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Every trick in the book for wealthy collectors

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A look inside the small, happy world of artists' books: one-of-a-kind, handmade books that combine original poetry and visual art.


Self-proclaimed lip-balm addicts need their fix

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Many people swear they can't live without lip balm. But such an obsession may be more harmful than they think.


A way to care for your pet, even after your death

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Pet owners are now creating trust funds to provide for their animals after they're gone.


No more muumuus: wedding dresses for pregnant brides abound

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Once faced with frantic searches for wedding gowns that fit, pregnant brides are finding it easier to find dresses specifically designed for their bulging bellies.


Saying 'neigh' to traditional therapy

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Moving beyond the "tell me about your mother" approach, some psychotherapists are using horses to facilitate the therapeutic process. It is an innovative mental health approach that is gaining traction across North America.


Fake dog testicles help pet owners accept neutering

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Cosmetic surgery for dogs? Thanks to fake testicles for animals, owners can neuter their pets but make sure they still look "intact."


The latest in wedding rites: bridal showers for men

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Wedding events are no longer just about the bride. At groom showers, men get gifts, advice and quality time with friends and family.


Origami artists lift folded paper to new heights

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Origami is undergoing a renaissance. New techniques are pushing this art form into a continuous state of evolution.


"13" still strikes fear in the heart--in business, in architecture, even in the U.S. Navy

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Number avoidance and the anxiety it produces have measurable economic and even medical consequences. Developers build around it. Businesses avoid it. Even the U.S. Navy refuses to launch boats on Friday the 13th.


Giving holy communion on the rise at Christian schools

A growing number of Christian schools nationwide are performing Communion during the school day, prompting a discussion in religious circles about just how much church and school should intersect.


Online galleries add new dimension to contemporary art scene

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Online galleries are giving artists and buyers a taste of the contemporary art scene--but without the high prices or pretentiousness.


An icon of modern art hits the century mark

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Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon," a monumental work of modern art, turns 100 this year, and the art world is celebrating the painting's influence over a century's worth of work.


An icon from the 1964 World's Fair is decaying, but the fair's popularity lives on

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The main pavilion from the 1964-65 World's Fair is deteriorating, but other fair attractions--from a giant car tire in Michigan to a 732-bell carillon in Georgia--are still delighting crowds.


Asian party-goers strive to get rid of that 'glow' often caused by the first drink

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Their genes can make their faces turn red and fiery after one sip of alcohol. But the biology battle has begun. Asian-American youth across the country are turning to over-the-counter drugs to make the dreaded "Asian flush" a tint of the past.


Presidential hopefuls a hot ticket for graduation speeches

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In the run-up to the 2008 presidential elections, White House hopefuls are a hot ticket at graduations.


Shootout at the local pub: Big Buck Hunter is a hit

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A simulated hunting game has attracted players ranging from middle-age women to inner city youth. And you don't have to be into the real thing to get addicted.


'Enviropreneurs' align business with conservation

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Environmental entrepreneurs, known as 'enviropreneurs,' are finding ways to create profitable business ventures that also provide benefits to the Earth.


Masks, capes and spandex: Real-life superheroes save the world!

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It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's people who call themselves real-life superheroes. They dress up, fight for justice and keep their identities secret.


Jews and Muslims find common ground in food

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Though in strict religious terms Jewish kosher and Muslim halal foods are different from each other, they are similar enough to appeal to a mix of consumers who share common interests in food, if not in politics.


Till Facebook breakup do us part

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The days of varsity jackets, pledge pins and commitment rings as signs of an exclusive relationship are gone. Facebook.com, the social-networking Web site for young people, is the new arbiter of who is and isn’t available.


The ultimate fixture for high-end bathrooms: a luxury toilet

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As the bathroom morphs from a functional space into a "personal haven," luxury toilets have become the perfect addition. Gadget-laden toilets and replica thrones are now within the reach of middle-class consumers.


Young Muslims head to the Web for advice

Young Muslims look to imams online for answers to religious questions.


