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Trump commutes sentence of kosher meatpacking executive

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday commuted the sentence of an Iowa kosher meatpacking executive who had been sentenced to 27 years in prison for money laundering, marking the first time he’s used the presidential power.<p>The decision to intervene on behalf of Sholom Rubashkin, who ran …

Steam ends support for Bitcoin due to high fees, volatility

Valve has stopped accepting bitcoin for Steam purchases, the game developer said Wednesday, citing the cryptocurrency's high fees and volatility as the impetus behind the move.<p>Along with bitcoin's skyrocketing valuation, transaction fees charged to customers have also risen dramatically, from the …

Cryptocurrency

Bangkok street food eatery earns Michelin star

In a city famous for street food, a roadside restaurant in Bangkok with plastic tables and simple but sumptuous fare has earned one of the dining …

Curries

Suited-up groom jumps into a lake to save a drowning child

<b>(CNN) —</b> Not all heroes wear capes. This one had on a wedding suit.<p>Clayton Cook had just gotten married and was getting some wedding photos taken with his wife, Brittany. The pair was on a bridge over a lake in Victoria Park in Kitchener, Canada.<p>That's when Cook noticed something alarming.<p>A child …

Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Bangladesh: Pictures

Burma

Drunken American beaten up for giving Nazi salute in Germany

The 41-year-old was slightly injured in the attack in Dresden, but faces investigation for breaching the country’s anti-Nazi laws<p>A drunken American tourist has been beaten up in the German city of Dresden after he repeatedly raised his arm to give the Nazi salute, police said.<p>The 41-year-old man, …

Years After Acid Attack, an Afghan Story of Survival Takes a Dark Turn

KABUL, Afghanistan — Mumtaz’s new baby still has no name.<p>Mumtaz is a 23-year-old woman from the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, the victim of an acid attack when she was 18, whose tormentors were jailed. It was a rare legal victory in the struggle for women’s rights in Afghanistan, hailed at …

Acid Attack

‘It’s a massacre’: At least 30 children die in Indian hospital after oxygen is cut off

NEW DELHI — One by one, the infants and children slipped away Thursday night, their parents watching helplessly as oxygen supplies at the government hospital ran dangerously low.<p>At least 30 children died Thursday and into Friday at a hospital in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh after its …

India

Discovery of 13 million-year-old ape skull shows what human ancestors may have looked like

To the untrained eye, the area west of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya appears to be barren of anything but rocky hills and volcanic ash.<p>But anthropologists know the Napudet region of the Turkana Basin <b></b>as a promising newdig site for fossils from the Middle Miocene era, about 13 million years ago. And …

Anthropology

Honolulu bans texting while crossing streets in bid to curb injuries

<b>Honolulu has become the first major US city to ban pedestrians from looking at mobile phones, texting or using digital devices while crossing the road.</b><p>The measure, which will take effect in Hawaii's largest city in October, is aimed at reducing injuries and deaths from "distracted walking".<p>First …

Amazon's Jeff Bezos briefly overtakes Bill Gates as richest man in the world

Boss Jeff Bezos briefly overtook Bill Gates as the world's richest person on Thursday following a surge in the online retailer's shares ahead of its earnings report, before the stock fell back again.<p>The e-commerce magnate, who was the fourth richest person at the beginning of the year, overtook …

‘I was buried alive’: Diver survives 60 hours trapped in an underwater cave

The lowest moment for scuba diver Xisco Gracia came when he made sure he had his knife on him. If he was going to die trapped in an underwater cave, he wanted it to be quick.<p>“I wanted to have it as a last resort,” he told the BBC this week of his April ordeal.<p>Gracia was trapped in that underwater …

Scuba Diving

YouTube launches its counter-terrorism experiment for would-be ISIS recruits

Google’s big experiment in digital counter-terrorism begins rolling out today. Collaborating with its own in-house think tank, Jigsaw, the new effort seeks to bury ISIS-related propaganda on YouTube. Now, when a potential ISIS recruit searches for known extremist content using a predefined set of …

Saudi woman arrested for wearing a skirt is released without charge

‘Model Khulood’ said the video was posted online without her knowledge as many lament double standards about ‘indecency’<p>A Saudi woman who appeared in an online video wearing an “indecent” skirt and crop top has been freed.<p>The woman, identified as Model Khulood, was released after she told …

