In 1961 a B-52 bomber accidentally dropped two nuclear bombs on North Carolina. One low-voltage switch "stood between the United States and a major catastrophe," an engineer wrote about the incident.
The number of people who die each year because of medical errors in hospitals may be twice as high as previously estimated. An analysis suggests that 210,000 or more people may suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death.
The company plans to cut 40 percent, or 4,500 workers, as it continues to reel from a dramatic loss of market share to smartphone makers such as Apple.
Congressional Republicans are trying to use budget deadlines to extract concessions from the president on his signature health care law. And they aren't alone in choosing this time to test the president's mettle — liberal Democrats have been pressuring Obama, too.
Critics of the NSA's secret surveillance hoped the debate that followed Edward Snowden's leaks would prompt the NSA to rethink the operation. Instead, one of the most noticeable effects so far has been a diversion of resources away from intelligence missions toward assessing damage from the leaks.
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Leith, N.D.'s residents want to keep control of their town out of the hands of white supremacists. Craig Cobb moved to Leith last year after purchasing 12 properties and he's given most of them away to people who are notorious in the white separatist movement.
Not only are Brazilian artists now getting big play in major museums around the world, but something new is happening inside Brazil: There's a burgeoning appetite for art.
Children with scoliosis often are told to wear back braces. But the evidence that the braces prevents further curvature of the spine has been limited. A clinical trial finds that bracing helps, but it's hard to tell in advance who will benefit and who will be fine without wearing a brace.
Yamauchi re-imagined Nintendo from a playing-card company to a pioneer in the video game industry. He helped launch games that marked adolescence in the '80s and '90s.
The U.S. is supposed to allow everyone to come to the annual United Nations General Assembly, which opens next week. But Washington has yet to rule on the visa application by Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese president who's been indicted on genocide charges by the International Criminal Court.
Mark Kessler, who served as police chief in Gilberton, Pa., posted profanity-laced videos in July that denounced liberals, the United Nations and Secretary of State John Kerry.
Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. will soon head to jail for misusing campaign funds. The U.S. Marshals Service wants to auction off some of the things he bought with that money. But there are questions about the authenticity of a guitar supposedly signed by Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen.
Hundreds of bloggers and coders are in NYC this week at the Latinos in Tech Innovation & Social Media #LATISM conference. Here are some dispatches from Tell Me More's Davar Ardalan.
The week brought new iPhones, iOS 7, Grand Theft Auto V and conversations about how social media are benefiting our brains. And federal regulators are weighing whether phones can be unlocked legally so that consumers can more easily move them between carriers.
The storm, which packed winds of 150 mph on Friday, is expected to weaken before it hits the Chinese territory.
The House GOP's vote on food stamps is a long way from George W. Bush's "compassionate conservatism" approach. The former president isn't fondly remembered by progressives for much, but anti-hunger advocates credit him for his strong support of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
A government shutdown could be looming if political leaders can't work out a federal budget deal. Host Michel Martin asks two former White House insiders, Ron Christie and Corey Ealons, what Congress and the president have to do to a shutdown.
The continuing resolution would technically forestall a government shutdown, but Democrats say its provision to defund the Affordable Care Act is dead on arrival in the Senate.
Joey Prusak saw a visually impaired man drop a $20 bill — and then watched as another customer picked it up and tried to say it was hers. The story of what he did next went viral. Prusak refused to serve the woman who had pocketed the money and gave the blind customer $20 from his own pocket.