It’s that most wonderful time of the year: The moment when the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lights up in spectacular glory in the heart of New York City. Millions across the globe were watching as the tree began to sparkle and shine on Wednesday night.
Rover.com has unveiled the most popular dog names across the United States for 2013 — and they don’t overlap with the most popular human baby names at all. “Frankly, I like the dog names better,” the company’s founder said.
A Massachusetts man is preparing a full turkey dinner for a whole bunch of people he’s never met. His 70 or so guests — elderly people, cancer patients, AA members, low-income people, at-risk teens, recently divorced people, widowed people and others — have one detail in common: Without him, they’d be alone on Thanksgiving.
Life did not begin well for a dog named Xena and a cat named Koshka — but now, it’s just about perfect. Once neglected and abused, the resilient canine and feline have been rescued by humans who absolutely adore them. Xena and Koshka also are celebrities in the animal world: The ASPCA named them Dog and Cat of the Year for 2013.
First there was Band Aid with “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Then came USA for Africa with “We Are the World.” And now, the dogs are having their day. In a public-service ad aimed at fighting pet cancer, canines of different shapes and sizes perform a music video in the charity-supergroup tradition.
A pivotal piece of American history went on sale Friday morning — but did not sell. The item — a Polaroid photo snapped in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, the day of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination — did not meet its reserve, according to the auction house, Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati. It was expected to fetch between $50,000 to $75,000.
Things have been looking up for Rupee the rescue dog. Waaaaaaaay up. Just three months ago, Rupee was a malnourished pup trying to survive at a dump site in India. Then he found a loving home, got fully rehabilitated and went on a trek to the top of the world.
A few months back, Lululemon Athletica’s too-sheer yoga pants transformed some women’s workouts into unintentional peep shows. This week a company co-founder spoke out about the fabric flap, calling it a “mistake” on Lululemon’s part and also attributing some of the problems to certain women’s body types.
A son in Los Angeles was heartsick about not being able to spend every day with his dad in Nebraska when his dad was dying of cancer. But thanks to the power of social media and the kindness of strangers, his dad’s room was soon covered from floor to ceiling with thousands of photos and drawings from all over the world.
The astoundingly uneven final score of a Texas high school football game was a tough loss for the team defeated 91-0, but it was just that — a loss — and not a case of bullying, an official at the school said Wednesday. “I consider this matter closed,” the official wrote.
The woman who had a child with former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has re-released an annotated version of her June 2012 memoir “What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me.” “I behaved badly,” Rielle Hunter writes.
Courtney Tharp’s fellow high school students aren’t at all surprised that she was named homecoming queen this week. They love her smile, her enthusiasm, her upbeat attitude about everything. Who cares if she struggles with fine motor skills or has some speech difficulties?
Oh, Granddad. If your gills could talk. The Australian lungfish has been cheering people up through the Great Depression, World War II, the race riots of the 1960s, the Vietnam War and beyond — and he’s been recognized as the oldest fish in any zoo or aquarium on the planet. He even got to enjoy a special cake!
This LEGO minifigure isn’t wearing pink, and she isn’t showing any skin. The “Scientist” just hit stores, and she’s already being hailed as a stereotype-busting hero of the toy aisle — and the first of her kind.
Lady and the Tramp realized they were in love over a bowl of pasta. For Rodd and Venice, romance bloomed at a training course for seeing-eye dogs. Mere months after Rodd and Venice fell prey to puppy love, so did their human owners, Claire Johnson and Mark Gaffey.
Employees who stare at computers for a living must avoid the hypnotic power of live penguin cams, shark cams, kitten cams and even koala cams. But this? Even Ben Bernanke himself might acknowledge that this is just too much.
In the children’s classic “Go, Dog. Go!”, the canines were able to drive their own little cars to the dog party. Oh, how David Rosenfelt and Debbie Myers wished their 25 dogs could do the same. But alas, they needed rides when the couple moved all the way from California to Maine.
You know how it is when you get to hobnob with the commander-in-chief. You put on your best outfit. You make sure you don’t have any food in your teeth. You … give him bunny ears when his head is turned??? Yep. That happened.
The future King of England tipped his hand on Tuesday about some of his greatest passions and dislikes. During his ever-so-brief appearance outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London, he revealed these telling details.
Hear ye, hear ye! Nothing brings Londoners together quite like the birth of a royal baby. For real. These photos from 1948, 1982 and 2013 document the fact that people’s wild elation over the arrival of a royal firstborn hasn’t waned.
Alarmed by how many senior dogs languish in shelters because no one wants them, Los Angeles photographer Lori Fusaro is doing everything she can to show how much older dogs have to offer. “My hope is to inspire people to not overlook the old ones,” she said.
How will the public react if Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and the royal baby end up sharing the same birthday? At this stage of the game, they might just shrug. Here’s a photographic retrospective of Camilla’s transformation from loathed mistress to funny grandma.
Less than a year ago, Leslie Deets blasted her way into a largely untapped market: the growing and wildly diverse demographic of U.S. women who carry handguns. Deets did so by founding Concealed Carrie, a business that makes high-end leather handbags, totes and computer bags for women who want to be able to carry guns in style.
In stressful chapters of life, it can be hard to get a good night’s sleep — whether you’re a human, or a newborn foal. Fortunately for this abandoned pony, a donated teddy bear is there for comfort and support.
Not feeling drawn to that paperback with a museum painting on the cover? These new designs might make you think again. Here are some of the cool covers being reimagined for 50 great works of fiction as part of the “Recovering the Classics” project.
As he was gutting a house in Elbow Lake, Minn., David Gonzalez, 34, made a startling discovery: In among the old newspapers insulating a wall was an original Action Comics No. 1 book from June 1938. On the cover, a brand new character wore a flowing red cape and lifted a car over his head: Superman.
Barbecue aficionados and local businesses are bringing comfort to victims of the Oklahoma tornado with classic American cuisine, with plans to serve up hundreds of thousands of free meals. “Barbecue reminds people of the good times,” said one volunteer.
On the day she was born, Rachael Clark, now 23, was found sealed inside a plastic garbage bag in a dumpster. Despite crippling anxiety as a child, she has a wedding and a bright future ahead, but still wants to find her birth parents “to tell them I forgive them.”
Of all the traits that make dogs special, here’s one of the best: They don’t judge you when you cry. For that reason, specially trained therapy dogs are making bedside visits to dozens of hospitalized victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
All 1,091 races completed by Dick and Rick Hoyt have been special, but Monday’s Boston Marathon was a crowning achievement for the father-and-son team. Then, at the 25-mile marker, their jubilant day devolved into chaos.
Dick and Rick Hoyt are about to be honored with a life-sized bronze statue at the starting line of the Boston Marathon. The statue captures the father and son running “for the people who think they can’t run.”
At age 98, Keiko Fukuda became the first and only woman to attain judo’s highest honor: a 10th-degree black belt. As her memorial service approaches on March 22, we take a look back at her life and accomplishments.