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In the Arizona desert, coal era burns out for Navajo

BLACK MESA, Ariz. — Tradition has it that the spiritual forerunners of the Navajo people picked this spot — the high mesa land of the American Southwest — and assured the Navajo they had reached a kind of promised land. The Diné, or “children of the Holy People,” as the Navajo call themselves, were taught not to stray from the land bracketed by four sacred mountains, where they would never know the earthquakes, tornadoes and other calamities that beset their neighbors. The Navajo scratched out a living from the sparse…

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Lifestyle 

Kate Middleton pregnant: Duchess of Cambridge Christmas gift to the Queen revealed

Monday 18 December, 2017: 9:13am Will Meghan Markle have to curtsey to Kate Middleton once she marries Prince Harry? Neither woman has royal blood – but there are strict rules and protocol to follow. The current rules on who-curtseys-to-who were first drawn up by the Queen’s private secretary, in a document in 2005, entitled ‘Precedence Of The Royal Family To Be Observed At Court’ – its purpose was to clarify Camilla’s position in the hierarchy following her marriage to Charles. Royal expert Christopher Wilson revealed Meghan will always be expected…

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Science 

Michael Gove's green makeover is promising, but not the revolution we need

Many of us who care for the natural world were deeply concerned when Michael Gove became environment secretary in June. Few in the teaching profession have anything positive to say about his time as education secretary, while many feared he saw the post merely as a stepping stone to revive his career – rather than an opportunity to pursue a great personal passion for the environment. But, after six months in the job, there are encouraging signs that those grave misgivings may have been misplaced. Already there has been positive…

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Entertainment 

Call of Duty WW2 news: COD getting major PS4 and Xbox One competition in 2018?

Call of Duty WW2 remains a top selling title following its successful launch on PS4, Xbox One and PC. The latest stats have revealed that it has taken the popular new COD a very short amount of time to cement its place at the top of the charts. The NPD Group’s rankings for video game sales shows that the latest installment of the long-running franchise was November’s top-selling title, and also 2017’s most popular game. “Call of Duty: WWII generated more launch month consumer spending than any Call of Duty…

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Panthers owner announces sale amid sexual harassment claims

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said Sunday that he would sell the National Football League franchise amid allegations that he used a racial slur against an African-American employee and sexually harassed female workers. The announcement came after the allegations first reported by Sports Illustrated — and on the same day the Panthers defeated the Green Bay Packers, making them 10-4 and ranked fifth in their conference. In a statement, Richardson said there had been “no greater mission or purpose in my life” than bringing an NFL team to Charlotte, North…

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Two months later, California wildfire victims begin to rebuild

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Jennafer Carlin Rosset had a bad feeling she wouldn’t be returning to her house when her family evacuated their Santa Rosa, California, home in October. “I knew it was going to be bad,” she told NBC News. “We had an alarm on our house and even though it wasn’t alarmed — basically when the house went up in flames, my husband got about 50 messages on his phone.” Two months later, fire-ravaged debris still litters many neighborhoods in Northern California, where 44 people died and more…

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Russia ‘stop hunting spies to crack down on football hooligans’ and protect England fans

GETTY The FSB is conducting ‘intense’ scrutiny of Russian football fans Russia’s FSB – formerly KGB – is conducting “intense” scrutiny of Russian football fans under strict orders from the Government, according to Alexander Shprygin. Mr Shprygin is President of the Russian Union of Supporters and was blamed for orchestrating the mob in Marseille at Euro 2016 which left two English fans in comas and dozens injured. He said: “All the FSB agents are doing now is working on the World Cup. “They are no longer looking for foreign spies…

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Sport 

Conor McGregor reveals next move on Instagram, KO’s boxing rumours

‘The Notorious’ hasn’t set foot inside the cage since his historic UFC 205 victory over Eddie Alvarez, a triumph which saw him become the first fighter in the promotion’s history to hold two titles simultaneously. The birth of his first child, Conor Jr, and a multi-million-pound boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr are the main factors for McGregor’s hiatus from the mixed martial arts, which began in November 2016. Earlier this month, McGregor hinted that his time away from the cage could be extended if the UFC brass don’t give…

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Have America’s CEOs stopped standing up to Trump?

The outdoor recreation industry responded last week with a unified repudiation of the White House’s announcement to sharply reduce the size of two national monuments, but there is little indication that this — or other controversial positions, ranging from H-1B visa cutbacks to the still-unsettled fate of DACA “Dreamers” — would prompt America’s corporate leaders to sever ties with President Donald Trump. “You’ll see most companies, unless it’s something directly affecting their business, will try to stay out of the fray,” Andrew Ward, an associate professor of management at Lehigh…

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Sport 

Chris Froome quizzed over failed drugs test at BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards

Froome secured a rare double this year, winning the Spanish event just a few weeks after taking his fourth Tour de France. But he now faces questions about his integrity after it emerged this week that the Brit had provided a urine sample that contained double the legally permitted amount of Salbutamol, a controlled substance he uses to treat his asthma. Froome was nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year last month and appeared via video link from his training camp in Mallorca. “I completely get it. I understand…

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