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2019 Australia election: Morrison's coalition seeking shock majority
Conservative Scott Morrison's victory is a few seats from a majority as final votes are counted.

Austria chancellor calls for snap election after corruption scandal
Sebastian Kurz calls for an early election after his deputy resigns over a corruption scandal.

Eurovision 2019: Netherlands wins song contest
Duncan Laurence wins the contest with his song Arcade, but the UK's Michael Rice comes bottom.

'Music makes the people come together'
Madonna draws an enthusiastic chorus from the audience as she appears at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Arnold Schwarzenegger drop-kicked at South Africa event
The actor tells fans there is "nothing to worry about" after he was attacked at a public appearance.

India elections 2019: Modi on ballot as polling ends
Voting takes place in the prime minister's seat at the end of a long, bruising election.

UK PM plans 'bold offer' for Brexit deal support
Extra protections for workers are expected to be among the proposals to be offered by Theresa May.

Argentina ex-leader Cristina Fernandez to run for vice-president
Many had expected Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to stand for president in elections this year.

UK Labour MP denies claims he was 'Czech spy'
The Labour MP rejects the Cold War claims and says he did not have access to such sensitive material.

Ohio State University doctor 'abused 177 male students'
The findings of an investigation by the university says the doctor abused athletes from 1979-1997.

Biden's unity message resonates with supporters
Seeking to build on early momentum in his 2020 presidential bid, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday condemned "anger" within his own Democratic Party and pledged to work to unify the country in the wake of Donald Trump's presidency, a message that resonated with Biden's supporters. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

'Let's stop fighting and start fixing': Biden
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday held a presidential-style rally intended to make his march toward becoming the Democrat to take on President Donald Trump seem inevitable, even as rivals search for ways to slow him down.

Tim Cook: "My generation has failed" on climate change
While delivering a commencement speech at Tulane University on Saturday, Apple CEO Tim Cook told the graduating class his generation has failed on climate change. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Sanders proposes education policy overhaul
Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Saturday announced an education policy proposal designed to pump billions of dollars into the public schools system in a direct appeal to black voters who shunned the U.S. senator in his previous presidential bid. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Biden: Most important thing is to beat Trump
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday held a presidential-style rally intended to make his march toward becoming the Democrat to take on President Donald Trump seem inevitable. 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

Mark Twain
Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it. Discuss

Ralph Waldo Emerson
How cunningly nature hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses and violets and morning dew!

Henry James
Be generous, be delicate, and always pursue the prize.

This Day in History

Marilyn Monroe sings "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" (1962)
In 1962, US President John F. Kennedy's birthday was celebrated with a lavish party at Madison Square Garden in New York City. During the event, Monroe took the stage and delivered a sultry version of "Happy Birthday," substituting "Mr. President" for Kennedy's name, a gesture that has served to fuel the persistent rumors that she and Kennedy had engaged in an affair. The performance was one of Monroe's last major public appearances. What did Kennedy say about the song during the party? Discuss

First Ascent of Lhotse (1956)
Reaching 27,890 ft (8,501 m), Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain on Earth. Tibetan for "south peak," it is located in the Himalayas on the Nepal-Tibet border and is connected to Mount Everest by a 25,000-ft (7,620-m) ridge. The first ascent of the mountain was made by Swiss climbers Fritz Luchsinger and Ernest Reiss in 1956. Thirty years later, what mountaineer summited Lhotse, becoming the first climber to have ascended all 14 mountains on Earth that peak more than 8,000 m above sea level?

First Kentucky Derby (1875)
The Kentucky Derby is a classic US thoroughbred horse race. Established in 1875, it is run annually on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs track in Louisville, Kentucky. The field is limited to three-year-old Thoroughbreds, and the track distance is 1.25 mi (2,000 m). With the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes, it makes up US racing's coveted Triple Crown. In front of an estimated crowd of 10,000 people, the inaugural derby was won by jockey Oliver Lewis riding a colt named what?

Word of the Day

abductor
Definition: (noun) Someone who unlawfully seizes and detains a victim (usually for ransom). Synonyms: kidnapper, snatcher. Usage: Until dark the Englishman searched the nearby jungle for a trace of the missing one or a sign of the trail of her abductor. Discuss

consanguineous
Definition: (adjective) Related by blood. Synonyms: kin, cognate. Usage: Howard felt like an outsider in his adoptive family, as if he were somehow intruding on their consanguineous unit.

clamorous
Definition: (adjective) Conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry. Synonyms: strident, vociferous, blatant. Usage: The clamorous din of voices filled the air, and the judge was unable to restore order and quiet in his courtroom for some time.

