A major World War II museum opened in northern Poland on Thursday amid plans by the conservative government to change its content to fit the government's nationalist views.
The Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk is at the center of a standoff between the historians creating it and Poland's populist government, which is seeking a court order to have it closed and then wants to reshape its current multi-national focus.
The museum was initiated in 2008 by then-Prime Minister Donald Tusk. But the current Law and Justice government, hostile to Tusk, wants to merge it with another museum and make it highlight Poland's military effort in fighting the German Nazis and the nation's own tragedy that, they believe, is not well enough known in the world.
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A Spanish aid organization says it has recovered five bodies from waters off the Libyan coast and fears that at least 240 migrants could have died after two boats capsized in the Mediterranean. Proactiva Open Arms spokeswoman Laura Lanuza said each rubber boat usually holds 120 people, but smugglers tend to fill them over capacity to maximize their benefits in each trip.
After months of teasing, Alaska Airlines has bad news for loyal customers of Virgin America — their airline's name is being dumped.
Alaska announced late Wednesday that it will retire the Virgin brand, probably in 2019, adding that name to a list including Continental and US Airways that disappeared in the past decade.
Launching a new airline takes lots of money and patience — one reason that Virgin America's debut in 2007 was so eye-catching. The other was its hip vibe including mood lighting and young, attractive flight attendants.
After a promising start, U.S. stock indexes gave up an early rally and ended mostly lower Thursday after Republicans delayed a vote on their health care bill and left investors concerned about delays for the business-friendly agenda of President Donald Trump.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose as much as 96 points just before 1 p.m., but doubts about the bill cast a shadow over the market as hardline conservatives said they didn't support it. Health care stocks turned lower.
Elsewhere, a growing boycott of YouTube advertising hurt Alphabet, Google's parent company. Smaller companies did better than the rest of the market and more stocks rose than fell, a sign investors are still confident in the U.S. economy.
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A judge says Charleston church shooting survivors can continue pursuing lawsuits accusing the FBI of negligence they say enabled Dylann Roof to buy the gun used in the attack.
U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel ruled Thursday.
The FBI had sought to dismiss lawsuits filed by lawyers for three people who survived the attack and the estates of five slain inside Emanuel AME Church in June 2015.
The deepening U.S. military involvement against ISIS militants in northern Syria indicates the Pentagon will likely send even more troops in coming weeks. Their mission won't be to fight on the front lines but to bolster Syrian Arab and Kurdish forces in a coming battle for the key city of Raqqa.
On Wednesday, the Pentagon disclosed that Marine pilots airlifted scores of Syrian partner forces to the front lines, kicking off an offensive designed to capture a strategic crossroad along the Euphrates River. It was the first such U.S. assistance to the Arab and Kurdish fighters comprising the Syrian Democratic Forces. In a support role, the U.S. also fired artillery and flew Apache attack helicopters for the first time in Syria.
U.S. officials reported no major developments on the ground Thursday. Resistance from ISIS fighters appeared less fierce than anticipated, said one official, who wasn't authorized to publicly discuss an ongoing operation and demanded anonymity. The US-backed forces said in a statement they had already secured some territory.
The bee population is declining, and now, scientists have some interesting ideas for how to save them, NBC News reported. One researcher suggests using technology by developing an insect-sized drone capable of artificially pollinating flowering plants. At Monsanto, a technique called RNA interference is being developed, which could potentially kill varroa mites, a parasite that is capable of killing off entire colonies. Experts also say that political action would be helpful. On the other hand, some are going as far as converting their property into bee-friendly gardens. These areas would include nesting habitats, water sources, nectar and pollen.
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Cancer patients often wonder "why me?" Does their tumor run in the family? Did they try hard enough to avoid risks like smoking, too much sun or a bad diet?
Lifestyle and heredity get the most blame but new research suggests random chance plays a bigger role than people realize: Healthy cells naturally make mistakes when they multiply, unavoidable typos in DNA that can leave new cells carrying cancer-prone genetic mutations.
How big? About two-thirds of the mutations that occur in various forms of cancer are due to those random copying errors, researchers at Johns Hopkins University reported Thursday in the journal Science.
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The federal agency overseeing President Donald Trump's lease for a luxury hotel in Washington, D.C., ruled his election as president doesn't violate the terms of his agreement barring government officials from profiting from the property.
In a letter to the Trump Organization on Thursday, the General Services Administration said it determined the president's business is in "full compliance."
The State Department has ordered American embassies and consulates around the world to draw up criteria for "population sets" needing extra scrutiny before receiving visas to travel to the United States, according to a recent diplomatic cable. The message also instructed U.S. posts overseas to review the social media accounts of visa applicants who are suspected of terrorist ties or of having been in Islamic State group-controlled areas. The guidance was sent in a March 17 cable to all U.S. diplomatic missions to help American officials satisfy President Donald Trump's memorandum for enhanced vetting of visa applicants.
The White House claimed vindication while the House intelligence committee chairman privately apologized in the wake of his decision to brief President Donald Trump on secret intelligence intercepts related to a probe of Russian interference in the election.
Rep. Devin Nunes, a California Republican and member of President Donald Trump's transition team, told reporters after his committee's closed-door meeting Thursday that the presidential briefing was "a judgment call on my part" and added, "Sometimes you make the right decision, sometimes you make the wrong decision."
Democrats expressed outrage that Nunes would meet with Trump before talking to committee members and cited the incident as another reason to question the panel's independence.
Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush, who is mourning the loss of his wife after she passed away last week, was going to fly to Washington, D.C. for the vote on the new GOP health care plan, but has changed his travel plans amid news the vote has been postponed.
The visitation and funeral services for Rush's late wife Carolyn are scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday.
At noon Thursday, Rush told NBC 5 he was on his way to Washington, saying he felt his vote was needed.
“If [Carolyn] were here today, in this time, she would tell me to go to Washington," Rush said in the exclusive interview.
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is suggesting that the election that gave his alma mater, Texas A&M, its first openly gay student body president was "stolen."
Perry was Texas' longest serving governor until leaving office in 2015. He was also an A&M yell leader, or cheerleader.
The U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS is investigating reports of an airstrike in a western neighborhood in the Iraqi city of Mosul that allegedly left more than 100—possibly as many as 200—civilians dead, according to a statement given to The Associated Press on Friday.
The suspected high toll underscores the difficulties that Iraqi troops face in the weeks-long fight to route the Sunni militant group from the densely urban part of the city, Iraq's second-largest.
Residents of the neighborhood known as Mosul Jidideh told an Associated Press team at the scene that scores of residents are believed to have been killed by a pair of airstrikes that hit a cluster of homes in the area earlier this month.
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Federal officials took a step Thursday toward increasing safety in prisons by making it easier to find and seize cellphones obtained illegally by inmates.
The Federal Communications Commission in Washington voted 3-0 to approve rules to streamline the process for using technology to detect and block contraband phones in prisons and jails across the U.S.
The vote doesn't make it legal to jam cellphone signals in prison, which corrections directors across the country say is what they need to shut down inmate cellphone use, once and for all.