L. Carol Ritchie

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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 ...


Afghans Head To Polls Despite Violence

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Afghans chose between two former government ministers in a presidential election that will be the first transfer of power by ballot in Afghanistan's history.

The winner of Saturday's balloting, as Arab News puts it, "will inherit an unfinished war and an economy in the doldrums."

Abdullah Abdullah, an ...


College Colleagues Will Face Off For Eric Cantor's Seat

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Two professors at Virginia's Randolph-Macon College find themselves in an unexpected position: facing each other in November for a seat in Congress.


Meet David Brat, The Giant-Killer Who Knocked Off Eric Cantor

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Who is David Brat, the slayer of a goliath of congressional politics, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor?

The man who rocked the political world Tuesday is a 52-year-old, passionate, self-described "free-market, Milton Friedman economist" and a professor at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia. In addition to economics, Brat ...


A Horse — And A Horse Story — For The Ages

Saturday, June 07, 2014

It's hard not to fall for a horse like California Chrome, a foal bred of ordinary parents who beats all odds and wins at the sport of kings. With Saturday's running of the Belmont Stakes, he has a shot at the Triple Crown and a fairytale ending to his Cinderella ...


A Sisyphean Task Begins As 'Forget' Requests Roll Into Google

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Google opened an online form this week allowing European users to request that information about their lives be deleted from the search engine.

In the first 24 hours, more than 12,000 people asked to be "forgotten."

The company was responding to a European Court of Justice ruling in ...


Chilean Miners Rally To Beat The Odds Again, At The World Cup

Saturday, May 31, 2014

You don't need to understand Spanish to be stirred by the breathtaking ad released in Chile ahead of the World Cup.

You also don't need to be a devotee of soccer to watch this one-minute, 14-second masterpiece and suddenly feel a burning love for the game.

The ad features the ...


Oldest Serving Member Of The House Loses To Tea Party Opponent

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The oldest member of Congress has lost his bid for an 18th term in the House.

Rep. Ralph Hall of Texas, 91, was defeated in a Republican primary runoff by John Ratcliffe, 48, a former U.S. attorney with Tea Party support.

Hall, who has been in the House since 1981, ...


Presidential Election Underway In Ukraine, But Blocked In East

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Ukrainians began voting Sunday in a presidential election marred by violence and all but cancelled in eastern cities, where pro-Russian separatists have shut polling places and threatened election officials.

The election is being called the most important for Ukraine since the nation won independence from Moscow 23 years ...


Pope Francis Arrives In West Bank Town Of Bethlehem

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Pope Francis gave symbolic approval to Palestinian hopes for an independent state as he arrived in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Sunday. The pope is on the second day of his Mideast trip, which began Saturday with a stop in Jordan.

Previous popes always visited the West Bank ...


Police Say Calif. Shooting Suspect Was 22-Year-Old Seen In Threatening Videos

Saturday, May 24, 2014

(This post was last updated at 9:04 p.m. ET.)

Police have identified 22-year-old Elliot Rodger as the suspect who opened fire Friday night in a busy commercial strip just outside the University of California, Santa Barbara, campus.

During a Saturday news conference, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said the ...


A Giant Among Dinosaurs, Discovered In Argentina

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Paleontologists in Argentina say they have unearthed the fossils of the biggest dinosaur ever to walk the planet.

The bones are believed to be from a new species of the aptly named titanosaur, a massive herbivore from the late Cretaceous period, officials from the Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio ...


Oprah Winfrey's Channel Calls Off Michael Sam Series

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Oprah Winfrey's television network was set to follow Michael Sam through rookie camp as he tried to earn a spot on the St. Louis Rams. The docuseries was to follow Sam, the first openly gay NFL player, with a camera team at training camp as well as his personal life ...


Judge Strikes Down Idaho's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A federal judge has struck down Idaho's ban on gay marriage.

U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale ruled Tuesday that the state's law banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and that Idaho must allow gay couples to marry as soon as 9 a.m. Friday

"Idaho's Marriage Laws withhold from them a ...


Voting Begins On Independence For Eastern Ukraine

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Residents of two fractious regions of eastern Ukraine began voting Sunday in a controversial referendum over independence from the central government in Kiev.

Separatists opened polls at 8 a.m. local time (1 a.m. EDT) in Donetsk and Luhansk, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin's call last week to postpone ...


'Senior Black Correspondent' Larry Wilmore Takes Colbert Slot

Saturday, May 10, 2014

But will he pronounce the T in "Report?"

Larry Wilmore, The Daily Show's "senior black correspondent," will take over the 11:30 p.m. slot on Comedy Central after Stephen Colbert leaves for CBS at the end of the year.

The 52-year-old writer and actor will begin his new show, The Minority ...


Obama Cracks Wise At White House Correspondents Dinner

Sunday, May 04, 2014

President Obama made fun of himself at the White House Correspondents Association dinner on Saturday, the annual nerd-ball schmooze fest where Washington's media stars get comfy with a mix of political bigwigs and Hollywood beautiful people to celebrate a year of journalism.

Obama, known for his comic timing and delivery, ...