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Vladimir Putin makes first public appearance amid health speculations

Russian president meets Kyrgyz head of state in St Petersburg after disappearing on 5 March amid speculation of ill-health, childbirth and palace coup<p>“It would be boring without gossip.”<p>That pithy aside, delivered with a wry smile, may well be the only explanation the world will ever get from the …

Winter storm continues to cause travel disruptions in Atlantic Canada

The calendar may say that spring is just days away but for people digging out in Atlantic Canada, it still seems like the dead of winter.<p>Travel …

Summer heat waves may have roots in rapid Arctic warming

Before the summer of 2010, Moscow had never recorded a triple-digit temperature, with records going back to 1879. But during a weeks-long heat wave …

Cyclone Pam: 24 confirmed dead as Vanuatu president blames climate change

At least 24 people died when cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu at the weekend, authorities have confirmed. The storm flattened buildings, wrecked infrastructure and has left more than 3,000 people in the South Pacific island nation displaced.<p>As the full scale of the storm remained unclear due to the …

Russia's Vladimir Putin makes first public appearance in 10 days

<b>Moscow (CNN) —</b> Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared in public Monday for the first time in about 10 days as he met with Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev in the Russian city of St. Petersburg.<p>Putin isn't generally one to shy away from the limelight -- posing with a (tranquilized) tiger, …

Russia

How Is Johnny Depp's Ex Vanessa Paradis Doing on His Wedding Weekend?

Johnny Depp may be in the midst of nuptial bliss with Amber Heard, but Vanessa Paradis isn’t wasting time pining over her ex.<p>Stepping out for a …

'Heavenly' Ice Halos Form Over New Mexico—What Causes Them?

Ice crystals high in Earth's atmosphere can shape light in unexpected and beautiful ways.<p>It's not quite like finding diamonds in the sky, but a photographer in Red River, New Mexico, was lucky enough to catch rainbow-like arcs and pillars of light blazing over a snowy landscape last week. This …

New Mexico

BP Gulf of Mexico oil leak not as bad as US government claimed

US judge rules that 3.19m barrels of oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, well below the government's 4.09m estimate<p>BP will face a maximum fine of $13.7bn under the Clean Water Act for its Gulf of Mexico oil spill, several billion dollars less than feared, after a judge ruled that the size …

Yosemite National Park

Travel<p><b>Location: California<br>Established: October 1, 1890<br>Size: 747,956 acres</b><p>In a high-country meadow two hikers crouch near the edge of a mirroring lake and watch a pika as it harvests blades of grass for a nest deep within a huge rock pile. When they resume walking, there is no other person in sight …

National Parks

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Latest climate change battle may center on food pyramid

The political clash over climate change has entered new territory that does not involve a massive oil pipeline or a subsidy for renewable energy, but a quaint federal chart that tries to nudge Americans toward a healthy diet.<p>The food pyramid, that 3-decade-old backbone of grade-school nutrition …

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Crafting Dare: I Made My Own Badass Kitchen Table, and I’m Pretty Sure You Can, Too

Being into crafting is kind of like being an adrenaline junkie — you’re lured further and further toward the thrilling and dangerous, through a series of escalating personal dares. You start with simple, contained projects — for me, lots of beaded jewelry, bath bombs, decoupage, and the like — but …

Watch for These Top 5 Sky Events of 2015: Eclipses, Comets, and Planets

Lunar eclipses and the innermost planets will take center stage in the heavens.<p>Stay tuned, stargazers—the year ahead offers many heavenly delights, including a pair of lunar disappearing acts and a potentially surprising comet.<p>While scores of amazing astronomical phenomena are in the offing, here …

Europe’s Large Hadron Collider revamping is almost done: More antimatter to come.

Large Hadron Collider CMS Particle Detector<p>Europe is progressing with its plans to develop its physics technology:<p>CERN’s Large Hadron Collider will …

The Vatican’s Gay Art Goes on Display

As Pope Francis leads a softening of homophobic attitudes from within the Vatican, tour groups will soon see the gay-themed art on display there.<p>It’s …

Incredible Underwater Pole Dancing Photographs By Brett Stanley

Photographer Brett Stanley’s images of Underwater Pole Dancers really capture the beauty and talent of the subjects. Shot over a few weeks in …

Relative

Top 10 Urban Escapes

Some American cities are lucky enough to have units of the National Park System right on their doorsteps, offering recreation and natural beauty within easy reach of millions.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>The 10 Best of Everything—National Parks</i><p>Most people, even dedicated urbanites, need a break …

Ontario could be Canada's economic engine again as oil prices drop

Inside his humming facility on the outskirts of Ottawa, Mark Perry's operation pumps out specialized plastic products — everything from patented …

Manufacturing Sector

Asia on edge, braces for China growth data

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian markets were on edge on Tuesday ahead of data expected to show China’s economy grew at the slowest pace in 24 years last quarter, adding to the case for more stimulus measures both at home and abroad.<p>A soft result would only magnify concerns about global demand and put …

Economics

Many Seahawks fans could miss NFC Championship after power outage

More than 65,000 people woke up without power on the morning of the Seahawks NFC Championship game because of a wind storm in western Washington, according to KOMO News.<p>Puget Sound Energy said its crews will be in "beastmode" to restore power, but advised people without power to make other plans to …

Aso Caldera, Kyushu, Japan : Image of the Day

This astronaut photograph highlights the 24-kilometer (15-mile) wide Aso caldera on the Japanese Island of Kyushu. Shadows highlight the caldera rim …

Icy Winter Storm, Rain Blow Through Tri-State Area

Bad Weather Leads to Closed Roads, Traffic Accidents, Backlog of Emergency Calls<p>An icy winter storm swept through the Tri-State area Sunday, with closed roads, hundreds of traffic accidents and a backlog of emergency calls, officials said.<p>Even as heavy freezing rain and snow appeared to abate …

B.C. megathrust earthquake could rupture like a zipper, expert says

The low tide, bright sunshine and constant roar of endlessly approaching waves display the full power of the wide-open Vancouver Island shoreline at …

Boxing Day

New Oxfam report says half of global wealth held by the 1%

Billionaires and politicians gathering in Switzerland this week will come under pressure to tackle rising inequality after a study found that – on current trends – by next year, 1% of the world’s population will own more wealth than the other 99%.<p>Ahead of this week’s annual meeting of the World …

Big Island lava creeps toward Highway 130

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Lava from a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has moved closer to a highway.<p>The Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://bit.ly/14T1lyL) …

Arches National Park Photos

Are volcanoes the energy source of the future?

The Reykjanes Peninsula, a finger of black rock jutting out over the Mid-Atlantic Ridge from Iceland's southwestern coast, has long leveraged its …