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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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Venezuela crisis: UN says security forces killed hundreds
The United Nations says it seems the rule of law is "virtually absent" in the crisis-wracked country.

Migrant families separation poster girl 'not taken from mum'
The two-year-old and her mother were kept together in a Texas border town, says the father.

Migrant children: Mum and seven-year-old reunited
Beata Mejia Mejia says she is suing the US government after she and her son, 7, were separated for weeks.

Kate Spade's father dies night before designer's funeral
Kate Spade's father, "heartbroken" over her death, dies a day before the designer is laid to rest.

EU tariffs on US goods come into force
The European Union has gone ahead with retaliatory duties against $2.8bn worth of US-made products.

India women: Anti-trafficking activists raped after staging street play
Five women were performing a street play about human trafficking in India when gunmen seized them.

James Corden tears up at Paul McCartney's carpool karaoke
The Late Late Show's UK edition featured a trip to Liverpool to retrace the steps of the Fab Four.

North and South Korea agree to resume rare family reunions
A few of the thousands of families split by the Korean war will have another chance to see loved ones.

Arizona Uber crash driver was 'watching TV'
The police report suggests the safety operator was streaming The Voice just before a fatal collision.

Airbus warns no-deal Brexit could see it leave UK
The European planemaker says no-deal Brexit would force it to reconsider its investments in the UK.

U.S. military may house immigrant children
The U.S. military is asked to get ready to house up to 20,000 immigrant children, as President Donald Trump’s efforts to roll back a widely condemned policy of separating children from their parents is beset by confusion.

EXCLUSIVE:Tesla layoffs cloud its solar business
Job cuts recently announced at Tesla are hitting its solar business hard, according to an exclusive Reuters report based on internal documents and current and former Tesla solar employees.

Supreme Court favors state online sales tax
States may force online retailers to collect potentially billions of dollars in sales taxes, the U.S. Supreme Court said in a major ruling on Thursday that undercut an advantage many e-commerce companies have enjoyed over brick-and-mortar rivals.

GOP compromising “with the devil”: Pelosi
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says Republicans are compromising "with the devil", not Democrats on two immigration bills that are up for a vote in the chamber on Thursday. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Nielsen on immigration: It’s up to Congress now
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says the Trump administration has done everything it can do in regards to fixing immigration and it's now Congress' turn to act. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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

Frances Hodgson Burnett
One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts—just mere thoughts—are as powerful as electric batteries—as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison. Discuss

George Eliot
More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Traveling is a fool's paradise. Our first journeys discover to us the indifference of places.

This Day in History

The Hammond Circus Train Wreck (1918)
On the morning of June 22, 1918, a locomotive pulling empty passenger cars rear-ended the Hagenbeck-Wallace circus train near Hammond, Indiana. The wreck and subsequent fire—likely ignited by the oil lamps in the circus train's wooden sleeping cars—resulted in 86 deaths and 127 injuries. Most of the dead were buried five days later in a nearby cemetery, their graves marked with nicknames like "Baldy" and "Smiley" since many bodies could not be formally identified. What caused the collision? Discuss

SpaceShipOne Completes First Privately Funded Human Spaceflight (2004)
Unlike its privately funded predecessors, SpaceShipOne was actually manned, by a pilot and two passengers, when it flew to the edge of space in 2004. Developed by aerospace engineer Burt Rutan and funded by billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the suborbital space plane won the $10 million Ansari X Prize for launching three people—or their weight equivalent—into space twice within two weeks in a privately developed, reusable spacecraft. Where is SpaceShipOne currently on display?

Gangster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel Murdered (1947)
Infamous gangster Bugsy Siegel began his criminal career extorting peddlers in New York City and soon graduated to bootlegging, gambling schemes, and contract killing. In 1937, he was sent to develop rackets on the West Coast, which he did with much success. In 1945, he began building the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Originally budgeted at $1.5 million, the cost was driven to $6 million due to his skimming, angering his mob bosses. Months after the opening, Siegel was killed by whom?

Word of the Day

Definition: (noun) Reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others. Synonyms: mischief, devilment, roguery, devilry, mischievousness, rascality. Usage: Mr. Jones had had enough of Billy's shenanigans and sent him to the principal's office in the hopes that she would be able to straighten the unruly student out. Discuss

Definition: (verb) Return to life; get or give new life or energy. Synonyms: restore, regenerate. Usage: He was advised that the Italian climate would rejuvenate him.

