| Mar 30, 2015
| 5:20 AM
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's trip to Washington last week was so triumphant one could almost imagine how his troubled country might morph into a future success story.
At a joint session of Congress and a glittering White House dinner, the brilliant...
| Mar 26, 2015
| 12:00 PM
Edward Herrmann had collapsed at the studio in New York, and no one knew why.
The actor had arrived to record his narrator part for Ken Burns' latest documentary epic for PBS, "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies." The three-part, six-hour film, based...
| Mar 26, 2015
| 1:54 PM
An organization for students from China has lost official recognition from Columbia University.
A statement on the website of Columbia's Chinese Students and Scholars Association says the group has been "de-recognized" and it is not planning any more...
| Feb 21, 2015
| 6:46 AM
Maybe it's time to erect temporary, "proceed with caution" signs at the entrances to Chicago's Jackson and Washington parks. The signs would be directed not at drivers, but at President Barack and Michelle Obama, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Barack Obama...
| Feb 9, 2015
| 6:25 AM
Want to score an invite to the State of the Union address? One way to do so, it turns out, is to turn a rape accusation into a contemporary art project.
Imagine the following scenario: You're a college student, and you believe you have been raped by a...
| Feb 6, 2015
| 3:27 PM
Engineers have taken an ordinary smartphone and made it a whole lot smarter.
They created a compact, handheld device that plugs into an iPhone and turns it into a mobile laboratory that can diagnose HIV and syphilis in just 15 minutes.
| Feb 6, 2015
| 11:40 AM
The cost of a new pair of glasses may leave you seeing double. Fancy frames, special lenses and protective coatings can add $500 or more, even with insurance. You can get cheaper pairs online or in discount stores, but can you trust them to correct your...
| Feb 17, 2015
| 3:00 AM
He's getting sappy on college campuses, wringing his hands about his tuition savings plan and waxing nostalgic about his own years as an undergraduate.
President Obama is hurtling toward a deadline that looms over him much like the end of his time in...
| Feb 19, 2015
| 5:55 AM
In what we like to think of romantically as the Golden Age of Hollywood, films were corporate commodities manufactured by committee, much as an automobile is put together on an assembly line. There were exceptions, but even in the work of some of the most...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 12:29 PM
If you're dead serious about politics, consider this: A new paper finds that people with conservative ideologies were more likely to die in the study period than their liberal peers.
The findings, published by the Journal of Epidemiology & Community...
| Feb 15, 2015
| 1:42 PM
Philip Levine, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose intimate portraits of blue-collar life were grounded in personal experience and political conscience, died Saturday. Levine was 87.
Levine, the country's poet laureate in 2011-2012, died at his home...