• Venice Dec 7, 2019

    Venice Tide Barriers Pass Another Test, But Skeptics Remain

    Floated along by barge , one of the 10-ton barriers designed to relieve Venice’s perennial flooding looks like a giant plaything: an oversized hinged yellow Lego. Central to the plan to protect the city, some or all of the 78 barriers will one day be raised when the sea rises more than 110 centimeters (43 inches), to prevent damaging high…

  • United States Dec 2, 2019

    Scientists Race to Document Puerto Rico’s Coastal Heritage

    A group of U.S.-based scientists is rushing to document indigenous sites along Puerto Rico’s coast dating back a couple of thousand years before rising sea levels linked to climate change destroy a large chunk of the island’s heritage that is still being discovered. Scientists hope to use the 3D images they’ve taken so far to also help identify which historic...

  • Nov 29, 2019

    Global Climate Protests Ahead of UN Meeting in Madrid

    Protesters in cities across the world staged rallies Friday demanding leaders take tougher action against climate change, days before the latest global conference, which this year takes place in Madrid. The rallies kicked off in Australia, where people affected by recent devastating wildfires joined young environmentalists protesting against the government’s pro-coal stance. Janet Reynolds said she had come to the...

  • Nov 27, 2019

    Avril Lavigne and Billionaire Boyfriend Phillip Sarofim Split After 1 Year of Dating

    Hey, hey, you, you, Avril Lavigne isn’t Phillip Sarofim’s girlfriend anymore. E! News can confirm that the couple have called it quits after one year of dating. Lavigne began dating Sarofim, who is the son of Texan billionaire Fayez Sarofim, in February 2018.

  • Nov 27, 2019

    Bangladesh Sentences 7 Militants to Death in Cafe Attack

    A special anti-terrorism tribunal in Bangladesh sentenced seven members of a banned militant group to death Wednesday for their involvement in an attack on a Dhaka cafe that killed more than 20 people, mostly foreigners. Judge Mojibur Rahman found the men from the Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh group guilty of various charges including planning the attack, making bombs and murder. An...

  • Nov 17, 2019

    Pope Decries That ‘Greed of a Few’ Worsens Poverty of Others

    Pope Francis on Sunday decried that the “greed of a few” wealthy people is compounding the plight of the poor before sharing a meal with the jobless and the homeless that has become a tradition of his papacy. Celebrating a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica dedicated to heightening awareness about poor people worldwide, he lamented the lack of concern about...

  • Nov 17, 2019

    Italy’s White Truffle Hunters Worry About Climate Change

    Rising global temperatures are worrying truffle hunters around in the Italian town of Alba, where the most prized specimens can fetch twice the price of gold. This particularly warm October, eight out of 10 white truffles unearthed by Carlo Olivero with his trusty 3-year-old dog Steel were dark, withered and dried out. “They are clearly signs of the temperatures,’’ Olivero...

  • Nov 16, 2019

    Young Venetians Volunteer After Flood of Their Lifetimes

    As soon as waters receded from this week’s devastating flood, about 50 young Venetians wearing rubber boots and gripped by a sense of determination showed up at the city’s Music Conservatory to help save precious manuscripts. Thanks to their work, some 50 linear meters of archival manuscripts, dating from as far back as the 1500s, lay strewn in the conservatory’s...

  • Nov 15, 2019

    Flying to Europe? Know Your Rights as a Passenger

    In Europe, air passengers may be entitled to compensation if their flight is canceled.

  • Nov 15, 2019

    Michigan Woman Found Strangled to Death, Tied Up in Her Dominican Republic Apartment

    A 63-year-old Michigan woman working with a children’s education charity in the Dominican Republic was found strangled to death with her arms and feet bound, according to police.

  • Nov 14, 2019

    Italy Declares State of Emergency in Venice After High Tides

    Italy’s government declared a state of emergency Thursday in flood-ravaged Venice, seeking to release funds to repair the historic lagoon city after it was damaged by the highest tide in 50 years. A cabinet meeting approved a special decree that included 20 million euros ($21.7 million) in immediate financial aid aimed at helping the city recover. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte...

  • Nov 11, 2019

    Rebirth, Angst and the ‘New Normal’ of California Wildfires

    A California family that lost everything in 2017 wildfire rises from the ashes only to be threatened again; this is the ‘new normal’ for them and many others

  • Nov 5, 2019

    Police Thank Pizzelle Lady for Decades of Treats

    For decades, the Medford Police Department didn’t know who was sending them plates homemade pizzelle, a kind of Italian cookie. When they found out, they showed her their gratitude.

  • Nov 5, 2019

    The Tell-Tale Pizzelle: Police Say Thank You After Solving Decades-Long Cookie Mystery

    Medford police officers like Carl Brooks have been enjoying delicious baked goods delivered to the department for years. “They just kind of showed up at the main desk miraculously,” Brooks said.

  • Oct 27, 2019

    After Bishops Call for Married Priests, Pope Urges New Ways

    On the heels of a bold call by Amazon region bishops for married men to become priests, Pope Francis is urging openness to new ways, and in a possible slap at conservative critics who fear he is weakening the Catholic church’s foundations, he cautions faithful against entering the “swampy waters of ideologies.” At Mass Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica to...

  • Oct 26, 2019

    Pope’s Amazon Synod Proposes Married Priests, Female Deacons

    Catholic bishops from across the Amazon called Saturday for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in the region, an historic proposal that would upend centuries of Roman Catholic tradition. The majority of 180 bishops from nine Amazonian countries also called for the Vatican to reopen a debate on ordaining women as deacons, saying “it...

  • Oct 19, 2019

    Questions Arise About Nuclear Weapons at Base in Turkey

    Frayed U.S. relations with Turkey over its incursion in Syria raise a sensitive question rarely discussed in public: Should the United States remove the nuclear bombs it has long stored at a Turkish air base? It’s a tricky matter for several reasons, including the fact that by longstanding policy, the U.S. government does not publicly acknowledge locations of nuclear weapons...

  • Oct 17, 2019

    The 2019 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book Is Here

    It’s an annual tradition — a sure sign of fall that occurs every October. Luxury Dallas-based retailer Neiman Marcus unveiled its annual Christmas Book Thursday.

  • Oct 12, 2019

    Kenya’s Kipchoge First Under 2 Hours for Marathon But No Record

    Roger Bannister, 1954. Eliud Kipchoge, 2019? Like the sub-four minute mile, running a marathon in less than two hours had seemed impossible — until Saturday. But this time there’s an asterisk: Olympic champion Kipchoge performed his feat under conditions so tightly controlled to maximize his success that it won’t appear in the record books. The 34-year-old Kenyan completed the 42.195...

  • Oct 11, 2019

    US Consumers Snap Up Italian Parmesan Before Tariffs Hit

    U.S. consumers who appreciate the tang of aged Italian Parmesan cheese as an aperitif or atop their favorite pasta dish are stocking up ahead of next week’s tariff hike and as dairy producers in the two countries square off. The Italian agricultural lobby Coldiretti said Friday that sales of both Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano, aged cheeses with a distinctive...

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