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How to start an art habit
Sat, 01/11/2020 - 06:00

Making art is fun. But there's a lot more to it. It might serve an evolutionary purpose — and emerging research shows that it can help us process difficult emotions and tap into joy.

A rescue worker searches the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed near Tehran on Wednesday, killing all on board. Iranian state TV reported Saturday that the military mistakenly shot the plane down.
Fri, 01/10/2020 - 22:21

Iranian media quoted the military as saying human error led to the attack. The foreign minister blamed "US adventurism." Missiles struck the plane just after it took off from Tehran.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announce new sanctions on Iran at the White House on Friday.
Fri, 01/10/2020 - 18:16

Administration officials say Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani was killed to prevent "imminent attacks." They're being questioned about what "imminent" means.

Gov. Greg Abbott, pictured in Feb. 2019, said Texas does not consent to allow refugees to resettle within the state.
Fri, 01/10/2020 - 17:27

"Texas has carried more than its share in assisting the refugee resettlement process," Abbott, a Republican, said in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday.

Women got the lion's share of new jobs in December and now outnumber men on U.S. payrolls. This unusual situation reflects the growth of industries like health care where women dominate.
Fri, 01/10/2020 - 16:29

Women got the lion's share of new jobs in December and now outnumber men on U.S. payrolls. This unusual situation reflects the growth of industries like health care where women dominate.

Officials say threat levels are at a "yellow phase 2," and are warning people to stay away from the volcano and its crater "due to the danger of falling ballistic fragments."
Fri, 01/10/2020 - 16:15

The dramatic explosion of Popocatépetl, about 40 miles south of Mexico City, sent columns of ash and debris shooting into the sky.

A Boeing 737 Max airplane being built for Norwegian Air International taxis for a test flight, at Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Wash.
Fri, 01/10/2020 - 15:29

The company builds parts including wing components, engine pylons and the entire fuselage for Boeing's troubled 737 Max jets. The planes have been grounded worldwide in the wake of two fatal crashes.

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald's party has agreed to a new power-sharing deal with the Democratic Unionist Party. McDonald (center) spoke about the agreement Friday, flanked by deputy leader Michelle O'Neill.
Fri, 01/10/2020 - 15:16

Northern Ireland is heading for a return to the power-sharing agreement, in a deal brokered by the governments of Britain and Ireland.

Public Health Officials hand out disease monitoring information after performing thermal scans on passengers arriving from Wuhan, China at Suvarnabumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand.
Fri, 01/10/2020 - 14:58

The new strain of coronavirus is from the same family as SARS, but doesn't appear to spread easily between people.

Rescue crews work at the crash site of a Ukrainian airliner that went down shortly after takeoff from Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport on Wednesday, killing all 176 people onboard.
Fri, 01/10/2020 - 13:52

Video footage and the locations of key Iranian military facilities lend credence to the idea that the jetliner carrying 176 people was accidentally shot down.

A child's shoe sits amid the rubble of the Ukrainian jetliner, which carried 176 people to their deaths when it plunged from the sky outside Tehran on Wednesday.
Fri, 01/10/2020 - 13:46

U.S. and Iranian officials on Friday offered dueling assertions of what caused the crash. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed it on an Iranian missile, while Iran said that was clearly not the case.

Democratic presidential candidate author Marianne Williamson had qualified only for the first two Democratic debates this past summer but she did garner an Internet following.
Fri, 01/10/2020 - 12:54

The author and spiritual leader garnered curiosity and lots of attention in early debates. In a letter to supporters on Friday, she wrote, "I don't want to get in the way of a progressive candidate."

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán addresses the media during a wide-ranging international press conference on Thursday in Budapest, Hungary.
Fri, 01/10/2020 - 12:08

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is fiercely opposed to immigration and has said that boosting national fertility rates is his preferred way to counter the population downturn and risk of labor shortages.

A Puerto Rican flag waves on top of a pile of rubble as debris is removed from a main road in Guánica.
Fri, 01/10/2020 - 11:44

Some 2,000 people have been displaced, according to one humanitarian group's estimate. But there are hopeful signs. Puerto Rico's utility says roughly 80% of its customers have their electricity back.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, is ending her weeks-long hold on the articles of impeachment, triggering the start of the Senate impeachment process.
Fri, 01/10/2020 - 11:21

In a letter to House Democrats, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that she expects the House to transmit the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate and vote on impeachment managers.

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