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A city approved open-air urinal in Dolores Park that exposes urinating males to the public including women and children may prove to be an over-the-top concept.

Hop on down, Miffy the rabbit gets her own museum

To some she's just a plain white bunny, to others she's a prime example of minimalist art. But for six decades Miffy has been delighting young kids around the world, and now she's getting a museum of her own.

Op-Ed: Despite obstacles one woman is bringing Gymnastics to Sonoma Special

Cartwheels, flips, fitness and fun are what Sonoma resident and business owner, Mary Alice Jambon wishes to firmly establish at the Carneros Corporate Park on 8th Street.

Dancing at dawn: S. Africa's new pre-work party scene

As dawn breaks over a Johannesburg park, some 300 people dance in silence, some dressed as Batman, Spiderman or Wonder Woman.Others are in tutus, black catsuits or animal "onesies". Many have masks and painted faces.

Activists stage #TackleHomelessness protest at SF Super Bowl City Special

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered just outside San Francisco's glitzy Super Bowl City on Wednesday to protest the forced relocation of homeless residents ahead of the nation's most popular sporting event.

Op-Ed: Grass as green as the bucks as marijuana sales soar

J Edgar Hoover was the main tool in banning it. Puritans preached against it. Moral crusaders crusaded against it. So what? The famous weed turned over $5.4 billion in legal sales last year, and nobody minds a bit.

This clothing company is forcing its models to eat

Should models be forced to eat? That's the question that British clothing company Rose & Willard is raising, Quartz reports.

Chennai teenager dies while taking selfie

The death of a Chennai teenager has turned out to be the latest in a series of selfie deaths in India. Fifty percent of those who died while taking selfies last year were Indians, according to the Washington Post.

Reality check: Barbie can now be tall, curvy or petite

Barbie, long the stereotypical blue-eyed blonde bombshell, has been given a makeover. The iconic doll will now be available in three new body types -- tall, petite and curvy.

Ex-top model holds fashion world to account on anorexia  

It was the stuff of dreams: walking down a Paris street one day to walking the runway as a top 20 model in the world's fashion capital.That's exactly what happened to Victoire Macon Dauxerre at 18 as she prepared to graduate from high school in 2011.

Lucky Thai dolls 'non-human' says aviation authority

Thailand's air safety body warned passengers Wednesday that lucky "child angel" dolls cannot be considered real people and must be properly stowed before take-off and landing.

Op-Ed: Why my family got off Facebook

Two years ago, my family decided to delete our Facebook accounts and we have never been happier. Maybe it's time for more of us to do the same.

Record lottery jackpot mystery grips Britain

Hundreds of Britons have attempted to claim a £33 million pound (43 million euro, $47 million) lottery payout, saying their tickets have been damaged or lost including one woman who said she put hers in the washing machine.

Op-Ed: Small California town mourns the loss of Postal worker Special

The little U.S. Post Office station at the west end of Sonoma is perhaps the least of the 31,662 post offices nationwide.

Op-Ed: 'Star Wars' is the theme of this year's fundraiser for Petaluma Special

Even if winters here in California are mild compared to the East Coast as blizzards cause problems, the importance of a hot meal and a connection to the outside world for a shut-in senior is extremely vital.

Popular Toronto bar lets designated drivers drink for free

One of Toronto’s latest concept bars is gaining praise and attention for its newest endeavor, providing designated drivers with free non-alcoholic drinks.

Death is just a pretty face for Brazilian tattoo fans

In their quest for beauty, Brazilian tattoo fans are turning to the most unlikely of pretty faces: the death skull.

Op-Ed: California State Senate supports 'No Place Like Home' initiative Special

Like the much-needed rain that has reached California, the effort to help the homeless has even more significance to it as the impact of El Niño storms has displaced the thousands of homeless living in makeshift camps along the Los Angeles River.

Op-Ed: Fears of travel don't bother 'Gap Year Girl' author Marianne Bohr Special

According to Nielsen ratings last year the resolution to 'travel more' was number 9 on the top 10 of New Year's Resolutions. This does not surprise author and world traveler Marianne Bohr.

Mr Musclemania's dilemma: Abandon his passion or Pakistan?

Salman Ahmed was alone in the crowd when he became the first Pakistani to win the Musclemania world bodybuilding title in Las Vegas last year, unable to afford an entourage of managers, coaches, promoters like his fellow competitors.

Mumbai police identify 'no selfie zones' after drowning

Mumbai police said Tuesday they have identified 16 dangerous selfie spots across the Indian city after a man drowned trying to save a girl who fell into the sea while taking a photo of herself.

