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Where do you learn to be healthy? Apparently not in American schools. While general literacy rates are strong, public health literacy rates are lagging.

Op-Ed: Same-sex marriage is not about sex

A scrawled sign hanging over the counter down at Sparky’s Diner is meant to be a jab at those folks who have a selected interpretation of the First Amendment right to free speech. It reads: “You can say what you like as long as I like what you say."

Some things are not so new, including twerking

Twerk, the beloved word and provocative dance movement of Miley Cyrus and cohorts, is not so-much as a new invention as pop marketing suggests. The word dates back to the 1820s.

Op-Ed: Ben & Jerry's renamed for gay marriage legalization

Ice cream chain Ben & Jerry's has renamed its popular flavor "Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough" to "I Dough, I Dough", in order to mark the U.S. gay marriage legalization.

U.K. population rises to almost 65 million

The population of the U.K. has shown a marked increase by almost half-a-million people in a 12-month period. The population now stands at 64,596,800.

Hotel installs bedside switch to liberate you from the Internet

The Internet has added a whole new dimension to our lives, but many feel in the process, it has intruded into areas, physical and mental, where it does not belong — a luxury hotel is trying to restore the balance.

Cheaper cremation services increase demand for funerary glass Special

Canadians are shopping online to find more affordable death care service providers and spending their savings on memory glass art pieces that proudly display the last resting places of their beloved family and friends.

Island of 48 legalizes same-sex marriage

Pitcairn Island, considered by many to be the smallest inhabited island in the world, as well as being home to 48 people, just made same-sex marriage legal.

Hungarian supergranny closes in on world chess record

An 87-year-old Hungarian woman aims this weekend to set a world record by beating 1920s Cuban chess grandmaster Jose Raul Capablanca at his own game: simultaneous play.

NY: You and pooch may soon get to dine outside at area eateries

If you live in New York, have a dog and don't like eating at restaurants by yourself, you and Fido may be in luck. New York's state Senate has passed legislation that amends state health laws to allow diners and their dogs to eat in outdoor dining areas.

Cafe interruptus: Starbucks to shut down La Boulange shops

Starbucks plans to shut down nearly two dozen La Boulange cafes it bought in 2012 but to continue to sell La Boulange baked goods in its stores nationwide, the world's largest coffee seller said Monday.

Op-Ed: Colorado marijuana ruling could backfire Special

A Colorado Supreme Court ruling instantly hailed as effectively banning workers from using medical marijuana may result in just the opposite. The effectively upheld state laws based on federal laws that allow employers to fire workers who tests indicated

Riders climb off after roller coaster breaks down

The Cyclone roller coaster at Coney Island ended up breaking down, and the riders climbed off the ride in order to get down to safety.

Yes, there is a correct way to hang toilet paper

One of the biggest disagreements in modern families today is how to hang the toilet paper. How the roll hangs is right up there with whose turn it is to take out the trash or walk the dog one last time before going to bed.

Using a treadmill desk can actually make you less productive

Science suggests that if you want to stimulate your creativity and generally improve your thinking, you should get up from your chair and take a stroll.

Op-Ed: Oregon gun control background check bill attacked by opponents

Gun control is a vital topic in the Unites States political arena pitting Democrats against Republicans. The State of Oregon is the latest to be in the news regarding a recent bill requiring background checks for those wanting to buy guns.

Reality starlet to wed prince in Swedish fairytale

A former reality starlet, glamour model and yoga teacher will become a real-life princess in Sweden on Saturday when she marries Prince Carl Philip in a lavish Stockholm wedding.

Shoes and sacrifice: London exhibition explores footwear fashion

For centuries, women and sometimes men have squeezed their feet into tiny shoes or balanced on towering heels to feel sexy, empowered and to show their wealth and status.

ACLU condemns privacy violation of gay valedictorian’s rights Special

The ACLU and the family of a college student who committed suicide after being ridiculed on social media five years ago for being gay have condemned a Colorado charter school for refusing to let its valedictorian speak at his graduation this month.

Millions raised for arthritis research in charity walk

This month thousands of Canadians took part in the 6th annual “Walk to Fight Arthritis.” To date the campaign has raised over $8 million for research into the bone condition.

Sesame Street improves a child's school readiness

Research conducted by two economics professors suggests that Sesame Street has a positive effect on children's academic achievement.

