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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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Syria war: Scores of civilians killed in Eastern Ghouta strikes
As many as 98 people may have been killed in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta.

Ex-Cyclone Gita: Christchurch declares state of emergency
The storm, which caused widespread damage in Tonga and Fiji last week, has now hit New Zealand.

Mitsutoki Shigeta: 'Baby factory' dad wins paternity rights
The Japanese man can now pursue custody of 13 children he fathered through Thai surrogate mothers.

Brexit: David Davis rejects 'Mad Max-style dystopia' claims
The Brexit secretary promises the UK will maintain high standards and regulations outside the EU.

How Malawi reduced infant mortality
Every year 2.6m babies around the world don't survive beyond a month but Malawi's number is dropping.

Islamic State 'Beatles': US and UK talk about fate of duo
The men who were captured last month should "face the full force of the law", the home secretary says.

Mexico investigates disappearance of three Italians
Three men from Naples vanished on New Year's Eve after reportedly being detained by police.

Peru's ex-President Fujimori ordered to stand trial again
A court says the ex-president's recent pardon will not count in a case involving six dead farmers.

France to let wolf population grow despite farmers' fears
The government wants the number to rise from 360 to 500 by 2023 but farmers are unhappy.

Ocean plastic tide 'violates the law'
Campaigners may want new laws to fight pollution but the remedies already exist, a new report argues.

Students protest as White House grapples with background checks
Protests against gun violence in schools are taking off after a high school shooting in Florida left 17 dead. The White House said on Monday it backs efforts to improve background checks on gun purchases. Colette Luke has more.

Accused Florida school shooter appears in court
Nikolas Cruz, the former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who allegedly killed 17 people last Wednesday, attended a status hearing at a Fort Lauderdale court on Monday. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Students stage 'lie-in' at White House to protest against gun violence
Several dozen high school students from in and around Washington, D.C., staged a 'lie-in' in front of the White House to protest against gun violence in schools. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Trump backs effort to improve gun background checks
Stunned by the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history, students are mobilizing across the country to organize rallies and a national walkout in support of stronger gun laws, challenging politicians they say have failed to protect them.

"The adults have let us down": Florida students demand stricter gun laws
Speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation" program, Florida school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez says students will march next month in Washington because she says "the adults have let us down." 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

Lucy Maud Montgomery
Long ago, before I had ever seen a diamond, I read about them and I tried to imagine what they would be like ... When I saw a real diamond in a lady's ring one day I was so disappointed I cried. Of course, it was very lovely but it wasn't my idea of a diamond. Discuss

Ambrose Bierce
Birth, n.: The first and direst of all disasters.

Henry David Thoreau
Most men, even in this comparatively free country, through mere ignorance and mistake, are so occupied with the factitious cares and superfluously coarse labors of life that its finer fruits cannot be plucked by them.

This Day in History

The Station Nightclub Fire (2003)
Moments after the band Great White took the stage at the Station nightclub in Rhode Island, sparks from one of the group's pyrotechnic devices—of which the nightclub was unaware—ignited the highly flammable sound insulation around the stage. The nightclub, which had no sprinklers, was engulfed in minutes, trapping many inside. One hundred people were killed, making it one of the deadliest nightclub fires in US history. How many people faced criminal charges in the aftermath of the tragedy? Discuss

Former US Vice President Aaron Burr Arrested for Treason (1807)
Nearly three years after killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel, former US Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested on unrelated charges of treason. Though the exact details of his plan were a mystery even then, he was accused of plotting to establish an independent country of his own, possibly in the American Southwest. He was treated well while imprisoned at Fort Stoddert and was eventually acquitted, but his political career was destroyed. Which of his co-conspirators turned on him?

The Age of Kali Yuga Begins (3102 BCE)
In Hindu scripture, the age of Kali Yuga is the last of the four cyclic stages of the world and is currently ongoing. It is thought to have begun on the same day that Krishna left the Earth and is said to be marked by greed and murder. The scriptures predict that during Kali Yuga, unreasonable rulers will impose burdensome taxes and people will migrate to wheat-producing countries, become addicted to alcohol, and exhibit flexible morals. How long is the age expected to last?

Word of the Day

pooh-pooh
Definition: (verb) Reject with contempt. Synonyms: freeze off, spurn, disdain, scorn, turn down. Usage: Rose was troubled with nausea, but Martin pooh-poohed, as childish, the notion of dropping some of her responsibilities. Discuss

fervency
Definition: (noun) Feelings of great warmth and intensity. Synonyms: ardor, fire. Usage: She spoke about the shelter with so much fervency that you could not help but develop a similar passion for the cause.

begrime
Definition: (verb) Make soiled, filthy, or dirty. Synonyms: bemire, colly, dirty, soil. Usage: Mother warned me not to begrime my clothes while playing outside.

