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January 10, 2019 1:10 PM The school using giant book murals to encourage reading

For many students, this week saw the end of the Christmas break and a return to school. However, one school in Illinois, US, has taken a novel and eye-catching approach to motivating its students in the new year. Students of Mundelein High returned to find six floor-to-ceiling book covers lining the corridor of the school's English department. The vinyl 135

January 9, 2019 9:38 PM In post-Franco first for Spain, far-right party becomes kingmaker in Andalusia

BARCELONA (Reuters) - A far-right party on Wednesday took a role in the formation of a regional government in Spain for the first time since the Franco dictatorship ended in 1975. The anti-immigrant Vox agreed to support a center-right coalition in Andalusia. It became kingmaker in Spain’s most populous region - a traditional Socialist Party stronghold 125

January 9, 2019 7:19 PM Australian prime minister’s family portrait has glaring Photoshop fail

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s family portrait appeared to have a glaring Photoshop error. (Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Office) Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has two left feet -- and it has nothing to do with his dancing. A photo previously posted on the prime minister’s official website showed the Morrison family sitting on the grass 305

January 8, 2019 4:18 PM Today's market moves and business news

The Dow climbed 300 points, or 1.3%, at Tuesday’s opening bell on hopes for progress on a trade deal with China. The S&P 500 jumped 1.1%, leaving both indexes on track for their first three-day winning streak since late November. The Nasdaq advanced 1% as well, boosted by 2% rallies for Amazon and Facebook. Markets got an extra boost after President 112

January 8, 2019 2:51 PM Iguanas reintroduced to Galapagos island after 200 years

Emily Dixon, CNN • Updated 8th January 2019 The last person to officially record seeing a land iguana on Santiago Island in the Galapagos was Charles Darwin in 1835. After that, iguanas were erased from the island, wiped out by invasive predators like the feral pig. But now, 184 years later, the lizards have made a return, thanks to an initiative by the Galapagos 113

January 8, 2019 10:59 AM Ryanair's Spanish cabin crew unions call off Tuesday strike

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Unions representing Ryanair (RYA.I) cabin crew in Spain called off plans to strike on Tuesday to allow time for further talks, the SITCPLA and USO unions said in a statement. The unions, which are due to meet representatives of Ryanair on Tuesday morning, have not canceled plans for one-day strikes on Thursday and Sunday, the SITCPLA 95

January 8, 2019 9:12 AM Japanese billionaire's Twitter post becomes historic after offering people cash

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa speaks after SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk announced him as the person who would be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, in Hawthorne, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) A Japanese billionaire has become the author of the most retweeted post ever on Twitter after 140

January 8, 2019 5:21 AM Saudi Arabia denies requesting extradition of woman in Thailand: embassy

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Thailand has denied reports that Riyadh had requested the extradition of a young Saudi women seeking asylum in Thailand, the embassy said on Twitter. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, who fled from her family and barricaded herself inside a Bangkok airport hotel to prevent Thai authorities expelling her, was allowed 95

January 8, 2019 12:56 AM Kevin Hart reportedly apologizes for old tweets after Oscars backlash

Kevin Hart reportedly apologized Monday night for the homophobic comments he made years ago that sparked his move to step down as Oscars host. "Once again, Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community. I apologize," Hart said on his Sirius XM radio show, "Straight from the Hart," according to ABC News. The 39-year-old 138

January 7, 2019 4:05 AM Fiji Water girl photobomber steals spotlight on Golden Globes red carpet

Jamie Lee Curtis at the 76th annual Golden Globe® Awards with FIJI Water on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Matt Sayles/Invision for FIJI Water/AP Images) On a night when all eyes are usually on Hollywood’s biggest names, one unknown attendee has managed to steal the spotlight. As A-listers like Jim Carrey and Richard Madden posed for photos 115