December 12, 2013 RSS feed / Living

Explorer to highlight water woes

Ann Bancroft plans 60-day expedition along Ganges

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Ulysses S. Grant

Union general’s papers at home in Mississippi

STARKVILLE, Miss.   Ulysses S. Grant and Mississippi go way back.  During the Civil War, his forces fought at Shiloh, Tenn., and into North Mississippi in the spring of 1862. More...

THIS WEEK IN THE CIVIL WAR

Lincoln lauds Confederate pullout

The Associated Press reported 150 years ago this week in the Civil War that Confederate Lt. Gen. James Longstreet was in retreat after abandoning his siege of Knoxville, Tenn.  More...

Five free things in Venice ... from bridges to a basilica

VENICE, Italy  O n a sunny day, when the Grand Canal is a sparkling ribbon of aquamarine embossed with boats ancient and modern, Venice can steal your heart.  And it can do a number on your wallet, too. More...

Young kids learn about bullying

SALISBURY, N.C.   Lea Silverburg sees hundreds of kindergarten and first-grade students a week, and “Puppy” accompanies her to every classroom.  The stuffed animal wears a school uniform and name tag. More...

THIS WEEK IN THE CIVIL WAR

Fighting subsides in Knoxville, Tenn.

Confederate James Longstreet abandoned his attempted siege of Knoxville, Tenn., on Dec. More...

Woman fights ticket for driving with Google Glass

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to what is believed to be the first traffic citation alleging a motorist was using Google’s computer-in-an-eyeglass.  The device, known as Google Glass, features a thum More...

JFK ... 50 years ago

So many recall where they were when the news came

They can still hear the voice that brought the news, breaking into a song on the car radio or disrupting a lesson over a school public address speaker. They remember the prayers offered up from sidewalks and sofas, some whispered and others wailed. More...

Who was Lee Harvey Oswald? Several questions still linger

Within hours of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination on Nov. 22, 1963, most Americans were familiar with the name Lee Harvey Oswald. More...

Historic items from JFK assassination on display

CINCINNATI Many items that make up the searing images from the assassination of President John F. More...

Subway performers eke out a living

NEW YORK  T o many, the real soundtrack of New York City plays out well below the street cacophony of rumbling traffic and honking horns. More...

Tours enchant visitors to Hearst’s hilltop estate

SAN SIMEON, Calif.   The coastline that parallels Route 1 in central California is so breathtaking that you might be forgiven for missing the zebras on the opposite side of the road.  And that huge chateau perched far off on the hillside? More...

Different kind of movie rating

Equality-minded Sweden introduces new category

STOCKHOLM   You expect movie ratings to tell you whether a film contains nudity, sex, profanity or violence. Now movie theaters in equality-minded Sweden are introducing a new rating to highlight gender bias, or rather the absence of it.  More...

Deadbeat gamblers

... as an economic indicator

Q&A  LAS VEGAS  H ow do you know the economy is coming back? High rollers are paying their gambling debts.  All four major U.S. More...

Broken waters

Groups work foot by foot to restore Wyoming river

RIVERSIDE, Wyo. Man wasn’t always kind to the Encampment River. Lumber sent down the river for railroad ties tore up its banks. Gravel was dredged from its bottom. Water was diverted to grind copper ore from the Sierra Madres. More...

THIS WEEK IN THE CIVIL WAR

Confederates move toward Knoxville, Tenn.

Confederate President Jefferson Davis ordered one of his most capable commanders, James Longstreet, to send forces against Union rivals and advance toward Knoxville, Tenn.  The so-called Knoxville Campaign by Longstreet would drag on through Nov More...

Malamutes thriving in new homes

HELENA, Mont.  F rancesca walks around excitedly.  She hears a familiar sound but is not quite sure where it is coming from.  “Woo, woo,” she hears. “Woo, woo,” she answers back. More...

At these coffee klatches, death is the agenda

NEW YORK   It can be tough to get a conversation going if you want to talk about the late stages of dementia, your last will and testament or the recent passing of your mother.  More...

THIS WEEK IN THE CIVIL WAR

Skirmishes in Tennessee; praise for Grant’s rise

With Ulysses S. Grant on the scene in Chattanooga, Tenn., federal forces in late October 1863 quickly began resupplying and adding new troops in the city besieged by Confederate forces on high ground nearby.  More...

Patti Smith reflects on her friend Lou Reed

NEW YORK (AP) — Patti Smith remembers the first time she saw Lou Reed in person. It was 1970 and Reed and the Velvet Underground were performing at the Manhattan club Max’s Kansas City.  More...