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Floods now threaten area of snowed-in New York state

Record-breaking snowfall that buried towns near Buffalo, New York, and killed at least 14 people posed a major flooding threat Saturday, with temperatures forecast to rise and melt the snow. Areas of western New York that got socked with more than 6 feet (2 meters) of snow earlier in the ...

Nov 23, 2014

Can robots help us stop Ebola virus?

The U.S. military has enlisted a new germ-killing weapon in the fight against Ebola: a four-wheeled robot that can disinfect a room in minutes with pulses of ultraviolet light. Resembling a taller, skinnier version of R2D2 from “Star Wars,” the robots are operating at ...

Nov 23, 2014

Poland ruling party wins most seats in regional elections

Poland’s ruling Civic Platform (PO) party has secured the highest number of provincial assembly seats in the Nov. 16 vote, the state election commission said, a surprising result seen as likely to further aggravate tensions over the already contentious vote. The official results, published ...

Nov 23, 2014

Albania opens secret bunker built by communists

A gigantic, secret bunker that Albania’s communist regime built underground decades ago to survive a nuclear attack by the Soviet Union or the United States has been opened to the public for the first time. On Saturday, Prime Minister Edi Rama led visitors, including ...

Nov 23, 2014

Up to 300 Swedes fighting with Islamic State: official

As many as 300 Swedes may have joined the brutal Islamic State group insurgency in Iraq and Syria, Sweden’s intelligence chief said Saturday. “A hundred cases of people who have left to join the fighting have been confirmed, then there are the presumed cases ...

Nov 23, 2014

Series of storms raises hopes in California's drought

Hours of steady rain Saturday from Northern California’s third winter storm in a week raised hopes that the state is moving out of its driest three years in history — while still deeply locked in drought. After the past week’s three back-to-back winter storms, ...

Nov 23, 2014

New strain of bird flu found in goose in Germany

A worrying new strain of bird flu has been observed for the first time in a wild bird in northern Germany, the Agriculture Ministry said Saturday. The goose with the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain was identified in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and was ...

France's Sarkozy says EU powers must be halved

Nov 23, 2014

France's Sarkozy says EU powers must be halved

The European Union must hand back half of its powers, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Saturday, stepping up his criticism of the 28-nation bloc as he seeks to be elected head of France’s conservative party this week. Just a few weeks after he ...

Hitler watercolor fetches $162,000 at auction

Nov 23, 2014

Hitler watercolor fetches $162,000 at auction

A watercolor of Munich’s old City Hall believed to have been painted by Adolf Hitler a century ago was sold for €130,000 ($162,000) at an auction in Germany on Saturday. Kathrin Weidler, director of the Weider auction house in Nuremberg, said the work attracted ...

UKIP victory sets stage for EU upheaval

Nov 23, 2014

UKIP victory sets stage for EU upheaval

Some 16,867 voters in southeast England ushered in a season of European political tumult that in an extreme scenario could lead to Britain exiting the European Union, Greece quitting the euro or Catalonia seceding from Spain. Victory by the anti-EU U.K. Independence Party in ...