Stories for January 31, 2014
The U.S. Department of State says Canada's production of tar sands crude, which has a bigger greenhouse gas footprint than other types of oil, is unlikely to be affected by the controversial Keystone XL pipeline proposal.
“American Promise” spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, New York, turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through Manhattan’s Dalton School, one of the most prestigious private schools in the country.
Southern California Edison says it will follow a set of core principles.
FRONTLINE tells the intimate and surprising story of a Mandela few people know: a bomb-throwing revolutionary who became a skilled politician in prison, and a passionate man who sacrificed the love of his life for a country that needed him more. Widely hailed as the definitive television biography of Mandela, the documentary draws on stories and insights from Mandela's closest colleagues, fellow prisoners, friends and political adversaries —as well as unique photos and rare archival film — to paint an intimate portrait of one of the 20th century's greatest leaders.
More than 45,000 San Diego County residents signed up for health plans through Covered California in the final three months of last year.
Highlights include Marvin Gaye’s 1964 passport, found inside an album, purchased for 50¢ at an estate sale; a Petrus van Schendel oil painting, ca. 1860, that exemplifies the artist’s famous candlelit scenes; and a signed photo album of President Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet and Senate, valued at $75,000 to $100,000, discovered while the guest was cleaning her grandmother’s basement.
The home of Sean Morey bears the impressive signposts of his 10-year career in the NFL: a Vince Lombardi trophy for his Super Bowl championship with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006. A hefty Super Bowl ring. A framed photograph showing Morey in midair, launching himself like a missile to block a punt. With that play in 2008, his Arizona Cardinals became the only team in NFL history to win a game in overtime with a blocked punt.
Ben Bernanke hands over the reins at the Federal Reserve to Janet Yellen on Friday. The Fed's vice chairwoman will be the first female ever to lead the nation's central bank. It's a position many view as the second most powerful in the country.
On the Southeast coast of the U.S., jellyfish have earned a lengthy rap sheet for stinging beachgoers and getting tangled in shrimpers' net. But lately, the tides have turned for shrimping, and some fishermen in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida are reaping profits from their local pests, the cannonball jellyfish, or "jellyballs."
The House Oversight Committee is looking into Navy contracting practices amid a widening federal probe into a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme involving a Singapore-based defense contractor accused of offering prostitution services and pricey vacations to Navy officers.
Lion and dragon dancers are set to parade down Chinatown streets around the country again with the Friday start of another Lunar New Year.
The New York Times reports that former Port Authority official claims to have proof that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew about politically motivated lane closings on the George Washington Bridge as they were happening.
A rift is growing between Tea Party activists and other Republicans over health care.
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray defeats Donald Young on Friday in the first round of the Davis Cup at Petco Park.
Friday was the official ribbon cutting for the $456-million hospital at Camp Pendleton, which opened it doors last month after three years of construction.
The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are investigating a suspicious white powder that was mailed to several New Jersey hotels near the site of Sunday's Super Bowl - but there were no reports of injuries and preliminary reports suggest the substance was cornstarch.
The State Department says that production of Canadian tar-sand crude, which has a bigger greenhouse gas footprint than other types of oil, is unlikely to be increased if the Keystone XL pipeline goes ahead -- and therefore would do little to contribute to climate change.
We all probably sort of knew this already, but a new map seems to show quite clearly that it doesn't take much snow to close schools in the southern U.S. -- and that it takes a lot to close them in the northern half of the nation.
Test cook Dan Souza shows host Christopher Kimball how to make a great Thin-Crust Whole-Wheat Pizza with Garlic Oil, Three Cheeses, and Basil at home, and gadget guru Lisa McManus reveals her favorite pizza gadgets. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of goat cheese. And finally, test cook Bridget Lancaster uncovers the secrets to the ultimate Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Cheddar and Shallot.
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Georgia state troopers finished towing vehicles off Atlanta-area interstates early Friday morning, and three days after ice-covered roads forced thousands of drivers to abandon their cars, traffic is finally flowing freely, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
As cities in the southern U.S. continue to recover from the ice and snow storm that brought life to a standstill in many places this week, stories are emerging about the incredible things some people did to help out others.
Think your commute is bad? Try 580 miles, one-way.
State officials in West Virginia say that in most areas, they can no longer detect any of the industrial chemical MCHM that spilled into the water supply recently. They say the water is safe for people to drink and use -- including most pregnant women. But other public health specialists say they don't trust these assurances.