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AG Sessions spars with 'totally unfair' Franken, Blumenthal in epic Senate smackdown

Gowdy: Samantha Power claims others ordered unmasking

Sen. Leahy accuses Sessions of being 'part of the Russian facade'

Maryland triple-murder suspect may have shot someone in Del. afterwards

Longtime Neo-Nazi reveals he's gay, has Jewish heritage

Florida police arrest 277, including cops and doctors, in sex sting

Halloween costume crackdown: Schools ban creepy clown, culturally insensitive outfits

Battlefield Cross returned to Ohio cemetery after 'regrettable misinterpretation'


Wife in cough syrup murder was stabbed 123 times, police say

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Trump was insensitive in call to widow - soldier's mother
The mother of a US soldier who was killed in action says the president showed "disrespect".

Xi Jinping: 'Time for China to take centre stage'
The president tells the Communist Party congress it is time for China to "take centre stage".

Quebec bans niqab for public services with neutrality law
The Canadian province passes a religious neutrality law on face coverings.

Jennifer Lawrence: I was placed in 'nude line-up'
The Oscar-winning actress also said she was told to lose weight at Elle's Women in Hollywood event

Air Berlin plane does 'lap of honour' in Düsseldorf
The incident took place on the bankrupt airline's final long-haul flight.

'Future city' to be built in Canada by Alphabet company
Google sister company Sidewalk Labs is to build a digital city on Toronto's waterfront.

Sunwing flyer sues because he got sparkling wine not champagne
The plaintiff says champagne was promised in the brochure; the airline calls the lawsuit "frivolous".

Trump's latest travel ban blocked by second federal judge
Another court says the policy "resembles President Trump's earlier description of the Muslim ban".

Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie has died at 53
The Canadian band's singer passes away at the age of 53 after a battle with terminal cancer.

Spain warns Catalonia on self-rule as deadline looms
The deputy prime minister speaks out as a deadline nears for Catalan leaders to drop a secession plan.

Pope condemns Mogadishu attack
Pope Francis addressed thousands at the Vatican on Wednesday, condemning the attack in Somalia's capital that killed more than 300 people. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

NAFTA teeters as talks bog down
Trade ministers from the United States, Canada and Mexico on Tuesday wrap up a contentious round of NAFTA negotiations dominated by aggressive U.S. demands including a sunset clause that Canadian and Mexican officials say will be rejected.

Trump’s immigration crackdown boosting Mexico’s tech hub
The Trump administration cracks down on immigration, and Mexico capitalizes on that to sell the American tech dream, south of the U.S. border.

U.S. judge blocks latest Trump travel ban
A U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump's latest bid to impose restrictions on citizens from eight countries entering the United States, which had been set to take effect this week.

Senators reach bipartisan deal to shore up Obamacare
Republican Senator Lamar Alexander and Democrat Patty Murray announce they have come to an agreement on a bill to stabilize the Obamacare markets for two years.

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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

Jane Austen
Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction, and excessive solicitude about it often destroys its own aim. Discuss

Ambrose Bierce
Alliance, n.: In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted into each others' pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.

Jane Austen
Give a girl an education, and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody.

This Day in History

Earthquake Destroys Basel, Switzerland (1356)
Estimated to have been greater than 6.0 in magnitude, the Basel earthquake of 1356 may have been the most serious seismological event in the recorded history of central Europe. The main earthquake struck around 10 PM. In the Swiss city of Basel, all the major buildings—including castles and churches—were destroyed by the quake and subsequent fires. Three hundred people are thought to have been killed. The event was felt across Europe, including as far away as what locations? Discuss

Loyalty Day: Massive Crowd Demands Release of Juan Perón (1945)
As secretary of labor and social welfare in the wake of the 1943 revolution in Argentina, Perón enacted a wide range of benefits for workers that earned him a loyal following. In October 1945, he was overthrown in a coup, arrested, and jailed. Mass demonstrations of workers forced his release on October 17, a day now known in Argentina as Loyalty Day. Shortly thereafter, Perón ran for president and was elected by a vast majority in 1946. He was forced into exile in 1955. When did he return?

Olympic Medalists Create Furor with Black Power Salute (1968)
The silent protest of two black American athletes at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City was an iconic and controversial statement. Sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos received their medals shoeless to draw attention to black poverty in America, and they performed the Black Power salute as their national anthem played. They were booed by the crowd and were later expelled from the staunchly apolitical games. Smith saluted with his right hand. Why was Carlos forced to salute with his left?

