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A Literary Road Trip Into the Heart of Russia

Russia is a land of stories. Stories of the czar and his people, of Lenin and the revolution, of the Great Patriotic War; of the transformation of a backward land into a mighty, modern industrial state; of Sputnik, of Laika, of Gagarin. Then the story of Stalin’s reign of terror, the story of a …

Soviet Union

First monkeys cloned in historic breakthrough - could humans be next?

The first monkeys cloned in the same way as Dolly the Sheep have been born, raising fears that it may soon be possible to clone humans.<p>Chinese scientists today announced the births of Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, a pair of healthy macaques who are completely genetically identical.<p>The babies are …

Turpin case: Parents of tortured children barred from contact

<b>A judge in California has issued a protective order banning the parents of 13 siblings allegedly held captive in a suburban home from contacting them.</b><p>David and Louise Turpin, appearing shackled in court, must stay 100 yards away from their children and have no electronic contact for three years.<p>The …

Crime

California says the only safe way to talk on your cell phone is to text

Earlier this month, the California department of health released guidelines warning residents to avoid putting mobile phones up to their heads.<p>“Keep your phone away from your body,” the state health department writes. “Although the science is still evolving, some laboratory experiments and human …

iPhone 5

Alabama newspaper executive accused of spanking female employees resigns

A prominent newspaper executive in Alabama accused of spanking multiple female employees during the 1970s has resigned.<p>H. Brandt Ayers, 82, on Thursday stepped down as chairman of the board of Consolidated Publishing Co., which owns the Anniston Star and five other newspapers.<p>“It is of utmost …

Ideology

Couple Sends Wedding Photographer 30-Page Critique of Their Photos

Ah, the joys of dealing with difficult clients as a wedding photographer. A dissatisfied newlywed couple in Hong Kong recently sent their wedding …

Photography

24 hidden iPhone settings you should know about

Dig deeper into iOS.<p>Part of the appeal of the iPhone is its simplicity—you can grab it right out of the box and starting setting it up without reading any instructions. However, behind that simple, intuitive interface, you'll find dozens of lesser-known settings and options. Here are 24 you can use …

Apps

Tonya Harding Would Like Her Apology Now

BATTLE GROUND, Wash. — Tonya Harding’s name isn’t Tonya Harding anymore. “My name is Tonya Price,” she said, when she saw me taking notes. In 2010, she had just returned home to Washington from Los Angeles, where she’d been doing another one of the odd jobs she’d collected over the years — color …

Golden Globes

Boy found dead in Arizona elementary school bathroom

PHOENIX — A 14-year-old boy was found dead by deputies with an apparent gunshot wound Tuesday in an southern Arizona elementary school bathroom.<p>About 9:22 a.m., sheriff's deputies received a report of an active shooter at Coronado Elementary, between the towns of Sierra Vista and Hereford near the …

U.S.-Mexico border

Trump administration is taking steps to remove a threatened lynx from the endangered-species list

The Trump administration announced Thursday that it’s moving to strike the Canada lynx from the endangered-species list, despite a 2016 assessment concluding the species will die out in its northern range by the end of the century without federal protection.<p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had …

Trump Administration

Missouri man sentenced to death in rape, murder of 10-year-old girl

A former middle-school football coach convicted of abducting and killing a 10-year-old girl in Missouri has been sentenced to death.<p>Circuit Judge Thomas Mountjoy issued his ruling Thursday in the case of Craig Wood, 49, who was convicted in November for the February 2014 death of Hailey …

Crime

Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski passes away in suspected suicide, police say

Hilinski, 21, had been at WSU for three years.<p>Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found dead in his apartment on Tuesday, police in Pullman, Wash., announced Tuesday night. Detectives and the county coroner’s office are investigating and suspect the cause of death was suicide, police …

College Football

U.S. justices sympathize with death row inmate's claim against lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday signaled sympathy toward a Louisiana death row inmate convicted of a 2008 triple murder who is seeking a new trial because his lawyer ignored his objections and told jurors the man had killed the victims.<p>Based on questions posed by …

