The worst flooding along the Mississippi river in decades has many people looking back to the Great Flood of 1927. It swept over seven states and displaced 700,000 people, the most destructive river flood in U.S. history. Samuel Edgar Lee Jr., of Winnsboro, La., was 9 years old at the time of the flood; he shares his memories.
Facebook was created for college students to get in touch with each other. It has helped people stay in touch online so well, that it might be hurting attendance at real-world class reunions.
This means the excruciatingly awkward reunion scenes in movies — where the dorks and princesses get together to prove that either they've become cool or are still cool — don't have to happen in real life.
In a desolate, industrial section of West Oakland, Calif., the first of 20 box trucks arrives before sundown. A couple of cargo trailers are parked on a street that is home to an abandoned cement factory.
When this Lost Horizon Night Market is in full swing, a bunch of sideshows and art environments will comprise what is essentially an open party for adults in a public place. Attorney Michael Burstein is the self-described cat-herder-in-chief for the San Francisco Night Markets.
Scratch Mike Huckabee's name from the list of potential Republican presidential nominees seeking to challenge President Obama.
The former Arkansas governor and present-day Fox News Channel host said on his show on that cable outlet that he won't compete for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.
Huckabee said he ruled out a run despite many indications he could do well in the race for the nomination — widespread grassroots support and polls that showed that he had broader appeal to just social conservatives and also a good chance of winning primaries and caucuses.
"A pun is notoriously difficult to define, but it's a type of wordplay, and it takes many different forms," says John Pollack. "The most common type of pun is the humorous use of a word in such a way that because of its sound, you can interpret it in more than one way."
The definition of "pun" might be hard to put a finger on, but ask John Pollack, the 1995 O. Henry Pun-Off World Champion, for an example, and he'll have something like this at his fingertips:
"Knock knock. "Who's there? "Isabelle. "Isabelle who? "Is a bell necessary on a bicycle?"
Algeria, which shares a border with both Tunisia and Libya, is so far just watching the upheaval across the Arab world. Most Algerians say their country is still too scarred by a decade of violence in the 1990s to endure another uprising.
Nearly every Algerian now calls that a lost decade, but no one feels it more acutely than Algerian women.
Last July, when President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, he promised greater oversight power to the agencies tasked with keeping watch over the nation's financial markets.
"These reforms represent the strongest consumer financial protections in history," he said.
Many of those protections were to come from the Securities and Exchange Commission in the form of new authority over derivatives markets, hedge funds and credit-rating agencies.
In the summer of 1993, when many people in the Midwest were searching for higher ground, Isabel Wilkerson packed her bags and headed for the Mississippi River. She was there to cover the floods for TheNew York Times and would go on to win a Pulitzer Prize for her reporting.
In one piece, she described the river as a "rowdy uncle who gives freely in good times and breaks the furniture in bad and pretends not to notice after the damage has been done."
Eighteen years later, that rowdy uncle is misbehaving again.