June 13, 2013 RSS feed / Living

Cleaning Up Hanford

Storied nuke plant becomes environmental wasteland

RICHLAND, Wash.  A stainless steel tank the size of a basketball court lies buried in the sandy soil of southeastern Washington state, an aging remnant of U.S. efforts to win World War II. More...

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THIS WEEK IN THE CIVIL WAR

Cavalry forces battle at Brandy Station in Virginia

While Union forces were besieging points along the lower Mississippi River, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was beginning to look for an opening to strike at the North.  More...

Apple poised for hiring spree

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple expects to expand its Silicon Valley work force by nearly 50 percent during the next three years, signaling the company’s faith in its ability to keep coming up with hit products like the iPhone and iPad.  More...

A great summer for U.S. theme park vacations

ORLANDO, Fla.   If there’s ever been a summer to visit a theme park — or two, or three — this is it.  High speed wooden roller coasters? Thrilling, senseassaulting rides? Penguins?  Yes, yes and most definitely.  More...

For Philadelphia bicyclist, a cat is his co-pilot

PHILADELPHIA   For bicyclist Rudi Saldia, you could say a cat is his co-pilot.  Saldia often buzzes around Philadelphia with his year-old feline Mary Jane perched on his shoulder. More...

THIS WEEK IN THE CIVIL WAR

Union offensive continues along the Mississippi

Union forces 150 years ago during the Civil War continued raining cannon shot and rifle fire down on Confederates ensconced behind defensive works at Port Hudson, La. More...

U.S. Jews who helped refugees during Nazi era

N.Y. exhibit

NEW YORK   An exhibition has opened at a museum in Lower Manhattan about efforts by American Jews to bring refugees to the U.S. from Europe during the Nazi era.  More...

Turtle Tourism

Leatherbacks making a comeback in a corner of the Caribbean

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THIS WEEK IN THE CIVIL WAR

Fighting for control of the lower Mississippi River

Union forces acted this week in 1863 in a coordinated onslaught against Confederates holding Port Hudson, La., bidding to dislodge them while Ulysses S. More...

Penn gets $15M gift to study justice

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The University of Pennsylvania has received a $15 million gift to examine the U.S. criminal justice system from someone who has had some experience with it: ex-Wall Street banker Frank Quattrone.  More...

Medical pot laws may send more kids to ER

CHICAGO (AP) — Increased use of medical marijuana may lead to more young children getting sick from accidentally eating food made with the drug, a Colorado study suggests.   More...

Visiting the Wisconsin home of world’s stinkiest cheese

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THIS WEEK IN THE CIVIL WAR

Union assaults on Vicksburg, Miss.

This week 150 years ago in the Civil War, Ulysses Grant hurled his Union forces at heavily fortified Vicksburg, Miss., in hopes of a swift conquest of the Mississippi River city.  More...

Reality TV’s new stars: Small businesses

NEW YORK   There’s no business like small business.  Mix the high stakes of running a small business with a dash of family drama and throw in a camera crew and you get hit reality television shows such as “Pawn Stars,” &ld More...

Playing with Caterpillars

... machines, not insects

PEORIA, Ill.  H ere’s a place where the word caterpillar does not refer to fuzzy little insects. More...

Dogs pull their own weight — and more

LUNA PIER, Mich.   “Come on Frosty, come on. You can do it,” Toni Yoakam said while encouraging her Siberian husky to pull weight.  More...

THIS WEEK IN THE CIVIL WAR

North, South forces clash in Mississippi at Champion Hill

On May 16, 1863, Union and Confederate forces clashed at the Battle of Champion Hill in Mississippi, dueling with artillery and rifle fire.  More...

Doctor with cerebral palsy offers hope

ST. LOUIS   Dr. Jan Brunstrom-Hernandez gently but sternly admonishes a teenage cerebral palsy patient who clearly hasn’t been doing his exercises, stressing the importance of keeping muscles loose and limber.  More...

A photographer’s story

Emilio’s loss offers hope for Boston wounded

BARCELONA, Spain I n the first horrific moments after the Boston Marathon bombing, with smoke still billowing around the wounded, I know what is going through the minds of the maimed victims. They are at once conscious and unconscious. More...