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US shutdown: Trump to make 'major announcement' on Mexico wall
The president says he will make an important move on the issue that has partially shut government.

Mexico pipeline blast kills 66 and injures dozens more
Scores more were injured as they scrambled to steal fuel in Tlahuelilpan, near the capital.

Pawel Adamowicz: Poland mourns stabbed Gdansk mayor
Pawel Adamowicz was stabbed to death last Sunday in an attack that has shocked Poland.

Prince Philip seen behind the wheel two days after crash
The duke has been seen driving at Sandringham, two days after a crash that injured two women.

Brexit: Theresa May should become mediator, says Sir John Major
Sir John Major says MPs should be given a series of votes on different options to break the deadlock.

Boo the Pomeranian dog dies 'from a broken heart'
Boo the Pomeranian showed signs of heart problems after his doggy "best friend" died, his owners say.

Thai Buddhist monks killed in temple shooting
Two Buddhist monks are fatally shot "at close range" inside a temple in southern Thailand.

An alpaca walks into a French opticians...
The animal spent half an hour in the shop in the Breton town of Hennebont before its owner arrived.

US shutdown: George W Bush gives pizza to security team
The former president gives pizza to his Secret Service staff who are unpaid during the shutdown.

Gladys Knight defends singing national anthem at Super Bowl
The soul singer says she wants to "give the anthem back its voice" and criticised Colin Kaepernick.

Trump says 'made a lot of progress' with North Korea
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he had "an incredible" meeting with North Korea's nuclear envoy Kim Yong Chol and the two sides had made "a lot of progress." Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Trump says Pelosi 'controlled by the radical left'
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is 'being controlled by the radical left' and that 'everybody knows that walls work.' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Trump thanks Mueller for BuzzFeed statement
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he was grateful to Special Counsel Robert Mueller for a statement disputing a BuzzFeed News report that Trump directed his former lawyer to lie to Congress about a Moscow real estate deal. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Trump pays tribute to Americans killed in Syria
U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Mueller's office disputes report Cohen told to lie
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office on Friday disputed key elements of a media report that President Donald Trump directed his former lawyer to lie to Congress about a Moscow real estate deal, raising questions about a story that has dominated U.S. news coverage for the past 24 hours.

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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
Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run. Discuss

E. M. Forster
As long as learning is connected with earning, as long as certain jobs can only be reached through exams, so long must we take this examination system seriously. If another ladder to employment was contrived, much so-called education would disappear, and no one would be a penny the stupider.

Jerome K. Jerome
Opportunities flit by while we sit regretting the chances we have lost, and the happiness that comes to us we heed not, because of the happiness that is gone.

This Day in History

Sten Sture the Younger Mortally Wounded in Battle (1520)
Sture was a Swedish statesman and regent of Sweden. When he refused to recognize Christian II of Denmark as king of Sweden, Christian sent a force to aid Sture's rival, Archbishop Gustaf Trolle, whom Sture had deposed and who was besieged in his castle. Sture defeated the Danish army and imprisoned Trolle. Warfare continued, and Sture was killed in battle, but not before he paved the way for Swedish independence, which was attained under Gustavus I. What was done to Sture's body after his death? Discuss

Dr. William Price Introduces Cremation to the UK (1884)
Price was a Welsh physician, Druid, and famous eccentric best known for introducing cremation to the UK. Eight days after the death of his five-month-old son, Jesus Christ Price, Price attempted to burn the body in accordance with his Druid beliefs. After lighting the pyre, he was arrested, but he successfully defended himself in court, resulting in a decision that set a precedent leading to the permanent legalization of cremation in the UK. What were some of his other eccentric activities?

Captain James Cook Crosses Antarctic Circle (1773)
An explorer, navigator, and map maker, Cook sailed the Pacific Ocean between 1768 and 1779 and, with the help of new timekeeping instruments, drew the first accurate navigational maps of the area. He became the one of the first people to cross the Antarctic Circle as well as the first European to land on the Hawaiian islands, where he may have been identified by native Hawaiians as the representation of their god Lono. How did this misunderstanding contribute to his death?

Word of the Day

insomniac
Definition: (adjective) Experiencing or accompanied by sleeplessness. Synonyms: sleepless, watchful. Usage: Every night, I'm woken by the sound of creaking floorboards as my insomniac husband leaves for another late-night snack. Discuss

sacristy
Definition: (noun) A room in a church where sacred vessels and vestments are kept or meetings are held. Synonyms: vestry. Usage: We were admitted to the sacristy and shown the magnificent robes which the Pope wore when he crowned Napoleon I.

has-been
Definition: (noun) Someone who is no longer popular. Synonyms: back-number. Usage: There is a fine line between pop star and washed-up has-been, and the poor sales of her newest record seem to indicate that she has crossed it.