The easy way to remove water stains from wood furniture

Nothing ruins the luster of wood furniture quite like a watermark.<p>Watermarks -- or water stains -- are often caused by cold glasses, spills, or hot dishes places directly on the wood. Luckily, though, they aren't always permanent.<p>This guide will guide you through the process of removing these …

Syrian Observatory says it has 'confirmed information' that Islamic State chief is dead

CAIRO/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters on Tuesday that it had “confirmed information” that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed.<p>The report came just days after the Iraqi army recaptured the last sectors of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, …

Islam

Nevada dispensaries running out of marijuana

RENO — Nevada dispensaries licensed to sell recreational marijuana are running out of pot less than a week after the legal market came to life, according to the state Department of Taxation.<p>On Friday, taxation officials announced that Gov. Brian Sandoval had endorsed the department's "statement of …

Israel outraged as Hebron added to UNESCO World Heritage list

UNESCO on Friday declared the Old City of Hebron an endangered world heritage site, sparking outrage from Israel in a new spat with the Palestinians at the international body.<p>The UN's cultural arm voted 12 to three -- with six abstentions -- to give heritage status to Hebron's Old City in the …

Indian Premier, in Israel Visit, Seeks to Break Barriers in Trade and History

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has long argued that, far from being diplomatically isolated because of its policies toward the Palestinians, Israel is constantly being courted by countries seeking help in technology, intelligence and counterterrorism.<p>That narrative was reinforced on …

Israel

Pakistan fuel tanker truck explosion kills at least 140

<b>Karachi, Pakistan (CNN) —</b> At least 153 were killed Sunday when they rushed to collect leaking fuel from a crashed tanker in Bahawalpur, eastern Pakistan, before it suddenly exploded.<p>The truck veered off the road when the driver lost control, police official Mohammad Akhtar told CNN. As the tanker …

Yoga and Meditation Can Change Your Genes, Study Says

Yoga and meditation may do more than just help you feel relaxed in the moment. A new scientific review suggests that these and other mindfulness …

Immune System

CAR-T Cancer Approach Has Surprising Success in Multiple Myeloma

Doctors are reporting unprecedented success from a new cell and gene therapy for multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that's on the rise. Although it's early and the study is small -- 35 people -- every patient responded and all but two were in some level of remission within two months.<p>In a second …

Cancer

First lady's hand swat a viral sensation

<b>(CNN) —</b> Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, rolled out the red carpet for President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump at Ben Gurion International Airport Monday morning, but one moment stood out: a flick of the wrist seen 'round the world.<p>As the Trumps and the …

Donald Trump

New law orders Va. insurers to cover 12-month supply of birth-control pills

Virginia women will be able to have their insurance provider cover a full year of birth-control pills at once under a bill signed Wednesday by Gov. Terry McAuliffe at an Arlington County clinic.<p>McAuliffe (D), surrounded by about a dozen elected officials and more than 50 women’s rights advocates, …

Medieval Jewish papers tell vivid stories in Cambridge exhibition

11th-century documents from Genizah store in Old Cairo synagogue cover whole range of human life, co-curator says<p>From the faded brown ink on the yellowed paper of a document going on display this week in Cambridge, a startling picture emerges of a young man who lived and loved in 11th-century Cairo.<p>…

Missing Taiwanese trekker found in Himalayas after 47 days

<b>A 21-year-old trekker from Taiwan has been rescued alive in the Himalayas, 47 days after he and his girlfriend went missing.</b><p>A high-altitude search and rescue team found Liang Sheng Yueh in a canyon at around 2,600m (8,500ft) near Tipling village in Nepal's Dhading district.<p>The body of his …

Mastodon Bone Findings Could Upend Our Understanding of Human History

Paleontologists have dug up a 130,000-year-old mastodon skeleton that looks like it was smashed apart by humans. But they found it in America, where people were not supposed to have arrived for another 100,000 years.<p>How could that have happened?<p>The researchers say they think early humans must have …

Anthropology

Dr. Tess of Beverly Hills

Sheldon Adelson's Office 'Contacted Sean Spicer' Over His Holocaust Remarks

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was reportedly contacted by the office of Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson for remarks he made Tuesday …

Donald Trump

Suicide bombers kill 44 at Palm Sunday services in Egypt

TANTA, Egypt (AP) — Suicide bombers struck hours apart at two Coptic churches in northern Egypt, killing 44 people and turning Palm Sunday services …