| Aug 27, 2014
| 9:22 PM
Tennessee lawyer fought for civil rights
George Barrett, 86, a Tennessee lawyer who represented civil rights plaintiffs for more than 50 years and helped end segregation of the state's universities, died Tuesday at a hospital in...
| Aug 29, 2014
We know nearly everything there is to know about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., or so we think. But in his new book, "Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year," the PBS and public radio host Tavis Smiley turns his...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 3:54 PM
None of us should take this lying down. When it comes to reclining seats on airplanes, we need to draw a line — and maybe we all should be required to sit up straight until everyone agrees on what that line should be.
By now, you know about last...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 11:06 AM
Where can you find locks of Percy Bysshe Shelley's and Mary Shelley's hair alongside the fragments of Sappho's poetry? At the Bodleain Libraries in Oxford, England. And also in the book "Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collection of the Bodleian...
| Aug 30, 2014
| 9:55 PM
Health workers have gone on strike at a major state-run Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone, hospital staff told Reuters on Saturday, a further blow to efforts to contain the deadly virus.
Faced with the worst Ebola outbreak in history, West...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 7:16 PM
Albert Reynolds, the risk-taking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own governments intact, died Thursday at his home in Dublin after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 4:26 PM
Earlier this month, Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman in history to win a Fields Medal — "math's Nobel Prize." This is a cause for celebration, but also for reflection.
Things are definitely better than they once were for women in...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 8:04 AM
The heroic life of Nelson Mandela has inspired uncounted tributes and probably will do so for years to come.
But one of the most promising will unfold Thursday night, when the 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival presents the world premiere of "Homage to...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 8:26 AM
Like 900 of their American counterparts, 1,000 authors in Germany, Austria and Switzerland have signed an open letter to Amazon arguing for fair treatment of all publishers' e-books. The European authors are concerned over actions Amazon has taken against...
| Aug 19, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Jennifer Aniston, Juliette Binoche, Steve Carell, Michael Douglas, Tina Fey, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Diane Keaton, Melissa Leo, Bill Murray, Bill Nighy, Al Pacino, Vanessa Redgrave, Adam Sandler, John Travolta and Kristen Wiig are among the array...
| Aug 19, 2014
| 5:03 PM
Acclaimed poet known as 'lioness of Iran'
Simin Behbahani, 87, a famed Iranian poet who wrote of the joys of love, demanded equal rights for women and spoke out about the challenges facing those living in her homeland, died Tuesday in...