ROCKFORD, Mich. — A western Michigan couple with 12 sons is expecting baby No. 13, and even though they’re sticking to their tradition of not finding out in advance whether they’re having a boy or girl, they said they’d be shocked if their streak is broken.
LONDON — Every day, boats full of tourists and commuters float by a pale patch on the wall that lines the River Thames near Britain’s Houses of Parliament.
Few notice the concrete mark, or recognize it as evidence of how close London came to drowning during World War II. It is a piece of hidden history that has been uncovered by a team of professional and amateur archaeologists.
TORONTO — Conrad Black would be willing to report to provincial securities regulators before taking a position as officer or director of a public company in Ontario, the former media baron’s lawyer suggested.
SEATTLE — Billionaire Paul Allen says he’ll contribute at least $100 million to the fight against Ebola.
The Microsoft co-founder said Thursday that among the initiatives he’s supporting is the development of two medevac containment units that the U.S. State Department can use to safely evacuate health workers who become infected.
OMAHA, Neb. — An American video journalist who recovered from Ebola at an Omaha hospital left the facility Wednesday afternoon and is heading home to Rhode Island, a hospital spokesman said.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Missouri funeral director is sending his father out with a bang. His father’s ashes, anyway.
Greenlawn Funeral Homes will hold its first Firework Memorial program on Saturday night, when fireworks packed with James Carver’s cremated remains will be launched skyward as part of his family’s goodbye.
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LINCOLN, Neb. — A dog-loving Nebraska trucker has taken a lost 95-pound bull mastiff on a 1,380-mile trip back to her owners in Arizona.
PHILADELPHIA — A Pakistani teenager awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote girls’ education brought her passion for learning to Philadelphia, where she received the Liberty Medal on Tuesday.
In accepting the honour, Malala Yousafzai implored world leaders to spend money on supporting learning, not wars, and to solve their differences with words.
PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van with barred windows Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Delivering her sentence, Judge Thokozile Masipa cited the “gross negligence” the double-amputee Olympic runner showed when he shot Steenkamp multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home.
DEWITT, N.Y. — New York resident Matt Ficarra has been paralyzed from the chest down since an accident three years ago, but that didn’t stop him from walking down the aisle.