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  • How an ISIS Beheading Might Change Japan

    A video released on Islamic State-affiliated Twitter accounts show the apparent beheading of Haruna Yukawa, a 42-year-old Japanese citizen who had been held captive by ISIS forces since last August. Yukawa's death hasn't been independently verified, but the Japanese government said it believes the…

    The Atlantic
  • Germany halts arms exports to Saudi Arabia

    Germany has decided to stop arms exports to Saudi Arabia because of "instability in the region," German daily Bild reported on Sunday. Weapons orders from Saudi Arabia have either been "rejected, pure and simple," or deferred for further consideration, the newspaper said, adding that the…

    AFP
  • Search for Earhart plane on remote Marshalls atoll

    A search is under way on a remote atoll in the Marshall Islands aimed at solving the mysterious disappearance of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. A group of researchers travelled Sunday to Mili Atoll where a small aluminium cover plate and part of a landing-gear wheel assembly, believed to be from…

    AFP
  • Dead whale found at Seattle dock struck by ship propeller

    SEATTLE (AP) — A 32-foot gray whale that turned up dead under the Washington state ferry terminal in downtown Seattle died earlier this week because it was struck by the propeller of a large vessel, according to the initial results of a necropsy completed Saturday.

    Associated Press
  • Ashley Wagner wins 3rd US title with record-setting scores

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Ashley Wagner is boasting that the American women can win medals at the world championships.

    Associated Press
  • Pressure mounts on Russia as Ukraine rebels launch bloody offensive

    World leaders on Sunday ramped up pressure on Moscow to stop pro-Kremlin rebels from pursuing a major new Ukrainian offensive after rockets killed 30 people in a strategic government-held port. The mayor of Mariupol's office said 97 people were also wounded by dozens of long-distance rockets that…

    AFP
  • ISIS video: Is this Japanese beheading real or fake?

    In the video, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto holds up a photo that purportedly shows the beheaded body of his companion, security contractor Haruna Yukawa. In both cases, questions have been raised about their authenticity.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • America Isn’t No. 1 Anymore: Here Are the Most Obese—and Slimmest—Countries in the World

    Obesity rates are increasing everywhere. Worldwide obesity has doubled since 1980, according to the Global Status Report released by the World Health Organization this week. More recently, the U.K.’s Clinic Compare created a map (above) based on international obesity statistics by the CIA, which…

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    Ghosts of Auschwitz (19 photos)

    Ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camp will take place on January 27, with some 300 former Auschwitz prisoners taking part in the commemoration event. The Germans built the Auschwitz camp in 1940 as a place of incarceration for the Poles. From 1942, it became the…

    Yahoo News
  • Teenage student fatally stabbed at California middle school

    (Reuters) - A teenage student was fatally stabbed at a Los Angeles middle school on Friday afternoon, officials said, with no-one yet taken into custody. The 14-year-old victim, who was not identified by police, was on the David Wark Griffith Middle School campus around 3 p.m. local time when he…

    Reuters
  • Annapolis, Maryland, Mansion Fire: What the Family Did Hours Before Deadly Blaze

    Alexis (Lexi) Boone, 8, Kaitlyn (Katie) Boone, 7, Charlotte Boone, 8, and Wesley (Wes) Boone, 6 -- to dinner at the Medieval Times restaurant on Sunday night, according to a family spokeswoman. In a statement released Thursday, members of the Boone and Pyle families thanked those who have offered…

    ABC News
  • WHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK: Obama's presidential 'namaste'

    NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama was so honored to be invited to India's Republic Day celebration that he showed it.

    Associated Press
  • Report: Decomposing body found at Arkansas funeral home

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An inspection of an Arkansas funeral home that has since been suspended found bodies stacked in a cooler packed beyond capacity and other bodies that hadn't been embalmed lying out in the open, the inspector wrote.

    Associated Press
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    Historical images of New York City Subway (62 photos)

    The first subway line in New York City opened about 35 years after the first elevated train line in NYC, October 27, 1904. The subway lines opened in 1904 were owned and run by privately owned companies. They also started some elevated train lines in Brooklyn. In 1913 New York City built and…

    Yahoo News
  • Nine-year-old brothers left home alone for 120 days: How did they survive?

    A real-life “Home Alone” story of twin 9-year-old brothers in New Hampshire who managed to basically take care of themselves for a third of a year is in part a case of child endangerment, but also, upon closer inspection, a stunning tale of childhood ingenuity. While authorities at first wondered…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Cops: Pet ferrets maul newborn's face while mom is upstairs

    DARBY, Pa. (AP) — Authorities near Philadelphia say a trio of pet ferrets mauled a newborn who was left downstairs in her car seat, chewing off the baby's nose and part of her cheek and lip.

    Associated Press
  • Rihanna goes acoustic with Paul McCartney

    Rihanna, who has topped the charts with a pop-driven R&B sound, has unveiled a new acoustic song in a collaboration with Beatles legend Paul McCartney. Rihanna unexpectedly late Saturday released the new single, "FourFiveSeconds," which features the Barbados-born singer's signature robust voice but…

    AFP