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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

'Alita' experience hopes to give movie-goers an extra dimension
The doors to the futuristic world of Iron City from the upcoming film 'Alita: Battle Angel' are about to open giving film fans an alternative experience. Rough Cut - no reporter narration.

Catherine Deneuve auctions Yves Saint Laurent collection
The French actress is selling close to 130 one-of-a-kind dresses crafted by the famed designer. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Carlos Santana announces 'Supernatural Now' tour
The veteran musician will hit the road this summer across North America to commemorate his Grammy-winning album 'Supernatural' and his momentous performance at Woodstock. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Gladys Knight will perform the U.S. national anthem at the Super Bowl
The Motown veteran says she is proud to use her voice to unite. Alicia Powell reports.

Lena Hoschek shows dresses with masculine retro twist
Austrian designer Lena Hoschek took men's workwear to the catwalk for her women's 2019/20 autumn/winter collection at the Berlin Fashion Week. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Letter from Our CEO: Celebrating 2018 and a Fresh Look at What’s Ahead
Dear Ancestry Community, As 2018 comes to a close, I want to personally thank you for being a member of the Ancestry community. We appreciate that you’ve chosen us to provide you with the tools to enable your journeys of personal discovery. All of us at Ancestry are committed to making family history discovery simpler, Read More The post Letter from Our CEO: Celebrating 2018 and a Fresh Look at Whats Ahead appeared first on Ancestry Blog.

Canada Contest Terms & Conditions
Ancestry New Years AncestryDNA Facebook and Instagram Competition Terms and Conditions The Promoter of the competition is Ancestry Ireland Unlimited Company, 70 Sir John Rogerson Quay, Dublin 2. The competition is open to Canadian residents aged 18 or over with a valid Facebook or Instagram account, except employees of the Promoter or its group companies, Read More The post Canada Contest Terms  Conditions appeared first on Ancestry Blog.

Holiday Traditions from Around the World
Whether you are opening a gift or meeting someone new at a party, the holiday season can be a time of revelation and surprise. But, as much as the season is about discoveries, it is also a time of reflection and  offers a great opportunity to connect with our family’s past and to enjoy traditions Read More The post Holiday Traditions from Around the World appeared first on Ancestry Blog.

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Regina King
When Regina King started down the path to discover her ancestors, she knew their history may include some hardships. She was ready to face those hardships, because she believes “uncomfortable conversations are where solutions live.” During Regina’s journey to learn about her 2x great-grandfather, Moses Crosby, she learned first-hand about facing difficult facts about the Read More The post Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Regina King appeared first on Ancestry Blog.

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Matthew Morrison
In Who Do You Think You Are?, Matthew Morrison uncovered fascinating ancestors, each with their own tales of hardship and triumph. For some time, however, roadblocks stood in the way of discovering his ancestor’s stories. Only a tight combination of historical records and DNA could unlock the secrets in Matthew’s tree. The marriage of records Read More The post Who Do You Think You Are? Recap: Matthew Morrison appeared first on Ancestry Blog.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller gets his own action figure
Mueller's action figure comes with the tagline, "Help us, Robert Mueller. You're our only hope." Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

All creatures great and small gather for blessing in Mexico
Pets participate at a blessing ceremony in Mexico City to make the feast day of Saint Anthony, known as the protector of animals. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

New York museum is going to the dogs
The American Kennel Club is set to re-open the AKC Museum of the Dog. Angela Moore reports.

Futuristic spaceship theme park a great leap for Crimea
An entirely indoor amusement centre in Alushta, Crimea is made to look strikingly similar to every spaceship in Hollywood sci-fi films.

Ice cream helps Rio bear cool down in summer heat
Rio de Janeiro's Zoological Garden staff made a special icy treat for Yogi the brown bear to help him cool down in the hot weather. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Ride-hailing app seeks to revolutionize Havana transportation
A new home-grown ride-hailing application known as "Sube" or "Get In," is connecting taxi drivers and passengers. Roselle Chen reports.

"Little Steven" Van Zandt comes out for teacher strike
Actor and E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt joined Los Angeles teachers demanding better wages on Wednesday, and compared teachers to soldiers on the "front lines" of the "war on ignorance." Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Trump serves fast food on china due to shutdown
The 2018 College Football Playoff National Champions, the Clemson Tigers, dined on McDonalds, Wendy's and Domino's Pizza served on fine china on Monday, purchased by President Trump himself, due to the White House kitchen staff being furloughed. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Smashing good time in Beijing's anger room
The recently opened venue 'SMASH' allows paying customers to vent their frustration on inanimate objects. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Wheelchair powered without hands debuts at CES
Intel and Hoobox Robotics have teamed up to create the Wheelie 7 that responds to facial expressions. Dan Fastenberg reports.