Daily Archives: November 20, 2013
The first satellite ever developed by high school students to make it to space is believed to be orbiting Earth after getting a ride aboard a U.S. military rocket Tuesday night from Wallops Island, Va. Fittingly, perhaps, you can send it a text message.
The nation’s 43rd president made a rare appearance on national TV. Told that he looks more relaxed now than when he was in the White House, Bush laughed and said, “No kidding … duh!”
Joseph Paul Franklin, who was convicted of eight murders, suspected in as many as 20 others and who shot Hustler publisher Larry Flynt in 1978, was put to death Wednesday in Missouri. He also shot and seriously wounded civil rights leader Vernon Jordan in 1980.
Rep. Henry “Trey” Radel, a Republican, was sentenced to one year of probation and fined $250. He’s planning to seek treatment.
Among others receiving the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom: writer/activist Gloria Steinem, newspaper editor Ben Bradlee and jazz musician Arturo Sandoval. Posthumous honors went to astronaut Sally Ride, Sen. Daniel Inouye and civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.
A recent revision in the British Columbian city’s building code, designed to improve accessibility, shows the door to the venerable knob, replacing it with the hipper and easier-to-use lever.
The Justice Department announces that JPMorgan Chase will pay $13 billion to settle U.S. claims over the sale of troubled mortgages. The deal includes a $4 billion payment for consumer relief. More than half of the record settlement amount will be tax-deductible, the banking giant says.
Since the Toronto mayor admitted to smoking crack, he’s been portrayed as a bumbling, error-prone addict, whose everyman persona has helped him maintain his popularity in Canada’s most populous city. But we wondered: Who is Rob Ford really?
A pocket of ancient seawater found trapped underground reveals that during the Cretaceous Period, the Atlantic Ocean was much saltier than it is today.
The USPS is banking that Harry Potter buffs will scoop up the limited-edition stamps, which feature stills from the eight Harry Potter films. But not everyone’s a fan; critics say the new products are too commercial — and that a British import doesn’t belong on a U.S. stamp.