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No one bid on this Italian villa with the world's only known Caravaggio ceiling mural

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

The Villa Aurora in Rome, a sprawling 16th-century palace, was listed on the market for a starting price of $534 million but will need an estimated $11 million in restorations.


Synagogues have to balance security with remaining welcoming, a Texas rabbi says

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Jewish leaders across the country are weighing the risks to congregants' safety after the hostage-taking at a Texas synagogue over the weekend.


Amtrak paid $2 million to travelers with disabilities in a discrimination settlement

Thursday, January 13, 2022

The money is part of a settlement agreed to in 2020 after the Justice Department found that Amtrak violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to meet accessibility standards.


Kazakhstan is in turmoil after massive protests force the government to resign

Wednesday, January 05, 2022

A sudden hike in fuel prices drew intense public condemnation over the weekend. Protesters have seized the airport in the largest city, Almaty, and stormed public buildings.


Chicago public school classes are canceled after teachers union backs remote learning

Wednesday, January 05, 2022

The announcement by district officials follows the teachers union voting to switch to remote learning due to the latest COVID-19 surge. The status of classes for the rest of the week remains in limbo.


Ex-New Orleans Saints player Glenn Foster Jr. dies in police custody

Wednesday, December 08, 2021

State officials in Alabama are investigating the death of former NFL defensive end Glenn Foster Jr., who died in police custody Monday.


New York City orders a '1st-in-the-nation' vaccine mandate for private companies

Monday, December 06, 2021

Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement on Monday, saying the decision was designed to help head off the worsening coronavirus surge.


Barbados breaks with the queen and becomes the world's newest republic

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

With cheers and fireworks, the island nation became a parliamentary republic, swore in its first president and declared Barbadian-born Rihanna a national hero.


Dozens of strangers were snowed in at a U.K. pub. Cue the Oasis singalongs

Monday, November 29, 2021

The stranded residents and musicians slept on the floor and on mattresses provided by the pub, and passed the time by singing karaoke, playing quiz games and eating Yorkshire puddings.


How sexism and homophobia sidelined the National Women's Football League

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

The NWFL lasted from the mid-1970s to 1988, when it shuttered and the teams broke apart. A new book, Hail Mary, xplores the league's origins and the problems that brought it to an end.


A 14-year-old won a prestigious award for his discoveries on 'antiprime' numbers

Tuesday, November 02, 2021

Akilan Sankaran wrote a program that has the potential to make everyday online tasks run more smoothly and efficiently. He won one of the country's biggest middle school science competitions.


It's not Halloween without some zoo animals smashing pumpkins

Thursday, October 28, 2021

From elephants to otters to armadillos, all sorts of animals get a kick out stomping, rolling and eating the orange gourds.


Ed Sheeran tests positive for the coronavirus, which may mean he won't perform on SNL

Monday, October 25, 2021

The singer said he'll do as many planned interviews and performances from home as possible, but it's unclear what that means for his just-announced gig as Saturday Night Live musical guest on Nov. 6.


Listen to the otherworldly sound of Martian wind

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Two microphones aboard the Perseverance Rover make it possible to listen in on the Red Planet. They've captured nearly five hours of sounds, including the Martian wind.


The creator of 'Stardew Valley' announces his spooky new game: 'Haunted Chocolatier'

Friday, October 22, 2021

The solo developer behind Stardew Valley says he's at work on a new game, all about "magical haunted ghost chocolate." Haunted Chocolatier is already getting fan excitement, but no release date yet.


Strong storms are heading toward drought-parched California

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Expected heavy rainfall could ease wildfire threats in some regions but could also cause mudslides in areas cleared by wildfire.


The National Park Service could soon have its first Native American director

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Charles "Chuck" F. Sams III could soon become the first Native American to head the National Park Service in the agency's history. A series of acting directors have led the department since 2017.


Chicago brings home its first WNBA championship trophy

Monday, October 18, 2021

The Chicago Sky rallied from behind to beat the Phoenix Mercury and bring home the city's first-ever WNBA title. They're being celebrated by their hometown, including former President Barack Obama.


As Jane Goodall grieves climate change, she finds hope in young people's advocacy

Monday, October 18, 2021

The world-renowned primatologist explains how small acts to protect the planet can spiral upwards. She has a new book, co-authored by Douglas Abrams, called The Book of Hope.


Researchers found a new species of water bear fossilized in a hunk of ancient amber

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Research into the evolution of tardigrades has been severely hindered by a lack of fossils. This new discovery could offer researchers insight into how the creatures lived millions of years ago.