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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

Black Panther smashes box office, Hollywood norms
Black Panther's record-setting opening weekend is being welcomed from Hollywood to Africa's Nollywood for its portrayal of Africans and African-Americans in the first blockbuster featuring a black superhero and an almost entirely black cast.

Stars and activists unite to say 'Time's Up' at the BAFTAs
Celebrities wore black and brought activists to a politically charged BAFTA award ceremony on Sunday night, in order to promote the Time's Up movement against sexual harassment. Jayson Mansaray reports.

Stars and activists unite to say 'Time's Up' at the BAFTAs
Celebrities wore black and brought activists to a politically charged BAFTA award ceremony on Sunday night, in order to promote the Time's Up movement against sexual harassment.

Stars join forces with activists on BAFTA awards red carpet
Actors including Andrea Riseborough and Gemma Arterton were accompanied by activists at the event. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Nigerian cinema fans celebrate 'Black Panther' release
Film fans, actors and comic enthusiasts in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos flock to screenings of Marvel superhero movie "Black Panther." Rough Cut - no reporter narration

Inspiring At-Risk Youth Through Heritage and Art
What if knowing your history could give you a greater sense of confidence and inspire your direction in life? “The project was made to be liberating, eye-opening, and informative&an effort to spark interest in individuals to discover their heritage and to learn more about the history of their origins.”
— Thomas Evans Following the success of Read More

5 Genealogy Goals for the Family Archivist
Genealogists wear many hats — researcher, writer, preservationist, archivist. We always want more time to track down our elusive ancestors, but if you inherited family photos, documents, or keepsakes, there’s no time like the present to safely preserve your treasures for the next generation. Here is a list of family history tips to help you Read More

Walking Where Ancestors Walked: Travelers Give High Marks to First Genealogy Tour
A hike to an old stone barn on a sheep farm in the country. A walk through a graveyard. An 11-day bus ride with 22 complete strangers. This may not immediately sound like the description of a dream vacation. But talk to California resident Vicki Stuber for two minutes, and you’ll be convinced that Read More

The Pros Share Their #GenealogyGoals for 2018
January is a time to take stock of the past year and make plans for the new one ahead. In addition to resolutions about food and exercise, it’s the perfect time to set some goals related to family history. Not sure where to start? Two Ancestry professional genealogists recently shared the pet projects they plan Read More

RootsWeb Security Update
Update: RootsWeb updates can be found on RootsWeb homepage. We want to share an important security update with you. Last Wednesday, December 20, Ancestry’s Information Security Team received a message from a security researcher indicating that he had found a file containing email addresses/username and password combinations as well as user names from a RootsWeb.com Read More

Swiss couple cycle 10,000 miles to see son compete
A year and 10,000 miles later, a Swiss couple arrived in Pyeongchang last week to watch their son compete in the Winter Olympics. Colette Luke has more.

Dog poo-powered street lamp gets tails wagging
An inventor in Worcestershire's Malvern Hills creates a street lamp powered by bio-gas from dog poo, giving ramblers the perfect place to dispose of their pets' deposits. Matthew Stock reports.

Westminster top dog Flynn enjoys a champion's lunch
Flynn the Bichon Frise is savoring his victory inafter his unexpected win at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show a day earlier. Elly Park reports.

Sky-high Valentine's Day nuptials atop the Empire State Building
Love was in the air at the Empire State Building as couples got married and renewed their vows on Valentine's Day. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Glass ceiling for dogs? Males win Westminster more often
Female dogs, known in pure-bred circles as “bitches,” have snared Best in Show at Westminster 39 times since the award was first given in 1907. Males, known simply as “dogs,” have been victorious 71 times, almost twice as often.

New York's Westminster Show: Where 'Good Dog!' is not good enough
Westminster's top dogs compete in two-day event for "Best In Show" title. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Westminster pooches get pampered ahead of dog show
Inside New York City's Hotel Pennsylvania, world class show dogs hit a spa made just for them. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Pooches strut their stuff in dog fashion show
The catwalk turned into a dogwalk for one night only at the annual New York Pet Fashion Show presented by TropiClean. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

London zookeepers count over 19,000 animals
London Zoo's annual stocktake had to be postponed after a fire killed four meerkats and an aardvark. Rough cut (no repoter narration).

Transgender dance star shakes up debate in Rio Carnival
Kamilla Carvalho will be first transgender star dancer to lead the top-tier Acadêmicos do Salgueiro samba group during Rio's glittering Carnival parades. Rough Cut (No reporter narration).