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Kelvin Cooperage, owned by brothers Kevin and Paul McLaughlin, is making white oak barrels for the newly-rising craft distillers. Here, oak scraps are burned inside the finished barrels to char them.
Mon, 12/29/2014 - 15:38

Distillers must age bourbon in new white oak barrels that are charred inside. But the barrel supply is running low, and new, small craft distillers are having trouble getting any barrels at all.

Students in Uganda may use Uglish words, but you can be sure they're not learning them at school.
Mon, 12/29/2014 - 15:17

The language called "Uglish" is as controversial in Uganda as Ebonics is in the U.S. And now it has its own dictionary. Is it just bad English or a legitimate local variant?

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 15:16

The gulf between the vast majority of the American public and the nation's military has had a detrimental effect on the U.S. fighting force, according to James Fallows in an Atlantic cover story.

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 15:13

Lourdes Garcia Navarro speaks with John Cox, an airline safety expert and former commercial pilot, about Saturday's disappearance of an AirAsia flight over the Java Sea.

A video about the Apple Watch is shown during an Apple special event in Cupertino, Calif.
Mon, 12/29/2014 - 15:13

Apple is ending an influential 2014 but faces another big test ahead. And we revisit the mega-hacks of the year and look to a more voice-controlled future.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies before a Senate panel July 17 at a hearing about auto safety recalls.
Mon, 12/29/2014 - 15:13

More than 60 million vehicles were recalled in the U.S. this year. But analysts say those recalls say more about the way the industry has restructured than about overall car safety.

Demonstrators on both sides of the abortion debate protest in front of the Supreme Court in 2011.
Mon, 12/29/2014 - 14:36

Does telling your abortion story help end stigma about the procedure, or does it help opponents make the case against abortion? The answer to that question depends very much on whom you talk to.

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 14:28

The patient, who had worked in an Ebola clinic in Sierra Leone, arrived in Glasgow, Scotland, late Sunday via London and Casablanca, Morocco. This is the first Ebola case diagnosed in the U.K.

"This is the last one," says Yassin Diouf, 40, holding the youngest of her six children. Four others died. "Maybe [family planning] is forbidden by Islam, but women are so tired of giving birth. If you have the permission of your husband, I think it's good."
Mon, 12/29/2014 - 12:48

In the village of Mereto, one imam is in favor of family planning while the other is not. Ngour Sen and his two wives, with a total of 11 children, knew which leader's advice they wanted to follow.

Cadets stand during the New York Police Department graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden on Monday.
Mon, 12/29/2014 - 12:32

Bill de Blasio and his city's police department have been at odds over the mayor's words about the Eric Garner grand jury decision.

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 11:23

Authorities say two suspects fired at a patrol car with a rifle. Both officers survived without injuries. One suspect was arrested.

<em>The Interview </em>is now Sony's top online movie. It earned $15 million through rentals and sales, the studio said.
Mon, 12/29/2014 - 11:13

The film also earned nearly $3 million through screenings at 331 theaters. The comedy that was pulled from widespread release following threats was rented or bought more than 2 million times.

The sun sets on the U.S. Capitol Building on the National Mall in Washington. On January 6th, Republicans will take over both chambers for the 114th Congress.
Mon, 12/29/2014 - 09:59

The GOP will take over both chambers of Congress on January 6th, with issues like the Keystone XL pipeline, Obamacare and immigration reform likely to take priority.

An alleged plotter of Mumbai attacks, Pakistani Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, center, prays with Syed Salahuddin, chief of Hezbul Mujahedeen at a rally on June 28, 2008, in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan. A court in Pakistan ordered Lakhvi to be freed.
Mon, 12/29/2014 - 09:39

Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi's lawyers argued that extended detention infringed on his rights because he had been granted bail by an anti-terrorism court. The Islamabad High Court agreed.

Target shoppers Kelly Foley (from left), Debbie Winslow and Ann Rich use a smartphone to look at a competitor's prices while shopping shortly after midnight on Black Friday, in South Portland, Maine.
Mon, 12/29/2014 - 09:39

Economists' forecasts for 2015 have gotten even more optimistic as oil prices have declined. Most now say inflation will remain low as hiring strengthens. That should lead to more consumer spending.

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