Cup Noodles, the dorm-room staple that cooks in three minutes, turns 45 this month. There's no better place to celebrate than its very own museum in Yokohama, Japan.

"This is the museum that really honors the creator of instant ramen and Cup Noodles," says museum manager Yuya Ichikawa, who leads me on a tour.

Researchers trying to understand diseases and find new ways to treat them are running into a serious problem in their labs: One of the most commonly used tools often produces spurious results. More than 100 influential scientists met in California this week and agreed on a strategy to address the troubling issue.

When the test scores came out, Lucas Siqueira, 27, was really excited. His high mark on the Foreign Service exam earned him a coveted position at Brazil's highly competitive Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"They hire 30 diplomats a year and thousands of people sign up," he says in fluent English from his home in the capital Brasilia.

It was, he says, a great day.

Siqueira considers himself to be mixed race, known in Brazil as pardo, or brown.

Americans are seeing more homeless camps, especially on the West Coast. A number of cities there have declared emergencies over the problem, and as they struggle to find solutions, an angry debate has broken out about how much tolerance should be shown to illegal camps that crop up in public spaces.

In the summer of 1936, a plain and sturdy farm woman from southern Minnesota traveled to New York to meet the mayor, stay at the Waldorf, dine at the Stork Club and make headlines in every major newspaper.

That woman was Susan Eisele, my grandmother, who Country Home magazine selected — out of 4,000 entrants — as its "Rural Correspondent of the Year."

The award came with a $200 prize and a two-week trip to New York and Washington.

        PECULIAR, Mo. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a fatal fire in western Missouri.
          The Cass County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that a neighbor reported the fire Monday afternoon in rural Peculiar. The single-story home was engulfed in smoke and flames when crews arrived and found the victim inside.
          The name of the victim wasn't immediately released. The sheriff's office said no one else was hurt and noted that the victim was the only person in the home at the time of the fire. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
 

   A Johnson County horticulturist says the number of people dealing with bites from the oak leaf itch mite has picked up this year.
    Dennis Patton, a horticulturist for the Johnson County Kansas State University Research and Extension Office, tells The Kansas City Star  that the mites have been back in full force and that the number of calls from people who've been bitten has picked up in the last several weeks.

Scott Air Force Base and local leaders in St. Clair County have agreed to a new 25-year deal for joint use of MidAmerica Airport.
    According to the Belleville News-Democrat , St. Clair County Board members agreed to the new deal on Monday.
    The southwest Illinois base and the county signed a 50-year deal in 1991. But board Chairman Mike Kern said a number of things have changed since then. They include changes in security operations.

It's once again time for the annual ritual of fear and loathing, also known as the performance review — at least for the companies that still do them.

Many have abandoned the old way of evaluating their employees in recent years. Last year, even General Electric — whose former CEO, Jack Welch, championed the system often known as "rank and yank" — did away with its annual review.

What's taking the old system's place? A hodgepodge of experiments, essentially.

     SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Suspended Missouri State quarterback Breck Ruddick has been cited with animal cruelty and allowing a dog to run at large.
          Springfield Animal Control said Ruddick was ticketed Monday. The incident report for the municipal violations said a woman reported last week that Ruddick was caring for her dog when he hit the animal three times and turned it loose. The report said the dog, an Australian shepherd, needed surgery for a broken jaw and at least six cracked teeth.

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        PECULIAR, Mo. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a fatal fire in western Missouri.
          The Cass County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that a neighbor reported the fire Monday afternoon in rural Peculiar. The single-story home was engulfed in smoke and flames when crews arrived and found the victim inside.
          The name of the victim wasn't immediately released. The sheriff's office said no one else was hurt and noted that the victim was the only person in the home at the time of the fire. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.