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3/17: Violent storm drops egg-sized hail in Texas; SeaWorld to end killer whale shows

Hail ranging in size from an egg to a tennis ball destroyed just about everything in it fell on Thursday morning in the Dallas-Fort Worth area; SeaWorld is bowing to public pressure and ending its famous killer whale shows as well as its controversial orca breeding program

Merrick Garland visits Capitol Hill, John Kerry calls ISIS genocidal: #CBSN10 trending stories

Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland visits senators on Capitol Hill; Secretary of State John Kerry calls ISIS "genocidal"; Lindsey Graham backs Ted Cruz and more in today's CBSNews.com trending stories.

Into the Labyrinth review – Dustin Hoffman psycho-thriller goes down a rabbit hole

The Hollywood star and Italian veteran Toni Servillo attempt to solve a mysterious abduction – a race hampered by never appearing in the same sceneA face-off between Hollywood legend Dustin Hoffman and Toni Servillo, that veteran of contemporary Italian classics by Paolo Sorrentino? Sounds good. But sadly, the two never appear together in the same scene, and the film they appear in is frustratingly underpowered and derivative.Into the Labyrinth is a psychological horror-thriller directed by Donato Carrisi and adapted by him from his own bestselling novel L’uomo del labirinto. The setting is It...

Colorful coffins lighten mood at New Zealand funerals

At one recent funeral in New Zealand, there were gasps before a wave of laughter rippled through the hundreds of mourners

As Myanmar unravels after military coup, people flee cities for rural backwaters

Violence unleashed by the security forces prompts residents to head for ancestral villages — where they face bleak economic prospects.

Russia may be wavering in support of Assad

Russia has been steadfast in supporting Syrian President Bashar al Assad over the last six years. But as the Syrian civil war grinds on, that seems to be changing. Elizabeth Palmer reports this is a possible breakthrough for peace talks.

Cancelling Tokyo Olympics remains an option, top Japanese party official says
Cancelling Tokyo Olympics remains an option, top Japanese party official says

Japan is grappling with rising COVID-19 cases with numbers trending higher in Tokyo after the government ended a state of emergency, yet preparations for the Games have continued.

Hong Kong children schooled in national security as city ‘celebrates’ new laws

Kindergartens given specially themed puzzles and others taught to ‘safeguard homeland’ on National Security Education dayHong Kong school students as young as three have been given national-security themed puzzles as part of activities to mark the city’s “celebrations” of a new legal code widely condemned by the international community.In a much expanded roster of events for the city’s National Security Education day, schools were given teaching material on how to “uphold national security, safeguard our homeland”.

Coronavirus live news: Former world leaders urge Biden to waive vaccine IP rules; Olympics ‘could still be cancelled’

Former world leaders urge Biden to waive intellectual property rules for vaccines to accelerate global access; cancelling Olympics remains an option, says Japan official; Cambodia ‘on brink of death’ says premierOxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine research ‘was 97% publicly funded’Medics’ anger as Delhi orders private hospitals be reserved for Covid cases‘Prepare for the worst’: Australian Olympians await Covid-19 vaccineSee all our coronavirus coverage 6.50am BSTSpiralling Covid-19 cases have put Cambodia “on the brink of death”, its strongman premier Hun Sen has warned, as the country imposed l...

Instagram fixes ‘mistake’ promoting harmful diet content

Some users said they were offered "appetite suppressants" and "fasting" by the search feature.

Beijing official in Hong Kong warns against foreign meddling

Beijing's top official in Hong Kong on Thursday warned foreign forces not to interfere with the 'bottom line' of national security in the city, threatening retaliation amid tensions between China and Western powers.

Shake Shack has 'big plans for Asia' as it ramps up expansion in the region

New York burger chain Shake Shack has "big plans for Asia," its CEO has said, as the company embarks on a regional expansion drive.

US set to impose new Russia sanctions over huge hacking attack
US set to impose new Russia sanctions over huge hacking attack

The US is expected to announce new sanctions on Russia as early as today over the hacking of government agencies and alleged election interference.

Bangkok nightlife clusters expose Thailand's virus stumbles

Danny Huston: ‘I went around the world with my father – making his drinks’

The actor grew up on film sets, rubbing shoulders with the biggest stars on earth. Now he’s stepping into his father John’s shoes again – to direct a film about grief, secrets and the Lockerbie bombingWith his father, the legendary director John Huston, it was that gravelly voice that you noticed first. With his sister, Anjelica Huston, it is her magnificent nose. And with his nephew, actor Jack Huston, it’s the moustache. But with actor-director Danny Huston, it is, unarguably, the eyebrows: those great looping Ls that waggle away as you chat with him, as if they were having their own separat...

