Royals turn out for 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' premiere
British royals Prince Harry and Prince William walk the red carpet at the European premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi.' Rough cut (no reporter narration).

'Star Wars' cast react to 'The Last Jedi'
The cast of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' react to seeing the new film in the sci-fi fantasy saga for the first time. Rough Cut - no reporter narration.

Adorable or deplorable? Porgs stir debate in Star Wars galaxy
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' introduces a new creature, the Porg, which, despite causing discussion among fans, is set to be the toy to get in the holiday season. Rollo Ross reports.

Santa Claus delivers his annual message from Lapland
Santa Claus delivers his annual message from his home in Lapland as he prepares for his journey around the world. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Daniel Day-Lewis attends the New York premiere of "Phantom Thread"
Cast of ''Phantom Thread'' say they hope the film is not Daniel Day-Lewis' last. Jane Witherspoon reports.

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Portugal, Ireland woes dominate EU summit
BRUSSELS -- Just on the day EU leaders were hoping to present the final version of their plan to solve the region's debt crisis, their summit in Brussels was overwhelmed Thursday by debate over Portugal's political crisis and Ireland's banking woes.

Moody's downgrades ratings of Spanish banks
MADRID -- Moody's downgraded the debt of 30 Spanish banks Thursday but left untouched the ratings of the country's three largest banks, highlighting the weaknesses in Spain's financial system a day after the government in neighboring Portugal fell.

Markets brush off Portuguese bailout concerns
LONDON -- Markets on Thursday brushed aside mounting speculation that Portugal would soon be tapping a European bailout fund amid hopes that the continent's debt crisis may be about to claim its final scalp - for now.

Japan disaster reminds businesses about insurance
NEW YORK -- It might be inconceivable to small business owners that a disaster hundreds or thousands of miles away could shut them down. But the earthquake and tsunami in Japan have interrupted shipments of parts and finished goods to companies in the U.S., and sent many of them to call their...

Irish economy shrinks for 3rd straight year
DUBLIN -- Ireland's economy shrank in 2010 for the third straight year and the yields on Irish bonds rose to euro-era highs Thursday amid fears that the cost of rescuing the country's failed banks will overwhelm its finances even with the international bailout.

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Researchers try to understand naked mole rats' resistance to cancer
With their pinkish, translucent and wrinkly skin, double-saber buck teeth and black-bead eyes, naked mole rats look like characters in a nightmare from hell. In fact, they do live underground in pitch-dark burrows where their air, from a human point of view, can contain chokingly little oxygen, t...

Doctors try new models to push health insurers aside
Just about everyone agrees that the way we pay for primary care needs fixing. Under the current insurance model, doctors get paid for procedures and tests rather than for time spent with patients, which displeases doctors and patients alike and increases costs. Now some medical practices are side...

Medigap supplemental coverage can be too pricey for younger Medicare beneficiaries
One night three years ago, Joe Hobson finished reading a book, went to sleep and woke up blind. The problem, caused by a rare hereditary disease, forced him to give up his 20-year communications job, along with its generous health insurance. Now 63, the Arlington man is covered by Medicare, the f...

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Fish and seafood recipe recommendations
Jennifer LaRue Huget offers some suggestions

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North Korea warns of 'abyss of doom' if 'old lunatic' Trump remains president




Exclusive: Undercover teams record grisly remote Faroe Islands whale slaughter

New Year's Eve countdown begins with a glitch
New numbers fail to light properly in Times Square. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

Biodegradable dress shows support for climate pact
An artist creates a blue dress comprised of hundreds of biodegradable figures of men as a representation of nations adhering to the 2015 Paris Agreement. Elly Park reports.

China's craze for e-sports paves way for gaming college degrees
Some Chinese universities are rolling out gaming degrees as China's booming video game market shows no signs of slowing.

Santa Claus delivers his annual message from Lapland
Santa Claus delivers his annual message from his home in Lapland as he prepares for his journey around the world. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Breast milk and soot beauty tattoos fade in Turkey
Traditional tattoos made of breast milk and soot are fading from the Turkish villages where they were once popular.

This Day in History

Chinese River Dolphin Declared Functionally Extinct (2006)
Found only in China's Yangtze River, the baiji was a pale, nearly blind freshwater dolphin species nicknamed the "Goddess of the Yangtze." Though it had lived there for millennia, its population declined precipitously in the late 20th century as an industrialized China made heavy use of the river. Many were injured by fishing gear and boat propellers. The species was finally declared functionally extinct after a six-week search failed to locate any baiji. When was the last baiji caught on film? Discuss

The Battle of Nineveh (627 CE)
The Battle of Nineveh was fought between the Byzantine Empire and the Sassanid Dynasty, the last dynasty of native rulers to reign in Persia. Heraclius, the Byzantine emperor, was able to draw his Persian adversaries onto a favorable battlefield by feigning a retreat, thereby securing victory for his troops. The loss seriously damaged the Sassanids' power. Within decades, the weakened Sassanid dynasty would be toppled by the Arab Conquest. What fate did the Sassanid king suffer after Nineveh?

Last Manned Lunar Landing (1972)
With the Apollo program drawing to a close, the astronauts of Apollo 17 knew that it would be some time before anyone returned to the Moon. Hours after the mission's launch, the astronauts snapped the famous "Blue Marble" photograph of a fully illuminated Earth. Days later, they landed on the Moon. On their three moonwalks, they explored miles of the Taurus-Littrow region, collected rock samples, and set up equipment for remote data collection. Who was the last person to walk on the Moon?

5 Tips for Discovering Biological Family with AncestryDNA
Few journeys in the world of genealogy are as poignant and challenging as an individual searching for his or her biological family. While all people who pursue genealogy experience some sense of self-discovery and emotion, researchers solving “unknown parentage” questions produce even more passion. With the world of genetic genealogy exploding in popularity over the Read More

DNA Question: How can I tell matches from my mother’s and father’s side apart?
We took a poll of questions AncestryDNA members had about their test results, and this one topped the list: How can I tell my paternal from my maternal matches? This is one area where testing multiple family members can help—and there’s no better time than the holidays for getting family on board. Starring: Your Parents Read More

Locating World War I Photographs
I talk to a lot of European World War I and World War II researchers who have adopted the graves of our American service members who are buried in American Battle Monument Commission (ABMC) Cemeteries. The number one thing each seeks is a photograph of their adopted soldier, sailor, or Marine. So, just where might Read More

8 Ideas to Add Even More Excitement to Your AncestryDNA Gift
AncestryDNA kits make perfect holiday gifts. They’re unique, interactive, personal, and fun. However, when your friends or family members first unwrap their kits, they might be a bit underwhelmed by receiving what appears to be a box with a plastic tube in it. While the excitement that will come with their results is sure to Read More

AncestryDNA Brings a Father and Son Together for the First Time
In “The Chance of Two Lifetimes,” IBM tells the story of Bob Nore, a Vietnam War veteran who fathered a child he never knew about while stationed there. This child, Son Vo, immigrated to the U.S. and spent most of his life searching for his real dad. On a whim, both submitted a sample to Read More

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Can a zebra crossing change its stripes?
London-based tech company Umbrellium has invented a smart crosswalk that can change size, color and shape according to the needs of its urban environment.

Starling Crossing, created by London-based firm Umbrellium, is capable of tracking and anticipating movements on the street, as well as analyzing road conditions, in real time.

Are innovative transport systems the way to go in the future? Some of these inventors think so.

This virtual politician wants to run for office
Meet SAM, the world's first virtual politician. The AI-powered New Zealander talks to voters through Facebook Messenger.

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