Durham, North Carolina - Plant hunters traveling between North America and Asia in the 1800s noticed a bizarre pattern: collections they brought back from China and Japan were strikingly similar in their leaves, flowers and fruits to plants from southern Appalachia. A new analysis of DNA studies shows that over half of all the trees and shrubs in the southern Appalachians can trace their ancestry to relatives a half a world away in Asia.

Denver, Colorado (NAPSI) - Graduation 2014 unleashed 1.6 million graduates into the workforce, according to theNationalCenter for Education Statistics. While many of those recent graduates are already working, a large percentage are not. Either way, they all have something in common memories of a senior year full of stressful decisions.

Riverside, California (NAPSI) - Capable, strong and confident women are in the news with increasing frequency these days-from politicians and movie stars to women making strides in sports, business and the military. Parents are becoming more aware that helping their children particularly girls build skills that lead to empowerment is important for success in life. But many parents may be wondering just how to go about it.

Selma, Alabama (NAPSI) - While you may be familiar with the major turning points of the American civil rights movement of the 1960s, the award-winning feature film “Selma,” which is now available on Blu-ray and DVD, shines a light on some of the lesser-known realities of that critical time in American history.

Hollywood, California (NAPSI) - Reality-based television is a genre of entertainment that is known and loved (and hated) worldwide by millions of people. The idea behind reality programming is that it documents unscripted situations and occurrences, often featuring a cast of “everyday Joes.” Most think that reality TV started in the early 1990s and 2000s with shows like “Survivor.”

Sacramento, California - Commercial salmon fisheries off most of California will open May 1, though seasons for both commercial and sport fisheries will be shorter in several areas this year.

Gardiner, Montana - On April 25, Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone Environmental Coordinating Committee (YECC), and community partners from the Gardiner, Mont. area will celebrate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day at the Gardiner School with community clean-ups, waste collection and recycling opportunities, demonstrations, youth presentations and activities, information on local food and environmental initiatives, and much more.