233 migrants rescued from 33-foot boat in rough seas off Italy

ROME - The Italian navy has rescued 233 migrants from an overcrowded smugglers' boat in rough seas south of Sicily.The navy said one of its frigates was bringing the migrants — who were from Pakistan, Eritrea, Nigeria, Somalia, Zambia and Mali — into a Sicilian port on Thursday.

Brian Boitano on coming out: 'I had to go past my comfort zone'

Retired Olympic figure skater Brian Boitano is a private person, but joining the U.S.

Jobless claims drop for 2nd straight week

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell for a second week last week, suggesting labor market conditions continue to steadily improve. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 339,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

New 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' teaser destroys Times Square

Poor Times Square! The destination often takes a beating from tourists and revelers.

'Duck Dynasty' stars: 'We're ready to move on' from anti-gay controversy

It's a new year, new start for the stars of "Duck Dynasty." During an interview on Fox News Channel's "All American New Year" special on Tuesday night, Willie and Korie Robertson said the family was ready to put the controversy stirred up by Willie's dad, Phil, behind them.

Former Israeli leader Ariel Sharon's condition suffers 'very serious' decline: hospital

JERUSALEM - The condition of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been comatose since suffering a stroke in 2006, has deteriorated and he is unlikely to rally, a hospital official said Thursday. "I am no prophet, but the feeling of his doctors and his sons ...

James Avery, 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' star, dies at 68

James Avery, the actor best known for playing Uncle Phil on the '90s sitcom "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," has died at the age of 68, his publicist confirmed to TODAY.Avery passed away Tuesday night in Glendale, Calif., due to complications from open heart surgery.

Cayman police believe cruise ship passenger fell

Police in the Cayman Islands said Wednesday that they suspect a Canadian cruise ship passenger who recently vanished may have fallen off the boat as search crews scoured waters around the British Caribbean territory.

Ray Romano is happy to be playing on Team Max on 'Parenthood'

Ray Romano sensed there was something special about his grumpy “Parenthood” character Hank and the way he related to his ex girlfriend’s teenage nephew Max (Max Burkholder).

Arsonist strikes Chinese consulate in San Francisco

The Chinese consulate in San Francisco was heavily damaged after an unidentified person set fire to the main gate, the consulate said in a statement on Thursday, in a rare attack on a Chinese mission overseas.

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