News An aerial picture of the Grand Canyon in Arizona from around 30,000 feet (10,000m)

It was thought that the global landmark was perhaps 70million years old

Shot congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords visits Newtown massacre families

Gabrielle Giffords, the former congresswoman who survived a mass shooting in her Arizona constituency, held a private meeting yesterday with families of the 26 victims of last month’s gun rampage at a school in Connecticut.

Lottery winner collects prize early fearing fiscal 'cliff'

The uncertainty posed by the looming US fiscal cliff is having an impact on the multimillion-dollar Powerball lottery. A man who claimed half of the record $587.5 million (£366m) jackpot is collecting his winnings now rather than wait until next year.

Former Malcolm in the Middle child star Frankie Muniz suffers mini-stroke

Muniz's career since 2006 has not matched the success of his hit show

With Sandy Island finally off the map, who's to say any of us are really here

Tales From The Water Cooler
Greg Rutherford celebrates winning gold at London 2012

Rutherford plants new roots in Arizona

Greg Rutherford was retracing his family roots yesterday. The London 2012 long jump champion had his Olympic gold medal with him for the launch of the 2013 European Team Championships at Gateshead, across the Tyne from St James' Park, where his late great-grandfather won three top-flight titles as a flying winger with the footballing Magpies in Edwardian times.

Neon dreams live on in Las Vegas

It's the city that never stands still, but Simon Calder finds that the bright lights remain as warm as ever

Stone-age humans began using lethal technology 71,000 years ago to fight Neanderthals

The date when stone-age humans first invented the lethal technology of spears and arrows has been set back many thousands of years with the discovery of small stone blades dating to 71,000 years ago.

Cinematic majesty in historic Navajo country

Chris Leadbeater finds epic views for all seasons in Monument Valley

Diving: Veteran diver Greg Louganis praises Tom Daley

This afternoon, four-time Olympic champion Greg Louganis will be just metres away, watching from the stands, as the 18-year-old Briton, who he prefers to call Thomas, competes in the men’s synchronised event alongside Pete Waterfield.

The structure was engineered with wooden beams plywood wall, ceiling and floor panels

Unearthed: The drug tunnel under US-Mexico border

Like many a property investment, it must have seemed like a good idea at the time: for just $1.5m, the creators of the discrete new-build, which came with air-conditioning and fully installed electrics, expected to gain instant ownership of one of the world's most valuable pieces of commercial real estate.

Rebecca Tyrrel: If Scientology’s L Ron Hubbard was around today, he would ban the number 33

Who knew that, 33, always an important number in Christianity, has acquired mystical significance for another major religion? It is a uniquely feared number for Scientologists, this being the age at which all three of Tom Cruise's wives have parted company from him. Thirty-three is the new 13 for the folk at Sea Org, no doubt about it.

A reporter crawls through one of the tunnels discovered under a sink in a warehouse in Tijuana

Mexico drug smuggling tunnels uncovered

Two sophisticated drug-smuggling tunnels outfitted with lighting and ventilation systems have been discovered along the US-Mexico border.

Court TV footage captured Marin’s final moments after the verdict

Posthumous email reveals story of trader's suicide in court

A disgraced former Wall Street trader, who collapsed and died in a Phoenix courtroom moments after being found guilty of an insurance scam, committed suicide using home-made cyanide capsules, police believe.

Unabashed Republican, Antonin Scalia

Antonin Scalia and his Supreme sulkiness

US Supreme Court Justices, one might imagine, are strenuously impartial, far removed from the political hurly-burly. They are modest and scholarly. A little dry judicial wit may be in order, but mostly they err on the boring side. Not, however, if you are Antonin Scalia.

Toddler killed by gunman in Arizona

A toddler was among five people killed yesterday when a gunman opened fire in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert, Arizona.

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The super-rich now live in their own Elysium - they breathe better air, and eat better food, when they're not making beans on toast for their kids

The super-rich now live in their own Elysium

They breathe better air, eat better food, take better medicine
A generation of dropouts failed by colleges

Dropout generation failed by colleges

£800m a year wasted on students who quit courses before they graduate
Entering civilian life 'can be like going into the jungle' for returning soldiers

Homeless Veterans appeal

Entering civilian life can be like going into the jungle
Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Fifty Shades of Grey director on bringing the hit to the screen
Shazam! Story of the $1bn 'what's that song?' app

Shazam: Story of the $1bn 'what's that song?' app

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch