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Senegal to phase out its car rapides, colorful transport

DAKAR, Senegal Bill Amahdou dips his brush into a tin of white paint sitting on the sandy road, and effortlessly outlines a Senegalese flag on a truck’s back flap. He then paints an eye within an orange heart next to the flag. Disparate images blending together in bright harmony on vehicles that are symbolic of Senegal: car rapides, or fast buses.

US twin birth rate hits a new high, while multiple births diminish

NEW YORK The twin birth rate hit at an all-time high last year in the United States while the rate for triplets, quadruplets, and higher was the lowest in two decades.

Of the nearly 4 million babies born last year, more than 135,000 were twins. That is about 1 in every 29 babies. In 1980, only 1 in every 53 babies was a twin.

In Israel, Arab chefs carve out a distinct cuisine as they break out of Israeli shadow

HAIFA, Israel Palestinian chef Johnny Goric has cooked for President Barack Obama and served as a judge on the Palestinian version of Masterchef, a reality TV cooking show. In July, he put out his first cookbook ‚Äî but rather than publish in his native Arabic or in English, Goric’s debut recipes are in Hebrew.

Expected hot toy trends: robotic pets, anything “Star Wars”

NEW YORK Which toys will warm the hearts of parents and kids for the holiday 2015 shopping season?

Holiday toys hit the shelves in recent weeks. And so far, just as in the past few years, there’s no single hot toy emerging. But anything “Star Wars,” life-like robotic pets and remote controlled toys should drive sales.

The road to Su-purr Bowl Sunday kicks off with Kitten Bowl III taping for Hallmark Channel

NEW YORK How do you wrangle a kitten-scale football field full of furry paw-thletes? With a tiny little ball on a string dangling from a great big TV camera.

The Hallmark Channel, with help from host Beth Stern and Feline Football League Commissioner Boomer Esiason, taped Kitten Bowl III on Wednesday, ahead of broadcast on Su-purr Bowl Sunday, otherwise known as Feb. 7.

’Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ fans clamour for tickets, wonder where’s Luke Skywalker

LOS ANGELES Millions of fans cried out in joy after they saw the latest trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” but it also left more than a few wondering where Luke Skywalker has been during all the marketing.

Twitter said there were more than 17,000 tweets a minute when the trailer aired Monday night and over 1.1 million tweets since then.