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Colombia, ELN rebels agree to ceasefire

Colombia's government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) rebel group have reached a peace deal after months of negotiations, according to both sides.<p>President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed the 102-day bilateral ceasefire, which will begin on October 1, during a televised speech on Monday.<p>"The …

Selena Quintanilla’s Brother Fails to Show Up at Court Hearing, Remains Subject to Arrest

A.B. Quintanilla, brother of the late Grammy-award winning Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla, is under more fire after skipping out on his court …

30 Delicious Things You Never Knew You Could Make With A Crock-Pot

Think *outside* the stew.

Scientists think we’re closer to self-destruction than we have been since the 1950s

In case you didn’t already have enough to worry about.<p>The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ editors convened today to announce that it will be moving the hand on its “Doomsday Clock” thirty seconds closer to midnight, from three minutes to midnight to two-and-a-half minutes to midnight.<p>The election of …

Climate Change

The Religious Right Starts to Look Past Election Day

During the final hours of the 2016 campaign, leaders of the religious right are giving the Republican ticket one last rush of support.<p>Ralph Reed’s …

Government

2016 Italy Earthquakes: Is It Safe to Travel Now?

A country prone to quakes suffered its most powerful tremor since 1980 on Sunday—but that doesn't mean you need to cancel your trip.<p>A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy on Sunday morning, rattling the provinces of Macerata and Perugia and leaving some 15,000 people homeless, reports the …

Chicago has its deadliest weekend of the year: 17 killed, 42 wounded

The last weekend of October was the deadliest so far this year in Chicago, including among its victims an eighth-grade honors student and twin 17-year-old boys, according to police and data compiled by the Tribune.<p>Seventeen people were fatally shot in the city between Friday afternoon and early …

Putin the 'Peacemaker': banner hung from Manhattan Bridge puzzles police

Giant portrait of besuited president in front of a Russian flag was draped from New York landmark<p>New York City police were looking for whoever draped a gigantic banner featuring a portrait of President Vladimir Putin over the side of the Manhattan Bridge on Thursday.<p>The 20ft by 30ft banner appeared …

French minister: enemy seeks to divide Muslims, non-Muslims

PARIS (AP) — France's interior minister said Monday that the country is at war with an enemy trying to pit Muslims against non-Muslims, making it …

After more than 50 years of conflict, Colombia's FARC rebels are laying down arms

The commander of Colombia's biggest rebel movement said Sunday that its fighters will permanently cease hostilities with the government beginning with the first minute of Monday, as a result of their peace accord ending one of the world's longest-running conflicts.<p>Rodrigo Londono, leader of the …

Believe It or Not, This Model Is 45 Years Old

*Soaks body in tub of anti-aging cream ASAP.*<p>I want you to take a good look at Japanese model Risa Hirako. Can you guess at how old she is? IMO, I'd say she's in her early 20s.<p>Nope. According to Hirako's Wikipedia page and website, she was born on Feb. 14, 1971, which actually makes her 45 years …

Social Media

47 people shot in Chicago over weekend as total nears 2,300 for year

Forty-seven people were shot in Chicago over the weekend, five of them fatally, as the pace of gun violence in the city has pushed the number of victims to nearly 2,300 this year, according to data kept by the Tribune.<p>So far this year, the number of people shot in Chicago is at least 740 higher …

Middle-class Venezuelans liquidate savings to stockpile food

SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela (AP) — Tebie Gonzalez and Ramiro Ramirez still have their sleek apartment, a fridge covered with souvenir magnets from …

How to actually lose weight on the 80/20 diet

Cameron Diaz, Olivia Munn and supermodel Miranda Kerr are just a few of the celebrities who have been associated with the 80/20 diet lately, crediting this “simple rule” for their slim figures.<p>Many insist this diet isn’t just another fad but rather an approach to a healthy lifestyle. We’ve all …

Best metabolism boosting foods - TODAY.com

There are no miracle foods or foods that magically melt away the pounds. But some can give you a boost in the metabolism department.These foods have something special when it comes to helping you fight those unwanted pounds:<p>Closed Captioning<p>ON<p>OFF<p>apply | reset x<p>font<p>size<p>color<p>Try these 4 foods to …

