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Rare, stinky 'corpse flower' blooms in Chicago

Rare, stinky 'corpse flower' blooms in Chicago

The plant can take about 10 years to reach the size needed to support a bloom
Humpback whale nearly crushes kayakers

Humpback whale nearly crushes kayakers

A whale launched out of the sea and landed on two kayakers' boat on California's Central Coast
Ex-flight attendant accused of fake bomb threats

Ex-flight attendant accused of fake bomb threats

A former SkyWest flight attendant confessed to two bomb threats that resulted in emergency landings in North Dakota and Virginia
JetBlue passenger urinates on fellow travelers

JetBlue passenger urinates on fellow travelers

Man arrested after flight from Alaska to Portland, Oregon
Anger over passengers who took bags as they fled plane

Anger over passengers who took bags as they fled plane

Pilot praised for swift action, but concerns emerge over why some on board ignored safety messages
Beachgoers dig channel for stranded great white shark

Beachgoers dig channel for stranded great white shark

Dozens join effort to save shark stranded on beach at Cape Cod
Big sky wonderland: 12 reasons to visit Montana

Big sky wonderland: 12 reasons to visit Montana

One of the biggest states is also one of the least populated. That makes Montana an outdoor paradise all year round
Whitewater paddleboarding: The newest way to ride a river

Whitewater paddleboarding: The newest way to ride a river

Why are some longtime kayakers are switching to riding paddleboards down river rapids? Thrills, of course
World's biggest twin-engine jetliner closer to real

World's biggest twin-engine jetliner closer to real

Boeing finalizes basic design for 777X airliner, which has huge, folding wings and is on track to be the world's largest twin-engine jet
Last Sumatran rhino in U.S. seeks mate

Last Sumatran rhino in U.S. seeks mate

What to do when you want to settle down and raise a family but you're the last remaining member of your species in the country?
Wine tour apologizes for kicking book club off train

Wine tour apologizes for kicking book club off train

The top executive of Napa Valley Wine Train apologized to members of a book club who said they were humiliated when staff booted them from the luxury rail car for disturbing passengers with their laughter.
Hawaii beaches shut after 500,000-gallon sewage spill

Hawaii beaches shut after 500,000-gallon sewage spill

Wastewater escaped from manholes in Waikiki and entered storm drains leading to the ocean
NYC wrestles with topless women in Times Square

NYC wrestles with topless women in Times Square

City creates task force to deal with topless women in Times Square who pose for pics with tourists
Giant panda at Washington zoo is pregnant

Giant panda at Washington zoo is pregnant

It's all "paws crossed" for a healthy giant panda cub at the National Zoo in Washington D.C.
Disney vs. Legoland: Who's the champion?

Disney vs. Legoland: Who's the champion?

Plastic brick empire has grand ambitions after opening Orlando, Florida's smallest theme park
5 cool ways to celebrate National Aviation Day

5 cool ways to celebrate National Aviation Day

Flying isn't perfect yet, but it's come a long way since the Wright brothers 112 years ago
Roller coaster hits, kills amusement park visitor

Roller coaster hits, kills amusement park visitor

A man on a Cedar Point roller coaster jumped over a fence into a restricted area -- a decision that cost him his life
Stunning time-lapse of Perseid meteor shower

Stunning time-lapse of Perseid meteor shower

Sky show from rural Montana provides epic subject for photogs
What it takes to climb North America's highest mountain

What it takes to climb North America's highest mountain

It’s official. Mt. McKinley will from now on be known as Denali. Photographer Ben Adkison captures his second successful summit in a breathtaking photo gallery
Boy is sole survivor of family's desert hike

Boy is sole survivor of family's desert hike

The French family was hiking in the dunes of New Mexico's White Sands National Monument
Cecil the lion among animals honored in Empire State Building lights

Cecil the lion among animals honored in Empire State Building lights

A $1-million project to make use of the Empire State Building's famous light displays to draw attention endangered wildlife