Word of the Day

unstudied
Definition: (adjective) Not contrived for effect; natural. Synonyms: uncontrived. Usage: She walked with an unstudied grace that the other models envied and imitated. Discuss

circumference
Definition: (noun) The boundary line of a figure, area, or object. Synonyms: circuit. Usage: He had walked the full circumference of his land, repairing his fence along the way.

monitory
Definition: (adjective) Conveying an admonition or a warning. Synonyms: admonitory, cautionary, exemplary, warning. Usage: She shot him a monitory glance and he quickly changed the subject to one less controversial.

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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

London design awards reflect a year of political upheaval and social change
Sixty-two nominations for the annual Beazley Design Awards go on show at the London Design Museum, with prominent themes including U.S. protests and the migrant crisis. David Doyle reports.

Abuse of power dominates Iannucci satire at London premiere
Michael Palin and Andrea Riseborough amongst stars on the red carpet in London for the UK premiere of 'The Death of Stalin'. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Weinstein scandal a "watershed moment": Gretchen Carlson
Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, who successfully sued the late Roger Ailes for sexual harrassment, says the Harvey Weinstein scandal is a "watershed moment" for women. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Female stars celebrate change in Hollywood
During the 'Elle Women in Hollywood' awards actresses speak about a possible new beginning in Hollywood . Sarah Mills reports.

WWE signs first woman wrestler from the Arab world
World Wrestling Entertainment signed its first female performer from the Arab world on Sunday, smashing cultural taboos as the U.S.-based sport seeks to piledrive its way into lucrative foreign markets. Lisa Bernhard reports.

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

What to Know About World War I Burial Files
A couple of months ago I wrote an article about the Ancestry collection of U.S. Army Transport Service Passenger Lists 1910-1939. If you review that article, near the end I talk about my great-granduncle Michael Kokoska’s ship manifest, on which it shows he is deceased. In that article I mention briefly the World War I Read More

PBS’ Finding Your Roots Returns October 3 at 8/7c
A brand new season of PBS hit show Finding Your Roots, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., premieres on Tuesday, October 3 at 8/7c. This star studded season features some of our favorite comedians, journalists, and A-list celebrities. Catch the season teaser below: Episode 1 | The Impression Guests: Larry David and Bernie Sanders. Two Read More

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.

Researchers aim to turn bird feathers into food
Biotechnologists have identified and refined a micro-organism that can convert bird feathers and other forms of organic waste into food products and cosmetics, as Jim Drury reports.

Hundreds of sky lanterns light up Taipei
Wishful residents write messages on lanterns and send them to the sky on the day of the mid-autumn festival. Rough Cut (No reporter narration).

Is a 16th-century charcoal sketch a naked Mona Lisa?
Art experts are examining a nude sketch as the possible basis for Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Grace Lee reports.

New film features BASE jumper who died in crash in the Alps
BASE is the story of a wingsuit pilot, played by Italian-Norwegian Alexander Polli, whose stunts were followed by millions on social media. (Rough cut - no reporter narration)

Eiffel Tower celebrates 300 million visitors
The world's most visited monument celebrates 300 million visitors since it opened 128 years ago, with colourful lights and concerts on each floor. (Rough cut - no reporter narration)

George Harrison’s personal sitar up for auction
A sitar owned by Beatles member George Harrison and used in the recording of "Norwegian Wood" is expected to fetch between $50,000 - $100,000 in an auction. Sarah Mills reports.

Yves Saint Laurent’s original Paris atelier opens to public
Paris fashion house Yves Saint Laurent inaugurates a museum at its historic atelier, which will give visitors a chance to experience the designer's world. Sarah Mills reports.

Christie's to auction rare large diamond
The largest ever diamond to come to auction was previewed by Christie's in Hong Kong ahead of its sale in November. Saskia O'Donoghue reports

Bees invade Australian home
Thousands of bees have invaded a home near the Australian city of Newcastle and have left thick walls of honeycomb in the wall cavities, according to local media. No reporter narration.

Chinese 'office chef' becomes an internet hit
Twenty-three year old "Ms Yeah" finds internet stardom for videos showing her using everyday office equipment to cook Chinese food. No reporter narration.

Horror films come to life at Universal Studios

'Goat Fire Brigade' helps save Spain from forest fires
Much of Europe was scorched this summer by numerous forest fires, and in Spain goats and sheep are helping to fight the blazes, one nibble at a time. No reporter narration.

Alligator pulled from pool in Florida post-Irma
Police say it took several tries to rescue a "disoriented" alligator from a pool in Cocoa, Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Endangered tiger cub gets playmate in San Diego
An endangered tiger cub at the San Diego Zoo has a new playmate. And, as Nathan Frandino reports, the two cubs are hitting it off.

Hamas holds mass wedding in Gaza
The political party Hamas held a mass wedding in the city of Rafah in Gaza. Rough cut (No reporter narration).