FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Army soldiers struggle to haul heavy sleds backward as fast as they can down a grassy field at Fort Bragg, filling the brisk North Carolina morning air with grunts of exertion and the shouts of instruction from their coaches.

Nicole Christianson, a 26-year-old sales rep, was tired of writing big checks for tiny apartments. And she wanted to do more with her cash than stash it in a savings account.

HADERA, Israel — A giant power plant with billowing smoke may not look like the most natural habitat for sea life. But the hot water gushing from an industrial plant in Israel’s northern city of Hadera has drawn schools of sharks that are increasingly endangered by overfishing in the Mediter…

BEDFORD, Mass. — Robot vacuums have now been around long enough that you might watch one bump around a living room and think, why isn’t there a robot that could mow my lawn? Turns out, it’s not for lack of trying.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Every now and then Alex Zanardi has a chance encounter with someone who reminds him there’s never any reason to feel sorry for himself, not that he ever had during his two vastly different lifetimes: the one with legs, and the other as a double-amputee.

HALIEWA, Hawaii — Two shark researchers who came face to face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded are using their encounter as an opportunity to push for legislation that would protect sharks in Hawaii.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — With excitement building over a new “Star Wars” land opening later this year at Walt Disney World, as well as at its California cousin, it’s easy to forget a slew of new entertainment shows also are debuting in the biggest year for the Florida theme park resort in tw…

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Few experiences capture old New Orleans and the Mississippi River quite like a paddlewheel riverboat coming round the muddy bend with its tooting whistle horn, towering smoke stacks and water-churning propeller.

Some Idaho Falls families got some welcome news for Christmas this week in 1918 that their sons, previously reported missing in France, were alive and accounted for. The families of Paul Changnon and Heber Kelly, husband of Kate Mulliner Kelly, both received letters from their loved ones. Ch…

Private Thomas C. Neibaur of Sugar City was one of three American soldiers honored this week in 1918 with the Medal of Honor. The first member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to receive the medal, Neibaur, 20, distinguished himself on Oct. 16, 1918, in action at Landres-et…

On a chilly November morning, the Liquid Limo — Lake Pend Oreille’s resident mailboat — cut a solitary path across the water, slate-gray waves chopping at its underside. In the distance, a couple of boats sat at anchor, rocking gently.

Dr. Thomas Wilson, Idaho Falls’ city physician, reported only five new cases of influenza in the last week of November 1918, and that in his opinion the situation seemed to be clearing up. Still, it was no time for the community to let down its guard. “Speaking for his personal opinion of th…

While the Spanish Influenza seemed to be under some semblance of control in Idaho Falls and the Snake River Valley, grim tales were coming down from the north and Montana’s Centennial Valley. “The beginning of the epidemic there is accounted for by the fact that the body of a soldier who had…

As the Spanish Influenza pandemic kept Idahoans on edge this week in 1918, Idaho Falls’ Red Cross Community Kitchen got a laudatory write up in the Boise Statesman, reprinted in the Idaho Register. “Mrs. G.Q. Wright organized the motor corps girls and all an afflicted family had to do was to…

CINCINNATI (AP) — Look, up on the shelf! It’s Superman. There’s the king of the wild frontier himself, Davy Crockett. And over in that case is Davy Crockett again, except this time he’s Daniel Boone (we’ll explain later). And aaaaay! It’s The Fonz and the whole “Happy Days” family! A veteran…

PRAGUE — Prague’s fabled astronomical clock is returning to the Czech capital’s picturesque Old Town Square after a complex repair operation restored the medieval landmark to its former glory.

ROMAGNE-SOUS-MONTFAUCON, France — It was America’s deadliest battle ever, with 26,000 U.S. soldiers killed, tens of thousands wounded and more ammunition fired than in the whole of the Civil War. The Meuse-Argonne offensive of 1918 was also a great American victory that helped bringing an en…

A group of Bonneville County women seeking clothing for Belgian war victims got four times what they asked for this week in 1918. Led by Mrs. Kunter (married women rarely got their first names in the newspapers of 100 years ago) the group had been seeking to collect a ton. “(When) the total …