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For first time, Pantone picks 2 colours of the year: A mindful pairing of light pink and blue

NEW YORK Serenity now, people, with some Rose Quartz mixed in.

The experts at the Pantone Color Institute have chosen not one but two colours of the year — named thusly — in a complementary pairing that spans fashion, media, packaging, housewares and a desire for more tranquility and calm in actual life.

Lords a-leaping: ‘12 Days of Christmas’ items cost $34K, a 0.6 per cent increase over last year

PITTSBURGH Lords a-leaping is the U.S. economy slow to recover!

The cost of 10 lords a-leaping increased 3 per cent over last year, but nine of the other 12 gifts listed in the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” stayed the same price as last year, according to the 32nd annual PNC Wealth Management Christmas Price Index released Monday.

Mexico says it’s closing in on tiger that has spent a month on the run since escaping from zoo

MEXICO CITY A tiger named “Ankor” marked a full month on the run Wednesday, having evaded capture since he escaped from a restaurant zoo and disappeared into what appears to be a very tiger-friendly habitat on Mexico’s southern Pacific coast.

Mexican authorities have mounted a full-scale search effort including police, soldiers and a group of 10 big-cat experts.

Oldest known seabird, 64-year-old Wisdom, returns to Midway Atoll; first identified in 1956

HONOLULU Federal wildlife officials say the world’s oldest known seabird has returned to Midway Atoll.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday the Laysan Albatross named Wisdom was spotted at the remote island on Nov. 19.

An ornithologist first put an identification band on Wisdom in 1956. She’s estimated to be at least 64 years old, but she could be older.

Dogs, cats, house calls, lighter products can help owners go gently into those golden years

LOS ANGELES Teach your dog or cat a few tricks, and your golden years will be better for it.

The movement to improve care for older pets has been going on for some time. But the idea of training pets to help out aging baby boomers is relatively new.

More students come to US colleges from China, India, but relatively few Americans study abroad

BOSTON The number of international students studying at U.S. colleges increased by 10 per cent last year, marking the largest single-year gain in 35 years, according to new federal data. Meanwhile, the number of Americans studying abroad grew by only 5 per cent, falling short of expectations.