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Professor: Historic outhouses underappreciated in Southwest

At a time when life could be harsh in the American Southwest, outhouses served more than one important role. They provided structure, protected water resources and created important social norms, a New Mexico professor says.

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Panorama - A bounty of blueberries

From backyards to breakfast muffins, blueberries are great treats for bakers and gardeners.

Noah’s ark under construction in Ky.

In a rolling Kentucky pasture, the first few wooden ribs of a giant Noah’s ark tourist attraction have begun to sprout up.

Aging nuns get care at Jewish nursing home

For 98-year-old Sister Angela Rooney, it was one of the most jarring moves of her life.

Marriage today: Rich-poor gap, later vows, gays gain access

Through two decades of debate on whether America’s gays and lesbians should have the right to marry, opponents of such unions depicted their resistance as “defense of marriage.”

Records offer murky view into Affleck’s ancestor and slavery

A family death in 1858 left Ben Affleck’s great-great-great-grandfather with legal custody of his mother-in-law’s most valuable property — her slaves.

Flats cause kerfuffle at Cannes

Earlier this week, a group of women in their 50s showed up at the Cannes Film Festival in France and were turned away.

Art world descends on Cuba amid surging interest

A surge in interest in all things Cuban is extending to paintings and sculpture, with U.S. art collectors and dealers descending on Havana for a monthlong exhibition amid expectations that art prices will rise because of the detente between the former Cold War rivals.

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Forgotten souls: Oregon memorializes vets who died at Oregon hospital

They served in the Civil War, the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War and World War I — but for decades, their ashes and those of thousands of others lay abandoned in corroded urns in an outbuilding at Oregon’s state psychiatric hospital.

Keeping a (digital) eye on mom and dad

Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on a digital logbook.

To sea in Darwin’s Galápagos Islands

After we pollywogs — those yet to cross the equator — became zero-degree latitude-passing-over shellbacks, ...

To sea in Darwin's Galápagos

After we pollywogs — those yet to cross the equator — became zero-degree latitude-passing-over shellbacks, ...