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What Puerto Rico Needs From Congress Ahead of May 1 Debt Deadline


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Puerto Rico is facing its biggest debt deadline yet on May 1, but Congress, which experts say is the territory's only hope, likely won't be doing anything about it.“Congress holds keys to solving the situation," econ

Aleppo Hospital Airstrike Kills Last Pediatrician, 3 Children and 23 Others


iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- At least three children and six medical staff were among the 27 killed after overnight airstrikes hit a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders in the Syrian city of Aleppo, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human

SpaceX Mars Mission Could Teach NASA About Landing Softly on Mars


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- SpaceX wants to send an unmanned mission to Mars by 2018 -- a feat that could give NASA insights about a future crewed mission to the Red Planet.The privately held space company announced on Wednesday it plans to send one of

US Couple Missing in Jamaica Found Safe After Missing Their Cruise


Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Two people thought to be missing in Jamaica after disembarking a cruise ship have been found alive and are trying to find their way back to the U.S.Authorities in Jamaica were searching for an American couple, Hayden Gers

Jamaican Authorities Searching for Missing US Couple


Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Authorities in Jamaica are searching for an American couple who went missing earlier this week.Hayden Gerson, 33, and Alisha Frank, 32, went missing Tuesday in Trelawny after arriving there on a cruise ship that docked at

Ed Balls Day: The Story of an Immortalized Twitter Fail


iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Ed Balls. The name may not mean a lot to an American audience but over the pond, it is a name celebrated every year in 140 characters or fewer -- 133 fewer to be precise.Every year, British Twitter users celebrate April 28 as

Hospital Airstrike Kills Aleppo's Last Pediatrician and at Least 26 Others


iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- At least three children and six medical staff were among the 27 killed after overnight airstrikes hit a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders in the Syrian city of Aleppo, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human

German City Launches Traffic Lights for Downward-Looking Smartphone Users


iStock/Thinkstock(AUGSBURG, Germany) -- A city in Germany has installed special traffic lights for smartphone users.LED lights have been embedded in the sidewalks at two locations in the city of Augsburg as a test that could be expanded elsewhere dependin

Two Planes Struck by Lightning En Route to London


iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Lightning struck at least two planes Wednesday night as they approached London's Heathrow Airport.British Airways flight BA857, departing from Prague, and Icelandair flight 454 from Reykjavik were both hit by lightning on thei

Russia Launches First Rocket from New Spaceport to Vladimir Putin's Relief


File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Russia launched its first rocket Thursday from a huge new spaceport it has been building in the country’s far east, overcoming jitters it might not proceed after a glitch Wednesday delayed the launch eve

Sheepdog Journeys 240 Miles to His Old Home


File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(CEREDIGION, Wales) — Pero, a real-life “Homeward Bound” dog, traveled over 240 miles from a farmhouse in Cumbria, England, only to return to his old home in Ceredigion, Wales, his latest owners say.Alan and

Elon Musk Plans Unmanned Mission to the Red Planet, by 2018


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants to send an unmanned mission to Mars by 2018.The privately held space company announced Wednesday it plans to send one of its Dragon spacecraft on a test flight to the Red Planet, where it could yie

English Lamb Born Without Fleece Gets Fake Coat


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A lamb born without fleece on an English farm has been adorned with a man-made coat to keep him warm.The wool-less lamb, which looks nothing like a typical sheep, was abandoned by its mother and is now being raised by farm o

Saturn Cassini Probe Begins Final Year of Exploration


NASA(NEW YORK) -- NASA's Cassini space probe is preparing for its swan song before its programmed crash into Saturn next year.Launched in 1997, the Cassini mission arrived in the Saturn system in 2004 where it has been working ever since to study the gas

Distraught Mom Watches Cruise Sail Away With Kids on Board


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A distraught mother looked on in horror as a cruise ship left her behind, sailing from its dock in the Bahamas with her children on board.Video taken by a passenger on board the ship shows the mother after she dropped to her

Builders of Noah's Ark 'Replica' Hope to Sail from Holland to Brazil


Ark of Noah Foundation(NEW YORK) -- One Christian organization is hoping to bring a story from the Bible to life.The group Ark of Noah hopes to set sail in a "replica" of the Ark of Noah sometime this year.The ark, which spans five floors and can hold mor

Civilians Casualties from Explosives up 50 Percent over Five Years


Stocktrek Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The number of innocent people who have lost their lives to airstrikes, car bombs and suicide belts has increased dramatically over the last five years.More than 33,000 civilians were killed or injured by explosive

Hillsborough Victims Commemorated After Truth Finally Acknowledged


iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A solemn vigil commemorating 96 soccer fans who were crushed to death in Britain’s worst stadium disaster is taking place Wednesday, in an event due to be attended by more than 20,000 people.At the event, the names of al

UK Targets ISIS Bunker with Royal Air Force's Largest Bombs


iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- The United Kingdom's Royal Air Force (RAF) has ramped up its bombing campaign against ISIS.Enhanced Paveway III (EPW III) bombs, the largest in RAF's arsenal, successfully hit two entrances to an underground bunker as part of

Lawyer: Paris Terror Attacks Suspect 'Thinks He Lives in a Video Game'


VIRGINIE LEFOUR/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) -- Terror suspect Salah Abdeslam was described by his Belgian lawyer as “a little moron” who “is worth gold” in the investigation into the Paris attacks last November.In an interview with Jea

Google Launches Virtual Tour Inside Sydney Opera House


Stockbyte/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) -- Google's Cultural Institute launched a virtual tour of the Sydney Opera House this week, giving people around the world a chance to virtually explore the landmark.More than 1,000 artifacts from the iconic building's 60-year

Terror Suspect Salah Abdeslam Handed Over to France


Belgian Federal Police(LONDON) — Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has been transferred from Belgium to France Wednesday, the Belgian federal prosecutor has confirmed.Abdeslam, a suspect in the November 13th attacks in France — which killed

Fewer Foreign Fighters Joining ISIS as Airstrikes Destroy Up to $800 Million of


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- According to the U.S. general in charge of operations against ISIS, there are fewer foreign fighters joining the terror group.Major General Peter Gersten said Tuesday that the airstrike campaign against ISIS cash distribut

China Eastern Airlines Enlists Mickey and Minnie for Shanghai Disneyland Launch


Pei Xin/Xinhua/Newscom(SHANGHAI) -- In anticipation of the June 16 opening of the Shanghai Disney Resort, China Eastern Airlines has unveiled a plane painted blue and featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse portraits.It is the first of two planned Disney-

Man Smashes Guinness World Record for Most Reaper Peppers Eaten in 60 Seconds


Ethan Covey(NEW YORK) -- A New York man was breathing fire on Sunday after beating the Guinness World Record for the most Carolina Reaper chili peppers consumed in under sixty seconds.Wayne Algenio, 31, of Jamaica, Queens, broke the record after he consum