Venice hit by high tide as Italy buffeted by winds; 6 killed

MILAN — Venice was inundated by an exceptional high tide Monday, putting three-quarters of the famed Italian lagoon city under water as large swathes of the rest of Italy experienced flooding and heavy winds that toppled trees and other objects, killing six people. Tourists and residents alike donned high boots to navigate the streets of Venice after strong winds raised the water level 156 centimeters (over 5 feet) before receding. The water exceeded the raised walkways normally put out in flooded areas in Venice, forcing their removal. Transport officials closed the water bus system except to outlying islands because of the emergency. Venice frequently floods when high winds push in… Read More

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Daylight saving time is coming. Here’s what you need to know

SALT LAKE CITY — It’s almost time to fall back. What’s going on: Daylight saving time will officially end this coming weekend, giving everyone an extra hour of sleep. Finally. Beginning at 2 a.m. on Nov. 4, the clocks will roll back one hour. So your 7 a.m. today will be your 6 a.m. next week. You’ll want to set your clock back one hour if you’re awake before 2 a.m. If you’re awake around 2 a.m., wait until the morning to change your clocks. Why?: “Daylight saving time gives people that extra hour of sunlight during the warm summer months, then comes standard time when that extra hour of… Read More

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Pregnant wife saves husband by performing CPR the day before she gave birth

SALT LAKE CITY — On Oct. 16, Ashley Goette woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of her husband, Andrew, gasping for air. She immediately called 911. Ashley didn’t know it at the time, but Andrew was going into cardiac arrest. According to The Washington Post, Goette was told that she would need to give her husband CPR. The only problem? She was 39 weeks pregnant and scheduled to be induced the next day. “I can’t do this,” Goette told the emergency dispatcher. But she continued to perform chest compressions until paramedics arrived. ABC News reported that the doctors were worried that lack of oxygen to… Read More

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Merkel won’t seek a 5th term as German chancellor

BERLIN — Angela Merkel set off Monday on what could be a three-year countdown to the end of her leadership of Germany, a stint that has made her the European Union’s longest-serving leader and a key figure in facing the continent’s many crises. Merkel announced that she will give up the leadership of her conservative Christian Democratic Union in December and won’t stand for a fifth term as chancellor — signaling the beginning of the end at the helm for the woman many had labeled the “leader of the free world.” That’s a title she herself objected to, saying leadership is never up to one person or country. But she… Read More

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Venice inundated by exceptional tide; flooding hits Italy

MILAN — Venice was inundated by an exceptional high tide Monday, putting three-quarters of the famed Italian lagoon city under water as large swathes of the rest of Italy experienced flooding and heavy winds that toppled trees, killing four people. Tourists and residents alike donned high boots to navigate the streets of Venice after strong winds raised the water level 156 centimeters (over 5 feet) before receding. The water exceeded the raised walkways normally put out in flooded areas in Venice, forcing their removal. Transport officials closed the water bus system except to outlying islands due to the emergency. Venice frequently floods when high winds push in water from the… Read More

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Anti-Semitic incidents were on the rise even before shooting

NEW YORK — Swastikas scrawled into Jewish students’ notebooks. Headstones toppled and desecrated by vandals at Jewish cemeteries. Jews falsely blamed for challenges facing the nation. The shooting rampage that killed 11 people at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday is being decried as the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history, allegedly carried out by a virulently anti-Semitic gunman. The carnage, however unprecedented, is not an aberration. Year after year, decade after decade, anti-Semitism proves to be among the most entrenched and pervasive forms of hatred and bigotry in the United States. Jews make up only about 2 percent of the U.S. population, but in annual FBI data… Read More

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Thousands of people want to move Halloween to another day. We’re not sure why

SALT LAKE CITY — Is Halloween in for a giant shakeup? What’s going on: Thousands of people across the country have a signed a petition to move Halloween from Oct. 31 to the final Saturday in October, USA Today reports. On Friday, 8,000 people signed the Change.org petition, which will be sent to President Donald Trump. The petition urges Trump to move Halloween. Why?: The Halloween & Costume Association started the petition, arguing the new date would provide a “safer, longer, stress-free celebration.” It’s unclear why the group feels moving the holiday would help create a more stress-free environment. “It makes more sense to have it always on a Saturday… Read More

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Angela Merkel won’t seek 5th term as German chancellor

BERLIN — Germany’s Angela Merkel announced Monday that she will step down as head of her conservative party in December after 18 years and won’t seek a fifth term as chancellor in 2021, launching a leadership transition in Europe’s biggest economy. Merkel has led her conservative Christian Democratic Union since 2000 and Germany since 2005. She put Germany — and Europe — on track toward a new political era after voters punished Germany’s governing parties in a state election Sunday, the latest in a string of woes to hit her fourth-term federal administration. Merkel currently governs Germany in a “grand coalition” of what traditionally have been the country’s biggest parties… Read More

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Economist: NKorea eying Swiss, Singaporean-style success

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea is exploring a grand plan to become a regional transportation hub, inspired in part by the successes of Singapore and Switzerland, and would be open to joining world financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund if current member states give up their “hostile” policies toward it, a senior government economist has told The Associated Press. Ri Ki Song, a senior researcher with the Economic Institute of the North’s Academy of Social Sciences, said that although sanctions aimed at getting his country to abandon its nuclear and missile programs have increased over the past year, the country’s economy has maintained steady growth — with… Read More

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FBI had plenty of clues on pipe bomb suspect

WASHINGTON — In the hours before his arrest, as federal authorities zeroed in and secretly accumulated evidence, Cesar Sayoc was in his element: spinning classic and Top 40 hits in a nightclub where he’d found work as a DJ. As he entertained patrons from a dimly lit booth overlooking a stage at the Ultra Gentlemen’s Club, where Halloween decorations hung in anticipation of a costume party, he could not have known that investigators that very evening were capitalizing on his own mistakes to build a case against him. He almost certainly had no idea that lab technicians had linked DNA on two pipe bomb packages he was accused of sending… Read More

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