91-year-old fulfills wish of crashing vehicle through a garage

A 91-year-old grandfather crossed off the first and last item on his bucket list, which was to crash a car through a garage door.

The Hobbit first edition sells for $210,000

A first edition of J.R.R. Tolkein's 'The Hibbit' has sold for $210,000 at auction. The book had an inscription by the author in the fictional language of Elvish.

Exam students vent their frustration at Edexcel GCSE maths paper

16-year-old school students have taken to Twitter to vent their frustration at a maths exam paper by British exam board Edexcel, taken today. The trend has led to thousands mocking the "impossible" questions by turning them on their heads with memes.

Op-Ed: School claims right to notify parents that children are gay Special

The outing of a high school valedictorian near Boulder has gotten considerable attention around the world, but one issue that appears secondary is the charter school telling the teen’s parents that he is gay.

Review: Savage Beauty — Alexander McQueen on show in London Special

A major retrospective of designer Alexander McQueen's work is currently being exhibited in London, at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Digital Journal paid a visit.

Inside Florida's horse industry Special

“Horses built America.” ~Kathy Brown, Founder of Martin County Horse Council, Martin County, Florida In 1776, General George Washington developed the first American Cavalry, used to patrol the Atlantic coast during the American Revolution.

'Call me Caitlyn': Jenner debuts post-Bruce look

Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender Olympic champion formerly known as Bruce, on Monday unveiled her new name and look in a sexy Vanity Fair cover shoot -- drawing widespread praise, including from the White House.

A Single mom’s dream: Sheriff deputy retirement Special

Dreams still come true. Major Jenell Atlas recently retired from Florida's Martin County Sheriff’s Office after a 26-year career.

Big Bang Theory funds science scholarships

The makers of the hit television comedy “The Big Bang Theory” have launched a scheme designed to help students to begin science or technology careers. The scheme is called “The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment.”

Op-Ed: San Francisco writer keeps journal of Giants at the World Series Special

Only baseball fans would understand. Local writer Joseph Sutton has just published his third memoir of the Giants at the World Series, entitled, San Francisco GIANTS: A Fan's Journal 2010, 2012, 2014.

Op-Ed: Gay valedictorian outed, speech blocked

Although American TV includes popular shows like “Grace and Frankie,” about two women friends whose husbands dump them to marry each other, apparently it is not suitable to talk about homosexuality at a Boulder-area charter school.

South Korean woman reveals the power of makeup

There have been countless videos of makeup transformations that reveal people's natural beauty. Recently, a video was posted by a South Korean woman, who was showing people how to remove makeup.

NYC man takes dying dog Poh on bucket list adventure across U.S.

A heartbroken pet owner, Thomas Neil Rodriguez, took his terminally ill mixed-breed pet dog of 15 years, Poh, on a bucket list adventure across the U.S. in a bid to make the most of the time he had left with him.

Poland's love affair with allotments

Pitchfork in hand, Hanna Wielgus turns the dark, rich soil of her allotment on a major thoroughfare of the Polish capital known for its monster traffic jams.

U.S. Marine and bride tell the story behind viral wedding photo

A North Carolina couple shares with thousands of fans the story behind their touching wedding photo which went viral after it was posted to social media. The couple also talk about what was going through their minds at the moment the photo was taken.

Aga Khan Park - Toronto's newest cultural hub opens to the public Special

Three unique projects in the heart of Toronto came to its completion Monday afternoon with opening of The Aga Khan Park by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and His Highness The Aga Khan.

Onesies and Uggs deemed NSFW in Australia

During a light hearted Senate meeting the State Immigration Department in Australia officially banned its workers from wearing onesies and Ugg boots while at work.

Sikh who removed turban to save boy's life gets new furniture

A "Sikh Samaritan" who disregarded religious tradition and removed his turban to cradle the head of a five-year-old boy hit by a car has received new furniture from a New Zealand business owner as reward for his kind act.

Artist sells other peoples' Instagram photos for $100k in NYC

An artist is exhibiting and selling other peoples' Instagram photos without permission in New York City right now. With prices reaching as much as $100k, the story is drawing controversy and criticism as a copyright loophole means it could all be legal.

University short skirt ban sparks leg selfie protest in Algeria

Hundreds of Leg selfies are flooding social media in Algeria after a student was banned from her exam for wearing a skirt which came above her knees.