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Fake Guns Are Confiscated at London's MCM Comic Con

LONDON — Fake guns were confiscated from costume-clad enthusiasts before they entered London's MCM Comic Con over the weekend due to Britain's strict firearms laws.<p>Many of the 130,000 people who attended the three-day convention brought imitation weapons. But while blasters, battle axes and other …

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Environment

Processed meat ranks alongside smoking as major cause of cancer, World Health Organisation says

WHO publishes report listing processed meat as 'carcinogenic to humans' - the highest ranking, shared with alcohol, asbestos, arsenic and cigarettes<p>Bacon, ham and sausages rank alongside cigarettes as a major cause of cancer, the World Health Organisation has said.<p>"For an individual, the risk of …

Pediatrics Group Says Young Football Players Can Tackle If Done Safely

A leading pediatrics group says young football players should be allowed to tackle on the gridiron, but only if proper technique is enforced.<p>In new …

After Binge Watching 'Walking Dead,' N.M. Man Kills Friend Over Zombie Fears

U.S. news<p>After binge watching a popular show about zombies, a New Mexico man believed his friend was turning into one — so he brutally beat him to death last week, police said.<p>Prior to the alleged crime last Thursday, Damon Perry, 23, watched the Netflix show “The Walking Dead” and drank “multiple” …

Earthquake Shakes Afghanistan, Pakistan, India; Scores Killed

KABUL, Afghanistan — A magnitude-7.5 earthquake hit northeastern Afghanistan on Monday, killing hundreds of people there and in neighboring Pakistan.<p>"More [deaths] are expected," the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's chief minister, Pervez Khattak, told state TV about three hours after the …

Palestinian woman shot dead; Israelis say she was armed, witness disputes it

<b>Jerusalem (CNN) —</b> Israeli police said they fatally shot a knife-wielding Palestinian woman at a border checkpoint Sunday, but a Palestinian witness disputed that she was armed, saying she was a "terrified" schoolgirl.<p>The woman aroused the suspicion of border police at a checkpoint beside the Cave …

More torrential rain falls on top of overflowing waters in Texas

<b>(CNN) —</b> The math is simple, but the potential weather consequences are daunting.<p>Up to 20 inches of rain have fallen over parts of Texas over the last few days, breaking some local rain records. In southeast Texas, another 6 to 12 inches were on their way overnight -- even more in isolated …

Weather

Tony Blair makes qualified apology for Iraq war ahead of Chilcot report

Former British PM admits ‘mistakes’ and conflict’s role in rise of Islamic State but defends armed intervention in 2003<p>Tony Blair has moved to prepare the ground for the publication of the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war by offering a qualified apology for the use of misleading intelligence and …

Tony Blair

Judge dismisses Wikimedia lawsuit over NSA surveillance - report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Wikimedia and other groups challenging one of the U.S. National Security Agency’s mass surveillance programs, the Baltimore Sun reported.<p>A National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, about 25 miles …

Gunmen kill conservative candidate in Egypt's Sinai

Gunmen have shot and killed a conservative parliamentary candidate in Egypt's Sinai province, security sources said.<p>Mostafa Abdelrahman, who belonged to the Salafist Nour party, was shot outside his home in al-Arish early on Saturday morning.<p>Two men on a motorcycle fired on the politician, just …

Obama thinks kids are spending too much time on standardized tests

US president Barack Obama said today (Oct. 24) that his administration is moving to reduce the amount of time public schools spend administering standardized tests, including annual exams linked to the controversial “Common Core” mandates for measuring math and reading skills.<p>In an announcement …

Education

2 feet of rain hits parts of Texas; train derails as state braces for more

More than two feet of rain inundated parts of north and central Texas as storms rolled across the state this weekend, derailing a train and sweeping away at least one man, who remained missing.<p>The 64-car Union Pacific freight train hauling cement from North Texas to Houston derailed at 3:30 a.m. …

Weather

Four dead as car ploughs into homecoming parade

Witnesses say black sedan drove into Oklahoma State University crowd sending people flying like "rag dolls", injuring more than 44 people<p>Four people including a toddler died when a vehicle crashed into a crowd of spectators during Oklahoma State University's homecoming parade on Saturday morning, …

Cancer Drug Could Be Baldness Remedy, Too

Drugs developed to fight cancer and rheumatoid arthritis might work as creams to stimulate hair growth —offering a potential baldness cure, researchers reported Friday.<p>While cancer treatments are usually associated with hair loss, some specialized drugs called JAK inhibitors can actually help hair …

Lilly Garcia, Girl Killed in Road Rage Shooting, 'Was Just a Beautiful Soul'

The parents of a 4-year-old girl who was shot and killed during a road rage incident say their daughter was a "beautiful soul" and they will not rest until her killer is locked up for good.<p>"He took my Lilly," Veronica Garcia, the mother of 4-year-old Illiana Garcia told NBC News on Thursday.<p>Lilly …

North Korea regime members defect from overseas postings

At least 20 senior members of the North Korean regime have defected to Seoul this year, up from eight in 2013<p>At least 20 senior members of the North Korean regime have defected to Seoul this year, up from eight in 2013, according to reports.<p>The defectors include a high-ranking officer of the …

First American soldier is killed in combat in Iraq since 2011 troop exit

By Missy Ryan<p>, Reporter<p>Mustafa Salim<p>Thomas Gibbons-Neff<p>, Reporter<p>American and Kurdish commandos raided an Islamic State prison in Iraq on Thursday, freeing about 70 captives believed to be facing “mass execution” and leaving one U.S. soldier dead, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.<p>It was the first time …

Middle East

Marathon Benghazi hearing leaves Hillary Clinton largely unscathed

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Hillary Clinton avoided major damage to her presidential campaign during a nearly 11-hour congressional hearing Thursday dominated by Republican criticism of her response to the Benghazi attacks.<p>Bitter political undercurrents festered all day during a contentious showdown that …

An Education in Personal Finance

Everyone needs an education in personal finance. It’s one critical subject missing from classroom curriculums. When the transition from childhood to adulthood begins, personal finance—money management, investment advice, understanding the merits of a 401K—becomes essential to our development.<p>The …

Personal Finance