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U.S. and Cuba to Sign Agreement Next Week Resuming Commercial Flights

The United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to resume commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades, starting the clock …

Caribbean Travel

Woman stabbed 32 times by ex-boyfriend to marry fireman who rescued her

Melissa Dohme will wed Cameron Hill after he proposed marriage with a message on a baseball

A woman who was stabbed 32 times by her former boyfriend is to marry a fireman who was a member of the emergency services team who came to her rescue.

Melissa Dohme met Cameron Hill after the Florida fireman …

Tampa Bay Rays

US deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea's nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week to set up an even more sophisticated U.S. missile defense in a move that has …


Astronauts' Space Suits Have Special Pockets for Vodka


According to the Evening Standard, engineers build hidden pockets into spacesuits and fill them with pouches of vodka before blast-off, so astronauts can sneak the occasional nip.

The tradition is the result of celestial prohibition during space exploration's early history. When they first …


The Latest: Italy pledges $3.3M in humanitarian aid to Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria and international diplomatic efforts to end the violence (all times local):

8.00 p.m.

Italy has decided to give 3 million euros ($3.3 million) in humanitarian aid to ease the suffering of Syrian civilians forced to flee bombings near Aleppo.

The …


'No rhyme or reason' for machete attack at Ohio restaurant

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — From the front door, the man with the machete didn't have a straight path to people in the booths at the small suburban restaurant. He stepped by the welcoming greeting on the front glass, past the half-wall entryway divider and the display case of kataifi and other …


Teenager seized for Boko Haram attack tells how she tore off suicide vest and fled

Strapped with a suicide bomb vest and sent by the extremist Boko Haram group to kill as many people as possible, the teenage girl tore off the explosives and fled as soon as she was out of sight of her handlers.

Her two companions, however, completed their grisly mission and walked into a crowd of …

Boko Haram

NYPD tracked citizens’ cellphones 1,000 times since 2008 without warrants

New York City police have tracked citizens’ cellphones over 1,000 times since 2008 without using warrants, according to public records obtained by the New York Civil Liberties Union.

The organization announced on Thursday that the NYPD has typically used “stingrays” after obtaining lower-level court …


3 Standout CEOs Who Don't Get Enough Attention

These CEOs are a reminder to keep an eye out for great performance happening outside the headlines.

There are excellent leaders, and then there are leaders who get a lot of attention. The Venn diagram of these two sets shows limited overlap. Today, please observe three business bosses whose …

Sumner Redstone

Gravitational waves: breakthrough discovery after two centuries of expectation

Physicists have announced the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime that were first anticipated by Albert Einstein a century ago.

“We have detected gravitational waves. We did it,” said David Reitze, executive director of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave …

Gravitational Waves

Physicists Detect Gravitational Waves, Proving Einstein Right

A team of physicists who can now count themselves as astronomers announced on Thursday that they had heard and recorded the sound of two black holes colliding a billion light-years away, a fleeting chirp that fulfilled the last prophecy of Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

That faint rising …


The Latest: Sheriff identifies 2 slain deputies

ABINGDON, Md. (AP) — The Latest on a gunman fatally shooting two sheriff's deputies and being killed in a shootout (all times local):

12 p.m.

A Maryland sheriff is identifying two deputies slain by a gunman who was killed in a shootout.

Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler identified them at a news …


Meet the Trumps: they could just become America's first family

Ready to contemplate future dystopia?

Well, its seeming ever more likely that Donald Trump might actually win the Republican party nomination for president this year. Which means that it’s not at all unfeasible that he would become president of the United States of America. Which means that his …

Donald Trump

Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service.

On a vote of 75-20, the Senate gave final congressional …

Internet Sales Tax

Drone footage shows scale of refugee camp on Turkey-Syria border

Aerial footage reveals the size of the Bab al-Salama camp where tens of thousands of Syrians are fleeing Aleppo for the Turkish border

Drone footage shows the Bab al-Salama refugee camp on the Syrian border where tens of thousands of men, women and children are camped out in the hope of crossing …


Department of Justice Sues Ferguson, Which Reversed Course on Agreement

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice filed a civil rights lawsuit against Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday, less than a day after the city rejected an agreement to overhaul its beleaguered criminal justice system and address allegations of widespread abuses by its police department.

