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This photo provided by the Oregon State Police shows severe flooding on Interstate 84, a major freeway linking Idaho and Oregon, near Hermiston, Ore., on Feb. 7, 2020.
Sun, 02/09/2020 - 17:23

Heavy rains and snowmelt in January contributed to dangerous flooding conditions in the Pacific Northwest. Dozens of families evacuated their homes as the water rose.

British Airways Flight 112 flew from New York to London in under five hours, setting a new record.
Sun, 02/09/2020 - 13:10

Propelled by the jet stream, Flight BA112 topped a ground speed of 800 mph, by one expert's estimate. It traveled from New York's JFK to London's Heathrow in 4 hours, 56 minutes overnight Saturday.

An individual wearing an Afghan uniform opened fire on the combined U.S. and Afghan forces Saturday, killing two U.S. service members and injuring six others.
Sun, 02/09/2020 - 12:08

An individual wearing an Afghan uniform opened fire on the combined U.S. and Afghan force with a machine gun on Saturday. It's unknown if the shooter was an Afghan soldier or had stolen the uniform.

Spanish actor Antonio Banderas is photographed after winning the best leading actor award for <em>Pain and Glory</em> at the Spanish Film Academy's Goya Awards in Málaga, Spain, on Jan. 26.
Sun, 02/09/2020 - 08:00

When media called him one of the few actors of color nominated for an Oscar, many Spaniards mocked the term or got angry.

Lebanese doctors take part in anti-government demonstrations in Beirut in November.
Sun, 02/09/2020 - 07:01

"We are collecting from every person of goodwill," says a Roman Catholic priest who started a low-cost clinic. "We are not expecting a miracle. We hope to create a place where people feel respected."

Sun, 02/09/2020 - 07:01

Jerome and Jarrett Pumphrey have worked together on creative projects since they were kids. Their new book — illustrated with 250+ stamps — is about family, farm life, determination and hard work.

Set during the first World War, <em>1917 </em>was made to look like it was filmed in a single shot. "It operates more like a ticking-clock thriller," says director Sam Mendes.
Sun, 02/09/2020 - 07:01

The very earliest movies were all long takes, but the immersive minimalism of one-shot films carry extra appeal in an era of congested platforms and CGI overload.

The title of James Taylor's audio memoir <em>Break Shot</em> refers to the first shot in a game of pool when order is suddenly broken. "That seemed like an apt metaphor for what happened to my family," he says.
Sun, 02/09/2020 - 07:01

James Taylor's had a long and rich career, with hits including "Fire and Rain" and "You've Got a Friend." Now he's releasing an audio-only memoir and has a new album of standards coming Feb. 28.

A Chinese horseshoe bat chases a moth.
Sun, 02/09/2020 - 07:01

The winged mammal has a unique ability to carry viruses and not get sick from them. This tolerance may be a unique adaptation to flying.

An archival image of the SS Cotopaxi, taken in 1920.
Sun, 02/09/2020 - 07:01

As it turns out, neither the Bermuda Triangle nor aliens are to blame for the Cotopaxi's sinking. It took Michael Barnette 15 years of research to identify the ship, which went down with 32 people.

Fellowship of Wildwood, a Baptist church in west St. Louis County, allows certain trained congregants to carry weapons. Church leaders say their volunteer security team helps provide peace of mind to the congregation.
Sun, 02/09/2020 - 06:00

Violence at houses of worship in recent years has congregational leaders adding security. But the move is sometimes at odds with their beliefs and their missions to the communities they serve.

Democratic presidential candidate and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a Democratic fundraising dinner on Saturday. Buttigieg is coming under attack from rival candidates for his relative lack of experience.
Sun, 02/09/2020 - 06:00

The top target is Pete Buttigieg. He faced a barrage of attacks as the other Democratic candidates seek to blunt his momentum from a strong showing in Iowa.

Lee Sun-kyun and Jo Yeo-jeong play the wealthy Parks in <em>Parasite</em>.
Sun, 02/09/2020 - 04:00

This year's best picture race doesn't have as clear a frontrunner as it sometimes has. But just as Moonlight came through on a shocker of an evening in 2017, Parasite might pull it off this year.

Florida Rep. Val Demings compares the impeachment saga to police work. As a former cop, she says police will make arrests to stop a threat — regardless of how a court will rule later.
Sat, 02/08/2020 - 17:50

Democratic Rep. Val Demings of Florida was one of the House impeachment managers in the Senate impeachment trial. She says Trump's impeachment was "totally worth it" despite the Senate's acquittal.

A Chinese woman wears a protective suit and mask as she waits to cross the intersection of a nearly empty Beijing on Saturday.
Sat, 02/08/2020 - 15:27

As the number of fatalities in mainland China rises above 800, Beijing has granted approval to a team of international health experts to travel to China to investigate the virus.

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