World Topics

Jan 12, 2015

Move over Nessie, Scotland gets new, prehistoric marine reptile

Scotland has its very own prehistoric marine reptile — and, no, we’re not talking about Nessie, the mythic Loch Ness monster. Scientists have announced the discovery of the fossil remains of a dolphinlike seagoing reptile on Scotland’s Isle of Skye that lived about 170 ...

Self-taught computer program finds super poker strategy

Jan 9, 2015

Self-taught computer program finds super poker strategy

A computer program that taught itself to play poker has created nearly the best possible strategy for one version of the game, showing the value of techniques that may prove useful to help decision-making in medicine and other areas. The program considered 24 trillion ...

Jan 8, 2015

Manila traffic cops to don diapers for papal visit

When Pope Francis visits the Philippines next week, traffic cops won’t leave their posts if they have to answer the call of nature. The roughly 2,000 traffic enforcers on duty during the Jan. 15-19 papal visit will be required to wear adult diapers, said ...

Jan 7, 2015

Boston to open 'oldest' U.S. time capsule, from 1795

It dates back to 1795 and has been dubbed the oldest time capsule in America. On Thursday, a museum in Boston will open the relic, believed to contain coins and papers. The Museum of Fine Arts will open the time capsule at a press ...

Jan 6, 2015

Arizona Department of Transportation comes clean on sasquatch pic

A photo posted on Facebook depicting what Arizona officials said may have been a family of sasquatches, attracting hundreds of comments from skeptics and believers alike, was just a joke, authorities said Monday. The Arizona Department of Transportation said there was no mystery about ...

Critter count: London Zoo begins annual animal census

Jan 6, 2015

Critter count: London Zoo begins annual animal census

Clipboard-carrying zookeepers coaxed, corralled and counted scores of creatures Monday, as London Zoo began an annual census of its 17,000 residents. The zoo is home to more than 750 species, from red-kneed spiders to Sumatran tigers, and all must be accounted for. The yearly ...

Jan 5, 2015

Tomb of previously unknown pharaonic queen found in Egypt

Czech archaeologists have unearthed the tomb of a previously unknown queen believed to have been the wife of Pharaoh Neferefre who ruled 4,500 years ago, officials in Egypt said Sunday. The tomb was discovered in Abu Sir, an Old Kingdom necropolis southwest of Cairo ...

Thousands of Europeans take icy New Year's plunges

Jan 2, 2015

Thousands of Europeans take icy New Year's plunges

After a long night of celebrating the arrival of 2015 tens of thousands of Europeans saw no better way to begin the new year than to jump into freezing water. In the Netherlands alone some 50,000 people, many wearing knitted caps in trademark Dutch ...

New York gets ready for New Year's Eve celebration

Dec 31, 2014

New York gets ready for New Year's Eve celebration

The giant glittering Waterford crystal ball was tested Tuesday ahead of the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, where tens of thousands of revelers are expected to ring in 2015. Workers coiled massive cables as the 11,875-pound (5,386-kg) ball went up and down ...

Mexico bullfighter, two others injured by 'smart' bull

Dec 31, 2014

Mexico bullfighter, two others injured by 'smart' bull

Karla de los Angeles, one of Mexico’s few female bullfighters, vowed Tuesday to return to the ring by mid-January, two days after she and several others were gored by what she said was a “very smart” bull. The 26-year-old bullfighter suffered a pair of ...