Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 10:06 am
Jeb Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida and the brother and son of two former U.S. presidents, has essentially kicked off the 2016 presidential campaign with a pre-announcement announcement on Facebook.
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Less than 10 months from the day James Patterson swore a million-dollar promise, he has kept his word. The best-selling novelist announced he has donated about $437,000 to 81 independent bookstores — a gift that completes his plan to donate $1 million of his own money to support independent booksellers.
Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 8:40 am
Earlier this week, Gawkerpublished an image of an invitation sent to Urban Outfitters employees, exhorting them, as the invite put it, to "break out your juttis, kurtas, turbans, saris, lehenga cholis and harem pants" for the company holiday party.
Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 10:44 am
As some companies add egg freezing to their list of fertility benefits, they're touting the coverage as a family-friendly perk.
Women's health advocates say they welcome any expansion of fertility coverage. But they say that the much-publicized changes at a few high-profile companies such as Facebook and Apple are still relatively rare, even for women with serious illnesses like cancer who want to preserve their fertility.
Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 8:20 am
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Taliban militants stormed a school in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, leaving scores of students dead.
Quoting Pakistani officials, multiple media outlets put the death toll at 126, including 80 students in grades 1 through 10.
A little before 8 p.m. local time, police announced that the operation had ended, after the gunmen were killed. Security personnel, police official Abdullah Khan told the AFP, were now in the process of sweeping the rest of the building.
Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 9:03 am
It seems long ago now, but in the 1960s, '70s and '80s, murders and robberies exploded as cocaine and other illegal drugs ravaged American cities.
Then came June 19, 1986, when the overdose of a college athlete sent the nation into shock just days after the NBA draft. Basketball star Len Bias could have been anybody's brother or son.
Congress swiftly responded by passing tough mandatory sentences for drug crimes. Those sentences, still in place, pack federal prisons to this day. More than half of the 219,000 federal prisoners are serving time for drug offenses.
Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 11:12 am
The United States spends nearly $7 billion a year to operate a network of federal prisons that house more than 200,000 inmates. About half of them are incarcerated for drug crimes, a legacy of 1980s laws that prosecutors use to target not only kingpins but also low-level couriers and girlfriends. Multiple convictions for small-time offenses under those laws mean thousands of people are locked up for decades, or even the rest of their lives.
Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 5:31 am
In the northern Iraqi city of Halabja, near the border with Iran, we knock on the door of a 16-year-old boy who disappeared. His family says he lied to them, saying he was going on a picnic with a teenage friend. But they never came home.
"He disappeared in May," says the boy's older sister. "A few days later a letter arrived in his handwriting. It said, 'I'm in Syria. Don't look for me.'"
The boy, like most everyone in this city, is a Kurd most of whom are Sunni Muslim, he joined the so-called Islamic State, a Sunni Muslim extremist group also known as ISIS.
Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 4:38 am
Alaska's new governor won his election in one of the tightest races in the country, a race that was too close to call even a week after election night. Bill Walker, who ran as an independent (unaffiliated with the Republicans or Democrats), took office on Dec. 1, after campaigning on the promise that he would expand Medicaid as one of his first orders of business.
To make good on that, he'll have to face a Republican-controlled legislature that hasn't been willing to even consider the idea.
Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 5:31 am
Kelly Brenner ushers in guests at the Adentro Dinner Club. This is a "puertas cerradas" restaurant – meaning behind closed doors. It's a culinary movement where people cook for paying guests in their homes. Adentro is the most well-reviewed in Buenos Aires.
Brenner who is originally from Boulder, Colo., acts as the host and her Argentine fiancé Gabriel Aguallo does the cooking, focusing on grilled meat.
Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 5:40 am
Wander into any bar in Spain, order a drink, and the waiter will likely hand you free tapas. Very often it's some type of pork — jamón (ham), chorizo (spicy sausage) or panceta (cured bacon). You could say this country is obsessed with cured pork products. People joke that even vegetarians in Spain eat jamón.
Eating authentic jamón ibérico de bellota, a cured ham made from free-range pigs fed on acorns, is a key part of Spanish life, especially in the south.
Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 6:26 pm
In 1996, China executed an 18-year-old man named Huugjilt for the rape and murder of a woman in a public toilet. But Monday, Chinese authorities cleared the ethnic Mongolian of the crime and offered a rare apology to his family.