Notorious Confederate submarine that sank Union ship was destroyed by its own torpedo, engineer discovers

In the dead of night on 17 February 1864, a hand-cranked Confederate submarine slipped towards a Union warship and achieved a first in the history of warfare. Detonating a torpedo packed with 135lbs of black powder, it became the first submarine in the world to sink an enemy vessel as the USS Housatonic went down with the loss of five ...

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Police find remains of autistic girl in a pit after she left adoptive parents to live with birth mother

The remains of a missing autistic teenage girl who left her adopted parents and went to live with her biological mother have been discovered in a pit on a Missouri farm.  Savannah Leckie, 16, moved in with her birth mother, Rebecca Ruud, 39, last year.  Ms Ruud has been charged with her murder, abusing a child, tampering with evidence and ...

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Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor final press conference: Watch live coverage from Las Vegas

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will come face to face once again on Wednesday evening, as they take part in one final press conference ahead of their super-welterweight clash on Saturday night. If their previous shared press conferences are anything to go by: expect fireworks. Their whistle-stop world tour visited three countries over four nights in July, with every leg ...

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Derby North MP Chris Williamson mocked over women-only carriages

A sign has appeared on the door of an MP’s office mocking his proposal for women-only train carriages. Chris Williamson, MP for Derby North, said the move could be a way of tackling a rise in sexual offences on public transport. The sign in his parliament office said: “Woman? Sexually harassed at work? How about working on your own floor?” ...

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Thailand charges dropped against BBC reporter

Charges have been withdrawn against a BBC journalist in a criminal defamation case in Thailand. Jonathan Head faced up to five years in jail if he had been convicted. He and a co-defendant appeared in court in Phuket at the start of the trial on Wednesday. Both pleaded not guilty. “The plaintiff has withdrawn his case against BBC journalist Jonathan ...

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Police officer sees old lady dancing by herself, decides to join in

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video A police officer’s dashcam captured a heart-melting moment between the officer and a dancing elderly woman. Sgt Kim Lenz of the Austin Police Department in Minnesota was on patrol recently when she spotted 92-year-old Millie Seiver having a dance in the middle ...

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Arsenal issue staunch defence of Mesut Ozil on Instagram

Mesut Ozil was heavily criticised for his performance against Stoke (Picture: Getty) Arsenal have made their now customary unconvincing start to the new season, but despite shipping four goals in two matches it is one of their attacking talents who has been scapegoated. Mesut Ozil might have been partially at fault for Jese Rodriguez’s debut goal which decided Saturday’s defeat ...

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Science Envoy quits with hidden message to Trump in resignation letter

Kammen is stepping down over the president’s response to Charlottesville (Picture: Twitter) Donald Trump’s Science Envoy has quit by handing in a resignation letter with a hidden message in it. The first letter of every paragraph from Daniel M Kammen’s note spells out the word ‘impeach’. Cyclist guilty of ‘wanton or furious driving’ over death of mum crossing road The ...

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‘Devastated’ Jon Jones is being ‘set up’ by USADA, claims UFC star’s team-mate

(Picture: Getty) Jon Jones is being ‘set up’ by USADA after it was confirmed the UFC star had failed a drug test at UFC 214. Jon Jones’ team release statement on positive drug test with UFC star facing four-year ban That is according Jones’ team-mate and Jackson-Wink coach, Frank Lester, who reacted to the news on Facebook. The UFC and ...

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Social worker told domestic violence suspect where he could find his pregnant victim

The Health & Care Professions Tribunal Service office in London, which ruled that Sinclair should lose his job as a social worker (Picture: HCPTS) A social worker has been struck off for telling a domestic abuse suspect where he could find his pregnant alleged victim, whom he also called a ‘pathological liar’. Kevin Sinclair, who worked for Sefton Council in ...

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