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This Indian soldier survived five miraculous days trapped beneath a 25-foot avalanche

Almost a week after a Himalayan avalanche struck a remote Indian military outpost, rescuers had all but given up hope of finding anybody alive.<p>To survive under a 25-foot wall of hardened snow would be miraculous, if not impossible, they figured.<p>But on Monday, a search team pulled Lance Naik …

Brazil reports explosion of dengue, a bad omen for spread of Zika virus

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil on Friday reported a nearly 50 percent jump in cases of dengue fever reported over a three-week period in January, a worrying finding because the disease is carried by the same mosquito that spreads the Zika virus.<p>“This is a very strong indication that the Zika cases are …

Endangered tiger killed by her would-be mate in a California zoo

Sacramento Zoo officials said they had high hopes that two rare Sumatran tigers would begin courting this week.<p>Mohan, a 12-year-old male, already had plenty of visual contact with 15-year-old female tiger Baha since his arrival at the zoo in December.<p>The idea was to get Mohan and Baha to reproduce …

How Egypt’s most famous jailed couple celebrated Valentine’s Day

It’s not unusual for a woman to receive a bouquet of roses from her husband on Valentine’s Day.<p>What is unusual is to receive them in a court holding cell after a couple has spent months apart in separate jails.<p>The wife and husband in this instance are Aya Hegazi and Mohamed Hassanein, the founders …

Study: Neanderthal DNA may influence modern depression risk

A new study says a person’s risk of becoming depressed or hooked on smoking may be influenced by DNA inherited from Neanderthals.<p>It’s the latest in a series of studies of the Neanderthal genetic heritage in modern people. Past studies have suggested that heritage raises the risk of allergies, for …

Flint’s poisoned water was among the most expensive in the country

By January of last year it was starting to become clear that something was wrong with the water in Flint, Mich. After nine months of drawing water from the Flint River, residents were complaining about odors and bad tastes. General Motors had stopped using the river water at its Flint plant over …

UN says El Nino drought has left a million African children severely malnourished

Lesotho, Zimbabwe and most of South Africa declare emergencies, while in Ethiopia, the number of people in need of food assistance is expected to almost double from 10 million to 18 million<p>Nearly one million children across eastern and southern Africa are suffering from "severe acute malnutrition" …

Apple ordered to break into San Bernardino shooter's iPhone

WASHINGTON — Apple must help the FBI break into an iPhone belonging to one of the killers in the San Bernardino, Calif., shootings, a federal judge ordered Tuesday.<p>Tashfeen Malik and her husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, shot and killed 14 people in December. The couple later died in a gun battle with …

Fatal German train crash caused by human error, prosecutor says | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - A head-on train collision in Bavaria a week ago that killed 11 people was the result of an error by a signal controller, the prosecutor in charge of investigating Germany’s biggest train crash since 1998 said on Tuesday.<p>A rescuer stands at the site of the crash of two trains near …

Uniqlo Collaborates on Hijabs and Headscarves With Muslim Designer

Uniqlo is bringing its successful collaboration with Muslim designer Hana Tajima to the US for the first time. The collection of modest wear launched last year in Southeast Asia and marked an important moment for the designer.<p>"For Muslim women there was almost a sense of being recognized for the …

Iman's Inspiring Tweets During The Last Days Of David Bowie's Life

People across the world are mourning David Bowie today, after it was confirmed that the iconic musician passed away on Sunday. While fans are …

Bill Cosby is charged with sexually assaulting woman in 2004

On the eve of the statute of limitations running out on the claims of the first woman to accuse Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her, prosecutors in Pennsylvania charged the 78-year-old comedic icon with the alleged 2004 assault.<p>The comedian and actor was charged Wednesday in …

George Clayton Johnson dead: Star Trek, Twilight Zone, Logan's Run writer was 86

George Clayton Johnson, the sci-fi writer who penned the first televised <i>Star Trek</i> episode and several episodes of <i>The Twilight Zone</i>, has died.<p>Johnson …

Science Fiction

How Adele shattered record after record and dominated music in 2015

The singer took to Twitter in October to announce her first album since 2011's "21." In the announcement, she said "25" was "a make-up record" as opposed to her previous break-up record.<p>"I'm making up with myself. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did," she …

Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach Tells Miss Colombia 'We Are Now Bonded Together Forever' in Sweet Message

Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is expressing kind words for Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez.<p>Wurtzbach, 26, commended the runner-up on Instagram …

Nicolas Cage Returns Stolen Dinosaur Skull to Mongolia

Over the weekend, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ordered the return of a Tyrannosaurus bataar skull back to Mongolia after the fossil was …

Mongolia

Renee Zellweger Opens Up About Comments People Made on Her Totally Different Appearance

"I stayed clear of those words and those experiences."<p>It might have been back in October 2014, but it's hard to forget how batshit crazy everyone went when Renee Zellweger stepped out onto the red carpet in Beverly Hills looking totally unrecognizable. It was like she had a different face.<p>Since …

Game of Thrones Is Making Big Changes to How It Approaches Sexual Violence, Thanks to Sansa Stark

The devastation and mystery over Jon Snow's fate has dominated any and all <i>Game of Thrones</i> conversations about the upcoming season. (Here's the latest on his status on the show.) And while fans were certainly outraged when Snow met his maker in the, well, snow, it is the outcry over another season …

Filmgoer named Star Wars marathon champ after watching saga for 46 hours straight

A cinemagoer from Texas has been named the ultimate Star Wars champion after sitting through episodes of the space opera saga for 46 hours straight, including nine back-to-back viewings of new instalment The Force Awakens.<p>Man arrested over threat to shoot friend who revealed Star Wars spoiler<p>Read …

Star Wars

Kim Kardashian emoji app tops Apple charts despite low ratings

Kimoji is already the most popular paid iPhone app in the US and UK, but Apple denies its popularity ‘broke’ its App Store<p>Kim Kardashian’s bottom may have broken the internet earlier in 2015, but her new emoji iPhone app hasn’t yet had the same effect on Apple’s App Store.<p>Kimoji was released …

App Store

Miss Colombia Responds to Steve Harvey's Pageant Gaffe

It’s been almost three days since Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez was embarrassed on national television at the Miss Universe pageant and now she’s …

It's Sia's 40th Birthday: Watch Her Most Mind-Blowing Music Videos

And another star joins the 40 club! This time it's Australian singer/songwriter, Sia, who is celebrating her 40th birthday today.<p>Sia may have …

musicnotes

Caitlyn Jenner Named Most Fascinating Person of 2015 by Barbara Walters

Caitlyn Jenner has earned another honor: the most fascinating person of 2015.<p>Hailed as a “symbol of hope for the transgender community,” host Barbara …

Transgender

Kim Kardashian reveals baby weight gain and loss, plans to eat her placenta

When Kim Kardashian hosts a livestream, you can expect a few celebrity guests, plenty of name-dropping and a few personal revelations.<p>The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star posted video on her website and app on Monday night that featured her stepdad, Caitlyn Jenner, coming over to make …

Pregnancy

Mind-Blowing Photorealistic Pencil Drawing

Italy-based artist Diego Fazio, better known as DiegoKoi, is bound to blow you away with his incredible drawing skills. One of his newer pieces titled <i>Sensazioni</i> is an unbelievably hyperrealistic pencil drawing of a woman that has caused people to question the truth of its medium. Is it really done …

In Digital Age, Holiday Windows Still Drive Sales

Despite the rising importance of digital touchpoints, brands and retailers are still pouring money into elaborate holiday windows. Why?<p><b>LONDON, United</b> …

Fashion's Duty to Tackle Climate Change

As one of the largest and most polluting industries on the planet, fashion must also do its part to tackle global climate change.<p><b>HONG KONG, China</b> — …

Porsche will sell electric sports car

Porsche plans to offer an all-electric performance car by the end of the decade. The four-door car, which looks like a futuristic version of today's Porsche Panamera, will be able to go 310 miles on a single charge, Porsche has boasted.<p>The Mission E was originally unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor …

Volkswagen

India officials investigate negligence after 18 patients die

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian authorities were investigating possible negligence after 18 hospital patients died when rainwaters from massive floods in …