After a 20-year legal battle between scientists and Native American groups, the 9,000-year-old remains of the Kennewick Man have finally been laid to rest. The first part of the ancient man's remains, which turned out to be one of the oldest and most complete ever found in North America, was discovered in 1996 on the banks of the Columbia River in Kennewick, Wash. The remains were excavated for study by scientists, who thought that the Kennewick Man, as he came to be called, might be a descendant of people who migrated from Asia into North America even before the populations that were the ancestors of modern Native Americans came to the continent. Many local Native American tribes disagreed, claiming that the remains belonged to one of their ancestors. read more
Here's a rare bit of good news: People are living longer than ever
But one country is stuck treading water: the United States. According to experts who studied 35 countries, Americans will see only a small boost. In 2010, average life expectancy for men here was 76. By 2030, they can expect to live just three more years. For women, life expectancy will jump just two years, from 81 in 2010 to 83 in 2030.
FiveThirtyEight: During the presidential campaign, [Donald] Trump famously questioned the validity of the unemployment rate ("one of the biggest hoaxes in politics") and other government statistics, and in the weeks before he took office, many experts fretted about the possibility that Trump could seek to erode or manipulate government data. Now we're seeing the first hints that could be happening. Last week, the Journal reported in a separate story that some in the White House were trying to fit economic forecasts to the administration's tax and spending plans, rather than the other way around. Trump's newly confirmed budget director, Mick Mulvaney, once voted to eliminate funding for the American Community Survey, the Census Bureau's premier source of annual data. read more
A large-scale cannabis factory has been found in an underground former nuclear bunker, Wiltshire police have said.
Several thousand cannabis plants with an estimated street value of £1m were seized in a raid on RGHQ Chilmark. Five men and a teenager were arrested on suspicion of cannabis production after the midnight raid on Wednesday.
There are 20 rooms in the building with almost every one converted for the wholesale production of cannabis plants, police said. The former Ministry of Defence bunker was built in the 1980s to protect local dignitaries and government officials in the event of a nuclear attack. read more
Since inauguration day, artist Shepard Fairey has made his We the People poster series available online for anyone to download and share with their communities. But teachers at a public high school in north Maryland who recently hung the artist's striking portraits of black, Muslim, and Latina women in their classrooms have been forced to remove them, as the administration has deemed them "anti-Trump," and their display, therefore, a violation of school policy. read more