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World's first Arctic arts festival to open for one year in northern Norway

The world's largest sauna, a black-metal band playing rocks, deer-hide drums and a goat horn, and experimental films projected onto a giant rack for drying fish are just some of the attractions hoping to lure visitors to Salt, the world's first Arctic arts festival.<p>From Friday, the 400-strong …

4 dead, 13 wounded during city shootings

Four men were shot dead in separate attacks early Sunday morning and at least 13 other people have been wounded during shootings since Saturday afternoon, authorities said.<p>A 16-year-old boy was shot and killed in the Little Village neighborhood at around 6 a.m. Sunday, according to Chicago Police …

Corruption

Car Dangles From Unlikely Perch After Skid in Los Angeles

It's the kind of maneuver you're more likely to expect of a skateboard: A car skidded up the concrete retaining wall after losing control and ended up precariously balanced on the top of an embankment on South La Brea Ave in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles on Sunday. The driver and his passenger escaped …

Los Angeles

Two teens killed by Chicago police after pointing guns, police say

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Two teens were shot to death by Chicago police in separate incidents on Sunday after they refused to drop their guns and pointed them at officers, police and a police union spokesman said on Monday.<p>In the first incident, gang enforcement officers responded to a complaint of …

Shooter at U.S. Army base in Virginia kills herself, sparks lockdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. soldier armed with a pistol fatally wounded herself after barricading herself in a building at Fort Lee, Virginia, sparking a lockdown of the Army base, officials said.<p>The soldier entered the four-story Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters at about 8:45 a.m. EDT …

U.S. prepares military options in Syria against Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is preparing military options, including surveillance flights, to pressure Islamic State in Syria, U.S. officials said on Monday, but they cautioned no decision had been made to expand U.S. action beyond the limited airstrikes under way in Iraq.<p>Militant …

Rare rains, mud temporarily close Burning Man

BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) — Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday after a rare batch of heavy rain forced …

Police examine historical sexual abuse claims in Newcastle Anglican church

New South Wales police have launched an investigation into historical child sexual assault allegations linked to the Anglican church in Newcastle.<p>A strike force, codenamed Arinya-2, has been formed to investigate allegations of assaults by people associated with the Newcastle diocese of the church …

Ryan Reynolds skips his own Cannes after-party following disastrous reviews

Ryan Reynolds may have been obligated to attend the Cannes screening of his new movie <i>The Captive</i>, but he chose not to participate in the after-party.<p>According to <i>Us Weekly</i>, the Canadian actor opted for a quiet late-night snack with wife Blake Lively after his new film was met with boos by some …

Catholic church too often sided with paedophile priests, archbishop admits

The Catholic church did not take abuse allegations seriously enough and showed too much sympathy to paedophile priests, Melbourne’s archbishop has admitted.<p>Archbishop Denis Hart said the church had come down too often on the side of the priest when allegations were made.<p>“I would see that people …

Massachusetts beach evacuated after great white shark spotted nearby

More than 1,000 people were pulled out of the water and off the beach Monday after a great white shark was spotted off the coast of Duxbury, Massachusetts.<p>The shark, seen from a Massachusetts State Police helicopter, was about 75 yards from the beach. State police immediately notified the Duxbury …

Great white shark sighting prompts brief closure of Mass. beach

A great white shark spotted in Massachusetts on Monday caused a brief beach closure, state police said. There were no injuries reported during the incident.<p>Police confirmed the shark was 75-100 yards off the coast of Duxbury and the beach was shut down for about an hour as a precautionary …

College students developing nail polish to detect date rape drugs

Four students at North Carolina State University hope to tackle a problem on many campuses by developing a nail polish that can detect so-called date rape drugs by changing colors when it comes into contact with them.<p>Women who wear the polish can simply swirl their fingers in a drink to test it for …

College & University

Portland Plans Tiny Houses for the Homeless

With an estimated 2,000 of its residents sleeping under bridges, on streets and in empty lots in a variety of makeshift shelters, the city of …

Homelessness

Police: Slain woman ID'd ex-deputy as her attacker

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A woman told police before she died that she had been shot by her brother-in-law, a newly retired Wisconsin sheriff's deputy …

Army's Hypersonic Missile Explodes During Testing

Another barrier for an uncertain weapon.<p>The art of the war is complicated, but the science of war is often just a matter of shooting something pain-inducing at the other guy faster and from further away. The Army’s Advanced Hypersonic Weapon program wants to do just that, by creating a missile that …

Suspect in Valley rampage charged in two other shootings

A Sylmar man who was named as a suspect in Sunday's string of fatal shootings in the San Fernando Valley was charged with murder and attempted murder Tuesday in connection with two previous shootings on Los Angeles-area roadways.<p>Alexander Hernandez, 34, was charged in a fatal shooting Thursday in …

Exposing the great 'poverty reduction' lie | US & Canada

The received wisdom comes to us from all directions: Poverty rates are declining and extreme poverty will soon be eradicated. The World Bank, the governments of wealthy countries, and - most importantly - the United Nations Millennium Campaign all agree on this narrative. Relax, they tell us. The …

Man held in LA serial shootings appears in court

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. (AP) — A man accused of going on a five-day rampage of serial shootings in the Los Angeles area made his first court appearance …

3 bodies of family members found in Oregon lake

GASTON, Ore. (AP) — It was supposed to be a pleasant lakeside picnic for a 42-year-old mother, her 25-year-old daughter, teenage son and 3-year-old …

Indian woman kills leopard with sickle after it attacks her

A 56-year-old Indian woman is recovering in hospital after killing a leopard that attacked her, as she tended her fields armed only with a sickle.<p>The woman told Indian broadcaster CNN-IBN that she battled with the leopard for half an hour on Sunday morning before finally delivering a killer blow …

Douglas McAuthur McCain: From American kid to jihadi in Syria

He was a basketball-loving kid from the Midwest who turned into a jihadi-fighting terrorist in Syria -- and then died there.<p>Exactly what spurred Douglas McAuthur McCain's metamorphosis remains murky. But while his radicalization and death have stunned loved ones back home, his actions abroad have …

Suspects in Craigslist killing plead guilty

Two people accused of killing a man they met through Craigslist pleaded guilty in Pennsylvania.<p>They entered their pleas early Tuesday, according to Trisha Cotner, administrative assistant for the district attorney of Northumberland County District Attorney's Office.<p>Miranda Barbour, 19, and her …

TEPCO ordered to pay compensation in landmark Fukushima suicide case

Four years after the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, questions about the lingering physical and mental health toll of the disaster persist.<p>The Fukushima District Court ruled Tuesday in favor of a family who filed a landmark lawsuit blaming Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the …

Mixed blessings as babies born to Gazans sheltering in UN schools

To have three granddaughters born in less than a fortnight would be a cause for celebration under any circumstances. But for Amma Attar, who has spent more than a month living with 36 family members in a UN school in Gaza after fleeing her home amid shelling and shooting, it is close to a …

US F-15 military jet crashes in Virginia

<b>A US military jet has crashed in Virginia but the fate of the pilot is unknown, military officials say.</b><p>Witnesses near the crash site in the town of Deerfield reported hearing a loud noise and seeing a large plume of smoke in the sky.<p>Officials lost contact with the Massachusetts Air National Guard …