"The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books."
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-82) American writer, best-known 19th century poet in US, The Song of Hiawatha
- Congressional Work On Farm Bill Likely To Spill Into 2014 Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:09:00 -0500
- Without a farm bill, dairy policy will revert to 1949 law, and wholesale milk prices could double. But the Senate Agriculture Committee chairwoman says she expects a bill to pass in January, in time to avert a spike in milk prices.
- Woman Pleads Guilty To Mailing Ricin To Obama, Bloomberg Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:05:00 -0500
- Ex-actress Shannon Guess Richardson, who had minor roles on The Walking Dead and The Blind Side, admits that she tried to frame her estranged husband for the tainted letters.
- Popular Antacids Increase The Risk Of B-12 Deficiency Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:44:00 -0500
- All medications come with risks, and one of the risks with popular heartburn medicines seems to be that they interfere with the absorption of vitamin B-12. That can cause troubling symptoms, from anemia and depression to dementia.
- Missing Couple, Four Kids Found Safe In Nevada Mountains Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:52:00 -0500
- The family had gone to an abandoned mining town in northern Nevada to play in the snow and didn't return. They faced sub-zero temperatures.
- To Fight Meningitis Outbreak, Princeton Tries European Vaccine Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:21:00 -0500
- The vaccine made by Novartis isn't approved for general use in the United States. But the Food and Drug Administration is allowing it on the Princeton campus. The university is offering the vaccine to students and some other people on campus through Thursday.
- GM Gives A Woman The Keys To Drive Its Future Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:04:00 -0500
- In the male-dominated world of cars and trucks, Mary Barra put herself into the driver's seat. On Tuesday, General Motors chose Barra, the daughter of a Pontiac plant worker, to become its new chief executive. Analysts say she may bring fresh ideas about how to sell autos to women.
- Regulators Approve Rule To Rein In Banks' Risky Trades Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:06:00 -0500
- The Volcker rule, a key part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial law, prevents banks from using government-insured money to make speculative bets.
- Dallas Struggling To Dig Out From Winter Storm Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:29:06 -0500
- The cold snap that hammered Dallas five days ago is still creating problems. Thousands of people remain without power. Some truckers remain trapped at rest stops. And an unusual phenomenon called "cobblestone ice" is hampering crews from de-icing interstate bridges, overpasses and off-ramps.
- New Orleans' Rat-Fighters Go Beyond Baiting Traps Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:29:06 -0500
- Since Hurricane Katrina, the hated rodents have flourished in piles of trash and blighted buildings. But when simply setting traps didn't work, city officials decided to take a more methodical approach to rat control. They're attacking the problems that invite the rats — and they're winning.
- St. Paul, Minn., Preps Break Record For Largest Snowball Fight Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:29:05 -0500
- Seattle broke the Guinness World Record for largest snowball fight in January with 5,834 participants. St. Paul, Minn., hopes to top that next month during its Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival. For more, Melissa Block speaks with Joe Alton, a project manager for the carnival and its snowball-fight organizer.
- Is Obama-Castro Handshake A Step Toward U.S.- Cuba Thaw? Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:29:05 -0500
- President Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela Tuesday. It is believed to be the first handshake between leaders of the two countries since President Clinton greeted Raul's brother Fidel Castro at a U.N. meeting in 2000.
- To Get Olympic Snow, Machines Give Nature A Nudge Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:29:00 -0500
- The 2014 Winter Olympics will unfold in a resort town on the relatively warm Black Sea — a testament to how far man-made snow has come in recent years. The strategy to supply snow includes a massive system of more than 550 machines — plus insulated blankets to protect piles of already-made white stuff.
- Despite Big Market In Florida, Obamacare Is A Hard Sell Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:52:00 -0500
- Far from the glitz of South Beach or the tourist mecca of the Magic Kingdom is northern Florida. Information about the Affordable Care Act can be hard to come by for residents, many of whom are working poor and could benefit from the law.
- In A Small Missouri Town, Immigrants Turn To Schools For Help Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:30:00 -0500
- The once-sleepy tourist town of Noel, Mo., in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, is now home to hundreds of immigrants and newly arrived refugees, thanks largely to the huge Tyson Food, Inc., poultry plant. And since the town lacks the infrastructure to serve these new residents, schools have become the de facto safety net.
- Conservative Firebrand Challenges Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:54:00 -0500
- The No. 2 Republican in the Senate is the latest GOP incumbent to receive a challenge from the right. In a surprise move, Rep. Steve Stockman, who has a knack for stirring controversy, entered the 2014 Senate race Monday just before the state's filing deadline.