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North Korea Warns Its Nuclear Arsenal Is A Button-Push Away

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 6:37am

In his annual New Year's address, North Korea's leader said his country had completed its nuclear weapons and that the "entire area of the U.S. mainland is within our nuclear strike range."

Trapped In Barbed Wire, White Owl Now Flies Free

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 5:38am

The bird was trapped in barbed wire near the Smithfield prison in Huntingdon, Pa. A state game commission officer used a crate and a net to coax the owl to safety.

Hawaiian Airlines Flight Takes Off In 2018 But Lands In 2017

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 5:02am

The flight from Auckland, New Zealand, left on Jan. 1, 2018 but when it landed nine hours later in Honolulu, Hawaii, it was Sun. Dec. 31, 2017.

Muslim-Americans Face Challenges When Confronting Leader's Misconduct

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 4:03am

A prominent Dalled-based Muslim preacher has been caught up in allegations of sexual harassment. Clerics are looking into it. Ailsa Chang talks to BuzzFeed reporter Hannah Allam.

Minimum Wage Goes Up In 18 States On New Year's Day

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 4:03am

Those hikes in the minimum wage range from just four cents in Alaska, to a full dollar in Maine. Advocates argue that's good for low-wage workers, but skeptics say it will cost jobs.

Germans Ring In The New Year With 'Dinner For One'

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 4:03am

Everyone has their favorite movie for the holidays. In Germany, millions gathered around their TV sets to watch a half-century-old British comedy skit called Dinner for One.

Trump Re-Examines Regulations Regarding Fracking, Oil Drilling

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 4:03am

The Trump administration rescinds rules on fracking and proposes rolling back safety measures on offshore oil drilling. Ailsa Chang talks to Alisa Barba, executive editor of Inside Energy.

Transgender Women In Pakistan Demand Equal Rights

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 4:03am

Gays and lesbians live secret lives in Pakistan. But to be a transgender woman there is a different experience. They're mobilizing a movement for equal rights — and scoring victories.

Helpful Ideas To Keep Your Christmas Tree Out Of A Landfill

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 4:03am

With Christmas over, some 35 million holiday trees will be coming down. Where do they go? Bill Ulfelder of the Nature Conservancy in New York has suggestions of how to avoid sending them to landfills.

Defense Secretary Mattis Expects A Larger U.S. Civilian Presence In Syria

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 4:03am

U.S. troops have been in Syria fighting ISIS militants near the border with Iraq. More American diplomats and contractors are headed to Syria to help stabilize areas that have suffered years of war.

Protesters In Iran Denounce Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 4:03am

Rachel Martin talks to journalist Ali Noorani, who's with Agence France-Presse, for the latest from Iran, where violent protests have broken out. At least four protesters have been killed.

On The First Day Of The New Year, Celebrating Composers' Opus One

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 4:03am

In celebration of the New Year, Rachel Martin talks to classical music commentator Miles Hoffman about famous first pieces by some of music's greatest composers.

Teapot Is A Reminder Of The Remarkable 1922 Rose Bowl Game

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 4:03am

In that game, a small Pennsylvania college, backed by a black quarterback, battled the University of California, Berkeley to the only tie in the history of the game.

Hurricane Highlights Long-Term Flooding Problems In Bonita Springs, Fla.

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 4:03am

Bonita Springs, a Florida community hit hard by Hurricane Irma, has mostly recovered. Residents and officials now know what to do about low-lying neighborhoods likely to flood again in the future.

News Brief: North Korea's Nuclear Warning, Iran Protests

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 4:03am

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un warned the U.S. that his country's completed nuclear arsenal is a button-push away. And, anti-government protests have swept across Iran over the last several days.

Top Fitness Trends For 2018: Back To Basics

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 4:00am

A survey of fitness professionals who keep track of how we exercise suggests 2018 is likely to find more of us trading fitness gadgets for high-intensity interval training and group classes.

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We Gave Weight Loss Using Food Tracking Apps A Try

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 3:57am

If you want to shed pounds in 2018, you should know that how much you eat matters more than how much you work out. Several apps are designed to make watching what your diet easier. We gave one a shot.

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