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At $72B, Bill Gates is richest American for 20th straight year

And as usual, Forbes' latest list of the wealthiest 400 Americans includes a tech industry who's who, from Ellison to Zuckerberg to Musk.<p>It's hard to think of a year in which Bill Gates wasn't at the top of the Fortune 400 list, considered as the definitive annual list of America's richest.<p>And so …

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Yes, atomic bomb that fell in US almost went off, says document

An H-bomb that accidentally plunged into a North Carolina field in 1961 came far too close to actually exploding, according to a secret document newly published by the Guardian.<p>Newly declassified documents are on everyone's mind these days, as are inadequate safeguards on national-security …

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These Republicans Who Voted To Cut Food Stamps Personally Received Large Farm Subsidies

Some Republican members of Congress receive their own share of government money.<p>Several of the House Republicans who voted Thursday for a bill that slashed billions of dollars from the food stamp program personally received large farm subsidies for family farms. The bill cutting the food stamp …

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Maybe U.S. public schools don't stink

The drumbeat is hard to miss: Our schools are failing. Public education is in crisis. Our students are falling further and further behind.<p>The rhetoric comes from the left and right, from educators and politicians and lobbyists and CEOs and even Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The deep dysfunction …

Water fluoridation: what does the rest of the world think?

Australia may have just been through an election campaign, but it’s fair to say that certain communities have been more fired up about water fluoridation – a non-issue at federal level – than anything postulated by Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd.<p>The debate over whether to add fluoride to water supplies …

Washington navy yard killer Aaron Alexis arrested twice before over guns

Former reservist, who killed 12 people, had been arrested in 2004 and 2010 and was discharged from the navy over one incident<p>Authorities are investigating why a former US navy reservist walked on to a historic naval base in Washington DC, opened fire and killed 12 employees before police shot him …

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Former employee of Queen Elizabeth speaks on the royal wedding<p>Harry, Markle take carriage ride through Windsor<p>Harry, Markle take their first kiss as …

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European researchers want to send snake robots to Mars

Can snake-like robots do a better job exploring Mars than the wheeled rovers humans have previously sent to the red planet? That's the working theory of researchers at the Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research (SINTEF), who believe that such a bot could help tackle the primary challenge …

Runoff from deadly floods threatens towns in eastern Colorado

Sunny skies greeted rescue crews Tuesday working to contain the secondary effects of last week's biblical flooding in Colorado, which has killed at least six people so far.<p>Authorities were focusing their efforts on the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where prairie towns were being evacuated as …

Concordia success boosts pride for shamed Italy

GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AP) — The extraordinary righting of the Costa Concordia from its watery Tuscan graveyard has given Italy a boost of sorely needed pride, helping erase the shame many felt after an Italian captain took the cruise ship off course in an apparent stunt, crashed it and then …

Navy Yard Shooting Suspect Only Gunman in Rampage

Investigators believe Aaron Alexis, a former Navy reservist, was the lone gunman in the shooting spree at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. earlier …

Florida pastor Terry Jones arrested on way to burn Qur'ans

A Florida pastor was arrested on Wednesday as he drove to a park to set fire to nearly 3,000 Qur'ans to mark the September 11 terrorist attacks.<p>Sheriff's deputies in Mulberry, Florida, arrested Terry Jones, 61, and his associate pastor, Marvin Sapp Jr, 44, on felony charges of unlawful conveyance …

Nasa's LADEE Moon probe lifts off

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1008000/1008605_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524797637_eb85fa77b61ac93cc6fbeff032c1a4d0<p><b>The US space agency (Nasa) has launched its latest mission to the Moon.</b><p>The unmanned LADEE probe lifted off from the Wallops rocket facility on the US …

President Obama pushes G20 leaders for support on Syria

<b>US President Barack Obama is using his final day at the G20 summit to continue pushing for foreign support for a US military strike on Syria.</b><p>British sources say the leaders of France, Turkey, Canada and the UK gave Mr Obama strong backing.<p>But a Russian spokesman said a US strike would drive a "nail …

China’s ‘Eagle Dad’ trains son, 5, to fly

A 5-year-old boy piloted an ultralight aircraft in China, the latest demonstration of his father’s tough parenting style, which also included learning to sail and a failed attempt to climb Mount Fuji together. His father, known as “Eagle Dad,” has defended his practice of giving the child tough …

Remote-controlled helicopter kills man

A 19-year-old man has died in New York after a remote control helicopter he was flying hit him in the head and partially decapitated him.<p>The teenager, named as Roman Pirozek from Brooklyn, New York state, was out with his father flying the helicopter at Calvert Vaux Park when the accident …

Yemeni Tribesmen Are Capturing This Endangered Leopard for Money

Conservationists are trying to preserve a rare cat that is in danger of dying out, but Yemen’s combination of lawlessness and red tape makes it tough.<p>Roughly one-third the size of most other leopards, the 50-pound Arabian subspecies is by far the smallest—perfect for maneuvering around the rocky …

NSA surveillance: A guide to staying secure

Now that we have enough details about how the NSA eavesdrops on the internet, including today's disclosures of the NSA's deliberate weakening of cryptographic systems, we can finally start to figure out how to protect ourselves.<p>For the past two weeks, I have been working with the Guardian on NSA …

US Jewish leaders petition Congress to authorise Syria strike

High-profile US rabbis and Jewish leaders are petitioning Congress to authorise President Barack Obama to use military strikes in response to Syria's use of chemical weapons.<p>Addressed to congressional leaders and signed on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, the petition evokes memories …

Syria crisis: UN ambassador Power says 'There is no risk-free' option – as it happened

We're going to <b>wrap up our live blog coverag</b>e for the day. Read the latest blog summary here.<p>The opposition<p>What <b>intelligence about the Syrian opposition</b> is the United States using as it makes plans for war and peace?<p>The Guardian's Raya Jalabi (@RayaJalabi) returns to a curious moment in John Kerry's …

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The Masters of Nature Photography book – in pictures

Wild horses of the Netherlands, red-crowned cranes dancing in the snow, the plight of a tortured chimpanzee and a polar panorama feature in the collection of wildlife images in the book published by the Natural History Museum<p>• Masters of Nature Photography by Rosamund Kidmane Cox - Guardian Bookshop

Was Your Chicken Nugget Made In China? It'll Soon Be Hard To Know

Here's a bit of news that might make you drop that chicken nugget midbite.<p>Just before the start of the long holiday weekend last Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture quietly announced that it was ending a ban on processed chicken imports from China. The kicker: These products can now be sold …

Google's Trojan horse: how Chrome Apps will finally take on Windows

The web alone is not enough<p>Today, on Chrome's fifth birthday, Google is announcing the rollout of what it's calling Chrome Apps. Don't feel bad if you're confused by the name. Chrome has been serving up web apps since 2010 when the Chrome Web Store opened up alongside the launch of the Chrome OS. …

US issues Iraq travel warning 'after Iran plot uncovered'

America has issued a travel warning against travel to Iraq after reportedly intercepting an order from the head of Iran's revolutionary guards to Iraqi militias commissioning an attack on the US embassy.<p>The intercepted communication is believe to have instructed groups on Iran's payroll to carry …

New Cosmic Mystery: Butterfly Nebulae Align

Wildlife<p>This mosaic shows a selection of stunning images of butterfly-shaped planetary nebulae taken by Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA; NGC 6302: NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team; NGC 6881: ESA/Hubble & NASA; NGC 5189: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team …