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Report: Russia investigation now targeting brother of Hillary Clinton crony Podesta

Will Congress take aim at 401(k) plans in tax overhaul?

Prep running back sets Texas single-game rushing record

Country singer says DJ groped her at age 15, complaint got her blacklisted

Stolen 'Ladybird' found after 3-year, 1,700-mile journey

Sentencing adjourned after testimony Trump influenced case


Mother of teen found in Long Island woods believe death was gang-related, report says

B-52 bombers on 24-hour alert status amid escalating tensions, official says


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Myeshia Johnson: Soldier's widow says Trump 'made me cry'
She says President Trump could not remember her husband's name when he phoned to offer condolences.

Japan PM Shinzo Abe promises to handle North Korea threat
Shinzo Abe pledges strong "counter-measures" against Pyongyang after a decisive election win.

Stephen Hawking PhD readers crash Cambridge University website
Stephen Hawking's PhD thesis, written as a 24-year-old, was made available to the public on Monday.

Sherin Mathews: US police find body in missing child case
The father of Sherin Mathews, aged three, says he sent her outside at 03:00 as punishment.

McCain in coded attack on Trump Vietnam draft deferment
The Republican noted Mr Trump's medical excuse while criticising how the wealthy avoided the war.

Hollywood director faces dozens of sex claims
Oscar-nominated film-maker James Toback denies allegations made by almost 40 women.

Canadian man fined for loudly singing Everybody Dance Now
Montreal's Taoufik Moalla says he is contesting the ticket for "screaming in a public place".

FBI failed to access 7,000 encrypted mobile devices
Encryption has become "a huge, huge problem" for investigations, the FBI director says.

Rio police shoot dead Spanish tourist on favela tour
Military police say they accidentally shot the woman when the car she was in failed to stop.

Russia radio presenter stabbed in neck
Moscow police arrest a man who stabbed and seriously wounded a top Russian radio journalist.

Pence condemns Iran on anniversary of Beirut bombing
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence slammed Iran as he marked the anniversary of the 1983 truck bomb attack that killed 241 U.S. service members in Beirut. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Trump hails $13.8 billion Boeing deal with Singapore Airlines
Boeing Co. on Monday signed a previously announced deal with Singapore Airlines Ltd to sell it 39 aircraft worth $13.8 billion during a White House event with Singapore's prime minister. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Breakingviews TV: GE below average
Tom Buerkle and Richard Beales discuss why GE’s weak share price and low weighting in the Dow Jones Industrial Average – just 0.7 pct – could leave the last of the benchmark’s original components at risk of being replaced.

Halloween pooch parade in Chicago
Dogs put their best paw forward for a Halloween costume contest in Chicago. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Tillerson makes unannounced trip to Afghanistan
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday discussed with Afghan leaders the U.S. strategy for ending America's longest war, in a brief, unreported visit that underscored the challenge of quelling the country's insurgency. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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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

Henry Fielding
Guilt has very quick ears to an accusation. Discuss

Homer
Two friends, two bodies with one soul inspired.

Jane Austen
An engaged woman is always more agreeable than a disengaged. She is satisfied with herself. Her cares are over, and she feels that she may exert all her powers of pleasing without suspicion. All is safe with a lady engaged; no harm can be done.

This Day in History

The Hungarian Republic Is Officially Proclaimed (1989)
The defeat of the Central Powers in WWI brought the dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary to an end and led to the creation of an independent Hungarian republic, which, in 1949, came under Communist control. Though a 1956 uprising was suppressed, Hungary became the most tolerant of the Soviet bloc nations of Europe and finally replaced Communism with a multi-party democracy with free elections in 1989. Hungary's relative freedom compared to other Eastern bloc countries led to what satirical nickname? Discuss

Final Attack by the Beltway Sniper (2002)
For three weeks in October 2002, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo terrorized the Washington, DC, metropolitan area by shooting random victims from a distance. Ten people were killed and three others wounded in the spree, which was later linked to earlier shootings. Two days after killing their final victim, Muhammad and Malvo were arrested after being found sleeping in the car from which they had shot their victims. Before the arrest, the pair had planned to travel to Canada to do what?

Siad Barre Leads Coup to Become President of Somalia (1969)
Following the assassination of Somalia's president in 1969, a military coup installed Major General Mohamed Siad Barre as leader. His dictatorial administration was marked by human rights abuses and civil strife. Though he sought to end pervasive clan loyalties, warfare among rival factions intensified. In 1991, he was ousted. The country plunged into a civil war and has had no effective central government since. How did Siad Barre's regime terrorize the Majeerteen clan in particular?

Word of the Day

fixity
Definition: (noun) The quality of being incapable of mutation. Synonyms: immutability. Usage: Darwin challenged the fixity of species with his theory of evolution. Discuss

unlettered
Definition: (adjective) Uneducated in general; lacking knowledge or sophistication. Synonyms: ignorant, nescient, unlearned. Usage: On points where the learned have, in purity of heart, been compelled to differ, the unlettered will necessarily be at variance.

meanly
Definition: (adverb) In a miserly manner. Synonyms: humbly. Usage: They lived meanly and without ostentation.

