Beatles reunion for Stella McCartney fashion party
British fashion designer Stella McCartney's fashion event reunites Beatles, Ringo Starr and her father, Paul McCartney. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

'The Fakeys': Comedians turn tables on Trump's 'fake news' awards
Stephen Colbert campaigns to win one of the president's awards with a billboard in Times Square. Alicia Powell reports.

Horses jump through raging bonfires for Spanish festival
Scores of horses jumped through roaring flames for the ancient Las Luminarias festival in Spain, something critics dub as an example of "clear animal abuse". Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Kim Kardashian announces birth of third child
Reality television star Kim Kardashian announces she and husband Kanye West now have a third child by surrogate. Rollo Ross reports.

Lena Hoschek takes Berlin Fashion Week down the garden path
The Austrian designer says her collection is inspired by 19th Century floral illustrations. 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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North Korea warns of 'abyss of doom' if 'old lunatic' Trump remains president




Exclusive: Undercover teams record grisly remote Faroe Islands whale slaughter

INSIGHT: Divers unearth world's biggest underwater cave
A group of divers in eastern Mexico have discovered what is believed to be the largest flooded cave on the planet. The divers connected two giant underwater caverns to make the find.

Mermaid-hopefuls flood into Florida
Dozens of women auditioned for the role of ‘mermaid’ at Florida’s Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Jillian Kitchener has more.

Making mini-3D figurines of yourself
A German startup uses 3D printers to turn 2D photos of themselves into lifelike miniature figurines. Fred Katayama reports.

Venezuela’s chocolate provides an economic lifeline
New Venezuelan chocolatiers are producing gourmet bars allowing them to make a living amid the collapse of a socialist economic system.

Singapore Zoo unveils endangered species newborn babies
Newborn babies from endangered animal species were unveiled by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, including the pygmy hippo and the electric blue gecko. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

This Day in History

US Supreme Court Declares Home VCRs Legal (1984)
After Sony introduced the Betamax home video tape recorder in the mid-1970s, Universal Studios sued, alleging that Betamax facilitated copyright infringement by allowing users to make copies of television programs. After an eight-year legal battle, the US Supreme Court ruled that using the new technology to "time-shift" one's television viewing constituted fair use. By then, Betamax had been eclipsed by the VHS format. What later case concerned the "space-shifting" of media? Discuss

Prohibition Era Begins in the US (1920)
By January of 1919, members of the US temperance movement had been campaigning against excessive drinking for a century. Their efforts resulted in the 18th Amendment, which, when it went into effect in 1920, prohibited the sale—but not the consumption—of liquor. Prohibition spawned what John D. Rockefeller called "a vast army of lawbreakers" who profited from the illegal sale of alcohol, and the failed ban was repealed in 1933. What was delivered to the White House immediately after the repeal?

Otho Begins His 3-Month Reign as Roman Emperor (69 CE)
Otho and Roman Emperor Nero were once friends. Then, Otho's wife became Nero's mistress, and Nero dispatched Otho to the remote province of Lusitania. After patiently governing the province for a decade, Otho joined a revolt against the emperor in 68 CE. Nero committed suicide, and Otho took over. However, a rival soon challenged him for the throne. Just three months into his reign, Otho killed himself, presumably to avoid a civil war in his empire. How did he bid farewell to his friends?

The Pros Share Their #GenealogyGoals for 2018
The year’s end 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 of Ancestry’s professional genealogists recently shared the pet 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

Sharing Genealogy Costs with Family Members Helps Spread the Wealth
Maybe you have thought about hiring a professional genealogist to help tackle a nagging research question or build out your family tree, but the cost has kept you from moving forward. You’re not alone. Just like hiring an expert in any field, accessing the experience and knowledge of a trained genealogist can be expensive. If Read More

Understanding Machine Learning: XGBoost
Understanding Machine Learning: XGBoost As the use of machine learning continues to grow in industry, the need to understand, explain and define what machine learning models do seems to be a growing trend. For machine learning classification problems that are not of the deep learning type, it’s hard to find a more popular library than Read More

4 Reasons to Join a Genealogical Society
Given the immense quantity of material available through Ancestry and elsewhere online, you may not have considered the many benefits of joining a genealogical society. Societies range in size from a few dozen to thousands of members, and typically have a focus. That focus could be based in geography, surname, nationality, or ethnic group. Automatically, Read More

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All stories start somewhere, and the story of the driverless car begins in a research lab in Pittsburgh, where Carnegie Mellon University Professor Red Whittaker was one of the first to develop a fully autonomous driving machine.

The programs controlling driverless cars are computers, after all, and all computers are hackable.

More than 1.25 million people die every year in auto accidents. Driverless cars could change that.

Autonomous vehicles will reshape how we live in more ways than you think.

Are we prepared for a massive disruption in the jobs market?

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