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  • Princess Diana at 50: How her legacy lives on

    If Princess Diana were still alive, Friday, July 1, would be her 50th birthday. Many are speculating what she would be like today — how she would look, where she would live, who she would have married. The magazine Newsweek even created a computer-generated image of her next to Kate Middleton for a controversial cover. But amid all the speculation, few people doubt one thing: She would be proud of her sons, who are carrying on a trait that arguably made her so famous — empathy.

    Her older son, Prince William, and his new wife are in Canada on the day Diana would have turned 50, and they head to Los Angeles on July 8. Bob Sullivan, managing editor of LIFE Books and author and editor of the new book "Diana at 50," notes that William's appeal and charity work are largely because of his mother.

    "He clearly has inherited her preternatural gift for empathy," he says. "Wills is more his mother's son than his father's, and that would please her, of

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  • Not the brightest bulb

    Everywhere you look, people are telling you how to go green: Walk. Recycle. Compost. Turn off the water. Turn off the lights.

    But it looks like there's one place in America that didn't get the memo. The firehouse in Livermore, California has a light that's been on for 110 years. (Yes, YEARS. Not hours. Not minutes. YEARS).

    Granted, it's only 4 watts, but that's what is believed to be the source of the bulb's longevity. The hand-blown globe was installed in 1901 and there's even a "bulb-cam" website where you can watch it ... being on.

  • What Afghans think about President Obama’s troop drawdown

    Many Afghans have mixed feelings about tonight's announcement from President Obama that the US will begin drawing down the levels of troops in Afghanistan.

    By Tom A. Peter, Correspondent / June 22, 2011

    Kabul, Afghanistan

    President Obama is slated to announce plans to begin a withdrawal of US forces in Afghanistan — the first of its kind since the US and NATO officially entered Afghanistan nearly a decade ago.

    Though initial estimates look to be modest, many Afghans are greeting the news of US withdrawal with a mix of joy and concern.

    "People are happy when they hear that the foreigners are preparing to leave. All the security problems are because of them. If they leave, who will Al Qaeda and the Taliban say they are fighting against?" says Shah Wali, a money exchanger in Kabul. "Personally, I think they should not leave too fast. They should do it step by step."

    Mr. Obama is expected to make an official announcement tonight about the

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  • Islamic State executes soldiers, takes hostages at Syria base: social media

    By Sylvia Westall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at the weekend, pictures posted on social media by supporters showed on Wednesday. Islamic State, an offshoot of al Qaeda, stormed Tabqa air base near Raqqa city on Sunday after days of fighting with the army that cost more than 500 lives, according to monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Tabqa was the army's last foothold in an area otherwise controlled by the militants, who have seized large areas of Syria and Iraq. The United States has carried out air strikes on the group in Iraq and is considering its options in Syria.

  • 'Perfect storm' for Ebola to spread, says virus pioneer
    'Perfect storm' for Ebola to spread, says virus pioneer

    Peter Piot, the Belgian scientist who co-discovered the Ebola virus in 1976, on Tuesday said a "perfect storm" in West Africa had given the disease a chance to spread unchecked. "We have never seen an (Ebola) epidemic on this scale," Piot was quoted by the French daily Liberation as saying. "In the last six months, we have been witnessing what can be described as a 'perfect storm' -- everything is there for it to snowball."

  • Millennials to McDonald’s: We’re not lovin’ it
    Millennials to McDonald’s: We’re not lovin’ it

    Jon Najarian on why changing tastes are posing a big threat to McDonald's business

  • Conflicts weighing heavily on German consumers

    BERLIN (AP) — A closely-watched survey shows economic expectations among German consumers have "completely collapsed" over concerns about the conflicts in Iraq, Israel and Ukraine.

  • No appetite among lawmakers or White House aides for that election-year debate
    No appetite among lawmakers or White House aides for that election-year debate

    What do Syrian President Bashar Assad and the U.S. Congress have in common? President Obama is unlikely to ask either for a formal green light to expand the American air war against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) from Iraq into Syria.

  • Vacation Nightmare: Scam Targets Hotel Room Phones
    Vacation Nightmare: Scam Targets Hotel Room Phones

    By Linsey Davis What started off as a pit stop at a Best Western hotel in New Orleans ended up as a major pitfall for Christine Bicek and her daughter, Katie Bicek. “It’s about midnight and our hotel room phone rings,” said Christine Bicek of Houston. The voice on the phone claiming to be from [...]

  • ISIS Demands $6.6M Ransom for 26-Year-Old American Woman
    ISIS Demands $6.6M Ransom for 26-Year-Old American Woman

    Family Says Iraqi Terror Group Threatened to Execute Aid Worker If Demands Aren’t Met

  • Why are so many Britons fighting for ISIS?
    Why are so many Britons fighting for ISIS?

    Hundreds of young men have left the U.K. to join the extremist group and have committed brutal acts in Middle East

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