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Printers blew up. People took the photo stickers home. But in the end, art professor Mary Beth Heffernan succeeded in bringing a human face to the scary-looking protective gear.

Chinese novels have dwelt mainly on the past and present. Liu Cixin is starting to change that. His science-packed, futuristic best-sellers explore the cosmos, and offers commentary on current events.

The president meets with Caribbean leaders in Jamaica Thursday — and a looming energy crunch in the region is high on the list.

Two prominent Republicans in Missouri committed suicide within weeks of each other. Both men were openly upset about political attacks early in the state's primary.

Most calls to the Houston Fire Department are for health problems, not fires. All those medical calls strain the 911 system and make a career in firefighting seem more like a career in health care.

One neighborhood is creating a "zone of tolerance" to confine prostitutes to certain areas. The community likes it and says it had to act because Italian society has failed to address the issue.

In his new book, exiled Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng tells the story of growing up blind, being beaten under house arrest and finding refuge in the American Embassy in Beijing in 2012.

Haiti can't survive on handouts alone. So instead of giving people electricity, one entrepreneur is selling it to them for a profit. For one village, that means finally having cold treats.

In a part of Northern California better known for cattle ranches than grapes, the monks of New Clairvaux abbey are cultivating the art of winemaking. The hard work feeds the spirit and the coffers.

Pickup truck-size ice chunks have left the freight ships stuck in Lake Superior. The U.S. and Canadian coast guards have sent in icebreakers to help the ships get through.

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