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10 Foods That Will Bring You Good Luck in the New Year

From pork to bagels to cakes hiding secret coins, here are 10 foods to bring you good luck in the New Year<p>As with final exams and the big game, the start of a new year has a tendency to turn even non-believers a tad superstitious. All around the world, 1/1 is a day rife with tradition and symbolic …

Food & Dining

Miley Cyrus Defends Introducing Joe Jonas to Weed

Miley Cyrus defended introducing Joe Jonas to pot when they were teenagers, telling the <i>New York Times</i>, "If you want to smoke weed, you’re going to …

Miley Cyrus

Chickadees

Inside Florida's sanctuary for aging elephants

A non-profit center in Florida opened this year on 225 acres, and is run with the mission of giving a home for elephants that are moved from other facilities because of old age. NBC’s Mark Potter reports.

Editor, Photographer Charged Over Kate Middleton Topless Photos

An editor and photographer behind the infamous topless photos of Kate Middleton have formally charged in France, multiple outlets reported on Friday.<p>The AFP first reported that Laurence Pieau, the editor of Closer magazine, had been charged for publishing the photos last year. The publication of …

Mexican Admiral Carlos Salazar killed in Michoacan ambush

<b>Gunmen have killed one of Mexico's highest ranking navy officials in the western state of Michoacan, where the military is trying to regain control of areas dominated by warring drug gangs.</b><p>The authorities have now detained three alleged members of the Knights Templar gang in connection with the …

$136 Million Jewelry Heist In France Was One Of The Biggest Ever

Authorities had initially estimated the robbery -- which took place in the luxury Carlton Hotel on Sunday in broad daylight -- was worth around 40 million euros.<p>The brazen robbery saw an armed man walked into the hotel through the main entrance undisturbed by security staff, and steal jewels that …

In Afghanistan, Fathers Barter Daughters to Settle Drug Debts

A journalist spends 10 years tracking down the tragic fate of one opium bride.<p>I had been looking for her for 10 years. I nearly got kidnapped searching for her. I wrote a book inspired by her. And tonight, I was about to talk to her.<p>Darya was a green-eyed, 12-year-old schoolgirl who enjoyed playing …

Hassan Rouhani takes over as Iran president

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/999000/999844_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524680565_8d8868795617dbdb700bd2996ef93736<p><b>Cleric Hassan Rouhani has officially replaced Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president of Iran.</b><p>Mr Rouhani's election has been endorsed by Supreme Leader …

South Asia

Afghanistan: devastation after botched attack on Indian consulate

Three suicide attackers killed at least nine civilians, most of them children, in a botched attack on the Indian consulate in an eastern on Saturday in Afghanistan, near the border with Pakistan.<p>Police fired on the militants as they approached a checkpoint near the consulate in <b>Jalalabad,</b> prompting …

Extremism

Philippines bombing kills eight

A powerful bomb apparently rigged to a vehicle exploded on a busy main road in a volatile southern Philippine city, killing at least eight people and wounding more than 30 others, officials said.<p>Troops and police closed off the area along Sinsuat Avenue in Cotabato city as firefighters and …

Judge considers lesser charges for Zimmerman

The judge in the George Zimmerman murder trial will decide Thursday if she will grant a prosecution request to allow the jury to consider lesser charges, including aggravated assault<p>SANFORD, Fla. — State prosecutors are asking the judge in the Trayvon Martin murder case to instruct the jury to …

Fire crews gain little ground in burning West

The American West's long, hot summer proceeds without relief, with wildfires raging from Arizona to Alaska giving up ground to firefighters grudgingly.<p>Fire crews burned forest undergrowth near homes in the mountains northwest of Las Vegas to protect them from one of two large Nevada wildfires while …

Pope accused of encouraging illegal immigration

Pope Francis has been accused of encouraging illegal immigration after expressing solidarity with asylum seekers and economic refugees during a visit to the island of Lampedusa this week.<p>During his visit on Monday, Francis called for greater compassion for the tens of thousands of migrants from …

Senate to vote on restoring lower student loan rate

The rate doubled to 6.8 percent on July 1st due to congressional inaction<p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are trying to restore lower interest rates on student loans.<p>A procedural vote is scheduled for Wednesday on a Senate measure that would return rates on subsidized Stafford loans to 3.4 …

Immigration Reform Declared Dead on the Day George W. Bush Will Endorse It

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>After four years of near-silence, former President George W. Bush will reenter the public debate on …

Tech and Science

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NY judge: Apple conspired to raise e-book prices

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Inc. broke antitrust laws and conspired with publishers to raise electronic book prices, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, citing "compelling evidence" from the words of the late Steve Jobs.<p>U.S. District Judge Denise Cote said Apple knew that no publisher could risk acting …

Foul Play, Negligence Not Ruled Out In Quebec Train Disaster

Quebec police are looking into whether Saturday's train derailment and the massive explosions that followed in the small town of Lac-Megantic were caused by "foul play or criminal negligence," CBC News reported Wednesday morning.<p>"We are conducting a criminal investigation. We are not neglecting …

Reports: Egypt Orders Arrest Of Muslim Brotherhood Leader

Prosecutors in Egypt have ordered that Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie be arrested, according to Egyptian state television and other news outlets.<p>NPR's Leila Fadel adds from Cairo that she's been told about the order by an Egyptian security official with knowledge of what's happening.<p>The …