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A regal cat doll stands in a display case at the entrance of the cat doll display at the Feline Historical Museum on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 in Alliance, Ohio.  (Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS)

Calling All Cat Lovers: A Museum Exists for You

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Alliance, Ohio — There’s no middle ground when it comes to cats. You love them or despise them. Depending on where you stand, the Feline Historical Museum is either nirvana or a nightmare. It’s cats and more cats. And even more cats. Cats in frames. Cats on film. Glass cats. Porcelain cats. Cats, cats, cats. Curiously, there are no real cats, unless you happen to show up on a day when a breeder friend of museum manager Karen Lawrence brings some Maine Coons to show. “Well, you know, I travel too much,” said Lawrence, who traverses the globe as a cat show judge. Who says …

Study: Proposals Are Still a Guy Thing

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Gender-based role expectations have changed a lot over the past 50 years. But one thing remains the same: Millennial women, just like their pre-feminist forerunners, still expect the man to be the one who proposes. “It’s a script that’s emotional and cultural, and that’s really hard and slow to change,” according to Amanda …

No Sad Songs for Elton John

Sunday, February 14, 2016

In addition to his myriad accomplishments as an artist, Elton John has long maintained a reputation as a tastemaker. He’s been an early champion of emerging pop acts from Swing Out Sister and Eminem in the ’80s and ’90s through current stars Ed Sheeran and the Weeknd, thanks to a voracious appetite for …

DNC Rolls Back Obama Ban on Lobbyist Contributions

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Washington — The Democratic National Committee has rolled back restrictions introduced by presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008 that banned donations from federal lobbyists and political action committees. The decision, which may provide an advantage to Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, was viewed with disappointment Friday morning by good government …

British Teen Arrested On Hacking Charges

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Washington — British authorities have arrested a 16-year-old suspected of being involved with a group that hacked into the private email accounts of high-ranking U.S. intelligence officials, according to U.S. officials and British police. The teen is said to be connected to the cohort that calls itself Crackas …

Syria Truce Met With Skepticism About Russia’s Intentions

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Gaziantep, Turkey — Syrian opposition groups cautiously welcomed a truce deal Friday aimed at halting the bloodshed in Syria, but raised worries that it leaves room for Russia to continue a bombing campaign to aid Syria’s government. The international agreement announced in Munich — backed by the United …

George W. Returns To Aid His Brother

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Greenville, s.c. — The 2016 campaign has bewildered and captivated George W. Bush. At home in Dallas, the 43rd president rises before dawn and reads political news online. He fires off emails to his old advisers to check on the latest campaign-trail gossip. He tunes into the debates, …

What Some Christians Are Giving Up for Lent: Fossil Fuels

Friday, February 12, 2016

A new initiative in the United Kingdom is not only calling for Christian communities to band together in support of clean energy, but actually helping them get their own electricity that way. The Big Church Switch, which launched Wednesday, aims to inspire both individuals and churches to make …

Warships Ordered to Aegean

Friday, February 12, 2016

Brussels — In a dramatic response to Europe’s gravest refugee crisis since World War II, NATO ordered three warships to sail immediately Thursday to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of asylum-seekers across the waters …

Diplomats Agree to Syrian Aid

Friday, February 12, 2016

Munich — Diplomats trying to secure a cease-fire for the civil war in Syria fell short in organizing an immediate truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary “cessation of hostilities” in the …

2 U.S. Miscarriages Linked to Zika Virus

Friday, February 12, 2016

Two U.S. women who contracted the Zika virus while traveling out of the country miscarried after returning home, and the virus was found in their placentas, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Federal health officials have not previously reported miscarriages in American …

Risk of Dementia Declining, But Reason Unknown

Friday, February 12, 2016

Dementia is on the decline, the risk of developing it dropping 20 percent per decade since the late 1970s, according to a striking new study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. It’s a finding that may be hard to believe, with a tsunami of new …

Scientists Detect Gravitational Waves

Friday, February 12, 2016

In a groundbreaking discovery, scientists say they have finally detected gravitational waves — ripples in spacetime from a violent collision 1.3 billion light-years away — that serve as a resounding confirmation of a prediction made by Albert Einstein a century ago. The detection, made with the Laser Interferometer …