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Chicago father charged with murder in "near decapitation" of toddler son

<b>CHICAGO</b> — A 37-year-old Chicago man has been charged with the gruesome murder of his 2-year-old son, reports CBS Chicago.<p>Rolando Ortiz faces one …

CDC: Flu kills 13 more children, bringing season's toll to 97 kids, but may be at its peak

The worst flu season in a decade is still not over, with 13 new children deaths reported after more than three months of unusually persistent misery across the U.S.<p>The numbers were "encouraging," especially the data showing a decline in visits to the doctor's office for anyone with flu-like …

Public Health

Indian doctors remove 4-pound brain tumor from man's head

<b>New Delhi (CNN) —</b> A surgeon in India has removed a 1.873-kilogram (4.1-pound) tumor from a 31-year-old man at a government hospital in Mumbai, India.<p>Dr. Trimurti Nadkarni, the surgeon who conducted the operation at BYL Nair Charitable Hospital, described the tumor as the "largest in the world" …

Uttar Pradesh

Suspect arrested in death of Filipino maid found in a freezer, officials say

<b>(CNN) —</b> The employer of a Filipino domestic worker, whose battered body was found in a freezer in an apartment in Kuwait City, has been arrested, Philippine officials said.<p>Nader Essam Assaf, a Lebanese national, is in custody in Lebanon, according to a statement from the Philippines Department of …

Middle East

CDC seeks new labs for bioterror pathogens to replace aging facility

ATLANTA — Inside a complex of special government labs, scientists in full-body protective suits work with some of the world’s deadliest pathogens: Ebola, smallpox and certain strains of bird flu.<p>Many of the organisms have no treatment or vaccine, so the labs housed in this facility on the sprawling …

Public Health

California parents face new charges in kids' torture case

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California couple suspected of starving and shackling some of their 13 children pleaded not guilty Friday to new …

Riverside County

Hard-Line Supporter of Israel Offers to Pay for U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

WASHINGTON — Sheldon G. Adelson, one of the most hawkish supporters of Israel among American Jews, has offered to help fund the construction of a new American Embassy in Jerusalem, according to the State Department, which on Friday said it was reviewing whether it could legally accept the …

Israel

UK state contractor collapses, putting 43,000 jobs at risk

LONDON — One of the British state's biggest contractors collapsed Monday, putting thousands of jobs at risk, after creditors and the government …

Collapse of U.K. Construction Giant Rattles the Government

LONDON — The British government scrambled Monday to contain the damage as the country’s second largest construction firm was forced into liquidation after losing money on a series of contracts and racking up around $1.35 billion in debt.<p>The bankruptcy of the firm, Carillion, one of the government’s …

United Kingdom

Toyota, Mazda Offered at Least $700 Million Incentive Package in Alabama

Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. were offered at least $700 million in combined incentives to steer a $1.6 billion new factory investment to northern Alabama.<p>The package, disclosed Thursday by various officials, includes a $379.9 million incentive from the state of Alabama and $320 million …

Asian, European shares rise on global optimism, Wall St gain

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian and European stock markets notched up gains on Friday, lifted by Wall Street's latest record close and optimism about the …

Stock Markets

JPMorgan says tax changes will spur more profits after quarterly beat | Reuters

(Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) beat Wall Street’s fourth-quarter earnings expectations on Friday and said tax law changes will help future profits by not only reducing the amount it pays the federal government but also by stimulating more business.<p>FILE PHOTO: A sign of JP Morgan Chase Bank …

Markets

Record-shattering cold reaches into Florida

(Reuters) - Record-shattering arctic cold reached as far south as Florida on Monday with freeze warnings in place from Texas to the Atlantic Coast and the Northeastern United States facing another cold wave at the end of the week, forecasters said.<p>Temperatures ranged from 20 to 30 degrees …

Weather

Kim Jong-un: North Korea's nuclear arsenal is now complete

North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has warned the United States his country’s nuclear forces are now “completed”, adding that the nuclear launch button was always within easy reach.<p>While he remained defiant in his confrontation with Donald Trump, he struck a more conciliatory note on relations with …

North Korea

Police: Prank led to police shooting unarmed Kansas man

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police and the FBI are investigating whether an argument over an online game prompted a hoax call that led to a house where …

Crime

North Korea Calls U.N. Sanctions an ‘Act of War’

