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Johnsonville, a village in Connecticut, has been a number of things in the past, including a movie set, theme park and ghost town, but now it is for sale.

Mayor de Blasio and wife open Gracie Mansion for Halloween party

Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, decided to join in the Halloween fun this year by inviting all, via twitter, to Gracie Mansion for Halloween delights on Oct 28.

Socks with sandals making news as funky new fashion statement

The freewheeling comfy charm is being made unique as men and women embrace wearing distinctively designed and colorful socks with their sandals to make an even more pronounced fashion statement.

Chicago schools among best in Illinois according to demographics

Chicago came out on top in Illinois school standings. U.S. News ranked five Chicago high schools in the top 10 Illinois high schools. This is an important factor for those looking to purchase a new home in Chicago.

How a mother's love prevailed: The Suzan Hughes story Promoted

Suzan Hughes, long-time ex-wife of deceased Herbalife founder Mark Hughes, recently won a 12-year legal battle against the trustees of her late husband's $399 million estate.

Op-Ed: How open minded are you?

Open mindedness is the willingness to listen to and consider opposing or contradictory views. People who are open minded are receptive to fresh ideas even if those ideas challenge their strongly held beliefs.

Op-Ed: A terrible case of a few bad apples — Keene Pumpkin Fest '14

This is the second time, as a parent who has had children in college, that I have woken up to their schools in the headlines for negative reasons. The first time, the incident was clearly caused by non-students.

Op-Ed: A bit of FDR resides in the San Francisco Bay, a living legacy Special

This past September Ken Burns dazzled audiences once again with his series on The Roosevelt family, featuring U.S. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

Op-Ed: #Gamergate generating pertinent debate about gender, misogyny

#Gamergate is going viral. As a non-gamer, having not played a video game since GTA: Vice City, I was initially confused by the furor popping up everywhere from CNN to TIME to Digg. But it turns out that this nerd war has big ramifications for all.

Family gets $140K more for home after including cat in deal

Last weekend a family in Australia auctioned their home off for $2,060,000 Australian dollars, but they ended up selling it for $140K more after including their cat in the deal.

Video: Researcher has up-close encounter with sleeping whale

Earlier this year a researcher went looking for some whales, and he ended up encountering a humpback whale that was sound asleep.

Op-Ed: Forget the ice bucket challenge — Marijuana treats ALS

A viral Internet sensation, the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised over a whopping $100 million to fund research into finding a treatment for ALS. Sounds great, except that most of the money is spent elsewhere and marijuana already treats the disease.

This year’s list of America’s great places announced

The Uptown neighborhood of Oakland, Calif., Central Avenue in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Lake Mirror Park in Lakeland, Florida, all ranked among the top of their categories in the 2014 Great Places in America list released earlier this month.

Op-Ed: Vegas bets on same-sex marriage

It appeared at the weekend that Nevada’s bet on same-sex marriage was a winner after all. Wedding bells had begun ringing in chapels looking for business after a brief halt ordered by one U.S. Supreme Court justice.

The Walrus Talks Resilience touts choice, strength, creativity Special

As always, The Walrus magazine's latest event featured a diverse panel of people and perspectives on an important topic, but this time around a young poet stole the show.

Gay and straight marriages show similar longevity

A recent study revealed that the break-up rate for gay couples was comparable to the break-up rate for heterosexual couples.

Mayim Bialik's book on attachment parenting releases in UK

Actress Mayim Bialik, 38, who plays socially inept neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler and played a role in the 90s sitcom Blossom, is releasing her book, "Beyond the Sling" giving advice on attachment parenting, in the UK.

The cheapest days to fly this Thanksgiving holiday

If you haven't already booked your flights for Thanksgiving (and sometimes waiting is the cheaper option), listen up. This year, CheapAir looked into the cost of domestic American flights around the holiday.

'SmartMat', the yoga mat and teacher all rolled into one

SmartMat, a crowd-funding project launched on Indigogo on September 30 is being touted as a yoga teacher rolled into a mat. Using pressure sensor data, it can convey information to an app on your phone which will correct your postures.

Op-Ed: Micro-home may be wave of the future for home ownership Special

With the price of the median home in places like California now approaching at or just over $1 million, the concept of a tiny or "micro-home" is growing in appeal. Designer/builder, Alek Lisefski took a few moments to chat with this reporter.

