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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.

Russian women finish space flight simulation, say they missed families more than chocolate

MOSCOW After emerging from an eight-day space simulation on Friday, the all-female Russian crew said they had missed their loved ones in the experiment more than they missed the comforts of regular life.

The six-woman crew climbed into a grounded space capsule last week to imitate a lunar flight and test the effects of confinement and stress that come with space travel.

Painting the hardwood: a creative solution to worn floors

Worn and faded hardwood floors can drag down the look of a room. But having scuffed floors sanded down and re-stained can be expensive and messy.

One alternative that’s gaining popularity: painting older hardwood floors. You can add solid colour, stripes, or any imaginable stenciled or hand-drawn patterns to a floor.