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Rare Sighting of a "Blue Dragon" Spotted on the Shores of Australia

Depending on your tastes, this bizarre little blue creature may inspire either aww-worthy shrieks of excitement or a bit of discomforted shock, possibly a combination of both. Meet the blue dragon, one of the weirdest and most wonderful little-known animals in the world. The proper name of this …

China warns US it could spark war with 'provocative acts' in South China Sea

China has warned the US that its “dangerous and provocative acts” in the South China Sea could lead to “a minor incident that sparks war”.<p>China’s naval commander, Admiral Wu Shengli, issued the warning to his American counterpart Admiral John Richardson during video conference talks on Thursday …

China

You probably have herpes, the WHO says | Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) - Two-thirds of the world’s population under 50 have the highly infectious herpes virus that causes cold sores around the mouth, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, in its first estimate of global prevalence of the disease.<p>More than 3.7 billion people under the age of …

Public Health

Migrant hit by freight train found dead near Channel Tunnel | Reuters

LILLE, France (Reuters) - A migrant was killed during the night of Thursday to Friday after being hit by a freight train on the site of the Channel tunnel near Calais, firefighters said, taking the death toll there among people trying to reach Britain to 16 since June.<p>The body was found by …

Dismissed as Halloween Prop, Body Turns Out to Be Murder Victim

At first, the figure hanging from a chain-link fence outside a Ohio construction site looked like a Halloween prop.<p>"She was with one arm up like this, about four feet off the ground and hanging from the fence," neighbor Tammy Dixon told NBC affiliate WCMH, lifting her left arm above her head to …

Crime

Mars lakes may have existed long enough for life to evolve, scientists say

Nasa researchers believe some ancient lakes could have lasted for up to 10,000 years, which was enough time for life forms to take hold<p>A Martian crater now being explored by the Nasa rover Curiosity once contained lakes that remained for up to 10,000 years at a time - long enough to support …

Earth Science

Nasa planning ‘Earth Independent’ Mars colony by 2030s

Humans will be living and working on Mars in colonies entirely independent of Earth by the 2030s, Nasa has said.<p>The US space organisation today released its plan for establishing permanent settlements on the red planet, setting out in detail plans to create ‘deep-space habitation facilities’ which …

Space Science

El Faro had leaks, holes, other structural issues, former crew members say

<b>(CNN) —</b> Three former crew members of El Faro, a ship that apparently sank during Hurricane Joaquin, told CNN the ship had structural problems and questioned whether it should have sailed with a major storm in the region.<p>The 40-year-old cargo ship never made it to Puerto Rico after it left …

Rowing

Fire sweeps through Philippine prison killing 10 inmates | Reuters

MANILA (Reuters) - Fire swept through a maximum-security Philippine prison killing 10 inmates, most of them in their cells, authorities said on Friday, in a disaster likely to highlight woeful conditions in one of the world’s most over-crowded prison systems.<p>The cause of the blaze at the prison in …

Explosion at Washington State Dam Injures Six Employees

Six employees were injured — two of them critically — Thursday in an explosion at a dam along the Columbia River in central Washington state, authorities said.<p>The Grant County Sheriff's Office said the six have various levels of injuries, and some were airlifted to area hospitals and others were …

Employment

British Ebola nurse readmitted to hospital in 'serious condition'

Pauline Cafferkey, who contracted Ebola in west Africa last year, transferred to Royal Free hospital in London with complications arising from the virus<p>Nurse Pauline Cafferkey is in a serious condition after being admitted to the Royal Free hospital in London with complications arising from the …

Disease

Pentagon Ends Program to Train Syrian Rebels, Starts Revamped Initiative

LONDON — The Pentagon on Friday announced it was ending its failed $500 million program to "train and equip" Syrian rebels and replacing it with a far less ambitious plan, defense officials said.<p>The "training" part of the program — which managed to field only "four or five" Syrian rebels into the …

Middle East

Oregon Zoo Introduces Newest Caracal Kittens

Peggy, a Caracal living in the Oregon Zoo's Predators of the Serengeti area, gave birth to two kittens on September 11, and the Zoo recently shared …

Wildlife

ISIS soldiers told to rape women 'to make them Muslim'

