In France, the female name for "regular guy" is Madame Dugenou. And when a presidential candidate said he hoped to convince Madame Dugenou, one French woman listed by that name in the phone book was suddenly bombarded with calls.
Imagine the process of documenting all the objects you own - from coffee mugs to individual pieces of clothing - and you've got an idea of the work underway at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort. "Every single artifact is getting a photograph, getting measured, getting re-cataloged, a new condition description, and then put online." KHS recently launched its Objects Catalog, and curator Bill Bright says more artifacts are going online.
In the past week, several Kentucky politicians have spoken out against the federal Environmental Protection Agency and what they call its “war on coal.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Governor Steve Beshear and State Representative Jim Gooch Jr. have all complained that EPA regulation is endangering the state’s coal industry.
Los Angeles is bracing for what happens when California releases more than 30,000 inmates from the state's prison system. The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered counties and other states to help ease state prison overcrowding, but L.A. jails already are well over capacity.
At a news conference in New York Monday, Rep. Anthony Weiner admitted he sent a lewd photo of himself over the Internet. He also said he carried on inappropriate Internet conversations with a half dozen women. Weiner said he was ashamed and embarrassed, but added he would not resign. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has called for an ethics investigation.
The Syrian government says armed gangs have killed at least 120 government troops in a town near the Turkish border. The fighting could mark a turning point in what has been a largely peaceful uprising. Government officials have vowed to deal with the killings decisively, and activists say many residents are fleeing in anticipation of a major military attack.
The Electronics Entertainment Expo, which begins Tuesday in Los Angeles, is the annual gathering of the video game industry. An event that was once open to the public, E3 became invitation-only in 2007. It draws video game companies, manufacturers, analysts, media and other entertainment professionals and investors from more than 80 countries, which gather for three days of product demonstrations for video game consoles, handheld devices, computers and tablets.
At first, health officials in Germany pointed the finger at cucumbers grown in Spain as the source of a deadly E. coli outbreak. Then they said it was sprouts grown on an organic farm in northern Germany. Linda Wertheimer talks to Brooke Unger, Berlin Bureau Chief for The Economist, about the economic impact of the outbreak.