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Bottles of Moutai baijiu liquor, seen here in a 2012 photo, have become scarce in many Chinese stores, even as spirits maker Kweichow Moutai has seen its stock soar in the past year.
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:54

At 106 proof, China's famous Moutai baijiu liquor is getting hard to find, as bottles are being snatched up by speculators. Its brand parent recently became the world's most valuable distiller.

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:31

The full rescue was caught on the drone's camera as it flew out over crashing surf, dropped a floating device and hovered over the boys as they swam to shore.

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:29

This blood test detected signs of cancer in 70 percent of people with eight common forms of the disease. But it was much less good at identifying cancer in people in the early stages.

When you smell ginger root or petrol, do you have a specific word to describe the odor?
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 13:25

A new study looks at the way we identify smells. English speakers kind of stink at it. But that's not the case in every language.

A woman takes part in a demonstration to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Rome in November.
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:54

Italian actress Asia Argento was one of the first to go public with accusations against Harvey Weinstein. But in Italy, "the culture of support for women is nonexistent," says an Italian screenwriter.

"It brings back a lot of shame," Christian Picciolini says of his time fronting a white power punk band. He has since disavowed the white supremacist movement and works to help others disengage from it too.
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:43

Christian Picciolini spent eight years as a member of a violent, white power skinhead group. He eventually withdrew and co-founded a nonprofit to help extremists disengage.

In one study, participants who routinely got less than seven hours of sleep were coached to extend their sleep time. They also changed their diets, without being asked — taking in less sugar each day.
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:44

When study participants who routinely got less than seven hours of sleep were coached to extend their sleep time, they also changed their diets, without being asked — taking in less sugar each day.

An Agni-V, the style of intercontinental ballistic missile fired Thursday, is displayed at a Republic Day parade in New Delhi in 2013.
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:23

The intercontinental ballistic missile has a range of some 3,100 miles. Its launch Thursday comes at a particularly fraught time in India's relationship with neighbors Pakistan and China.

This map shows Earth's average global temperature from 2013 to 2017, as compared to a baseline average from 1951 to 1980, according to an analysis by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Yellows, oranges, and reds show regions warmer than the baseline.
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:11

The planet's global surface temperature last year was second warmest since 1880, NASA says. And scientists say the five warmest years on record have been since 2010.

U.S. troops, in tan uniforms, look over maps with Afghan rebel commander Rashid Dostum (center) in October 2001. A dozen U.S. soldiers teamed up with Dostum's force to defeat the Taliban in northern Afghanistan.
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:06

Many Americans may be weary of the war in Afghanistan. But a new movie is betting big on the true story of Green Berets on horseback who made the early days of the fight look deceptively easy.

The Department of Health and Humans Services is adding a Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom to protect doctors, nurses and other health care workers who refuse to take part in some kinds of care because of moral or religious objections.
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:53

The Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom is being established to aid health workers with objections rooted in conscience or religion to treating certain people and performing some procedures.

President Trump with congressional leaders on Wednesday during a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony for former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole at the U.S. Capitol. Thursday, Trump scrambled efforts to negotiate a spending deal with a morning tweet.
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:44

The president indicated in a morning tweet that he opposed House Republicans' bill to extend long-term funding for a popular children's health care program as part of a short-term spending agreement.

Amazon says the second headquarters will be a "full equal" to its corporate headquarters in Seattle, Wash., shown here.
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:43

Amazon says it reviewed 238 proposals in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. It says it will invest $5 billion in building the new headquarters, which could create up to 50,000 high-paying jobs.

Aaron Hernandez (81), of the New England Patriots, lost his helmet during this play against the New York Jets in 2011. Hernandez killed himself in 2017, and researchers found that he had had one of the most severe cases of CTE ever seen in someone his age.
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:22

Scientists believe they have solid evidence that repeated direct hits to the head can cause the degenerative brain disease seen in some athletes, even if there are no signs of concussion.

A Yazidi tomb in a village in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Many families were displaced when ISIS killed hundreds of men and kidnapped thousands of women and children. More than 3,000 Yazidis are still missing.
Thu, 01/18/2018 - 08:37

His phone rarely stops ringing. Most calls and messages are from other Yazidis in Iraq's Kurdistan region, asking for help to find their relatives. Others are from people threatening to kill him.


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