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Here Are the Amazing Winners of the 2017 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest

Photographers went to great depths to capture awe-inspiring images for the 2017 Underwater Photographer of the Year (UPY) Contest, and French shooter …

Finding a lost city, and also a flesh-eating illness, with Douglas Preston

Abandoned cities, deadly snakes, and flesh-eating diseases<p>In January, author Douglas Preston released his latest book, <i>The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story</i>. In 2015, Preston had been part of an expedition to Honduras that located an unexplored city deep in the rain forests of the country, …

5 Of My Father’s Funerals Where He Turned Out To Be Alive And In Attendance, And 2 Funerals Where He Was Actually Dead

<i>My family has done a lot of grieving lately, and our dad hasn’t been any help—here are the five funerals where it turned out he had faked his own</i> …

Crime

The Incredible Ruins of 12 Abandoned Islands

These deserted ghost islands each has a fascinating story behind its decline.<p>Of all the many places around the world that have been abandoned by …

Clemson-Louisville highlights trio of top 10 matchups

The fifth week of the college football season offers arguably the best lineup of games since the opening weekend. With so many top 10 teams facing …

College Football

Elizabeth Warren Wants Debt Collectors to Stop Hassling Corinthian College Students

Former students are getting letters saying they owe money even when they don’t.<p>Students duped into taking out loans for classes with a defunct …

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Here Are the Beautiful Winning Images from the 2016 British Wildlife Photography Awards

On Monday we shared the finalists in this year’s international Wildlife Photography of the Year Competition, and now we can show you the stunning …

Nature Photography

East Finchley shooting: Police launch manhunt after mum-of-nine and her nephew are found murdered in North London

A mum-of-nine and her nephew have been shot dead in their own home amid reports a gang of five men stormed the property.<p>Anny Ekofo, 52, and her nephew Bevely, 21, were gunned down in a flat in north London at 6.30am on Thursday.<p>The Metropolitan Police have launched a murder investigation following …

The 26 most crime-free, financially equal, and healthy cities in the world

The organisation ranked 100 cities in three sub-indexes — people, planet, and profit — as part of a report entitled "Sustainable Cities Index 2016: Putting people at the heart of city sustainability."<p>The "people" sub-index set out to find the city with the highest quality of life by rating eight …

More Bodies Under the Bed

One venerable urban legend dating back at least 25 years involves a vacationing couple staying at a motel who, after repeatedly complaining about a …

Crime

Florida man accused of threatening to feed an 8-year-old boy to alligators

A Florida man has been charged with abuse after he allegedly beat an 8-year-old boy and threatened to feed the child to alligators in a nearby pond.<p>Dereck Dunn, 28, is accused of slapping the boy in the face, hitting him in the buttocks with a belt and pushing his head into the carpet so that, the …

Crime

Masonic temples, secret meetinghouses and other mysterious San Francisco buildings

People love a good Masonic mystery (thanks, Dan Brown) and, fact or fiction, we've long been fascinated by buildings that have connections to Freemasonry.<p>The idea of secret handshakes and ceremonial meetings have a certain appeal, even if the idea that Masons plot global domination behind closed …

How to Laminate Cotton Fabric Easy Sewing Tutorial

<i>There’s a variety of great sewing projects that require laminated fabric. Learn how to laminate cotton fabric at home with this simple and easy</i> …

Sewing

Phoenix Serial Killer Struck a Ninth Time, Police Say

Police hunting a serial killer in Phoenix, Arizona, thought his string of crimes had ended in mid-June when he ambushed and fatally shot two women and a 12-year-old girl in their driveway.<p>But investigators announced Wednesday that they have added a ninth shooting to the pattern — a July 11 incident …

Crime

Man found dying in Hyde Park was murdered, police believe

Postmortem indicates the man had been victim of assault and police are appealing for information<p>Police are treating the death of a man close to a tourist hotspot in central London as murder.<p>Officers were called to Hyde Park at around 5.50am on Friday after a member of the public found a man with …

Crime

This Smithsonian scientist’s death was a mystery; 150 years later, his skeleton helped solve it

The last anyone heard of Robert Kennicott was his cheerful hum as he strolled into the Alaskan wilderness early on the morning of May 13, 1866.<p>It was good to hear the scientist sing. It had been a long and punishing winter at Fort Nulato, where Kennicott's expedition to map the Yukon had spent the …

Archaeology