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A beginner's guide to drills and bits

<b>Steve Hoefer</b> returns with another guide to some of the things that make civilized life possible.<p>There are a dizzying number of ways to put a hole in …

With Men's Y Chromosome, Size Really May Not Matter

Basic biology has it that girls are girls because they have two X chromosomes — the things inside cells that carry our genes. Boys are boys because they have one X and one Y. Recently, though, there's been a lot of debate in scientific circles about the fate of that Y chromosome — the genetic basis …

3 suspects confess in India gang rape; community outraged

Three brothers have confessed to involvement in the gang rape of two teenage girls in India, a police officer told CNN.<p>The men have pleaded guilty to the rape charges but have not admitted to killing the girls, local police spokesman Mukesh Saxena said Sunday.<p>All five known suspects, including two …

How Sisi plotted to save army rule even while Hosni Mubarak was in power

Abdulfattah el-Sisi plotted a military takeover even while Hosni Mubarak was still in power and sees himself as Egypt's saviour, writes Richard Spencer<p>Egypt’s new strongman drew up a blueprint for the army to seize power in case of a revolution against ex-president Hosni Mubarak as long ago as …

Hagel: Congress not told of Bergdahl release because his life was in danger

The defence secretary, Chuck Hagel, said on Sunday the military operation to free Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Guantánamo Bay detainees was not relayed to Congress because officials believed the soldier's life was in danger.<p>Bergdahl, who was freed …

Nigel Farage says Ukip will cut taxes for rich and poor

Nigel Farage pledges to scrap taxes for the rich and the poor as he denies his party will have a 'Thatcherite' manifesto<p>Nigel Farage has said that Ukip will "throw the kitchen sink" at more than 30 seats at the general election with promises of tax cuts and a grammar school "in every town".<p>The Ukip …

Bowe Bergdahl, Soldier Freed by Taliban, Arrives at U.S. Hospital in Germany

The U.S. soldier freed from five years in Taliban captivity in Afghanistan has arrived at a medical facility in Germany, the White House and Pentagon confirmed Sunday.<p>Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was transferred to the Bagram Airfield military base outside of Kabul for medical care after being freed on …

Brits cut American classics including 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' 'Of Mice and Men' from school curriculum

Schoolkids in Great Britain won't be reading such American literary masterpieces like "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Of Mice and Men" under new orders from the national education secretary, who is replacing the Yankee classics with works from England's homegrown authors.<p>The new English literature …

Conservative minister Anna Soubry labels some with immigration concerns as 'racist'

Anna Soubry, the Conservative defence minister, tells The Andrew Marr Show that the overwhelming majority of immigrants come to Britain to work not to 'scrounge'<p>A Tory minister has said that some of the people who <b>raise concerns about immigration in her constituency are "frankly racist".</b><p>Anna Soubry, …

Taliban five arrive in Qatar after swap deal

Five Taliban leaders have arrived in Qatar after being freed from Guantanamo Bay in a swap deal for a US soldier held in Afghanistan for nearly five years.<p>The prisoners were flown by US military C-17 aircraft into the Gulf on Sunday. They were named on Saturday as <b>Mohammad Fazl</b>, <b>Mullah Norullah …

George Steinmetz’s Eye From the Sky

What is it like strapping yourself into the equivalent of a leaf blower, getting a running start, then taking off into the air with a camera in your hand?<p>“You have 180-degree horizontal and vertical visibility and you’re going about 27 or 28 miles per hour. You don’t need a plexiglass windscreen in …

A Park Ranger's Guide to Yosemite

TravelInsider's Guide<p>Both the solitude of the alpine ridge and the throngs of the valley are part of the experience when you visit <b>Yosemite National Park</b>. “No temple made with human hands can compare with Yosemite,” wrote John Muir, whose crusading led to the creation of the park.<p><b>Kari Cobb</b> has been …

'Greener' freight key to more sustainable global trade

<b>Some drivers eat, others read, one even appears to be asleep.</b><p>Stranger still, only the driver of the lorry in front has his hands on his steering wheel. The other drivers appear to be driving "hands free".<p>Special Report: The Technology of Business<p>Can tech offer a sustainable future?<p>Slow web speeds …

Globalization

Providence circus fall likely caused by snapped clip, investigators say

Investigators suspect that a snapped clip sent eight aerial acrobats plummeting 20 feet or more during a daring act in which performers dangle from their hair. One injured performer told her father she didn't notice anything amiss before her "plunge into darkness".<p>The clip, a common type called a …

Airline Offers Apartments in the Sky with Concierge, Butler, Chef

Hospitality

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Memory Lane

Apr 14, 2014 at 8:27pm UTC

BAD BEHAVIOR

“With a bit of luck, his life was ruined forever. Always thinking that just behind some narrow door in all his favorite bars, men in red woolen shirts are getting incredible kicks from things he’ll never know.” <br>–Hunter S. Thompson<p>What is the promise of Las Vegas? What are people looking for in this place in the desert? What are they selling that brings people across the oceans, the mountains, the parched wasteland?<p>Sure. You can see Celine Dion belting out your favorite movie anthem, eat food …