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#PayWithAPoem in Honor of World Poetry Day

#PayWithAPoem in Honor of World Poetry Day

Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Reciting a poem can get you a free cup of coffee Saturday.In honor of World Poetry Day, Julius Meinl is asking customers to pay for their coffee with a handwritten poem.The promotion is available at 1,100 locations in 23 countries across the globe. Chicago is the only participating city in the U.S., however."For us, inspiration is the soul of the Viennese coffee house culture. Its essence is poetry," Marcel Loffler, CEO of Julius Meinl, said in a statement. "Whether in Shanghai, Dubai, London or Chicago, people look for moments of deceleration, which in turn becomes the source of inspiration. In this sense we want to actively encourage people on all continents, to bring more poetry into the world and hence make it a better place."It's unclear if baristas will use their critical judgment when deciding whether your poem is indeed a poem. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Two Canadian Men Found Guilty on Terrorism Charges

Two Canadian Men Found Guilty on Terrorism Charges

Kuzma/iStock/Thinkstock(TORONTO) -- Two Canadian men accused of planning the derailment of a Toronto to New York passenger train were found guilty on terrorism charges Friday.Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier were caught when Canadian authorities brought an undercover FBI agent to pose as a wealthy Arab-American willing to finance jihadi attacks. The agent recorded conversations where the pair discussed how to blow up a rail bridge. Jurors found Esseghaier guilty on all counts, and Jaser on all but one, CBC News reports. They were unable to agree on a verdict on the final charge against Jaser.Jaser's lawyer argued in court that his client was a con man targeting a wealthy American, not a terrorist planning an attack.The two men were arrested in April 2013. At the time, a statement from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said that the plan was in the planning stage, but was not "imminent."

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Magnitude 5.3 Quake Shakes Central Mexico

Magnitude 5.3 Quake Shakes Central Mexico

Shane White/iStock/Thinkstock(MEXICO CITY) -- A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck in central Mexico on Friday, about 100 miles southeast of Mexico City.The epicenter of the quake was near Tulcingo del Valle, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The tremor was centered about six miles underground.There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The USGS notes that Mexico is among the world's most seismically active regions because it sits atop three large tectonic plates.

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Pope Expected to Lunch With Gay, HIV Positive and Transgender Prisoners

Pope Expected to Lunch With Gay, HIV Positive and Transgender Prisoners

Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) -- Pope Francis will reportedly lunch Saturday with gay, transgender and HIV positive prison inmates as part of a day trip to Southern Italy.The Italian news site Vatican Insider reported the pontiff will lunch with about 90 prisoners, including 10 from a prison ward that houses those inmates. The report said the prisoners won their spot in a special raffle.The one-day trip to Naples will also include a visit to the city’s poorest neighborhood, still a stronghold of organized crime.The visit and luncheon echo one of the central messages of Francis’ papacy. "Do not be afraid to go and to bring Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away, most indifferent," Francis said in 2013.Francis, Vatican watchers say, continues to reach out to groups who previously felt judged or disenfranchised by the Church.In February, the Vatican installed bathrooms and showers for the homeless in St. Peter’s Square last month.Coming back from a gathering in 2013, the pope spoke about homosexuality to reporters. "If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them? They shouldn’t be marginalized. The tendency [to homosexuality] is not the problem…they’re our brothers."The pope's remarks should not be seen as softening the church's stance on gay marriage, however. In January, Francis criticized “ideological colonization of the family," which a Vatican spokesman later confirmed was at least in part a reference to gay marriage.The trip will include a stop at nearby Pompeii. Plans for fireworks to mark the pope’s visit have been scrubbed as a sign of respect for victims of the recent terrorist attack in Tunisia.

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Solar Eclipse 2015: What It Looked Like From Space

Solar Eclipse 2015: What It Looked Like From Space

ESA/NASA(NEW YORK) -- If you thought the total solar eclipse Friday morning was breathtaking, check out what it looked like from space.Astronauts Samantha Cristoforetti and Terry Virts shared stunning photos from the International Space Station showing what it looked like as the moon covered the sun this morning.Orbital sunrise and the #SolarEclipse...could it go any better?" Cristoforetti tweeted.

