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Coastal Commission, an agency with populist roots, takes heat over secret-session firing of director

The California Coastal Commission, born of a populist movement more than four decades ago, has long maintained the respect of environmentalists and residents fighting to protect the state's 1,100-mile shoreline.<p>Conservation-minded Californians have largely supported the agency as responsive to …

Kanye West unveils new album The Life of Pablo at elaborate, 'ramshackle' event

He’s called it “the best album in the world”; it’s had four different names; but now Kanye West’s seventh solo album – The Life of Pablo – has finally been revealed at an elaborate fashion/album launch at Madison Square Garden, which saw a surprise appearance from Naomi Campbell and black power …

Music

Apparently We've All Been Eating Toblerone Wrong This Whole Time

This is how it's done.<p>Today's gift from the Internet gods is a reminder that the crumbly mess you make every time you eat a Toblerone bar is because you're going about it all wrong. It's not about the snap—it was never about the snap. It's about the push—the push is good.<p>Oh what fools we have …

MPs’ report calls for BT to be split from Openreach over claims 5.7 million people have speeds so low they break rules<p>Millions of broadband customers and businesses suffer dire connection speeds despite BT receiving £1.7bn in taxpayers’ money to improve services, according to a report by MPs.<p>The …

Telecoms

'I knew from the start that Putin ordered Litvinenko's murder'

In an extraordinary reminiscence, a former diplomat from the British embassy in Moscow describes the radioactive trail of evidence left by the defector's killers - even in his own meeting room<p>The acute political sensitivity of the subject matter and the need not to prejudice the criminal …

Nicky Morgan: Britain has 'moved on' from its colonialist past and should not resort to removing statues of people like Cecil Rhodes

The Education Secretary welcomed the debate, but said that it would be "better" to have a debate about the past and realise "that we have moved on as a country"<p>Britain has "moved on" from its colonialist past and should not resort to removing statues of people like Cecil Rhodes, the Education …

World’s oldest man dies: Key inventions during first decade of Yasutaro Koide’s life

Yasutaro Koide of Japan, officially the world’s oldest man, clocking in at the grand old age of 112, has gone to meet his maker.<p>The former tailor …

Rare Photographs of Marilyn Monroe Go on Display in London

Monroe's collaborations with photographers Milton H. Greene and Douglas Kirkland produced some of the most iconic images of her career.<p>Two legendary celebrity photographers are united in their mutual affinity for Marilyn Monroe in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," an exhibition showing at The Little …

American Airlines

Ban Donald Trump from Britain? We’d be better off banning online petitions

POLITICAL SKETCH: A great day for democracy, as MPs waste three hours debating a ban they couldn’t enforce even if they wanted to<p>Freedom of speech is all well and good. But the truth of the matter is this. A line has been crossed. And it’s time our politicians acted to prevent it ever happening …

Good News for Fans of Classic Sneakers and Dry Feet

Converse has teamed up with waterproof fabric specialists Hancock Vulcanised Articles on a trio of Jack Purcells.<p>Old school canvas kicks like Converse Jack Purcells are a go-to in just about any situation. Need something to wear with jeans? You're covered. How about a suit? Thanks to their …

Was David Bowie's Blackstar named after a cancer lesion?

Following the news of his death on Monday, David Bowie's fans have pored over the lyrics on his final album, Blackstar (depicted by the symbol ★), for final messages left by the great musician.<p>Now some think the album title may be a reference to the cancer that killed him, and that he kept secret …

David Bowie

Hotel Workers Are Coming Clean About the Industry’s Dirtiest Secrets

They’re purportedly coming clean on the anonymous posting app Whisper.<p>“This blanket only gets washed once a year,” reads one nightmare-inducing post …

E-cigarettes win first approval as a 'medicine' opening way for prescription by the NHS

Medicines regulator approves brand of 'vaping' cigarette but GPs warn it could put pressure on surgeries<p>E-cigarettes have been granted a licence by Britain’s medicines regulator for the first time, opening the door for them to be prescribed on the NHS.<p>The Medicines and Healthcare Products …

