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Don’t tell ‘Lucy,’ but modern-day apes may be smarter than our evolutionary ancestors, scientists say

Don’t tell ‘Lucy,’ but modern-day apes may be smarter than our evolutionary ancestors, scientists say

Researchers using a new method to evaluate the cognitive abilities of species stumbled across a surprising finding: Our evolutionary ancestor, Australopithecus, may have been less intelligent than modern-day great apes. It has long been theorized that a bigger brain means greater cognitive ability, which is generally defined as an individual’s overall mental capability and how…MORE

‘The Crown’ still looks regal as Olivia Colman assumes the throne

‘The Crown’ still looks regal as Olivia Colman assumes the throne

“The Crown” ushers in a new cast, but the Netflix historical drama’s compelling and regal formula — exploring the obligations and indignities associated with the seemingly sun-drenched life of the British Royal Family — remains the same, and indeed has only deepened as the principals advance into middle age. While Olivia Colman, fresh off her…MORE

5 arrested in California shooting that left 5 dead at Halloween party

5 arrested in California shooting that left 5 dead at Halloween party

Some of the suspects and victims in a deadly shooting at a Halloween party in Northern California have convictions and gang affiliations, authorities say. Five people were arrested Thursday in connection with the shooting at an Airbnb rental in Orinda that killed five people and injured more. Several shooters fired weapons at the party and…MORE

Senior OMB official set to testify behind closed doors in Saturday deposition

Senior OMB official set to testify behind closed doors in Saturday deposition

House impeachment investigators have little visibility into the inner workings of the White House at the time when President Donald Trump allegedly ordered a hold on military assistance for Ukraine. That could change on Saturday when Mark Sandy, a senior career official at the Office of Management and Budget, is expected to testify behind closed…MORE

Republicans could lose a second red state governor’s election

Republicans could lose a second red state governor’s election

It’s down to the wire in Louisiana’s gubernatorial runoff election. In the Saturday election, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards is trying to hold on against Republican Eddie Rispone. It’s the second election in a deep red state in as many weeks that’s pitted local versus national factors. History and polling suggest it’s really close, though…MORE

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