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Ahoy! ‘Old Ironsides,’ world’s oldest warship, sailing again

BOSTON — The newly refurbished USS Constitution is taking its first spin under sail in three years. Friday’s joyride from Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston to Fort Independence on Castle Island will celebrate the U.S. Navy’s 242nd birthday and the 220th anniversary of the iconic vessel’s maiden voyage. The world’s oldest commissioned warship will fire …

Study: Lower income kids give more time to TV, digital media

LOS ANGELES—Children in lower-income families spend more time watching TV and using electronic devices than kids in more affluent homes, according to a survey released Thursday. The report by the non-profit group Common Sense Media on the viewing habits of more than 1,400 children nationwide age 8 and under found that less-affluent youngsters spend nearly …

Germans clash at ‘new right’ publisher’s book fair event

BERLIN — Police say a heated clash between left-wing and right-wing groups at the Frankfurt Book Fair has resulted in three arrests. Frankfurt police said the confrontation happened late Saturday at an event organized by German ‘new right’ publishing company Antaois involved about 400 people. Police said Sunday that three people were temporarily detained, but …

After 883 years, Cistercian monastery to close in Germany

BERLIN — A Cistercian monastery that’s existed for almost 900 years in what is now western Germany is closing down for good, due to a shortage of monks. The Himmerod Abbey, founded in 1134 by the French abbot Bernard of Clairvaux, had just six resident monks before the closure that was decided this week, down …

At Disney World, 4 hotels in pilot program to accept dogs

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Four hotels at Walt Disney World Resort will allow guests to bring dogs beginning Sunday. The hotels near Orlando, Florida, are Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney Port Orleans Resort-Riverside, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. The Yacht Club adds $75 to daily room …

It’s Boy Scouts vs. Girl Scouts as BSA moves to admit girls

NEW YORK — Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts pledge to be friendly and helpful. But their parent organizations may find that promise hard to keep as they head into a potentially bitter competition triggered by the Boy Scouts of America’s dramatic move to admit girls throughout its ranks. The BSA’s initiative, announced Wednesday, has already …

Toronto family seeks compensation for trashed home in ‘horrific’ rental gone

TORONTO— Thieves made off with a 50-inch TV, treasured family heirlooms and a carefully curated sneaker collection, but it’s their son’s plundered piggy bank that really upsets Daniel Habashi and Andrea Van Leeuwen. The Toronto homeowners say they were shocked to find their century-old Victorian rowhouse trashed and ransacked after renting it out for a …

Calgary Humane Society looking for whoever threw injured puppy into dumpster

CALGARY— Peace officers with the Calgary Humane Society are asking for the public’s help to track down whoever tossed a badly injured puppy into a garbage dumpster in the city. The female, mixed breed puppy was found alive but in severe medical stress and was later euthanized. The humane society says the dog may have …

Merck scraps disappointing experimental cholesterol drug

TRENTON, N.J. — Merck has decided to abandon efforts to market a closely watched experimental cholesterol medicine after mediocre test results. Merck’s decision Wednesday to not seek regulatory approval after years of testing marks the fourth time this type of once-promising drug has been scrapped. Merck had continued to study its drug, a so-called CETP …

Fall’s a great season to create a ‘cabinet of curiosities’

Digging around in a favourite flea market a couple of years ago, I found a handmade, compartmentalized box that someone had lovingly crafted from wood, probably 100 years ago. It looked like it could have been a tool kit, fishing tackle box or something a builder would use. Undeterred by the fact that I had …

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