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Brexit: MPs vote to take control of Brexit process for indicative votes
MPs vote to take over Commons business in an unprecedented move that sees three Conservative ministers resign.

US-Mexico border wall: Pentagon authorises $1bn transfer
President Trump declared a national emergency to bypass Congress and divert funds for the project.

Thailand election: Evidence of ‘irregularities’ says ex-PM Thaksin
The former PM, who remains influential, told the BBC he was worried by the election process.

Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza after rocket hits house
Israel blamed the militant group Hamas after seven Israelis were injured in a rocket attack.

Michael Avenatti: Stormy Daniels lawyer accused of fraud
Michael Avenatti is charged with trying to extort more than $20m from sports apparel giant Nike.

Sandy Hook victim's father apparently took his own life
Police say the father of a girl who was killed in the 2012 shooting appears to have taken his own life.

Flash floods kill at least 19 in southern Iran
Flood warnings have been issued in almost all provinces, including the capital Tehran.

Airbus secures multi-billion dollar jet order from China
It comes as rival Boeing works to rebuild confidence in its 737 Max aircraft after two fatal crashes.

'Pain and grief': Coroner inquest into Radiohead stage collapse begins
Radiohead drummer Philip Selway told a coroner's inquest the band is still "haunted" by the incident.

Apple unveils TV streaming platform and credit card
The tech giant confirmed it was focusing on online services, rather than devices, at a live event.

Trump suggests counter probe after Mueller report
President Donald Trump, cleared by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of conspiring with Russia in the 2016 U.S. election, vented his anger on Monday at the inquiry and vowed investigations into unnamed political enemies who did "evil" and "treasonous things." Colette Luke has more.

Michael Avenatti arrested in Nike extortion scam
Attorney Michael Avenatti was charged with extorting more than $20 million from Nike, federal prosecutors said. Chris Dignam has more.

Parkland survivors on Capitol Hill year after march
Parkland school shooting survivors and student activists on Monday delivered letters to Congress demanding action one year after the unprecedented March for our Lives in Washington. Gavino Garay reports.

Apple launches TV, credit card and game service
In a bid to offset slowing sales of hardware devices like its blockbuster iPhone, Apple unveiled a series of services ranging from original video content to a credit card to a monthly gaming subscription.

Michael Avenatti arrested in Nike extortion scam
Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represented adult film star Stormy Daniels in her legal battles against U.S. President Donald Trump, was arrested on Monday and charged with extorting more than $20 million from Nike, federal prosecutors said.

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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

Gustave Flaubert
Here is true immorality: ignorance and stupidity; the devil is nothing but this. Discuss

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

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

This Day in History

Heaven's Gate Cult Members Found Dead (1997)
Established in 1972, Heaven's Gate was a cult that advocated self-renunciation, to the point of castration, as preparation for the "transition" to a new life on a spaceship, which adherents believed was trailing behind the comet Hale-Bopp. As the comet made its closest approach to Earth, 39 members of the group committed suicide. Authorities found the dead lying neatly in their bunk beds, dressed identically and wearing armbands that read "Heaven's Gate Away Team." How did the group fund itself? Discuss

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?

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?

Word of the Day

nyctalopia
Definition: (noun) Inability to see clearly in dim light; due to a deficiency of vitamin A or to a retinal disorder. Synonyms: moon blindness, night blindness. Usage: Sharon's nyctalopia was so severe that she needed a flashlight to find light switches at night. Discuss

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.

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.

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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

Mandy Moore celebrated with star in Hollywood
Singer and actress Mandy Moore was joined by co-stars past and present as she was presented 2,658th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Rough cut - no reporter narration

'Dumbo's cast and crew address the elephant in the room
Director Tim Burton and his cast talk about the upcoming live action Disney film "Dumbo" and address the elephant in the room. Rough Cut - no reporter narration

John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 'Bed-In' remembered at 50
A photo exhibition at Amsterdam's Hilton Hotel commemorates events in room 902 when the couple put forward a simple strategy for achieving world harmony: reject violence of all forms. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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).

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.

An album full of fizz
Artist Alexander Hoglund uses fizzy tablets and water to create a new genre of soothing sounds. Angela Moore reports.

Earliest known photo of Harriet Tubman unveiled
The National Museum of African American History & Culture on Monday unveiled to the public a previously unknown photographic of abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who led hundreds of slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad. Pictured at age 48, it is believed to be the earliest existing photograph of her. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

French 'Spiderman' climbs skyscraper to save crumbling Notre-Dame cathedral
The 56-year-old was seen using horizontal struts running up the Engie headquarters' curved facade and a protruding structure going top-to-bottom of the 607-foot glass-fronted building. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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).