"Liesure without books is death, and burial of a man alive."
—Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4BC?-AD 65) [The Younger] Roman Stoic philosopher, writer, tutor
- Chinese Ag Scientists Charged With Stealing Patented Seeds Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:11:00 -0500
- Two men are charged in Kansas and six others in Iowa with conspiring to steal patented seeds from some of the nation's leading seed developers.
- American Who Disappeared In Iran Reportedly Worked For CIA Thu, 12 Dec 2013 19:57:00 -0500
- Robert Levinson vanished in Iran in 2007. His family hasn't received proof of life in more than two years.
- Wireless Companies, FCC Reach Deal On 'Unlocking' Cellphones Thu, 12 Dec 2013 19:11:00 -0500
- U.S. wireless carriers reached a deal with the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday that will make it easier for consumers to "unlock" their mobile phones and use them on a competitor's network.
- House Approves Budget Deal; Compromise Heads To Senate Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:29:00 -0500
- The two-year deal passed despite opposition from Republicans who are part of the Tea Party faction. It was announced earlier this week, after being pounded out by Rep. Paul Ryan R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
- Conservative Grass Roots Remains Skeptical Of Budget Deal Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:20:00 -0500
- Groups such as Americans for Prosperity were hoping to rouse opposition to a budget package that raises short-term spending. House Speaker John Boehner says such groups have lost their credibility.
- Boehner Blasts Tea Party Groups Over Budget Deal Criticism Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:48:00 -0500
- The House speaker lashed out at conservative advocacy groups over their opposition to the budget agreement reached by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray. His reaction comes not a moment too soon, as far as the speaker's allies are concerned.
- Secret U.S. Stealth Drone Flies Out Of The Shadows Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:38:00 -0500
- Aviation Week says the classified surveillance drone, which is meant to replace the Cold War-era SR-71 Blackbird, has begun test flights at Area 51.
- Why Meningitis That Hit Princeton Is Hard To Beat With Vaccines Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:01:00 -0500
- It turns out that the bacteria that are responsible meningitis B have a sugar coating that makes them look a lot like human cells. That similarity makes development of a vaccine against the germs especially tricky.
- Take A Look At The Top Tweeted Moments Of The Year Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:41:00 -0500
- The nation used Twitter to mark the second inauguration of President Obama and to get information on the Boston Marathon bombing. But the year's most retweeted tweet was about the sudden death of a TV star.
- Family Of Ga. Teen Found Dead In A Gym Mat Pushes For Answers Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:13:00 -0500
- Activists from across the country are asking Georgia's governor to support an investigation into the death of Kendrick Johnson, 17, who was discovered dead in a high school gymnasium almost a year ago. State investigators ruled out foul play, but Johnson's parents don't believe it.
- Long Island Wins Ultimate Faceoff Against Hurricane Sandy Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:13:00 -0500
- The storm's damage and disruption to homes, cities and families is undisputed. But researchers studying the underwater coastline say Long Island fared relatively well. The face of the shore retained much of its shape because underwater ridges of sand just offshore may have cushioned the blow.
- 'Mother Jones' Tracked Child Gun Victims Since Newtown Shootings Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:29:54 -0500
- An investigative report by Mother Jones magazine looks at the number of children who have been shot and killed with guns in the year since the Newtown tragedy. Melissa Block speaks with Mark Follman, senior editor at Mother Jones, for more.
- National Cathedral Holds Vigil For America's Gun Victims Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:29:54 -0500
- One year ago this Saturday, a gunman killed 26 people at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. At the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, people gathered Thursday to remember those who have been killed by gun violence since that attack. A bell tolled for three minutes in memory of roughly 30,000 people who have lost their lives over the past year. We hear some of the service.
- African-American Gun Club Hopes To Help Curb Youth Violence Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:29:00 -0500
- More than 200 people have been killed this year in Baltimore — most of them blacks. One Maryland gun group says it's in a unique position to help steer the city's black youth away from the path of gun violence by focusing on discipline, training and black history.
- A Rush To Reconcile Health Enrollment Data, By Hand Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:48:00 -0500
- Problems persist on the back end of HealthCare.gov, which must process accurate enrollment information so insurers can receive premium payments and start coverage for consumers. Reconciliation of the data just started this week, as time to fix problems is running out.