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Her father's fudge recipe brings back childhood memories of the Midwest

Sun, 11/27/2022 - 08:00

A young Jan Kincaid Clifford wasn't even tall enough to reach the stove. That didn't stop her from stirring the pot. And stirring. And stirring. Her dad's recipe requires patience, but it pays off.

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Civilians escape Kherson after Russian strikes on freed city

Sun, 11/27/2022 - 05:23

Civilians have streamed out of the southern Ukrainian city whose recapture they had celebrated just weeks earlier, after days of intensive shelling by Russian forces.

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USA change Iran flag to remove Islamic republic emblem before World Cup clash

Sun, 11/27/2022 - 05:03

The U.S. soccer federation is displaying Iran's national flag on social media without the emblem of the Islamic Republic, saying it supports protesters in Iran ahead of the two nations' soccer match.

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Diamond diggers in South Africa's deserted mines break the law — and risk their lives

Sun, 11/27/2022 - 05:01

Photos show the desperate search for scraps left by big diamond operators. But amid rampant poverty and unemployment, zama-zamas see no other way to provide for their families.

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Frontier Airlines drops its customer service line

Sat, 11/26/2022 - 20:57

The budget airline says customers will no longer be able to call a live agent by phone. Frontier is encouraging customers to instead reach out by text, social media and WhatsApp.

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Lionel Messi's goal revives Argentina's World Cup hopes

Sat, 11/26/2022 - 16:19

Messi drove a low shot from 25 yards into the bottom corner in the 64th minute. He ran toward Argentina's fans with his arms outstretched before getting mobbed by his jubilant teammates.

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Imran Khan says his party will quit all assemblies in Pakistan

Sat, 11/26/2022 - 15:57

The former prime minister was ousted in a no-confidence vote in parliament in April. He is now in the opposition and has been demanding early elections.

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Biden eases Venezuela sanctions as opposition talks resume

Sat, 11/26/2022 - 15:06

The U.S. Treasury Department is allowing Chevron to resume "limited" energy production in Venezuela after years of sanctions have curbed oil and gas profits flowing to President Maduro's government.

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A cruise ship passenger was rescued by the Coast Guard after hours in Gulf waters

Sat, 11/26/2022 - 14:35

A 28-year-old man fell overboard from the Carnival Valor cruise ship hours before he was reported missing off of the southeast Louisiana coast. The passenger is in stable condition.

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Black Friday sales rake in a record $9.12 billion from online shoppers

Sat, 11/26/2022 - 13:41

More than 166 million Americans are expected to shop over the five days from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday.

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Iran leader praises force tasked with quashing dissent

Sat, 11/26/2022 - 13:07

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said paramilitary volunteers "sacrificed themselves" to protect people from "rioters," as eye doctors warn that demonstrators have been blinded in the anti-government protests.

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A landslide on an Italian island leaves up to 12 missing and 100 stranded

Sat, 11/26/2022 - 12:32

Heavy rainfall triggered landslides early Saturday on the southern Italian island of Ischia. It cut a muddy swath through a port town, collapsing buildings and sweeping cars into the sea.

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'Fame' and 'Flashdance' singer Irene Cara dies at 63

Sat, 11/26/2022 - 11:21

She was behind some of the most joyful, high-energy pop anthems of the early '80s. During her career, Cara had three Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

Xinjiang loosens some restrictions after anti-lockdown protests

Sat, 11/26/2022 - 10:34

Residents held extraordinary late-night demonstrations against Urumqi's draconian "zero-COVID" lockdown after an apartment fire killed 10.

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Taiwan's president resigns as party leader after election losses

Sat, 11/26/2022 - 10:09

Voters in Taiwan overwhelmingly chose the opposition Nationalist party in several major races across the self-ruled island in an election in which threats from China took a backseat to local issues.

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'Peanuts' still brings comfort and joy, 100 years after Charles Schulz's birth

Sat, 11/26/2022 - 07:01

While Schulz stipulated that the strip would end with him, his iconic characters live on. His widow, Jeannie Schulz, says people still get comfort from the comic because "it talks about humanity."

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A visual feast: 6 favorite coffee table and gift books of 2022

Sat, 11/26/2022 - 07:00

This year's selection of visual delights highlights the work of artists and designers who have made an enduring impact, including Lucian Freud, Elsa Schiaparelli and Patti Smith.

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Here's how inflation is changing holiday deals and shopping

Sat, 11/26/2022 - 06:01

Shoppers are expected to spend a record amount of money this year because nearly everything is more expensive. There are some relative bargains, if you know where to look.

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Ukrainian women have started learning a crucial war skill: how to fly a drone

Sat, 11/26/2022 - 06:01

The Female Pilots of Ukraine is the first of its kind in the country at a time when the Ukrainian military has been using drones for reconnaissance and fighting against Russian forces.

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A small town ballfield took years to repair after Hurricane Maria. Then Fiona came.

Sat, 11/26/2022 - 05:00

After repairs were completed this summer, a restored ballfield in one of Puerto Rico's poorest towns had become a symbol of progress in the face of tragedy. Hurricane Fiona dealt a setback.