L. Carol Ritchie

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Pi Day Isn't Just Magical, It's Mathematics. And There's Pie!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

We bring you this story in case you want to get baking.

That's because Saturday is Pi Day — but it's not just any pi day.

It's March 14* of the year '15, or 3-14-15 — the first five digits of the number pi. It's a confluence that won't happen ...


Category 5 Cyclone Pam Pummels Vanuatu

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Updated at 2:22 p.m. ET

Vanuatu's president appealed to the international community for help as his country was battered by Cyclone Pam, which slammed the tiny South Pacific archipelago early Saturday with 168 mph winds.

"I am speaking to you today with a heart that is so heavy," President Baldwin ...


Family Of U.S. Hostage Held By ISIS Hopeful She Is Alive

Saturday, February 07, 2015

The family of the Arizona woman who Islamic militants claim was killed in a Jordanian airstrike is hoping she is still alive.

Kayla Jean Mueller's parents are not speaking to reporters, but issued a statement through a family representative late Friday asking for privacy and requesting that the so-called Islamic ...


World Leaders Join Unity March In Paris

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Updated at 3:00 p.m. ET

Dressed in black, world leaders, including French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, stood at the front of a unity rally in Paris to show solidarity for the victims of this week's deadly attacks by ...


7-Year-Old Survives Ky. Plane Crash

Friday, January 02, 2015

A 7-year-old girl has survived a small plane crash that killed four in Kentucky. She was disoriented in the crash but well enough to walk to a home and report it.

The resident called 911 and the girl was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the Associated Press reports.



AirAsia Plane Missing After Takeoff From Indonesia

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Updated at 1:00 p.m. ET

Search operations have been suspended for the night for an AirAsia plane with 162 aboard that lost contact with air traffic control after takeoff from Indonesia on a flight to Singapore, the Singapore Civil Aviation Authority reports.

The plane, en route from Surabaya, Indonesia, lost ...


Geminid Meteor Showers Light Up Both Hemispheres

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The annual Geminid meteor shower dazzled Earthlings around the world late Saturday and early Sunday.

Pieces of gravel and dust from a "rock comet" called 3200 Phaethon shot across the sky and lit up discussion boards from to Twitter — for those who could tear ...


In The Philippines, More Than 1 Million Flee Typhoon Hagupit

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Updated at 10:30 a.m. ET

More than 1 million people have fled to shelters before the power of Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines today, which has killed at least three people.

The raging winds toppled trees, tore away roofs and knocked out power in a region hit by a killer ...


American Hostage In Yemen Killed In Failed Rescue Attempt

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Updated at 12:30 p.m. ET

American journalist Luke Somers, held captive by militants from al-Qaida's branch in Yemen for more than a year, has been killed by his captors during a failed U.S. rescue attempt.

A South African held along with Somers was also killed.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel ...


Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Dies

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Marion Barry, the fiery Washington, D.C., politician who was famously re-elected after going to jail for crack cocaine possession, has died after months of battling health issues. He was 78.

The four-term mayor, who was still serving his third term on the D.C. Council, was famous for fighting for the ...


ISIS Issues Video Showing Beheading Of American Aid Worker

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Updated at 4:45 p.m. ET

The White House has confirmed that a video released by the self-declared Islamic State that shows the beheading of hostage Peter Kassig, an American aid worker in Syria who was kidnapped in 2013, is authentic.

The radical jihadist group posted the video on social media ...

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Giants Pound Royals 11-4 To Tie World Series

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The San Francisco Giants came roaring back Saturday, pounding the Kansas City Royals 11-4 before a thundering crowd at AT&T Park in Game 4 of the World Series.

The Giants Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval led the team and charged up the crowd to tie the series at two apiece. ...


Who's Catching Your Cellphone Conversations?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

With the right equipment, people can hijack your cellphone, listen to your calls and read your texts, alarming privacy rights advocates and tech experts alike.

We know the eavesdropping is happening, but we don't know much about who's doing the listening. The police and other law enforcement agencies do it, ...

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CDC Cites 'Breach' In Ebola Protocol As Second Texas Case Emerges

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A health care worker in Texas who cared for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan has been confirmed to have the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The head of the CDC says the infection stems from a breach in protocol that officials are working to identify.

The ...


Landon Donovan Makes An Emotional, If Slightly Awkward Farewell

Saturday, October 11, 2014

He didn't want to play Friday, but in the end, U.S. soccer legend Landon Donovan was glad he did.

The setting was a farewell game to honor the retiring 32-year-old forward, a friendly game between the U.S. team and Ecuador. Donovan played only 40 minutes and didn't score — although ...


Judge Orders Release Of Guantanamo Force-Feeding Videos

Saturday, October 04, 2014

A federal judge ordered the Obama administration to release 28 video recordings of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner being force fed.

The prisoner, Abu Wa'el Dhiab, a Syrian citizen who has been at Guantanamo since 2002, began his hunger strike 18 months ago. The government started force-feeding him through the nose ...


Police Officer Shot In Ferguson, Mo., As Protests Continue

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Ferguson, Mo., police officer was shot while on patrol Saturday evening, according to St. Louis police amid continuing protests over the August police shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

The officer was shot in the arm at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday and was taken to an area hospital. Police ...


In A Test Of The Cease-Fire, Ukraine Checkpoint Reportedly Destroyed

Sunday, September 07, 2014

The cease-fire in Ukraine is barely two days old, but the relative peace was ruptured by steady overnight shelling near the port city of Mariupol.

The BBC says the city is now quiet, but artillery fire by pro-Russian forces destroyed a major government checkpoint. Mariupol is on a major ...


Blue Jeans Losing Their Grip On American Hips

Saturday, September 06, 2014

The AP says that the nation's devotion to denim is wearing thin. Sales fell a significant 6 percent over the last year after decades of steady growth, according to the market research firm NPD Group.

Seems the nation is leisurizing its pants, bypassing the dungarees and choosing elastic waistbands and ...


NATO To Create New 'Spearhead' Force For Eastern Europe

Monday, September 01, 2014

NATO leaders are expected to set up a rapid-response force to deploy quickly to eastern Europe to defend against potential Russian aggression at their meeting in Wales later this week.

The force of about 4,000 troops will be ready to move on 48 hours notice from a station in a ...