World Topics

Officials order Ohio man to take down zombie Nativity

A suburban Cincinnati man’s zombie-themed Nativity scene has caused quite a stir in his neighborhood, with some considering it a holiday treat. But others see a nightmare before Christmas. Responding to two anonymous complaints, officials in Ohio’s Sycamore Township said on Tuesday they have ordered Jasen Dixon to take down ...

Blizzard gives Hawaii summits a White Christmas

Dec 26, 2014

Blizzard gives Hawaii summits a White Christmas

Some people in Hawaii are dreaming of a White Christmas. A blizzard warning is in effect for the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii. The National Weather Service says up to 7 inches (18 cm) of snow ...

U.S. thaw: New life for Cuba's classic cars?

Dec 25, 2014

U.S. thaw: New life for Cuba's classic cars?

Dairo Tio cruises the streets of Havana in a gleaming black 1954 Buick with polished chrome highlights and the diesel motor from an electric plant bolted beneath the hood. When the brakes failed in his beautiful Frankenstein of a taxicab, Tio couldn’t work for ...

Dec 24, 2014

Oldest man in U.S. dies at 110

A northern Illinois resident recognized as the oldest man in the U.S. has died at 110. The Rockford Register Star reported C. Conrad Johnson died Tuesday. The director of the funeral home handling Johnson’s arrangements also confirmed his death. The Swedish-born Johnson worked as ...

Thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations may put island's vintage cars on notice

Dec 22, 2014

Thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations may put island's vintage cars on notice

Cuba’s iconic stock of refurbished vintage American sedans from the 1950s may be facing their last trips to the garage soon, following the historic thawing of ties between Havana and Washington. Flashy Pontiacs, Plymouths, Dodges and Chevrolets, as well as crudely patched and rickety ...

Dec 20, 2014

Gold tooth found in Missouri Salvation Army kettle

People have tossed gold and silver pieces into Salvation Army holiday kettles but a gold tooth found this week in Kansas City was a local first, an organization leader said Friday. “It’s the whole tooth, with the root and everything,” said Rick Carroll, who ...

Dec 16, 2014

U.S. dictionary Merriam-Webster picks 'culture' as word of year

Whether popular, corporate or entitled, “culture” was named word of the year by U.S. dictionary Merriam-Webster on Monday as a flexible catch-all that can easily identify a subject, idea or issue. Merriam-Webster defines culture as the beliefs, customs and arts of a “society, group, ...

Merriam-Webster names 'culture' word of the year

Dec 16, 2014

Merriam-Webster names 'culture' word of the year

A nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail against them, are behind Merriam-Webster’s 2014 word of the year: culture. The word joins Oxford Dictionaries’ “vape,” a darling of the e-cigarette movement, ...

'Early Mona Lisa' traced to English country home

Dec 16, 2014

'Early Mona Lisa' traced to English country home

Researchers into the provenance of a painting dubbed the “Early Mona Lisa” reported on Monday they had identified an English noble who probably bought it in Italy in the late 18th century and a country house where it was found in 1911. The revelations ...

Two U.S. babies born at 10:11 on 12/13/14

Dec 15, 2014

Two U.S. babies born at 10:11 on 12/13/14

Two U.S. babies were born at just the right minute: 10:11 on 12/13/14. Seven-pound, 14-ounce (3.53-kg) Hazel Grace was born on Saturday morning to Leisha Campbell and Shawn Zimmerman at Cleveland’s Fairview Hospital. Her family already knew she’d be born on Saturday’s special date. ...