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North Korea warns of 'abyss of doom' if 'old lunatic' Trump remains president




Exclusive: Undercover teams record grisly remote Faroe Islands whale slaughter

Wrestler had 15 drinks a day, slept with 10,000 women, documentary reveals

What critter has been found hidden in Van Gogh painting?

Germany must legally recognize 'third gender' from birth, top court rules

Lightning strike instantly kills two surfers

'Super mom' Sherri Papini filmed running to safety the morning she was found

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Afghanistan: Kabul voter centre suicide attack kills 57
The 57 dead include five children accompanying their parents registering to vote in Kabul.

Iran nuclear deal: Macron urges Trump to stick with 2015 accord
The French leader says there are no other options for the nuclear deal, which Mr Trump opposes.

Armenia unrest: Protesters rally after leader detained
Thousands of anti-government protesters march through Yerevan after their leader is detained.

Korean Air 'nut rage' sisters step down
The airline boss's daughters have lost their tempers in separate incidents that hit the headlines.

Naked gunman kills four in Nashville Waffle House
The man bursts into a Nashville restaurant and opens fire before a customer wrests away his rifle.

Verne Troyer: Austin Powers star's film and TV moments
Verne Troyer, who also appeared in Harry Potter as well as Celebrity Big Brother, has died at the age of 49.

Britons killed in Saudi Arabia coach crash
Four Britons on a pilgrimage died and 12 more were hurt when their coach crashed, a travel firm says.

London Marathon: Kenyans Kipchoge and Cheruiyot celebrate double win
Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge win his third title, while Vivian Cheruiyot won the women's race.

Nicaragua reporter killed during Facebook Live amid unrest
Ángel Gahona is gunned down on Facebook Live while reporting on a wave of anti-government protests.

Fadi al-Batsh killing: Israel dismisses involvement
Fadi al-Batsh, shot dead in Kuala Lumpur, was a member of Palestinian militant group Hamas.

Waffle House shooting witness says "hero" stopped gunman
Chuck Cordero, a customer who witnessed the Waffle House shooting says, a "hero" inside the restaurant wrestled with the shooter until the "gun went flying." Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Naked gunman kills four at Waffle House in Tennessee
Police say a naked gunman armed with an AR-15 style assault rifle opened fire at a Waffle House near Nashville, Tennessee early Sunday morning killing four people and injuring several others. Linda So reports.

Naked gunman kills four at Waffle House in Tennessee
Metro Nashville Police Department Spokesman Don Aaron says a naked gunman opened fire at a Waffle House near Nashville, Tennessee early Sunday morning killing four people and injuring several others. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

'Smallville' actress charged in self-help guru's sex traffic case
New York actress Allison Mack was arrested Friday on charges that she recruited women into a secret society led by self-help guru Keith Raniere in which they were forced to have sex with Raniere and were branded with his initials. Nathan Frandino reports.

Florida man killed in deputy-involved shooting
Officials say a man wanted in connection to a murder was killed in a deputy-involved shooting in Orlando. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Portugal, Ireland woes dominate EU summit
BRUSSELS -- Just on the day EU leaders were hoping to present the final version of their plan to solve the region's debt crisis, their summit in Brussels was overwhelmed Thursday by debate over Portugal's political crisis and Ireland's banking woes.

Moody's downgrades ratings of Spanish banks
MADRID -- Moody's downgraded the debt of 30 Spanish banks Thursday but left untouched the ratings of the country's three largest banks, highlighting the weaknesses in Spain's financial system a day after the government in neighboring Portugal fell.

Markets brush off Portuguese bailout concerns
LONDON -- Markets on Thursday brushed aside mounting speculation that Portugal would soon be tapping a European bailout fund amid hopes that the continent's debt crisis may be about to claim its final scalp - for now.

Japan disaster reminds businesses about insurance
NEW YORK -- It might be inconceivable to small business owners that a disaster hundreds or thousands of miles away could shut them down. But the earthquake and tsunami in Japan have interrupted shipments of parts and finished goods to companies in the U.S., and sent many of them to call their...

