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Lincoln’s funniest jokes

Abraham Lincoln told jokes as a tonic, an ice-breaker and a political weapon. From biting put-downs to bawdy quips, Richard Carwardine celebrates the …

Jokes

The Mysterious Bronze Objects That Have Baffled Archaeologists for Centuries

Of all the human species that once roamed the world, only one remains—us. Why did our primitive cousins go extinct? For <i>Homo erectus</i>, something like …

Archaeology

Woman's Remains Identified 2 Years After a Homeless Person Walked Around with Her Skull on a Stick

The remains of a woman were identified two years after a homeless woman was discovered carrying around a human skull on a stick in Northern …

Crime

Hundreds Of Newspapers Denounce Trump's Attacks On Media In Coordinated Editorials

<b>Updated at 10:04 a.m. ET</b><p>More than 300 news publications across the country are joining together to defend the role of a free press and denounce President Trump's ongoing attacks on the news media in coordinated editorials publishing Thursday, according to a tally by The Boston Globe.<p>The project was …

Journalism

Husband of missing pregnant Colorado woman, 2 daughters charged with their murders

Hours after an emotional Chris Watts went in front of TV cameras to plead for the safe return of his pregnant wife and two young daughters, he was charged with murdering all of them.<p>Watts, 33, reportedly admitted to killing 34-year-old Shanann Watts, who was 15-weeks pregnant, and daughters …

Crime

Los Angeles Is Deploying Body Scanners To Screen Metro Riders

<b>Updated at 1:13 p.m. ET</b><p>Los Angeles' public transit system has announced that it is the first in the U.S. to purchase millimeter wave scanners to screen Metro riders for suspicious objects as they move through stations.<p>The technology "will help detect weapon and explosive device security threats on …

Los Angeles

Trained in martial arts and armed with assault rifles, India's first all-female SWAT team hits the streets

<b>New Delhi (CNN) —</b> India's first all-female Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team took to the streets of New Delhi this week as the country marked 71 years of independence.<p>The SWAT team will be part of the city's police force and responsible for providing support during hostage crises, terrorist …

Martial Arts

More Than 100 Cars Burned in Mass Arson Attack in Sweden

GOTEBORG, Sweden — The Swedish authorities on Wednesday were investigating the burning of more than 100 vehicles on the nation’s west coast, in what they said was a coordinated arson attack by groups of young men.<p>The attack began shortly after 9 p.m. Monday, when several cars were reported to be on …

Extremism

Black Americans aren't buying Omarosa's turn against Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, Omarosa Manigault Newman stood at Donald Trump's side, making her deeply unpopular with African-Americans who see her as a sellout for aligning herself with a president who has hurled one insult after another at black people.<p>Her falling out with Trump and her decision …

Donald Trump

World's oldest cheese found in Egyptian tomb

Aging usually improves the flavor of cheese, but that's not why some very old cheese discovered in an Egyptian tomb is drawing attention. Instead, …

American Chemical Society

Researchers unearth remarkable horse 'shoes'

Alex Meyer continues to be in awe of the treasure trove that is Vindolanda.<p>For years, the former Roman auxiliary fort, located just south of …

Archaeology

The Real Story of King Macbeth

Considered by many historians as the last of the Gaelic kings of Scotland, MacBeth has become less of a historical figure and more a fictional …

Macbeth

Parolees Ready to Vote in Coming New York Primary

While taking a college class in prison, Wayne Booker wrote a paper on the history of voting. Mr. Booker, 57 years old, hunkered down in his cell, writing about disenfranchisement and suffrage on his Smith Corona typewriter.<p>In September, Mr. Booker will become part of that history.<p>“I never thought …

New York Primaries

Blog Archive » New findings confirm temple of Artemis site

The long-lost sanctuary of Artemis Amarynthia was discovered in 2017 after more than a century of searching and ten consecutive years of excavations …

Archaeology

Dig under way to reveal ruins of medieval castle in Sheffield

Archaeologists have begun excavation work to reveal the remains of a lost medieval castle where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned.<p>Sheffield castle was one of the grandest and most powerful in the north of England before it was demolished by the parliamentarians in 1648.<p>Its remains were covered by …

Archaeology

The Mass Grave Beneath a Texas Suburb

The recent discovery of bodies of black prison laborers beneath a construction site in Sugar Land, Texas, is forcing the state to confront its difficult history.<p>When archaeologists discovered the intact skeletons of 15,000 free and enslaved Africans at a construction site in lower Manhattan in …

