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An Amazing Trickeration?: Banished Words For 2012

Sunday, January 01, 2012

At Lake Superior State University, college officials have been releasing a list of banished words since 1976. Words that you're not allowed to say this year include "baby bump" and "o...


'100 Cult Films': Some You'd Expect, But 'Star Wars'?

Sunday, December 18, 2011

If one movie can sum up the definition of "cult film," it would probably be The Rocky Horror Picture Show. (Yeah, that is why it's up there at the top of the page.)

Midnight-movie screenings and singalongs with the film's musical numbers have cemented Rocky Horror's status in the pantheon ...


Coquito: A Tropical Twist On The Holiday Classic

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Coquito, an eggnog made with rum and coconut, is as integral to a Puerto Rican Christmas as presents under the tree.

In New York on Saturday, 12 coquito makers are battling to be this year's Coquito Masters champion. It's the 10th year of the contest. Trolleys will take fans to ...


Overhauling Congress: Taking It Back To Formula

Sunday, December 11, 2011

It's been a year of frustration on Capitol Hill with constant battles over money, the partisanship in Congress and legislative gridlock. It certainly doesn't look like the system of g...


'Man Seeks God,' Finds Wayne Of Staten Island

Monday, December 05, 2011

In Eric Weiner's newest book, Man Seeks God, the former NPR foreign correspondent heads around the world on a humorous and thoughtful quest for spirituality.


R.E.M., R.I.P.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

They were four guys out of Athens, Ga., with a three-letter name — and one hell of an impact on rock. R.E.M. was Michael Stipe singing lead, Mike Mills on bass and harmonies, Peter Buck on guitar and Bill Berry on drums, until Berry left the band in 1997.



Who Benefits When A Private Prison Comes To Town?

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Critics have long questioned the quality of private prisons and the promises of economic benefits where they are built. But proponents say private prisons not only save taxpayers mone...


A Stone Carver's Daughter Tells Of Mount Rushmore

Friday, October 28, 2011

Luigi Del Bianco was the chief stone carver on the Mount Rushmore monument, working for years to bring the presidents' faces to life in stone. He gave Abraham Lincoln's face many of i...


For 'Anonymous' Scribe, A Shakespearean Speculation

Friday, October 28, 2011

An oft-debunked notion about the authorship of Hamlet, Macbeth and the rest is at the core of a new political thriller from director Roland Emmerich. Screenwriter John Orloff tells Re...


Today's Wall Street Not Much Different From 2008

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Regardless of how Europe resolves its debt crisis, changes are needed. Like the U.S., Europe's road to recovery is likely to be long and difficult. As European markets get closer to...


On Broadway, John Turturro Offers Three For One

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Actor John Turturro is best known for roles in movies by Spike Lee, the Coen Brothers and others, but this month he's making his debut as a Broadway director. Turturro is directing ...


Occupy Wall Street, Tea Party: United In Distrust

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The movements may disagree on many issues, but they seem to have similar opinions on the bank bailout, the federal deficit and the influence of corporations and money on Congress. ...


Journey From N.Y. To Be Somalia's Prime Minister

Saturday, October 22, 2011

In September 2010, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed had a job with the city government in Buffalo. Before the end of the year, he was in Mogadishu, fulfilling an obligation he felt to help change the situation in his homeland.


Amid Breast Cancer Month, Is There Pink Fatigue?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

It's October and one color dominates the landscape — it's not fall gold or Halloween orange – but pink, the color of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But what if your breast ...


Eating Healthy: Whose Choice Should It Be?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Restaurants are introducing calorie counts on menus and smaller portions to help consumers make healthier choices. But some consumers think that limits choice, and nutrition experts s...


The Fight To Save The U.S. Postal Service

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Just in the last four years mail volume is down 20 percent, so the agency is struggling to reinvent itself. That could mean layoffs, post office closures and possibly the end of Saturday delivery.

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Economist: U.S. Skating On Thin Ice

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Lakshman Achuthan of the Economic Cycle Research Institute says all of his economic indicators point to more sputtering ahead. "The risk of a new recession is quite high," he says.

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Glowing Kittens Help In Fight Against AIDS

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Millions of cats suffer and die from feline AIDS every year. Scientists have found a way to prevent infection by injecting cat eggs with monkey genes that block HIV infection. And to ...


Hiring Of Sharpton By MSNBC Follows Larger Trend

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton will begin hosting MSNBC's 6 p.m. hour, starting Monday. Some suggest a black journalist would have been better suited for the gig, but a media ...


Does Jobs Have Place In History Beside Edison, Ford?

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Comparisons can be drawn between the former Apple CEO and other great innovators like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, both technological titans in American history.

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