Emperor Augustus frescoes opened to public for first time in Rome

Sep 19, 2014

Emperor Augustus frescoes opened to public for first time in Rome

Lavishly frescoed rooms in the houses of the Roman Emperor Augustus and his wife Livia opened for the first time to the public on Thursday after years of painstaking restoration. The buildings on Rome’s Palatine hill, where the emperor lived with his family, are ...

China tightens security on anniversary of Japan's invasion

Sep 18, 2014

China tightens security on anniversary of Japan's invasion

The anniversary Thursday of a 1931 incident that led to Japan’s occupation of northeastern China was marked by tight security as the two countries struggle to improve relations strained in recent years over a territorial dispute and historical issues. A ceremony to mark the ...

Sep 17, 2014

Number of websites explodes past a billion (and counting)

The number of websites has burst above 1 billion and is growing apace, according to figures updated in real time Tuesday by online tracker Internet Live Stats. Tim Berners-Lee, considered the father of the World Wide Web, touted the milestone on Twitter — one ...

U.S. retailer apologizes for 'blood-spattered' Kent State sweatshirt

Sep 16, 2014

U.S. retailer apologizes for 'blood-spattered' Kent State sweatshirt

Hipster retailer Urban Outfitters apologized Monday for offering a one-of-a-kind Kent State sweatshirt with what appeared to be faux bloodstains recalling the 1970 student massacre at the university in Ohio. It pulled the $129 garment from the women’s wear section of its website after ...

Feds chase treasure hunter turned fugitive

Sep 14, 2014

Feds chase treasure hunter turned fugitive

One of the last times anyone ever saw Tommy Thompson, he was walking on the pool deck of a Florida mansion wearing nothing but eyeglasses, leather shoes, socks and underwear, his brown hair growing wild. It was a far cry from the conquering hero ...

Northern Ireland's Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley dies

Sep 13, 2014

Northern Ireland's Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley dies

For most of his half-century in Northern Ireland politics, Ian Paisley was synonymous with two words: “no” and “never.” The Protestant minister, who became the province’s most divisive politician, used the slogan “Ulster says no!” to oppose Anglo-Irish negotiations over the future of Northern ...