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'This is possible. We did it': the week Portugal ran on renewables

Campaigners say the 107 hours when the country was powered by wind, sun and water show they can replace fossil fuels<p>If you can keep your gaze off the hilltops, imagine away the pylons and forget the occasional tractor of an uncertain vintage coughing along the narrow roads, little appears to have …

Renewable Energy

Kellyanne Conway Brings Blunt Talk About Gender to the White House

Kellyanne Conway’s appointment Thursday as counselor to the president elevates a woman to a key position of power in an administration that’s faced criticism over being too white and male.<p>Out of 26 named White House staff or cabinet members thus far, only six, including Conway, are women. She …

Donald Trump

Sighting of uncontacted Amazonian tribe – in pictures

Brazilian photographer Ricardo Stuckert captured amazing close-up photographs of an uncontacted Amazonian tribe after his helicopter flight took a detour to avoid a rainstorm and happened to fly over their longhouse

Brazil

How I Grew With Obama in the White House

I’m a young black man who had the privilege of growing into adulthood while a black man was president. And I’m here to tell you—yes, it mattered.<p>I …

A-Z of Trump: 26 illustrators imagine a 'ghastly' future – in pictures

In his 1963 abecederian picture book The Gashlycrumb Tinies, Edward Gorey recounted the increasingly gruesome deaths of 26 children. In this parody the US game designer Mike Selinker outlines an A to Z of similarly gruesome eventualities he expects will befall a world in which Trump is president – …

Freedom of the Press

The Future of Sex Is Orgy Domes

We spoke to Emily Witt about her brilliant new book 'Future Sex', which takes on cultural myths around sexuality and sexual experimentation with a serious, radical eye.<p>When I met Emily Witt six years ago, I felt that touch of vertigo that comes when you realize you're in the presence of a highly …

Books

A major newspaper is doing something that could change the English language forever

How do you spell your name? What's your title? How old are you?<p>But now, writers at one major newspaper will be asking one more question: What's your pronoun?<p>The San Francisco Examiner is adopting a policy requiring writers to ask subjects if they wish to be referred to as "he," "she," or "they," …

San Francisco

Donald Trump Jr compares Syrian refugees to a bowl of Skittles

Donald Trump Jr, the son of the Republican nominee, has sparked an outcry after using a bowl of Skittles to claim that admitting Syrian refugees poses a threat to the United States.<p>On Monday, Mr Trump Jr posted on Twitter a graphic reading: "If I had a bowl of Skittles and I told you just three …

Hillary Clinton’s ‘Invisible Guiding Hand’

Meet the little-known statistician behind the Democratic nominee's most important strategic decisions.<p>BROOKLYN, N.Y. — There are only a handful of corner offices inside Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters, and they are mostly occupied by familiar names: campaign manager Robby Mook, campaign …

Government

Congress returns to battle over Zika, keep government open

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers returning to Washington after a seven-week break picked up right where they left off — feuding about legislation to battle the mosquito-borne Zika virus and deadlocked over the defense budget.<p>A tightening presidential race and pitched warfare for control of the Senate …

Obama Administration

Hour by hour, a hunger striking Palestinian journalist starves to death in Israeli custody

Inside the hospital room where Mohammed al-Qiq is on hunger strike in protest at his detention without charge by Israel<p>Mohammed al-Qiq looks like almost like a child as he curls up beneath a blanket on his hospital bed.<p>A man who once weighed 200lbs is now just half that. His yellowing eyes are …

Alejandro González Iñárritu: I made 'irresponsible decisions' on The Revenant shoot

Alejandro González Iñárritu has admitted to making “bad” and “irresponsible” decisions as director of The Revenant, the acclaimed yet controversial western starring Leonardo DiCaprio that is widely expected to be the best-performing film at next week’s Oscars.<p>Determined to film only in natural …

Filmmaking

Republican hopeful Carson says no to Syrian refugees in US

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said the U.S. should bar refugees from war-torn Syria because they are "infiltrated" with Muslim extremists who seek to harm America.<p>The comments come as Carson has taken an increasingly aggressive stance toward Muslims, and after …

Government

Amazon Bans Sales Of Apple TV And Chromecast On Its Site

In a anti-competitive move that bumps up against one of Amazon’s core principles – “customer obsession” – the online retailer confirmed today that it would no longer allow the sales of some competing media players, including Apple TV and Chromecast, on its shopping site. Specifically, the company …

Smart TV

GeekWire Summit 2015: Here are 4 inventions we love

Hardware and software innovation was front and center at the GeekWire Summit on Thursday afternoon.<p>It was so fun hearing four Pacific Northwest-based …

Inventions

Trump and Carson's attacks on Muslims worry some GOP elders

WASHINGTON (AP) — The candidates atop the GOP presidential field are ramping up political attacks aimed at Muslims, a move designed to appeal to hardline conservatives. But party elders worry that escalating anti-immigrant rhetoric could cost Republicans the White House in 2016.<p>The aggressive …

Government

Audience member removed after disturbance during Keira Knightley's Broadway debut

Actor was minutes into performance of Thérèse Raquin when audience member in mezzanine interrupted show<p>No opening night is perfect. Yet the opening night of Thérèse Raquin, starring Keira Knightley, took a strange turn just minutes into the performance on Thursday when a member of the audience …

Keira Knightley

DxOMark: The Sony Xperia Z5 Packs the World’s Best Smartphone Camera

Sony has been hitting home runs as of late when it comes to digital camera sensors. In late August, sensor testing company DxOMark reported that the …

Pediatrics

Diabolical little girl held an owl and the Internet had a Photoshop field day

It stands to reason that if you post something weird on the Internet, the Internet will find a way to make it weirder.<p>A photo of a somewhat …

RPGs

Deadline passes with no deal for Tristan Thompson, Cavaliers

CLEVELAND -- Cavaliers free-agent forward Tristan Thompson did not accept a one-year, $6.8 million qualifying offer for the 2015-16 season by …

NBA

Russell Brand’s impossible revolution: How a drugged-out comedian reinvented himself as radical apostle

A new film follows the British comic’s contradictory odyssey from junkie to Mr. Katy Perry to radical messiah<p>Russell Brand is smart enough to see that to be a comedian is already to stand against the social order in some respects, and to enlist himself in a tradition of comedy as political …

Mark Twain

Kennedy awards blunder: Guardian Australia photographer asked to return prize

Mike Bowers was recognised with an award for his photo essay on the Anzac centenary, but judging convenor contacted him five days later to ask for it back<p>The Kennedy Foundation has apologised to Guardian Australia for “an error” which saw the foundation hand an award to one of its most senior …

Australia

Experian data breach affects 15 million people including T-Mobile customers

Credit reporting agency Experian (EXPGY) said Thursday that a data breach at one of its business units may have compromised the personal records of …

Identity Theft

Transcript: Read the Full Text of Obama's Statement on the Shooting in Oregon

President Obama spoke from the podium of the James Brady Press Briefing room on Thursday evening in the wake of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community …

Guns

Ted Cruz Is Trying and Failing to Weasel Out of His Obamacare Duplicity

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is now apparently undecided how he'll buy insurance, backing away from his Obamacare announcement earlier in the week. Either way, Cruz is a master at what Al Franken used to call "weasel words" -- talking points that are carefully constructed to sound legitimate but really …

Health Care

30+ Amazing Paint Color Ideas for Every Spot in Your House

No regrets, guaranteed.<p>Skip the do-overs and pick the perfect paint color the first time around. What's the secret? Ask the pros. Here, expert designers shared dozens of their favorite hues for every space, shade and season. It's our best paint color advice, all in one place.