It's been 22 days since the world learned of a chemical weapons attack in Syria. In that time, the administration's approach to the situation has zigged and zagged. Will the shifting message cause lasting damage to the Obama presidency?
At least three people are dead as flash floods caused by heavy rains swept through areas near Boulder, Colo. The flooding left motorists stranded, forced hundreds of people to be evacuated from their homes and caused several buildings to collapse.
"This is the real deal. Voyager 1 has finally reached interstellar space; the first time a spacecraft has been in the space between the stars," says one project scientist. Launched in 1977, the probe has been surveying the solar system.
Robert Siegel talks with Diana Ivanova, a Bulgarian documentary filmmaker and former reporter for Radio Free Europe, about one of the Cold War's most notorious assassinations: The murder of Bulgarian writer and dissident Georgi Markov by poison-tipped umbrella. Bulgaria decided a statute of limitations was finally reached yesterday, 35 years after Markov died of ricin poisoning. British police, however, are continuing with their own investigation into Markov's assassin.
Outreach workers are going from concerts to oyster festivals to urge uninsured people to sign up for coverage. The state received $15 million in federal money to spend on marketing a health insurance exchange that opens Oct. 1.
An initiative in New York City is designed to nudge the families of overweight kids and teens to change the way they eat with fruit and vegetable prescriptions. The big incentive? Free produce as well as tips on how best to cook and economize.
Jonathan Lethem's Dissident Gardens sketches a history of the American left that is at once intimate and expansive. Out of the lives of a few conflicted characters, reviewer Mohsin Hamid explains, the book lends depth and emotion to events that affected millions.
Steven Greenberg of the disco group Lipps, Inc. joins Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Loretta Lynn among artists currently trying to reclaim ownership of their work from labels, per a 1976 revision of copyright law. But the record industry is expected to put up a legal fight to retain the rights.
The fall season isn't scheduled to start for another several weeks, but with a little web searching you can sample the first episodes of a whole bunch of the new TV shows early for free. Counterintuitive as it sounds, the networks are so intent on hooking you that they're willing to lure viewers away from watching the premiere episode on air, where the ratings actually count.
After decades without any reported cases, dengue fever seems to be getting a foothold in the U.S. In 2009, it surfaced in Key West. This year, 18 cases have been reported this summer in Martin County, Fla.
Two Democratic state senators in Colorado, including the Senate President, were yanked from office this week in recall elections. Gun advocates pushed for the first-ever referenda, and the fight became a proxy battle between the NRA on one side and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's gun-control group on the other.
A U.S. government source says small arms from the U.S. are starting to head into Syria, funneled by the CIA, which is involved in covert training of rebel forces in Jordan. But a larger U.S. training effort has yet to be approved by the White House. The Pentagon is coming up with options that ramp up CIA training in Jordan and possibly Turkey. Other Arab countries have also expressed interest in helping out. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has hinted that the larger-scale training would be done by either Green Berets or conventional U.S. troops, and Sen. John McCain is pushing for this effort. But the effort may have been put on hold given the new diplomatic effort between the U.S. and Russia.
Tunisia's Islamist ruling party is trying to avoid the fate of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, which was recently ousted by the military. But it's feeling the heat. As in Egypt, security issues and economic pressures are fueling discontent. Tunisians are increasingly blaming the government.
Scientists say that one of the most drought-prone regions in the Horn of Africa is lying atop vast reserves of water. Test drilling has confirmed the existence of two aquifers under Kenya's northern Turkana district. Government officials say the water could provide 70 years' worth of supplies.
A chance encounter with a little girl in an ice cream store inspired R.J. Palacio to write a novel about a boy born with distorted facial features. She says it got her thinking about what it's like to "have to face a world every day that doesn't know how to face you back."