Celebrity birthdays for the week of Feb. 24-March 2

Feb. 24: Actor Dominic Chianese ("Boardwalk Empire," ''The Sopranos") is 88. Singer Joanie Sommers is 78. Actress Jenny O'Hara ("Transparent," ''The Mindy Project") is 77. Actor Barry Bostwick is 74. ...

What is the difference between yuanxiao and tangyuan?

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Traditionally, yuanxiaos (元宵) and tangyuans (湯圓) are served on the day of the Yuanxiao Festival (Lantern Festival) and the winter solstice, respectively. Aside from that, ...

Taiwan study finds diet of fish and tea helps reduce dementia risk

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Eating fish and drinking tea may help reduce the risk of dementia, according to a new study by Taiwan’s preeminent academic institutions. Researchers from Academi...

Bookings for viewing fireflies in E. Taiwan’s Danongdafu Forest Park available now

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Danongdafu Forest Park (大農大富平地森林園區) in Taiwan’s eastern county of Hualien offers the earliest opportunities for viewing fireflies, and this year the organized viewing act...

'Carer-feeder': Gillibrand plays up motherhood in 2020 race

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kirsten Gillibrand had a flurry of pots on the stove and steak, haddock, peas, steamed vegetables and rice on the menu. She had a cable news appearance coming up in...

Florida firefighter blames coca tea for failing drug test

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida firefighter fired for a positive drug test got his job back after arguing the cocaine in his system was from a tea made with coca leaves. The Orlando S...

2020 Dems hit early voting states; Weld explores GOP bid

Several Democratic presidential candidates are spending the long holiday weekend on the campaign trail, while a Republican has announced he's creating an exploratory committee for a possible 2020 run....

As Democrats lean left, will voters follow?

WASHINGTON (AP) — What is happening to the Democrats? Captivated by a handful of liberal superstars, they are venturing where the party has long feared to tread: Steep taxes on the r...

Unhappy with deal, Trump still doesn't expect a new shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under mounting pressure from his own party, President Donald Trump appeared to be grudgingly leaning toward accepting an agreement that would head off a threatened second government ...

Crystal meth becomes popular New Year gift in North Korea

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — While tea, cakes and condiments may be popular Lunar New Year gifts in Taiwan, many North Korean citizens are celebrating with something much heavier. Radio Free Asia (...

Root century boosts England lead to 448 runs on Day 3

GROS ISLET, St. Lucia (AP) — Joe Root scored a century as England manhandled a depleted West Indies attack to lead the dead rubber third test by 448 runs after three days on Monday. ...

Trump tries to turn border debate his way with El Paso rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is trying to turn the debate over a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border back to his political advantage as his signature pledge to American voters threatens to beco...

Old British Consulate in Taiwan's Kaohsiung a remnant of a lost era

Perched on top of a hill overlooking Sizihwan in Kaohsiung, the former residence of the British Consulate established during the Qing Dynasty in 1879 is Taiwan's oldest remaining mansion of Wester...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2019. There are 325 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 9, 19...

Let's talk: White House throws bipartisan Camp David retreat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Can the presidential retreat that produced the landmark Camp David Mideast peace accord do anything to help bridge the divides in polarized Washington? White House ...