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Famous birthdays for Jan. 18: Jason Segel, Kevin Costner
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:00:07 -0500 - Actor Jason Segel turns 38 and actor Kevin Costner turns 63, among the famous birthdays for Jan. 18.

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:00:07 -0500 - On Jan. 18, 1919, a post-World War I peace conference began that resulted in the creation of the international peacekeeping organization the League of Nations.

On This Day: Post-WWI peace conference begins in Paris
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:00:07 -0500 - On Jan. 18, 1919, a post-World War I peace conference began that resulted in the creation of the international peacekeeping organization the League of Nations.

Kelly: Trump's border wall promise 'not informed,' may approve DACA plan with limits
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:07:16 -0500 - White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said President Donald Trump was "not informed" when he told voters last year that a border wall could be built.

Ex-assistant to Goldman Sachs president arrested for stealing $1.2 million in wine
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:36:09 -0500 - A former assistant to the co-president of Goldman Sachs was indicted in federal court Wednesday for allegedly stealing $1.2 million in wine from his ex-boss.

North Korea's Olympic move a chance for U.S. talks, analyst says
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:12:16 -0500 - North Korea is pursuing a path of nuclear weapons development, but that does not mean the United States should dismiss an opportunity to deescalate tensions.

Rare Stephen King book collection destroyed in flood
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:01:25 -0500 - A rare Stephen King book collection was destroyed after the collector's basement was flooded Tuesday.

DHS to bar Haiti from temporary agricultural, seasonal worker visas
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:57:22 -0500 - The Department of Homeland Security plans to block Haiti and two other countries from applying for temporary and seasonal visas.

Neymar scores four goals in PSG's win vs. Dijon, gets booed
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:44:48 -0500 - Brazilian striker Neymar netted four goals in PSG's win vs. Dijon, but he received boos from the home crowd.

Britain appoints Minister of Loneliness to tackle health problem 'worse than smoking'
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:21:41 -0500 - In an effort to combat an epidemic plaguing the country, British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a Minister of Loneliness Wednesday

Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph to miss Senior Bowl
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:56:26 -0500 - A sprained left foot will keep Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph out of the Senior Bowl, according to an NFL Media report Wednesday.

Theo Walcott bids farewell to Arsenal after Everton move
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:48:25 -0500 - Longtime Arsenal forward Theo Walcott wrote a letter to Gunners fans Wednesday, after leaving the team to join Everton.

Penguin hops aboard researchers' boat in Antartica
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:31:21 -0500 - A penguin hopped out of the water to greet a group of Australian researchers in Antartica.

Trump announces 'Fake News' awards for incorrect reporting, unfavorable coverage
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:16:59 -0500 - President Donald Trump announced his "Fake News" awards Wednesday night, making good on his promise to criticize the media for stories that criticized him.

Sibling ice dancers ready for Olympic return: 'We have proven ourselves'
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:59:55 -0500 - Brother-and-sister ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani are among Team USA's most promising contenders for a medal at the upcoming Winter Olympic Games.

166 Missouri co-workers each take home $6K of $1M lottery prize
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:40:30 -0500 - A group of 166 co-workers in Missouri evenly split a $1 million lottery prize after falling just short of the Powerball jackpot.

Cycling won't sabotage a man's sex life: Study
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:34:07 -0500 - Men who are avid cyclists needn't worry that hours spent on the bike will translate into problems in the bedroom or bathroom, new research claims.

Botox may help stop teeth-grinding during sleep, study finds
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:31:09 -0500 - If you're one of the millions of people who grind and clench their teeth during sleep, an injection of Botox might be the answer, a small study suggests.

2 Americans, 2 Canadians kidnapped in Nigeria
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:27:39 -0500 - Armed gunmen ambushed a vehicle in northern Nigeria and kidnapped two Americans and two Canadians, local police said Wednesday.

Umbrella mistaken for gun prompts lockdown at Washington hospital
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:40:50 -0500 - A Washington state hospital went on lockdown Wednesday when staff mistook a man's sword-shaped umbrella for a rifle.

NFL Injury Report
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:17:39 -0500 - MINNESOTA VIKINGS at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Jaguars RB Fournette limited by ankle injury
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:15:40 -0500 - Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette was only a limited participant in practice on Wednesday, but apparently it had nothing to do with the minor car accident in which he was involved on Tuesday.