Definition: (adjective) Having a sophisticated charm. Synonyms: suave. Usage: Like other girls she had her dreams of a possible Prince Charming, young and handsome and debonair.

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

Macron turns Elysee palace courtyard into dance floor
French DJs played France's Elysee palace courtyard in celebration of the country's 'Fete de la Musique' festival night marking the beginning of summer. Rough cut. No reporter narration.

Pete Davidson confirms Ariana Grande engagement
Ariana Grande's engagement confirmed by fiance and "Saturday Night Live" cast member Pete Davidson. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Italy's Osteria Francescana scoops world's best restaurant prize
Flamboyant chef Massimo Bottura collects top culinary prize at World's 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony in Bilbao, Spain. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Bestes Restaurant der Welt: Osteria Francescana
Massimo Botturas Gourmet-Temple wurde am Dienstag in Bilbao von mehr als 1000 Gastronomen, Küchenchefs und Gastrokritikern mit dem Spitzenplatz gekürt.

'Modern Family' creator leads Fox News revolt
'Modern Family' creator Steve Levitan announced he will sever ties with his show's studio, 21st Century Fox, because of how Fox News covers the Trump administration's 'zero-tolerance' border policy.

Laverne Cox: Expressions of Freedom
The search for African American ancestors often reveals a tale of hardship and overcoming trials. Laverne Cox went on the hunt to learn more about the family of her 2x great-grandmother, Georgiana Banks, and discovered a trove of stories that showed the African American experience in the 19th century, as well as expressions of freedom Read More

Ancestry Product Update: Conduct Search Utilizing the information on another Member’s Tree
Customers have been able to conduct a search for a person within their own tree utilizing the information in their timeline. Now we have made it possible for customers to conduct a targeted search from a person in a Public Member Tree. Steps: Navigate in the person page of another customer’s tree. To search Read More

It’s the Most Jamboree Time of the Year
One of my favorite conferences of the year is the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree held in June in Burbank each year.  The speakers are stellar.  The exhibit hall is full of learning opportunities.  There are great prizes to won and lots of genealogy networking to be done. In Person If you live anywhere near Burbank, Read More

Jon Cryer: Ascension to a Legacy
Through an incredible journey, Jon Cryer discovered that his 9x great-grandfather, James Adams, came to America as an indentured servant. After a disastrous attempt to repel the English from his beloved Scotland, James Adams and other Scots were captured, shipped to Massachusetts against their will, and compelled into approximately 7 years of indentured service for Read More

Wedding Traditions Fit for Royalty
We can credit the royal family for establishing some of the most common wedding traditions known to brides throughout the world, like white wedding dresses. We asked the Ancestry research team to uncover other traditional displays we might see at the ceremony of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. We have a queen to credit for Read More

A photoshoot to find new homes for abandoned pets
Photographer Emilio Cuenca is helping Spain's abandoned pets by snapping their portraits to encourage people to adopt them. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

From Iceland to Russia - two fans drive to World Cup in a Lada
Two Iceland fans pay homage to the spirit of the Vikings by driving to the World Cup in a Russian-built Lada. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Bolivians catch the sun to celebrate new year
The indigenous Aymara people of Bolivia celebrate their new year on the day of winter solstice with colorful rites. Elly Park reports.

Yoga summer solstice celebration in Times Square
More than 12,000 yogis hit New York's Times Square to usher in the summer solstice and celebrate International Yoga Day. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

From roll to runway
Designers compete in the 14th annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest hosted by and Quilted Northern. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Viking culture comes alive in Kaliningrad village
World Cup fans have chance to see how the Vikings lived at a rebuilt settlement close to modern-day Kaliningrad, one of the host cities of the tournament. Elly Park reports.

Ronaldo fan cycles Portugal to Russia for World Cup
Nothing could stop cyclist Helder Batista from supporting his national team at the World Cup in Russia - not even the distance. Jayson Mansaray reports.

Wearing bast shoes, fans test their skills at Mordovian soccer
Mordovian soccer, dubbed 'lapotball,' refers to the traditional shoes made of vine which Mordovian residents used to wear in olden days. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Christo's first UK major artwork floats on London lake
A sculpture by artist Christo made from 7,506 red, white and mauve barrels, has taken temporary residence among the wildlife on a lake in London's Hyde Park. Jayson Mansaray reports.

World Cup: London block of flats flies 300 flags for England
Residents of a block of flats in London have decked out their whole estate with more than 300 England flags to celebrate the World Cup.