LONDON - Tony Benn, a committed British socialist who irritated, fascinated -- and bored -- Britons through a political career spanning more than five decades and who renounced his aristocratic title rather than leave the House of Commons, has died. He was 88.
Tony Benn, a committed British socialist who irritated, fascinated -- and bored -- Britons through a political career spanning more than five decades and who renounced his aristocratic title rather than leave the House of Commons, has died. He was 88.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - One of the last surviving legends of old Las Vegas has died.
The Romanian revolution in December 1989 was simultaneously the most violent of the transformations of 1989 and the most ambiguous. It was not a simple divide between regime and anti-regime protesters. There was no broad-based movement like Solidarity to form the basis of a government to replace the Romanian Communist Party. The Group for Social Dialogue, a collection of dissident intellectuals, bore some family resemblance to Czechoslovakia's Civic Forum, but it was a tiny organization of little more than a dozen members when it debuted on December 31, 1989.
This video shows children with profound disabilities taking a standardized test called the Florida Alternate Assessment as required by the state but opposed by many of their teachers and parents. And below is a letter from the principal of another school serving students with similar disabilities explaining why forcing these youngsters to take the test [...]
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) announced Wednesday she will retire at the end of this term."There does come a time to pass the torch of leadership, so after completing this term in office I will be doing just that," Brewer said. "While I will no longer be governor after this year, I will remain a proud cheerleader and champion for this state that I love so dearly."More...
"When you ask creative people how they did something, They feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it; they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things." -- Steve Jobs Imagine stumbling upon the Garden of Eden in an abandoned warehouse. That's what it was like for me entering the Philadelphia Flower Show. It was March, and outside, the skies were gray, the trees leafless. The bite of a brutal East Coast winter was still in the air.
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue just came out, and all over America librarians are flipping through its pages and rolling their eyes. The swimsuit issue, which isn't actually about swimwear at all, but, is, instead, about young, beautifully shaped female bodies, is the single most stolen item in any public library. Shelve it in your magazine section like any other periodical? It'll vanish. Like magic. Always. But hide it behind the Reference Desk and make your patrons sign it out? Is that just good sense? Or is it censorship?
Male sexual assault in the military occurs under the false-heading of "team building," or other times they take place more conventionally, with one man exerting power over another.
The Black Keys are stepping up to the plate for their childhood baseball league The popular blues-rock duo are selling newly designed T-shirts and hoodies on their website with all profits benefitting the West Akron Baseball League in their Ohio hometown The 50 Best Albums of 2011 the Black Keys 'El...
Four days after Lindsay Lohan left rehab last summer (her sixth stay in six years), she started shooting a reality show for the Oprah Winfrey Network; the eight-episode series, "Lindsay," premiered Sunday night. Who thought this was a good idea? Lots of people, apparently. Oprah's network certainly needs the viewers and Lohan needs people to [...]
Two Vermont men were arraigned today on charges that they murdered a 78-year-old widow with ties to Massachusetts during a botched robbery in 2010.
Here we are March 2014 approaching World Down Syndrome Awareness Day and I am excited to see all of the great strides the community is making in terms of therapies, out-reach, and integration. Society as a whole has become open to educating themselves on Down Syndrome and a worldwide acceptance of people with Down Syndrome has initiated change in the way we view others. Being able to see this all unfold & being an advocate for my son Michael for all of the above mentioned is a happiness that is unexplainable. DS parents are holding the bar higher for their children.
"Bold and the Beautiful": Brooke was eager to leave Paris and get back home to Ridge, who went to the park with Katie and professed his love.
Rick Roach, who is completing his fifth four-year term representing District 3 on the Board of Education in Orange County, Fla, may well be the most famous local school board member in the country. In 2011, he made national news when he took a test with questions used on standardized tests given to students in Florida and flunked, becoming [...]
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Geoff Edwards, the hip-looking 1970s and '80s host of TV game shows including "Jackpot!" and two incarnations of "Treasure Hunt," died Wednesday, his agent said. He was 83.
Edwards died of complications of pneumonia at St. John's hospital in Santa Monica, agent Fred Westbrook said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Geoff Edwards, the hip-looking 1970s and '80s host of TV game shows including "Jackpot!" and two incarnations of "Treasure Hunt," died Wednesday, his agent said. He was 83. Edwards died of complications of pneumonia at St. John's hospital in Santa Monica, agent Fred Westbrook said. Edwards also worked as a radio DJ and actor, appearing on TV shows including "Petticoat Junction," ''I Dream of Jeannie" and "Diff'rent Strokes." "Geoff was one of the cleverest, funniest radio and television personalities I've worked with," said fellow game show host Wink Martindale.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Geoff Edwards, the hip-looking 1970s and '80s host of TV game shows including "Jackpot!
Kids face plenty of drama in the cafeteria every day, but one 8-year-old is making sure that, at the very least, they don't have to worry about how they will pay for lunch. When Cayden Taipalus was waiting on the lunch line at his elementary school in Howell, Mich., recently, he was dismayed when a student standing in front of him was denied a hot meal, ABC News reported.
What is the Florida Education Department thinking? State Education Commissioner Pam Stewart just issued an open letter to teachers (see below) that makes the ridiculous mistake of accusing people who want a change in standardized testing requirements for severely disabled students of launching a political attack on the department. It said in part: "You may [...]
