February 5, 2020

Artist tricks Google Maps into recording traffic jam

Erikona/iStock(BERLIN) -- An artist in Berlin tricked Google Maps into believing there was heavy traffic on one of the city's main thoroughfares with just a wagon full of cellphones -- and no cars. Simon Weckert carted around 99 smartphones -- which had their location services turned on and were sending data to Google Maps -- on the An der Schillingbrücke bridge, which crosses over the Spree river. A video of the stunt showed Google Maps changing the street traffic code from green (meaning..
February 5, 2020

Duchess Kate’s former teachers surprise her during visit to Wales

Neil Mockford/GC Images(LONDON) -- Duchess Kate was surprised with a blast from her past during an official visit to Wales Tuesday with Prince William. Kate, 38, had a surprise reunion with two of her former teachers outside of an ice cream shop she and William visited in Mumbles, Wales. The teachers, identified by U.K. media outlets as Denise Evans-Alford and Kevin Alford, taught Kate when she attended St. Andrew's, a prep school in Pangbourne, Berkshire. The meeting on Tuesday was reporte..
February 4, 2020

Russia extends detention of Paul Whelan, American facing trumped-up espionage charges

mashabuba/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- A Russian court denied a motion to release American Paul Whelan Tuesday, meaning the veteran U.S. Marine will be detained for at least another month after spending more than 400 days in prison. Whelan has been charged with espionage, but there has never been any evidence introduced against him. He and his lawyers have denied the charges, while the U.S. embassy in Moscow has questioned the lack of evidence, called for his immediate release, and expressed concern ab..
February 4, 2020

2 murders linked to Mexico’s famed monarch butterfly sanctuary

Zachary Dobson/iStock(MEXICO CITY) -- A murder mystery is unfolding in one of the world's most mysterious wildlife spots after two nature activists who worked at Mexico's El Rosario monarch butterfly sanctuary were discovered slain just days apart, authorities said. The deaths of Homero Gomez Gonzalez, manager of the butterfly reserve, and Raul Hernandez Romero, a tour guide at the sanctuary, have sent shockwaves across the world of wildlife conservation. Hernandez Romero's body w..