China aggression on agenda as Japanese PM heads to Washington

Yoshihide Suga will travel to meet Joe Biden amid growing international condemnation of Beijing’s human rights abuses China is expected to dominate talks between Joe Biden and the Japanese prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, in Washington on Friday amid growing international condemnation of Beijing’s military exercises near Taiwan and human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.Suga will become the first world leader to meet Biden since his inauguration in January, a repeat of Shinzo Abe’s meeting with the then president-elect, Donald Trump, in late 2016.

Backpack-wearing pigeons track pollution in London

London's air pollution problem is blamed for thousands of deaths every year, but an experiment with birds and pollution-monitoring backpacks could create a flight path to a long-term solution. Charlie D'Agata reports.

UN envoy: South Sudan has potential, needs to hold elections

David Shearer says he’s leaving the top U.N. job in South Sudan convinced the world’s youngest nation has the potential to become a tourist destination and oil and mineral riches to spur economic progress

India records over 200,000 new COVID cases for the first time

India reports 200,739 cases over last 24 hours as states scramble to control virus and hospitals run out of capacity.

Out of thin air: the mystery of the man who fell from the sky

In 2019, the body of a man fell from a passenger plane into a garden in south London. Who was he?It was Sunday 30 June 2019, a balmy summer’s afternoon, and Wil, a 31-year-old software engineer, was lounging on an inflatable airbed outside his house in Clapham, south-west London. He wore pyjamas and drank Polish beer. As he chatted to his housemate in the sunshine, planes on their way to Heathrow airport made their final approach overhead. On his phone, Wil showed his housemate an app that tells users the route and model of any passing plane. He tested the app on one plane, and then held his p...

Beijing official in Hong Kong warns against foreign meddling
Beijing official in Hong Kong warns against foreign meddling

HONG KONG (AP) - Beijing’s top official in Hong Kong on Thursday warned foreign forces not to interfere with the “bottom line” of national security in the city, threatening retaliation amid tensions b...

UN envoy: South Sudan has potential, needs to hold elections

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - David Shearer said Wednesday he’s leaving the top U.N. job in South Sudan convinced the world’s youngest nation has the potential to become a tourist destination to rival any country in East Africa and the oil and mineral riches to spur economic progress - if it ...

Watch: Dramatic helicopter-assisted prison escape

Inmates with connections to the Hell's Angels escaped a Canadian prison with the help of a helicopter. CBSN's Elaine Quijano has the details and video.

UN envoy: South Sudan has potential, needs to hold elections

Daunte Wright, slain by police, remembered as jokester, young dad

Daunte Wright, killed by police, was known as a skinny, smiling young man who loved making people laugh and who, after becoming a father in his teens, relished the role of doting young dad, according to his family and friends.

Taiwan says China’s activities threaten regional stability

President Tsai told a visiting US delegation Taipei was willing to work with the US to counter 'provocations'.

Psilocybin: Magic mushroom compound 'promising' for depression

A study of 59 people compared the drug with a conventional antidepressant.

UK support for Mozambique gas plant fuelling conflict – Friends of the Earth

Environmental group warns UK’s £750m funding for fossil fuel project could worsen Isis-led insurgencyThe UK government is facing fresh calls to abandon its £750m plan to support a gas export terminal in Mozambique over fears the fossil fuel project is stoking the insurgency in the north of the country, which has left thousands of people dead and displaced hundreds of thousands.In a letter to the government, seen by the Guardian, lawyers for the environmental group Friends of the Earth have warned that the huge natural gas project has worsened the conflict in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province,...

Steve Bell’s If … Prince Philip receives a musical tribute

Beijing official in Hong Kong warns against foreign meddling

Beijing’s top official in Hong Kong is warning foreign forces not to interfere with the bottom line of national security in the city, threatening retaliation amid tensions between China and Western powers

Saudi university catches fire near Yemen border in attack

A Saudi university near the border with Yemen caught fire after the kingdom’s air defenses intercepted a barrage of ballistic missiles and bomb-laden drones

UK and Ireland should strike bilateral deal to replace Northern Ireland Protocol, claims ex-Irish ambassador

Former Minnesota cop charged in shooting of Black motorist

Saudi university catches fire near Yemen border in attack

U.S. Capitol Police watchdog to testify on Jan. 6 failures

The top watchdog for the U.S. Capitol Police will testify for the first time on Thursday about the department's broad failures before and during the Jan. 6 insurrection, including missed intelligence predicting a 'war' and weapons that were so old that officers didn't feel comfortable using them.

