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Researchers say happiness turns dairy cows into cash cows

SAUK CITY, Wis. — Dairy farmers, take note: The key to turning your dairy cow into a cash cow is udder happiness.

Give her a bigger stall, increase air circulation and provide some shelter to prevent overheating.

That’s according to a University of Wisconsin initiative that focuses on making dairy cows happier so they provide more milk.

Supreme Court sides with same-sex couples in Arkansas suit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favour of same-sex couples who complained that an Arkansas birth certificate law discriminated against them, reversing a state court’s ruling that married lesbian couples must get a court order to have both spouses listed on their children’s birth certificates.

First woman leads UK Changing of the Guard ceremony

LONDON — A Canadian soldier has made history as the first woman to lead the Changing of the Guard ceremony at London’s Buckingham Palace.

Megan Cuoto led her unit as it changed Queen Elizabeth II’s guards on Monday. The unit was invited to Britain to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary.

The 24-year-old Cuoto is marking her first visit to London.

Kids still playing for all the marbles - literally

In this world of pompous athletes, overbearing coaches, money-grubbing owners and a win-at-all-costs mindset, it’s easy to become jaded.

And then in the parlance of another era — a brief story rolled across The Associated Press sports wire Friday morning.

“2 Pennsylvania kids win National Marbles Tournament,” the headline said.

I was intrigued.