• Heartwarming airline stunt brings passengers to tears

    In the latest marketing stunt aimed at pulling on people’s heartstrings in advance of the holiday season, Dutch airline KLM brought some flyers to tears recently by enlisting their loved ones to write personal messages that were then left on the headrests.

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  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Step Down

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down, senior administration officials confirmed today to ABC News. President Obama will announce Hagel’s departure Monday morning from the Rose Garden of the White House. “In October, Secretary Hagel began speaking with the President about departing the…

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  • Church members each get $500 to do good for world

    CHICAGO (AP) — On a very memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her congregation with a bold announcement: She was about to hand out money to everyone.

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  • Russia puts losses from sanctions, cheaper oil at up to $140 billion per year

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Lower oil prices and Western financial sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis will cost Russia around $130-140 billion a year - equivalent to around 7 percent of its economy - Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Monday. His comments are the latest acknowledgement by…

  • Tibetan mega-dam begins operation

    China has begun generating electricity from Tibet's biggest ever hydropower project, state-run media reported, the latest dam development on Himalayan rivers that has prompted concern in neighbouring India.

  • Does bad behavior really hurt business?

    NEW YORK (AP) — Silicon Valley seems to have more than its share of companies behaving badly. Among up-and-comers in the tech world, privacy abuses and executive gaffes have become viral sensations. But is all that bad behavior actually bad for business?

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  • China dismisses US call to halt island construction project in South China Sea

    China has dismissed a US call to halt construction on a new artificial island it is building in the disputed South China Sea, calling the US "biased." The island under construction is reportedly large enough to accommodate an airfield, and would give China a new base of operations in a region where…

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  • Gobble, Gobble! 6 Fun Facts About Turkeys

    Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and as households across the country prepare to serve up mouthwatering feasts, the famed bird at the center of these festivities deserves its time in the spotlight. Over short flights, a wild turkey can top out at about 55 miles per hour (89 km/h), according…

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    Who’s the king of the jungle? (22 photos)

    Not always the lion, Yahoo News Gordon Donovan learned on a trip to Nambia’s Etosha National Park last year. Donovan captured three young lions behaving more like scaredy-cats than fierce felines when they tried to join a group of elephants at a watering hole. At the end of the dry season in…

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  • Americans urged to stop wasting food

    In the run-up to Thanksgiving, a holiday to celebrate bountiful harvests, Americans are being urged to stop wasting food so much.

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  • Lithuania to supply Ukraine with military aid: Poroshenko

    KIEV (Reuters) - Lithuania is to provide Ukraine with some military aid to help in its fight against pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Monday. It was not clear, however, if Lithuania was following fellow NATO member the United States in…

  • Chilean moms growing support for medical marijuana

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Paulina Bobadilla was beyond desperate. The drugs no longer stopped her daughter's epileptic seizures and the little girl had become so numb to pain, she would tear off her own fingernails and leave her small fingers bleeding.

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  • Cleveland Police Officer Fatally Shoots 12-Year-Old Boy Carrying a Toy Firearm

    As the nation awaits the decision of a St. Louis County grand jury in the Michael Brown shooting case, news comes that Cleveland police shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a BB gun at a playground on Saturday afternoon. The child, who has not been publicly named, died on Sunday morning, reported…

  • Australian leader's 'shirtfront' gets new meaning

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian prime minister's threat to "shirtfront" Russia's president during an international summit this month has prompted a dictionary to broaden its definition of the word beyond an Australian football term for a shoulder charge to an opponent's chest.

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  • Philippines fines Chinese fishermen $102,000 each for poaching

    PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (Reuters) - A Philippine court on Monday fined nine Chinese fishermen $102,000 each after they were caught with hundreds of sea turtles in a disputed shoal in the South China Sea amid a festering territorial standoff between the two sides. China claims almost all of the…

  • Secrets Cracked in Yosemite's Tuolumne Meadows

    The broad, grassy plain of Yosemite National Park's Tuolumne Meadows is a welcome stop for visitors driving California's steep and winding Highway 120. Geologists now say the answer to this long-standing puzzle lies in the molten rock that shaped the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Granite near…

  • UK police say terror threat 'has evolved', will last for years

    London (AFP) - British police on Monday urged the public to be alert to potential terrorist activity as they said the threat of extremist attacks would last for several years.

  • Fort Drum powered by wood in renewable energy push

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — Bulldozers rumble up and down steaming mountains of wood chips 24 hours a day, stoking the boilers that provide electricity to all 168 square miles of Fort Drum, home of the Army's 10th Mountain Division.

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