<i>Watch Connect the World at 5 p.m. CET this week for detailed reports on Yazidis enslaved by ISIS and their lives now.</i><p><b>Lalish, Iraq (CNN) —</b> Sitting on a shabby green sofa somewhere in the ISIS-controlled city of Mosul, Iraq, the militants laugh and joke as one of them films their excited …

New Jersey high school quarterback dies after leaving game with injury

<b>(CNN) —</b> A quarterback for a New Jersey high school football team died after leaving the game with an injury, the school announced.<p>Evan Murray, a senior at Warren Hills Regional High School in northwest New Jersey, died Friday night, officials said.<p>Gary R. Bowen, interim superintendent of the Warren …

Sumatran Tiger Born at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

A single male Sumatran Tiger cub was born at 1:54 a.m. Sept. 14, at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Tull Family Tiger Trail, to first-time parents …

Wildlife

Inside The Homes Of Hollywood's Top Earning Celebrities

Their mansions are almost as impressive as their paychecks.<p>For the past 16 years, Forbes has released an annual list of the 100 Highest-Paid Celebrities, and this year, several of the top earners have something in common beyond their super-sized paychecks: majorly impressive real estate.<p>The past …

Real Estate

Watch two drones build a bridge strong enough for humans

Two quadrocopters construct a rope bridge strong enough to carry the weight of a human in the hypnotic video (above), uploaded to YouTube this week by researcher Federico Augugliaro. The impressive feat wasn't a one-person operation. It's the latest accomplishment from many researches and …

Drones

Egypt 'violated international law' through mass home demolitions along Sinai border with Gaza

The large-scale destruction of more than 3,200 buildings in Rafah as part of countering the threat of smuggling tunnels was probably disproportionate, says Human Rights Watch<p>The Egyptian army may have broken international law by forcibly evicting more than 3,000 families as part of its campaign …

Latest Jerusalem violence is not more of the same

JERUSALEM — Over the past week, violence has yet again surged throughout this city, leaving one Israeli dead and nearly 30 Palestinians and a dozen police officers wounded, some seriously.<p>While most of the violence has been focused on the religious site known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif (the …

Israel

Rare Access Allows a Photographer to Show Us the People Power of Pope Francis

As I was walking home from work last week, I saw a man wearing a T-shirt that said “I love Pope Francis.” It didn’t surprise me. Ever since he was elected the leader of the Catholic Church in March of 2013, the pope has been capturing the public’s heart and the media’s attention with his …

Pope Francis

Frustrated Dad Writes Hilarious Common Core Check to Child's School

A fed-up Painesville, Ohio, father showed his frustration over his child's fourth-grade Common Core math curriculum by writing a check that no bank …

19 Hilarious Disney Posts That Totally Nailed It

Never underestimate the Disney fandom's ability to be hilarious.

Walt Disney Company

Why does ice cream give you ‘brain freeze’?

Delicious frozen desserts come with a sting in their tail. But why?<p>One of the most mind-numbing types of headache comes from one of the greatest desserts ever invented. By some estimates, as many as one in three people suffer from “ice cream headaches” or “brain freeze,” as the phenomenon is …

Headaches

16 Baby corgis that will explode your heart with cuteness

1 /15: Take me with you<p>1/15 :Take me with you<p>Share<p>Tweet<p>Pin<p>2 /15: Too tired to eat<p>2/15 :Too tired to eat<p>Share<p>Tweet<p>Pin<p>3 /15: Just call me "cutie"<p>3/15 …

The GOP Goes At It: Pictures from the Debate

Elections

Tsunami Advisory For Hawaii, Parts of California After Chile Quake

Hawaii and parts of California were on tsunami alert early Thursday after a huge 8.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of north Chile.<p>It prompted the U.S. Coastguard to urge the public in Hawaii to use “extreme caution” in waters around the main islands. People should prepare for "strong …

Natural Disasters

Bubonic plague reported in Michigan

<b>(CNN) —</b> Another American has come down with the plague -- and this time, they're not out West.<p>The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that a person in that state had the bubonic plague, one of what is now 14 such cases reported nationwide in 2015.<p>Did U.S. military labs …

Environmental Health

Floods in Utah kill 16, leave four missing

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two vehicles carrying women and children from a park were washed away by a flash flood barreling down a canyon near the Utah-Arizona border, leaving 12 people dead and one person missing, officials said Tuesday.<p>It was not the only deadly incident attributable to the fast-moving water. In …

National Parks