Atlantic, Ocean - For many Sailors this year marks a somewhat surprising reform in the Navy’s female hair regulations. Rules that have stood for so long have been expanded or just plain changed. It’s a new era of styling hair for female Sailors, and, according to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, it makes for a more “inclusive environment.”

Imperial, California - Death is big business in Japan and the competition is fierce, says the Association of Mature American Citizens. The population over there is aging at a quickening pace, and so is the demand for funerals and funeral services. 

Paris, France - Not all Parisians are happy about the so-called eco-friendly open-air urinals the City of Lights is installing at various locations in the city, the banks of the Seine. 

Washington, DC - If you're planning on hitting the highway, the American Red Cross offers these important car travel safety tips to help get you to your destination safely.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - A Vietnamese food company celebrated its 55th anniversary by feeding a crowd of about 2,000 in Ho Chi Minh City with a three ton bowl of beef noodle soup.  The gesture was so grand that it secured the company a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, says the Association of Mature American Citizens. 

Washington, DC - I started out thumping on a mandolin and then a guitar when I was child. My brother had a mandolin and so I learned a few chords and then eventually learned a few chords on a guitar. My first cousin James Webb across the road where I was raised in Stidham, Kentucky taught me G, C and D, E and A and I was on my way. I played music and basketball as a kid and not always in that order. Music was something I could do regardless of the weather and basketball was just great exercise and fun. I only had one television channel and watched plenty of TV but my hobbies of music and ball were clean and entertaining.  My father found things for me to do to like mowing lots of grass with a push mower and cutting bushes on hillsides. Life was good.