Man marries a computer character in Japan
A 35-year-old man in Japan has declared his love for a Japanese computer character, Hatsune Miku, in an $18,000 wedding ceremony with nearly 40 guests.

The Friars Club honors Billy Crystal
The veteran comedian receives the Entertainer Icon Award from the historic organization. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

Aretha Franklin’s 'Amazing Grace' concert film finally debuts
The 46-year-old documentary shows the recording of her gospel album, 'Amazing Grace.' Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

Pokemon grandpa's 15-phone rig may catch 'em all
Taiwanese pensioner Chen San-yuan, aka Pokémon grandpa, has gone viral on the internet for attaching 15 phones to his bicycle to help him play Pokémon Go. Megan Revell reports.

Viola Davis and Chrissy Teigen among Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year
Andie MacDowell talks 'coming together' to combat climate change, as stars celebrate Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year. 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...

Breathless, but not from asthma

Fish and seafood recipe recommendations
Jennifer LaRue Huget offers some suggestions

Man marries a computer character in Japan
A 35-year-old man in Japan has declared his love for a Japanese computer character, Hatsune Miku, in an $18,000 wedding ceremony with nearly 40 guests.

Shirtless and silly, NYC taxi drivers pose for pin-up calendar
Some of New York's finest cabbies are showing off more than their driving skills in the 2019 NYC Taxi Drivers Calendar. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Pokemon grandpa's 15-phone rig may catch 'em all
Taiwanese pensioner Chen San-yuan, aka Pokemon grandpa, has gone viral on the internet for attaching 15 phones to his bicycle to "catch 'em all." Megan Revell reports.

Too cute! Baby sloth born at FL zoo
Florida's Brevard Zoo introduces its yet-to-be-named two-toed sloth baby, born to zoo resident Tango on October 17th. Zoo officials say Tango has shown no interest in her off-spring, so the baby is being hand-raised. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Russian fashion designer creates costumes from garbage
Russian eco-fashion designer Artur Brazhe creates catwalk clothing out of recyclable trash

This Day in History

Day of the Colombian Woman (1967)
Not much is definitively known about Policarpa Salavarrieta's early years. Even her name is subject to conjecture. What is undisputed—and secured her a place in the annals of Colombian history and, in 1967, a day commemorating her heroism—is that she sacrificed her life trying to secure Colombia's independence; she was executed on November 14, 1817, for her activities on behalf of the revolution. Aside from the day of remembrance, what other honors has the Colombian government accorded her? Discuss

Daredevil Sam Patch's Final, Fatal Stunt (1829)
Patch, a one-time mill worker, made a name for himself as a stunt diver in the late 1920s, most famously by leaping from a 125-ft (38-m) ladder into the Niagara River near the base of Niagara Falls not once but twice. Less than a month later, he made another 125-ft jump, ironically billed as "Sam's Last Jump," this time into the Genesee River. With thousands watching, the daredevil leapt to his death. In his first Genesee stunt the week before, what did Patch send over the ledge before jumping?

The Royal Air Force Sinks German Battleship Tirpitz (1944)
The German Tirpitz, sister ship of the similarly ill-fated Bismarck, was the largest battleship ever built in Europe. Though she was sent to waters around German-occupied Norway and never really saw action in World War II, her mere presence threatened Allied convoys and tied up their naval resources. The Allies therefore launched numerous attacks on the Tirpitz in an effort to destroy her. What was the final Allied operation called?

Ancestry Launches a New Take on Genetic Traits
Ancestry’s long history of innovation has driven our leadership in family history and, more recently, the emerging field of consumer genomics. Today, we’re proud to introduce a fun and innovative way for you to further explore who you are and where you come from  AncestryDNA Traits. Using science and data to power ongoing journeys Read More

Descendants of Honor
This Veterans Day, we are featuring the diverse descendants of Medal of Honor recipients to showcase the fact that our military heroes truly come from everywhere. Here are a few of their stories. Christopher Langlois  Descendant Christopher Flynn  Medal of Honor Recipient Ireland “I was named after him. I try to live up Read More

Researching the Genetics of Human Lifespan
Today, I am proud to have the opportunity to highlight how the drive for discovery at Ancestry extends to our important research collaborations. Three years ago, we announced a collaboration with Calico, a research and development company focused on the biology of longevity. Today, our first joint research paper was published in GENETICS, a journal Read More

This Week in History – November 5
This Week in History is Ancestry’s look back at notable events from the past. Featuring three moments from our Newspapers.com archives, this Week in History is our way of remembering what came before us. In honor of Veteran’s Day on November 11th, we remember our American heroes and their service to our country. During the week Read More

This Veterans Day, Discover the Military Heroes in your Family
For the past 30 years, our focus has been digitizing and making historical content accessible for everyone – today, we offer more than 10 billion historical documents, including an unmatched collection of more than 250 million military records. As America celebrates Veterans Day this year, and its service members who have fought (and still fight) Read More

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Snap says Justice Department is investigating its IPO
The US Government is investigating whether Snap Inc. manipulated its $3.4 billion initial public offering.

Amazon HQ2 process highlights the company's data obsession
Amazon's search for a second headquarters was never just about finding a new home. Throughout the process, the company obtained a wealth of data about 238 cities and metro areas in North America.

Google wants its virtual assistant in every room of your house
The Google Assistant Smart Home is a beautiful multi-million-dollar home outfitted with every Google device and connected home gadget imaginable.

Tencent shrugs off gaming troubles with 30% increase in profit
Tencent reported net profit of more than 23 billion yuan ($3.3 billion) for the three months ended in September, up 30% and higher than analyst forecasts.

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World's 'most excellent' airline named
Air New Zealand gets regular kudos for innovating everything from in-flight services to safety videos, its funky films featuring Hobbits and other famous Kiwis.

Why travelers are crashing Indian weddings
Always fantasized about attending a big blow-out India wedding, complete with days of celebration, delicious food, vibrant interiors and spectacular clothing?

Ski down the roof of this new Swiss hotel
Until now, skiing off hotel roofs has been an exploit reserved for James Bond stunt doubles and drunken fools with a penchant for plaster casts.

Bangkok's new $1.65 billion mega attraction
Pack your travel bags, grab your credit cards.

Cliff-jumping off Ireland's Atlantic coast
If someone told you to jump into an often tumultuous and always frigid North Atlantic Ocean from a 30-foot-high cliff in Ireland, would you do it?