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Mueller report: Trump triumphant after being cleared of collusion
The US president is exonerated of collusion with Russia but not of obstructing justice.

Robert Mueller: What liberals make of the special counsel now
Donald Trump's critics hoped Robert Mueller would reveal some dirt on the president. How are they reacting?

Venezuela crisis: Russian military planes land near Caracas
About 100 troops and large amounts of equipment were offloaded from the planes, reports say.

'At 11 years old, my dad sold me for sex'
After years of abuse, Kayti shares the horrors she lived through in a US town and how she finally got out.

Seven injured as Gaza rocket hits home in central Israel
It is the furthest a Palestinian rocket has reached in Israel since a 2014 conflict in Gaza.

Dr Dre removes university boast post about daughter
He said his daughter got in to USC "all on her own" but was criticised over large college donation.

Brexit: PM under pressure over Commons Brexit votes
Ministers "more positive" about a vote on the PM's deal this week - but the DUP is still against it.

Scott Walker, influential rock enigma, dies aged 76
The US singer, one of the most enigmatic figures in rock history, was hugely influential.

'The biggest EU story since the fall of the Berlin wall'
Two foreign correspondents in Brussels give us the European view on covering Brexit.

Thailand election: Rival camps woo allies amid confusion over results
Both anti- and pro-military parties seek to form a new government after the first post-coup poll.

The difficulty of an obstruction case against Trump
U.S. Attorney General William Barr's conclusion that President Donald Trump did not obstruct justice, revealed publicly on Sunday in a letter to lawmakers, reflects inherent difficulties in proving such an obstruction case, legal experts said.

Islamic State threat persists, says fmr U.S. general
U.S.-backed forces proclaimed the capture of Islamic State's last territory in Syria over the weekend, eliminating its rule over a self-proclaimed "caliphate," but former U.S. General John Allen in a CBS interview aired Sunday warned "there's plenty of fighting still to go on" and cautioned against declaring victory. Gavino Garay reports.

Trump claims win, Dems demand full Mueller report
U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report did not present enough evidence to warrant charging Trump with obstruction of justice, but Democratic leaders said Barr is not in a position to make objective determinations about the report.

D.C.'s mixed reaction to Mueller report
Some visitors and residents in Washington, D.C. on Sunday said they were not all too surprised by the findings released to the public from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's influence in the 2016 election, while others said a lot of "good" has come from it. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

No Russia 'collusion', but Trump 'not exonerated'
Special Counsel Robert Mueller did not find that members of the Trump campaign "conspired or coordinated" with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 election, Attorney General William Barr wrote in a letter that was made public on Sunday. Zachary Goelman reports.

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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

John F. Kennedy
In giving rights to others which belong to them, we give rights to ourselves and to our country. Discuss

Alexander Hamilton
When the sword is once drawn, the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation.

Henry Fielding
Wine is a turncoat; first a friend and then an enemy.

This Day in History

John Lennon and Yoko Ono Hold Their First Bed-In for Peace (1969)
Five days after John Lennon of the Beatles married the Japanese avant-garde artist Yoko Ono, the couple held the first of two week-long Bed-Ins for Peace as a non-violent way of protesting war and promoting peace. For the first Bed-In, the couple invited members of the press into their Amsterdam hotel room and then sat in bed and talked about peace. Months later, they held their second Bed-In in Montreal. What hit song did they record during the second Bed-In? Discuss

Robert Koch Announces Discovery of Tuberculosis Bacterium (1882)
Tuberculosis, a contagious, wasting disease that commonly attacks the lungs but may affect other organs and systems as well, is caused by several strains of mycobacteria, particularly Mycobacterium tuberculosis in humans. First identified in 1882 by German bacteriologist Robert Koch, M. tuberculosis is unusual because of its lipid-rich cell wall and because it divides every 15 to 20 hours, when other bacteria divide in minutes. Why are these bacteria sometimes called red snappers?

Patrick Henry: "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!" (1775)
Henry was an American Revolutionary leader who gained a reputation as a skillful orator. A member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, he delivered his famous speech in defense of liberty to the Virginia Convention in 1775, concluding with the words "Give me liberty or give me death!" The speech is credited with having swung the balance in convincing the assembly to pass a resolution to send Virginia troops to the Revolutionary War. Which future presidents were in the audience during the speech?

Word of the Day

politesse
Definition: (noun) Courteous formality; politeness. Synonyms: chivalry, gallantry. Usage: Carl held the door for Ashley as they entered the restaurant, and she was immediately impressed with his politesse. Discuss

arrant
Definition: (adjective) Utter; out-and-out. Synonyms: double-dyed, sodding, thoroughgoing, unadulterated, staring, perfect, pure, everlasting, consummate, complete, stark, gross. Usage: That is the most arrant nonsense I have ever heard.

thaumaturge
Definition: (noun) One who practices magic or sorcery. Synonyms: necromancer, sorcerer, wizard, magician. Usage: The self-proclaimed thaumaturge bowed to his audience before disappearing in a puff of smoke.

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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

What "Show Time" at Apple could bring
A Hollywood star-studded red carpet event is coming to Cupertino, home to tech giant Apple. Monday the iPhone maker is expected to launch an ambitious new entertainment and digital news service and maybe even a credit card.

