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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

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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

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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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