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  • A Tokyo-bound flight turned back to L.A. because a passenger got on the wrong plane. And Chrissy Teigen live tweeted it

    December 27, 2017 3:35 PM 12

    Teigen, who was on the plane, tweeted that the flight made a U-turn about four hours into the 11-hour flight. The plane landed back at LAX around 7:30 p.m. after eight hours in the air. LOS ANGELES—In a year filled with major inflight meltdowns, model Chrissy Teigen chronicled yet another airplane mishap — although she managed to keep her sense of humour

  • French children’s magazine pulls issue after saying Israel wasn’t a ‘real country’

    December 26, 2017 3:11 PM 13

    PARIS—A French children’s magazine has been withdrawn from newsstands after it admitted a “mistake” in writing that Israel wasn’t a “real country.” The news editor for Youpi, a magazine for children from 5 to 8, told The Associated Press on Tuesday the January issue was being removed from kiosk sales in France and Belgium after writing that Israel was among

  • U.S. gets $285M cut in UN’s 2018-19 budget

    December 25, 2017 10:10 PM 12

    U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the “inefficiency and overspending” of the organization is well-known. The U.S. government says it has negotiated a significant cut in the United Nations budget. The U.S. Mission to the United Nations said on Sunday that the UN’s 2018-2019 budget would be slashed by over $285 million. The mission said reductions

  • Christmas 1914 brought the First World War to a pause. Here’s what soldiers who took part in the truce had to say about it

    December 24, 2017 3:53 PM 14

    The National World War I Museum and Memorial has published an online gallery of hundreds of accounts from soldiers who were in the trenches when gunfire was replaced by Christmas carols. On a frosty, starlit night, a miracle took place. In 1914, a melody drifted over the darkness of No Man’s Land. First “O, Holy Night,” then “God Save the King.” Peeking

  • Dozens killed in Philippines shopping mall fire

    December 24, 2017 2:42 AM 28

    Chance of survival for 37 people missing at the NCC Mall was 'zero,' says vice-mayor Fire swept through a shopping mall in the Philippines killing at least 37 people, most of them workers at a call centre, a city government official said on Sunday. The vice-mayor of the southern city of Davao, Paolo Duterte, said the chance of survival for any of the 37 people

  • Frank ‘Bobo’ Marrapese, Rhode Island mobster featured in Crimetown podcast, dies in prison at 74

    December 23, 2017 8:25 PM 12

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A prominent Rhode Island mobster has died in prison while serving a sentence for murder, racketeering and extortion. Frank “Bobo” Marrapese Jr., was 74. Rhode Island State Police Lt. Col. Joseph Philbin confirmed Marrapese’s death on Friday at Rhode Island Hospital. A spokesperson for the state Department of Corrections said Marrapese

  • At least 33 killed after bus plunges off bridge into river in western India

    December 23, 2017 3:23 PM 11

    Seven passengers were hospitalized. The speeding bus was trying to overtake another vehicle when it rammed through the bridge railing, police said. It fell 20 metres into the Banas river. NEW DELHI—At least 33 people were killed on Saturday after a passenger bus veered off a bridge and plunged into a river in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, police

  • $20M for plant that spewed black water near Niagara Falls

    December 21, 2017 1:43 PM 23

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said situation that led to discharges is 'intolerable' The aging sewage treatment plant responsible for a stinky black discharge at Niagara Falls over the summer is in line for an overhaul. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday proposed spending $20 million to begin improvements at the Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Facility

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle release official engagement portrait photos

    December 21, 2017 1:06 PM 11

    Britain’s Kensington Palace has released two official photos of Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle to mark the couple’s engagement. One of the photos is an intimate black-and-white portrait of the couple embracing, while the other is a more formal picture of the two sitting together holding hands. Both show off Markle’s engagement ring. The photographs

  • Rome’s official Christmas tree dubbed ‘The Mangy One’ after shedding its needles so fast

    December 20, 2017 4:25 PM 10

    The city is investigating why the tree is shedding it needles so quickly as soon as it was hoisted into the middle of Rome’s main square. Rome’s official Christmas tree is shedding needles so quickly it has become a jolly joke for city residents. The 70-foot-high tree, which was lit up on Dec. 8, started dropping needles at a fast clip as soon as it was hoisted