In Kildare, Ireland, St. Brigid's Cathedral was packed on that lovely sunny 9th of June, 2011 when horse racing's close-knit community came to pay respects to retired trainer, Sue Doyle on the Curragh in Co. Kildare. Known for her eccentric ways and respected for so very much more, she'd come a stranger from England years before, and ended up an appreciated colleague and friend.
Happy birthday, Ron Howard! We can't believe the Oscar-winning director we'll always remember as the adorable Opie on "The Andy Griffith Show" is 60! Since his days as a child actor, Howard's talents have propelled him in many directions. He's best known for his work behind the camera, directing blockbuster films like "A Beautiful Mind" and "Apollo 13." But he's also acted as a series regular on "Happy Days" and written for NBC's "Parenthood," a topic he knows much about.
Sacred Mysteries: Christopher Howse finds a pleasant surprise at the church in Rome of which Cardinal Vincent Nichols had become protector
A heartbroken French woman will be wed to her dead fiance because of a little-known French law used in such special circumstances. The woman, who only identified herself as Pascale, was with her fiance for six-and-a-half years before he died of a heart attack. The tragedy occurred just one month before the pair was to be married, The Local reports.
Could a visit to Jacksonville have planted the idea of wedding bells for Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis?
They have announced their engagement less than a month after visiting the Bold New City of the South.
These days, Jessica Simpson is very open about her top priority: being a mother to her two children, Maxwell and Ace. Luckily for her fans, that openness means lots of adorable baby pictures on her social media accounts.
And, uh, pole dancing
"Bold and the Beautiful": Filling in Liam on the events of Brooke and Ridge's wedding brought back memories to Hope of her own failed nuptials.
Public invited to grounds of former mental-health facility where patients were once sterilized in the name of eugenics
Sterry David Mahaffey Jr., 61, was installed as Alaska bishop for the Orthodox Church on Sunday during a ceremony at St. Michael's Cathedral in Sitka.
Much of East-Central Europe was once ruled by monarchs. From the 16th century until the end of World War I, the Habsburgs presided over a territory that extended from parts of present-day Poland in the north to the Croatian coastline in the south. At the time, the subjects of the Austro-Hungarian Empire viewed it as either one of the most tolerant of monarchies or a "prisonhouse of nations." Those nations would eventually achieve their independence after 1918. After 1989, there was renewed enthusiasm for monarchy in the post-Communist lands.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- William F. Thomas, a former editor of the Los Angeles Times who helped the newspaper gain an international reputation and garner 11 Pulitzer Prizes during his 27-year tenure, has died.
Thomas died of natural causes Sunday at his Sherman Oaks home, his son Pete told the Times (http://lat.ms/1ldVFp2 ). He was 89.
Thomas led the Times from 1971 to 1989, when the newspaper widened its reach with the opening of domestic and foreign bureaus while launching a Sunday magazine, Book Review and regional editions.
Think you can't spot a princess from a mile away? Think again.There are plenty of ways to pick out a royal, whether she be a princess, queen or duchess, simply by taking one look at her outfit. Yup, there's an unofficial criteria to getting dressed each morning that separates us plebes from princesses -- in fact, some of you non-royals may just fall into many of these categories, too. Herewith, seven ways to tell if you're actually a princess.*More...
Think you can't spot a princess from a mile away? Think again. There are plenty of ways to pick out a royal, whether she be a princess, queen or duchess, simply by taking one look at her outfit. Yup, there's an unofficial criteria to getting dressed each morning that separates us plebes from princesses -- in fact, some of you non-royals may just fall into many of these categories, too. Herewith, seven ways to tell if you're actually a princess.* 1.
ATLANTA (AP) -- A former wig designer for rapper Nicki Minaj sued the performer Friday, accusing her of walking away from business plans, then making money by selling wigs based on his designs without permission. The lawsuit filed by Terrence Davidson accuses Onika Maraj, who uses the stage name "Nicki Minaj," and Pink Personality LLC of breaking implied contracts, reneging on discussions to launch a reality TV show and a wig line, and misappropriating his wig designs. An attorney for Davidson, Christopher Chestnut, said the designer has suffered at least $30 million in losses.
Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Season 4, Episodes 1 through 7 of PBS' "Downton Abbey." Historical accuracy can be tricky to discuss in terms of a period drama, so perhaps "credibility" is a better word. But semantics aside, there are a few aspects of "Downton Abbey" Season 4, that raise some questions, as the period drama attempts to tackle such issues as rape and unwanted childbirth. Huff Post TV spoke to a few historians to get an idea how closely the plot resembles Britain in the 1920s.
Mandy Patinkin, who plays the usually reserved Sal on "Homeland," let his emotional side show on "Live with Kelly and Michael." As we reported earlier this week, Patinkin was being set up for a surprise childhood reunion by the morning talk show duo on Wed., Feb. 19. Patinkin had been looking for Sandy, whom he shared his first kiss with, and Kelly and Michael pulled out all the stops to reunite the two junior lovebirds. But the surprises don't stop there.
Middle-class families are struggling economically, but at least one of them is doing quite well, thank you very much: the working parents with two kids who appear as a fictitious example in the federal budget each year
Middle-class families are struggling economically, but at least one of them is doing quite well, thank you very much: the working parents with two kids who appear as a fictitious example in the federal budget each year.
It's a first for "The Vampire Diaries." After five seasons, The CW supernatural series is getting a gay character, according to E! Online. Chris Brochu joins the cast as Luke, a gay student at Whitmore college, who befriends Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Caroline (Candice Accola), but also has a "secret agenda." E!