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Garlic Girls Take Over the Olympics, and Their Hometown Is Loving It

How to explain the sudden dominance of the bespectacled South Korean women’s curling team? “It’s definitely the power of the garlic.”

She sawed her own gun in half to send a message

Amanda Meyer grew up around guns. She took a hunter safety class in her hometown in Iowa when she was 14 and her parents emphasized proper gun handling from a very early age.


Home Depot's earnings powered by strong U.S. housing market

(Reuters) - Home Depot Inc's profit and revenue topped Wall street estimates for the sixth straight quarter as more shoppers visited the No.1 U.S. home improvement chain and, on average, spent more in an improving housing market.


Home Depot's profit, sales top estimates on higher traffic, spending

(Reuters) - Home Depot Inc's profit beat market estimates for the sixth straight quarter on Tuesday as more shoppers visited the No.1 U.S. home improvement chain and spent more on average amid an improving housing market.


Spain's Balearic Islands to fine Airbnb 300,000 euros for illegal rentals

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Balearic Islands is fining flat-sharing and rental service Airbnb 300,000 euros ($370,140) for advertising unregistered homes in Mallorca on its web site, the regional government said on Tuesday.


Britain and U.S. in talks over captured British Islamic State fighters: UK minister

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the United States are in talks about the fate of two captured British Islamic State militants, suspected of being part of a notorious group known for torturing and killing Western hostages, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said.


Figure skating: 'Korea power' buoys hometown ice dancers

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - As if getting to the Olympics was not hard enough for South Korean ice dancers Min Yura and Alexander Gamelin, the two were briefly caught up in a diplomatic fuss over their free dance music and then suffered a wardrobe malfunction.


NHL: Blackhawks ban four fans from home games over racist taunts

(Reuters) - The Chicago Blackhawks have banned four fans from home games at the United Center after they shouted racist taunts at Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly during Saturday's NHL game.


Alpine skiing: Frenchman Faivre kicked out of Games for lack of team spirit

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - French Alpine skier Mathieu Faivre, the boyfriend of Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin, has been sent home from the Games after saying he did not care about medals won by his team mates and was only concerned with his own success.


Oaxaca requests aid after strong Mexico quake damages 1,000 homes

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's southern state of Oaxaca requested federal emergency funds on Sunday to supply food, shelter and health services in more than 30 municipalities battered by last week's powerful quake in a region still reeling from temblors in September.

de Blasio, Bill

Homelessness, Step by Step

New York City makes it hard to enter shelters, and the housing market makes it hard to leave them. The process has many phases — the stages of homelessness.


In Colombia Border Town, Desperate Venezuelans Sell Hair to Survive

Fleeing crime and economic crisis, more than half a million Venezuelans have entered Colombia, with many homeless, begging for food and suffering abuse.


Threatened and vilified, but Philippine lawyer says he wants 'death squad president' in court

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine attorney Jude Sabio says he hasn't been home for a year, steers clear of public events and is forever looking over his shoulder after accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of crimes against humanity.


4 Israelis Hurt by Bomb Set in Flag at Gaza Fence, Igniting Night of Fighting

Israel responded with airstrikes on an attack tunnel and five other targets across Gaza. A rocket fired at Israel struck the roof of a home but did not explode.

Parkland, Fla, Shooting (2018)

Florida Agency Investigated Nikolas Cruz After Violent Social Media Posts

After visiting and questioning Mr. Cruz at his home in 2016, the Department of Children and Families determined he was not a risk to himself or others.

Evacuations and Evacuees

Driven From Island Homes by Storms, Dialysis Patients Can Do Little but Wait

More than 200 patients were evacuated to the mainland United States when hurricanes blasted their islands last fall. Many are still in Atlanta, unable to go home safely.

Families and Family Life

The New Old Age: America at Home: Grandparents in the Attic, Children in the Basement

Multigenerational and shared housing arrangements are on the rise, reversing a decades-long trend.


After Olympic finale, Chan looks forward to time at home

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Canada's Patrick Chan walked away from his final Olympic Games on Saturday with a gold medal in the team event and ninth place in the men's competition. Now, he just wants to spend time at home.


Big Mexico quake cuts power and damages homes; two dead in crash

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A prolonged 7.2 magnitude quake that rocked Mexico on Friday left nearly a million homes and businesses without power in the capital and south but the only reported deaths came when a military helicopter crashed after surveying the aftermath.

Even as a young teen, shooter's behavior brought police to his home

For years before Nikolas Cruz gunned down classmates and teachers at his former high school, his mother had repeatedly called police to the home to help deal with his violent outbursts, threats and self-destructive behavior, according to police documents obtained by CNN on Friday.

