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September 30, 2016

Imagine stepping into a bathtub, and instead of bathroom tiles lining the wall next to you, there's a fresh vertical garden, lush with bright green ferns, lavender, baby's tears, mint and other fragrant plants.

San Francisco-based design studio Siol created just that a few years ago for one home.…


Woman prepares to give mother a kidney

September 29, 2016

JANESVILLE, Wis. — Karen Woodland always knew she would donate a kidney to her mom.

For 35 years, her mother, Janice Smith, has had polycystic kidney disease, which slowly caused her kidneys to fail.

"My mom was first diagnosed when I was 10," Woodland said. "My grandfather also had the…


Chicken soup enjoys universal appeal

September 28, 2016

I find it a source of great comfort that pretty much every culture, every cuisine has its own interpretation of chicken soup.

The Mexican version in particular speaks to me, scented with chilies and spices such as cumin and coriander, riddled with slightly softened tortilla chips.

In Mexico, whole…


Hundreds of Romanian couples cash in on lasting love

September 27, 2016

BUCHAREST, Romania — A district of the Romanian capital celebrated hundreds of couples who have been married for at least half a century by handing out cash awards and inviting them to a joint lunch Monday.

Bucharest's fifth district town hall said it has given each golden anniversary couple…