Irish economy shrinks for 3rd straight year
DUBLIN -- Ireland's economy shrank in 2010 for the third straight year and the yields on Irish bonds rose to euro-era highs Thursday amid fears that the cost of rescuing the country's failed banks will overwhelm its finances even with the international bailout.

Quote of the Day

Lucy Maud Montgomery
Life may be a vale of tears, all right, but there are some folks who enjoy weeping. Discuss

George Eliot
Nature repairs her ravages, but not all. The uptorn trees are not rooted again; the parted hills are left scarred; if there is a new growth, the trees are not the same as the old ... To the eyes that have dwelt on the past, there is no thorough repair.

Nathaniel Hawthorne
The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison.

This Day in History

SWAT Team Retrieves Elián González from Relatives in Miami (2000)
In late 1999, 5-year-old Elián González and his mother left Cuba on a boat with a dozen other people seeking asylum in the US. Elián's mother and several others died during the voyage, and Elián was found on an inner tube by fishermen off the coast of Florida. He was released into the custody of his uncle in Miami, but his father in Cuba pressed for his return. The custody dispute ended in an armed raid on the Miami house, and Elián returned to Cuba with his father. What has he said since? Discuss

The Principality of Hutt River Secedes from Australia (1970)
In the late 1960s, Australian farmer Leonard Casley protested government wheat quotas he considered unfair. Unsuccessful, he turned to Commonwealth law and styled himself a monarch—His Majesty Prince Leonard I of Hutt—and founded The Principality of Hutt River. His pronouncement of sovereignty was never successfully challenged by the Australian government, and he is now considered a non-resident of Australia for income tax purposes. What legal quirks allowed him to start his own micronation?

The Ludlow Massacre (1914)
In the spring of 1914, the Colorado National Guard machine-gunned and torched a tent colony in Ludlow, where striking coal miners and their families had been living after being evicted from their company-owned homes some months earlier. Nineteen people, most of them women and children, were killed. For the next 10 days, the strikers attacked nearby mines and battled mine guards and militia. Federal troops were needed to put an end to the violence. Which side eventually prevailed in the strike?

Word of the Day

hebdomadal
Definition: (adjective) Of or occurring every seven days. Synonyms: weekly. Usage: A little solace came at tea-time, in the shape of a double ration of bread...with the delicious addition of a thin scrape of butter: it was the hebdomadal treat to which we all looked forward from Sabbath to Sabbath. Discuss

mensurable
Definition: (adjective) Capable of being measured. Synonyms: measurable. Usage: The mensurable increase in the cost of oil has had wide-reaching effects on the country's economy.

saunter
Definition: (verb) Walk leisurely and with no apparent aim. Synonyms: stroll. Usage: The teacher watched his students saunter back into the school building after lunch, apparently in no hurry to get to class on time.

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Researchers try to understand naked mole rats' resistance to cancer
With their pinkish, translucent and wrinkly skin, double-saber buck teeth and black-bead eyes, naked mole rats look like characters in a nightmare from hell. In fact, they do live underground in pitch-dark burrows where their air, from a human point of view, can contain chokingly little oxygen, t...

Doctors try new models to push health insurers aside
Just about everyone agrees that the way we pay for primary care needs fixing. Under the current insurance model, doctors get paid for procedures and tests rather than for time spent with patients, which displeases doctors and patients alike and increases costs. Now some medical practices are side...

Medigap supplemental coverage can be too pricey for younger Medicare beneficiaries
One night three years ago, Joe Hobson finished reading a book, went to sleep and woke up blind. The problem, caused by a rare hereditary disease, forced him to give up his 20-year communications job, along with its generous health insurance. Now 63, the Arlington man is covered by Medicare, the f...

Breathless, but not from asthma

Fish and seafood recipe recommendations
Jennifer LaRue Huget offers some suggestions

'Smallville' actress charged in self-help guru's sex traffic case
New York actress Allison Mack was arrested Friday on charges that she recruited women into a secret society led by self-help guru Keith Raniere in which they were forced to have sex with Raniere and were branded with his initials. Nathan Frandino reports.