Cooking and Cookbooks

City Kitchen: A Chicken Potpie Fit for a Party

To give this homey dish a certain elegance, use frozen puff pastry and turn it into fetching, flaky hand pies.


Fear of federal law may prevent gun retailers from storing firearms

(Reuters Health) - What if someone who lived with the young man who unleashed one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history this week had been concerned that he might harm himself or others and removed his AR-15 rifle from his home?

Olympic Games (2018)

Seeing Bounty Abroad, Will North Koreans Change Their Homeland?

At the Olympics, curious onlookers scrutinize visitors from the isolated North and wonder what a peek at a broader world could achieve.

How 3-year-olds are helping people live longer

On the surface, Nightingale House in London looks like any other residential home for the elderly. With almost 200 residents, it's one of the the largest care homes in the country.

Real Estate and Housing (Residential)

Right at Home: This Old House Is a Chore

There is a lot to learn when you buy an old house — and what seems like a simple fix can turn into a major project.


E-commerce firm Mercado Libre to open distribution centers in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Mercado Libre, Latin America's home-grown e-commerce firm, said on Thursday that it would open two large distribution centers in Mexico as part of an effort to improve its logistics in the country.


Lens: A Times Photographer’s Journey Home to the Winter Olympics

Chang Lee, a staff photographer for The New York Times, recounts how he covers the drama, the spectacle and a unified Korean team at the Winter Olympics.


Olympics: Snowboarding: Austria's Schairer to return home after breaking neck

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Austrian snowboarder Markus Schairer is to return home for medical treatment after breaking a bone in his neck during a fall in the men's snowboard cross event at the Winter Olympics.

Rubio: Gun laws wouldn't have prevented this

Sen. Marco Rubio said Thursday that gun restrictions would not have prevented the mass shooting at a high school in his home state.

Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

Police Sergeant Acquitted in Killing of Mentally Ill Woman

A judge declined to convict Hugh Barry, who shot and killed 66-year-old Deborah Danner in her Bronx home as she wielded a bat.

Rohingya (Ethnic Group)

Will the Rohingya Ever Return Home?

Myanmar and Bangladesh are again taking up talks to repatriate the Rohingya. But conflicting goals, and wariness among the refugees, remain a roadblock.


XPO Logistics expects 750,000 European home deliveries for 2018

SEATTLE (Reuters) - XPO Logistics Inc said on Thursday it expects to make or manage 750,000 deliveries of bulky goods like flat-screen televisions and furniture to homes in Europe in 2018, as the U.S.-based company dips its toe into a crowded and fast-growing market.


Venezuela's Maduro orders reopening of Miami consulate before election

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the reopening of the country's consulate in Miami, home to a sizeable anti-government community, before presidential elections on April 22, reversing a move by his predecessor Hugo Chavez.


Nokia starts review of digital health business, cuts jobs in Finland

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish network gear maker Nokia has started a strategic review of its digital health business and announced more than 400 job cuts in its home country.

Opinion: 'I'm so sick of this' -- another deadly school shooting

It was a slightly lazy afternoon. I had had a busy week at work and hadn't managed to get the kids Valentine's cards. I had left for work early and hadn't seen them and so I thought I'd run to the store quickly, pick up the dog from her "daycare," and meet the kids at home.


Female artists strike right note at NME Awards in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Female musical acts took home a slew of prizes at the NME Awards in London on Wednesday, in a move that artists present welcomed as the entertainment industry reeled from allegations of sexual misconduct against women.


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Olympics: Skeleton: South Korea's Yun banks on home comforts

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean skeleton slider Yun Sung-bin is not getting distracted in his bid to win his country's first gold medal in the men's skeleton at the Pyeongchang Olympics, his team's head coach said on Wednesday.

Travel and Vacations

Other Rooms: A (Teenager’s) Caravan in Tuscany

On a secluded beach in Punta Ala, a Fornasetti-outfitted mobile home is parked for good.


U.N. says bombs will litter Mosul for more than a decade

GENEVA (Reuters) - The Iraqi city of Mosul will remain strewn with unexploded bombs for a decade, endangering a million or more civilians who want to return home following the end of three years of Islamic State occupation, a U.N. demining expert said on Wednesday.


South African police raid Gupta home, ANC to sack Zuma via parliament

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ANC unveiled plans on Wednesday to sack President Jacob Zuma via a parliamentary no-confidence vote, hours after armed police raided the luxury home of his friends, the Gupta brothers, as part of an anti-corruption investigation.

