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Orca whale spotted and no longer tangled up in rope

If you happened to be worried about T77A, the killer whale struggling due to having become tangled up in rope and a float off the coast of Vancouver Island, worry no more. It has somehow managed to untangle itself.

Qatar mulls family-only mall days, banning bachelor labourers

Qatar’s municipal council is planning to introduce family-only days at major shopping malls prohibiting blue-collar migrant workers from entering malls on the weekends.

U.S. policeman charged with murder had 20 earlier complaints

Chicago - A white Chicago policeman caught on tape shooting dead a black teenager had at least 20 complaints filed against him but was never disciplined, a database shows, in the latest such incident to inflame racial sentiment in the US.

Turkish military says did not know downed jet was Russian

Istanbul - Turkey's military said Wednesday it did not know the warplane it downed on the Syrian border was Russian and that it was ready for "all kinds of cooperation" with the Russian military authorities following the incident.

Man who said his name is Phuc Dat Bich admits it was a hoax

This story is a bit of a mind phuc, if you will pardon the word. An Australian man of Vietnamese roots posted an account on Facebook of his ongoing trials and tribulations due to his name: Phuc Dat Bich. But he now says the whole thing was a hoax.

Windows 10 Update mystery solved: Microsoft forgot your privacy

Over the weekend, Microsoft abruptly pulled the Windows 10 November update and gave a minimal explanation that did nothing to curb the ensuing confusion. The update is now back with a full explanation: it could delete your privacy settings.

Lockheed Martin monitoring employees, union activity at Walmart

Walmart has hired an intelligence-gathering team from Lockheed Martin, one of the biggest defense contracting companies in the world, to survey its employees and keep track of union activity, Bloomberg's Susan Berfield reports.

Review: Lisa Martin refreshing on emotional cover of Adele's 'Hello' Special

British singer Lisa Martin, who is best known from Adele's BBC Special (where Adele starred as Jenny), has covered Adele's "Hello."

Reality check for Putin after Turkey shoots down plane

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin has found himself in a bind after the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey, which highlights the risks of his gung-ho Syria campaign and the difficulty of forging consensus on the war-torn country's future.

Two with kidney failure linked to Costco chicken salad

Nineteen people in seven states are now reported to be sickened by a Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 linked to consumption of Costco rotisserie chicken salad.

U.S. Syria sanctions target World Chess chief, IS oil buyer

Washington - The United States slapped sanctions Wednesday on backers of the Syrian regime including a middleman accused of buying oil from the Islamic State group and the Russian head of the World Chess Federation.

Op-Ed: New UN Libya envoy Martin Krober flogging a dead horse

Tripoli - The new UN Special Envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, is continuing to try to persuade the two rival Libyan governments to sign on to the final draft of the Libyan Political Agreement(LPA) presented by former envoy Bernardino Leon.

UN climate talks brought forward as new report warns of peril

Paris - Negotiations for a world pact to curb global warming will start in Paris Sunday, a day ahead of schedule, the UN said Wednesday as a report warned 2015 could become the hottest year on record.

Review: A Marvel Universe divided: 'Captain America: Civil War' Trailer

With the hype machine running at full speed, ‘Captain America: Civil War’ pulls no punches as it turns the fan-boy dial to 11.

U.S. Republicans move to dump Trump

Washington - Many say the populist crazy talk is typical of the White House primaries, but Republican frontrunner Donald Trump's increasingly incendiary remarks are leading some conservatives to brand him a "fascist" and party rivals to ramp up attacks against him....

Russian tourists run out of sunny options as Turkey tensions rise

Moscow - Tensions following Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet have shrunk the horizon for Russian tourists in search for sunnier climes -- and for battered tour operators.

$4.9M settlement in Kelly Thomas police beating death

Fullerton - The city of Fullerton, California has agreed to pay $4.9 million to settle a civil wrongful death case stemming from the July 2011 police beating death of a mentally ill homeless man.

Credit card skimmers at gas stations and ATMs on the rise

Police across America are warning people of a credit card crime that is occurring at gas stations and ATMs. The scam involves the use of credit card skimmers.

Photo essay: Mumbai from a balcony

Mumbai - A street photographer at heart, I chastise myself when I don't get out enough in Mumbai to photograph its people and places. But with a new building going up within shouting distance of my balcony, I'm rediscovering India — from 10 stories high.

CNN tests show banned pesticides still being used by pot growers

Denver - Pesticides illegal to use on marijuana plants in Colorado are being found in some recreational and medical pot products sold to the public. Because testing of marijuana for pesticides is not mandatory in the state, CNN did its own testing.
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