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Pope: Vatican next year to open archives on wartime Pius XII

Pope: Vatican next year to open archives on wartime Pius XIIVATICAN CITY (AP) — Declaring that the church "isn't afraid of history," Pope Francis said Monday he has decided to open up the Vatican archives on World War II-era Pope Pius XII, who has been criticized by Jews of staying silent on the Holocaust.



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Trump says Kim 'wants to do something great'; Morgan Stanley says North Korea could attract $9 billion per year

Trump says Kim 'wants to do something great'; Morgan Stanley says North Korea could attract $  9 billion per year(Reuters) – 0540 GMT: TRUMP SEES AWESOME POTENTIAL FOR “MY FRIEND KIM” U.S. President Donald Trump said in a Twitter message hours before a summit with Kim Jong Un that North Korea had “awesome” potential to thrive if it would denuclearize. Trump is to meet Kim at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi at 6:30 p.m. (1130 GMT) and have a 20-minute one-on-one conversation before a dinner scheduled to last just over an hour and a half. “Vietnam is thriving like few places on earth.



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Amazon pays zero federal taxes for second year in succession despite doubling profits, says new report

Amazon pays zero federal taxes for second year in succession despite doubling profits, says new reportAmazon has paid zero federal taxes for the second year in succession, despite a doubling of its profits, according to a new report. Although the tech giant founded by Jeff Bezos saw its profits grow from $ 5.6bn (£4.3bn) in 2017 to $ 11.2bn (£8.7bn) in 2018, it will actually receive a tax rebate of $ 129m (£100m). “The company’s newest corporate filing reveals that, far from paying the statutory 21 per cent income tax rate on its US income in 2018, Amazon reported a federal income tax rebate of $ 129m,” said the report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), which describes itself as a “non-partisan, non-profit think tank”, based in Washington DC.



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'Forever haunted' Parkland mourns a year after shooting

'Forever haunted' Parkland mourns a year after shootingSchool buses brought only a handful of students to a shortened class day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a former student with an assault gun killed 17 people on Feb. 14, 2018. Leaders of March for Our Lives, a national student movement formed in the aftermath of the Parkland tragedy to fight gun violence, were not in the spotlight, having noted they would “go dark” or cease most communications during the anniversary. “Every day it feels like the shooting is happening again, or happened yesterday, or will happen tomorrow,” said Gonzalez, who rose to prominence by urging her fellow students to “call B.S.” on supporters of the gun lobby.



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Parkland shooting: How the NRA is more vulnerable than ever after a year of protests and a wave election

Parkland shooting: How the NRA is more vulnerable than ever after a year of protests and a wave electionOne year after gunfire began in the freshman building of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the movement those bullets sparked has swept through the US and opened a new chapter on guns in America. Guns have come to dominate political debate this past year in way unseen previously in the US, with massive protests from March for Our Lives attracting headlines and major news coverage — and virtually all Democrat presidential candidates supporting stricter gun control. Meanwhile, dozens of states have moved to pass new gun control laws in an historic effort, as communities across America continue to be scarred by gun violence.



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One year after it was shot into space, let’s check in on Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster

One year after it was shot into space, let’s check in on Elon Musk’s Tesla RoadsterIt's hard to believe it's already been a year, but exactly 12 months ago today was the first launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy. The rocket launch was a huge success and while SpaceX hasn't launched Heavy again in the time since, it was still a very big deal for the company.Falcon Heavy, which has since been usurped by new SpaceX projects including Starship and Super Heavy, flew skyward one year ago and took Elon Musk's own Tesla Roadster along for the ride. The pricey payload, with its Starman mannequin seated behind the wheel, has been flying through space ever since.Let's check on its progress, shall we?Figuring out exactly where the Roadster and its Starman passenger are at any given point is incredibly easy thanks to the handy website whereisroadster.com, which tracks the progress of the vehicle every moment of every day.Going by the site's statistics, the Roadster is currently around 226 million miles from Earth and 163 million miles from Mars, and it got to its current position by traveling at a speed of approximately 5,149 miles per hour. That's an incredibly speedy vehicle, and it won't be slowing down any time soon.As far as total distance traveled, the car has cruised for a whopping 473.3 million miles as of this writing. It'll take approximately 557 days for the Roadster to make a full orbit around the Sun, and it's projected to continue to travel through space for a long, long time to come.As LiveScience notes, scientists believe the Roadster will eventually crash into either Earth or Venus. However, it could take many millions of years for that to happen, and the odds of it slamming into either planet in the next million years are significantly less than ten percent.It's worth noting that by the time the Roadster meets its end, it will likely look a whole lot different than it did when it initially took off. Telsa vehicles might look nice and shiny here on Earth, but the harsh conditions of space are likely to wreak havoc on the exterior as well as Starman himself.



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In third year, U.S. women's marches turn to 2020 elections

In third year, U.S. women's marches turn to 2020 electionsMillions of people took part in the women’s marches in Washington and other cities in the United States and abroad on Jan. 21, 2017, the day after the Republican president was sworn in. Vanessa Wruble, a co-founder of the original Women’s March on Washington who left to start March On, a separate grassroots coalition, said the movement has evolved from being a reaction to Trump’s presidency. Women’s March, a national nonprofit organization that evolved from the initial Washington march, is using its #WomensWave marches in Washington and elsewhere on Saturday to roll out a 10-part policy platform that includes raising the federal minimum wage and protecting reproductive rights.



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1 year after the devastating mudslides: Then-and-now photos capture Montecito, California

1 year after the devastating mudslides: Then-and-now photos capture Montecito, CaliforniaOn Jan. 9, 2018, the Southern California town of Montecito became overwhelmed with destructive mudslides after a potent storm prowled through the area.



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This Dream Job Will Pay You $130,000 a Year to Run an Island Inn Off the Coast of San Francisco

This Dream Job Will Pay You $  130,000 a Year to Run an Island Inn Off the Coast of San FranciscoIf you’re a firm believer that modern conveniences like Wi-Fi and cell service are overrated, happen to be on the job market, and are looking for a $ 130,000 annual salary, we’ve got an opportunity for you.



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It's Already 2019 Across the World: Here's What the New Year Looks Like in Sydney, Tokyo and Other Cities

It's Already 2019 Across the World: Here's What the New Year Looks Like in Sydney, Tokyo and Other CitiesCelebrations have already begun in countries like Samoa, Sydney, North Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Indonesia.



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