Davis, Angela Y

A New Home for Angela Davis’s Papers (and Her ‘Wanted’ Poster)

The papers of Angela Davis, just acquired by Harvard, trace her evolution from obscure philosophy professor to global icon to prophetic voice on mass incarceration.


A dog's life: In Beijing's Forbidden City, no holiday for canine patrol

BEIJING (Reuters) - As China ushers in the Lunar Year of the Dog, hundreds of millions of Chinese are traveling to their hometowns to spend the week-long national holiday with their families.


South African police raid Gupta home, pressure cranks up on Zuma

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Heavily armed South African police raided the luxury home of the Gupta family on Wednesday as part of a probe into allegations the three brothers had corrupt links with President Jacob Zuma, who has been ordered by the ruling ANC to quit as head of state.

Corruption (Institutional)

South Africa Police Raid Home of the Gupta Family, Allies of Zuma

The police action came as the embattled president faced calls from his party, the African National Congress, to step down.


Chinese online retailer raises $2.5 billion for logistics arm

BEIJING (Reuters) - Inc said on Wednesday it had raised $2.5 billion for its logistics arm, as the second-largest Chinese e-commerce firm seeks to further bolster its position in online retail in its home country and beyond.

Couple who lost home in wildfire wins million-dollar lotto

Bill Pendergast has spent the last two years rebuilding his home, which burnt down when a wildfire raged through Fort McMurray, Alberta. Now, he is $1 million richer and able to finish restoring his family home thanks to the Atlantic Lotto.


Airbnb's 'Experiences' business on track for 1 million bookings, profitability

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Airbnb Inc's year-old tours and activities business is booking tens of thousands of travelers every month and is likely to be profitable late next year, the company said on Tuesday, highlighting success in its efforts to grow beyond renting rooms and homes.

Classical Music

The New York Philharmonic’s Fresh Start: A Season Spent at Home

The orchestra has canceled an international tour planned for Jaap van Zweden’s first season as music director to devote itself to strengthening hometown ties.


Colorado shuts down funeral home operated by body parts broker

(Reuters) - Colorado officials indefinitely shut down the funeral home and crematory this week of a woman who runs a side business selling donated body parts from the same building.

Tiny homes, big benefits for homeless military veterans

Marvin Gregory is a large man living in a tiny home. And he couldn't be happier.

The cat between Trump and his wall

Donald Trump's $18 billion border wall is proposed to run through the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge on the US-Mexico border in Texas, which is also home to the remaining endangered ocelot species in the US.


Show Us Your Wall: She Married an Artist, and Now Finds Comfort in His Work

Merele Williams-Adkins honors her husband’s memory by preserving the art he made and the pieces he collected in their Brooklyn home.


Short track: Italian Fontana wins 500m, Korean Choi disqualified

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Italy's Arianna Fontana won the Olympic women's 500 metres race on Tuesday after a photo finish with home favorite Choi Minjeong who was later disqualified.


Cyclone wreaks havoc in Tonga's capital, parliament flattened, homes wrecked

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Tonga's neighbors scrambled to deliver emergency relief on Tuesday after Cyclone Gita tore across the Pacific island nation in the middle of the night, flattening the parliament, tearing roofs off homes and causing widespread flooding.


Japan short track skater sent home from Games for failed test

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Japanese short track speed skater Kei Saito failed an out-of-competition doping test on the day of his arrival in Pyeongchang and has been expelled from the Winter Olympics, Japan team officials said on Tuesday.


Japan short track skater Saito fails doping test, sent home: CAS

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Japanese short track speed skater Kei Saito has failed an out-of-competition doping test and was expelled from the Pyeongchang Olympic Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Tuesday.

Kim Yo-jong

Warm Welcome Home From Olympics for Kim Jong-un’s Sister

The North Korean leader sent a military band and honor guard to greet Kim Yo-jong when she returned from her “charm offensive” in South Korea.

The dramatic changes in New York's skyline

The Empire State Building, the Art Deco Chrysler Building, the super-tall One World Trade Center. New York City is home to some of the world's most iconic skyscrapers.


Son urges Iran to free jailed Iranian-American as health deteriorates

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The son of an 81-year-old Iranian-American jailed in Iran urged the authorities on Monday to allow his father to serve his sentence at home after he was admitted to hospital for a second time in a week.

Bisphosphonates (Drugs)

Personal Health: A Perfect Storm for Broken Bones

Untreated osteoporosis could spawn an epidemic of bone fractures, hospital and nursing home admissions, even premature deaths.