“Their decision …


With FBI ring tightening, last Oregon occupiers give up

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — With the FBI tightening its ring around them, the last four holdouts in the armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered Thursday, ending a 41-day standoff that left one man dead and exposed simmering anger over the government's control of vast expanses of …

Portland, OR

Fargo officer just 2nd killed in line of duty

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota police officer died Thursday of a gunshot wound suffered while responding to a domestic disturbance hours earlier, becoming just the second Fargo officer to die in the line of duty and the first in more than a century.

Officer Jason Moszer, 33, a six-year veteran of …


A Lake Mead houseboat dream come true: Las Vegas chefs from Alizé cook everything for you

Pampered campers: Ready for glamping on water? Houseboats replace the luxury tent or camper and come with personal chefs for an upscale weekend on the water this spring in Southern Nevada.

There’ll be plenty of glamour — hence the “glamping” moniker — as Forever Resorts presents its first Scenic and …

U.S. Travel

Judge deliberates on new trial for \"Serial\" defendant

BALTIMORE (AP) — A retired Baltimore judge who will determine whether a man convicted of a killing at the center of popular podcast "Serial" deserves a new trial said the five-day post-conviction hearing that concluded Tuesday garnered more attention than any other proceeding he'd seen in the state.


Ex-Nazi SS guard, 94, to be tried on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder

A 94-year-old former SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp is going on trial this week on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder, the first of up to four cases being brought to court this year in an 11th-hour push by German prosecutors to punish Nazi war crimes.

Reinhold Hanning is accused of serving …


North Korea 'executes army chief of staff'

North Korea reportedly executes its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil

North Korea has executed its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, which, if true, would be the latest in a series of executions, purges and disappearances under its young …


Larry Ellison's hot new Hawaiian island redo: Four Seasons Resort Lanai

Luxury lodging has returned to Lanai -- the little-visited island owned by billionaire Larry Ellison -- with this month’s reopening of the Four Seasons Resort Lanai.

Formerly known as Four Seasons at Manele Bay, the upscale resort was shuttered eight months ago for a reported $75-million renovation …

Larry Ellison

Turkey’s Leader Rebukes U.S. Over Its Support for Kurds

ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey harshly criticized the United States on Wednesday for not recognizing a Syrian Kurdish rebel group as a terrorist organization, describing the American position as a failure that had helped turn the region into a blood bath.

“Are you on our side or …


Chicago police officer sues victim's family over shooting

A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black teenager last December is suing his family for $10m (£6.9m), claiming emotional distress.

Robert Rialmo shot 19-year-old student Quintonio LeGrier six times, killing the boy's neighbour in the process.

Mr Rialmo says Mr LeGrier swung at him with …


Syria troops make more gains in Aleppo, near Turkish border

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian army troops recaptured a new village north of Aleppo Monday, bringing troops and allied militiamen to within a few kilometers of the Turkish border as part of a major Russian-backed offensive in the area, the Syrian government and opposition activists said.

State-run news agency …


Suspect in Vienna Death of Lauren Mann Is Arrested at Swiss Refugee Center

MAINZ, Germany — A suspect in the death of American nanny Lauren Mann has been arrested at a Swiss refugee center, officials told NBC News on Monday.

Mann, a 25-year-old originally from Colorado, was found half naked in apartment in the Austrian city of Vienna last month. An autopsy showed she died …


Tampa Airport's Gun Seizures Put it on Fast-Track to Top 3 Offenders in U.S.

Gun confiscations at Tampa International Airport security checkpoints have been rising, and if the numbers stay high, the airport could become among …


The Best Ways To Cook Hard-Boiled Eggs, Ranked By Peel-Ability

Because there's nothing worse than a poor-peeling egg.

Hard-boiled eggs are generally pretty easy to make -- just boil, peel and eat. But some eggs are easier to peel than others. Why is that?

One factor is the freshness of the eggs. The less fresh the egg, the easier they are to peel. This is …


Russia holds ISIS group suspected of planning attacks in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's FSB security police has arrested seven Islamic State militants in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg who were planning terrorist attacks in Moscow and St Petersburg, Interfax news agency quoted the FSB as saying on Monday.

The group included Russian nationals and citizens of …