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Boy, 11, shoots charging bear to save fishing party in Alaska

Quick action from an 11-year-old boy saved a fishing party from a charging brown bear, Alaska state troopers said.<p>Elliot Clark was walking through the woods near Game Creek with three family members and three dogs when the bear came out and charged them, the Juneau Empire reported.<p>The bear ran …

Wildlife

Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal: The five ages of tennis's greatest rivalry

2017 was the year when tennis went back to the future. For the first time ever Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal picked up two grand slam titles each, and the thrilling Australian Open final between the two evergreen legends was a reminder of why the match-up is viewed by most observers as the …

Socialite who tried to blackmail the Royal Family killed himself, inquest hears

A socialite who tried to blackmail the Royal Family over an alleged gay sex scandal killed himself by taking a lethal cocktail of drugs, an inquest heard.<p>Ian Strachan, 40, was found dead on Christmas Eve just hours after seeing his mother at his flat in Marylebone, central London, the hearing was …

'Espionnage Elysée': US says 'We do not and will not' spy on France

White House says it is not targeting French president but does not comment on past surveillance after NSA is accused of spying on Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande over a period of at least six years<p>The White House insisted on Tuesday it is not targeting French President …

Surveillance

David Cameron's boast to sell public land for 100,000 homes undermined by spending watchdog

The National Audit Office raised doubts about the claims because while civil servants had no idea if any of the homes were built nor how much money was raised from land sales<p>The Government’s boast to have sold enough public land for 100,000 homes over the past five years was wrong, the public …

Alcohol is by far the most dangerous 'date rape drug'

The news last month that a nail varnish was being developed to detect “date rape drugs” created a media furore, attracting praise and scepticism in roughly equal measure. But this is not the first product that claims to detect drugs added surreptitiously to drinks. In recent years, others have …

Alex Salmond says No voters were 'tricked'

The First Minister goes back on his promise to accept the referendum result and raises the prospect of Scotland unilaterally declaring independence.<p>Alex Salmond has raised the prospect of Scotland unilaterally declaring independence without another referendum as he abandoned his promise to accept …

LG's first 4K OLED TV is ready to kill LCDs once and for all

LG only just brought its 55-inch 1080p OLED to a $3,500 price that's within the limits of mainstream credit cards, and it's already back with something better. The curved 4K OLED TV we saw at CES is about to go on sale in Korea, and will arrive soon everywhere else, meaning well-heeled buyers don't …

Ubisoft Apologizes for Tweet Against Mario Kart 8

"The opinion expressed does not in any way represent those of Ubisoft."<p>A comment decrying Nintendo's Mario Kart 8 Mercedes Benz DLC has since been …

I’m Chevy Chase and You’re Not

An excerpt from ‘Saturday Night’ — the landmark ‘SNL’ book — about the controversial rise of the show’s first breakout star<p><i>“Fame is a very unnatural</i> …

Discarded car batteries could become low-cost solar cells

It's great that manufacturers recover lead from discarded car batteries to use in new ones, since lead production from ores yields toxic residues. The problem is, when we shift from lead-acid to lithium-ion and other types of batteries (and we're starting to), over 200 million old batteries could …