A retiring Castro to bring younger face to Cuba's communists

Six years after the death of Fidel Castro, his brother and fellow leader of the island's 1959 revolution, Raul Castro, is being watched to see if he fulfills his commitment to give up the reins of the only political organization permitted in the country of 11 million people.

Biden seeks closer ties with Japan as the U.S. prepares to challenge China

U.S. President Joe Biden will hold his first in-person summit with a foreign leader on Friday when Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga heads to Washington.

Beijing official in Hong Kong warns against foreign meddling

Beijing’s top official in Hong Kong is warning foreign forces not to interfere with the bottom line of national security in the city, threatening retaliation amid tensions between China and Western powers

Saudi university catches fire near Yemen border in attack

A Saudi university near the border with Yemen caught fire after the kingdom’s air defenses intercepted a barrage of ballistic missiles and bomb-laden drones

US lawmakers advance bill to create slavery reparations commission

House panel backs legislation to examine slavery and discrimination since 1619, and recommend education and remediesA panel of US lawmakers has advanced a decades-long effort to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves by approving legislation that would create a commission to study the issue.After an impassioned debate, the House judiciary committee voted by 25-17 to advance the bill late on Wednesday, marking the first time that it has acted on the legislation.

India, Pakistan held secret talks on Kashmir in January: Reuters

Top intelligence officers from the two nations met in Dubai in bid to calm tension over disputed region, report says.

UK COVID-19 variant pushes Cambodia to brink of ‘national tragedy’

The Southeast Asian nation is battling a surge in UK variant cases traced back to a quarantine breach.

Sunken treasure recovered from 500-year-old shipwreck

A British-led team of salvage experts are celebrating a historic discovery in the Indian Ocean. They have found a wreckage of a Portuguese ship that dates back more than 500 years. It is believed to be the Esmeralda, which was part of a fleet led by explorer Vasco da Gama. Charlie D'Agata spoke to the leader of the recovery effort.

Cambodia orders strict 2-week lockdown of Phnom Penh

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered a strict stay-at-home two-week lockdown in the capital Phnom Penh starting Thursday to slow a surge in coronavirus cases, warning “we will die unless we act responsibly.”

Paradise cost: high prices and strict rules deflate Palau-Taiwan travel bubble

Taiwan eases restrictions on travellers after bookings fall into single digits and flight is cancelledSee all our coronavirus coverageIt launched with a presidential escort and the promise of rare international travel to a postcard-perfect tropical island, but the Taiwan-Palau travel bubble has deflated after just a couple weeks, with Taiwanese bookings dwindling to single figures.Travel agents, consumers and health authorities have blamed the high cost of the tours and the Taiwanese government’s strict rules for returning travellers.

George Floyd: Defense expert says death caused by heart trouble, not restraint

Dr. David Fowler, a former Maryland chief medical examiner who is now with a consulting firm, also testified that he would classify the manner of death "undetermined."

US poised to sanction Russia for cyber-attacks

The Biden administration may place sanctions on more than 30 Russian entities as soon as Thursday.

Former Minnesota cop charged in shooting of Black motorist Daunte Wright

The charge against Kim Potter, a white former Brooklyn Center police Officer, was filed three days after Wright was killed during a traffic stop.

Should I worry about side-effects from the Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine?

Distribution of the one-dose vaccine have been paused in the US while scientists look into a rare blood-clotting syndromeUS health officials paused distribution of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine as scientists investigate the potential link between rare cases of blood clots and the potentially life-saving vaccine. Currently, the clotting “syndrome” appears to affect less than one in a million people who receive the vaccine.Among more than 7.2m vaccine doses, scientists are investigating six cases of women between 18 and 48 who developed a rare blood clot, one that critically needs t...

Australian navy ship twerking video: dancers attack ABC, alleging ‘deceptive editing’

101 Doll Squadron dance group say they feel ‘threatened’ after footage they say was shot from a ‘creepy’ angle at HMAS Supply launchThe twerking dancing troupe who performed at the launch of the Australian navy’s newest ship have condemned the ABC claiming that the broadcaster’s video coverage of their performance contributed to the group feeling “threatened” and “exploited’ in the wake of intense media interest surrounding their performance.101 Doll Squadron released a statement saying they felt “unsafe” and personally attacked, blaming what they say was the ABC’s “deceptive editing” of a new...