Public Health

The 10 Least Visited Countries in Europe, and Why You Should Visit Them All

<i>By Jason Heidemann for the Orbitz Travel Blog</i><p>Some dwarf in comparison to their gargantuan neighbors, others are still branded with a scarlet letter thanks to past global conflicts and none can compete with France's food scene, England's charms or Italy's gorgeous coastline, but nevertheless you …

Amazon takes 1,114 fake reviewers to court

Amazon continues its streak against suing fake reviewers on its site with a fresh lawsuit filed in Seattle, the BBC reports.<p>The 1,114 defendants, collectively labeled “John Does” as the identities of the accused are not known, sell their services for as little as $5 on Fiverr, the micro-services …

Customer Service

Pregnant Refugee Pleads For Abortion: "Please Help Me"

The Australian government is adamant that Abyan changed her mind.<p>The 23-year-old, who was allegedly raped on Nauru two months ago, was flown out to Sydney for the procedure last week, but snatched from her room on Friday and sent back to the island without the procedure.<p>Australia's immigration …

Best photos: This weekend’s planets before dawn

Venus is the brightest one up before dawn, but Mars and Jupiter were closer on Saturday than they will be again until 2018. Plus many people caught …

Why Nonstop Travel In Personal Pods Has Yet To Take Off

The average American commuter spends 42 hours per year stuck in rush-hour traffic, according to one recent study.<p>More than four decades ago, West Virginia University thought it had found a solution to urban traffic woes: It built a transportation system known as personal rapid transit, or …

Google Does The Right Thing, Again

Five years ago, Google did the right thing: it exited the world’s largest Internet market rather than yield to China’s censorship rules.<p>Now, Google has done it again, fighting allegations by the European Commission (EC) that “the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for general …

AdWords

5 details you shouldn't give Facebook

The whole point of Facebook is to share your life with other people. You probably have more than a few friends who fall into the over-sharing category. But don’t snicker. You may be one, too, and not even know it.<p>Here are five personal tidbits Facebook asks you to share that you’re much better off …

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler played a "missed cut pillow fight" round at Baltusrol on Saturday

Even when he has a poor performance, it's still good to be Jordan Spieth.<p>After missing the cut at the Barclays, Spieth and Rickie Fowler played at Baltusrol on Saturday. It looks like they had fun:<p>Baltusrol, site of next year's PGA Championship, is a mere 20 minutes from this week's tour stop at …

Hikers behaving badly: Appalachian Trail partying raises ire

BAXTER STATE PARK, Maine (AP) — When Jackson Spencer set out to tackle the Appalachian Trail, he anticipated the solitude that only wilderness can …

Myanmar's backsliding leads to doubt about U.S. diplomacy strategy

The<p>State Department's second-ranking diplomat flew to Myanmar in May to urge the country's leaders not to adopt a tough "population-control" law apparently aimed at halting growth of persecuted ethnic minorities.<p>President<p>Thein Seinlistened politely to Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken. And …

Migration crisis: EU ministers to meet in two weeks to find solution

EU interior and justice ministers are to meet in a fortnight in an effort to find concrete measures to cope with the escalating migration crisis.<p>The ministers will meet on 14 September in Brussels after a statement from the home affairs ministers of Germany, France and Britain said they had “asked …

Europe

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Deliciously Ella: how to stay healthy when you're travelling

Going on holiday? Pack a blender, prep a meal for the plane, and stock up on delicious snacks for the trip<p>One of the questions I get asked most on my blog is: how can you stay healthy while you travel? Holidays are all about enjoying yourself, so I’m absolutely not going to advocate a diet of kale …

A series of experiments has produced incredible results by giving young blood to old mice. Now the findings are being tested on humans. Ian Sample meets the scientists whose research could transform our lives<p>On an August morning in 2008, Tony Wyss-Coray sat in a conference room at the Veterans …

Medicine

Best U.S. Hiking Cities

<b>Get Hiking:</b> This popular four-mile hike has a large measure of challenge (3,700 vertical feet of climbing) with an equal payoff (views of Mount Rainier, Seattle, and the Olympics on a clear day). The journey isn’t so bad either: Along the way, hikers pass classic Pacific Northwest conifer and fir …

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Pakistan to block BlackBerry email services from November

Pakistan will block BlackBerry email services in the country from November for "security reasons".<p>While ordering local carriers to shut off …