2 4 Arts A touch of red boosts global art prices Feb. 21, 2014, 5 a.m. Chinese buyers are driving art prices to record levels at auctions. The paintings fetching the highest prices often share the same color. War & Peace Norwegians depressed over dismal relay race results in Olympics Feb. 21, 2014, 5 a.m. Making matters worse, it was arch-rival Sweden that beat both the men's and women's teams. War & Peace Police and protesters clash in Kiev, death toll put at 9 to as high as 19 Feb. 21, 2014, 5 a.m. Amid the violence is one basic question: Will Ukraine be tied more closely to Russia or to Western Europe? 2 4 War & Peace Animal-loving U.S. athletes take a shine to Sochi's stray dogs Feb. 20, 2014, 5 a.m. They may have come to the Russian resort town for a medal and glory, but several U.S. athletes look set to bring home stray dogs as pets – as long as they can get through the red tape. Arts Exploring a uniquely American concept of cool Feb. 20, 2014, 5 a.m. What does it mean to say someone's cool? To explain, a museum devised a four-point formula to define cool and came up with 100 people who helped create the concept. Kids Appeals court rules unconstitutional a Nevada school's uniform Feb. 20, 2014, 5 a.m. The uniform shirt had the school motto "Tomorrow's Leaders." That violated the First Amendment right of free speech and not being forced to say something against one's will. 1 2 Law Whooping crane shootings thin their numbers, dishearten their rescuers Feb. 19, 2014, 5 a.m. Wildlife authorities have offered large rewards to track down the killers of the 5-foot-tall endangered birds. Kids More and more students suffer from anxiety Feb. 19, 2014, 5 a.m. Educators say they are seeing a sharp rise in mental stresses among students that are leading to depression. The problem cuts across social class and income level. War & Peace By the numbers: 17 years, tale of 1,001 nights, 1 gold for US skating pair Feb. 19, 2014, 5 a.m. Years of teamwork paid off in gold for Americans Davis and White at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. 3 4 War & Peace At Israeli hospitals near Syria, humanity wins over geopolitics Feb. 18, 2014, 5 a.m. Hospitals and medical centers in northern Israel, near the Golan Heights, have treated more than 700 Syrians who got wounded in that country's bloody civil war. War & Peace Winter Olympics come in from the cold shoulder Feb. 18, 2014, 5 a.m. Millions of TV viewers who once spurned the Olympics are now watching, thanks to the inclusion of extreme winter sports like slopestyle at the Sochi Games. Health Lawmaker proposes warning labels for sugary drinks in California Feb. 18, 2014, 5 a.m. The labels would be put on the front of all bottles and cans of drinks with added sweeteners that have 75 or more calories in every 12 ounces. Money Two TV cable giants to merge into one company Feb. 14, 2014, 10:21 a.m. Comcast Corp. will buy Time Warner Cable Inc. Many are worried that the companies joining forces could mean more expensive cable TV for customers. War & Peace Women ski jumpers soar into Olympic history Feb. 14, 2014, 5 a.m. For the first time at the Winter Olympics, and after a long battle for inclusion, women competed in the ski jump. 1 4 Arts He gives new meaning to borderline music Feb. 14, 2014, 5 a.m. For eight years, Glenn Weyant has tapped, banged and stroked the border fence between the U.S. and Mexico. He produces haunting sounds in a region he calls a "militarized zone." Science Exploring the tropical hot spots of biodiversity Feb. 13, 2014, 5 a.m. Why is there so much biological diversity in the Earth's warm, wet regions? Scientists come up with some theories, and maybe some answers. 3 4 War & Peace Afghan women worry their new freedoms may disappear Feb. 13, 2014, 5 a.m. With U.S. combat troops leaving Afghanistan next year, many women fear that the Taliban may come to power again, and their new freedoms will vanish War & Peace Warm-weather nations hot for winter athletes Feb. 13, 2014, 5 a.m. Take Team Togo, for instance. It has recruited athletes from countries with colder climates so it can compete in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Science Did the same bacteria strain cause the Justinian Plague and Black Death? Feb. 12, 2014, 5 a.m. Both plagues killed millions. Scientists studied their genetic fingerprints to come up with the answer. Arts A primitive village is dug up, and Miami has a development dilemma Feb. 12, 2014, 5 a.m. The Tequesta village was uncovered in downtown Miami, where a developer wants to build movie theaters, restaurants and a hotel. Preservationists ask Miami rethink the Met Square plans. 1 3 Science Stink bugs threaten U.S. orchards and crops Feb. 12, 2014, 5 a.m. The pests damage fruit by piercing the skin to suck out sugar. They caused a massive amount of damage a couple of years ago. The stink bugs came to North America in the late 1990s. 2 4 Arts Gritty gray Bogota gets a big splash of color Feb. 11, 2014, 5 a.m. Colombia's capital city seems to be in bloom as colorful art and graffiti sprout on storefronts and sidewalks. But some residents wonder about the line between art and vandalism. Money Icy Mother Nature is eating up salt by the tons Feb. 11, 2014, 5 a.m. Storm after storm has hit much of the U.S. this winter. Counties, communities and consumers are running out of rock salt and ice melt. Kids Russia crowns a new ice princess at Olympics Feb. 11, 2014, 5 a.m. Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia became the youngest athlete to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. She clinched the team gold medal for Russia, its first.