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More black teens are attempting suicide: ‘We still believe it’s a white thing.’

RALEIGH, N.C. — Destiny Ivey knew something was up as soon as she got the text. Her friend had sent a message with just her mom’s phone number. Read more

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Celebrity Birthdays for August 18

Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Robert Redford, Christian Slater, Edward Norton and Andy Samberg… Read more

Highlights from history: August 18

Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history. Read more

21 celebrities who have been knighted

Bee Gee Barry Gibb was the latest celebrity to receive a knighthood at Buckingham Palace. Here's a look at other celebs who have been knigh… Read more


Earth Talk: If the world is running out of fresh water, why aren't we desalinating more ocean water?

Stepping up desalination seems like an obvious solution to the world's water scarcity problem, but it's not entirely that simple. Read more

The college search can be a great excuse for a family vacation — and a 57-hour train ride

When my daughter put two California colleges on her list, I casually wondered whether it would be cool to take the train there from Chicago and maybe drive down the Pacific Coast Highway from Berkeley to Pomona. Her eyes lit up, and the decision was made. Read more

The 12 most remote places on Earth

Get ready to travel where most folks don't — the most remote places on Earth. Read more

From self-service drink stations to free pajamas, airlines work to make extra-long flights bearable, at least for those in premium seats

CHICAGO - It will take all six of the "Lord of the Rings" and "Hobbit" movies to fill the 17 hours and 20 minutes on Qantas' new flight from Chicago to Brisbane, Australia. The 8,901-mile flight, which begins operating next spring, will become the longest nonstop flight operating out of O'Hare International Airport, nudging aside an Air Zealand flight to Auckland that covers 8,181 miles. ... Read more

How subversive artists made thrift shopping cool

Aug. 17 is National Thrift Shop Day. Here's how artists help make secondhand shopping cool. Read more