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Winter Olympics: Bomb threat forces plane from Ukraine to land in Turkey after hijack attempt

A flight from Ukraine has landed safely in Turkey after a 'severely intoxicated' passenger attempted to hijack the plane and force it to divert to Sochi<p>A jet carrying 110 passengers from <b>Ukraine</b> has landed in Istanbul after a reported hijacking attempt.<p>The plane landed safely at Istanbul's Sabiha …

Airplanes

Snipers took down major grid systems in California last year and it could have been a dress rehearsal

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr / Akash_Kurdekar<p>One of the most significant acts of domestic terrorism involving the power grid took place last …

Cells from eyes of dead 'may give sight to blind'

<b>Cells taken from the donated eyes of dead people may be able to give sight to the blind, researchers suggest.</b><p>Tests in rats, reported in Stem Cells Translational Medicine, showed the human cells could restore some vision to completely blind rats.<p>The team at University College London said similar …

FDA meeting, iOS 8 rumors point to fitness focus for Apple’s “iWatch”

Long-rumored wearable may horn in on Nike's, Fitbit's, and Jawbone's turf.<p>Of all the Apple rumors to circulate during the Tim Cook era, the "iWatch" …

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

Report: Global Freedom Has Been Declining for Nearly a Decade

A third of the world's population lives in countries without political rights and civil liberties, according to a new study.<p>In 2013, for the eighth year in a row, more countries registered declines in political rights and civil liberties than gains. Even as the number of electoral democracies in …

Warren Buffett Will Pay $1 Billion to Fan with Perfect March Madness Bracket

What’s a perfect March Madness bracket worth? In Warren Buffett’s mind, about $1 billion.<p>According to Rob Wile of Business Insider, Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway, has teamed up with Cleveland Cavaliers owner and Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert to offer college basketball fans a shot at …

Inner Cities

Michael Crabtree responds to Richard Sherman's taunts

An hour after Richard Sherman mocked him in the end zone then ripped him in a memorable postgame interview, Michael Crabtree responded to comments the Seahawks cornerback made about how he’s the “best corner in the game” and Crabtree is a “sorry” player whose not in the top 20 of NFL …