Stories for October 28, 2013
It is still as dark as night as Jim Rix steps out of his red brick Chicago bungalow and gets into his car, parked on the street. It's 6 a.m., and the 53-year-old engineer is getting an early start on his 35-mile commute out to Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago's southwest suburbs.
One of the effects of Superstorm Sandy a year ago could be seen at service stations throughout New York City and surrounding areas: Motorists joined long lines outside the few stations that had both electricity and gasoline.
Under Interim Mayor Todd Gloria's plan, three deputy COOs will be hired to oversee neighborhood services, internal operations, and infrastructure and public works.
Message discipline, thy name is Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
California lawmakers and superintendents are touting a new program intended to expand career technical education in high schools and community colleges.
Scientists have confirmed for the first time that at least one variety of Asian carp is living and breeding in the Great Lakes watershed, where it threatens stocks of native fish.
Relive the thrill of Orson Welles’ infamous radio dramatization of H.G. Wells’ "War of the Worlds," 75 years after it set off one of the biggest mass hysteria events in U.S. history. Featuring interviews with film director and cinema historian Peter Bogdanovich, Welles’s daughter Chris Welles Feder, and other authors and experts, as well as dramatizations of some of the thousands of letters sent to Welles by an alternately admiring and furious public, "War Of The Worlds" explores how Welles’s ingenious use of the new medium of radio struck fear into an already anxious nation.
Dianne Feinstein, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is calling for a "total review" of spying operations directed against foreign leaders.
At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, scientists use a powerful computer known as Titan to simulate everything from the inner workings of a nuclear reactor to the complicated effects of climate change on human populations -- on a global scale. Until recently, Titan was the most powerful supercomputer on the planet, but now there's a new No. 1.
Monday was yet another troubled day for the Affordable Care Act.
After Superstorm Sandy struck the East Coast, people returned to waterlogged homes and began to assess the damage. They created lost-and-found lists on the walls of town halls or Facebook pages to try to recover some of what the storm had swept away.
New abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature are unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Monday in a divisive case the state has already vowed to appeal.
This week, we're exploring the tech frontier through the eyes of our children. So we're starting with the littlest ones -- babies. Can certain kinds of screen time help babies learn?
The Syrian Electronic Army - a shadowy group of hackers acting in support of the Assad regime - has hit Twitter and Facebook accounts linked to President Obama.
Anthropologist Lynne Isbell was running through a glade in central Kenya in 1992 when something suddenly caused her to freeze in her tracks. "I stopped just in front of a cobra," she says. "It was raised with its hood spread out."
Representatives from Historically Black Colleges and Universities are meeting this week to talk about African Americans in the tech world.
Penn State has reached a $59.7 million settlement with 26 young men who accused former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky of sexual abuse, the university confirmed Monday.
This two-part special examines the many roots of the Latino dropout crisis through the eyes of six inspiring young students who are part of an ongoing effort to increase graduation rates for a growing Latino population. These student profiles offer a first-hand perspective on the challenges facing many Latino high school students, including over-crowded schools, crime-ridden neighborhoods, teen pregnancy and pressure to contribute to the family finances.
See if you agree with Gawker that "there's something oddly satisfying about watching this guy kill pumpkins."
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco is getting into the debate over regulating sugary drinks.
A state prison hospital on California's central coast has closed one of its special admission units and is admitting fewer patients because of a shortage of psychiatrists.
The City Council is scheduled today to take up a proposed management reorganization of the San Diego mayor's office.
Gun control advocates in California are raising the issue of real looking air guns and toy guns after the recent shooting death of a Northern California teenager by police who mistook his air rifle for a real one.
Many people might know Condola Rashad as the daughter of actress Phylicia Rashad, who played Claire Huxtable on The Cosby Show, and NFL sportscaster Ahmad Rashad. The 26-year-old got Tony Award nominations for her performances in Stick Fly and The Trip to Bountiful. Now she takes on her first lead role on Broadway in the new production of Romeo & Juliet. Her Romeo is Orlando Bloom of Lord of the Rings fame.
There's a big race right now to become the 51st state.
It's the last week of October. That means the administration has just a month to meet its self-imposed deadline to have the Affordable Care Act website running as efficiently as it and millions of Americans had originally envisioned.
The forecast doesn't make it sound as severe as the storm that dumped a couple feet of snow on the northern Rockies and some Plains states earlier this month, but the National Weather Service is warning that people in those regions should be ready for a strong winter storm system in coming days.
This week, Congress dedicates a new bust of Winston Churchill in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall. The sculpture is meant to honor the British statesman's legacy of determination and resolve.
Revelations about NSA spying have left people wondering about the privacy of their digital data. But what about the privacy of their faces?
After Hurricane Sandy, the south shore of Staten Island looked like it had been hit by a tsunami. The storm surge devastated whole neighborhoods suddenly, in a matter of hours. In the year since the storm, some families have been rebuilding their homes and their lives. Others are ready to sell their flood-damaged properties and move on.
Messiah United Methodist Church in Springfield, Va., is unusually busy for a Thursday morning. It's not a typical time for worship, but parishioner Stacy Riggs and her husband have come for something a little different: a medical screening.
It's really only a sliver of time when humans build the bulk of their skeleton. At age 9, the bones start a big growth spurt. And by the time puberty ends, around 14 or 15 years old, the adult-sized skeleton is all but done, about 90 percent complete.