Cardinals to interview Falcons assistant a second time
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:13:56 -0500 - The Arizona Cardinals will bring back Atlanta Falcons assistant Keith Armstrong for a second interview for their vacant head coaching vacancy, according to a published report.

Patriots quietly await Jaguars' challenge in AFC title game
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:10:15 -0500 - FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots are spending the week leading up to Sunday's AFC title game doing what they always do in the days leading up to any game.

Last Update at: Thu Jan 18 02:27:56 PST 2018

World News (Reuters)

Exclusive: Trump denies U.S. embassy to be moved to Jerusalem within a year
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:43:37 -0500 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump denied on Wednesday that the planned relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would take place within a year, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected the controversial move to happen by then.

After Trump denial, Netanyahu clarifies remarks on timeframe for U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:12:53 -0500 - JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a step back on Thursday from comments, challenged by U.S. President Donald Trump, that envisioned a one-year timeframe for the planned relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Exclusive: Trump accuses Russia of helping North Korea evade sanctions; says U.S. needs more missile defense
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:44:44 -0500 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump complained on Wednesday that Russia was helping North Korea to evade international sanctions, signaling frustration with a country he had hoped to forge friendly relations with after his 2016 election win.

Tillerson: Evidence sanctions 'really starting to hurt' North Korea
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:21:59 -0500 - ABOARD U.S. GOVERNMENT AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States is getting evidence that international sanctions are "really starting to hurt" North Korea, even as he accused Russia of not implementing all of the measures.

Bus fire kills 52 Uzbeks travelling in Kazakhstan: Kazakh government
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:09:34 -0500 - ALMATY (Reuters) - A bus fire in northwestern Kazakhstan killed 52 Uzbek citizens on a route used by migrant workers heading to Russia, the Kazakh Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

Turkey says could act in Syria unless U.S. withdraws support for Kurdish force
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:55:37 -0500 - HATAY, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey said on Wednesday it would not hesitate to take action in Syria's Afrin district and other areas unless the United States withdrew support for a Kurdish-led force there, but Washington denied such plans and said "some people misspoke".

Israeli commandos kill Palestinian gunman blamed for West Bank ambush
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:24:37 -0500 - JENIN, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli police killed a Palestinian gunman and captured another in a clash in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, saying they were part of a cell responsible for an ambush in which a Jewish settler was shot dead.

Hong Kong pro-independence protest leader appears in court for 'rioting'
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:07:31 -0500 - HONG KONG (Reuters) - A young protest leader calling for Hong Kong's independence from China appeared in court on the rare charge of rioting on Thursday as two co-defendants failed to show up, the latest case highlighting a new generation of opposition to Chinese rule.

Survey shows Filipinos more satisfied with Duterte government than any other
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:03:34 -0500 - MANILA (Reuters) - Public satisfaction with the performance of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's government rose in December to the highest level on record since one of the country's top pollsters started conducting opinion surveys in 1980s.

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World News (BBC)

Trump wall: President's view on Mexico border has changed - Kelly
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:56:32 GMT - The US president's chief of staff speaks out as an immigration row threatens a government shutdown.

Kazakhstan bus fire kills 52 with few survivors
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:05:39 GMT - Five people survived the accident on the bus, thought to have been carrying many Uzbek nationals.

Facebook selfie showing murder weapon helps convict killer
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:48:40 GMT - Police discovered the weapon used to murder a Canadian teen in a photo she took with her friend.

Sunken tanker Sanchi: Four oil slicks seen, says China
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:36:35 GMT - The Iranian ship was carrying 136,000 tons of crude when it sank in the East China Sea on 6 January.

Man guilty of head-butting Australia ex-PM
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:46:32 GMT - The attacker had claimed he was motivated by a "personal hatred" for Australia's ex-PM.

Mystery deepens over mass die-off of antelopes
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:59:15 GMT - A mass die-off of antelopes in Kazakhstan was triggered by environmental factors, scientists believe.

Brutal heat hits Australian Open
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:14:51 GMT - Novak Djokovic comes back from a set down to beat Gael Monfils as the temperature hits 39C at the Australian Open.

