A German court found retired U.S. autoworker John Demjanjuk guilty of accessory to mass murder Thursday. Demjanjuk, who was born in Ukraine, served as a guard at a Nazi death camp during World War II, but there was no evidence he committed a specific crime. However, the court found that by volunteering to work at the camp, he had participated in mass murder.
Robert Siegel talks with electrical engineering and computer science professor Ruzena Bajcsy about one of the inventors of the C.C.D. — the charged coupling device. Scientist Willard Boyle's creation is found in bar code scanners, digital photography, medical endoscopes and the Hubble Space Telescope. Boyle, who won a Nobel Prize for his invention, recently died at age 86.
There were tabloid rumors in recent years that actress Mary Tyler Moore had been diagnosed as having a benign tumor, called a meningioma, in the membranes that cover her brain.
Today, as People magazine first reported, the 74-year-old star's publicist announced that she has "decided to proceed with [a] fairly routine procedure" to have it removed. There's no word yet on when the surgery will be done.
A routine traffic stop ended in the death of a 43-year-old California man. The Los Angeles Times reports that San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies attempted to stop Allen Kephart, after they say he ran a stop sign. Cindy Bachman, a sheriff department spokeswoman, told the Times that Kephart drove to a gas station about a quarter of mile away, got off the car and "became combative and uncooperative:"
In addition to the tens of thousands of people displaced by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and subsequent radiation leak in Japan, tens of thousands of pets are also homeless.
Many have been taken in by animal rescue groups — some of which sneaked into the exclusion zone surrounding the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant to remove animals found wandering the streets and houses.
Indie rock duo The Kills came together when Alison "VV" Mosshart heard British guitarist Jamie "Hotel" Hince practicing in a hotel room. Mosshart and Hince began airmailing work tapes back and forth across the Atlantic, but soon realized that a long-distance collaboration was too taxing. Mosshart moved across the pond from her hometown in Florida to London, and The Kills were born.
The duo developed a reputation from powerful live shows, and the band's lo-fi punk style drew comparisons to the White Stripes — part garage rock, part blues.
Early drug treatment for HIV can dramatically reduce the odds a person will pass the virus to an uninfected sexual partner.
The protective effect is so dramatic that an international study, begun in 2005, was halted before its scheduled end in 2015. Bottom line: Early treatment of the infected person with antiretroviral drugs cut the risk of HIV transmission to the uninfected partner by 96 percent.