North Korea on Sunday called the latest round of punishing United Nations sanctions an “act of war,” and reminded the United States that the North’s rapid development of missiles and atomic bombs meant it posed a “substantial nuclear threat to the U.S. mainland.”<p>In a statement released by the …

North Korea

Andrew McCabe, F.B.I.’s Embattled Deputy, Is Expected to Retire

WASHINGTON — The F.B.I.’s embattled deputy director, Andrew G. McCabe, an unlikely lightning rod who has been attacked repeatedly by President Trump and congressional Republicans, is expected to retire after he becomes eligible for his pension early next year, according to people familiar with his …

Donald Trump

North Korea: UN imposes fresh sanctions over missile tests

<b>The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea in response to its recent ballistic missile tests.</b><p>The US-drafted resolution includes measures to reduce the nation's petrol imports by up to 90%.<p>China and Russia, North Korea's main trading …

North Korea

North Korean Soldier Crosses DMZ, Defects To South

Another North Korean soldier has crossed the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South in a dramatic escape, the second such defection in just over a month, South Korea's Defense Ministry says.<p>NPR's Rob Schmitz, citing a Defense Ministry official, says the low-ranking …

North Korea

U.N. resoundingly rejects U.S. decision on Jerusalem in pointed rebuke

The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a measure rejecting the Trump administration's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a stunning rebuke of a U.S. decision that allies and adversaries alike warned would undermine prospects for peace.<p>Despite U.S. threats to cut aid …

Israel

We’re about to see a black hole for the first time

While astronomers have long seen the fallout of the presence of black holes on the stars and gas clouds around them, none have ever actually stared …

Death threats haunt Miss Iraq in wake of selfie controversy

<b>(CNN) —</b> Nearly a month ago, Sarah Idan was in a hand-beaded Swarovski crystal gown representing Iraq in the Miss Universe pageant. It was the first time in 45 years that Iraq had a contestant in the pageant.<p>"I was on cloud nine, I had been dreaming of that forever," said Idan, 27, an aspiring …

Israeli Government

NBC Receives at Least 2 New Complaints About Matt Lauer

The fast-moving national reckoning over sexual harassment in the workplace toppled another television news star on Wednesday when NBC fired Matt Lauer, the co-host of its most profitable franchise, “Today,” after an allegation of inappropriate sexual behavior with a subordinate.<p>The downfall of Mr. …

Media Industry

It's binge time: What to stream during Thanksgiving weekend

<i>Thanksgiving weekend is upon us. That means it's time to gorge on carbs, nestle in on the couch, and treat yourself to dozens of hours in front of your screens. Here are some old favorites and new releases that landed on streaming services in November, hand-picked for your holiday enjoyment.</i><p>For …

Entertainment

Coco Is Among Pixar's Best Movies in Years

Full of wit, music, and color, this Día de Muertos–themed tribute to family marks a return to form for the studio.<p>Well, that’s more like it. As someone who has written at some length about the decline of Pixar Animation Studios since its acquisition by Disney, I am especially pleased to be proven …

New Analysis Says We Were Wrong About What Caused The Chernobyl Disaster

So many lives lost.<p>In 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine became the site of the biggest nuclear accident in history when one of its …

Energy

Here Are The Top 10 Most Unnecessary Medical Treatments, According to Scientists

Way too much of a good thing!<p>A recent literature study on medical care in the US has put forward ten diagnostic procedures and treatments that were …

That Giant Antarctic Iceberg Just Revealed an Ecosystem Hidden For Thousands of Years

"A fantastic, unknown area for scientific research."<p>When a vast trillion-tonne chunk of ice the size of Delaware broke free from Antarctica in July, …

Antarctica

Weapons cache found at Las Vegas shooter's home

<b>(CNN) —</b> Stephen Paddock, who sent bullets and terror down on thousands attending a Jason Aldean concert in Las Vegas, had an arsenal in his 32nd-floor hotel room and at his home 80 miles away, officials said.<p>Police recovered 23 guns from his Las Vegas hotel room and another 19 guns from Paddock's …

Las Vegas

The Genius of the Playboy Interview

Hugh Hefner was a complicated individual whose notions of sexuality and human relationships were at once woke and predatory, who stumbled upon a …

Martin Luther King, Jr.