Nigerian cinema fans celebrate 'Black Panther' release
Film fans, actors and comic enthusiasts in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos flock to screenings of Marvel superhero movie "Black Panther." Rough Cut - no reporter narration

Tea sets and Ascot inspire Mulberry's instant-fashion launch
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Britain's Mulberry looked to the garden parties of old to inspire its most modern fashion collection to date, as the brand on Friday launched a new format allowing

Fashion label Sentaler basks in 'Meghan effect'
Canadian luxury label Sentaler hosts a private showcase at London Fashion Week, aiming to capitalize on its recent association with Meghan Markle, the actress fiancée of Britain's Prince Harry. Rough Cut - no reporter narration

NYC rings in the Year of the Dog with a snap, crackle and pop
New Yorkers ushered in the Year of the Dog with the loud noise of firecrackers. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Berlinale film shows refugees' lives at historic airport
Brazilian director Karim Ainouz, shows the life of the airport's new residents in the documentary "Central Airport THF." Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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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
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This Day in History

The Age of Kali Yuga Begins (3102 BCE)
In Hindu scripture, the age of Kali Yuga is the last of the four cyclic stages of the world and is currently ongoing. It is thought to have begun on the same day that Krishna left the Earth and is said to be marked by greed and murder. The scriptures predict that during Kali Yuga, unreasonable rulers will impose burdensome taxes and people will migrate to wheat-producing countries, become addicted to alcohol, and exhibit flexible morals. How long is the age expected to last? Discuss

H. L. Hunley Becomes First Submarine to Sink an Enemy Warship (1864)
The US Civil War-era submarine Hunley required an eight-man crew—seven to power the propeller with a hand-crank and one to steer. Within months of its launch, the Confederate sub had sunk and been salvaged twice, taking the lives of five crewmen the first time and the entire crew the second. Manned with a new crew, Hunley became the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, yet the achievement was marred when the sub itself sank, killing all aboard yet again. When was it recovered?

The Altmark Incident (1940)
While passing through neutral Norwegian waters during WWII, the German supply vessel Altmark was boarded by Norwegian inspectors. They were told the craft was merely a commercial ship, but it was in fact being used to transport 299 British prisoners of war. The captives tried to make their presence known by banging on the hull, but winches were run to drown them out. The Royal Navy, however, pursued the ship and mounted a rescue. What now-famous phrase alerted the men to their liberation?

Inspiring At-Risk Youth Through Heritage and Art
What if knowing your history could give you a greater sense of confidence and inspire your direction in life? “The project was made to be liberating, eye-opening, and informative&an effort to spark interest in individuals to discover their heritage and to learn more about the history of their origins.”
— Thomas Evans Following the success of Read More

5 Genealogy Goals for the Family Archivist
Genealogists wear many hats — researcher, writer, preservationist, archivist. We always want more time to track down our elusive ancestors, but if you inherited family photos, documents, or keepsakes, there’s no time like the present to safely preserve your treasures for the next generation. Here is a list of family history tips to help you Read More

Walking Where Ancestors Walked: Travelers Give High Marks to First Genealogy Tour
A hike to an old stone barn on a sheep farm in the country. A walk through a graveyard. An 11-day bus ride with 22 complete strangers. This may not immediately sound like the description of a dream vacation. But talk to California resident Vicki Stuber for two minutes, and you’ll be convinced that Read More

The Pros Share Their #GenealogyGoals for 2018
January is a time to take stock of the past year and make plans for the new one ahead. In addition to resolutions about food and exercise, it’s the perfect time to set some goals related to family history. Not sure where to start? Two Ancestry professional genealogists recently shared the pet projects they plan Read More

RootsWeb Security Update
Update: RootsWeb updates can be found on RootsWeb homepage. We want to share an important security update with you. Last Wednesday, December 20, Ancestry’s Information Security Team received a message from a security researcher indicating that he had found a file containing email addresses/username and password combinations as well as user names from a RootsWeb.com Read More

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Wonders of the universe

Mihir Garimella is making drones that go where humans can't
Drones can enter dangerous environments where humans cannot. But what if a drone could stop disasters from happening in the first place?

It seems like every week we're finding new uses for drones. Here's some of the most interesting out there today.


How a company founded by ex-spies uses AI to fight hackers
Cybersecurity firm Darktrace uses artificial intelligence to stop cyber attacks before they even start.

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Dubai opens world's tallest hotel
The world's tallest hotel has officially opened its doors in Dubai -- scaling the clouds and towering above the city below.

What passenger planes might look like in 2068
If time travelers from 1968 found themselves in an airport today, there might be plenty of changes that surprise them. But the planes would look reassuringly familiar.

The 14 best new Caribbean hotels and resorts
The 2017 hurricane season was not kind to the Caribbean, when Hurricanes Irma and Maria barreled across Anguilla, Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Puerto Rico, St. Barts, St. Martin and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Dak-galbi: Unofficial dish of the PyeongChang Olympics
While all eyes are on South Korea's Gangwon Province for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, the promise of spicy, stir-fried South Korean chicken has turned our gaze to the regional capital of Chuncheon.

The world's first zero-gravity dance party
Ravers enjoy the world's first zero-gravity dance party while soaring above Germany in a customized Airbus A310.