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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

Slow motion postcards from Cannes' Croisette
From chilling on the beach to cruising and partying on on yachts Cannes is the place to be for film industry representatives, festival-goers, the rich and the famous as well as tourists too. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Eurovision fans gather, boycott calls continue
Tourists and concert-goers gather in Tel Aviv ahead of the final of the Eurovision song contest on Saturday. But Palestinian boycott calls continue.

Emotional 'Rocketman' cast formed close bond with Elton John
Actor Taron Egerton said on Friday he'd developed a close friendship with Elton John while preparing for the biopic "Rocketman", adding to the emotion after a glittering premiere where few of its stellar attendees were left dried-eyed. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Meet Psalm West - Kim Kardashian introduces her new son
The television star and entrepreneur announced the name of her child via social media. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

"I needed to see black people on screen", says 'Atlantics' director
Mati Diop, whose Cannes competition spot makes her the first black woman to compete for the Palme d'Or, says it shows how much work there is to do for equality in the industry. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Understanding Your New Ethnicity Estimate
We’re always looking for new ways to help support our customers on their journeys of personal discovery. Often that means updating our products and services to take advantage of the most advanced science and technology. Last fall, we introduced the capability to provide more precise ethnicity estimates to our customers using an algorithm that analyzes Read More The post Understanding Your New Ethnicity Estimate appeared first on Ancestry Blog.

How Many DNA Tests Does One Family Need?
The short answer is, How many people are in your family? If you’ve already taken the AncestryDNA® test, you may think you’re done.  You could test other family members, but since you’re related, they will have the same results as you, right? Not exactly. Both you and your biological family inherited your DNA from your Read More The post How Many DNA Tests Does One Family Need? appeared first on Ancestry Blog.

You Asked, We Answered: New Updates to Our Latest Innovations
Last month at RootsTech our CEO Margo Georgiadis revealed three game changing innovations to give you a clearer and richer view of your history—helping you make more personal discoveries, faster. ThruLines™ illustrates how you may be connected to your DNA matches through a common ancestor — and gives you a clear view of how you’re Read More The post You Asked, We Answered: New Updates to Our Latest Innovations appeared first on Ancestry Blog.

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.

The Pelosi clap is back
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joked with Georgetown students in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, where she said "don't worry" if you missed President Trump's February State of the Union address. She summed it up with her distinctive clap that went viral. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Texas partial dam collapse captured on video
Surveillance video captured a partial collapse of the old Dunlap dam near New Braunfels, Texas along the Guadalupe river on Tuesday. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Bolt unveils new electric scooter model in Paris
Co-founder of Bolt mobility and eight-times Olympic champion Usain Bolt unveiled a new brand of electric scooters in the French capital on Wednesday, which will compete with nine other companies - including California-based market leaders Lime and Bird - already operating in Paris. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Polish, Australian natives win Empire State stair race
Poland's Piotr Lobodzinski won the men's race to the top of New York's Empire State Building in just 10 minutes 6 seconds, while Australia's Suzy Walsham, who now resides in Singapore, made history with her tenth win at the New York landmark. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Georgia's ex-president swaps politics for Airbnb
Former presidents often take to the lucrative global lecture circuit, join the boards of major corporations, or set up their own foundations. Georgia's low key ex-president has taken a different path: becoming an Airbnb landlord.

Trumps thank military moms ahead of Mother's Day
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania on Friday thanked moms who raised children who now serve in the U.S. armed forces ahead of this Mother's Day. Rough Cut (no report narration).

Chinese-Americans look back at railroad 150 years on
Connie Young Yu speaks of the "fortitude' and "common goal" of the Chinese, including her great-grandfather, who built the U.S. Transcontinental Railroad 150 years ago. She calls it a "wonderful chapter of American history." Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Mystery surrounds massive Bel Air gun bust
Authorities seized more than 1,000 guns and piles of ammunition from a ritzy Bel Air mansion on Wednesday and arrested a man on allegations he was selling weapons illegally. Gavino Garay has the story.

Subway dust and seltzer bottles part of museum love letter to NY
City Reliquary, founded by Dave Herman, is an ode to New York's history. Roselle Chen reports.

Illegal German road race busted by polizei
German police stopped more than a hundred sports cars taking part in an alleged illegal road race on the Autobahn on Friday. Gavino Garary reports.