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A light fog engulfs St. Peter's Basilica's dome at the Vatican on Saturday. The Vatican came in for tough public scrutiny over its handling of the clergy sex abuse scandal at a U.N. hearing in Geneva on Thursday.

Vatican Comes Under U.N. Scrutiny Over Priest Abuse Scandal

The Vatican came in for tough public scrutiny over its handling of the clergy sex abuse scandal at a United Nations hearing Thursday in Geneva.

The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child took church officials to task during what The Associated Press described as a "grilling" that insisted the Holy See "take all appropriate measures to keep children out of harm."

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl watches as one of his captors displays his identity tag in the first of several videos of the soldier, in July, 2009.

Reports Of New Video Showing U.S. Soldier Held In Afghanistan

U.S. officials have reportedly received the first "proof-of-life" video in three years of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured in Afghanistan in 2009 and is believed held by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network.

Soldiers in the Afghan National Army's 6th Kandak (battalion), 3rd company, search a local Afghan's poppy field during a joint patrol with U.S. forces in Kandahar province in March of last year.

U.S. Official: Afghanistan Could Become 'Narco-Criminal State'

Despite a $7 billion effort to eradicating opium production in Afghanistan, poppy cultivation there is at its highest level since the U.S. invasion more than a decade ago, sparking corruption, criminal gangs and providing the insurgency with hard cash, says John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction.

In testimony before the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, he warns Wednesday that Afghanistan could degenerate into a narco-criminal state.

Jan. 15, 2009: As the U.S. Airways jet they had been on sinks into the Hudson River, passengers are rowed away. This isn't <a href="https://twitter.com/jkrums/status/423458459737419777">the iconic (and now copyrighted) photo</a> that helped transform Twitter. But it does give a sense of what it was like that day, 5 years ago.

5 Years Ago Sully Landed On The Hudson And Twitter Took Off

This day shouldn't pass without a mention of the "miracle on the Hudson."

A Gallup poll released Thursday tracks trends in what Americans see as the country's biggest problem. For several months now, the answer has been its own government.

What's America's Problem? Most Say It's The Government

The biggest problem the United States faces is not unemployment or the economy – it's the country's government, according to a plurality of Americans cited in a recent Gallup poll. Among Republicans, Democrats, and independents, dissatisfaction with the U.S.'s political leadership topped all other issues.

The open-ended question they answered in the monthly poll of American attitudes was, "What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?"

Blood Pressure Ruckus Reveals Big Secret In Medicine

There has been a carefully guarded secret in medicine: Evidence is often inconclusive, and experts commonly disagree about what it means.

Most medical decisions aren't cut and dried. Instead they're usually made with uncertainty about what is best for each person.

This uncertainty secret has been revealed in a very public disagreement among experts about who should be treated for high blood pressure. The controversy hinges on the level of blood pressure that should serve as a trigger for treatment.

The world's first Bitcoin ATM opened at a Canadian coffee shop in Vancouver last year. But, Bitcoin use is far from mainstream at the moment.

How Virtual Currency Could Make It Easier To Move Money

Virtual money could have very real effects for companies that help people transfer money.

Cawdor Castle is often called Macbeth's Castle because it's the place of a murder in Shakespeare's <em>Macbeth</em>. The castle was built long after Shakespeare died. Lady Liza Campbell, who was raised at the castle, is pushing to revise the law to allow women to inherit titles and estates.

The 'Downton Abbey Law' Would Let British Women Inherit Titles

Centuries before the U.S. was colonized, the British were handing down estates and titles from father to son. Never from mother to daughter.

Then came the royal pregnancy last year. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, aka William and Kate, had a boy, George. But before the prince was born and his sex known, Parliament changed British law so a first-born girl could inherit the throne. And a group of female aristocrats began fighting to apply the principle more broadly.

An armed man waves his arms as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the U.S. Consulate compound in Benghazi late on Sept. 11, 2012.

Bipartisan Report Calls Benghazi Attacks 'Preventable'

In a report signed off on by Democrats and Republicans, the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday said the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, "were likely preventable."

The panel finds fault with both the State Department and U.S. intelligence agencies for not taking steps beforehand to boost security.

Great looking guns and lower diabetes risk; nice twofer.

Biceps Curls And Down Dogs May Help Lower Diabetes Risk

Women who work out with weights an hour a week cut their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and yoga or stretching exercises count, too, according to a study that tracked the health of almost 100,000 women.

Doctors have long known that regular exercise reduces the risk of diabetes, but that's always been translated as aerobic exercise like jogging or brisk walking.

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