November is over and so is the big fall TV season. But there are bright gifts among the off-season also-rans, including TNT's Mob City and a French series about the undead.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a popular Democrat, former governor and strong proponent of the Affordable Care Act, is taking some heat back home for the problems with HealthCare.gov. She faces re-election next year, but a formidable Republican opponent has yet to emerge.
When doctors stick electrodes into the brain of a patient with epilepsy, they're hoping to find a cure for debilitating seizures. But they're also exploring a still-mysterious landscape. And they couldn't do it without a patient willing to help.
Vitali Klitschko has emerged as one of Ukraine's most popular opposition figures, in part because he earned his wealth in the ring and appears to be untouched by the country's corruption scandals. The boxer known as "Dr. Ironfist" has his eye on the presidency, but there are concerns about his lack of experience.
David Greene talks with Sylvain Groulx, head of mission for Doctors without Borders in the Central African Republic, about the state of the violence there and the hopes for peace now that French troops have arrived.
Eight tech giants — including Google, Apple and Facebook — have written an open letter to the president and Congress warning that current government surveillance practices are undermining freedom. This follows leaks showing tech firms were part of widespread NSA surveillance programs of email and phone records.
Officials from 159 countries took a big step forward in promoting global trade over the weekend at World Trade Organization talks in Indonesia.
An increasing number of people are signing up for health insurance through the government's new exchange, suggesting the Obama administration has made progress in fixing its broken website. But the exchange is just one part of the health care law, which remains politically divisive almost four years after its passage.
A world-heavyweight boxing champion has emerged as one of Ukraine's most popular opposition figures, in part because he earned his wealth in the ring and appears to be untouched by the country's endemic corruption scandals. But analysts question whether Vitali Klitschko — who also holds a Ph.D. in sports science — has the political savvy to unite the troubled country of 46 million people.
While the world remembers Nelson Mandela as the great reconciler, some ordinary South Africans are remembering him in their own way — as a powerful figure of resistance. And they're looking toward the country's future with both hope and uncertainty.
We’ve heard a lot in the last few years about older workers being laid off, and not being able to find another job. But there are actually some companies that are trying to keep their older workers. They want experienced employees to be happy and productive for as long as possible, so business can run smoothly. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 40 percent of people 55 and older are employed -- that’s an all-time high. Job market watchers say it’ll be increasingly important to keep those aging workers keen.
Patricia Riordan is one of them. When she started nursing 42 years ago, she used to push pills in a little cart from patient to patient. These days a computer dispenses the dose into tiny drawers, and it’s rare for Riordan and her colleagues to have to wait for medication to come from the pharmacy.
Technology isn’t the only thing that’s made life easier lately. At 62, Riordan is still working a few 12-hour shifts a week as a cardiac nurse. For years, she squeezed through narrow spaces and stepped over chairs to reach patients. Not any more. The way her hospital near Atlanta is designed, the work is now easier on her body.
"The furniture is pretty well put out through the units so that the rooms are spacious enough that we can get around with the equipment," Riordan says. "Everything that we need to do for the patients is readily available."
Her employer, WellStar Health System, wants to accommodate its aging workforce -- a third of its nurses are over 50. The new hospitals allow nurses to walk a shorter distance between patients, cut down on bending, and do their rounds on softer floors.
Other industries like retail, banking, and transportation are also courting older employees, according to Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, director of the Sloan Center on Aging and Work at Boston College. Companies now provide everything from babysitting services for grandkids to training in new skills. She says they want to ensure their older employees are coming to work engaged, but also “interested in keeping their skills up-to-date.”
It may be logical, but it’s still not the norm for many businesses to woo older workers. And those that are on the case aren’t doing it purely out of altruism, Pitt-Catsouphes says.
"Certainly a sweet spot for most employers is to do something that demonstrates sort of an ethics if you will, but also has some sound business sense to it."
Take pharmaceutical firm Pfizer. Steve First is vice president of benefits at Pfizer. The company provides benefits from free health and wellness consultations to paid time off for caregiving. First says he hears plenty of horror stories from colleagues about how tough it is to find a care assistant for an elderly parent.
"So to be able to provide, through our programs, a geriatric care assessment -- the time saving is enormous," he says. "So that means less time someone is worried about a parent, more time here in the office."
First says Pfizer wants to keep its more seasoned employees enthusiastic, healthy -- and give them peace of mind so they can concentrate on work.
Companies also want to make sure workers’ experience gets passed down. Patricia Riordan spends a lot of time with younger nurses.
"I do precept them and teach them and they come to me with a lot of questions," she says. "They consider me a resource on the unit."
Which isn’t surprising -- after all, she does have 42 years of nursing behind her.
Jive-talking, jazz-loving "hep cats" from the 1930s and 1940s are the great-grandparents of today's hipsters. The interest of white fans in black music helped fill Harlem's nightclubs and prompted derision. Hipsters were criticized for being the equivalent of a "pretentious poet laureate."
Another lawmaker had previously asked Edward Snowden to testify before the German Parliament, but Snowden declined, saying he would happily do so, but he first wanted to testify before the U.S. Congress.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel found that agents recruited mentally disabled men, made them a central part of stings and then charged them for crimes committed during the operations.
California-based Moon Express just unveiled the design for a small robot spacecraft about the size of a coffee table that it says could move about the moon's surface powered only by solar panels and hydrogen peroxide.
Las Vegas-based Moon Express just unveiled the design for a small robot spacecraft about the size of a coffee table that it says could move about the moon's surface powered only by solar panels and hydrogen peroxide.
Fast-food workers across the country protested their low pay this week, while President Obama decried the nation's growing wealth gap, calling it "the defining challenge of our time." Meanwhile, the nation's capital city passed a new minimum wage law.
There's no question that people have mixed motives when they send out their cards. No doubt they want to put the best face on their own lives, offering an annual report marked more by pride, perhaps, than honesty. Christmas cards may be self-serving and smug, but they're also well-meant attempts to connect.
The United States Air Force Band surprised visitors of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington with a joyous performance of holiday classics.
Thousands of protesters are calling for the ouster of their president, who wants closer ties with Russia. Ukraine has seen daily protests for more than two weeks now.