Exclusive: Amazon paid $90 million for camera maker's chip technology - sources

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Inc paid about $90 million to acquire the maker of Blink home security cameras late last year, in a secret bet on the startup's energy-efficient chips, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Trump in 1994: 'I go through the roof' when dinner's not ready

After President Donald Trump defended a senior aide accused of domestic violence, journalist Nancy Collins reflects on her 1994 ABC interview with Trump, in which he discussed his then-wife, saying, "When I come home and dinner's not ready, I go through the roof."


Alibaba broadens offline reach with $865 mln Easyhome stake

BEIJING, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding will pay about 5.45 billion yuan ($866 million) for a 15 percent stake in China's Easyhome, a home improvement chain, as the internet giant expands its investments in offline and retail businesses.

Yazidi (Religious Sect)

Opinion: Outraged by the Attacks on Yazidis? It Is Time to Help.

Empathy is not enough for me and other women brutalized by the Islamic State. We need the chance to revive our homeland.


North Korean cheerleaders sing 'We are one!' in Games culture clash

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - As Switzerland demolished a unified Korean hockey team at the Pyeongchang winter Olympics on Saturday, despondent home fans at least had another contest to distract them - a clash of cultures featuring North and South Korean cheerleaders.


In China’s Coal Country, a Ban Brings Blue Skies and Cold Homes

Seeking cleaner skies, China is moving aggressively to reduce its dependence on coal. This environmentalism from above has had problems and successes.


Fleeing Venezuelans find work cutting Valentine roses in Colombia

CHIA, Colombia (Reuters) - As millions of Americans prepare to celebrate Valentine's Day with flowers, many of those blooms will be picked and packaged by Venezuelan migrants working for a minimum wage after fleeing violence and economic collapse in their South American homeland.


Critic’s Notebook: ‘Homeland’ Season 7: Once Again, It’s All Up to Carrie

After the deadly events of Season 6, the heroine of Showtime’s spy thriller is on her own. Can she save the country and still stay on her meds?


Shooting at Georgia nursing home leaves one dead; gunman flees

(Reuters) - A person was fatally shot in a nursing home parking lot in Augusta, Georgia, on Friday and police were looking for the shooter, who had fled the scene, according to local media and Augusta University, which has a campus near the facility.


U.S. Homeland Security agent gets prison for Colombia drug lord bribes

(Reuters) - A former U.S. Homeland Security special agent was sentenced on Friday to three years in prison for taking bribes in exchange for getting an indicted Colombian drug kingpin dismissed from a case against the once-powerful Cali cartel, court records showed.


Criminal code revamp plan sends chill through Indonesia's LGBT community

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Zulfikar Fahd, an openly gay man, says he flew from Indonesia to Canada late last month and claimed asylum on grounds that he faced discrimination and persecution in his home country, which is poised to criminalize same-sex relations and consensual sex outside marriage. 

Actors and Actresses

Encounters: Playing the President and Protesting One, Too

Elizabeth Marvel returns as President Keane on Season 7 of the political thriller “Homeland.”

Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: John Prine Comes Home, and 10 More New Songs

Listen to the week's most notable new songs from 2 Chainz, Haley Heynderickx, Bill Frisell and more.

'Homeland' battles on

As "Homeland" embarks on its seventh season -- with the end of its planned eight-year run drawing nearer -- it's worth remembering how brightly the Emmy-winning show once flamed. Against that backdrop, the Showtime drama remains plenty watchable with its cloak-and-dagger machinations, but it's hard to envision anyone lamenting that the finale came too soon.

Inside the mind of a gold medalist

By the time Olympic athletes arrive in Pyeongchang, South Korea, they have trained their bodies to near-perfection. But it's how well they've trained their minds that may determine who's more likely to take home a medal.


A Word With: Claire Danes Could Really Use a Nap

Ms. Danes talks about the new season of “Homeland,” the death of Peter Quinn and the eerie collision of life and art.

Defection fears at the Winter Olympics

While most Olympic athletes will be mingling throughout the Games, North Korean athletes will be separate, under 24-hour watch, closely monitored wherever they go. A system of watching each other, as they do back home in the North, amid inevitable fears of defections from athletes of other members of the delegation. Paula Hancocks looks at how the North can ensure they return to North Korea with the delegation intact.

Louvre Museum

Art Looted by Nazis Gets a New Space at the Louvre. But Is It Really Home?

The museum is displaying the work in two new rooms. Critics praise the effort but say it does little to reunite the paintings with their rightful owners.