North Korea crisis: South to continue talks with 'clear eyes'
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:38:35 GMT - This comes amid warnings Pyongyang might be playing for time to continue its nuclear arms activity.

China's economy grows by 6.9% in 2017
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:26:35 GMT - It's the country's first year-on-year grow figure beats Beijing's official growth target of 6.5%, though some question China's GDP data.

Apple to pay $38bn on foreign cash pile
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:31:33 GMT - The payment is expected to be the largest of its type following US tax code changes.

Naked Auschwitz demonstrators who killed sheep convicted
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:18:25 GMT - The group of 12 people killed a sheep, undressed, and chained themselves up at the former Nazi camp.

Beauty queen's message to racist critics
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:10:14 GMT - The new Miss Belgium, crowned just five days ago, has already faced racist abuse on social media.

Dylan Farrow addresses Woody Allen sexual assault claim
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:09:11 GMT - Woody Allen's adopted daughter says she feels "outrage" after "years of being ignored".

'We understand North Korea' - South Korea
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:27:47 GMT - South Korea's foreign minister says it will continue talks with the North with "clear eyes".

'I miscarried and now am serving a 30 year sentence'
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:20:28 GMT - In 2016 Evelyn Hernandez was raped by a gang member and then jailed for 30 years for what her supporters say was a miscarriage.

Cocaine found in fresh pineapples
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:56:34 GMT - Police in Portugal and Spain seize 754kg (1,660lbs) of drugs hidden inside a shipment of pineapples.

Puerto Rico school's joy as electricity restored after 112 days
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:26:36 GMT - Wild celebrations erupt as power is restored at a Puerto Rico school months after Hurricane Maria.

Meteor lights up Michigan skies
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:50:52 GMT - The US Geological Survey said seismic waves produced by the meteor were similar to that of a 2.0 earthquake.

Nintendo Labo: The DIY cardboard accessory for Switch
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:57:04 GMT - Labo will turn Switch controllers into a piano, a fishing rod, a motorbike or even a robot suit.

North Korean phone users get photo beauty app
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:37:44 GMT - Spring Scent is the latest homegrown app available to North Korea's 3.5 million smartphone owners.

Moustached monkey is separate species
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:34:17 GMT - A monkey from Ethiopia and Sudan with a distinctive "handlebar moustache" has been identified as a distinct species.

Belarusian border guards catch 'trolley drone'
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:59:32 GMT - Belarusian border guards catch a smugglers' drone being sent in along a railway line.

Japanese train barks like a dog to prevent accidents
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:29:25 GMT - Railway experiment hopes to put an end to collisions with deer drawn to the track.

China exam tests students on teacher names
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:45:35 GMT - Students who could not identify and name their teachers had 41 points deducted from their score.

Trump tracker: The story of his first year - in six graphics
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:08:22 GMT - Donald Trump says his administration has made "incredible progress". Do the facts back that up?

Hebbar's Kitchen and the Indian couple behind a food video empire
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:28:40 GMT - The wildly popular videos on Hebbar's Kitchen have focused on Indian audiences and vegetarian food.

Why Turkey is poised to attack Syrian town
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:49:38 GMT - Turkey says it is readying an assault on a Kurdish-held town in Syria. Here's all you need to know.

What now for UK-France security relations?
Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:06:34 GMT - Before the annual UK-France summit, the BBC's security correspondent assesses co-operation on key areas in the run-up to Brexit.

Italy election: 'White race' remark sparks row
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:19:38 GMT - A right-wing politician is under fire after saying Italy's "white race" could be "wiped out" by migration.

Trump's medical sparks online 'girther' movement
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:20:10 GMT - The results of President Trump's medical examination have been questioned by the new 'girther movement' online.

Quiz: Could you pass Donald Trump's cognitive test?
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:37:13 GMT - The US president has aced a test that casts light on his brain health. How would you fare?

Spotlight on Palestinian viral slap video teen
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:11:01 GMT - Palestinian Ahed Tamimi is viewed as a symbol of resistance by some and a propaganda tool by others.

A hologram president for Catalonia may beckon
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:16:29 GMT - As the Catalan parliament re-opens, supporters of the ex-president insist he can rule from Belgium.

Last Update at: Thu Jan 18 02:27:57 PST 2018