Black History

Nut Milks Are Milk, Says Almost Every Culture Across the Globe

It’s 2018, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is trying to figure out what milk is.<p>In a policy summit on July 17, FDA commissioner Scott …

New York University

Trump Wants to Make Asbestos Great Again

In the town of Asbest, Trump’s face is printed on neat packages of the widely banned product—a sort of special collectors’ edition of carcinogens.<p>In …

Donald Trump

New Zealand Bans Foreigners From Buying Existing Homes

New Zealand has lured Asian billionaires, Hollywood filmmakers, and tech entrepreneurs with a liberal immigration policy and light regulation of foreign property purchases. Now, as it tries to cool one of the world’s hottest housing markets, the country is banning foreigners from buying existing …

Real Estate

MIT scientists discover how to break spaghetti into two pieces

Anyone who's cooked pasta knows that it's nearly impossible to break dry spaghetti noodles into two neat pieces. Usually, as the noodles bend, they split into a few large pieces and then splinter into tiny pieces that fall onto the kitchen floor and roll under the stove.<p>Those unusual shattering …

Research

Jeremy Corbyn: I was present at wreath-laying but don't think I was involved

Jeremy Corbyn has said he was present but not involved at a wreath-laying for individuals behind the group that carried out the Munich Olympic massacre, a partial admission that has led to a row with Israel’s prime minister.<p>The Labour leader had been asked if Palestinian leaders linked to the Black …

Israel

Are Jews White?

A recent judicial ruling defining Jewish as a protected race follows a long and often ugly history.<p>Joshua Bonadona graduated from Louisiana College …

Religion

Florida man threatened people 3 different times before shooting man in 'stand your ground' case

<b>(CNN) —</b> The man charged with manslaughter after shooting another man in a Clearwater, Florida, convenience store parking lot has a history of threatening drivers, according to documents from the Pinellas County Circuit Court.<p>Michael Drejka, 47, fatally shot Markeis McGlockton in July after …

Crime

Royal Family in "Crisis" Over Thomas Markle, as Aides Call Their Handling of the Situation "Inept"

Holy sh*t, this is intense.<p>Over the weekend, Thomas "I Love the Press!" Markle gave yet another explosive interview to the press, spilling all kinds of tea about the royal family in the process—including a story about the time he hung up on Prince Harry. And you might be wondering how the palace is …

Royal Family

That Fax Machine You Never Use Could Be a Massive Cybersecurity Risk. Here's How.

That fax machine you don’t really know how to use? Turns out, it could let hackers access every file in your network.<p>Using only a phone line and fax …

Cybersecurity

New theory paints more sophisticated picture of ancient Easter Island

<b>(CNN) —</b> For decades, mystery has swirled around what happened to the founding population of the remote Easter Island, known for its towering stone statues depicting large carved heads. A long-held theory suggests that after the islanders set up camp and carved the giant statues, they destroyed …

Archaeology

British Startup Pointr Tapped By U.S. Department Of Homeland Security To Pilot Bluetooth Tracking In American Airports

[id=0]<p>A U.K. indoor navigation startup has secured a $104,140 contract to trial Bluetooth location tracking in U.S. airports, which could one day transform airport security.<p>Founded in London, Pointr works by installing tiny Bluetooth beacons around a venue that can be used by smartphones for …

Homeland Security

Marilyn Monroe Nude Scene – Long Believed Lost – Is Found

The footage that never made it into the final cut of "The Misfits" has been locked in a cabinet since 1999.<p>When actress Marilyn Monroe was filming “The Misfits” with Clark Gable, she shot a nude scene that never made it into the 1961 movie. But the footage, long thought to have been destroyed, was …

Final Cut

Stephen Miller Is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle.

If my nephew’s ideas on immigration had been in force a century ago, our family would have been wiped out.<p>Let me tell you a story about Stephen Miller and chain migration.<p>It begins at the turn of the 20th century, in a dirt-floor shack in the village of Antopol, a shtetl of subsistence farmers in …

Immigration

The dreaded destination: why foreign flight attendants dislike travelling to and from India

Indians have a really bad reputation when it comes to air travel.<p>So much so that when an Emirates flight from the southern state of Kerala made a hard landing in Dubai last month, an ex-flight attendant had no qualms referring to the panicked passengers as “fucking rats” and an “untameable bunch” …

Flying