Germany's players pose for pictures as they celebrate with their World Cup trophy after winning their 2014 World Cup final against Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (BRAZIL  - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)         TOPCUP - RTR3YH6H

Jubilant Germany becomes world champion again

RIO DE JANEIRO - Germany are champions of the world again after snatching victory against Argentina in the soccer showpiece with a superb extra-time goal from baby-faced Mario Goetze to lift the trophy for the first time since 1990.  Full Article 

U.S., Iran say disputes remain in nuclear talks as deadline looms 9:02pm EDT

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel appeared to hold off on a threatened escalation of its week-old Gaza Strip barrage on Monday despite having balked at Western calls for a ceasefire with an equally defiant Hamas.

Palestinians search for scattered body parts amongst the rubble of Tayseer Al-Batsh's family house, which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Israel holds off on escalating Gaza barrage

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel appeared to hold off on a threatened escalation of its week-old Gaza Strip barrage despite balking at Western calls for a ceasefire with an equally defiant Hamas.  Full Article | Video 

Miami Heat's LeBron James (C) goes up goes up for a basket between Dallas Mavericks Tyson Chandler (L) and Shawn Marion (R) during the second half in Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami, May 31, 2011. REUTERS/POOL/Mike Ehrmann

James holds court in Rio before World Cup final

RIO DE JANEIRO - LeBron James made his first public appearance since announcing he was returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, holding court with a group of starry-eyed Brazilian basketballers on the eve of the World Cup final in Rio.  Full Article 

Local residents are seen near a car damaged by recent shelling, in the eastern Ukrainian village of Semenovka July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Russia warns Ukraine after shell crosses border

DONETSK Ukraine/MOSCOW - Russia threatened Ukraine with "irreversible consequences" after a Russian man was killed by a shell fired across the border, while Kiev said Ukrainian warplanes struck again at separatist positions in the east of the country.  Full Article 

A picture illustration shows YouTube on a cell phone, in front of a YouTube copyright message regarding a video on an LCD screen, in central Bosnian town of Zenica, early June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

YouTube seeks funds for premium content

LOS ANGELES - YouTube has embarked on a new round of discussions with Hollywood and independent producers to fund premium content, a move that could bolster a three-year-old multimillion-dollar effort.  Full Article 

Patients with Alzheimer's and dementia dance inside the Alzheimer foundation in Mexico City April 19, 2012. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Songs may aid Alzheimer’s patient speech

NEW YORK – With advanced Alzheimer’s, language deteriorates and patients speak less and less. In a small study, group music therapy sessions using tailored songs helped people with middle- to late-stage Alzheimer’s strike up communication.  Full Article 

Hessy Taft poses holding a photograph of herself taken in 1935 by well-known German photographer Hans Ballin during an interview with Reuters July 9, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

'It was an irony that needed to be exposed'

NEW YORK - For the German photographer who chose a picture of a Jewish child as the ideal Aryan for Nazi propagandists, it was a sly joke. For the child's family, it became a terrifying ordeal.  Full Article 


A whale of a cleaning

The nemesis of the New York Museum of Natural History's 21,000-pound suspended blue whale: a whole lot of dust bunnies.  Video