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Grant and Amanda Engler celebrate in jet packs at their wedding ceremony in 2012 in Newport Beach, Calif.
Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:01

Couples nowadays are tying the knot in original ways — like some pioneering newlyweds in America's past.

U.S. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy pauses as he testifies during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday.
Tue, 03/17/2015 - 10:52

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy takes to Capitol Hill and faces tough questions about the agency's latest scandal.

Bhutanese football player Chencho Gyeltshen controls the ball in a March 5 match against Sri Lanka. The striker hit two goals Tuesday to lead Bhutan past Sri Lanka and into the next phase of World Cup Qualifying.
Tue, 03/17/2015 - 10:20

It had been ranked 209th out of 209 national teams — but Bhutan will now progress to the second round of World Cup Qualifying, after beating Sri Lanka in consecutive matches.

If you're a New Yorker shopping for health insurance on the state's exchange, you won't be able to find a health plan with out-of-network coverage unless you live around Albany or in the far western part of the state.
Tue, 03/17/2015 - 08:55

With a few exceptions, all the policies sold on New York's health insurance marketplace won't pay for routine expenses from doctors or hospitals not in their networks.

After a post has been flagged for review, Facebook intervenes with a supportive message.
Tue, 03/17/2015 - 08:35

When online social networks open up spaces for suicide prevention with untrained peer support, they walk the fragile line between invasion of privacy and supporting those who need help.

Some of the artifacts that were handed over to Iraq during a ceremony Monday in Washington, D.C.
Tue, 03/17/2015 - 08:18

Some of the artifacts date back more than 4,000 years. Among them is the head of a statue of Assyrian King Sargon II, similar to one destroyed by militants with the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland (50) is seen here in a game last year against the New York Giants. Borland, who had two interceptions in that game, has announced that he is retiring from the NFL after his rookie season.
Tue, 03/17/2015 - 07:42

Worries about possibly incurring brain injuries prompted 24-year-old Chris Borland to end his NFL career after one season. "I just honestly want to do what's best for my health," he said.

An Israeli woman votes with her daughter at a polling station in the coastal city of Haifa on Tuesday. Israel faces an unpredictable election to determine whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will remain in power.
Tue, 03/17/2015 - 06:57

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party has slipped in recent voter surveys. Approaches to a potential Palestinian state and the economy have emerged as top election issues.

There's a big difference between teaching kids to read and teaching them to love reading.
Tue, 03/17/2015 - 06:03

Daniel Willingham's new book is full of advice for parents and teachers hoping to nurture a love of reading in kids.

For all the attention the president's and Congress' budget proposals receive, they don't actually fund any program or levy any taxes. They're more about politics.
Tue, 03/17/2015 - 03:03

Congressional Republicans' budget is expected to be released Tuesday, but a federal budget is not really a budget at all.

Female and male Marines prepare for a live-fire exercise at Twentynine Palms, a training camp in the Mojave desert.
Tue, 03/17/2015 - 02:22

The Marines are being tested in California's Mojave Desert to see if they have what it takes to serve in ground combat units. Injuries in earlier training kept a dozen women from getting that far.

A Palestinian family leaves the visitors center at Rawabi.
Tue, 03/17/2015 - 02:21

Much of the new building in the territory involves Jewish settlements. The Palestinians now have a new city, but the project has been slowed because until recently Israel did not allow a water hookup.

Mars, anyone? Six researchers from the Mars Society sport their best space duds during this 2014 simulation of the conditions that explorers of the Red Planet might face. (From left) Ian Silversides, Anastasiya Stepanova, Alexandre Mangeot and Claude-Michel Laroche.
Tue, 03/17/2015 - 02:17

Public passion is all well and good, but it will take more than big talk to get to Mars by 2025, space specialists say. Even several rockets' worth of cash won't easily solve the technical challenges.

Members of Connecticut's women's basketball team react after their 84-70 victory over USF in an NCAA college basketball game in the finals of the American Athletic Conference tournament. UConn is the returning champ in this year's women's bracket. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)
Mon, 03/16/2015 - 20:39

Though Princeton is the only undefeated team in the championship. They enter as eighth seed. The tournament begins March 20th.

The blue circle is the symbol of diabetes — carried here by students marching in a World Diabetes Day rally in Kolkata, India.
Mon, 03/16/2015 - 19:03

The caseload could surge to 592 million by 2035, with a huge contribution from the developing world. And across the globe, people with diabetes tend to earn less — or lose their job altogether.

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