Took a peak out the window between experiments! More #SolarEclipse pics here: https://t.co/HCZCZvLDnF pic.twitter.com/wpS5Kr2XAx

— Sam Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) March 20, 2015

#Eclipse at “first light." You can barely see the corner of the sun that the moon is hiding. pic.twitter.com/hdASTFWZQR

— Terry W. Virts (@AstroTerry) March 20, 2015

There’s definitely a piece of the sun missing! pic.twitter.com/jz0pEind9W

— Terry W. Virts (@AstroTerry) March 20, 2015

This is the world's first total solar eclipse since November 2013, although not many people were able to experience it in person.People in the Faroe Islands, which are located in the North Atlantic, halfway between Iceland and Norway, had front-row seats to the eclipse, which occurred early Friday as the new moon completely covered the sun.A partial solar eclipse was also visible in most of Europe.The United States will have its turn to enjoy a total solar eclipse when it passes over the country on Aug. 21, 2017.

 

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Iran Nuclear Negotiations – Your Questions Answered

Iran Nuclear Negotiations – Your Questions Answered

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- As the U.S. approaches a deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran, here are some basic facts about the negotiations to keep in mind: What is the deadline?The deadline for a deal between Iran and the P5+1 (U.S., U.K., Russia, China, France + Germany) on a broad technical framework for Iran’s nuclear program is March 31, as established by Secretary of State John Kerry in November when he announced a four-month extension of negotiations. The specific technical guidelines within that deal would need to be decided by June 30. Implementation of the agreement would begin after that date. What is the outline of a deal?A deal would require Iran to halt production of all weapons-grade nuclear material for another 10 years -- as it has already done under an interim agreement -- and to submit to an intense inspection and verification process. In exchange, the international community and the U.S. would gradually lift heavy economic sanctions. Reports about the latest negotiations say the agreement would force Iran to cut the hardware it could use to make a bomb by about 40 percent. That would mean Iran would be allowed to keep 6,000 of the 10,000 centrifuges it has used to enrich uranium. Current estimates are that Iran could put together enough nuclear material for an atomic bomb in about two to three months, what is known as a “breakout time.” The U.S. believes a deal would push Iran’s breakout time to one year during the course of the 10-year moratorium. What does Iran want?Iran wants an economic recovery...and fast. Iran’s leaders expect a deal will provide the country an immediate economic bump. But if that doesn’t happen, some analysts fear resentment towards Iranian President Hassan Rouhani could grow and eventually lead to a breakdown of the agreement. Analysts also say Iran’s economic problems run far deeper than the sanctions, so they’re skeptical that lifting sanctions alone will turn things around. Others hope that the mere announcement of a deal will boost public confidence and encourage European businesses to engage with Iran, giving Iran the bump it needs. President Obama could lift some of the U.S. sanctions immediately but others would be lifted over time pending verification that Iran is complying with the agreement. Eventually, Congress will have to approve lifting some of the final sanctions, which could be problematic. What do the U.S. and its allies want?The P5+1 wants time. It wants to avoid the possibility that Iran’s nuclear pursuits could lead to a regional conflict. A 10-year nuclear moratorium, while not a permanent solution, gives the P5+1 countries that time. They want to avoid a nuclear arms race in the Gulf region. More specifically, they want to ensure that Iran’s most hardened nuclear facilities are no longer producing nuclear material. What is the biggest hurdle in the negotiations?The deal hinges, in large part, on the deep buried enrichment facility at Fordow. Iran wants to keep running hundreds of the centrifuges there for “scientific research,” but the U.S. wants Iran to completely repurpose the facility, fearing the centrifuges could be easily retooled for a quick, secret breakout. The U.S. is focusing on the Fordow facility because it is buried deep underground, possibly beyond the reach of the world’s most powerful “bunker-buster” bombs. So if Iran breaks the agreement, Fordow would be its most hardened and likely choice to begin producing the material. Does Congress need to sign off on a deal?No. This is not a treaty. If it were a treaty then Congress would have a say. But it’s not, so they don’t. This is a legally non-binding international agreement. And it’s only really enforceable to the degree that Iran is intimidated by the threat of further sanctions or, possibly, military strikes. What would happen if there is no deal?If no deal is reached and talks break down completely, then Iran would likely reject the interim agreement and try to erode current sanctions by reaching out aggressively to governments and companies around the world, enticing them to ignore sanctions. It would seek to circumvent oil embargoes with Europe and Asia that are the most bothersome sanctions for Iran, not the U.S. sanctions. In a worst-case scenario, Iran’s supreme leader could decide to pursue a nuclear weapon, raising intense international concern because of the two- to three-month breakout time it needs to create enough material for a bomb. The U.S. would need Russia and China to act as voices of reason to put pressure on Iran not to pursue a program. Needless to say, that is a daunting prospect. If Iran does go nuclear, the U.S. would be looking at a potential arms race in the Gulf region, serious pressure to conduct military strikes and concerns that Israel might carry out military strikes. What would Israel do?Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has idealistic demands about completely dismantling Iran’s nuclear program. No deal is better than a bad deal, he says. And his rhetoric was at an all-time high ahead of his recent reelection. There is almost no chance the P5+1 could reach a deal that satisfies Netanyahu. So it’s more than likely, whether a deal is reached or not, that Netanyahu will simply continue to push for further sanctions. Most analysts believe Israel would not conduct strikes on its own. Is Congress going to enact sanctions on its own before a deal is reached?Probably not. President Obama has threatened to veto any additional sanctions and Congress would need enough votes to override that veto. That’s unlikely to happen. Rep. Brad Sherman, a pro-Israel California Democrat and second-ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told ABC News Thursday that Netanyahu’s visit to Congress, while it may have served his and John Boehner’s political interests, reduced the chances of overriding a presidential veto legislation from “40 percent to 4 percent.” Why? Sherman believes the speech framed the debate as a personality contest between the president and the prime minister, which means Democrats are going to side with the president.

