Luca Pedrinazzi

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Ohio Girl, 10, Dies in House Fire Hours Before Rape Suspect's Trial Begins

U.S. news<p>A 10-year-old Ohio girl died in a house fire early Monday just hours before a trial she was set to testify in against her accused rapist was supposed to begin, officials said.<p>Robert Seman Jr., 46, was scheduled to be tried in Mahoning County on four counts of gross sexual imposition …

Crime

Inside the Shop of the Last Great American Watchmaker

The greatest timepieces in the world come from Switzerland. And Amish country.<p>On the corner of a nondescript block in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is a bank, or what used to be a bank. Now it is the home of Roland G. Murphy Watch Company, the country's only truly independent elite watchmaker. …

Drone warfare: life on the new frontline

Safely ensconced behind flickering computer screens, military personnel are waging war in lands thousands of miles away. But is there a hidden human cost to remote-controlled combat?<p>Just a three-hour drive from Washington DC on the scenic Virginia coast, Langley Air Force Base is home to one of the …

Washington D.C.

House of Cards Becomes a Workplace Drama in Season 3, With Mixed Results

The third season of the political thriller, which drops on Netflix on February 27, is still engaging, if a little less exciting.<p>Last year, I learned my lesson about judging a <i>House of Cards</i> season too quickly. Based on the first four episodes, Season 2 seemed like a borderline campy trifle, arch and …

On the Origin of Colourful Monkey Faces

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p>“Can you hear that?” says James Higham.<p>I can. It’s a loud screeching noise in the background of our phone call.<p>“That’s a female rhesus freaking out,” he says.<p>Rhesus macaques have featured heavily in lab experiments, but this particular loud female is …

Disney profits keep casting their spell

The House of Mouse is still magical.<p>Walt Disney Company (DIS) reported solid quarterly results that easily beat expectations on Tuesday.<p>Disney reported revenues of $13.3 billion up 9% from $12.3 billion in the first quarter a year ago. The news sent Disney's stock up 3% in after-hours …