From the Midwest to the Northeast, a brutal heat wave has pushed temperatures above 100 degrees in many areas this weekend. On Friday, more than 130 million people were living under a heat advisory. But while most people were moaning about the oppressive, humid heat, some were finding fun ways to stay cool.
While the U.S. seems to be walking into a sovereign debt crisis, European countries are trying desperately to avoid one.
"What we have is a bunch of really idiotic kabuki theater going on in Washington and a bunch of politicians playing around with a ridiculous debt ceiling which shouldn't exist in the first place," Reuters blogger Felix Salmon tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered. "And that's pure politics. What we're seeing in Europe is real, undeniable economics."
Iran says the killing of a young scientist Saturday was a "U.S.-Zionist terrorist act."
Darioush Rezai-Nejad, 35, was gunned down in Tehran on Saturday by assailants who also wounded his wife, according to state-run Iranian media.
A number of Iranian nuclear scientists have been attacked in recent years, but officials said in this case there may have been a mistake. Official media said Rezai-Nejad, a promising graduate student, may have been killed because his name is similar to another scientist, who does work on Iran's nuclear program.
Same-sex marriage is now legal in New York, and couples from across the country have made plans to travel to the state for what are commonly called “destination weddings.” But those weddings will not be recognized by many other states, including Kentucky, which has a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage. But Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman says that won’t stop local LGBT couples from going anyway.
Kentucky is hoping to add another thread to the increasingly colorful tapestry of the history of the state's horse industry. The state has applied to have a house at 547 Breckenridge Street in Lexington added to the National Register of Historic Places because of its link to a largely forgotten African-American horse trainer named Courtney Mathews.
Robert Bohrn knows a little about the two men behind the bronze busts in his foyer. One thing he’s sure of is that this year’s Civil War sesquicentennial adds to their historical worth. He knows they served in the Union’s all black 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment. That they built roads and fortifications, often under Confederate fire, in Folly Beach, S.C., from 1863-1864 and that they died from typhoid, dysentery and other ailments common in military encampments then. Bohrn, a 54-year-old Charleston, S.C.-born hunter of Civil War relics who now lives in Franklin County, helped unearth 19 skeletons of the men in the 55th.
The clock stopped Friday morning for the Armor School at Fort Knox as the final graduating class took the stage at Olive Theater for a final rite in their baptism into the world of tankers. It took 15 weeks of rigorous exercises and back-breaking ordeals, but 143 soldiers became a part of history as members of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment. New chapters of armor history will be written at Fort Benning, Ga., but it is not an entirely new story. Armor, in essence, started at Fort Benning under Gen. George S. Patton.
A nursing home defending itself from a federal lawsuit alleging that it defrauded Medicare and Medicaid by billing $16 million for "worthless" services and care so "grossly deficient" it led to the death of patients, has quietly settled claims of neglecting residents in previous years. Villaspring Health Care Center of Erlanger reached out-of-court settlements in one wrongful-death claim and one negligent-care claim, according to Kenton County Circuit Court records.
After more than a year of construction, the new connector between Ky. 100 and the Russellville By-Pass/U.S. 68-Ky. 80 is nearly complete and set to open to motorists Wednesday. The one-mile stretch of road is hoped to be the first section of the southern Russellville By-Pass, with the goal being to eventually have the bypass make a complete circle around the city.