White House dumps controversial book contents as sensationalization case2012-01-10 - WASHINGTON, D.C.
- The White House on Monday brushed aside the controversial book about the First Family while journalists bombarded the presidential press secretary with questions.
The Health Law Goes Graphic
2012-01-10 - BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - Jonathan Gruber, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, aims to change that with a book, "Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, How It Works," that explains the ins and outs of the law in an innovative way: an adult comic-strip form similar to graphic novels.
Three Fridays the 13th, 13 weeks apart in 2012
2012-01-13 - NEW YORK CITY, NY - People who suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia, fear of Friday the 13th, will find 2012 very troublesome. There are three this year, 13 weeks apart.
Russian Mars probe crashes into Pacific Ocean
2012-01-16 - MOSCOW, RUSSIA - The Russian spacecraft Phobos-Grunt fell into the South Pacific Ocean on Sunday, according to Russia's Ministry of Defense. Burned in the atmosphere together with the Phobos-Grunt was China's first Mars spacecraft, Yinghao-1.
57,000 carat emerald up for sale
2012-01-18 - KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA - The world's biggest emerald --25 pounds and 57,000 carats --is up for sale and will be sold to the highest bidder at auction this month.
Poe's "toaster" is a no-show for third conseutive year
2012-01-20 - BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - The mysterious figure, who for decades had left roses and cognac as a birthday tribute at the grave of Edgar Allen Poe, was a no show Thursday for the third consecutive year.
Women feel more pain than men
2012-01-24 - STANFORD, CA, UNITED STATES - Women feel more intense pain than men, according to a new study.
Afghan mother gives birth to rare sextuplets
2012-01-25 - KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - An Afghan mother has given birth to sextuplets - three girls and three boys - in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif. She was unaware that she was carrying more than one child.
N. Carolina to pay $50,000 to each victim of forced sterilization
2012-01-26 - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - North Carolina will pay $50,000 to each person who was forcibly sterilized under the state's eugenics program from 1929 to 1974. But one victim, 57-year-old Elaine Riddick, said Wednesday she is refusing the compensation for not being enough to erase her pain of not being able to bear more children.