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    Search suspended for missing Malaysian airliner

    The underwater search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been suspended nearly three years after the plane vanished without a trace over the Indian Ocean, according to a joint statement from Chinese, Australian and Malaysian officials. The three countries had been leading the search for MH370, which disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board. “Despite every effort using the best science available, cutting edge technology, as well as modeling and […]

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    Suspect in Istanbul nightclub attack captured by police

    Police in Istanbul have arrested the man suspected of plotting the deadly New Year’s Eve attack on the Reina nightclub, according to Turkish news agency Anadolu. The suspect, who has not been named, was arrested late Monday, Andalou reported, citing security sources. The attack left 39 people dead and dozens more injured after a gunman opened fire in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day. The suspect was captured during a police operation in Istanbul’s Esenyurt district, the sources […]

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    Eugene Cernan, last man on the moon, dies at 82

    Eugene A. Cernan, the last astronaut to leave his footprints on the surface of the moon, has died, NASA said Monday. He was 82. “We are saddened by the loss of retired NASA astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon,” the US space agency said on Twitter. We are saddened by the loss of retired NASA astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon. — NASA (@NASA) January 16, 2017 Cernan, […]

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    Wife of Orlando Pulse nightclub shooter arrested

     SAN FRANCISCO — Authorities have arrested the wife of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen in connection with their investigation into the June mass shooting, FBI spokesman Prentice Danner said. Noor Salman was arrested in the San Francisco area Monday morning, Danner said. Salman, who married Mateen in 2011, came under increasing scrutiny as authorities investigated Mateen, who killed 49 people and injured more than 50 others when he opened fire at the gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. A law enforcement […]

  • Mark Zuckerberg's net worth has risen by nearly $5 billion in the first two weeks of 2017. (AP Photo)

    These 8 men are richer than 3.6 billion people combined

    LONDON — Eight men now control as much wealth as the world’s poorest 3.6 billion people, according to a new report from Oxfam International. The men — Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Carlos Slim, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Amancio Ortega, Larry Ellison and Michael Bloomberg — are collectively worth $426 billion, the anti-poverty group said on Sunday. “Such dramatic inequality is trapping millions in poverty, fracturing our societies, and poisoning our politics,” said Paul O’Brien, Oxfam America’s Vice President for Policy […]

  • More than 30 people were killed when a Turkish cargo plane crashed into a village in Kyrgyzstan, according to a statement from Kyrgyzstan's Ministry of Emergency Situations. Poor visibility was likely a factor.

    Turkish cargo plane crashes into Russian village; more than 30 dead

    KYRGYZSTAN — At least 37 people were killed when a Turkish cargo plane crashed into a village in Kyrgyzstan, according to a statement from Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of Emergency Situations. “The number of victims is increasing quickly,” Elira Sharipova, a spokeswoman for Kyrgyzstan’s Emergency Ministry told CNN. “The fire service, rescue services, ministry of internal affairs and the prime minister and emergencies minister are there.” Pictures of the immediate aftermath of the accident showed a portion of the Zhang-Zhang village badly damaged. […]

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    Facebook to begin warning users of fake news before German election

    With a federal election looming in Germany, Facebook is beginning to attach warning labels to made-up stories seen by German users of the web site. The effort, an attempt to curb the spread of “fake news” and hoaxes on the site, started in the United States last month. Now it is expanding to other countries. The choice of Germany is notable because the country’s own intelligence agency has raised alarms about a disinformation campaign, including fraudulent stories, intended “to influence […]

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    Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down among acts for Trump inauguration concert

    Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down and Lee Greenwood will headline a concert for President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, his inaugural committee announced. The concert, which takes place at the Lincoln Memorial on January 19, has been dubbed “The Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration.” The Piano Guys and The Frontmen of Country are among the other musicians performing. Actor Jon Voight will also be making an appearance. “President-elect Trump has made it clear that this inaugural is of, by, and for […]

  • Thousands gathered at the First Baptist Orlando church Saturday to pay their final respects to fallen Orlando police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, gunned down by a wanted fugitive. Clayton was posthumously promoted to lieutenant.

    Orlando officer Debra Clayton remembered as a difference-maker

    On the day she was laid to rest, Orlando police officer Debra Clayton received one final honor from her department. She was promoted to lieutenant. Clayton, 42, was killed Monday as she tried to confront a murder suspect at a Walmart. The suspect is still at large. Her chief, John Mina, told thousands of people gathered Saturday for a memorial service that Clayton did not die alone. “She was surrounded by blue,” he said. With fellow officers, family and friends […]

  • A performer rides an elephant around the arena during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance in Washington, DC on March 19, 2015. Across America through the decades, children of all ages delighted in the arrival of the circus, with its retinue of clowns, acrobats and, most especially, elephants. But, bowing to criticism from animal rights groups, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced on March 5, 2015, it will phase out use of their emblematic Indian stars. AFP PHOTO/ ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS        (Photo credit should read Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

    Ringling Brothers Circus to close after nearly 150 years

    The Ringling Bros. circus is closing down after more than 100 years in operation, according to a press release from Feld Entertainment, which has owned the circus for the last 50 years. “I have made the difficult business decision that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® will hold its final performances in May of this year,” CEO Kenneth Feld said. High operating costs and the decline of ticket sales “made the circus an unsustainable business for the company,” Feld said. […]