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Volcanoes inspire designs

Mother Earth has been blowing off lots of steam lately — as well as ash and a mess of lava. The volcanic eruptions, and the pumice and other rock they leave in their wake, have inspired some remarkable decorative design. Scores of volcanoes are spewing now, from Indonesia to Alaska, Italy ...

Detroit going green to help slow flooding during heavy rains

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Massive amounts of green are being spent to find “green” ways to prevent basements, yards, streets and freeways in Detroit from flooding during heavy storms like one last month. Of $100 million pumped each year into infrastructure ...

Former Robert E. Lee home reopens: Confederate general’s mansion overhauled

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The Virginia mansion where Robert E. Lee once lived that now overlooks Arlington National Cemetery is open to the public again, after a $12 million rehabilitation and reinterpretation that includes an increased emphasis on those who were enslaved there. The National Park ...

People get on with life by purging pandemic clothing

NEW YORK — Alina Clark is about as tired of her pandemic wardrobe as her comfort clothes are stretched and torn. “I have four sets of jeans, seven shirts and five sweaters that I wear every week,” said Clark, co-founder of a software development company in Los Angeles. “They’re ...