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Egypt’s first female genital mutilation trial ends in not guilty verdict

The first doctor to be brought to trial in Egypt on charges of female genital mutilation (FGM) has been acquitted, crushing hopes that the landmark verdict would discourage Egyptian doctors from conducting the endemic practice.<p>Raslan Fadl, a doctor and Islamic preacher in the village of Agga, …

Survey Shows Half of Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Protesters Ready to Retreat

Half of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters would clear the streets if asked by the student leaders, according to an informal survey of more than …

China makes abortive push for global web censorship declaration

The hosting of a “World Internet Conference” tech industry talking shop in censorship-happy China was always going to raise eyebrows, but this is …

Poundworld stampede: shoppers strip shop of Frozen merchandise in ten minutes

Hundreds swarmed over the discount store to grab themed products from Disney film Frozen<p>Shoppers stripped a new discount store of all its Frozen merchandise within 10 minutes in a mad scramble to secure a Christmas bargain.<p>Hundreds swarmed into the newly opened Poundworld on Thursday trying to grab …

Eleven dead in Zimbabwe stadium stampede

Dozens more injured in Kwekwe as thousands tried to leave stadium through same exit after prayer service ended.<p>At least eleven people have been killed and dozens injured in a stampede at a stadium in Zimbabwe, as thousands of people at a prayer service tried to leave through the same exit, police …

Ferguson police chief: Darren Wilson unlikely to return

Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown three months ago, is unlikely to return to his job regardless of whether a grand jury decides to indict him, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Thursday.<p>“I don’t see it happening,” Jackson said in a brief …

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Xiaomi thinks it can top Apple and Samsung as world’s largest smartphone maker within a decade

Just weeks after Xiaomi overtook Huawei and LG to become the world’s third-largest smartphone maker, The Guardian reports that the Chinese handset maker’s chief executive and founder Lei Jun is out with a bold prediction that his company could move past Apple and Samsung to become the world’s …

Blizzard Blankets Buffalo: In Pictures

Weather

Arlington Heights man charged in fatal hatchet attack on estranged wife in Wisconsin

An Arlington Heights man is accused of killing his estranged wife after tracking her down at the Wisconsin home of friend, where she had gone to hide after seeking an order of protection, police said.<p>The man, identified in jail records as Cristian Loga-Negru, 38, is accused of striking his …

Michigan woman with gun arrested outside White House after Obama's immigration speech

A woman demonstrating outside the White House on Thursday night was arrested for carrying a gun, the Secret Service said, shortly after President Barack Obama began a speech unveiling sweeping reforms to the U.S. immigration system.<p>April Lenhart, 23, of Mount Morris, Michigan, was arrested around …

Lava 100 feet from Hawaii home, nearing main road

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Rain fell Wednesday on a red-hot river of lava as it threatened to consume its first home on its slow advance into a rural …

Skin Cancer U? Students Tan on Campus at Top Colleges

America’s top universities may be teaching a dangerous lesson about tanning.<p>Twelve percent of the nation’s top colleges and universities have tanning …

FBI cracks down on 'cracking cards'

On his recent release of "Fast Life," rising Chicago rapper Bandman Kevo brags about having it all — the girls, the guns, luxury cars, snazzy clothes and, of course, stacks of cold, hard cash.<p>But Kevo, whose real name is Kevin Ford, didn't get there through his music alone, according to federal …

It's easier to get an iPhone outside Hong Kong's Apple Stores than in them

It's Wednesday afternoon, and it's packed in one of Hong Kong's three huge Apple Stores.<p>The branch in the imposing International Finance Centre in the heart of the city's business district is humming with customers. There are people at every station, clicking and swiping. And there's a long, …

Giants beat Royals 3-2 in Game 7 to win World Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- They made a mockery out of the home-field advantage. They finished six games out of first place. Their best player was missing in action during the World Series.<p>Yeah, all that and $8 will get you a bunch of garlic fries at AT&T Park — the home of the World Series champions for …

New York's Citi Bike Announces Major Changes

Prices will go up for the hugely popular bike-share service, but infrastructure will see a big overhaul in return.<p>Citi Bike, the hugely popular New York City bike-share system that has been plagued with technical and financial problems, is getting a fresh start, thanks to a new investor with deep …

This Flu Shot Is Not Like the Others

This year Novartis shipped its first full batch of Flucelvax, a new vaccine that was only approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2012. The …

Public Health

Amanda Bynes Released from Psychiatric Facility

Amanda Bynes has been released from a psychiatric facility – and friends are worried about her.<p>Three days after a judge ruled that she needed to …

Air strikes hit Kobani as Kurdish peshmerga prepare to enter

SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A convoy of Iraqi Kurdish forces in Turkey rolled late on Friday across the border into Syria to help Syrian Kurds defend the besieged town of Kobani that has become the focus of a Western-backed war against Islamic State insurgents.<p>U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic …

The 20 Most Incredible Houses in Movies

Whether real or created through movie magic, we've rounded up our all-time favorite historic homes featured in films.<p>Whether real or created through movie magic, we've rounded up our all-time favorite historic homes featured in films—if only there was an Oscar for Best Supporting House! <i>Via</i> …

American Music Awards 2014: The Nominees Are Out!

Charli XCX and Jason Derulo revealed the nominees for the 2014 American Music Awards on <i>Good Morning America</i> today, and Iggy Azalea led the pack with …

Kristen Stewart Thinks All Women Should Be Feminists

From the editors of Cosmopolitan.com, "What do you mean?" the actress says. "Do you not believe in equality for men and women?"<p>When asked what issues "in the news" she's passionate about in a new interview with The Daily Beast (pegged to her new movie <i>Camp X-Ray</i>, in which she plays a soldier …

Taylor Swift is Billboard’s 2014 Woman of the Year!

It looks like Taylor Swift has another impressive feat to add to her ever-growing list of accomplishments—she was just named <i>Billboard</i> magazine's 2014 …

Karl Lagerfeld Creates Louis Vuitton Punching Bag

Like any good boxer, Karl Lagerfeld likes to keep us on our toes. Except this time, it's literal, not at all figurative.<p>The Kaiser's latest collaboration is with Louis Vuitton, for which he created an LV monogram punching bag from the house's classic coated canvas. You heard us, <i>a punching …

Florida Panthers' Nearly Empty Arena Fuels Relocation Rumors

This is not the kind of crowd that will get you pumped up for a home game.<p>The picture above is from warm-ups prior to Monday night's Florida Panthers-Ottawa Senators matchup at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.<p>Bruce Garrioch of the <i>Ottawa Sun</i> also tweeted a photo depicting the attendance at the …

Kevin Durant Injury Opens Door for Russell Westbrook to Realize MVP Dream

Only Russell Westbrook knows what he put on his to-do list for the season other than get engaged to longtime girlfriend Nina Earl, but at least some familiar with the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard believe he included being named MVP.<p>Some contend that was among his objectives even before …

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF ASHES Going Ahead, Begins Shooting 2014

After The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' performance this year, the future of the series looked as bleak as an unarmed man in stand-off with …

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Review: A Worthy Sequel That Improves on the Original – /Film

<i>The Hunger Games: Catching Fire</i> isn’t your typical blockbuster sequel. Yes it’s bigger and better than the original movie. The stakes have been …

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to reunite for first time since Mr and Mrs Smith

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are jointly developing a new movie project, based on a script written by Jolie. At this stage it remains unclear whether Pitt will serve as producer or star; likewise, whether Jolie will feature on screen or just behind the camera. The plot, too, remains …