"The only words that ever satisfied me as describing Nature are the terms used in fairy books, charm, spell, enchantment. They express the arbitrariness of the fact and its mystery."
—Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) British writer, critic
- Sen. Thad Cochran To Seek Re-Election In Mississippi Fri, 06 Dec 2013 14:24:00 -0500
- The Mississippi senator, who turns 76 Saturday, ended speculation that he would retire and instead set up the prospect of another bruising GOP primary in 2014.
- For Workers, A Week Stuffed With Good News Fri, 06 Dec 2013 13:27:00 -0500
- Here's something you haven't heard in years: The U.S. economy had a great week, with reports showing jobs being created in several sectors, new-home sales surging and factories humming. Oh, and unemployment is the lowest it's been since 2008.
- U.S. Flags Lowered For Mandela, A Rare Honor For Foreign Leaders Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:57:00 -0500
- President Obama ordered that U.S. flags be flown at half-staff until Monday — a symbolic gesture of a nation in mourning. It's a tradition observed by countries around the world, one that began as early as the 17th century.
- World Cup 2014 Draw Is Set: U.S. Will Face Germany, Portugal, Ghana Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:44:00 -0500
- Currently the world's No. 14 team, the U.S. must finish in the top two among Germany (No. 2), Portugal (No. 5) and Ghana to advance. Another group will pit England against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica. The tournament begins in Brazil in June.
- Hoped-For AIDS Cures Fail In 2 Boston Patients Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:20:00 -0500
- The only person known to have been cured of AIDS got a bone marrow transplant, so when two AIDS patients in Boston appeared to be free of the virus after transplants, scientists hoped they were cured, too. But the HIV virus has returned in both.
- Dissecting America's $3 Trillion Medical Bill Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:00:00 -0500
- In "Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us," a 26,000-word investigative piece in TIME magazine, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill catalogues the myriad reasons for America's skyrocketing healthcare costs, from extravagantly paid administrators at nonprofit hospitals to bloated bills for hospital care. And Obamacare, he argues, won't do much to solve the problem.
- Would More Technology Mean Safer Trains? Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:00:00 -0500
- In 2008, Congress passed a law requiring most rail networks to install "positive train control" collision technology by 2015. Engineering professor Christopher Barkan discusses train safety systems, how "positive train control" might prevent accidents, and whether railroads will be able to meet the deadline.
- What Madiba Meant To The Barbershop Guys Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:49:00 -0500
- The Barbershop guys share their take on Nelson Mandela: what his life meant to them and how he will be remembered by the world. Writer Jimi Izrael, professor Sean Jacobs, and journalists Corey Dade and Michael Skolnik weigh in.
- Canceled In California: People Eye Health Plans Off Exchange Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:01:00 -0500
- Some Californians are choosing plans that don't comply with the Affordable Care Act to save money. They have only a few weeks left to pick coverage that will last a year. It will eventually be replaced by health insurance that includes a full range of essential benefits, but at a higher cost.
- How Two Similar States Ended Up Worlds Apart In Politics Fri, 06 Dec 2013 10:10:00 -0500
- Politics in Minnesota and Wisconsin historically have been pretty similar, but that's no longer the case. Wisconsin is now advancing conservative policies and lending a Midwestern face to the Republican Party, while Minnesota's agenda has been among the most liberal.
- Eyes Turn To The Fed As Unemployment Rate Falls To 5-Year Low Fri, 06 Dec 2013 08:40:00 -0500
- The unemployment rate fell to 7 percent and employers added 203,000 jobs to payrolls in November, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The largely positive data could build anticipation that the Federal Reserve might move to taper its stimulus program.
- Several States Brace For Massive Ice Storm This Weekend Fri, 06 Dec 2013 07:32:00 -0500
- "A major icing event is forecast through Friday across portions of the southern Great Plains toward the Lower Ohio Valley," the National Weather Service says. Some are saying an ice storm Friday and Saturday will be the nation's worst since 2009.
- Mandela's Death Reverberates Across U.S. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 04:00:00 -0500
- American flags are flying at half-staff in honor of Nelson Mandela. The human rights icon died on Thursday following a lengthy illness. In Washington, D.C., there has been heavy traffic around the South African embassy as mourners converge on the area.
- Mandela's Powerful Influence On Barack Obama Fri, 06 Dec 2013 04:00:00 -0500
- President Obama offered a remembrance of Nelson Mandela at the White House on Thursday, shortly after news broke of the South African leader's death. Obama talked about Mandela not only as an icon, but as a three-dimensional human being.
- Adrift In Frigid Water, Not Caring 'If You Live Or Die' Fri, 06 Dec 2013 03:28:00 -0500
- A ship called the Daniel J. Morrell was making its last haul of the season when it broke apart in a heavy storm on Lake Huron in November 1966. A few crew members struggled to stay afloat in the driving wind and waves, but ultimately, Dennis Hale was the shipwreck's sole survivor.