Tutankhamun’s tomb treasures on display in Paris
Nearly 100 years after the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in Egypt, his treasures are touring the globe, making a pit stop in Paris featuring artifacts that have traveled out of Egypt for the first time. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Michael Jackson exhibit opens despite controversy
As radio stations worldwide stop playing Michael Jackson's music, a German museum has decided to go ahead with a new exhibition on the King of Pop.

Will Royals Harry and Meghan seek 'normality' for their baby?
With the birth of his first child expected next month, Queen Elizabeth's grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will have to decide how "normal" a life they want the future seventh-in-line to the British crown to have. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

"Dumbo" premiere: DeVito says "bring a Kleenex"
Danny DeVito warned fans to 'bring a Kleenex' for Disney's new version of "Dumbo", while Colin Farrell taked about his recent career break at the film's European premiere in London. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

DNA in Irish Research: The Missing Piece
Looking for your Irish ancestors can be like trying to put together a puzzle with only half the pieces. Many Irish records have been lost or destroyed, and oftentimes Irish ancestors who came to America left too few clues about where they came from. Fortunately, DNA can now provide much-needed puzzle pieces that can help Read More The post DNA in Irish Research: The Missing Piece appeared first on Ancestry Blog.

International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is a day to honor and celebrate the strength that all women share. In honor of this special day, we are highlighting five customers’ ancestors this week who embody grace, determination, and perseverance against all odds. Check back each day to read another incredible story. My grandmother, Ruth Helen Jines Varner, was Read More The post International Womens Day appeared first on Ancestry Blog.

Ancestry® Announces Coveted Content Releases and New, Game-Changing Family History Research Tools at RootsTech 2019
For the 9th consecutive year, we are thrilled to be participating in RootsTech 2019 in Salt Lake City.  It’s such a special event that unites tens of thousands of people who are curious, excited and passionate about family history. For more than 30 years, we too have shared your passion and are proud to introduce Read More The post Ancestry® Announces Coveted Content Releases and New, Game-Changing Family History Research Tools at RootsTech 2019 appeared first on Ancestry Blog.

When Your Family History Meets Technology
Throughout history, populations have been on the move. The Pilgrims moved to America to escape religious intolerance. And throughout time, humans have relocated to find refuge and/or opportunity. But did you know that those journeys can be reflected in your DNA? Ancestry scientists can now detect groups of people based on DNA connections (matches) that Read More The post When Your Family History Meets Technology appeared first on Ancestry Blog.

Ancestry® Announces 94 New and Updated Communities For People of African American and Afro-Caribbean Descent, Delivering More Historical Context Than Ever Before
With family history research there is always more to discover, and at Ancestry® we are relentless in our commitment to bring new products, insights and updates to you, our members, to empower your journey. Aiding in the uniquely challenging journey of discovery for people of African heritage, today we released 94 new and updated AncestryDNA® Read More The post Ancestry® Announces 94 New and Updated Communities For People of African American and Afro-Caribbean Descent, Delivering More Historical Context Than Ever Before appeared first on Ancestry Blog.

Aztec war sacrifices found in Mexico
A trove of Aztec sacrifices including a richly-adorned jaguar dressed as a warrior and recently discovered in downtown Mexico City could lead archaeologists to the most tantalizing find yet: an Aztec emperor's tomb.

Tutankhamun’s tomb treasures on display in Paris
Nearly 100 years after the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in Egypt, his treasures are touring the globe, making a pit stop in Paris featuring artifacts that have traveled out of Egypt for the first time. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

England Rugby fans set off on epic cycle ride to Japan
Two rugby fans and amateur cyclists dubbed 'The Hairy Handlebars' set off on their epic 6,000 mile journey from London to Tokyo to raise money for charity. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Skydivers with sparklers dazzle Los Angeles
A mysterious streak of light over Los Angeles turns out to be two wingsuit pilots flying past with sparklers. The LA police department confirmed that it was part of a film stunt. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Found it! New York button shop saves the day
Tender Buttons, a narrow little New York shop, has specialized in solving the fashion crises of customers who are desperate to find just the right button since the 1960s. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Labrador retriever fetches top U.S. dog breed honor for record 28th year
The loyal and dependable Labrador Retriever hung on for the 28th year in a row to the title of America's most popular dog in 2018. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Tears of joy: Military dad surprises son
It was a tearful reunion in Lebanon, Tennessee on Tuesday when Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Rob Cesternino, who'd just served ten months in Jordan and Syria, surprised his blindfolded, 9-year-old son, Luca on Tuesday, during his martial arts class. After removing the blindfold, Luca reacted with one word: "Daddy?!" and ran into his father's arms. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Calf captured on NYC expressway
A calf on the loose slowed traffic on New York's Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx on Tuesday, where it was eventually captured, local media reported. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Britain's biggest bronze statue crosses land and sea to reach new home
The 7-metre high "Messenger" by sculptor Joseph Hillier features a crouching woman and was commissioned by the Theatre Royal Plymouth. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Fans of Justice Ginsburg 'plank' for her 86th birthday
To celebrate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's 86th birthday on Friday, fans of hers outside the U.S. Supreme Court plank in her honor -- a nod to her love of physical fitness. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).