Nutrition

Kaley Cuoco Defends Her Patriotism in Passionate Instagram Apology

Did anyone really doubt Kaley Cuoco’s love of America?<p>We live in nervous times. Threats are everywhere, challenges to our very way of life lurk in shadowy corners, loom on uncertain horizons. It is natural now, in these shivery days before the end of Western civilization (for surely that is what’s …

Selfie horror as 6 men die trying to rescue drowning friend in Ganges river

One man’s attempt to take a selfie while standing in the Ganges river has resulted in seven deaths, after six others drowned one-by-one attempting to save him - and one another.<p>Even for India, which has the unenviable record of more ‘selfie deaths’ per year than any other country, the scale of the …

Shootout forces Rio de Janeiro archbishop to seek shelter

The Roman Catholic archbishop of Rio de Janeiro said he had to seek shelter behind his car on Friday during a gunbattle between police and armed men near one of the city's shantytowns.<p>On the web site of the archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro, Cardinal Orani Tempesta said he was heading to the airport …

Black cabs blame Uber for rise in attacks on London’s taxi drivers

Scotland Yard figures reveal scale of violence on capital’s roads and prompt fresh spat between rivals<p>A surge has been recorded in violent crimes against London taxi drivers, prompting a fresh spat between Uber and black cabs over who is to blame.<p>New figures from Scotland Yard reveal that violent …

Roads

‘We have a problem.’ Homicides are up again this year in more than two dozen major U.S. cities.

The number of homicides increased in the first months of 2016 in more than two dozen major U.S. cities, going up in places that also saw spiking violence last year, according to statistics released Friday.<p>The increases were small in some areas, and many big cities also had declines. But the numbers …

Murders Are Up in Many U.S. Cities Again This Year

Major cities across the U.S. have experienced a surge in homicides in recent months, continuing a grim rise that began last year.<p>Murders are up in …

San Antonio

Target CEO responds to nationwide boycott of the store over transgender bathroom policy

Target CEO Brian Cornell has now spoken publicly about the backlash the company experienced after releasing a statement declaring that transgender individuals shopping at the retail giant can use whichever bathroom corresponds with their gender identity. Among that backlash is an online petition by …

Bee loss worsens as 44 percent of US colonies disappear over last year

Bees are continuing to die off in great numbers across the US, with rates increasing over the past year to a loss of 44.1 percent of all honeybee colonies, according to the preliminary results of a new study. The study, conducted in part by the United States Department of Agriculture, found that …

New Jersey man completes 30-year murder sentence only to kill mother two days later

In October of 2014, Steven Pratt was supposed to begin his life anew. He had served out a 30-year prison sentence and gone home to Atlantic City, N.J., where his family held a party to welcome him.<p>But a violent history would repeat itself all too soon.<p>Pratt was 15 when he got into an argument with …

Crime

Three hours of mayhem, panic and bloodshed as terror comes to Jakarta

Confusion and chaos reign as terrorists strike and strike again, turning the heart of the city’s business district into a battlezone<p>The branch of Starbucks in downtown Jakarta is a popular meeting point. Its customers include locals and foreigners. Nearby is a UN office, a street popular with …

Ramadi residents fleeing ISIS: 'They wanted to use us as human shields'

<b>Habbaniyah, Iraq (CNN) —</b> Standing in the entrance of her tent on a chilly winter night in the Iraqi desert, Nada Saleh describes the terrifying moment her family almost became part of ISIS' last stand in Ramadi.<p>As government forces mounted their final assault to retake the key city -- controlled by …

'All hands on deck' needed for El Niño preparations, officials say

With the looming threat from El Niño's heavy rains approaching, state and federal officials Wednesday emphasized the public's role in helping prepare for what could be a record-setting wet winter.<p>"This is not a government solution, but a public-private, all-hands-on-deck solution," said Bob Fenton, …

Donald Trump: Ban all Muslim travel to U.S.

<b>(CNN) —</b> Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump called Monday for barring all Muslims from entering the United States.<p>"Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on," a …

Donald Trump