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Japanese Inn Has Been Passed Down 46 Generations

Japanese Inn Has Been Passed Down 46 Generations

Namazu-tron/Wikimedia Commons (TOKYO) -- Talk about keeping it in the family. Houshi Ryokan, a Japanese inn that opened in the Ishikawa prefecture in 718, has been managed by 46 generations of the Houshi family during its 1,300 years of operation. "The Houshi family's responsibilities are: passing on our long history for future generations, and to protect our hot spring," family patriarch Zengoro Houshi said in an interview with The Atlantic. "That's why we have to bear with many things and endure it all." Descended from a Buddhist monk, the family has traditionally passed down management of the inn to its eldest sons. But after Zengoro and wife Chizuko Houshi's own son passed away unexpectedly in 2013, the family has since decided to buck convention and turn the reins over to their younger daughter, Hisae. "I now have many unimaginable responsibilities," Hisae told The Atlantic, acknowledging that she had previously planned to move away and work in a different field. "It is a heavy burden on my mind." But the legacy and future of the inn require her to now stay with her family. "In 1994 Houshi was recognized as the oldest hotel in the world by the publishers of The Guinness Book of Records," the Houshi website reads. The title has since been claimed by another Japanese property. "We did recognize Houshi Ryokan in Japan until we were made aware of the current record holder," said Anthony Yodice, a spokesperson for Guinness World Records. "The oldest hotel is the Nisiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Yamanashi, Japan, a hot-spring hotel, which has been operating since 705 AD. -- this was made official in 2011." Still, the family-run Houshi lodge maintains its appeal. Throughout its tenure, the property has been visited by emperors, dignitaries, geishas and many families drawn to its hot spring, spa, signature wagashi confection and bucolic setting.