Men's room. Women's room. Where's the room for the people in between?

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Activists agitate for gender-free bathrooms.


Steeee-ryyyke three! Umpires' calls mix style with substance

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Steeee-ryyyke. Umpires behind the plate at all levels of baseball spend years perfecting the delivery of their strikeout calls. It's one of the only aspects of the game that allows umpires to display a little style and personality.


Hats on for the races

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The pageantry of the Kentucky Derby is mainly about what's on a lady's head--especially with the queen coming to town.


Whether 'out' or not, gay comedians are finding an audience

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Some gay comedians choose to be "out" on stage, while others do not.


Online radio and musicians unite for survival

A new ruling on royalties has put online radio stations and the musicians whose music they play on the offensive.


Experts prescribe children's toys for Alzheimer's patients

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There is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, and many patients become agitated as their minds waste away. Many caregivers say that children's dolls, books and games can provide comfort.


Can't afford an architect or gourmet meal? Hire a student

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Landscaping the garden, filling a tooth or custom-designing a wedding dress need not be expensive pursuits. Students often offer top-notch services for a fraction of the normal price.


Home-based child care providers move to unionize

Across the country, home-based child care providers, who are not covered under existing labor laws, are fighting for their right to form a union.


Etiquette guide helps make cubicle life more bearable

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Frustration over the lack of privacy in office cubicles has inspired innovations and an etiquette guide to improve the work environment for tens of millions of cubicle dwellers.


Little-known nerve may be secret to lust

A neuroscientist believes that a little-known cranial nerve may be the secret to lust. Few medical books mention nerve zero, but evidence is stacking up that suggests it may be the conduit for sex pheromones.


Split-toe socks and shoes find a following

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Traditional Japanese split-toe socks and shoes are slowly gaining a following in North America.


Political odds: Election pundits put money on their favorite candidates

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Political junkies are turning from the polls to their new political portfolios to predict the nominees for president.


Need a visa? Want some voice coaching? Experts help out foreign artists in New York

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From voice coaches to visa experts, savvy specialists are earning a living by meeting the varied needs of foreign-born artists living in New York.


Soft drinks are hard on the teeth

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A homemade experiment demonstrates the damage soft drinks can do to teeth. By Howard Swains.


Sea monsters may not be real, but they're good for business

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Once feared by early explorers, sea monsters now have plenty of fans.


Turn your world upside down: Have a ball in a Zorb!

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If you have ever wished you could walk on water or effortlessly cartwheel down a mountain range, the Zorb will fulfill your dreams. This latest extreme sport, which already has a cult following in New Zealand, will arrive in the United States this summer.


Grandparents hold global summit to gain rights to abused grandchildren

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Ten years after its start in the United States, the grandparents’ rights movement has gone from local to global. On May 6, activists from around the world will gather in New York for the first summit on grandparents caring for children.


For museums, historic sites and the U.N., audio players replace people for that guided tour

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Tour guides at museums and historical attractions across the country have been replaced by recorded audio guides.


When it comes to wills, how strange can you get?

As death becomes a less taboo topic, many people are exploring their post-death options, and making some very unusual requests.


Weight-loss camps help kids fight obesity and gain self esteem

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As children's waist sizes continue to grow, so do the number of weight-loss camps designed to combat obesity.


College students turn to stimulants in push for higher grades

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The use of drugs for performance purposes is still a problem at American universities as students turn to prescription stimulants, which they believe are safer than illegal drugs.


Attack of the bland, mealy tomatoes

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What happened to good tomatoes in the grocery store?


Appraising rare violins has become a tricky business

The decision by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra to sell its 30-piece collection of rare string instruments has highlighted the difficulty in appraising such items.


New Web site shows how global warming affects your own neighborhood

A new global warming Web site explores connections between science, history and economics, allowing users to see how climate change is affecting schools, businesses and community life.


Christian comics change lives one joke at time

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Christian groups are booking comedians to attract new members to their churches, and opening up new career opportunities for budding comics.