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Lucy Challenger flew to the New York City Tattoo Convention so a famed artist could put the finishing touches on a huge phoenix design on her left buttock, at a cost of $1,000

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Lucy Challenger from London travelled all the way to New York to finish a tattoo that has taken two years to complete. The tattoo tourist flew to the New York City Tattoo Convention so a famed artist could put the finishing touches on a huge phoenix design on her left buttock, at a cost of $1,000. Lucy Challenger’s love of inkwork should come as no surprise, as growing numbers of women are gettin...

An amateur video of the space shuttle Challenger explosion shortly after liftoff has surfaced over 25 years after the tragic event

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An amateur video of the space shuttle Challenger explosion shortly after liftoff has surfaced over 25 years after the tragic event when seven astronauts lost their lives. The rare film of the 1986 Challenger explosion was taken by Jeffrey Ault of Orange City, Florida. It is perhaps the only amateur recording of the event on film and it has been made available exclusively to The Huffington Post. T...

Beyonce has been criticized for using clips of an ex-NASA public affairs officer on her XO track

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Beyonce has justified using audio recordings from the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster in her XO track from her recently released album. Beyonce has been criticized for using clips of an ex-NASA public affairs officer on her XO track. “My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster,” Beyonce said in a statement. The song, she continued, “was rec...

Former Senator George McGovern, who stood as the Democratic presidential candidate against Richard Nixon in 1972, has died, aged 90

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Former Senator George McGovern, who stood as the Democratic presidential candidate against Richard Nixon in 1972, has died, aged 90. George McGovern was in a hospice in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and slipped out of consciousness three days ago. A liberal standard-bearer, George McGovern was a vocal opponent of the Vietnam War, but lost to Richard Nixon by a landslide. He was first elected to Cong...

James Cameron has triumphantly resurfaced from the Earth's deepest point, Mariana Trench

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...es Cameron said. The latest dive site, which is at the deepest point in the Mariana Trench, is named Challenger Deep after the British naval vessel HMS Challenger that used sound to first measure its depth. James Cameron has been an oceanography enthusiast since childhood and has made 72 deep-sea submersible dives. Thirty-three of those dives have been to the wreckage of the Titanic, the subject o...

Barack Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney have battled over national security in the third and final presidential debate at Boca Raton

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Barack Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney have battled over national security in the third and final presidential debate at Boca Raton, Florida. The rivals tangled over the Arab Spring, Iran, China’s rise and more in a feisty 90-minute head-to-head. Barack Obama said his Republican challenger was “all over the map” on foreign policy, while Mitt Romney said the president had fa...

Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel into space, has died aged 61

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Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel into space, has died aged 61, 17 months after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. “Sally’s historic flight into space captured the nation’s imagination and made her a household name,” Sally Ride Science foundation said in a statement. She blasted off in the US space shuttle Challenger in June 1983. Sally Ride was not the...

Rafael Correa has been re-elected for a third term as Ecuador's president with more than 50 percent of the vote

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Rafael Correa has been re-elected for a third term as Ecuador’s president with more than 50% of the vote. His main challenger, Guillermo Lasso, has admitted defeat. Addressing his supporters in the capital, Quito, Rafael Correa, 49, called for “another four years of revolution”. First elected in 2007, the socialist leader is widely credited with bringing political stability to a...

Independent challenger Andrej Kiska and PM Robert Fico will run for a second round of Slovakia's presidential elections

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Slovakia’s PM Robert Fico and independent challenger Andrej Kiska will run for a second round of the country’s presidential elections. In Saturday’s first round, Robert Fico polled 28.2% with Andrej Kiska on 24% on a turnout of 43.4%. Independent conservative Radoslav Prochazka was third with 20.8%. As no candidate gained 50% of the votes, a second round run-off will be held in...

President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney are making final preparations for the first of three crucial presidential debates

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President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney are making final preparations for the first of three crucial presidential debates. With just 34 days to go until election day, Wednesday’s Denver debate will focus on domestic policy issues. Mitt Romney has long criticized the president for his economic record, but is likely to face questions over his own tax plans and immigra...

Barack Obama has hit out at Republican Mitt Romney during a feisty 90-minute encounter in the second of three presidential debates

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Barack Obama has hit out at Republican Mitt Romney during a feisty 90-minute encounter in the second of three presidential debates. Barack Obama – widely perceived to have lost their first encounter – came out swinging in New York on the economy, tax and foreign policy. But the former Massachusetts governor accused Barack Obama of broken promises and a record of failure. They will mee...

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney target key swing states as latest polls suggest they are almost tied

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President Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney have begun a crucial swing through key battleground states that will determine who wins Tuesday’s vote. Barack Obama campaigns in Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa and Virginia on Saturday, while Mitt Romney targets New Hampshire, Iowa and Colorado. Both candidates will visit the Iowa town of Dubuque within hours. Opinion polls suggest the riv...