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At Least 120 Dead, 150 More Injured in Yemen Mosque Attacks

At Least 120 Dead, 150 More Injured in Yemen Mosque Attacks

iStock/Thinkstock(SANA’A, Yemen) —  Dozens of people are dead and at least 150 others were injured after a series of explosions in two mosques in Yemen, authorities told ABC News.The attacks happened in the country's capital of Sana'a, authorities said. A total of 120 people were killed and 150 were injured, according to the Ministry of Information in Yemen.Two high-ranking figures were among those killed: a major Shia religious leader and the imam of one of the mosques, according to a Yemeni official.ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks international terrorists and the global jihadist network.The Yemen Information Ministry says that two suicide bombers detonated their belts inside the al Hashosh mosque near the Sana'a airport. Two more bombers detonated inside the Bader mosque less than one minute later.The Information Ministry adds that a fifth suicide bomber was arrested while entering a mosque in Sada province, a Houthi stronghold. He was taken to a police station, where he detonated his vest. The mosques targeted are used mainly by supporters of the Zaidi Shia-led Houthi rebel movement which controls the capital, the BBC reports. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Obama Makes a Direct Appeal to the Iranian People

Obama Makes a Direct Appeal to the Iranian People

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — On the eve of their Persian New Year, President Obama Thursday delivered a video message directly to the Iranian people about the deal the U.S. and other world powers are trying to work out with Tehran to freeze their country’s nuclear program.With an end of March deadline for reaching an agreement, the president spoke of the progress made so far but added, "gaps remain. And there are people, in both our countries and beyond, who oppose a diplomatic resolution,” a pointed reference to congressional Republicans and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Obama said that Iran’s leaders have two options, the right one leading to “the path of greater opportunities for the Iranian people,” which would include the lifting of sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy.On the other hand, the president said if Tehran refuses to agree to freeze its nuclear program, it will just mean more isolation and hardships for the Iranian people.Obama closed by saying, “Now it is early spring.  We have a chance -- a chance -- to make progress that will benefit our countries, and the world, for many years to come.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Solar Eclipse Kicks Off a Day of Celestial Events

Solar Eclipse Kicks Off a Day of Celestial Events

David McNew/Thinkstock/Getty Images News(NEW YORK) — A total solar eclipse was visible in the Faroe Islands Friday, a dazzling display that kicked off a day of celestial events.People in the Faroe Islands, which are located in the North Atlantic, halfway between Iceland and Norway, had front-row seats to the eclipse, which occurred early Friday as the new moon completely covered the sun.A partial solar eclipse was also visible in most of Europe and is the first since November 2013.The United States will have its turn to enjoy a total solar eclipse when it passes over the country on Aug. 21, 2017, according to NASA.SupermoonThe moon will also reach perigee on Friday, the point where it is closest to the Earth, creating a supermoon -- albeit a dark one -- that will add another element to the total solar eclipse.Spring EquinoxGet ready for spring if you live in the northern hemisphere.The official start of spring, the vernal equinox, will be marked on Friday at 6:45 p.m. ET when the Earth's axis lines up perpendicularly to the sun's rays -- marking one of the two equinoxes that occur each year.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Serbian Government: Please Don’t Toss Your Hand Grenades in the Garbage

Serbian Government: Please Don’t Toss Your Hand Grenades in the Garbage

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(BELGRADE, Serbia) — After a law was passed last month in Serbia that seeks to tighten controls on weapons that were once freely owned in the formerly war-torn former Yugoslavia, citizens may have picked up a bad habit: throwing away spare grenades with their household garbage.ITV reports the Serbian government has warned people to knock it off.Hundreds of thousands of unregistered weapons were stashed after the wars in the 1990s, but between now and June 4, the government is urging people to hand in their firearms under an amnesty program; they face five years in prison for non-compliance.However, the government fears many might take the easy way out when it comes to more dangerous items.

