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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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Trump and Macron hint at new Iran nuclear deal
The US and French presidents discuss how to overcome divisions over a key accord reached in 2015.

Trump and Macron's most touching moments
From air kisses to Oval Office grooming, the best bits from an unusually affectionate state visit.

Toronto van attack: Alek Minassian praised 'incel' killer
Alek Minassian posted on Facebook minutes before a deadly van attack to praise Elliot Rodgers.

Toronto van attack: Victim Anne Marie D'Amico 'full of life'
Anne Marie D'Amico, who worked nearby, and two other victims are named informally.

Supreme court upholds teenager's 241-year prison term
The judge who sentenced the prisoner when he was 18 has since told the BBC she regrets it.

Zendaya: ‘I'm Hollywood’s acceptable version of a black girl’
Actress Zendaya says colourism in Hollywood needs to end.

NRA breaks 15-year fundraising record after Parkland shooting
The NRA's political fund raised $2.4m in March - the most it has raised in a single month since 2003.

Trump opens exit for embattled US veterans nominee Ronny Jackson
Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson is facing allegations that he oversaw a hostile work environment.

'Trucker wall' helps prevent man from jumping to his death
Thirteen truckers parked under an overpass after a man threatened to jump to his death from above.

Royal births past and present
It's hard to escape certain conventions that the news of a new royal baby brings.

Wounded soldier gets world's first penis and scrotum transplant in U.S. operation
A soldier wounded by an IED in Afghanistan has received the world's first complete penis and scrotum transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Roselle Chen reports.

Trudeau says no motive established in van attack probe
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that the motivations of a driver in a van attack in Toronto that killed 10 people are not yet known, but that there is no “national security element” to the attack. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

Suspect in Toronto attack charged with murder
The driver suspected of killing 10 people and injuring 15 others when he plowed a rental van into pedestrians in Toronto made his first court appearance on Tuesday, where details of a motive for the attack were expected to emerge.

Facebook shares long-secret 'community standards'
Facebook on Tuesday released a rule book for the types of posts it allows on its social network, giving far more detail than ever before on what is permitted on subjects ranging from drug use and sex work to bullying, hate speech and inciting violence.

At least ten killed, 15 injured by driver in Toronto
Police say at least ten people were killed and 15 others were injured when a white Ryder rental van plowed into pedestrians along a roughly mile-long stretch of sidewalk in Toronto.

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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

William Makepeace Thackeray
When one fib becomes due as it were, you must forge another to take up the old acceptance; and so the stock of your lies in circulation inevitably multiplies, and the danger of detection increases every day. Discuss

Booker T. Washington
I would permit no man, no matter what his color might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.

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

This Day in History

The Triple Six Fix (1980)
The Triple Six Fix was a plot to rig the Pennsylvania Lottery. Masterminded by Nick Perry, the lottery's television announcer, the scheme focused on the Daily Number game, in which players pay to select a three-digit number in hopes of matching theirs to the one drawn from a container of numbered ping-pong balls. The balls are selected by a vacuum, so Perry planned to cheat the game by weighting all but two of the balls—numbers four and six—and buying combinations of those numbers. Did it work? Discuss

First Video Uploaded to YouTube (2005)
One of the most well-known examples of meteoric success on the Internet, the highly popular video sharing website YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim in 2005. The next year, it was acquired by Google for $1.65 billion. Within a few years, more than 25 quadrillion bytes of videos were being streamed from the site each month from myriad sources, amateur and professional alike. However, it all started with a single video, uploaded in April 2005, titled what?

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?

Word of the Day

high-toned
Definition: (adjective) Pretentiously elegant. Synonyms: high-class. Usage: She felt awkward and out of place in the high-toned restaurant, with its elegant dcor and elite clientele. Discuss

bequeath
Definition: (verb) Leave or give by will after one's death. Synonyms: will, leave. Usage: He bequeathed all his silver to his children.

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.

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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

Stockholm church bells play 'Wake me up' in Avicii tribute
The song rang out from the 80-metre-high tower of Oscar's Church in central Stockholm, where Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, grew up. Rough cut (No reporter narration).

'Beautiful models, beautiful dresses' at bridal show - model Irina Shayk
Russian beauty says Pronovias is good at putting on a show, reckons Russia will do well hosting the World Cup, and 'stong' Russian women could run for president. Rough cut (No reporter narration).

INSIGHT: The doll designer looking for a royal cash-in
The savvy fan hopes to sell her handmade Meghan Markle and Prince Harry dolls on her webshop to buyers from across the globe.

"Avengers: Infinity War" world premiere opens in Los Angeles
The cast and crew of 'Avengers: Infinity War', the latest chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, walked the red carpet ahead of the world premiere in Los Angeles, where fans also gathered to get their first look at the film.

'Avengers: Infinity War' premieres in Los Angeles
The cast and directors turned out for the world premiere of 'Avengers: Infinity War' in Los Angeles. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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

James Comey gets the comic book treatment
A new glossy tells the professional and personal life story of the former FBI Director. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

New Jersey webshop owner dolled up for royal wedding
The savvy fan hopes to sell her handmade Meghan Markle and Prince Harry dolls on her webshop to buyers from across the globe. Elly Park reports.

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.