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Rockford Has Some Awesome Fireworks, But Japan Holds the Record for the Biggest

If you're a lover of fireworks (and really, how could you not be?), you know that we've got it pretty good here in the Rockford area. You've got all kinds of spots that will be filling the skies with color and sound. Rockford, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Cherry Valley, Byron, Durand, and so many more are all going to deliver big this Independence Day.

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Anderson Japanese Gardens Opening Celebration is Saturday

I don't think you'd get much argument if you declared Anderson Japanese Gardens to be one of the most beautiful spots in Illinois, let alone Rockford. Ask anyone who's ever spent time there. If you're one of those folks who've never been to AJC, then make plans to join them this Saturday for their Opening Celebration.

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Chocolate Covered French Fries are Here

Chocolate-covered. Those two words, used together, generally evoke images in your mind of strawberries, peanuts, almonds, pretzels, marshmallows, maybe even ants (grasshoppers and scorpions, too...

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Author James Kunetka on the Building of the Atom Bomb [AUDIO]

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the first atom bomb. 70 years ago, on August 6, the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima—the second was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9...

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The World’s 1st Robot-Staffed Hotel Opens in Japan

When I read that Japan has just opened the world's first (for now) hotel staffed by robots, I thought to myself, "It's about time! I hope there's a robot velociraptor working the front desk, because otherwise it might not be as cool...

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World’s Oldest Man Dies at 112 [VIDEO]

As Riley often says on the show, it's a title no one holds on to for very long. And now, once again, "The World's Oldest Man" has passed away...

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World's Fastest Train Resumes Trials As Japan Plans Maglev Line
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Japan’s Maglev Train Sets World Record

If you need to be somewhere in a real hurry, Japan's record-setting Maglev train is just the ticket.

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A Japan Railway maglev train hit 603 kilometers per hour (374 miles per hour) on an experimental track in Yamanashi Tuesday, setting a decisive new world record...

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The Deepest Snow in the World

Based upon the weather events of the last few weeks, it's understandable that you might think Boston would be the spot with the deepest snow...

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