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  • Weather Balloon Used to Launch Couple's Ashes to the Edge of Space
    Weather Balloon Used to Launch Couple's Ashes to the Edge of Space

    John and Lois Lafferty were married later in life but shared a passion for travel and history. So when they passed away, Lois's daughter Misty had the perfect idea for scattering their ashes. Lois and John became the first customers of Mesoloft, which launches ashes via weather balloon high into the Earth's atmosphere. Yes, there actually is a company that offers this service. In a video posted by Mesoloft, whose slogan is "The last adventure," you can see the container, attached to a weather balloon, floating higher and higher into the sky.

  • Palawan in the Philippines named world's top island: CN Traveler
    Palawan in the Philippines named world's top island: CN Traveler

    If you’ve been to Thailand, done Bali and bought the T-shirt in Vietnam, consider Palawan, one of 7,107 islands belonging to the Philippines that’s just been named the world’s top island by readers of CN Traveler magazine.

  • 'Disgraced' star Josh Radnor _ 'a 24-hour thinker'
    'Disgraced' star Josh Radnor _ 'a 24-hour thinker'

    NEW YORK (AP) — For nine years, Josh Radnor played a hopeless romantic on TV's "How I Met Your Mother." So he's the perfect person to ask if his latest project is a good for a date night.

  • Hospital: American video journalist free of Ebola
    Hospital: American video journalist free of Ebola

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An American video journalist being treated for Ebola is now free of the virus and will be released soon, the Omaha hospital where he is being treated said Tuesday.

  • Assad pursues withering campaign against rebels
    Assad pursues withering campaign against rebels

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad is taking advantage of the U.S.-led coalition's war against the Islamic State group to pursue a withering air and ground campaign against more mainstream rebels elsewhere in the country, trying to recapture areas considered more crucial to the survival of his government.

  • Consumed by Islamic State, Iraq's Anbar province a key battleground again

    By Ahmed Rasheed, Saif Hameed and Ned Parker BAGHDAD (Reuters) - In recent weeks, the world has watched the battle to save Syria’s border town of Kobani from Islamic State. But the radical jihadists have for longer been engulfing another strategically more vital target - Iraq’s western Anbar province and its road to Baghdad. The vast desert region - where Sunni tribes rose up in 2006 and 2007 to drive out al-Qaeda with the Americans - has throughout 2014 been parcelled up, city by military camp, before the Iraqi government and U.S. forces could act. ...

  • 5 real estate mistakes retirees make
    5 real estate mistakes retirees make

    Whether they’re downsizing, relocating to a different community or making renovations to an existing home, it’s easy for retirees to make a wrong move.

  • Ebola victim's sister says hospital denied request
    Ebola victim's sister says hospital denied request

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The family of the first Ebola victim to die in the United States says the hospital that cared for him has refused for weeks to release lab results showing the effects of an experimental drug treatment, fanning their suspicions that the facility mishandled the case.

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