TIME celebrities

Meet Benedict Cumberbatch’s Fiancée Sophie Hunter

The theater director and actress looks like a catch

Benedict Cumberbatch announced that he was engaged to a woman named Sophie Hunter in the Times of London this morning. The Sherlock actor had never even confirmed he was seeing anyone, so who is this mystery woman?

Hunter is a graduate from Oxford and best known in the theater world for directing plays and operas. She’s also had a few small film roles, including 2009’s Burlesque Fairytales, where she met Cumberbatch himself. Take a look at the woman who tied down England’s most popular bachelor.

TIME 2014 Election

Meet America’s 10 Newest Senators

Republicans gained control of the Senate for the first time since 2006 on Tuesday. Meet the freshmen Senators that made the new majority poossible

TIME 2014 Election

This Tiny Election Could Have a Big Impact on the Oil Industry

A small group of North Dakota voters will shape the future of the state's oil industry

As millions of voters across the country weigh in on issues like abortion and marijuana legalization, a new report documents how a small group of American Indian voters deep in the plains of North Dakota are determining the future of an entirely different issue—the course of the state’s oil industry.

Members of the Three Affiliated Tribes of Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation are electing a new tribal chairman, and both candidates promise new regulations that will make business tougher for the oil industry there. The tribal chairman exercises considerable influence on the state’s oil industry, which produces more oil than any state except Texas, according to Reuters. MHA controls a third of that production.

The two most pressing issues for the candidates, attorney Damon Williams and tax director Mark Fox, are protecting the environment and ensuring that oil revenue supports members of the tribes. Despite collecting hundreds of millions of dollars in oil tax revenue, the tribe still lacks some basic services. “The oil money is our buffalo,” Williams said. “And one of these days, the buffalo will move on.”

Read the full story from Reuters.

TIME fashion

The 14 Most Iconic Bras of All Time: From Mata Hari to Lady Gaga

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the modern bra, take a look back at some of history's most memorable undergarments

TIME society

Inside the First-Ever Hello Kitty Convention

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Sanrio character

Embrace your inner child, hug the Hello Kitty plush on your bed, and check out photos from the first-ever Hello Kitty Convention at The Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles (Oct. 30 to Nov. 2). The highly anticipated event is pegged to the character’s 40th anniversary—her birthday is November 1!—and an exhibit on Hello Kitty at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM), on display through April 26, 2015.

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TIME Bizarre

Here Are 25 Photos of People Freaking Out in a Haunted House


The Nightmares Fear Factory in Niagara Falls, Canada has been offering its guests the scare of their lives for over 30 years. Take a look at the faces of pure terror that awaits those who dare explore this haunted house.

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