations of his beloved stories

    As "The Lorax" arrives in theaters this weekend, here are seven previous Seuss film adaptations – the good and the bad.

  • Women's history month: 10 women making history today

    March is known as Women's History month, meant to recognize the contributions and progress of women across history and around the world.  Women today are playing some significant roles, from making peace to crafting economic policy in the midst of a crisis.  Here are 10 women who are making history, today.

  • Top 10 cities where house prices are rising

    House prices continue to fall nationwide, but here and there they’ve begun to turn up as Americans return to the housing market. Which 10 metropolitan areas have seen the biggest increase in the past year? The winners, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), include a state capital, a furniture-making center, and a resort that was once America’s foreclosure capital. Can you guess who they are?  

  • Online gambling 101: What the new gambling expansion means for states

    Online lotto – and virtual slot machines, blackjack, and poker – could be coming to your state or one near you. Here are five questions on internet gambling, following the US Justice Department's policy reversal late last year, possibly producing a boon to both the industry and state budgets.

  • China 'buying out' Africa: Top 5 destinations of Chinese money

    On a quest to secure raw materials and energy resources to support the exponential growth of its economy, China has become the fastest-growing investor in Africa. Here are the top five destinations of Chinese capital, in order of estimated Chinese investment.

  • Baseball spring training: The facts, from history to cheap seats

    Spring training is when players shed the winter rust by limbering up on warm, sun-baked diamonds, sign autographs galore, and provide hope that this may be their team’s year. As preseason games between major-league teams begin on Saturday, here are a few facts to give you some background on spring ball.

  • World's cheapest gas: Top 10 countries

    While Americans and Europeans  bemoan the cost of gasoline at the pumps, people in some other parts of the world enjoy filling up their tanks cheaply thanks to subsidies provided by wealthy, oil-rich governments.  Here are the 10 cheapest countries on Earth to fill a gas tank.

  • Five places we might find life in our own solar system

    Life on Earth occupies some bizarre places – pools of pitch, deep-sea hydrothermal vents, and lightless lakes buried under glaciers. While scientists hunt for hospitable planets circling other stars, the solar system has a few candidates. Here are five.

  • North Korea to suspend nuclear activity in exchange for food: 5 key questions

    Here are five key questions on the link between food and nuclear weapons in North Korea.

  • You've heard Gioachino Rossini's music, even if you've never heard of him

    Gioachino Rossini, the man behind today's frog-themed Google doodle, is perhaps the most famous composer that no one remembers. He may not have the name recognition of a Beethoven or Mozart, but Rossini was a major figure in your childhood – trust us. So, with his 220th birthday landing on Wednesday, here's a look at the five biggest moments when you've heard his music and possibly not realized it.

  • Leap Year: this day in the history of Feb. 29

    We don’t mean to state the obvious, but Feb. 29 happens once every four years (usually) – and leap year is here again. That means a whole day's worth of news will tomorrow be added to this date's comparatively small archive. 

  • 3 really good new novels with unusual anti-heroes

    Talk about an anti-hero. From an overweight shut-in to Richard Nixon, these three new novels feature unlikely protagonists.

  • Bestselling books the week of 3/1/12, according to IndieBound*

    What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.

  • 5 ways to improve a marriage

    From author Elizabeth Weil's book 'No Cheating, No Dying,' 5 expert tips to improve a marriage.

  • 6 memories of growing up as a Romany Gypsy

    In 'Gypsy Boy,' writer Mikey Walsh recalls growing up as part of England's Romany Gypsy community.

  • Opinion Five steps to bring back American manufacturing jobs

    Many proclaim that American manufacturing is gone, never to return. The numbers certainly are frightening. Yet other signs point to a possible resurgence. Manufacturing executive Carol Ptak argues that significant numbers of good manufacturing jobs can and will return if America takes the following five steps.

  • 'The Hunger Games': 10 favorite scenes

    'The Hunger Games' offers everything from action-packed moments to heartwarming ones. Here are 10 of the best scenes.

  • Oscars: Billy Crystal's best lines

    Billy Crystal, a veteran Oscars emcee, returned for a ninth stint – here are his best lines of the night

  • Victor Hugo: 10 quotes on his birthday

    10 favorite quotes from Victor Hugo on his 210th birthday.

  • Top 5 signs of a weakening FARC in Colombia

    In a historic shift, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) says it will no longer use kidnapping as a tool for political and financial gain. The shift comes after three years of government success in weakening the group. Here are five of the defining moments.

  • Academy Awards: Which Best Picture nominee won at the box office?

    Nine films will be vying for the Best Picture trophy at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, taking place Sunday at 8 pm. The Best Picture Oscar won’t be announced until late in the evening, but when it comes to the box office, clear winners and losers have already emerged. While there was no runaway blockbuster among this year’s Oscar nominations, the films nominated ran the gamut in terms of profitability: Some made back nearly four times their filming budgets, while others failed to break even. Here’s all nine Best Picture nominees, ranked according to profit margin. Box office numbers are based on worldwide earnings. Can you guess which film was the best bang for its buck?

  • George Harrison:10 quotes on his birthday

    10 quotes from George Harrison, "the Quiet Beatle."

  • Somalia: A timeline of change in a troubled country

    Here is a timeline of changes, intervention, and mediation in 5 bite-sized bits.

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Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

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