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U.S. gun control movement pushing Congress to act: lawmakers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The youth-led U.S. gun control movement that flexed its public muscle with huge weekend rallies has already nudged Congress to enact minor firearms changes, but must remain active if it hopes to win more meaningful regulations, lawmakers said on Sunday.<p>The movement that erupted …

Guns

Storm Damage in New Zealand

Huge waves crashed into the shores of Nelson in New Zealand, as a downgraded cyclone left behind debris, destruction.<p>Heavy rains also flooded the southern city of Dunedin, forcing authorities to declare a state of emergency and ask people not to travel by road.

'Space graffiti': astronomers angry over launch of fake star into sky

Giant disco ball dubbed ‘Humanity Star’, launched by startup Rocket Lab, will interfere with scientific study of the universe, experts say<p>Astronomers across the world have criticised a privately owned, New Zealand-based space company after it secretively put a satellite likened to a giant disco …

Columbia University

UK, Canada warn tourists after violent crime in Jamaica's Montego Bay

<b>(CNN) —</b> British and Canadian authorities are warning their nationals visiting Jamaica's Montego Bay to limit their movements following a state of emergency over violence and shootings in the tourist hotspot.<p>Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced a state of emergency for St. James Parish …

Caribbean

Doctors told this 20-year-old his back pain wasn’t serious. Then he couldn’t walk.

The 200-mile drive from Chicago to his home in Springfield, Ill., seemed longer than usual as James Weitzel tried, with little success, to relieve the dull pain near his right shoulder blade that had dogged him for months.<p>His family doctor had told the 20-year-old he had probably pulled a muscle or …

University of Tennessee

'Supermoon' brightens up skies for stargazers

<b>Skywatchers have enjoyed spectacular views of this month's "supermoon" - when the Moon appears larger and brighter in the sky.</b><p>The supermoon phenomenon happens when the Moon reaches its closest point to Earth, known as a perigee Moon.<p>The Moon circuits the Earth in an elliptical or oval orbit - a …

Dogs are red-green colour blind, research indicates

Dogs are colourblind and struggle to distinguish between red and green, meaning finding a red ball in the park could prove tricky, scientists have said.<p>Experts have known for some time that dogs have poor vision, and are up to eight times worse than humans at seeing things in detail. But until now, …

Pets

First Miss Peru, now Brazil's Miss Bumbum: In South America, the beauty pageant is the new political platform

Brazil’s 2017 Miss Bumbum contest was rife with intrigue even before any of the 27 women vying for the title stepped on the stage in Sao Paulo this week.<p>The annual contest settles the question of who has the platonic-ideal of posteriors in a country that’s a springboard for international models and …

Brazil

Obama tells Democrats to reject politics of division, fear

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama called on fellow Democrats to reject politics of "division" and "fear" while rallying on Thursday …

New Jersey

Schumer Says He Rebuffed Another Offer From Trump on Health Care

WASHINGTON — President Trump reached out to the Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, on Friday to propose yet another effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but Mr. Schumer later said he had quickly shot down the offer.<p>Mr. Trump’s phone call, which he announced in a tweet on …

Health Care

9 people dead after at least 39 were found packed in a sweltering tractor-trailer in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO — It began with a desperate request for water and a Walmart employee’s suspicions about a tractor-trailer parked outside. That led officials on Sunday to discover at least 39 people packed into a sweltering trailer, several of them on the verge of death — their skin hot to the touch, …

Immigration

Prince Charles co-authors Ladybird climate change book

<b>Prince Charles has co-authored a Ladybird book on the challenges and possible solutions to climate change.</b><p>It is part of a series for adults written in the style of the well-known children's books that aims to clearly explain complicated subjects.<p>The 52-page guide has been co-authored by former …

Books

SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 rocket months after explosion

Engineers burst into cheers when rocket landed on barge in Pacific Ocean Launch was first since September, when rocket exploded on launchpad<p>SpaceX launched its first rocket since a big explosion last year, when one of the private spaceflight’s rockets annihilated a $200m satellite in a spectacular …

Elon Musk

Hit it and quit it: 11 bands that split just as they were becoming successful

Throughout music history there are numerous tales of bands that teetered on the verge of separation until a sudden burst of success made the grueling …

