The Buzz: De Niro ends assessment fight with upstate NY town

Actor Robert De Niro says he'll reimburse a town nearly USD130,000 in legal fees it spent defending its assessment of the actor's upstate New York property. The settlement involves the Hudson

‘Booze Traveler’ host explores how world drinks

Jack Maxwell drinks for a living. From moss schnapps in Iceland to gut-busting raki in Turkey and homebrew in the Himalayas, he’s learned the hard way that tippler’s truism: “It’s always

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CHINA Six nurses and a janitor were killed yesterday in a knife attack blamed on another employee at a military hospital and resort in a northeastern coastal town favored by

Government surveillance | Before Snowden leak, some in NSA warned of a backlash

Dissenters within the National Security Agency, led by a senior agency executive, warned in 2009 that the program to secretly collect American phone records wasn’t providing enough intelligence to justify

this day in history : 1995 Balkan leaders agree to peace

US President Bill Clinton announced the deal after 21 days of seemingly deadlocked negotiation at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. The plan, known as the Dayton Accord,

Offbeat | Cuban couple keeps rodents called hutias as pets

But in Cuba, where a larger, more exotic rodent runs wild, Ana Pedraza and her husband prefer the hutia. With a rope-like tail and long front teeth, the hutia looks like

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CHINA An overloaded makeshift school bus collided with a truck in eastern China yesterday, killing 11 kindergarteners and the bus driver, state media reported. Three other children were injured. The

Digital art detective | Cornell professor unlocks mysteries of paintings

Richard Johnson can see right through the masterpieces of Rembrandt and Van Gogh. The Cornell University electrical and computer engineering professor is a digital art detective, able to unlock the mysteries

Islamic State | 2nd French militant seen in beheading video

A second French militant has been identified in the video showing a beheaded American aid worker and the deaths of Syrian soldiers, France’s president said yesterday, calling for vigilance on

Cuba | Doctor catches Ebola in Sierra Leone

A member of the 165-member medical team Cuba sent to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with the disease, according to state media. Dr. Felix Baez Sarria is being

Italy | Mobsters take secret oath in police video

Recruits for Italy’s ‘ndrangheta crime syndicate have been caught on video taking a loyalty oath, swearing “under the splendor of the moon,” in a ceremony secretly recorded by police in

This Day in History: 1975 – Spanish dictator Franco dies

General Francisco Franco, who ruled Spain with an authoritarian hand for 39 years, has died at the age of 82. He had been ill for five weeks and died early this

Offbeat | Ireland’s gay bull Benjy saved from slaughterhouse

  Ireland’s Animal Rights Action Network said earlier this week that Simon is paying for Benjy’s transportation to an animal sanctuary in England. Simon, who is battling colon cancer, has been

Golf | Scott begins defense of Australian Masters title

Adam Scott will attempt to win his third Australian Masters title in a row on yet another renowned Melbourne sand-belt course, and with a tryout caddie on his bag. Scott went

The Buzz | US producer prices rise 0.2 percent in October

Inflation picked up in October due to higher prices that U.S. companies received for new model cars, beef, pork, pharmaceuticals and electric power. The Labor Department says the producer price index

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N KOREA An anxious North Korea will see how the boldest effort yet to bring its leaders to account for alleged crimes against humanity will move forward, as the U.N.

Israel | 4 killed in Jerusalem synagogue attack

Two Palestinians stormed a Jerusalem synagogue yesterday, attacking worshippers praying inside with meat cleavers and a gun, and killing four people before they were killed in a shootout with police,

USA | Obama stakes final 2 years on climate change

President Barack Obama is elevating his efforts during his last two years in office to combat global warming above almost all else as he seeks to leave an imprint on

this day in history: 1985 Superpower summit ‘off to good start’

Early reports indicate the meeting between President Ronald Reagan and the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva has got off to a good start. Their first get together this morning -

Offbeat | US woman wears colander for driver’s license photo

Asia Lemmon, whose legal name appears on her driver’s license as Jessica Steinhauser, said the pasta strainer represents her beliefs in the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The Flying

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