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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

Research Clues for those Elusive “Brick Wall” Mysteries
Youve likely hit a brick wall or encountered a mystery in your research if youve spent any measure of time piecing together your family tree. Its not easy. These challenges crop up in many ways. Sometimes your ancestors have a common last name like Smith or there is a lack of census data for a Read More

Family Foodways
Merriam-Websters dictionary perhaps says it best. Foodways are the “eating habits and culinary practices of a people, region, or historical time period.” Foodways include the growth and production of food, methods of cooking, spices, who cooked the food, social occasions, and special events. Even the intangibles such as aroma, food’s association with memories, folktales and Read More

World War I Records on Fold3.com
I’ve found one of the best ways to search what is available on Fold3 is to search within the records of a particular conflict. I wrote a little about this concept in my WWII article, Combining World War II Research on Fold3 With Your Ancestry Family Tree on this blog in April 2016. The same Read More

October is American Archives Month
October is American Archives Month, and institutions throughout the country are celebrating! Here are seven ways you can get involved: 1) Attend an event Many archives will be having special events throughout the month. These might include open houses, lectures, tours, exhibits or other activities. Check the websites of nearby repositories, including college campuses, public Read More

Professional genealogist offers advice on tracing African-American roots
Genealogical research in America’s Deep South can be challenging under the best of circumstances, but the task can be even more daunting for an African American family looking to fill in gaps in their family tree. While some families have had remarkable success in tracing their ancestors through the period of slavery and its aftermath, Read More

Giant pink diamond on display in Hong Kong ahead of Geneva auction
"The Pink Raj" diamond, estimated to raise up to $30 million, goes on display in Hong Kong before its auction next month. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Day of the Dead brings skeletons onto Mexico's streets
Hundreds of Mexicans, with their faces painted in honor of skeleton figure Catrina, take part in a parade as part of a lead up to Day of the Dead celebrations.

Brazilian thrill-seekers attempt bridge 'rope jumping' record
Around 245 people jump off a 98 feet-high bridge together as they try to enter the Guinness World Records.

Pink-haired robot reports 2018 Leningrad budget
Russia's Leningrad region governor uses a suited robot with hair made of pink wires to report the 2018 budget to the local parliament chairman. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Titanic letter sold for record 126,000 pounds
A personal letter, written on embossed Titanic 'on-board' stationary, is sold for a record 126,000 pounds at a UK auction. Jillian Kitchener reports.

Barbie plays muse to French fashion designers
Fifteen French fashion designers are given free rein to style Barbie. Bob Mezan reports.

CIA dog trainee quits explosives school in favor of 'sniffing out rabbits and squirrels'
The Central Intelligence Agency announces that a bomb-sniffing dog trainee is dropping out of the program. Angela Moore reports.

Can AI use Japan bank chief's face to predict the future?
Artificial intelligence researchers in Japan say they've found a way to predict major policy shifts from the country's central bank by analyzing split-second changes in the facial expression of its governor, Haruhiko Kuroda. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

Moving machinery using mind power alone
A unique citizen science project in which volunteers will be trained to move a piece of steel machinery using the power of their mind begins on October 27. The Mental Work project uses brain-machine interfaces developed at EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne), as Jim Drury discovered.

Jan Fabre brings 'Belgian Rules' to Russia
Famous visual artist Jan Fabre presents his fresh performance 'Belgian Rules/Belgium Rules' in Moscow. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Emergency services rescue whale in Marseille harbor
Firefighters and police join forces to help 15m-long whale stranded in Vieux Port area of the city. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Asterix joins a chariot race in 37th comic edition
Asterix, the indomitable pint-sized Gaul forever outfoxing the Romans, returns for his 37th comic adventure. Edward Baran reports.

Spanish paraglider becomes part of a natural phenomenon of starlings
Paraglider Horacio Llorens became part of a flock of starlings to embrace his dream of flying like a bird. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

A ticket with the pleb's-eye-view of the Colosseum, please!
For the first time in decades, the top floors of the Colosseum built to host gladiatorial contests nearly 2,000 years ago have opened for small groups of visitors. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Escape room has New Yorkers participate in murderous plot
A seemingly-abandoned warehouse in Brooklyn is the set of an immersive horror show featuring a murderous psychopath. Elly Park reports.

Wax Trump joins Madame Tussauds - by popular demand
A real life replica of U.S. President Donald Trump is the latest addition to Berlin's Madame Tussauds and will go on display from Oct. 20, the wax museum said on Tuesday. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Fowl play in Florida as hen hangs ten
Standup paddleboarding is a popular pasttime in the Florida Keys - even chickens can get in on the act. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Europe's largest freshwater aquarium opens in Switzerland
It houses 10,000 fish and 100 reptiles, that are almost exclusively endangered or threatened species. Elly Park reports.

British autistic artist Stephen Wiltshire signs finished drawing of NYC skyline
Wiltshire has an eidetic memory that allows him to recall every detail of a city from one 45-minute helicopter ride. The artist says drawing the New York City skyline was "truly hard work." Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Indonesian town gives owls their jobs back
A small town in Indonesia has given owls their traditional job of pest control back - rejecting a growing trend in selling owls or 'Harry Potter Birds' as many call them. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Brazilian goes for gold after receiving Olympiad's heart
A 67-year-old Brazilian woman has had her life changed after receiving the heart of the former coach of Germany's slalom canoe teach. Saskia O'Donoghue reports

Dutch team Nuna 9 leads 2017 Solar Challenge
Solar cars race in the World Solar Challenge through the Australian Outback. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

New exhibition explores evolution of American Tiki
New exhibition, "The Art of Tiki" explores the development of Tiki pop culture in America since it was first introduced in the 1950s. Rollo Ross reports.

Scotland’s Fraser Mann wins the World Hickory Open Golf Championship
Fraser Mann from Scotland won the World Hickory Open Golf Championship on Wednesday playing on the links course at Kilspindie Golf Club in Scotland. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Are Sunday roast wraps heading for global success?
A family-run business in Yorkshire has found itself at the centre of an explosion in global interest after launching a new take on the traditional Sunday roast - the Yorkshire Pudding Wrap. David Doyle reports.