Op-Ed: 5 funny boxer dog videos that were uploaded within the last week

Do you like boxer dogs? Need to get your dose of funny videos featuring boxers? Here are five funny videos of boxer dogs doing funny things.

UK cyclists call on government to fund safer cycling

At a breakfast event during Monday’s Conservative party conference, representatives from a coalition of UK biking groups called upon the government to provide better funding for cycling schemes.

Survey: Almost 10% of Americans have gone to work high

Almost 1 in 10 Americans have shown up to work high on pot, according to a new survey, which was conducted by Mashable and SurveyMonkey.

Op-Ed: Why we need to ban sororities

In America's discussion about the ongoing rape crisis on college campuses, the focus has recently turned to fraternities. Frat houses are being blamed for amplifying "rape culture," and Wesleyan University has decided to make its fraternities coed.

Op-Ed: Weaker role of men in economy is eroding marriage for millennials

A new poll suggests that up to 1/4 of Millennials will NEVER get married. Is this due to the decreasing role of men in the U.S. economy?

The story of fashion trucks, the new American shopping craze

Walking along Manhattan's Fifth Avenue on a Tuesday or Thursday lets you experience a new, growing all-American trend: fashion trucks. Parked by the side of the road, you can find a full boutique and dressing room inside. Here, we look at their success.

Op-Ed: The Red Cross — Talking with Volunteer first responders Special

Between 2012 and 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that 62.2 million Americans volunteered in some way. This is one-fifth of the country's population giving approximately eight billion hours at a value of $173 billion.

Op-Ed: Gender war over Hope Solo assault hurts everyone, helps nobody

In the aftermath of the Ray Rice debacle the blogosphere has exploded anew amid allegations that women's soccer star Hope Solo has unfairly benefited from a double standard that supposedly overlooks and downplays female violence.

Op-Ed: No equal access to diaper changing tables for dads in California

As women continue to push for equality and other rights groups succeed in their pursuit of equal rights for all, California Governor Jerry Brown vetoes two bills giving equality to single dads.

What are they inking? Starbucks could let workers reveal tattoos

Most customers probably do not know this, but Starbucks has always required its tattooed coffee servers to cover up body ink when behind the counter.

Op-Ed: A community space for the Digital Age moves into the neighborhood Special

With technology advancing, there still is the issue of the 'Digital Divide' where access to the Internet and other services are limited. With the help of City College of San Francisco, Coleman Advocates for Children and others,

Op-Ed: Unique tips on how to take your summer garden into the fall

Labor Day marked the unofficial end to summer and fall is just a few weeks away, which means summer gardens full of ripe tomatoes and overgrown watermelons are about to give way to hearty crops like broccoli and cabbage.

Hobbies and tuition put rich children at ‘substantial advantage’ Special

Dancing, sport and music lessons put children at a substantial advantage over those who do not take part in extracurricular activities, according to a recent study from Sutton Trust.

Op-Ed: Esquire and Robert Gates make strong case for Scouting

The new president of the Boy Scouts of America, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, makes his case for the importance of Scouting in the 21st century in Esquire. As an Eagle Scout, his words ring truer than ever.

Goldfish receives micro-surgery to remove tumor

A goldfish named George was suffering from a head tumor that almost ended his life, but he was saved after a vet performed life-threatening surgery.

Drive-thru mourning now offered at Michigan funeral home

Drive-thru windows have become a part of everyday life for many of us, but some Michigan residents find the drive-thru visitation window at a local funeral home disrespectful.

TV anchor says he has cancer and only has six months to live

A TV news anchorman who is battling brain cancer told views that he has only around 4-6 months to live, but he is hoping to work for as long as he can.

Poll: Two percent of French women willing to go topless at beach

A poll, conducted by Elle magazine, revealed that as few as two-percent of women under the age of 35 are willing to bare their breasts at the beach.

Scientists brewed tea in a chocolate teapot

Experts based in York have managed to make a teapot made from chocolate, and it was able to hold boiling water for two minutes.

UBC a global microcosm says Gupta at President installation Special

Arvind Gupta commits to five themes for the University of British Columbia as the 13th President of the venerable institution in his installation speech today.

University student buys house boat to avoid accomodation costs

Charlotte Tindle was worried about facing living costs of £1,000 a month in Fulham, London, whilst studying at the London University Tech Music School - so instead she renovated a disused houseboat.

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