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Animal rights groups, the RSPCA, veterinarians and others on social media weighed in after a picture was released showing three-year-old Prince George offering ice cream to the family dog.

Community center south of San Francisco destroyed by fire

Officials in suburban Millbrae, 15 miles south of San Francisco, scrambled to find alternatives Thursday after the city's community center was destroyed by fire.

Japanese 'rent men' who are paid just to listen

From lonely pensioners to Japanese schoolgirls with shattered dreams, Takanobu Nishimoto and his crew of middle-aged men will lend an ear to clients who would never dream of spilling their guts to a therapist or worse, their families.

Japan starts safety campaign ahead of Pokemon Go launch

Reports of traffic accidents, crimes and other mishaps overseas have prompted the Japanese government to warn Pokemon Go gamers of the dangers they could face.

Lindsay Ellingson discusses new make-up line, Victoria's Secret Special

Supermodel Lindsay Ellingson chatted with Digital Journal about being a Victoria's Secret model, as well as her make-up line and Fruit of the Loom experience.

Mexico's Olympians get condoms over Zika fears

Mexican athletes received on Monday an anti-Zika kit for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, including Mosquito repellent, antibacterial hand gel and condoms.

Chicago hospital adopts virtual reality to train residents

Beginning this summer, obstetrics and gynecology residents at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago will practice surgeries through a virtual reality technology.

Op-Ed: Artists have been ousted but Point Alameda awaits to fill a need Special

As the cast and crew of "The Soiled Dove" make preparations for this weekend's two-day extravaganza event, they are one among many who have displaced by the dramatic redevelopment of San Francisco's Mission District.

Hollande's hairdresser 'paid 10,000 euros a month'

Short on the sides and thinning on top, French President Francois Hollande's hair is kept perfectly groomed at a cost of 9,895 euros ($10,900) a month, the Canard Enchaine weekly reported Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Book says Secret Service consider Hilary Clinton 'a punishment' Special

While it may seem as a rehashing of his book, "In The President's Secret Service" investigative reporter Ronald Kessler's 2014 book "The First Family Detail" describes former First Lady Hilary Clinton as "a punishment" to work with for the Secret Service.

Op-Ed: Court forces Google and Microsoft to ban pre-birth gender tests

The highest court in India has taken drastic action to stop big tech companies from allowing adverts for pre-birth gender tests to be shown to Indian Internet users.

Sandra Lee talks 'Stand Up to Cancer,' philanthropy, success Special

Acclaimed cookbook author and television chef Sandra Lee sat down and chatted with Digital Journal about "Stand Up To Cancer." She also offered advice for aspiring chefs.

Pamplona bull-running festival kicks off with wine battle

Thousands of revellers wearing red and white sprayed each other with red wine in Pamplona's main square on Wednesday for the start of Spain's famed San Fermin bull-running festival.

Korean selfie tourist dies in Peru plunge

The body of a 28-year-old South Korean tourist who died after he fell from one of the world’s highest waterfalls while taking a selfie has been recovered.

Bingeing Kim Jong-Un piling on the pounds: Seoul spies

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has piled on around 40 kilograms (90 pounds) since he took power four years ago, bingeing on food and drink, South Korea's spy agency said Friday.

Op-Ed: Washington Post reporter's book tells of the Secret Service Special

With so much focus on the presidential election lately, this reporter stumbled across a book entitled "In The President's Secret Service - a Behind-The-Scenes view..." by investigative reporter Ronald Kessler.

Uber teams up with Pandora

For free and without advertisements, Uber drivers in the United States, Australia and New Zealand can now tune in to Pandora stations while driving.

'Regretting motherhood' debate rages in Germany

Is it possible to regret becoming a mother? The question first posed by an Israeli researcher has stirred a debate in Germany like in no other country, shattering a long-held taboo."In Israel, it was settled in a week.

This app can rate one's smile on a scale from zero to 120

Before going to work, flight attendants in Japan can soon assess their smiles through an app developed by a popular Japanese cosmetics company.

Interview: Author Kiros Pantelis discusses new book, reiki Special

Life coach and Greek-American author Kiros Pantelis opened up about his new book, "Angels Watching Over Me: A New Age Odyssey," as well as reiki.