"The ministry...appeals on citizens not to dispose of hand grenades and explosive ordnance in garbage containers and such places," the missive reads. "[T]hey should instead call the nearest police station and officers will arrive as soon as possible to take the ordinance away."Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Nearly 300 US Army Soldiers to Train Ukraine National Guard in April

Nearly 300 US Army Soldiers to Train Ukraine National Guard in April

Marcio Silva/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Nearly 300 U.S. Army soldiers will travel to western Ukraine in late April to help with a long-scheduled training exercise with Ukraine's National Guard.The exercise was originally scheduled for March, but was placed on hold while the U.S. debated whether the timeframe would cause Russia and Russian separatists to violate the cease-fire agreement between Ukraine and Russia. Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren announced the plan to send 290 soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade to spend two months training up to three battalions of Ukraine's new national guard.Separately, the U.S. has ramped up its rotational presence in the Baltics and Poland, with 3,000 soldiers from the Third Infantry Division replacing the 550 soldiers who've been in the region since January. The 550 soldiers from the Second Cavalry Regiment, which is being replaced, will convoy its vehicles and soldiers along a 1,100-mile route back to Germany.The top U.S. Army general in Europe, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, told reporters this week that the convoy is a "tremendous opportunity" to practice long-range capability.

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Obama, Netanyahu Discuss Israeli PM’s Comments in Post-Election Phone Call

Obama, Netanyahu Discuss Israeli PM’s Comments in Post-Election Phone Call

Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- President Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday and raising concerns about comments Netanyahu made the day before his election victory.Prior to the election, Netanyahu said that he would not allow the establishment of a Palestinian state, comments he has tried to walk back since his victory. "I haven't changed my policy," he said directly on Thursday, citing his 2009 commitment to a two-state solution.A White House official said that Obama "made the same points in private that the administration has been making in public" in his call with Netanyahu. Obama also told Netanyahu that the U.S. will re-assess its options. The White House official also said that the pair discussed Netanyahu's comments on Wednesday, urging his supporters to vote, citing the danger of high Arab voter turnout.

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US Again Accuses Syrian Regime of Using Chlorine as Chemical Weapon

US Again Accuses Syrian Regime of Using Chlorine as Chemical Weapon

pananba/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. State Department is once again accusing the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria of using chlorine as a chemical weapon.A statement from Secretary of State John Kerry said that the U.S. "is deeply disturbed" by reports of the latest use of chlorine as a weapon, this time in the town of Sarmin on March 16. "We are looking very closely into this matter and considering next steps," Kerry added."While we cannot yet confirm details, if true, this would be only the latest tragic example of the Assad regime's atrocities against the Syrian people," Kerry wrote, calling for the condemnation of the international community. Kerry further called the Assad regime's "horrifying pattern of using chlorine as a chemical weapon" proof that it continues to "flour international standards and norms.""As has been well documented, the Assad regime continues to terrorize the people of Syria through indiscriminate airstrikes, barrel bombings, arbitrary detention, torture, sexual violence, murder, and starvation," the statement continued.Last year, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said it had found "compelling confirmation" of the regime's repeated use of chlorine as a weapon.

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Japanese Man in Custody for Threats Against Ambassador Caroline Kennedy

Japanese Man in Custody for Threats Against Ambassador Caroline Kennedy

State Department photo by William Ng/Public Domain(TOKYO) — Police have captured the man believed to be responsible for making threatening phone calls to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and Camp Schwab, where tens of thousands of U.S. Marines are stationed in Okinawa.Mitsuyoshi Kamiya, a 52-year-old man from Okinawa, did not deny the crime, but he did not explicitly confess, according to a Tokyo Metropolitan Police official.The official said Kamiya threatened to kill Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and blow up the U.S. Embassy. The threatening calls were placed to the Embassy and Camp Schwab between March 5 and March 14.Kamiya, who remains in police custody without bail options, is facing charges, which translate to “forcible obstruction of business.”Authorities are still investigating the threats.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Video Shows Mysterious Flash Lighting Up Russian Sky

