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It's road trip season, and those extended car journeys promise tons of fun at the end. But all that sitting can be as rough on our bodies as it is on our patience. One way to fight back, says Merilee Kern, kids' health advocate and author of "Making Healthy Choices: A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids," is to take your workout on the road with you. Here are her suggestions for fun, in-the-seat exercises to help passengers stay revved up for the long haul.

Serve this healthy frozen treat on a sizzling hot day and watch it magically disappear. Use a star cookie cutter (ours was 1 1/2 inches) to cut a shape from a thick slice of kiwi, cantaloupe or pineapple. Thread several grapes onto a bamboo skewer, then add the star to the top. Place on a baking sheet, cover with plastic and freeze until hardened, about two hours.

Vaccines are used to stop the spread of contagious diseases by making a person immune to a particular disease. Vaccines contain tiny bits of dead or weakened germs, which are not harmful. Those germs react with the body to make antibodies. Antibodies fight off disease germs that enter the body.

What insect is religious?

A vibrant rainbow and soaring eagles have come back to life on the side of the Union Grove Music building in downtown Santa Cruz, Calif.

Nickelodeon celebrated the world's best athletes with its signature slime at the new Kids' Choice Sports Awards. The show took place at University of California's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. Kids Choice is the only awards show where kids vote for their favorite athletes. The award is a statue of Nickelodeon's classic orange blimp, decked out in a flashy Mohawk.

Lakes have run dry, lawns have turned brown, and farmers have left land unplanted. The problems are a result of an extreme drought that has taken over nearly 80 percent of California. It is the state's worst drought in nearly 40 years. The conditions have led to wildfires and damage to animals' habitats. But too many residents are still not taking their state's drought seriously.

The 10-year-old girl stopped in her tracks, and a look of equal parts fear and disgust hijacked her face the split second she saw the snake in Jack Gerstmann's hands.

Where is the best place to hide a lawyer?

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