The wild, groundbreaking styles of David Bowie, fashion icon

His groundbreaking career was as much about style as it was about music -- David Bowie plundered a wild array of influences to redraw the boundaries of fashion and blur the lines between masculine, feminine and other-worldly.

Fantasy becomes reality as fashion's 'Wonder Boy' shows in London

With cartoon prints, snail-shaped stickers and speckled ermine coats, British designer Jonathan Anderson delivered on his promise to put the "fantasy in fashion" as he presented his latest collection in London on Sunday.

Spain's Princess Cristina: From fairy tale life to national 'baddie'

A smiling, educated, mother-of-four who was madly in love with her dashing husband, Princess Cristina had it all until a royal corruption scandal saw her plunge from Spanish darling to national 'baddie.

Op-Ed: Recent survey shows dog-owners want more time with 'Rover' Special

As 2016 begins, the makers of Milk-Bone dog treats point out that more than 50 percent of dog-owners in the U.S. want to spend more time with their pet.

Women in U.S. 'three times more likely to say they're bisexual'

Women in the United States are about three times as likely as men to say they are bisexual, and increasing numbers of them say they have had sexual contact with other females, new data showed Thursday.

School caves to ACLU, will no longer say 'God bless America'

For more than 10 years, students at Glenview Elementary School started their day by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and then concluded it by saying God bless America.

Op-Ed: San Francisco Sheriff seeks reforms on use of force policies Special

As the year came to a close, San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi introduced comprehensive reforms to the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department (SFSD)’s Use of Force (UOF) Policy.

Indonesian tattooists revive tribal traditions

Men in tribal dress stand amid dense jungle on the Indonesian island of Java, their bodies covered in elaborate, traditional tattoos inspired by cultures in distant corners of the vast, tropical archipelago.

Swiss billionaire Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, 53, pregnant with twins

Swiss multi-billionaire businesswoman Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, the 53-year-old chair of French conglomerate Louis Dreyfus Commodities and owner of the Olympique de Marseille football team, is pregnant with twins, the company said Monday.

Nose bandages symbolise Iran cosmetic surgery craze

Lying on an operating table in northern Tehran, Nazanine says she wants it all: a third nose job, her eyebrows tattooed and liposuction on her thighs to "fix" her figure.

President considers tightening gun control laws without Congress

President Barack Obama plans to meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday to devise strategies for tightening gun control without the help of ideologically deadlocked U.S. lawmakers.

Op-Ed: Retired teacher believes more is in store on his life journey Special

The Alumni of Pater Noster High School in Los Angeles had a benefit dinner in October of this past year to raise funds for the remaining Brothers of St. Patrick that staffed the school.

Crystal Wash uses bioceramics technology to stand out in the washing detergents space Commissioned

Wouldn't you love to switch to a safer, greener, gentler and more natural laundry alternative, all while saving hundreds of dollars per year? Now you can with Crystal Wash, the innovative new way to get your clothes naturally clean.

Texas mom's outrageous reaction to daughter's henna tattoos

Houston's Ed White Elementary School held a Multicultural Day earlier this month, and the event should have been a good way to open a dialogue about the multiple cultures that make up the fabric of our country. It didn't turn out that way.

Gifts worth hundreds of dollars donated to Animal Rescue League Special

Christmas came a few days early for the animals at the Animal Rescue League when Pittsburgh Animal Care and Control Director Taylor Sumansky along with a co-worker delivered gifts worth over $550 to the shelter Wednesday afternoon.

Rescued migrant scores big win in Spain's Christmas lottery

An unemployed Senegalese man who was rescued by the Spanish coastguard after making a risky journey from Morocco eight years ago on a packed wooden boat won 400,000 euros ($437,000) in Spain's annual Christmas lottery, local media reported Wednesday.

Hedge fund billionaire has epic Christmas light display at home

In keeping with holiday tradition, hedge fund billionaire Paul Tudor Jones, the founder of Tudor Investment Corporation, has put up another elaborate Christmas lights display at his Belle Haven estate in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Lamborghinis versus 'garbage salaries': Spain battles inequality

On a tree-lined street in the wealthy Madrid suburb of Pozuelo de Alarcon a shiny red Lamborghini, placed in the showroom's prime position, courts the attention of Spain's elite.

Norwegian student spends six months alone in NWT wilderness

Kristoffer Glestad, a 26-year-old mechanical engineering student from Norway realized his childhood dream of living alone in the remote wilderness of Canada's Northwest Territories.

Mayweather goes shopping in Dubai, buys $1.1 million watch

After a business and leisure trip to Russia and Rome, the world's highest-paid athlete Floyd Mayweather has chosen Dubai in the United Arab Emirates for his next stop to shop around for what could be his most expensive watch collection.