In Ukraine, Scars Of Chernobyl Disaster Remain Raw
A quarter-century after the world's worst nuclear accident, scars remain on the landscape and among the people, including firefighters exposed to radiation as they rushed to the burning reactor. The new nuclear crisis unfolding in Japan serves as another reminder of just how long recovery can take.
Challenges Loom Large, 25 Years After Chernobyl
The accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986 not only changed the lives of people in Ukraine; it also put a radioactive stain on the continent. Today, the costs of the accident are still coming due.
Under Pressure, Firm Drops DOMA Defense
The law firm hired by House Republicans to defend the Defense of Marriage Act has resigned the case. The Atlanta firm King & Spalding was under pressure from gay rights advocates. One of its partners, former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement, is leaving the firm to defend DOMA himself.
Modern Monarch: Is The New Royal Couple The Last?
As the anticipated royal wedding approaches, Tina Brown, author of The Diana Chronicles and editor of Newsweek and The Daily Beast, looks back on how much has changed in Britain since the last must-see royal wedding — the 1981 nuptials of Prince Charles and Diana.
U.S. Tribe Cites Tsunami, 'Twilight' In Bid To Expand
Fearing a tsunami, an Indian tribe in Washington state wants to move its village to higher ground. To do that, the Quileute tribe is enlisting the help of the pro-werewolf lobby. In the world of the Twilight series, the Quileute lands are teeming with Jacob's fellow werewolves.
Supreme Court Weighs Whether To Limit Data Mining
At issue is whether a state may bar the buying, selling and profiling of doctors' prescription records for use by pharmaceutical sales representatives. The decision may hinge on whether the justices determine it is ultimately a case about free speech. Either way, it may have larger implications beyond the pharmaceutical industry.
Vermont Legislature Tackles Single-Payer Health Bill
The Vermont Senate has given preliminary approval to a health care initiative that puts the state on a path to become the first in the country to adopt a single-payer system. Critics say the legislation could drive physicians out of state, limit patient choice and raise taxes. Once the Senate's action is complete, the measure goes back to the House.
Soaring Food Prices Hit Developing Economies Hard
Higher food prices could push tens of millions of people into poverty in Asia. The Asian Development Bank said food prices are up 10 percent this year in many parts of the continent, and that threatens living standards and overall economic growth.
Increasingly Cautious, Unions Less Likely To Strike
In 1952 there were 470 strikes nationally; in 2010 there were 11. A chief tool of labor unions, striking has clearly declined sharply in the past few decades amid economic shifts and growing anti-union sentiment.
Manual Typewriter Maker Shuts Down Production
Britain's Daily Mail reports that an Indian company based in Mumbai will no longer make manual typewriters. Godrej and Boyce was believed to be the last company in the world making manual typewriters. The company used to make thousands but last year only 800 orders came in.