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New England wild turkey 
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Wild Turkeys Become More Elusive With Winter Weather

Monday, November 24, 2014

By late October, with the summer birds long gone, I find myself growing ever more appreciative of the birds that stick around, including wild turkeys. …

Rhino-Horse Wandered Ancient India

Monday, November 24, 2014

A portly hooved animal about the size of a wild pig just might help solve a 55-million-year-old mystery of evolution and continental drift. The mammal, …

Scientists Are Building a Better Battery

Monday, November 24, 2014

Berkeley, Calif. — Imagine an electric car with the range of a Tesla Model S — 265 miles — but at one-fifth the $70,000 price …

Bob Hope’s Legacy More Than Laughs

Sunday, November 23, 2014

New York — While today he may be thought of with misgivings, if at all, Bob Hope reigned for much of the last century as America’s wisecracking avatar of comedy. By the time he died in 2003 at …

University Builds Dylan Collection

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Philadelphia — The question has lingered in song since it was first posed in the 1960s: How many roads must a man walk down — before he becomes the subject of a major university archive devoted to helping …

To Your Good Health: Nutrition Has a Place in Preventing Disease

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In a recent column, you were asked what actions the writer could take, such as diet or medication, to maintain kidney function. I was disappointed to see that your response contained only advice regarding medications. I suppose I should not be surprised, given that the …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Nov. 23-29

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Don’t Miss The 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — Marching bands, cheerleaders, clowns, celebrities and giant balloons that, thankfully, are way more bloated than our bellies. The holiday spectacle returns in all its festive glory as the three-headed Today show crew — Matt Lauer, Al Roker and …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Reprieve or Breakthrough

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hint and Explanation: The Pawn Is in the Way As I write this column, game three of the current 12-game world championship match in Sochi, Russia, has come to a close. Before play began, it looked grim for the challenger Viswanathan Anand who had drawn the first and …

Hike Organized to Draw Attention to Veterans services

Sunday, November 23, 2014

By Dan Majors Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Veterans and military families know all too well that navigating the paths to services and assistance can be an uphill climb. Perhaps a brutal trek through the woods can help. Jared Souder, the founder and executive director of Checkpoint, announced plans for a …

Miss Manners: Why Invite Thankless People to Thanksgiving?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Dear Miss Manners: My husband and I have invited a few friends over for Thanksgiving dinner. I was asked by some guests how many turkeys would I be preparing, and also was told how they prepared their stuffing and how much they like it that way! After I …

Wise to Winterize Outside the Home

Sunday, November 23, 2014

It’s wise, before the snow flies (or as soon as possible if flakes have already flown), to take the time to prep your home and property for winter. We hear often about emergency service calls that could have been avoided if homeowners had taken time to winterize or …

Reversing a Medical Procedure Gone Wrong

Sunday, November 23, 2014

St. Louis — A glass box engraved with “Another girl slayed by the sling slayer” sits outside the surgeon’s office. A patient was so grateful after Dr. Dionysios Veronikis removed her painful pelvic mesh, she gave the box …

No Friend of Mystery

Friday, November 21, 2014

New York — The last time he was on Broadway, director Mike Nichols was asked what his secret was to getting the best from his actors. “If you can get it right, there’s no mystery,” he said in …