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  • Israel's Ariel Sharon eulogized in state ceremony before funeral

     Israel's Ariel Sharon eulogized in state ceremony before funeral
    SYCAMORE RANCH, Israel — On a day marked by military protocol, somber ceremony and informal reflection, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was remembered Monday as a "practical and pragmatic man," a "bulldozer" who helped shape his nation even as he earned a reputation for ruthlessness from its enemies.
  • Oregon allows mothers to take placentas home from hospital

    Oregon allows mothers to take placentas home from hospital
    PORTLAND, Ore. — New mothers will now be able to leave Oregon hospitals with two bundles of joy — one in a car seat, the other in a cooler. The first, of course, is the baby. The second, thanks to one of the more curious laws that went...

    A long-ago death still haunts a family's Christmas

    A long-ago death still haunts a family's Christmas
    The children aren't little anymore; they're 28, 24 and 23. But I still know where my daughters will be on Christmas Eve — snuggled under a blanket with me, while I read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," the classic story of Santa's visit. I don'...

    As Mandela's home village prepares for funeral, some are left out

    As Mandela's home village prepares for funeral, some are left out
    QUNU, South Africa -- A fine strong bull was chosen in Qunu, Nelson Mandela’s home village, to accompany him on his final journey. It must be slaughtered before Sunday’s funeral, so that it may go with him to the other side, according to...

    Fraternity hazing death of New York student being investigated in Pa.

    Fraternity hazing death of New York student being investigated in Pa.
    Chen “Michael” Deng traveled with a group of as many as 30 friends to a sparsely populated area of Pennsylvania for a weekend of what was supposed to be fraternal bonding. It cost him his life, officials say. Deng, 19, a freshman at Baruch...