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8 Rules for Ditching Sentimental Clutter

Trust us. You'll feel better once you let it go. This article originally appeared on GoodHousekeeping.com.<p>Finally discarding the pile of catalogs that's hiding your dining room table is one thing; getting rid of old photographs, hand-me-downs, or life's other souvenirs is another.<p>"Everything we own …

Minimalism

At least 23 people died across U.S. this week due to winter weather

<b>(CNN) —</b> At least 23 people have died this week in the United States due to winter weather, CNN has confirmed.<p>A majority of the deaths --18 -- occurred in Tennessee.<p>Three of those people died in a fire in Knox County, Tennessee emergency management officials said.<p>Family members said a man, woman and …

Man's death leads to discovery of new virus in Kansas, CDC reports

<b>(CNN) —</b> The CDC has discovered a new virus that may have contributed to a Kansas man's death, the agency announced Friday.<p>Named the Bourbon virus after the county where the patient lived, the virus is likely spread by tick or insect bites, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.<p>A …

Disease

Fire rips through Torch skyscraper in Dubai

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Court temporarily halts U.S. policy of detaining asylum-seeking mothers, children | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal court on Friday temporarily halted the Obama administration policy of detaining mothers and children seeking asylum in the United States.<p>The American Civil Liberties Union had filed a lawsuit in December against the so-called no-release policy by the Immigration and …

Ukraine crisis: Oligarchs’ militia braced for next assault

The threat to the coastal city of Mariupol could be a ruse designed to tie down Ukrainian forces. But the coming days and weeks will provide the test, writes David Blair<p>Even in peace, the air smells permanently of sulphur in Mariupol. Ringed by steel mills and industrial plants, this grimy port …

U.S. weighs slowing Afghan withdrawal to ensure 'progress sticks': Carter | Reuters

KABUL (Reuters) - The United States is considering slowing a planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan to ensure that “progress sticks” after more than a decade of war, new Defense Secretary Ash Carter said during an unannounced visit to Kabul on Saturday.<p>U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash …

Chilling 'Slenderman' interrogation tapes released

CNN's Randi Kaye reports on newly released interrogation tapes of the two Wisconsin girls who are on trial for allegedly trying to kill their classmate.

Crime

Australia begins clean up after twin cyclones

Cyclone Marcia left destruction in its wake, but no reports of injuries or deaths<p>Australia was Saturday assessing the damage from two severe cyclones that left a trail of destruction, wrecking hundreds of homes and cutting electricity to thousands as authorities warned of more flooding and gusty …

Closing arguments heard at Arab American Marine's court-martial

Disillusioned with the Marine Corps and fearing he would die in combat, an Arab American Marine deserted his unit in Iraq in 2004 and fled to his native Lebanon, a Marine prosecutor told a court-martial Friday.<p>Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun made elaborate preparations, including burning his …

Parents of boy held in basement charged with torture

DETROIT — The parents of a boy whose disappearance and later discovery in his own basement captured headlines have been charged with torture and child abuse.<p>The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office announced the charges Friday against Charles Bothuell IV, 46, and his wife, Monique Dillard-Bothuell, 37, …

Crime

Meningitis bacteria to blame for Oregon student's death | Reuters

PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - A bacterial infection related to meningitis is to blame for the death of a University of Oregon student-athlete who was found unresponsive in her dorm room earlier this week, public health officials said on Friday.<p>Freshman Lauren Jones, 18, was found unconscious on …

UN considers ways to halt rise in Syria war atrocities

UN investigators say they are prepared to publish secret lists of alleged war criminals in Syria to help check an "exponential rise" in atrocities from over three years of war.<p>Releasing the lists would put "alleged perpetrators on notice" and could "serve to maximise the potential deterrent effect" …

Venezuela protesters demand release of Caracas mayor

The US and Latin American nations have voiced concerns over political tensions in Venezuela after the socialist government arrested the opposition mayor of Caracas for his alleged involvement in a coup plot.<p>Almost exactly one year after opposition figure Leopoldo Lopez was arrested as he led a wave …

Ukrainians mark anniversary of protests at Kiev square

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has led a sombre service in Independence Square, marking a year since snipers shot and killed protesters there. <br>In the year since the protests, which led to former president Yanukovich fleeing the capital, protesters feel that there has been no accountability …

Kim guides military drill near sea border with South Korea

The drill came as tensions grow ahead of an annual US-South Korea joint Key Resolve/Foal Eagle military exercise that is reportedly to start early next month.<p>Artillery units were among the troops taking part in the drill on the islets of Mu and Jangjae "in the biggest hotspot in the southernmost …

Homeless man dies on shelter's steps amid frigid temps

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — When the season's first cold snap hit in November, Kenneth Winfield arrived at Louisville's St. John Center for Homeless Men — his hands icy cold after sleeping outdoors.<p>"He started crying," recalled Maria Price, executive director of the day shelter. "He said, 'Please help me …

Indonesia recalls envoy to Brazil amid row over execution | Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia has recalled its new ambassador to Brazil after the South American country stopped him taking part in a credentials ceremony following the execution of a Brazilian national for drugs trafficking.<p>Brazil and the Netherlands earlier withdrew their ambassadors from …

'Siberian Express' freeze in eastern U.S. to continue into next week

The deep freeze that broke records in hundreds of cities across the eastern half of the United States on Friday will last most of next week.<p>Another widespread round of ice, snow or freezing rain is set to start falling Saturday from Missouri to the mid-Atlantic and as far south as Alabama and …

California governor blocks parole for ex-Mexican Mafia chief

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown blocked parole for a former leader of the notorious Mexican Mafia prison gang who has turned on his former …

Ukraine crisis: Russians to rally in Moscow to mark 'coup'

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Russia

High-rise tower in Dubai's Marina district catches fire, no reports of casualties

One of the world's tallest residential towers caught fire early Saturday in Dubai's Marina district, sending bright yellow flames several stories high, but there were no reports of casualties, civil defense officials said.<p>The fire broke out at about 2 a.m. in the 86-story Torch tower on the …

Libya Car Bombs Kill 40 in Apparent Revenge For Anti-ISIS Strikes: Official

BENGHAZI, Libya — Three car bombs ripped through the eastern Libyan city of Qubbah on Friday, killing 40 people and wounding 70 in what officials described as a revenge attack for Egyptian air strikes on Islamist militant targets.<p>Parliamentary speaker Aguila Saleh told Al-Arabiya television the car …