Kids A new boredom study is anything but boring Nov. 22, 2013, 5 a.m. Researchers in Germany found five distinct levels of boredom, one more than they had expected. And the new one they discovered is troubling indeed. 2 Kids Some states don't want cursive classes to go by the (key)boards Nov. 21, 2013, 5 a.m. With more and more people tapping away at keyboards, many believe there's little, if any, need for cursive handwriting. Not so fast, say proponents of a back to basics movement. Money Will tech savvy digital givers respond to Philippines aid requests? Nov. 21, 2013, 5 a.m. It depends on the emotional impact images from the typhoon disaster have on them, experts say. War & Peace Obama awards Kennedy's Medals of Freedom 50 years after his death Nov. 21, 2013, 5 a.m. Friday marks the 50-year anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination. The Obama and Clinton families visited Kennedy's grave on Wednesday. 2 Kids Foreign students bring in money to U.S. public high schools Nov. 20, 2013, 5 a.m. "Having students who pay tuition helps keep some of our programs more full," said one school official of the foreign students. Science As tornadoes hit Midwest, faster warnings got people to safety Nov. 20, 2013, 5 a.m. Only eight people died as tornadoes and severe storms swept through 12 states, flattening entire neighborhoods. Many were able to take shelter well before a tornado hit. Science Fully self-driving cars years away from ruling the road, GM says Nov. 20, 2013, 5 a.m. Today's 10-year-olds can still look forward to driver's ed. According to the world's second-largest automaker, fully autonomous cars will not be on the market for a long time. 3 Science Purple and prickly sea urchins evolve for an acidic ocean life Nov. 19, 2013, 5 a.m. Sea urchins could help answer important questions about our increasingly acidic oceans. Law Native Americans press president for more help for their communities Nov. 19, 2013, 5 a.m. At the White House's fifth Tribal Nations Conference, Obama said he would visit Indian Country next year. War & Peace Paper "regrets the error" for getting the Gettysburg address wrong Nov. 19, 2013, 5 a.m. Harrisburg's Patriot-News apologized for calling one of Lincoln's most memorable speeches "silly remarks" that deserved to be forgotten back in 1863. Science Jets shooting out of a black hole have nickel and iron, scientists find Nov. 18, 2013, 5 a.m. For years, scientists have known that black holes shoot matter into space. But what kind of matter? Scientists studying black hole 4U 1630-47 found something. 3 Science Do you want fake fries with that? Nov. 18, 2013, 5 a.m. A company called Beyond Meat tries to capture the taste and texture of the real thing to lure carnivores into the vegetarian aisle. Its rich backers say mock meat could help the environment. Money Amid a retail wallet race, shopping trumps turkey Nov. 18, 2013, 5 a.m. Will food, family and football give way to stores, sales and shoppers as big retailers open on Thanksgiving Day? 1 Kids Sacre bleu! French kids have to go back to school on Wednesdays Nov. 15, 2013, 5 a.m. Their parents are not amused. Primary school students have had a four-day school week with Wednesdays off since Sarkozy's presidency. Sacre bleu is an expression of surprise in French. Science New leopard fossil find shows big cats first roamed in Asia Nov. 15, 2013, 5 a.m. Fossils found in Tibet show a previously unknown leopard species from as long as 5.9 million years ago, moving back the evolutionary clock. Health Woman in Taiwan sickened by rare strain of bird flu called H6N1 Nov. 15, 2013, 5 a.m. It was the first case of this type of bird flu in a human. Doctors aren't certain how she contracted it, or if this strain could become pandemic, spreading quickly among people. 3 War & Peace Britain shuts last naval shipyard in England, keeps Scotland's open Nov. 14, 2013, 5 a.m. For centuries, Portsmouth built the ships that built the British Empire. It will no longer build warships. But it will handle maintenance and repairs for the Royal Navy. Kids A fun hunt: Looking for an interesting book in Little Free Libraries Nov. 14, 2013, 5 a.m. The Little Free Libraries movement is introducing children to books and neighbors to each other. Money Filipinos living overseas send help back home to typhoon victims Nov. 14, 2013, 5 a.m. Filipinos working in other countries are sending help to their relatives back home, encouraging the countries they work in to help, too. 2 Science South Florida's coral reefs rebounding Nov. 13, 2013, 5 a.m. Big storms have avoided the area lately. And, according to a study, the reefs may be able to adapt to warmer sea temperatures, as long as carbon emissions are restrained. Science "Huh?" deserves some respect, researchers say, as a universal word Nov. 13, 2013, 5 a.m. Some people say math is the universal language. Well, now scientists say they know a universal word: "Huh?" Arts A game of numbers: New York's new tower ruled tallest skyscraper in U.S. Nov. 13, 2013, 5 a.m. A panel of experts ruled the World Trade Center tower, with its spire, the nation's tallest at 1,776 feet. Chicago's Willis Tower was knocked down to No. 2 at 1,451 feet. 3 Kids An arts-and-crafts craze has hooked almost as many boys as girls Nov. 12, 2013, 5 a.m. It's called the Rainbow Loom and it's become a hot toy. With it, kids can weave colorful bracelets and necklaces out of rubber bands. Kids have a lot of fun trading them. Money Leaving his family behind to work in the oil fields of North Dakota Nov. 12, 2013, 5 a.m. Like many who've found jobs in North Dakota's oil boom, Andrew Klefstad works there for three weeks, and then returns home for a week. He won't move his family there. War & Peace Americans thank those who served Nov. 12, 2013, 5 a.m. Veterans Day was observed with parades and wreath-laying ceremonies as the nation honored those who served. Civil leaders called on businesses to hire more veterans. Arts An artwork a day keeps the Big Apple at bay Nov. 11, 2013, 5 a.m. Briton Banksy tagged and painted and sculpted his way through New York City each day during October. He was never seen, much less caught, and left behind (what else?) controversy. 2 Money It's getting harder to find something for a buck on the dollar menu Nov. 11, 2013, 5 a.m. Fast-food outlets are changing the items and prices, and the names, of their dollar menus due to rising costs.