Stories for July 16, 2013
New York Yankees' great Mariano Rivera, pitching in his final All-Star game, was honored by fans at the home of the crosstown Mets, then pitched a perfect eighth inning to help the American League to a 3-0 victory over the National League in Tuesday's All-Star game.
In 1961 the American League schedule was lengthened by eight games to 162, and it was about this time that summer that the commissioner -- of whom it was once written, "An empty cab drove up to the curb and Ford Frick got out" -- declared that even if some player broke Babe Ruth's record of 60 home runs, it would not count if he needed more games than Ruth had had.
Two envelopes filled with cash. A hidden camera. The office of a high-profile politician.
Liz Cheney, the elder of former Vice President Dick Cheney's two daughters, a former State Department official and a conservative commentator who's often on Fox, is going to challenge Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi in next year's Republican primary.
This is a story about data. Lots and lots of data. And they're not just any data -- they're extremely sensitive data.
On most recent days, nothing that wasn't bitterly partisan has seemed possible in the nation's capital.
Biology professor Mitch Aide uses his ears to learn about the frogs, birds and insects that are all around him. This scientist at the University of Puerto Rico is trying to track how animal populations are affected by a world that's under increasing pressure from human activities.
California's teen birth rate continues its downward trend.
Charter schools turn 21 this year. In that time, these privately run, publicly funded schools have spread to 41 states and enrolled more than 2 million students.
Saying that "it's time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods," Attorney Gen. Eric Holder on Tuesday called for a reexamination of so-called stand your ground laws.
In early 2002, a pair of battered old trucks drove through deep snow into a tiny Alaska ghost town carrying a large family that looked to be from another century.
A new investigative report from Reuters says payroll errors in the military are widespread. And that "once mistakes are detected, getting them corrected -- or just explained -- can test even the most persistent soldiers."
With Tuesday's bipartisan agreement to let senators vote on seven of President Obama's previously stalled nominations, the Senate proved that the art of compromise isn't dead in Washington, even if it might be severely wounded.
At a small park in Pyne Poynt on the north side of Camden, N.J., kids take practice cuts on the infield dirt and adjust their hats. A small but enthusiastic crowd shouts words of encouragement, but the cheering parents and playful bench-side scuffles only momentarily disguise the troubles in the city. Baggies, vials and hypodermic needles litter the same field where practice is being held.
There are obviously more provocative things being written and said about the death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman than we could ever hope to keep up with.
One of the odder stories of the day is that of 61-year-old Michael Boatwright, "a Florida man who awoke speaking only Swedish, with no memory of his past, after he was found unconscious four months ago at a Southern California motel," as The Associated Press writes.
In a blog series we're calling "Weekly Innovation," we'll explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Last week we featuredthe sink-urinal. (Do you have an innovation to share?Use this quick form.)
Bath salts is the name given a designer drug that got dozens of sailors expelled from the navy last year, and landed some users in the emergency room. Now researchers at the Scripps Research Institute have discovered the drug is more addictive than methamphetamine.
Retweeted by Mom? Teenagers might say they'd die of embarrassment. But teenagers who are connected with their parents via Twitter and other social media have better relationships with them, and fewer behavioral problems.
Test cook Julia Collin Davison revives a classic recipe for Melting Moments cookies. Then, host Christopher Kimball answers questions from viewers. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reveals his top picks for toasters. And finally, test cook Bridget Lancaster updates a lost recipe and shows Chris how to make Fairy Gingerbread.
Twenty-nine of 31 property owners have already settled for less than $150,000.
Latin American cartels are fueled by U.S. drug demand so their illegal retail networks often stretch throughout America. And Mexico's arrest of Miguel Angel Trevino Morales was a reminder that the connections between drug traffickers and the U.S. are not just commercial. They're also personal.
It's not exactly the birth the whole world is waiting for. But something pretty spectacular -- and surprising -- happened at Zoo Atlanta last night: Lun Lun, a 15-year-old giant panda, gave birth to twins.
The peak of the summer harvest is approaching, which means that if you have a community supported agriculture share, you may be receiving a daunting amount of fresh produce to cook every week.
Most smokers want to quit. But how to nudge them in that direction is up for debate.
``Time has passed and San Diego has changed with more and larger skyscrapers dotting the skyline, but 75 years have not dimmed the luster of the shining beacon on the waterfront,'' board Chairman Greg Cox said. ``Today the County Administration Center remains as a testament to the good work and noble causes that American ingenuity can undertake and that Americans can build.''
It's the fourth most popular sport in the United States and more than 30 million people play it in the United States and Canada. Around 13 percent of Americans played it in 2012. There are hundreds of variations across multiple sports, but football is by far the most popular.