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Flood alerts and coastal warnings as woman drowns in rough seas

Police searching for several people missing in bad weather, and forecasters predict more strong winds and heavy rain<p>The environment secretary is expected to chair a meeting of the government's Cobra emergencies committee on Thursday in response to floods that have torn down power lines, closed …

Dubai Fireworks Break Record

Japan's royal family pose for unusual New Year photo

Japan's Imperial Palace has issued a rare photograph of the entire royal family to mark the New Year<p><b>Japan</b>'s royal family – the oldest continuous hereditary monarchy in the world – has taken the unusual step of issuing a family photograph to celebrate the New Year.<p>The formal family photo shows …

Mexico soda tax to re-ignite debate

Mexico’s new tax on soda and other high calorie foods kicked in Wednesday, starting the clock on a big policy experiment that could reignite calls for similar actions in the U.S.<p>Researchers, health advocates and the beverage industry are all closely watching what happens in Mexico — which recently …

Near-blizzard conditions threaten 'a lot of problems' across Northeast

A winter storm grounded hundreds of flights Wednesday as forecasters warned that most of the Northeast could be buried under as much as a foot and a half of snow Friday.<p>A day after meteorologists predicted that a storm system was unlikely to bring snow to New York City this week, the forecast was …

Cholesterol levels linked to early signs of Alzheimer's in brain

High levels of “good” HDL cholesterol and low levels of the “bad” LDL kind are not just helpful for your heart, they’re better for your brain as well, a new study finds.<p>In fact, the wrong levels of the two types of cholesterol are associated with more of the protein deposits in the brain associated …

Dementia

Iranian billionaire Babak Zanjani 'arrested'

<b>The billionaire Iranian businessman Babak Zanjani has been arrested, state media report.</b><p>In September, Iran's parliament began investigating his business dealings after he was accused of withholding $1.9bn (£1.2bn) of oil revenue meant to be channelled through his companies.<p>Mr Zanjani, who claims he …

Asia

How Deflating: Huge Rubber Duck Goes Flat In Taiwan

Earlier this year, it was Hong Kong's six-story tall rubber duck that went pffff.<p>Now, there's word from Taiwan that another of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's floating works of art has collapsed.<p>The BBC reports that "the giant inflatable" burst suddenly Tuesday "in front of scores of people …

Climate Change Worse Than We Thought, Likely To Be 'Catastrophic Rather Than Simply Dangerous'

Climate change may be far worse than scientists thought, causing global temperatures to rise by at least 4 degrees Celsius by 2100, or about 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a new study.<p>The study, published in the journal Nature, takes a fresh look at clouds' effect on the planet, according to …

Britain faces miserable start to 2014 as another storm sweeps in

Edinburgh is expected to be dry as the chimes strike midnight on New Year's Eve, but revellers in London could get a soaking, forecasters say<p>Britain faces a miserable start to 2014 after forecasters warned that a New Year’s Day storm could cause fresh floods.<p>Gales gusting at up to 60mph will strike …

Dubai Sets A World Record With The World's Largest Fireworks Display On New Year's Eve

It's another feather in Dubai's hat: The city appears to have broken the record for the largest fireworks display of all time this New Year's Eve. Guinness World Record adjudicators were on hand to record the attempt.<p>The pyrotechnic feat included more than 500,000 fireworks and took six minutes to …

Vitamin E Might Help Slow Alzheimer's Early On

Alzheimer's is a disease without a cure, and the available treatments only slow its progression for a bit. Now there's evidence vitamin E may help hold it at bay, at least for people in the early stages of the disease.<p>The finding, though inconclusive, is a bit of a surprise. Vitamin E has gotten a …

Latvia Joins the Eurozone As Europe's Currency Crisis Recedes

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>At the stroke of midnight, Latvian local time (seven hours plus ET), Latvia became the eighteenth …

Former First Lady Barbara Bush Is Hospitalized

Barbara Bush, 88, is in a hospital in Houston with a respiratory-related issue, according to her husband's office.<p>She was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Monday, a statement from the office of former President George H.W. Bush reads.<p>The statement says the former first lady "is in great …