L. Carol Ritchie

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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 ...


U.S. Conducts Airstrikes Near Besieged Iraqi Town

Saturday, August 30, 2014

American forces have carried out airstrikes near the Iraqi town of Amerli, which has been under siege by Islamic militants for more than two months.

U.S., British, French and Australian aircraft also made aid drops to the area, where residents have been desperately short on food and without clean water ...


The 'Times' Of London Reverts To Type To Motivate Reporters

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In a striking display of confidence in the sensory impact of old-school technology, the Times of London has set up speakers in its newsroom to broadcast the sound of typewriters clicketing and clacking to inspire reporters to buckle down for deadline, according to The Independent newspaper.

The sound starts ...


3 White House Aides To Attend Michael Brown's Funeral Service

Sunday, August 24, 2014

President Obama is sending three White House officials to Ferguson, Mo., on Monday for the funeral service for Michael Brown, the 18-year-old black man killed by a white police officer two weeks ago.

The shooting set off days of unrest in the St. Louis suburb, but the demonstrations this weekend ...


Torrential Rain Swamps Phoenix, Strands Drivers

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monsoonal rainfall caused massive flash flooding in Phoenix on Tuesday, turning roads into raging torrents and stranding residents and drivers.

More than 5 inches of rain has fallen — 2 inches in one hour in some locations. Weather Underground recorded 1 inch in less than 15 minutes.

Rescuers ...


U.S. Says Syria's Chemical Weapons Stockpile Is Destroyed

Monday, August 18, 2014

The U.S. said Monday that all of Syria's declared chemical weapon stockpile has been destroyed.

The weapons were destroyed aboard the U.S. cargo vessel MV Cape Ray in international waters, The Associated Press reported.

President Obama said it was an important step in preventing the spread of weapons of mass ...


Fresh Tensions Flare In Ferguson, Mo., With More Tear Gas, Looting

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A 24-hour period of calm was broken early Saturday when police returned to the streets in riot gear and some protesters began looting stores and breaking car windows.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a festive atmosphere reigned for most of Friday night, as hundreds of people lined ...


Police: NASCAR's Tony Stewart Hits, Kills Dirt Track Driver

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Updated at 10:25 a.m. ET.

In a tragic collision, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart hit and killed sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr., who was walking on a racetrack in upstate New York on Saturday night, authorities said.

Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said Ward was dead on arrival at an ...


At Least 13 Israeli Soldiers, 87 Palestinians Killed In Gaza Strip Sunday

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Updated at 10:30 p.m. ET.

A spokesman for Hamas claimed Sunday that the group has captured an Israeli soldier. Reuters quotes Israel's ambassador to the U.N., Ron Prosor, as saying that no Israeli soldier has been kidnapped.

It's the latest development in a bloody day of fighting between Israel and ...

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Kerry: Evidence Points Clearly To Rebels Shooting Down MH17

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Updated at 4:25 p.m. ET.

In the most emphatic U.S. statement to date on culpability for the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Eastern Ukraine that killed 298 people, Secretary of State John Kerry says evidence overwhelmingly points to Russian-backed separatists.

In an interview with CNN, he says that U.S. ...


Gaza Toll Near 340 As Israel Presses Ground War

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Updated at 4:25 p.m. ET.

Nearly 340 people have been killed and nearly 2,400 wounded in 11 days of fighting in the Gaza Strip, as tens of thousands have been displaced in the conflict, according to health officials in the Palestinian territory.

Ashraf al-Kidra, a Gazan health official, says 338 ...


Ukraine Accuses Rebels Of Destroying Evidence At MH17 Crash Site

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Updated at 4:35 p.m. ET.

International investigators say armed rebels have limited their inspection of the Eastern Ukraine site of the downed Malaysian Airlines flight that killed nearly 300 passengers and crew, as Kiev accused pro-Russian separatists of destroying evidence at the scene.

Malaysia Airlines on Saturday released a


California Approves $500 Fines For Residential Water-Wasters

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Californians who waste water will have to pay up to $500 a day for their extravagance under new restrictions approved Tuesday by the State Water Resources Control Board.

The move comes after the board concluded that voluntary conservation measures have failed to achieve the 20 percent reduction in water use ...


The Moon Puts On A Triple Super Summer Spectacle

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Summer 2014 promises to be more super than most, and not just because of the World Cup or LeBron James returning to Cleveland.

This summer, the moon will reach "super" status not once, not twice, but three times — and the first time happens Saturday night.

A supermoon, or a ...


Oklahoma, Arizona Inmates Sue To Stop Executions

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Death row inmates in two states are taking legal action to stop states from using the kind of multi-drug protocol that resulted in botched executions in Oklahoma and Ohio.

The inmates are not challenging their convictions or death sentences, only the way in which the sentences are to be carried ...


A Modern Twist On Mexican Tradition Hits The Runway

Saturday, June 28, 2014

In a small shed in Tenancingo, Mexico, partly open to the sky, about a half-dozen men stand behind huge wooden looms. They pedal side-by-side, their churning feet making a beautiful harmony as they craft handmade rebozos.

Rebozos, long rectangular shawls that came into style in Mexico in the 16th century, ...


Miss. Sen Thad Cochran Defeats Tea Party Challenger

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Republican Sen. Thad Cochran held on to a slim margin of votes to defeat his Tea Party-backed challenger and win his party's nomination.

Cochran, who at 76 has served six terms in the Senate, made a last-ditch effort to attract traditionally Democratic voters into the Republican primary runoff to bolster ...


Revelers Greet The Solstice Sunrise At Stonehenge

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Thousands danced and sang and celebrated the sunrise at Stonehenge on Saturday on this summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

The Associated Press said the site was filled with new-agers, revelers practicing yoga, pagans and modern-day Druids — what the Guardian calls ...


Deep Underground, Oceans Of Water May Be Trapped In A Crystal 'Sponge'

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Science teachers may have to add a whole new layer to the water cycle.

Scientists have discovered evidence of a vast reservoir of water hiding up to 400 miles beneath the surface.

The discovery could transform our understanding of how the planet was formed, suggesting that Earth's water may ...