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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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Billy Graham: Influential US evangelist dies at 99
During a 60-year career, Graham became one of the best-known preachers of the 20th Century.

Billy Graham: Six things the evangelist believed
On civil rights, North Korea ties and dining with women, this is where the evangelist stood.

Florida shooting survivors rally for stricter gun controls
A youth-led anti-gun movement born out of Florida's deadly school shooting stages its first protest.

Six radical ways to tackle US school shootings
After 17 people were killed in Florida, could these measures stop school shootings in the US?

Syria war: UN plea to end 'hell on earth' Eastern Ghouta crisis
The UN Secretary General is calling for an end to the fighting so aid can enter the rebel-held area.

North Korea's Kim Yo-jong baby rumours fascinate South
Kim Jong-un's sister's possible pregnancy stokes fascination with the North's opaque ruling dynasty.

Stand-up comedian Louise Reay sued by ex-husband
Louise Reay is being sued for comments made about her marriage during her Edinburgh Fringe show.

Fourth US man dies hunting for buried $2m treasure
A wealthy antiques dealer says he stashed the treasure somewhere in the Rocky Mountains.

Husband accused of murdering wife at sea
The FBI believes Lewis Bennett "knowingly and unlawfully killed" Isabella Hellmann, the mother of his child.

FaceTime chat 'saves woman's life'
Woman notices her sister is suffering from a stroke while they spoke on a FaceTime call.

Flooding inundates Midwest
A storm system stretching from Texas to the Great Lakes is dumping torrential rains and causing widespread flooding. Linda So reports.

"We will not be silenced": Student survivors tell FL lawmakers
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, demanded that Florida lawmakers in Tallahassee on Wednesday act on gun control following last week's deadly school shooting that left seventeen people dead. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Students rally on steps of Florida capitol for stricter gun laws
Survivors of last week's Florida school shooting along with hundreds of other students gathered on the steps of the Florida capitol in Tallahassee on Wednesday, to demand stricter gun laws. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Graham "inspired our nation": Pence
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence remembers Billy Graham as an evangelist whose "ministry and matchless voice changed the lives of millions." Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Students walk out of schools to protest gun laws
Students across the U.S. are walking out of their schools on Tuesday to protest gun violence and demand stricter gun laws after last week's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. 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

Gilbert Chesterton
Silver is sometimes more valuable than gold ... that is, in large quantities. Discuss

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.

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

This Day in History

The Creation of the Peace Symbol (1958)
Historically, the idea of peace has been represented by symbols that attempt to transcend differences of culture, such as the white dove, the olive branch, and the broken rifle. The now-familiar line-drawing of a crow's foot in a circle was created specifically for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament by British artist Gerald Holtom, but it quickly caught on as a general, international sign for peace. Holtom has stated that it is derived from the semaphore flag signals for what two letters? Discuss

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?

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?

Word of the Day

misbehave
Definition: (verb) Behave badly. Synonyms: misconduct, misdemean. Usage: If you misbehave, you will be sent to bed without supper. Discuss

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.

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.

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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

Williem Dafoe receives Honorary Golden Bear at Berlin Film Festival
American actor Williem Dafoe presented with top prize at gala ceremony at the 68th Berlin Film Festival. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Joaquin Phoenix and Gus Van Sant premiere cartoonist biopic in Berlin
The duo's biopic, "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot," is competing for the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

'Mudbound' brings new names and faces to the Oscars
While period race drama "Mudbound" may have been left out of the big categories of best picture and director, it has brought new faces to the Oscar race. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

Dramatic makeup and industrial techno at Gareth Pugh catwalk
For London based designer Gareth Pugh's latest catwalk show techno music and dramatic makeup took centre stage. Rough cut. No reporter narration

LGBT rainbow stars at Christopher Bailey's last Burberry collection
Christopher Bailey's last collection for Burberry featured supermodels Adwoa Aboah and Cara Delevingne, as well as rainbow checks in celebration of the LGBT community. 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).