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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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Democrat defeats Moore in Alabama race
Doug Jones wins a Senate seat for Alabama after a bitter campaign against Trump-backed Roy Moore.

US ready for North Korea talks without preconditions, says Tillerson
But hours later the White House says Trump's views "had not changed" and N Korea must first disarm.

The road that tells the story of a country
Fergal Keane reveals the crisis in DR Congo's Kasai region, where millions face starvation.

Husband accused of murder in high-profile Australia mystery
Borce Ristevski is accused of murdering his wife, Karen, whose disappearance baffled Australia.

Disney set to seal $60bn 21st Century Fox takeover
A sale of Rupert Murdoch's entertainment assets could be confirmed as soon as Thursday, reports say.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has critics in raptures
The latest film in the sci-fi saga gets glowing reviews ahead of its European premiere in London.

California Thomas Fire: No end in sight for week-long wildfire
The Thomas Fire is the fifth largest blaze in recorded state history and continues to grow.

New York bombing suspect Akayed Ullah warned Trump on Facebook
Akayed Ullah, 27, faces a series of terror charges over Monday's bus terminal attack in New York.

Trump accused of 'slut shaming' Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
The president said Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, "would do anything" for campaign cash.

Trumplomacy: Tillerson's New Year plans for North Korea
The secretary of state appeared to soften his tone on North Korea at a Washington policy speech.

VERBATIM: U.S. ready for North Korea talks 'without precondition'
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday the United States was prepared to talk to North Korea whenever it is ready but Pyongyang must come to the negotiating table willing to make choices to change course on its nuclear and missile programs.

Firefighters wrestle to control massive California wildfire
A massive California wildfire that has already destroyed nearly 700 homes in its path of destruction crept closer to the upscale hillside community of Montecito on Tuesday despite calmer winds that slowed its progress. Nathan Frandino reports.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies at 65
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died early on Tuesday, the city's first mayor of Chinese decent, died of a heart attack early on Tuesday.

Gillibrand calls Trump's tweet a 'sexist smear'
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand fired back at President Donald Trump on Tuesday and said she would not be silenced after he attacked her on Twitter for calling for an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct against him. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Times Square bomb suspect charged
U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday brought federal charges against a Bangladeshi man, accusing him of using a weapon of mass destruction in Monday's bombing of a Manhattan commuter hub. 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

Oscar Wilde
One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that, would tell one anything. Discuss

Alexander Hamilton
In the usual progress of things, the necessities of a nation in every stage of its existence will be found at least equal to its resources.

Henry James
Summer afternoon...the two most beautiful words in the English language.

This Day in History

Chinese River Dolphin Declared Functionally Extinct (2006)
Found only in China's Yangtze River, the baiji was a pale, nearly blind freshwater dolphin species nicknamed the "Goddess of the Yangtze." Though it had lived there for millennia, its population declined precipitously in the late 20th century as an industrialized China made heavy use of the river. Many were injured by fishing gear and boat propellers. The species was finally declared functionally extinct after a six-week search failed to locate any baiji. When was the last baiji caught on film? Discuss

The Battle of Nineveh (627 CE)
The Battle of Nineveh was fought between the Byzantine Empire and the Sassanid Dynasty, the last dynasty of native rulers to reign in Persia. Heraclius, the Byzantine emperor, was able to draw his Persian adversaries onto a favorable battlefield by feigning a retreat, thereby securing victory for his troops. The loss seriously damaged the Sassanids' power. Within decades, the weakened Sassanid dynasty would be toppled by the Arab Conquest. What fate did the Sassanid king suffer after Nineveh?

Last Manned Lunar Landing (1972)
With the Apollo program drawing to a close, the astronauts of Apollo 17 knew that it would be some time before anyone returned to the Moon. Hours after the mission's launch, the astronauts snapped the famous "Blue Marble" photograph of a fully illuminated Earth. Days later, they landed on the Moon. On their three moonwalks, they explored miles of the Taurus-Littrow region, collected rock samples, and set up equipment for remote data collection. Who was the last person to walk on the Moon?

Word of the Day

reek
Definition: (verb) To be pervaded by something unpleasant. Synonyms: smack, smell. Usage: His speeches reek of sarcasm. Discuss

dilatation
Definition: (noun) The state of being stretched beyond normal dimensions. Synonyms: distention. Usage: He suffered from severe dilatation of the stomach, an abdominal swelling that left him writhing in pain.

ataractic
Definition: (adjective) Of or relating to a drug or other agent that has a tranquilizing effect. Synonyms: sedative, tranquilizing. Usage: Valium has an ataractic effect that is useful in treating tension and anxiety.

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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

Royals turn out for 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' premiere
British royals Prince Harry and Prince William walk the red carpet at the European premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi.' Rough cut (no reporter narration).

'Star Wars' cast react to 'The Last Jedi'
The cast of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' react to seeing the new film in the sci-fi fantasy saga for the first time. Rough Cut - no reporter narration.

Adorable or deplorable? Porgs stir debate in Star Wars galaxy
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' introduces a new creature, the Porg, which, despite causing discussion among fans, is set to be the toy to get in the holiday season. Rollo Ross reports.

Santa Claus delivers his annual message from Lapland
Santa Claus delivers his annual message from his home in Lapland as he prepares for his journey around the world. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Daniel Day-Lewis attends the New York premiere of "Phantom Thread"
Cast of ''Phantom Thread'' say they hope the film is not Daniel Day-Lewis' last. Jane Witherspoon reports.

5 Tips for Discovering Biological Family with AncestryDNA
Few journeys in the world of genealogy are as poignant and challenging as an individual searching for his or her biological family. While all people who pursue genealogy experience some sense of self-discovery and emotion, researchers solving “unknown parentage” questions produce even more passion. With the world of genetic genealogy exploding in popularity over the Read More

DNA Question: How can I tell matches from my mother’s and father’s side apart?
We took a poll of questions AncestryDNA members had about their test results, and this one topped the list: How can I tell my paternal from my maternal matches? This is one area where testing multiple family members can help—and there’s no better time than the holidays for getting family on board. Starring: Your Parents Read More

Locating World War I Photographs
I talk to a lot of European World War I and World War II researchers who have adopted the graves of our American service members who are buried in American Battle Monument Commission (ABMC) Cemeteries. The number one thing each seeks is a photograph of their adopted soldier, sailor, or Marine. So, just where might Read More

8 Ideas to Add Even More Excitement to Your AncestryDNA Gift
AncestryDNA kits make perfect holiday gifts. They’re unique, interactive, personal, and fun. However, when your friends or family members first unwrap their kits, they might be a bit underwhelmed by receiving what appears to be a box with a plastic tube in it. While the excitement that will come with their results is sure to Read More

AncestryDNA Brings a Father and Son Together for the First Time
In “The Chance of Two Lifetimes,” IBM tells the story of Bob Nore, a Vietnam War veteran who fathered a child he never knew about while stationed there. This child, Son Vo, immigrated to the U.S. and spent most of his life searching for his real dad. On a whim, both submitted a sample to Read More

China's craze for e-sports paves way for gaming college degrees
Some Chinese universities are rolling out gaming degrees as China's booming video game market shows no signs of slowing.

Santa Claus delivers his annual message from Lapland
Santa Claus delivers his annual message from his home in Lapland as he prepares for his journey around the world. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Breast milk and soot beauty tattoos fade in Turkey
Traditional tattoos made of breast milk and soot are fading from the Turkish villages where they were once popular.