Life/Culture

Ev’Yan Whitney and her husband Jonathan Mead

Why are more married couples living apart?

The latest U.S. Census shows roughly 3.89 million American married adults are living apart.

 | Patrick McGovern

Rachel Whalen looks at her phone at her home in Draper, Utah.

Why are Americans spending more time alone?

Americans are spending more time by themselves than they have over the past 20 years. A professor who studies solitude helps explain why.

 | Simon Kaufman

Person working on a laptop.

What is ‘quiet hiring’ — and how can you benefit from it?

Quiet hiring is when employers acquire new skills without taking on more employees — typically by stretching existing employees' workloads.

 | Emily O'Brien

A bighorn sheep roams a contentious plot of land in Vail, Colo.

Well-known ski town is in a fight over sheep and affordable housing

In one wealthy ski resort town, sheep and humans are butting heads. It’s a battle between protecting important bighorn habitat and affordable housing.

 | Clayton Sandell

Mega Millions tickets are displayed at a gas station.

Millions prepare for Friday's Mega Millions jackpot draw

The $1.35-billion Mega Millions draw is the second biggest jackpot in the lottery's history.

 | Maura Sirianni

A woman works on a computer.

How you can use new salary transparency laws to negotiate your pay

A 2022 research article found evidence that pay transparency causes increases in both the equity and equality of pay.

 | Chloe Nordquist

Gary McKee of Cumbria, England, spent every day of 2022 completing a marathon.

Man who ran marathon 365 days consecutively: Believe in yourself

In the process, McKee raised a lot of money for charity— over $1.4 million.

 | Justin Boggs

The information booth in the center of the main concourse at Grand Central Terminal.

Did COVID-19 put us in a time warp?

Research indicates the pandemic changed our perception of time.

 | Scripps News Staff

A Mega Millions lottery slip.

New Mega Millions jackpot of $1.35B is game's 2nd highest

The only Mega Millions jackpot larger than Friday’s prize is the $1.53 billion won in South Carolina in 2018, Mega Millions said.

 | AP

A customer fills out a Mega Millions lottery ticket

Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot tops $1 billion

The multi-state lottery has failed to produce a winner in nearly three months.

 | Scripps News Staff

Ascutney Mountain in Vermont

Resurgence of a Vermont ski area brings hope to rural communities

Ascutney Mountain first started welcoming skiers in the winter of 1935. Seventy-five years later it went into foreclosure.

 | Chris Conte

The autonomous Ottobot Yeti delivery robot.

Best Of CES 2023: Wireless TV, Delivery Robots And In-Car VR

CES 2023 is unveiling the future of technology as companies of all sizes come together to showcase their newest innovations.

 | AP

Bill Leff, host of "Toon In with Me," and avid toy collector

Toy Heaven: Avid Collector Shows Off His 30,000-Piece Collection

"The Why" producer Simon Kaufman visits former actor and comedian Bill Leff to check out his impressive toy collection.

 | Simon Kaufman

Girl browses toys at a store.

Why Are Toys Ingrained In Our Culture?

The history of toys in America goes way back in time and some industry experts say they're more than just what we see on store shelves.

 | Casey Mendoza

students display some of their cursive writing work and exercises at P.S. 166 in the Queens borough of New York

Why There's A Debate Over Cursive

A few years after common core was introduced, a survey found roughly four in 10 elementary school teachers were no longer teaching cursive.

 | Emily Grossberg and Amber Strong

Adele appears at the Brit Awards 2022 in London on Feb. 8, 2022.

Most Mispronounced Words Of 2022 Includes Adele, Edinburgh

The Captioning Group's annual report on mispronounced words is out, and a well-known quarterback and popular drink round out the list.

 | Bridget Sharkey

Picture of the book "Orientalism."

Another Insitution Is Taking 'Oriental' Out Of Its Name

In 2016, President Obama signed a law removing the word "Oriental" from federal language and replacing it with "Asian Americans."

 | Cat Sandoval

A Wordle game is seen on a mobile phone.

Wordle Beats Out The Queen In Google’s Year In Search 2022

Google’s annual list reveals the top search trends of the year in a range of categories — a serial killer and American treasure also made the top 10.

 | Tricia Goss

A man plays pickleball.

Is Pickleball The Next American Pastime, Or Will Its Hype Fizzle Out?

The pandemic sparked a growing interest in the game of pickleball, from people wanting to socialize to investors hoping to find the next big game.

 | James Packard

graphic of how often do you use your middle name

Why Do We Have Middle Names?

Turns out middle names have an interesting origin and historical purpose.

 | Lauren Magarino and Brandi Scarber

Employees sort packages for delivery at FedEx

2022 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

With recent postal delays, you don't want to wait to ship items during the holiday season this year.

 | John Matarese

A scene from "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever."

'Black Panther' Sequel Scores 2nd-Biggest Debut Of 2022

"Wakanda Forever" was eagerly anticipated by audiences and exhibitors, who've weathered a slow spell at the box office since the summer movie season.

 | AP

Carol Davis displays her Powerball picks as she waits in line to purchase tickets at Lichine's Liquor & Deli in Sacramento

Powerball Ticket Sold In California Snags Record $2.04B Win

The Multi-State Lottery Association said Monday night’s scheduled drawing was delayed by nearly 10 hours until Tuesday.

 | AP

People stand in line to buy Powerball lottery tickets.

Winning Numbers For $2.04B Powerball Drawn After Delay

The Powerball jackpot is nearly $400 million larger than the previous record jackpot and will keep growing until someone wins the prize.

 | AP

Powerball numbers are shown.

What Should You Do If You Win The Powerball Lottery?

Lottery lawyers warn against sharing your identity as the winner, and say to be careful how you spend your money.

 | Meg Hilling

From behind the lottery counter at a Pick 'n Save store in Madison, Wis.

Powerball Jackpot Up To Record $1.9 Billion After No Winner

The Powerball prize keeps getting more massive because of the inability of anyone to overcome the long odds of 1 in 292.2 million and win the jackpot.

 | AP

The Veterans Affairs Department

Tally Of Homeless Veterans Fell 11%, Biggest Drop In 5 Years

There were 33,136 homeless veterans in January of this year, compared with 37,252 in 2020, according to the Point-in-Time count.

 | AP

Collector's Vault CEO Ross Hoffman

Rare Pikachu, Kobe's Sneakers — A Hidden Vault Guards It All

$200 million worth of collectables are guarded behind two 7,500-pound vault doors, each more than a foot thick, in Delaware.

 | AP

A Powerball ticket

Powerball Prize Up To $1.5 Billion, 3rd-Largest Ever In U.S.

A winner who opts for an annuity, paid out over 29 years, would get $1.5 billion. The cash prize would be $745.9 million.

 | AP

The entrance of a corn maze is shown.

Record-Breaking Corn Maze Attracts Visitors Looking To Get Lost

Spooky season may be over, but autumn is still in full swing, making it the perfect time to visit Illinois' record-breaking corn maze.

 | Ben Schamisso