Video Shows Mysterious Flash Lighting Up Russian Sky

Artem Vobov(MOSCOW) -- A huge, eery flash that appeared to shoot up as a beam of light into the night sky has spooked residents of a city in southern Russia.The pulsing light that briefly bathed the city of Stavropol white and blue on Monday night was caught by a dashcam mounted in a car, the video of which has spread across social media.The dazzling burst of light seemed to knock out some streetlamps in the city, as seen in another webcam video.The event has become all the stranger because nobody has so far been able to explain what it was. Local scientists on Thursday ruled out that natural phenomena could have caused it.“This flash cannot have been natural,” Svetlana Solovyova, chief analyst at the Stavropol Meteorological center told ABC News. “We can confirm with a high level of probability that the phenomenon was nothing meteorological: it wasn’t a storm, or sheet-lightning. More likely it is something made by a human being.”Theories quickly rose to fill the gap: the light was part of huge military exercises, which are currently underway across Russia involving 80,000 troops; others believed the inexplicable lights were proof of aliens, pointing to the fact that similar flashes have appeared in at least four other cities.“It’s a kind of photo-flash,” Sergei Pakhamov, a UFO-ologist, told local state TV. “They were photographing the city.”A popular kitsch Russian singer in Stavropol giving a concert Monday night was also blamed.One likely explanation seemed to be the coincidence of the lights with another rare phenomenon: the aurora borealis “Northern Lights” appeared over Moscow on Monday, coming far further south than normal.The lights, which are normally confined to the Arctic circle, were visible because of a vast magnetic storm which charged particles at a much lower altitude. But scientists have now also ruled out that the blue flashes over Stavropol could be connected.This is far from the first time bizarre lights and explosions have appeared over Russia, where inexplicable phenomena in the sky have become remarkably frequent occurrences. In 2014, a huge blast turned the sky orange over Siberia; in 2013 a massive meteorite exploded over Chelyabinsk, blowing out almost every window in the city.Most of these incidents were also caught on dash-board mounted cameras, which have become ubiquitous in Russia, where they are used to ward-off corrupt traffic cops but have also captured the bizarre, from cow-crashes to punch-ups.This time, however, a meteorite has been ruled out by scientists, who say it would have been detected by radar.The strange celestial phenomena -- combined with the many military drills and the confrontation with the West over Ukraine, the burning of one of Moscow’s major monasteries and the unexplained disappearance of Russian President Vladimir Putin for 10 days last week -- have all contributed to a peculiar end of days sensation for many Russians. The solar-eclipse scheduled to occur on Friday, for some, caps it.But the most likely cause of Monday's flashes may be more banal -- though still peculiar to Russia.

Yuri Varakin, a local meteorologist also at the Stavropol Center, told ABC News that he believed the lights were most likely caused by a special high-powered projector lamp used by airports to measure the height of clouds. He said, the light is turned on in a burst when there is heavy cloud, which causes the widespread illumination. He explained that such devices are no longer found in Europe or the U.S., where lasers are now used.An official at Stavropol airport confirmed to ABC News that the device had indeed been used on the night of the flash because there were thick snow-clouds.But this explanation does not not explain why the flash appeared to knock-out some streetlights. Scientists at the meteorological center say they are continuing to investigate.

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ISIS Claims Responsibility for Tunisia Museum Attack

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Tunisia Museum Attack

iStock/Thinkstock(TUNIS, Tunisia) -- ISIS on Thursday claimed responsibility for the Wednesday massacre at the Bardo Museum in Tunisia that killed 22 people, many of them Western tourists, and the two attackers.In a 3-minute, 10-second audio message disseminated on Twitter accounts associated with ISIS, the terror group said that the two dead gunmen, who it named as Abu Zakaria al-Tunisi and Abu Anas al-Tunisi, “launched and were heavily equipped with machine guns and hand grenades to target Bardo Museum.”“The blessed immersing operation led to killing and wounding dozens of Crusaders and apostates,” the message said, “and the failed security forces did not dare to approach but after the two heroes ran out of ammunition.”ISIS also threatened more attacks to come, saying “what you have seen today is the first drop of the rain, Allah permitting. You will not enjoy security nor be pleased with peace while the Islamic State has men like these who do not sleep amidst grievances.”The unverified claim, which is being analyzed by U.S. officials for authenticity, came after Tunisian authorities said they had arrested nine people in connection with the attack.“Four of the arrests were directly related to the attack, and five others were made under strong suspicion of relation to the attack,” Aida Klibi, a spokeswoman for the Tunisian presidential office, told ABC News about the arrests made Wednesday.She would not reveal further information on the identity of those arrested.Officials Thursday morning said at least 24 died, and 48 more were injured, including tourists from Poland, Germany, Spain and Italy, most of them massacred as they got off a tour bus that brought them to the museum from a cruise ship.Tourists inside the crowded museum in Tunisia's capital city ran for their lives, some shielding their children, as two gunmen approached. Later, they hid inside the galleries beneath priceless antiquities.Two Spanish tourists and a guard were found still hiding Thursday in the sarcophagus room, a museum official said.ISIS has made repeated threats against Tunisia. In one video posted online in December, ISIS fighters urged Tunisian Muslim to pledge allegiance to ISIS and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and warned Tunisians “you will not live secured as long as Tunisia is not governed by Islam.”

