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Halloween Brings The End Of 'Thriller' Season

Fri, 01 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0400

Lots of businesses are winding down now that Halloween is over. One of the more unusual ones: Michael Jackson tribute artists and choreographers who do "Thriller" performances.



Advances In 3-D May Mean No Ridiculous Glasses

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 04:00:00 -0400

Movies, TV shows, video games — it seems 3-D technology is everywhere these days. It's creating a competitive market for companies trying to improve the way we experience the illusion of depth perception. Dr. Marsh and his team hope for a wider release of the procedure in select cities starting April 1, 2012.



The Ordinary Life Of An Extraordinary Billionaire

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 12:00:00 -0500

West Virginia magnate Jim Justice doesn't act the part of a billionaire mogul. He recently acquired one of America's most iconic pieces of real estate, the Greenbrier luxury resort in West Virginia. But on any evening, you'll find him coaching a local high school girls' basketball team and dining at Applebee's. Host Michel Martin speaks with writer Neely Tucker, who profiled Justice in this week's Washington Post Magazine , in a cover story titled, "The Richest Regular Guy."



Chinese New Year Celebrations Kick Off Year Of The Rabbit

Wed, 09 Feb 2011 12:00:00 -0500

Chinese-Americans and Asians worldwide are celebrating the Lunar New Year. Across the U.S, the year of the Rabbit is being ushered in with cultural festivities that run through the end of the month. Arnold Chin, director of the country's largest Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco, talks about how the most important date on the Chinese calendar is celebrated here, and in China.



James Bond's Aston Martin Up For Auction

Wed, 02 Jun 2010 07:25:00 -0400

A classic piece of James Bond memorabilia is being sold at auction in the fall. The sleek silver Aston Martin driven by Sean Connory in Goldfinger, dates to the 60's, is in near perfect condition and is expected to fetch up to $6 million.



New Training Manual For China's Bus Drivers

Wed, 02 Jun 2010 07:19:00 -0400

China's bus drivers and ticket sellers have been urged to leave communism behind. The new training manual says a driver no longer needs to address a passenger as "comrade." It's now the rule to refer to the passenger as "sir" or "madam."



Delicious Drinks For A Hot Summer Day

Mon, 31 May 2010 12:00:00 -0400

For many, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to enjoying great summer food. But after breaking out the grill and the tasty new recipes, you might also want to consider serving up the right beverage. Guest host Allison Keyes turns to wine enthusiast Callie Crossley, who runs the blog The Crushed Grape Report. Crossley shares the recipes for her favorite chilled beverages.



Ray's Rodriguez Stung By Real Ray

Fri, 28 May 2010 06:41:00 -0400

Tampa Bay Ray's infielder Sean Rodriguez was in the ocean this week when he was attacked by a ray. A Florida newspaper reports the ray stung his heel, causing a trail of blood. A teammate called 911. Rodriguez is fine, and is back on the field.



Top 10 New Species Of 2009 Revealed

Fri, 28 May 2010 06:35:00 -0400

A flat-faced frogfish and a minnow with fangs made this year's list of the top 10 new species. The list of newly described or named species is compiled every year by the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University and an international committee of taxonomists.



Frogs Shut Down Major Greek Highway

Thu, 27 May 2010 07:33:00 -0400

A horde of frogs forced authorities in Greece to shut down a key northern highway for two hours. The traffic police chief says "millions" of amphibians carpeted the road, causing three cars to skid off it. He guesses the frogs were headed to a nearby lake, looking for food.



Police Just Didn't Appreciate Would-Be Hero

Thu, 27 May 2010 07:28:00 -0400

Roger Witter was at a store in Oregon, when he spotted two guys stealing some iPhones. He ran after the thieves, and saw them try to drive away. He pulled out his handgun and shot at the tires on the getaway car. But it's our hero who didn't get away. Witter spent a night in jail charged with reckless endangerment.



Author Writing About Palin Moves Next Door To Her

Wed, 26 May 2010 07:11:00 -0400

Author Joe McGinniss has taken up residence in a house next to Sarah Palin's lakeside home in Wasilla, Alaska. Palin posted on Facebook that she'll be starting on a tall fence between her and her biographer.



Man Who Bans Himself From Gambling Wins Big

Wed, 26 May 2010 07:04:00 -0400

In Pennsylvania, an effort to help gambling addicts is working well. Too well for a 55-year-old man who had to give up $2,000. The man joined a state program that promised to not let him gamble. The man snuck into a casino in Erie, won the jackpot but because of the program, was not allowed to collect.



Marking The Centennial Of Esperanto Creator's Visit

Tue, 25 May 2010 15:00:00 -0400

This weekend, advocates of the Esperanto language will meet in Washington, D.C., to mark the 1910 visit of the language's creator, L.L. Zamenhof. A hundred years ago, Esperanto was taken very seriously by important people in the nation's capital.



Lawnmower Sets World Land Speed Record

Tue, 25 May 2010 07:39:00 -0400

Over the weekend in Wales, a man got his lawnmower up to nearly 88 mph. He set the record for lawnmower speed. The team had hoped to reach 100 mph.