El Paso

9 Famous Shoe Designers Recreate Cinderella’s Glass Slipper

This March, Disney is releasing a live-action remake of everyone’s favorite fairy tale about uncomfortable women’s footwear. To generate hype for <i>Cinderella</i>, starring Cate Blanchett and Lily James, Disney recently asked nine celebrated shoe designers to create their own interpretations of the famous …

Monster Hurricanes Could Become More Frequent, Scientists Warn

Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda—The Orlando Sentinel/AP<p>Tim Chapman—Newsmakers/Getty Images<p>Jack Thornell—AP<p>Chris Hondros—Getty Images<p>Horace Cort—AP<p>Paul …

Scientists Have Figured Out a Way to Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel

Researchers at Harvard have discovered how to convert solar energy into liquid fuel, potentially accelerating our switch to the alternative-energy …

Ukraine crisis: Poroshenko declares Russia conditions 'unacceptable'

Ceasefire will come into force on Sunday, but Hollande and Merkel say much work still to be done after marathon overnight negotiations<p>The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany have reached a ceasefire deal after 17 hours of talks in Minsk, Belarus, on the Ukrainian conflict.<p>The ceasefire …

Russia

Pope Francis: not having children is selfish

Life rejuvenates and acquires energy when it multiplies, pontiff tells audience in St Peter’s Square<p>Pope Francis has chided couples who choose not to have children, saying the decision is a “selfish” act. The statement, made in his general audience in St Peter’s Square, will be seen as especially …

Pope Francis

10 Historical Photos and Stories of Drag Queens

"Queens," or men who defy gender norms and dress as women, have always been present in the LGBTQ community and pop culture. Their journey has been long, but as a society we have progressed to a level of acceptance which has unfortunately not always been a part of our culture.<p>We acknowledge that not …

This Single Dad Couldn't Do His Daughter's Ponytail, So He Went To Cosmetology School

Colorado-based dad Greg Wickherst has been shaving his head his whole adult life, so when it came time to put his daughter Izzy's hair into a ponytail, he was clueless. "Hair has definitely not been my thing," Greg told The Huffington Post.<p>Greg and Izzy's mother split up over a year ago, and the …

A Homeless Man Read His Only Book Over And Over, So A Compassionate Stranger Gave Him A Kindle

A homeless man is pursuing his love of reading thanks to a good Samaritan.<p>Last week, a San Diego man, who wishes to remain anonymous, was on a business trip in Las Vegas when he frequently passed a homeless man named Paul on the street. The man noticed that Paul had been reading an old, worn book …

Millennials’ Favorite Trivia Game Dominates App Store Charts

Trivia Crack, a game-show style quiz app that launched in Argentina, is swiftly taking over schools and college campuses around the world.<p>For months, Trivia Crack has been one of the most popular apps in American app stores, currently topping both the free and paid app charts. Now boasting 100 …

President Barack Obama to meet, pay respects to new Saudi King

<b>(CNN) —</b> U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in order to meet the newly appointed monarch, King Salman, and pay his respects to the family of the late King Abdullah, the White House said Saturday.<p>Vice President Joe Biden was originally set to have led a delegation to …

Middle East

Freed Yazidi: I was beaten by Isis because I refused to say the Shahada

Shepherd Amin Jendi was among those released by the militant group this week although 5,000 still thought to be captive<p>Yazidi shepherd Amin Jendi was herding his flock in northwest Iraq on an August morning last year when Islamic State (Isis) militants attacked. By the time the 54-year-old returned …

Yazidis

Another new ichthyosaur in the golden age of Jurassic discovery

An ichthyosaur fossil found on the Isle of Skye has been identified as a new species of sea-going reptile, dating back 170 million years. It‘s the latest of a number of ancient species to be uncovered in the area<p>Jurassic Park is alive and well and found in Scotland. A 4.2 metre ichthyosaur fossil …

Dinosaurs

11 Movies to Watch Out for in 2015

The non-blockbuster must-see features of the year.<p><b>Hey, did you know that a brand-new Star Wars film</b> is coming out in December? And an <i>Avengers</i> sequel is on the way in May? And yet another <i>Jurassic Park</i> adventure arrives in June? Oh, wait—of course you did, because even at this early stage of 2015, …

Woody Harrelson