Full text of Obama's speech Mandela "insisted on sharing with us his doubts and fears, his miscalculations along with his victories," Obama said. "He was not a bust made of marble; he was a man of flesh and blood."
Guthrie Theater reports first deficit in 18 years The Guthrie Theater is ending its 50th anniversary season in the red. Director Joe Dowling said the $437,862 shortfall -- which amounts to about 1.6 percent of the regional theater's $27 million budget -- comes as a "bit of a blow."
Mormon church explains past ban on black priests The church barred men of African descent from the lay clergy until 1978. In the 35 years since that landmark moment, however, the church had never explained what was behind the ban -- until now.
A new invader: Freeze-proof cockroaches The scientists who discovered the bug in New York say there's little cause for concern. But of course we're talking about cockroaches here, everyone's least-favorite pest.
U.S. household wealth reaches high of $77 trillion Rising personal wealth has been a pillar of the slow but steady U.S. economic recovery and could continue to boost the economy next year. When Americans feel richer, they typically spend more and fuel economic growth.
French court sentences executive for selling faulty breast implants A French court has sentenced the head of a company that sold tens of thousands of defective breast implants to four years in prison on charges of aggravated fraud. Poly Implant Prothese was once among the world's leaders in supplying implants. But its product was found to have a high rupture rate.
GM names Mary Barra first female CEO Since February 2011 Barra has held what many say is the most important job in the company -- senior vice president for global product development.
Malala, hailed around the world, controversial at home Malala Yousafzai is widely viewed as a heroine in the West, for her brave stand against the Taliban's violent repression of girls' rights to education. But the 16-year-old is the subject of fierce debate in at home in Pakistan, and some worry that she is being exploited for ideological purposes.
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