"My parents met in the Vietnam War, dad couldn't accept that I'm biracial"
"Things got out of hand over there," my father told me in a rare moment of honesty.
Selling Oscars Fashion Before It's Left the Red Carpet
Canny startups and big brands race to sell red carpet fashions to online buyers - all before the ceremony is over.
Why Nearly Half of Us Hear Voices (and How to Fix It)
Our correspondent went along to the sixth annual Hearing Voices Congress to meet the people talking back.
Hearing Voices? You're Not Alone
The people who talk back to the voices inside their heads want you to stop calling them crazy.
YouTube Creates Its Own Celebrities - Complete With Screaming Fans
Most people over 30 would struggle to recognise them, but YouTube, with six billion hours of video per month being watched, is creating its own celebrities
Jens Breivik: 'I Am Also the Victim of My Son's Actions'
Jens Breivik, father of the man who killed 77 Norwegians in 2011, speaks about a national and personal trauma
Gay Asylum Seekers Forced to 'Prove' Their Sexuality
Refugees from countries where homosexuality is illegal are fighting to change a humiliating system
Putting Themselves Second: Meet The Guides Racing Alongside Blind Athletes
Blind people have dogs, blind athletes have fellow sprinters. Why do guide runners put themselves second?
The Aristocats Who Call the Ritziest Suites Home
Every hotel wants five stars and loyal customers, and a cat on the concierge's desk may be the way to win them
Following Outrage Over Conchita, Russia Is Reviving Its Own Straight Eurovision
'This is the end of Europe. We cannot tolerate this endless madness'
Brand Sugarpova: How Maria Sharapova Became the World's Highest-Paid Female Athlete
Maria Sharapova has been the highest-paid female athlete in the world 10 years in a row. Here's why.
Can Fashion Save the Coliseum?
Fashion houses and luxury goods companies are lining up to preserve Italy's ancient monuments
Winner Takes It All?
At Eurovision every move, every lyric, every note (rigged or not) scores political points
Sexual Abuse: Trusting Memories
Recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) may be as trustworthy as memories that persist from the time of abuse, reports the journal Psychological Science.
Cuddle my world
Maybe the first night of your freshman year was awkward. At least you didn't ask a stranger if you could caress his shoulder. But, according to REiD Mihalko and Marcia Baczynski, founders of Cuddle Party, that's your loss."We need more touch in our lives.
Ptsd: For Social Workers, The Price Of Caring
Listening to a victim of sexual assault or a survivor of a natural disaster, social workers hear traumatic stories. Recounting these upsetting events helps victims heal, but, says a recent study, can hurt social workers in the process.
Weddings: You, Me and Poochy
Fido's more than man's best friend: increasingly, he's the best man or a groomsman, too. Incorporating pets into wedding ceremonies has become this year's hottest wedding trend--and one that experts predict is unlikely to tail off.
Keep On Truckin'
Stephen Fraser, 38, is earning a college degree--and without even leaving his Freightliner. He's one of 500 students enrolled at In-Cab University, the first accredited college catering to the trucking community.
The Classroom: Other Schools of Thought
Since the publication of "Origin" in 1859, Darwin's theory of evolution has brought trouble to American classrooms. In 1925, 15 states considered legislation to forbid public schools to teach the theory.
No Kitchen, Water Views
When Justin Omps, 28, moved aboard the Tycho Brahe last September, he transformed the timeworn tugboat into a floating frat house. Docked on the Potomac River at Washington, D.C.'s Gangplank Marina, Omps's 60-foot boat boasts an electric barbecue and a thatch-roof tiki bar lit by jumbo Christmas lights--and, inevitably, a trash bin overflowing with beer cans.
GET OUT OF THE WATER!
Four years after a spate of shark attacks prompted a media frenzy, is another "summer of the shark" about to break over us? A week ago last Saturday, a shark killed a 14-year-old girl off the coast of Destin, Fla.--the first fatal attack in the state since 2001.
PETS: BIG BREATH, AND BARK
Found on the bathroom floor, the 3-year-old victim of a house fire appeared lifeless. Boynton Beach, Fla., firefighter William Drumm administered oxygen immediately. "She started biting the mask and looking around," he says.
MORE THAN ADOPTION
Sitting in the back seat of the family van, 4-year-old Lien Fleming plays with her frilly white socks and drops a bomb-shell: "My parents are probably dead." Margaret Fleming, her adoptive mother, doesn't flinch.
Each year, 1,400 high-school students from more than 40 countries are invited to compete in the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world's largest precollege science contest.
GAY TO WED
Bells began tolling for same-sex couples in Massachusetts one year ago this week. A year in numbers:Date same-sex couples began legally marrying: May 17, 2004Number of same-sex marriages performed in Massachusetts from May 17, 2004, until February 2005: 6,142Number of male couples: 2,170Number of female couples: 3,972Number of heterosexual marriages in Massachusetts during that time: 30,872Public support in Massachusetts for marriage equality in April 2005: 56%Public support one year ago:...
WITCHCRAFT: MAKING MAGIC
As early as June a new witch may descend on Salem, Mass. The TV Land cable network is poised to erect a nine-foot, 1,500-pound statue honoring Samantha Stevens--the witch-cum-housewife in the sitcom "Bewitched." Pending final approval by Salem next week, the bronze behemoth will depict Samantha flying on a broom before a crescent moon; it will sit in a small park. "It adds to the recognition of the city and offers a whimsical look at life," says Mayor Stanley Usovicz.But some residents are...
EDUCATION: THE FUTURE DOESN'T SPEAK FRENCH
At Dulles High School in Sugar Land, Texas, the roster for Advanced Chinese V begins with Jason Chao and ends with Kathy Zhang. In between comes an unexpected name: Elizabeth Hoffman.
'I Always Liked to Fly'
Stricken with polio in 1946, the prognosis for 11-year-old Tenley Albright was bleak. Doctors didn't understand how the polio virus entered the body, and they didn't know how to treat it.