Smartphones cause train delay in Japan

Due to the rising cases of train delays, a Japanese railway company plans to intensify the campaign that urges passengers not to use their smartphones when getting on or off trains.

Philadelphia is now the 1st major U.S. city with a soda tax

On Thursday, Philadelphia became the first major city in America with a soda tax, regardless of the beverage industry's effort to block it.

Op-Ed: Microsoft working with legal marijuana — Seed software

In the bizarre morals of corporate America, where it’s OK to trash the economy but not to smoke grass, Microsoft has been the first to actually work with legal marijuana in the marketplace.

For Bethlehem tattoo artist, religion is more than skin deep

Pilgrims to Bethlehem often return home with candles or rosaries, but for those who see religion as more than skin-deep, tattoo artist Walid Ayash is there to help.The 39-year-old Palestinian specialises in Christian themes.

Interview: Shira Benedetto opens up about being a psychic medium Special

Shira Benedetto, psychic and medium from Merrick, Long Island, talked about her special gift, award nominations and future plans.

Body-shaming ads to be banned on London transport

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, plans on banning negative body image advertisements on the London Tube, buses and trains.

Can you spot the drowning child in the crowded swimming pool?

Anyone who thinks being a lifeguard is easy should watch this video. In a crowded swimming pool, the unidentified lifeguard spots a toddler going under the water and dives in to save her.

John Edward to perform at New World Stages in New York City

World renowned medium, psychic and television personality John Edward will be performing on August 2 at New World Stages in New York City.

Interview: Karen Garvey talks about being an intuitive, future Special

Author, speaker, intuitive, personal and professional coach Karen Garvey chatted with Digital Journal about her gift and her future plans.

Japanese 'naked restaurant' to ban overweight diners

Japan's first "naked restaurant" opens in Tokyo next month with draconian rules of entry -- podgy prospective diners will be weighed and ejected if found to be too fat.

Op-Ed: Two San Franciscans seek to serve the City they love Special

As the sun breaks through the clouds on this election day, the wether is symbolic of what most hope for. That clarity and stability will prevail This is what two City Supervisor candidates, one younger the other older are aiming for.

Chatting with Christopher Allan: Medium and psychic Special

Well-respected psychic and medium Christopher Allan chatted with Digital Journal about his gift and plans for the future.

Japanese man, 96, is world’s oldest university graduate

A 96-year-old Japanese born in the year when the Allies and Germany signed the Treaty of Versailles has been recognized as the world’s oldest university graduate.

Op-Ed: Arts Guild of Sonoma kicks of its summer season of gallery shows Special

The warm summer evening weather was ideal for the Opening Reception of the Arts Guild of Sonoma June Invitational show on June 3. Among the Guest Artists was painter and abstract artist, Sonja Bakalyar.

From pariahs to pets: Dogs find a home in Oman

Long seen as unwanted fleabags wandering the streets in search of food, dogs in Oman have become pampered pets thanks to changing attitudes among Muslims towards canine companions.

U.S. adults reporting homosexual experience doubles: Study

The percentage of American adults who said they've had a homosexual experience has doubled since the 1990s, according to a study, indicating a rapid change in cultural attitudes toward sexuality.

Some Sydney traffic lights going into the ground for texters

Texting and walking can undoubtedly lead to getting hit by a car if one isn't careful, and that's why Australia is experimenting with putting some traffic lights in the ground.

Tattoo lands Iranian actress in feminism controversy

A popular Iranian actress has found herself at the centre of a dispute over feminism in the Islamic republic after cameras appeared to capture a "women power" symbol tattooed on her arm.

Op-Ed: Writer deeply moved by French people's appreciation for veterans Special

The Memorial Day weekend edition of The Sonoma Valley Sun had a letter to the Editor that struck a chord with a writer who recently published a book called, "A Cup of Redemption."

Utah tenants draw the line at building's new Facebook policy

Residents of the City Park Apartments were baffled and angry to find a note taped to their doors Thursday night, titled the "Facebook addendum."

A widow remembers her Vietnam Vet husband Special

The 58th annual Memorial Day Celebration was held this morning at The Veteran's Memorial Building in Sonoma not far from the Plaza, which is the heart of town. Hundreds gathered, among them was a recent widow, Kathy Bramwell Ostram.