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Queen Elizabeth II honors victims of terror in annual Christmas address

Published: Monday, December 25, 2017 @ 4:05 PM

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - In this undated image supplied by Sky News, Queen Elizabeth II sits at a desk in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace, as she records her Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace, London.  (Photo by Sky News via Getty Images)
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - In this undated image supplied by Sky News, Queen Elizabeth II sits at a desk in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace, as she records her Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace, London. (Photo by Sky News via Getty Images)(Handout)

Queen Elizabeth II gave her traditional annual Christmas address Monday, touching on the fact that many were likely viewing her on their smartphones and computer devices rather than on their television screens as was done 60 years ago.

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The video started with a children’s choir singing “God Save the Queen” before the queen appeared to share her message.

She spoke of the extremist attacks that have touched England throughout the past year, including the attacks in Manchester and London.

She hailed the “powerful identities” of many of whom she met and visited with after the attacks.

The queen, her husband Prince Philip and family members attended a church service Monday near Elizabeth’s country estate in Sandringham. They mingled with locals who came to watch them arrive.

In this year's Queen's Christmas Broadcast 2017, Her Majesty has talked about the theme of "home" and wished everyone a very happy Christmas. You can watch the full speech on our website - by following the link in our bio. "We think of our homes as places of warmth, familiarity and love; of shared stories and memories, which is perhaps why at this time of year so many return to where they grew up," Her Majesty said. "There is a timeless simplicity to the pull of home. "For many, the idea of “home” reaches beyond a physical building – to a home town or city.  This Christmas, I think of London and Manchester, whose powerful identities shone through over the past twelve months in the face of appalling attacks," The Queen said. The Queen also added... "Today we celebrate Christmas, which itself is sometimes described as a festival of the home.  Families travel long distances to be together. "Volunteers and charities, as well as many churches, arrange meals for the homeless and those who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day.  We remember the birth of Jesus Christ whose only sanctuary was a stable in Bethlehem.  He knew rejection, hardship and persecution; and yet it is Jesus Christ’s generous love and example which has inspired me through good times and bad. "Whatever your own experiences this year; wherever and however you are watching,  I wish you a peaceful and very happy Christmas." #Christmas2017 #ChristmasDay2017 #QueensSpeech

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The royal family had a private lunch scheduled afterward. This is the first Christmas the family will be joined by Prince Harry’s fiancee, American actress Meghan Markle.

Elizabeth and Philip missed last year’s service because they had the flu.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Polar bears enjoy snow day at North Carolina Zoo

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 4:09 PM

Nikita (front) and Anana enjoy the snow day at the North Carolina Zoo. (Photo: North Carolina Zoo)
Nikita (front) and Anana enjoy the snow day at the North Carolina Zoo. (Photo: North Carolina Zoo)

Polar bears at the North Carolina Zoo got to enjoy the blanket of snow that covered the park Wednesday.

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Nikita, 11, and Anana, 18, were fed whole fish as a special snow day treat, the zoo said

The zoo was closed Thursday and will remain closed Friday because of the heavy snowfall.

Another meteor? Reports come in of bright flash across Ohio, Indiana night sky

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 4:14 AM

Another meteor may have lit up the sky late Wednesday.

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Several reports have come into WHIO-TV's newsroom of a bright flash that shot across the sky just before midnight Thursday. People from Englewood, Ohio; Marysville, Ohio; and Randolph County, Indiana, have said they saw the bright flash, with some saying it was bright blue or blue-green.

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The American Meteor Society received several reports of a meteor in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Kentucky.

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A meteor also was spotted in Ohio, Michigan and Canada late Tuesday.

Nestle Japan launches ruby chocolate KitKat ahead of Valentine's Day

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:57 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:58 PM



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Nestle Japan on Thursday unveiled a new, pink KitKat var, which is to be sold ahead of Valentine’s Day in a handful of stores in Japan and South Korea, as well as online.

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Dubbed the KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Ruby, the chocolate is made using ruby cacao beans, which give the treat a naturally pink color. The beans also give the chocolate “a fruity flavor reminiscent of berries,” according to Nestle Japan.

The pink chocolate variety made its debut in September by Swiss chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut. It was touted as an alternative to the traditional chocolate varieties of white, milk and dark chocolates.

The new KitKat flavor was created by chef Yasumasa Takagi, the owner of Tokyo’s Le Patissier Takagi. In a news release, he said his creation “allows you to enjoy the characteristic fruity fragrance and subtle acidity of the ruby cacao to the fullest.”

The flavors “have never been experienced before,” Takagi said.

The KitKat bars will be sold at KitKat Chocolatory stores in Japan and South Korea starting Friday. Chocolate fans in the U.S. and other countries can purchase the chocolate online.

Nestle Japan employees said 5,000 bars of the chocolate treat will be available for sale from Jan. 19 to Jan. 25. Each bar costs ¥400, or $3.60.

The variety will also be part of the KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Valentine’s Assortment, alongside bars of KitKat Sublime’s Bitter, Milk and White flavors for ¥1,800, or $16.20. A larger assortment also includes the KitKat Sublime Matcha and Raw flavors as well for ¥2,400, or $21.60.

The boxes of assorted chocolate bars will go on sale starting Feb. 1. 

Montreal man fools police with detailed snow car sculpture

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:52 PM

A man in Montreal made a car out of snow (not pictured), tricking police.
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A man in Montreal made a car out of snow (not pictured), tricking police.(Ryan Remiorz/AP)

A Montreal man was able to briefly dupe police with his creation after a snowstorm Monday.

KMSP reported that Simon Laprise created a sports car out of snow in a snow removal zone. The sculpture, which he posted photos of on Facebook, looked like a real car that had been parked during a snowstorm and was covered in powder.

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Laprise, a 33-year-old machinist and artist, modeled the car after the DeLorean DMC-12, famously featured in the “Back to the Future” movies, KMSP reported. The final detail that made it so life-like was the Laprise’s incorporation of an actual windshield, which he found across the street.

Once he completed his duplicate, Laprise hid out of view and waited for the police.

A police car soon drove up to investigate the car in a snow removal zone. The officer soon realized the car was made entirely of snow.

Laprise got a “ticket” with a note that read, “You made our night hahahahaha :)”

By the next morning, snowplows had removed the sculpture from the snow removal zone.