In Mexico, one controversial part of President Felipe Calderon's war against the drug cartels has been the use of the military to fight organized crime. Now in the border state of Tamaulipas, the Mexican army is taking over full control of the police departments in some of the state's most troubled cities.
An emperor penguin that took a wrong turn and ended up 2,000 miles from home in New Zealand is facing a grim future. After experts saw that Happy Feet — as the penguin has been nicknamed — wasn't moving very much, they moved it from Peka Peka beach to the Wellington Zoo.
Here's some sad news from the world of entertainment: Peter Falk, indelible in his 30-plus years on television as the rumpled, comically relentless homicide detective Lt. Columbo, has died at age 83.
Noticeably blind in one eye (a tumor at age 3 forced surgery and a glass eye forever more), Falk came out of New York and into TV and film in the late 1950s. You might have seen him as a doctor on the old Ben Casey show in 1964 ... or even in his short-lived series The Trials of O'Brien in 1965-66.
One of the nine new warning labels that will be featured on cigarette packs next year.
The only thing more aggravating than being told by a non-smoker that "smoking is bad for you," is being taunted with offers to go outside by a cigarette-waggling coworker halfway through your first week of quitting smoking.
"Wanna come out for a smoke?"
Yes, you evil spawn of Satan. I do.
If you can make it through that delicate time without trying to strangle someone with the smoke ring they just blew in your face or giving in and having "just one," you're golden.
<strong>Back To School: </strong>Tom Hanks plays a middle-aged man who reinvents himself by enrolling at his local college after he loses his longtime job at a big-box company.<em></em>
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In his long Hollywood career, Tom Hanks has often played the hopeful character — so his latest film, about reinvention amid recession, isn't much of a stretch.
It's called Larry Crowne and in it, Hanks plays the ever-optimistic Larry, a loyal employee of a big-box store whose life gets turned upside-down when he's unceremoniously downsized. Underwater on his mortgage and suddenly unemployed, Larry decides to reinvent himself by heading off to community college, where he falls in with a colorful group of scooter-riding students and even develops a crush on his teacher.
When it comes to birth control options, women have tons to choose from.
So it caught our attention when the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists came out with guidelines advising doctors and patients to consider intrauterine devices, which are inserted in the uterus to prevent pregnancy.
A big reason: The guidelines say IUDs "are the most effective reversible contraceptives" available.
Over the past few weeks, Lulzsec has become a common name. It's a group of hackers much in the vein of their better-known cousins Anonymous. Today, Lulzsec struck again: this time they took responsibility for hacking into Arizona Department of Public Safety computers, stealing and then releasing hundreds of files.
There's apparently at least one congressional Republican leader willing to sit down with President Obama to talk about raising the debt ceiling. The White House on Friday issued the following statement: