Nation / World

Cookbooks Are Seeing Growth

Friday, November 21, 2014

A few years ago, Ken Hagemann was drawn to what he thought was the future of cookbooks. Lured by the ease and searchability promised by e-books and apps, he purged most of his old school volumes. But instead of a digital culinary epiphany, he found only disappointment. “You can’t get the spirit and the intent of the author,” says the 46-year-old systems analyst and avid cook from Arlington, Virginia. “You …

Master of All Mediums Mike Nichols Is Dead at 83

Friday, November 21, 2014

New York — A legend of film, theater and comedy in nearly equal measure, Mike Nichols was an unquestioned fixture of smart, urbane American culture across a relentlessly versatile, six-decade career that on stage or screen, reliably coursed with crackling intelligence. Nichols won nine Tonys, an Oscar, several Emmys and a Grammy. He made up the lanky half of his groundbreaking comic duo …

Pope Demands Just Distribution of Bounty

Friday, November 21, 2014

Rome — Pope Francis demanded a more just distribution of the world’s bounty for the poor and hungry Thursday, telling a U.N. conference on nutrition that access to food is a basic human right that shouldn’t be subject to market speculation and quests for profit. “We ask for dignity, not for charity,” Francis …

Has ‘The Daily Show’ Surpassed ‘SNL’ as Hollywood’s Farm Team?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

As Foxcatcher hits theaters Friday, everyone is buzzing about Steve Carell’s big dramatic debut, not to mention his prosthetic nose (which is how you know this role has Oscar potential). He plays the real-life character of John du Pont, a homicidal multimillionaire, who became obsessed with two wrestler …

Few Employers Drop Health Benefits

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Washington — The Affordable Care Act so far has not prompted the nation’s employers to drop health benefits for some or all of their workers as critics of the law had predicted, according to two major surveys released Wednesday. A year after the advent of new insurance marketplaces …

Bloodshot Records Celebrates 20 Years

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Chicago — Chicago’s scrappy country-punk Bloodshot Records observes two decades in the music business trenches this year. Celebrating that benchmark, the label released the ambitious compilation While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records this week. Bloodshot’s raw aesthetic has always been the antithesis of …

Young GOP Pro-Climate

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Washington — Congressional Republicans want to make fighting the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate regulations and President Obama’s greenhouse gas reduction targets a centerpiece of their agenda over the next two years, now that they have wrested control of the Senate as well as the House. But how will …

Stephen Colbert Will Host Kennedy Center Honors

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Washington — Stephen Colbert has been named host of the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors, a gala celebration Dec. 7 that will spotlight singers Al Green and Sting, actor Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride and comedian Lily Tomlin, the arts center announced Wednesday. Best known as the host …

Israel Razes in Retaliation

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jerusalem — A thunderous explosion and the crunch of collapsing masonry early Wednesday heralded the revival of what had been a largely abandoned Israeli tactic: the demolition of family homes of Palestinians who stage attacks against Jews. Less …

Kissing Transfers Millions of Bacteria

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Scientists have demonstrated that boys (well, men) really do have cooties (a simplified term for bacteria) that can spread to girls (OK, women) by kissing them. In fact, a 10-second “intimate kiss” can transfer a whopping 80,000,000 bacteria from one mouth to another, according to a new report …

Terrorism Fears Keep NSA Reform in Senate

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Washington — In May, reacting to revelations of the National Security Agency’s mass collection of Americans’ phone records, members of the House of Representatives voted by a wide margin to end the program. On Tuesday night, their counterparts across the U.S. Capitol could not win enough votes to …

Acting Secret Service Director: Lapses ‘Devastating’

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Washington — Joseph Clancy, who became acting director of the Secret Service last month following a string of security missteps, told lawmakers Wednesday that he found the multiple failures that allowed a fence jumper to race deep into the White House “devastating.” Clancy, the former head of President …

Low Oil Prices May Shake Up Firms, Nations

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Washington — The rapid plunge in oil and gasoline prices means huge savings for American consumers, but the steep downward swing may ultimately prove dangerously disruptive to energy-producing countries and companies. If prices remain low for a protracted period, which seems likely, it’ll send shock waves across the …