Jennifer Cowles

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'Santa's bone' proved to be correct age

<b>A fragment of bone claimed to be from St Nicholas - the 4th-Century saintly inspiration for Father Christmas - has been radio carbon tested by the University of Oxford.</b><p>The test has found that the relic does date from the time of St Nicholas, who is believed to have died about 343AD.<p>While not …

Archaeology

Killing of Ali Abdullah Saleh changes dynamics of Yemen's civil war

Former president’s death at hands of his erstwhile Houthi allies marks end of uneasy alliance that sparked war in 2014<p>The killing of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the former Yemeni president, removes the country’s most important political figure for four decades from a complex equation that has plunged the …

Amateur explorers discover vast underground passage beneath Montreal

A pair of amateur explorers in Canada have found a vast underground passage stretching hundreds of metres underneath the bustling streets of Montreal whose formation dates back more than 15,000 years ago to the Earth’s last ice age.<p>“It’s just beautiful,” said Luc Le Blanc, who found the network of …

The 10 Events You Need To Know To Understand The Michael Flynn Story

If the saga of Michael Flynn feels like it's been hanging over President Trump's head since Inauguration Day, that's because it has.<p>The story of how Trump's first national security adviser came to plead guilty to lying to FBI investigators and cooperate in the special counsel's Russia investigation …

Portugal’s radical drugs policy is working. Why hasn’t the world copied it?

Since it decriminalised all drugs in 2001, Portugal has seen dramatic drops in overdoses, HIV infection and drug-related crime. By Susana Ferreira<p>When the drugs came, they hit all at once. It was the 80s, and by the time one in 10 people had slipped into the depths of heroin use – bankers, …

Mining

Woman shares new evidence of relationship with Roy Moore when she was 17

Debbie Wesson Gibson was in her attic hauling out boxes of Christmas decorations last week when she noticed a storage bin she said she had forgotten about. Inside was a scrapbook from her senior year of high school, and taped to a page titled "Those Who Inspire" was a graduation card.<p>"Happy …

Jesus' Secret Revelations? Copy of Forbidden Teachings Found in Egypt

The oldest known copy of a text claiming to be Jesus' teachings to his brother James has been discovered in an ancient Egyptian trash dump, scattered …

'Would you be willing?': words to turn a conversation around (and those to avoid)

It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it – isn’t it? According to language analysts, we may have this wrong. ‘‘We are pushed and pulled around by language far more than we realise,” says Elizabeth Stokoe, professor of social interaction at Loughborough University. Stokoe and her colleagues have …

US prosecutors sink Manafort's bail deal over his op-ed with Russia colleague

Court says former Trump campaign head, charged with conspiracy and money laundering, was working with Russia-linked colleague as recently as last week<p>Former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was, as recently as last week, ghostwriting with a colleague, who has ties to Russian …

The moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party | Dana Nuccitelli

The GOP strategy on taxes and climate: reject evidence and expert opinion, lie, and wage culture wars<p>The parallels between the Republican Party positions on taxes and climate change are striking. Both are morally appalling and reject the available evidence and expert opinion.<p>The Initiative on …

Lindsey Graham

How To Build an Orchestra From Broken Instruments

The collection of misfit horns and damaged violins being played to draw attention to shortages in public funding for arts education<p>Orchestras began tuning to the oboe, in part, because its sound was more penetrating in a performance setting than gut strings. There were also fewer oboes than …

Piano

Was Michael Flynn asked to wear a wire in Mueller hunt for evidence on Russia?

Plea agreement includes clause showing Flynn consented to participate in ‘covert law enforcement activities” if required<p>The least-noticed sentence in Michael Flynn’s plea agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller may also be the most important one.<p>Section eight of the deal reached by Donald …

Donald Trump

These Are the 8 Types of Friends You Need in Your Life

Do your friends sometimes disappoint you? Ever feel like there is something missing in your relationships? You’re not alone.<p>Tom Rath and the Gallup …

Operative Offered Trump Campaign ‘Kremlin Connection’ Using N.R.A. Ties

WASHINGTON — A conservative operative trumpeting his close ties to the National Rifle Association and Russia told a Trump campaign adviser last year that he could arrange a back-channel meeting between Donald J. Trump and Vladimir V. Putin, the Russian president, according to an email sent to the …

