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"Everyone knows that a man can always marry even if he reaches 102, is penniless, and has all his faculties gone. There is always some woman willing to take a chance on him. (from the Complete Book of Etiquette, 1952)"

—Amy Vanderbilt

 

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Pope Picks Moderate To Lead Chicago's Catholics  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:24:24 -0400
Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash., has emphasized pastoral needs and compassion over rigid positions on issues such as gay rights, but church experts don't expect a sea change on hot-button issues. 
Questions Swirl Around How Vet Jumped White House Fence  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:24:24 -0400
The Secret Service is reviewing how it secures the White House after an Iraq war vet jumped the fence and made it inside the doors before being subdued. What led up to the security lapse? 
Got Dessert? Slather On The Salted Caramel, Or Just Nibble Some  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:59:13 -0400
Once a high-end fad, the salted caramel dessert has made inroads into the most mainstream of American food chains, TGI Fridays. Maybe it was inevitable, given our historic cravings for salt and sweet. 
In California, Less Water Means More West Nile Virus  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:54:00 -0400
You'd think that mosquitoes wouldn't like drought, but that's not what's happening in California, where stagnant water breeds more mosquitoes. Cases of West Nile virus have doubled since last year. 
3 Afghan Army Officers, Who Had Gone Missing, Detained At Canadian Border  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:22:00 -0400
The men are described as senior Afghan army officers who were vetted before being allowed to participate in training exercises. They are not considered a threat, officials say. 
Largest Of Calif. Wildfires Destroys 10 Homes, Other Structures  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:16:00 -0400
More than 5,500 firefighters are battling the so-called King Fire in the Sierra Nevada forest area. Some 2,800 people have been evacuated. 
NASA: MAVEN Spacecraft Safely Circling Mars  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:12:00 -0400
The orbital probe will study how the solar wind interacts with the red planet's thin atmosphere. 
NFL Looks To Training To Prevent Domestic Violence By Players  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 03:33:00 -0400
It's not violence on the job that makes some pro football players beat their wives or children, psychologists say. It's often childhood experience, fanned by a culture that accepts such behavior. 
The Biology Of Altruism: Good Deeds May Be Rooted In The Brain  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 03:32:00 -0400
Angela Stimpson donated a kidney to a complete stranger. Why did she do it? Researchers found that the brains of Stimpson and other altruists are sensitive to fear and distress in a stranger's face. 
Shrinking Pool Of Volunteer Firefighters Leaves Communities At Risk  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 03:29:00 -0400
Busy schedules and long hours of training are partly to blame for the ever-shrinking volunteer pool. 
Snowden Reveal Makes Israeli Spies' Protest An American Issue  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 16:44:00 -0400
Forty-three veterans of Unit 8200, Israel's secretive surveillance organization, say they were directed to spy indiscriminately on Palestinians. Were they using intelligence gathered by the NSA? 
Man Caught At White House Is An Army Veteran  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:12:00 -0400
Omar J. Gonzales, the 42-year-old man who the Secret Service says ran onto the White House grounds and entered a door Friday night, is an Army veteran who served in Iraq. 
Which Catholics Offer Birth Control? Look To The Insurers  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:10:00 -0400
Catholic universities and hospitals argue they shouldn't have to offer contraceptive coverage, but many Catholic insurance companies have been making it available for years. 
Large Protests In Hundreds Of Cities Vent Ire Over Climate Change  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:46:00 -0400
The People's Climate March was timed to draw the notice of world leaders gathering for this week's U.N. Climate Summit in New York. 
Lodging Like A High-End Health Club  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:45:35 -0400
In Norwalk, Conn., a new hotel focusing on fitness targets business travelers who want to stick to healthy routines while on the road. It's a new niche for the hospitality industry.