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Tue, 12/09/2014 - 04:11

"People within the fraternity life feel wronged," says a University of Virginia fraternity member about a discredited news article. But as educator on sexual assault, he knows the problem is real.

While people can often estimate how much they might need for 10 or 15 years of retirement, that calculation becomes more difficult for retirement that could last 20 years or more.
Tue, 12/09/2014 - 04:11

You don't know how long you'll live, which makes it hard to know how much money you'll need to retire. But several approaches can help people nearing retirement make their money last.

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 04:11

The Senate's release will focus on case studies of the treatment, at times brutal, of 20 or so high-value detainees in the counterterrorism efforts following 9/11, and whether those methods paid off.

Georgetown's Robert Clark says it's very difficult to say precisely how many experiments have been spoiled by contaminated cell lines.
Tue, 12/09/2014 - 04:11

A line of immortal cells, supposedly from a breast cancer patient, turned out to be from a type of skin cancer. The mix-up wasn't discovered until experiments around the world had been contaminated.

There's a real lack of math learning in pre-K. In one study, in fact, just 58 seconds out of a full preschool day was spent on math activities.
Tue, 12/09/2014 - 02:49

A new study is focusing on what works best to prepare kids for school. Math may be what really counts, say researchers; one of them describes it as "a lever to improve outcomes for kids longer term."

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 02:35

An NPR probe finds many nursing homes are still prescribing schizophrenia drugs to calm dementia patients — despite FDA warnings — but only 2 percent of excessive-medication cases result in penalties.

NASA says "cross-bedding" in the layers of this Martian rock is proof that water moved on Mars, leaving waves or ripples of loose sediment. The image is from a site at Mount Sharp NASA calls "Whale Rock."
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 20:09

The water and sediment flow might have been massive enough to build a mountain, NASA researchers say.

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 18:23

Attorney General Eric Holder says the department is adding resources to bring states in line with a 36-year-old law that attempts to keep Native children close to their relatives and tribes.

A horse-drawn carriage operator waits for riders near Central Park in New York on October 20, 2014. Mayor Bill de Blasio is backing legislation that would ban such carriages in 2016.
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 17:42

The city council gets the controversial bill at Mayor Bill de Blasio's request, one day after the editorial board of The New York Times urged, "Dump the bill. Keep the horses."

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 17:39

There's a kind of attack — one that's evolving — that sneaks into your network takes your files, and holds them for ransom.

Wilfredo Díaz left Honduras 16 years ago before his third child was born, and he hopes to bring his children to the U.S. under the State Department's new program.
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 17:15

A new State Department program would allow U.S.-based Latino parents to bring over children left in home countries. More than 57,000 children made the trip across the U.S.-Mexican border this year.

Damaged olives hang in the grove belonging to Augusto Spagnoli, an oil producer from Nerola, near Rome on Nov. 13, 2014. Italy's 2014 olive harvest was declared by both producers and experts as the worst in history, due to adverse climatic conditions which helped the olive fly proliferate, thus destroying the olives before they could be harvested.
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 17:15

Global olive oil production is down. Italian groves have been especially hard hit by a disease that killed 1 million trees. Audie Cornish speaks with Curtis Cord, publisher of the Olive Oil Times.

Sean Connery sits beside his co-star, English actress Shirley Eaton, covered in gold, during the filming of a scene from <em>Goldfinger </em>in 1964.
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 17:11

In response to a request from the producers of Goldfinger, the FBI said Ian Fleming's novels "generally center around sex and bizarre situations."

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson holds 2005 commencement exercises in Troy, N.Y. Jackson is one of three dozen presidents of private colleges and universities who made more than $1 million in 2012.
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 16:43

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson's 2012 compensation was mostly the payout of a retention package, but she still would have made close to a million without it.

German-American game developer Ralph Baer shows the prototype of the first games console which was invented by him during a press conference on the Games Convention Online in Leipzig, Germany in 2009. Baer died on Saturday. He was 92.
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 16:41

Video games have become a ubiquitous, billion-dollar industry, but all of the Playstations, Xboxes and Wiis can be traced back to the work of Robert Baer and his "Brown Box." He died Saturday.

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