Eagles fans decorate loved ones' graves after Super Bowl victory

Sunday night's semi-destructive revelry was still unfolding on the streets of the City of Brotherly Love when Uber driver and Eagles fan Luis Reyes decided he'd pick up one more fare before heading home.


Few cheers at home for Germany's loveless coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel's German coalition deal with the Social Democrats (SPD) was greeted with more scepticism than joy on Thursday, as some said the loveless alliance, born of desperation, showed the conservative chancellor's time was coming to an end.

Travel and Vacations

On the Border: How Crossing the Bridge to Matamoros Got Complicated

Not so many years ago, it was easy to go to Matamoros. But violence there means that visitors now stay in Brownsville, home to the Charro Days festival and restaurants with roots in Mexico.

How to sound like an expert in obscure Winter Olympics sports

Curling? Luge? Biathlon? We don't blame you if you don't know much about these sports. But the Winter Olympics are here. And to be the Winter Olympics expert in the break room at work, you've got to do your homework. Here's everything you need to know about some of the Winter Olympics' lesser-known sports.


Few cheers at home for Germany's last-resort coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel's conservatives and their Social Democrat (SPD) partners faced a chorus of scepticism on Thursday as allies and opponents alike criticized a loveless coalition deal that some said showed the German chancellor's time was coming to an end.


Exclusive: 'We are in a war' - Cameroon unrest confronted by army offensive

(Reuters) - Daniel was in his home in the village of Bole in Southwest Cameroon on Feb. 2 when he heard gunfire and a commotion. Moments later, his house was ablaze, flames licking the walls. 


James sinks buzzer-beater to lift Cavs over Timberwolves

(Reuters) - LeBron James resurrected Cleveland's stagnant season, for one night at least, when he hit a game-winning buzzer-beater to lift the Cavaliers to a 140-138 overtime home win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.

New York Fashion Week

‘Nothing Says Chic Like Matching Your Drink to Your Dress’

Lela Rose tweaks the traditional trunk show, mingling frocks with cocktails and canapés in an intimate at-home soiree.

Bioluminescent waves light up Big Sur

Big Sur is home to some of the most breathtaking views in the US, but a recent bloom in bioluminescent phytoplankton has turned its waves into a full-blown spectacle.

Former Pope Benedict XVI says he's preparing for 'Home'

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI says he "is on a pilgrimage toward Home" in a rare public letter published in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

The shows that had us crying before 'This Is Us'

Each week the Pearson family on NBC's hit show, "This Is Us" tugs at our heartstrings. Tackling real life issues like addiction and the loss of loved ones, the show's emotional themes hit home for millions of Americans. The last two episodes, featuring the death of patriarch Jack Pearson [Milo Ventimiglia] and painful aftermath for his family, were the just the latest to drive viewers to the tissue box.


Handle with care, suggests study on woodcutting tools and injuries

(Reuters Health) - At-home users of woodcutting equipment are at risk for significant injuries, particularly of the fingers and hands, and should be vigilant about proper use protective gear, U.S. researchers warn.

Immigration and Emigration

Op-Ed Contributor: How Did Israel Become a Place of No Refuge?

As the Israeli government prepares to deport African refugees, we prepare to open our homes to them.


On Dessert: The Quest for a Famous French Cookie’s Crunch

Recreating a favorite store-bought cookie at home was a lesson in misplaced expectations.

'Every day I've done what I want to do'

David Hockney's home studio is set deep in the Hollywood Hills. We drive there from Sunset Boulevard, past sweeping views of the canyon below, 1920s Art Deco homes and modernist glass boxes perched at intervals on the hillside.


Chan 'fell in love' with figure skating after Canada return

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Patrick Chan's new coach has said that the Canadian figure skater had fallen in love with his sport again after relocating to his homeland to train for his third and final Olympic Games.


Exclusive: FBI raids Colorado body broker following Reuters report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday searched the offices of a Colorado businesswoman who operates a funeral home and a body donation company from the same building.

Fashion and Apparel

Three Independent Danish Brands to Know

These emerging labels — each of which presented their new fall/winter 2018 collections at Copenhagen Fashion Week — are winning over customers at home and abroad.

Immigration and Emigration

MS-13: The Homegrown Gang Trump Wants to Deport

President Trump has used MS-13 to justify hardline immigration policies. But the gang he’s trying to root out was born right here in the United States.

Speakers (Audio)

Tech Fix: Apple’s HomePod Has Arrived. Don’t Rush to Buy It.

It couldn’t hail an Uber, answer a cooking question or learn music preferences. Here’s why it may not be the right time to buy Apple’s new smart speaker.