Donald Trump

Meghan Markle’s handy A-Z guide to her new family | Catherine Bennett

Much attention has been paid to the Markle background but what about the rum lot that make up Harry’s kin?<p>After the Meghan-Harry engagement various media outlets composed Markle family trees featuring key facts about the ancestors and living relations who are believed, whether due to humble birth …

Sen. Al Franken's accusers and their allegations against him

Eight women have spoken out publicly detailing different alleged incidents when Sen. Al Franken groped or tried to kiss them.<p>Franken, D-Minn., has …

The Top 10 Novels of 2017

Fiction publishers complained that 2017 was a difficult year to get attention in a fast-moving media climate that was intensely political. But some …

Julia Roberts Is Mom In 'Wonder,' And In Life

In the new movie <i>Wonder</i>, Julia Roberts plays the mother of a child named August Pullman who was born with severe facial differences. It's prevented Auggie from going to a mainstream school until now, when he's about to enter fifth grade at the local elementary school.<p><i>Wonder</i> is based on a novel of …

Mother Teresa’s Secret Billions and a Vatican Seminary Rampant with Sex Abuse—a New Book Tells All

A choirboy saw 140 acts of sex abuse on his roommate. Mother Teresa’s secret stash of cash. Pope John Paul I wasn’t murdered by clerics. Inside a new …

13 Science-Backed Signs You're Smarter Than You Realise

Don't underestimate yourself.<p>Everyone wants to be humble. Who me, smart? Nah, I'm just a good test-taker.<p>And anyway, it's kind of crass to go around …

Psychology

100 Trips Everyone Should Take In Their Lifetime, According to the World's Top Travel Experts

These unique vacation excursions are stunning. 😍<p>No matter how many countries you’ve been to, there’s always somewhere new to discover.<p>But with so …

An awakening to end mass shootings?

Other than small efforts by a few states to better regulate guns, does the United States have a grand strategy to end mass shootings? Given recent …

Mass Shootings

How to protect yourself during a mass shooting

After shots were fired at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Tex., where 26 people were killed in Sunday's mass shooting, Julius Kepper, who lives nearby, grabbed his gun and ran toward the sound of gunfire, according to the Wall Street Journal, where he saw another neighbor, also …

9-year-old with terminal cancer asks for cards to celebrate last Christmas

A boy and his family are wishing for cards from people around the world in honor of his favorite holiday of Christmas.<p>Jacob Thompson, 9, is fighting …

7 things you peak at in life after age 50, according to science

It's in the back nine of life, for instance, that people have the best body images and can best pick up on others' emotions.<p>In case you're worried the prime of your life is rushing past you, here is some evidence the best is still yet to come.

Mathematics

The Shadow Government Working to Save Obamacare From Collapse

With the Trump administration refusing to promote open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, a cadre of former Obama officials steps in to fill the void—with an assist from the ex-president himself.<p>On the first day of open enrollment for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act for 2018, …

Health Care

Manus island camp is a landscape of surreal horror | Behrouz Boochani

<b>Diary of a disaster:</b> Starvation, thirst and terror have taken over. But we are determined to never settle for anything less than freedom<p><i>Behrouz Boochani</i> <i>is a journalist and an Iranian refugee held on Manus Island since August 2014. The Guardian invited Boochani to keep a diary of the countdown to</i> …

Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC

When I was asked to run the Democratic Party after the Russians hacked our emails, I stumbled onto a shocking truth about the Clinton campaign.<p>Before I called Bernie Sanders, I lit a candle in my living room and put on some gospel music. I wanted to center myself for what I knew would be an …

Government

Five Books to Make You Less Stupid About the Civil War

On Monday, the retired four-star general and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly asserted that “the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War.” This was an incredibly stupid thing to say. Worse, it built on a long tradition of endorsing stupidity in hopes of making Americans stupid …

Tudor, English and black – and not a slave in sight

From musicians to princes, a new book by historian Miranda Kaufmann opens a window on the hitherto unknown part played by black people in 16th-century England<p>Within moments of meeting historian Miranda Kaufmann, I learn not to make flippant assumptions about race and history. Here we are in …

History