A poll of more than 570,000 people across the globe has revealed non-Americans want Barack Obama to remain President of the United States

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A poll of more than 570,000 people across the globe has revealed non-Americans want Barack Obama to remain President of the United States. The research, conducted across 36 countries outside the US, revealed 81% were in favor of Barack Obama spending another four years in office. And only 19% preferred his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to the findings from MSN. Interestingly, the o...

Barack Obama is expected to discuss the so-called fiscal cliff, a package of tax rises and spending cuts due early next year unless Congress acts

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President Barack Obama will make a statement on the economy later, setting the stage for a political showdown over a looming budget crisis. Barack Obama is expected to discuss the so-called fiscal cliff, a package of tax rises and spending cuts due early next year unless Congress acts. Budget analysts warn the US will tip into recession unless a deal is struck. Barack Obama has repeatedly called...

The latest ABC News-Washington Post survey suggests Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are both level with 48 percent of support

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Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are heading into the final two days of campaigning with the outcome still too close to call. Republican Mitt Romney will campaign in Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, while Barack Obama heads for New Hampshire, Florida, Ohio and Colorado. Both candidates addressed large rallies on Saturday in key swing states. The latest ABC News/Washington Post survey suggests t...

Barack Obama toured parts of New Jersey struck by the storm with Republican Governor Chris Christie

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President Barack Obama is to resume election campaign which was suspended in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Barack Obama visited areas of New Jersey struck by the storm on Wednesday. His Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, has been holding rallies after halting his campaign earlier in the week. Superstorm Sandy left at least 64 people dead in the US, cut power from millions of homes and paraly...

David Petraeus was sworn in as CIA chief in September 2011 by Joe Biden with his wife Holly at his side

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Four-star general David Petraeus was a star on the battlefield, commanding the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but his impeccable judgement failed him when he engaged in an extramarital affair with biographer Paula Broadwell that led to his downfall as CIA Director. Celebrated as a scholar and a warrior, the 60-year-old Princeton graduate is admired as much for his intellect as he was his tactical abi...

Barack Obama will be the first president to vote early, as part of a two-day campaign marathon across eight states

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President Barack Obama casts his vote later in Chicago as his campaign seeks to boost early ballots in a neck-and-neck election race. Barack Obama will be the first president to vote early, as part of a two-day campaign marathon across eight states. His Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, is in Ohio, a swing state which could hold the key to the White House. A new Associated Press poll suggests M...

The US economy grew more than expected in the third quarter

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The US economy grew more than expected in the third quarter, official figures showed. The world’s largest economy expanded at an annualized rate of 2% in the third quarter, the Commerce Department said. The jump was partly due to a large increase in government spending. The figures are one of the last pieces of important economic data before the US presidential election between Barack Obama...

President Barack Obama declared that a "major disaster" exists in New York state following Superstorm Sandy

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President Barack Obama declared that a “major disaster” exists in New York state following Superstorm Sandy, freeing up federal aid for victims. The declaration came after the massive storm battered the east coast of the United States, flooding lower Manhattan and leaving a half million people in New York City without power. Hurricane Sandy swept a wall of churning sea water and drivi...

Ten of lesser-spotted things about American presidential politics and about 2012 campaign

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Ten of lesser-spotted things about American presidential politics and about 2012 campaign. 1. Why is Election Day always a Tuesday? Even though America’s voter turnout is among the lowest in mature democracies and more than a quarter of people who do not vote claim they are too busy, efforts to move elections to weekends have failed. The Tuesday after the first Monday in November was set as...

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has appeared in public for the first time with his new girlfriend Myriam L’Aouffir on the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival 2013

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Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has appeared in public for the first time with his new girlfriend Myriam L’Aouffir on the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival 2013. It was confirmation that the pair are together, following DSK’s split last year from his long-suffering wife of 20 years, Anne Sinclair. Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Myriam L’Aouffir were rumored last September to have s...

US voters are heading to the polls in the first major round of elections since President Barack Obama won a second term one year ago

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US voters are heading to the polls in the first major round of elections since President Barack Obama won a second term one year ago. In New Jersey and Virginia, voters will pick governors. New York City is choosing a successor to three-term Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Republican-turned-independent. Tuesday’s races are seen as an early test of the Republican and Democratic parties’ str...

Thor: The Dark World has topped the US box office for a second week

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Thor: The Dark World has topped the US box office for a second week but romantic comedy The Best Man Holiday opened strongly in second place. Thor: The Dark World took $38.5 million over the weekend, while The Best Man Holiday took $30.6 million. The Best Man Holiday, which reunites the characters from 1999′s The Best Man, is considered a surprise challenger to Thor‘s crown. It featur...

Phil Robertson could be a formidable competitor against current Senator Mary Landrieu

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A poll released earlier this week suggested that Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson could be a formidable competitor against current Senator Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana). However, Phil Robertson’s son, Alan, quickly shot down any speculation that his father would be willing to run. “While Phil is humbled and honored that so many fellow Louisianans have confidence in him, he has no interest in run...