U.S. Supreme Court

9 charged in hazing death of FSU student, police say

<b>(CNN) —</b> A Tallahassee prosecutor has charged nine men in the death of a 20-year-old Florida State University fraternity pledge who died after a night of heavy drinking at an off-campus party, according to police.<p>The men have not yet been arrested, said Tallahassee police spokesman Officer Damon …

Crime

Nasa removes US astronaut from ISS mission

<b>The US astronaut Jeanette Epps has been removed from her upcoming mission to the International Space Station (ISS) just months before launch.</b><p>Dr Epps was to have been the first African-American astronaut assigned to the space station crew.<p>She would have flown aboard a Russian Soyuz flight in June …

Space Exploration

Doctor who aided hunt for bin Laden languishes, forgotten

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Shakil Afridi has languished in jail for years — since 2011, when the Pakistani doctor used a vaccination scam in an attempt to identify Osama bin Laden's home, aiding U.S. Navy Seals who tracked and killed the al-Qaida leader.<p>Americans might wonder how Pakistan could …

Pakistan

Jailed German serial killer charged with 97 new counts of murder

The nurse has already been sentenced for killing six patients by injecting them with drugs and then trying to revive them. If convicted, Niels Högel …

Crime

Boys charged with murder after sandbag from overpass kills man

<b>(CNN) —</b> Authorities in Toledo, Ohio, have charged four boys with murder after a sandbag they allegedly dropped from an interstate overpass killed a passenger in a car.<p>Authorities say three 14-year-olds and a 13-year-old threw sandbags and other objects onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 on …

Crime

Charlie Gard: The story of his parents' legal fight

<b>The plight of Charlie Gard attracted worldwide attention as a result of the legal fight that pitched his desperate parents against the medical profession. But at the heart of it all is an 11-month-old baby who has spent his entire young life in a hospital bed. This is how his story unfolded.</b><p>Who is …

Medicine

Two officers fired after United Airlines dragging incident; another quits

Chicago aviation officials fired two security officers involved in dragging a 69-year-old passenger off a United Airlines flight after he refused to give up his seat, the city’s inspector general said Tuesday.<p>David Dao suffered a concussion, broken nose and the loss of two teeth in the April …

Flying

Confederate Monuments Are Coming Down Across the United States. Here’s a List.

Many government officials have called to remove dozens of controversial statues, markers and other monuments from public grounds.

Confederate Monuments

Here Are All the Public Figures Who’ve Been Accused of Sexual Misconduct After Harvey Weinstein

Since the New York <i>Times</i> and <i>The New Yorker</i> first published allegations of sexual harassment and rape against Harvey Weinstein by Rose McGowan, Gwyneth …

Robert Scoble

YouTubers Made Hundreds Of Thousands Off Of Bizarre And Disturbing Child Content

According to estimates, accounts shut down for potential child endangerment content could’ve been netting over $500,000 a month.<p><b>Before YouTube pulled</b> the ads from “Ted”’s channel, it was making him tens of thousands of dollars a month.<p>The father of two, who asked to use a pseudonym for fear of …

The Fashion of ‘I, Tonya’ Goes Deeper Than Nostalgia

<i>I, Tonya</i> is the kind of film to watch without expectations. That’s a tall order, though, considering how cemented Tonya Harding is in the public consciousness and how much people know—or think they know—about the figure skater who achieved athletic greatness only to be banned from the sport …

Roy Moore and the Invisible Religious Right

Last month, after several women had credibly accused her husband, Roy Moore, of trying to seduce them when he was in his thirties and they were in their teens, Kayla Moore published on her Facebook page an open letter, signed by about fifty Alabama pastors, supporting her husband’s candidacy for …

Religion
Las Vegas

Why are America's farmers killing themselves in record numbers?

The suicide rate for farmers is more than double that of veterans. Former farmer Debbie Weingarten gives an insider’s perspective on farm life – and how to help<p>I wrote about farmers’ suicides – and the reaction has been overwhelming<p>It is dark in the workshop, but what light there is streams in …

Mental Health

Top 27 Productivity Hacks of 2018 | Inc.com

As 2018 gets closer, many professionals focus on what they can do better next year. Increasing productivity at work is a common New Year's resolution, as there is almost always room to improve anyone's practices.<p>To help you get started, here are 27 productivity tips to begin 2018 right.<p>1. Build up …

Productivity