News
6:11 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

In a region of turmoil, the new Saudi king promises continuity

Mourners gather around the grave of Saudi King Abdullah following his burial in Riyadh on Friday.

Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters

The 90-year-old monarch of Saudi Arabia was laid to rest in the capital of Riyadh today. In accordance with religious tradition in the ultraconservative Sunni kingdom, Abdullah’s body was wrapped in a tan cloth and buried in a simple grave.

Islamic beliefs says that all of God’s subjects are equal in death, even a man whose official title includes the designation of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

The new Saudi king is Abdullah’s nearly 80-year-old half-brother, Salman, who moved quickly to pre-empt any possible intrigue about the process of royal succession.

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6:07 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

The Houthi takeover in Yemen will reverberate in Saudi Arabia

Followers of the Houthi movement march as they demonstrate to show support for the Shiite rebel group in Sana'a on January 23, 2015. 

Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, a key US ally in the battle against extremism, resigned yesterday after his presidential residence was surrounded by rebels.

"They had been insisting that they weren't actually wanting to stage a coup," says the BBC's Sebastian Usher, but it's "very hard to say that when you're actually shelling the president's house."

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News
4:50 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

One Honduran woman decided not to leave for the US thanks to her Garifuna culture

Yillian David is a Garifuna living in Honduras. She's thought of leaving to go to the US, but she's decided to stay to help preserve her culture.

Marlon Bishop

Yillian David's hometown feels strangely empty these days.

“We used to be very united, but there just aren’t as many people around as there used to be,” she says. “They’re off looking for a better future — supposedly.”

David is 29 and lives in Corozal, on the Caribbean coast of Honduras. There have always been people from her community migrating to the United State, a few here and there. But starting last spring, the trickle became a flood as emigration surged throughout Central America.

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News
4:47 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

What it's like to drive Saudi Arabian princesses around

Princess Ameerah al-Taweel (R), chief executive of Saudi-based Time Entertainment Holding. 

Ahmed Jadallah/ Reuters

The late Saudi Arabian King Abdullah has left behind a big legacy and an even bigger family. There are reportedly 7,000 princes and princesses alone not to mention tens of thousands of royals.

Jayne Amelia Larson, an actress who was a chauffeur on the side, got an inside look of the life of a Saudi princess. She worked as the personal chauffeur for members of the Saudi while they vacationed in Los Angeles.

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Winter Fund Drive
3:02 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

It's Mummy Monday!

The Mummies of the World exhibit runs until April 26 at Cincinnati's Museum Center

Today -  please support the programs you depend on with a gift of $150 and you can choose the Family Four Pack of Tickets to the Mummies of the World Exhibit at Cincinnati Museum Center. Only 100 packages are available.

Plus, the first 50 people to make their donation and choose the Mummies of the World Family Four Pack will also receive the exhibit's companion book which provides compelling insight into mummies and mummification through essays, photographs and illustrations. 

Make your donation online or call 513-419-7155.

View our list of thank you gifts.

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News
12:47 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

How Americans fell in love with snipers

Actor Bradley Cooper arrives for the premiere of the film "American Sniper" in New York on December 15, 2014. 

Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” has surpassed all box office expectations this month. During a time of year that’s normally quiet for movie theaters, the film raked in $105 million over the holiday weekend, making it the largest-ever opening for an R-rated movie or a drama.

The movie stars Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, a US Navy SEAL and elite sniper who later wrote a best-selling book by the same name about his tours in Iraq.

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Business
12:41 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Local home sales climb slightly

December home sales in the Cincinnati area were up from a year ago, but not by much. 

The Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors reports 1,616 sales last month, compared with 1,608 in December 2013.  Northern Kentucky Realtors say their gain was similar: 397 sales in December of 2014, and 388 in December 2013.

However, total sales for 2014 are different for the two sides of the river.  In Ohio, there was a drop in sales of 1.7 percent , while Northern Kentucky sales grew by 1.84 percent.

Realtors from both groups are optimistic though.

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News
11:35 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Walk the streets of Kolkata and ask yourself, can I take a bad picture?

Ed Kashi

Seeing The News: There are places in the world that always make me wonder if it's even possible to take a bad photograph there. India, and those amazingly vivid colors, is high on the list for me especially when you see the pictures VII photographer Ed Kashi is taking. And, this is just one of many on his Twitter feed Friday. 

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News
9:10 am
Fri January 23, 2015

These never-before-seen WWII photos are 'just the tip of the iceberg'

One of the images Levi Bettweiser developed from among 31 rolls of World War II film for his Rescued Film Project.

Courtesy of the Rescued Film Project

For about two years, photographer Levi Bettweiser has been hunting for old, forgotten film to develop.

"You're always flying blind when it comes to rescued film," he says. "You have no idea what you're going to get." It usually ends up being run-of-the-mill family shots: birthdays, Christmases, vacation snaps. But then a contact phoned him up last year and told him about a batch of 31 undeveloped rolls of film he found at an Ohio auction.

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Over-the-Rhine
9:10 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Black to the Future: Afrofuturistic music from Sun Ra to Janelle Monae

Napoleon Maddox and Mildred Fallen at Island Frydays on Short Vine

The writer Mark Dery first coined the term ‘Afrofuturistic’ in his 1994 essay “Black to the Future” to describe a new cultural phenomenon but what exactly is Afrofuturism? 

Michael Gonzales of Ebony Magazine calls Afrofuturism “a cultural catchphrase to describe the world of tomorrow today in music, art, theater, politics and academics,” but the more I tried to further define the term, the more I discovered that Afrofuturistim is a concept that, by definition, defies definition.

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