DJ Avicii, electronic dance music star, dead at 28
Swedish DJ and record producer Avicii, one of the biggest stars of electronic dance music, was found dead on Friday at the age of 28, his publicist said. Lisa Bernhard reports.

Cheech and Chong's careers highlighted at Grammy Museum
In time for 4/20, a new exhibition is put on at the Grammy Museum in Downtown Los Angeles celebrating the cult stoner film "Up in Smoke". Rough Cut - no reporter narration

Paula Patton talks history with Meghan Markle at 'Traffik' premiere
Paula Patton talks about her new film "Traffick" about human trafficking as well as her past friendship with bride-to-be Meghan Markle. Rough Cut - no reporter narration.

Actress Rachel Weisz annouces her pregnancy: New York Times
The star says she and husband Daniel Craig are expecting. Alicia Powell reports.

Exploring the U.S., WWII Jewish Servicemen Cards, 1942-1947 Collection
I recently read an Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) for a Jewish soldier in WWII named Harvey P. Robitshek. This IDPF was unlike other I have read in that it is 361 pages long. Now I’ve read hundreds of IDPFs across all branches of the military for WWII, but this one really stood out. Why? Read More

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: A Fight for Survival
Underground markets. Escapes through sewers. Friends and neighbors defending their streets from tanks. On the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, we look back on a WWII story rarely told, but just as heroic as the Landing at Normandy or the Battle of Britain. On 19 April 1943, the Warsaw Ghetto, a starving Jewish Read More

Timeless: A Trip That Took JFK 115 Years to Make
Right this minute, Im in Ireland on an Ancestry ProGenealogists Heritage Tour, sitting in the Harbor Hotel overlooking Galway Bay.  Ive spent the last week and a half making a clockwise tour of the island.  And, it seems that every time we come around another corner someone reminds us about the time in June 1963 Read More

Timeless: Benjamin Franklin’s Connection to the Salem Witch Trials
When I think about Benjamin Franklin I think about bifocals, kites and lightening, his ambassadorship to France, and the fact that he was the oldest person to sign the Declaration of Independence in 1776.  I most certainly dont think about the Salem Witch Trials.  After all the witchcraft frenzy that gripped Salem Village happened almost Read More

Preparing for the 100th Anniversary of the End of WWI
As we move through 2018, we get closer to the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I, a war in which some of our ancestors fought and died. Have you started your research? Are you attending any commemorations or unveiling of new war memorials? Are you adding your new information to your family Read More

Blind Brazilian women learn makeup techniques
Blind women in Sao Paulo, Brazil say their self-image has improved after learning makeup application techniques taught by pros.

Luxury liner Queen Elizabeth II reopens as floating hotel
One of the world's most famous ships is now a floating hotel permanently moored at Dubai's Mina Rashid port. Elly Park reports.

Belgium to kids: Go play outside!
It's all fun and games without the television or computer. Angela Moore reports.

Giant metal creatures inhabit urban jungle
Is it a bird, is it a plane? No, it's France's flying mechanical heron. Angela Moore reports.

World Toad in the Hole Championships grace English town of Lewes
Aim of the traditional pub game originating from France is to land as many large brass coins or 'toads' in a table's small hole. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Stuart Weitzman puts his personal shoe collection on exhibit in New York
The famed footwear designer's collection includes both historic and iconic pieces. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Runners brave the cold for North Pole Marathon
Runners brave freezing conditions at top of the world in North Pole Marathon

INSIGHT: Turkish food for (very) small appetites
A couple cook miniature versions of popular Turkish dishes in a tiny kitchen with a working stove and range of utensils to help them promote culinary riches of the country. What started as a hobby 1.5 years ago turned into a challenging passion with over 40 recipes posted on their Youtube channel 'Mini Turk Mutfagi' which means Mini Turkish Kitchen in Turkish.

Mariah Carey switches 5 star hotels for Hostelworld
Singer Mariah Carey pokes fun at herself in an ad for budget accommodation site Hostelworld. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Singing road strikes wrong chord in Dutch village
Residents of Jelsum are bothered by the never-ending cacophony created by a local highway that "sings" when motorists hit the road. Elly Park reports.