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Italian Man Stopped in Airport with Rare, Giant Egg

Italian Man Stopped in Airport with Rare, Giant Egg

iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- An Italian man bound for California with a giant egg had his plans "scrambled" when customs officials identified the egg as prehistoric and worth almost a hundred thousand dollars.Authorities in the northern Italian airport of Bergamo stopped the egg poacher from sending the giant fossil -- which is 16 times that of a hen's egg -- to Los Angeles and called in experts to assess the object. Experts identified the egg as belonging to the largest bird to ever live -- the extinct Aepyornis Maximus, or Bird Elephant. It lived on the island of Madagascar until it was hunted into extinction 12,000 years ago.The man says he had no idea he was exporting such a rare cultural artifact, though he was hoping to feather his nest by selling the egg once in the U.S. He now faces a $5,000 fine and a prison sentence.

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Solar Eclipse 2015: Best Way to Watch the Spectacle in the Sky

Solar Eclipse 2015: Best Way to Watch the Spectacle in the Sky

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A total solar eclipse is set to create the ultimate spectacle in the sky on Friday morning -- but the lucky few who have a front row seat will need to take measures to protect their eyes.This solar eclipse will be northerly, with those in the Faroe Islands -- located halfway between Iceland and Norway -- having the best seats for the solar spectacular before it sweeps across parts of Europe and northern Africa.It's not safe to look at the sun with the naked eye and regular sunglasses won't suffice. NASA suggests viewing the solar eclipse with a special solar filter.Under no circumstances should an eclipse be viewed directly through binoculars or a telescope, according to NASA, as the lens could intensify the sun's rays and injure the viewer's eyes.While many won't be catching a glimpse this time around, it's still possible to enjoy the sights of the eclipse at Slooh's online observatory, which will live stream the event at 4:30 a.m. ET.NASA predicts the "instant of greatest eclipse" will happen at 5:45 a.m. ET for people who want to watch online.The United States will have its turn to enjoy the best seats in the house when a total solar eclipse passes over the country on Aug. 21, 2017, according to NASA.

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Tunisia Museum Attack Leaves Spanish Couple Hiding in Facility for 24 Hours

Tunisia Museum Attack Leaves Spanish Couple Hiding in Facility for 24 Hours

FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — A Spanish couple and a Tunisian security guard were found alive Thursday after hiding for 24 hours in the Tunisian museum where gunmen massacred 22 people Wednesday, officials said.“We have excellent news to give because an hour ago two Spaniards who were believed to be missing, were found alive by our Spanish consulate officials,“ Spain’s Foreign Minister José García-Margallo told reporters Thursday.The couple, Juan Carlos Sanchez and wife Cristina Rubio, who is four months pregnant, scrambled to safety by hiding but were apparently too frightened to use their cellphones to raise the alarm, García-Margallo added.“They spent the whole night hidden in the museum and didn’t even dare to use their cellphones, which is why we were unable to contact them,’’ García-Margallo said, adding that because Rubio is pregnant, she has been taken to a hospital for check-ups.Garcia-Margallo explained that consular officials and police had searched all night for the couple, to no avail, but they were never listed among the dead.Spain is sending a plane to Tunisia Thursday to get them safely home, the Spanish Foreign Ministry said. a class="twitter-follow-button" href="https://twitter.com/ABCNewsRadio">Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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