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Barbara Goldberg

National Spelling Bee drops perfection as a prerequisite to entry

12:01pm BST

The field of competitors in the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee has nearly doubled in recent years, thanks to a program that gives young prodigies an alternative route into an event that has captivated many spell-check-dependent Americans.

Summer theater: Fireflies that synchronize light up two U.S. forests

11:46am BST

Crowds of eco-tourists from around the world will gather in two remote Appalachian forests in Tennessee and Pennsylvania in coming weeks to see spectacular light shows created by a rare species of firefly that can synchronize its flashes. | Video

Factbox - 'Heart-wrenching': Profiles of the University of North Carolina shooting victims

02 May 2019

Riley Howell loved "Star Wars," snowboarding and his high school sweetheart, Lauren - but most of all, his family said, the 21-year-old student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte loved taking care of others.

Factbox: 'Heart-wrenching' - Profiles of the University of North Carolina shooting victims

01 May 2019

Riley Howell loved "Star Wars," snowboarding and his high school sweetheart, Lauren - but most of all, his family said, the 21-year-old student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte loved taking care of others.

'Heart-wrenching' - Profiles of the University of North Carolina shooting victims

01 May 2019

Riley Howell loved "Star Wars," snowboarding and his high school sweetheart, Lauren - but most of all, his family said, the 21-year-old student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte loved taking care of others.

Winter tries a comeback in U.S. Midwest with up to a foot of snow

27 Apr 2019

The phenomenon known as thundersnow announced the arrival of a storm expected to dump more than a half-foot of snow on the U.S. Midwest on Saturday, more than a month into spring.

Ban the bunny: California aims to end post-Easter parade of unwanted rabbits

18 Apr 2019

NEW YORK Californians can eat chocolate bunnies and snuggle plush Peter Cottontail dolls to their heart's content this Easter.

Tornadoes kill at least five as massive storm sweeps U.S. South

15 Apr 2019

Weekend tornadoes killed at least five people, including three children, in the U.S. South, authorities said on Sunday, as a massive storm system with damaging wind and hail moved across the country and began drenching East Coast states. | Video

Newest royal expected to join long tradition of social causes

11 Apr 2019

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's first baby, due later this spring, will almost surely extend a long tradition of supporting royal causes, but those same customs will constrain the new prince or princess when it comes to politics. | Video

Bill Cosby settles defamation lawsuit brought by seven women

06 Apr 2019

Convicted sex offender Bill Cosby on Friday settled a federal defamation lawsuit brought by seven women who said the former actor and comedian sexually assaulted them and wrongly called them liars when they went public with their charges years later.

World News

Why U.S.-Iran tensions could quickly escalate into a crisis

Three years ago, when Iran's military captured 10 U.S. sailors after they mistakenly strayed into Iranian waters, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif jumped on the phone in minutes and worked out the sailors' release in hours.