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French designer Thierry Mugler acknowledges applause following his fall/winter 2001-2002 ready-to-wear collection presentation in Paris on March 12, 2001.
Mon, 01/24/2022 - 00:56

"May his soul Rest In Peace," his Instagram said in a post that was all black with no image. It did not give a cause of death.

Soldiers of Poland, Britain, US and Romania take part in military exercises at the military training ground in Bemowo Piskie, Poland on Nov. 18, 2021.
Sun, 01/23/2022 - 22:27

Biden is considering sending up to 5,000 troops to Eastern European countries, including Romania and Poland, a U.S. official told NPR. Russia has stationed 100,000 troops near Ukraine.

Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., of the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection testifies before the House Rules Committee in December.
Sun, 01/23/2022 - 19:09

Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi confirmed Sunday that an executive order was drafted for Trump to sign that would have used the military to seize machines in battleground states.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks as he greets embassy staff at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv on Jan. 19. The State Department is ordering family members of embassy staff to leave.
Sun, 01/23/2022 - 17:51

Citing a "continued threat of Russian military action," the U.S. State Department also authorized the voluntary departure of nonessential embassy employees at its embassy in Kyiv.

Police investigators leave a crime scene at a home in Inglewood, Calif., on Sunday.
Sun, 01/23/2022 - 15:52

Inglewood Mayor James Butts called the shooting an "ambush" involving multiple shooters.

Seventh and eighth grade students attend class at Olive Vista Middle School on Jan. 11 in Sylmar, Calif. Los Angeles students will be required to wear non-cloth masks.
Sun, 01/23/2022 - 14:40

Students will have to wear "well-fitting, non-cloth masks with a nose wire." Employees will have to wear surgical grade masks or higher.

Georgian activists hold posters as they gather in support of Ukraine in front of the Ukrainian Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia on Sunday, Jan. 23. The British government on Saturday accused Russia of seeking to replace Ukraine's government with a pro-Moscow administration.
Sun, 01/23/2022 - 13:44

The British government named Murayev as one of Russia's top picks to lead Ukraine were it to invade the country. Murayev, a critic of Ukraine's pro-Western government, has dismissed the claim.

Bob Spalding, left, and Don Wilson of The Ventures perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York, March 10, 2008. Wilson, a co-founder of the band, died Saturday at the age of 88.
Sun, 01/23/2022 - 12:41

Wilson played rhythm guitar for The Ventures, which with over 100 million records sold, was the best-selling instrumental band of all time.

People rallying in patriotic support of Ukraine hold a 500 meter long ribbon in the colors of the Ukrainian flag outside St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery on Unity Day on Saturday in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Sun, 01/23/2022 - 11:40

The situation along the Russia-Ukraine border remains tense, with thousands of Russian troops amassed just across the divide and Ukraine preparing for a possible invasion.

In August, President Biden attended a dignified transfer ceremony at Dover Air Force Base after 13 members of the U.S. military were killed in an attack during the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Sun, 01/23/2022 - 10:05

Yet these early reversals haven't always been crippling. On the contrary, three of the past four presidents elected — and five of the past eight — have recovered from shaky starts to win re-election.

In this photo taken on Jan. 20, a beach resort in Tonga, on the outskirts of the capital of Nuku'alofa, shows the impact of the tsunami that hit the island nation in the wake of an underwater volcanic eruption. Aid efforts have been complicated by the pandemic — with only one case of COVID on record, Tonga is wary of outsiders who might bring the virus.
Sun, 01/23/2022 - 07:53

It's a pandemic predicament. With only 1 recorded case of COVID-19 in their island nation, Tongans are desperate for help after the volcanic eruption — but eager to keep the virus out.

<em>Mrs. Doubtfire</em> is one of the Broadway shows that reopened but then had to shut down for a while after cases of COVID spread among cast and crew.
Sun, 01/23/2022 - 07:49

Tickets may be easier and cheaper to get for the plays that are still open. Some producers reopened until the virus raced through the cast and crew. Future productions are hard to see on the horizon.

Sun, 01/23/2022 - 05:02

Despite the omicron surge, college students are starting the spring semester on campus – and administrators are bracing for the worst.

Rapid tests can help you figure out if you have been infected with the coronavirus. But how accurate are they? Scientists trying to find out whether they are less sensitive to omicron and why.
Sun, 01/23/2022 - 05:01

Recent research — and plenty of anecdotes — suggest some rapid tests may be less sensitive at detecting omicron if you don't have symptoms. Here's how researchers hope to make them more effective.

Bark beetle larvae grip the ground with their claws in order to build up energy to accomplish their acrobatics.
Sun, 01/23/2022 - 04:01

A team of researchers has discovered the gymnastic ability of bark beetle larvae. Scientists recently recorded the larvae performing the twisting leap for the first time.

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