The New York Timesreports this morning that it has been told by Obama administration officials that "the only shots fired" by those who were with Osama bin Laden in his compound "came at the beginning of the operation" conducted by U.S. commandos.
With his boyish looks and his thick head of blond hair, Jackie Cooper seemed to be eternally young. He was "Skippy," taking the popular comic strip character to the big screen in a turn that would garner a best actor Oscar nod at age 9.
Cooper remained the youngest player to be nominated for that category, an accolade that he likely didn't care much about at the time: The handsome kid with the winning smile fell asleep during the ceremony in the lap of another nominee, Marie Dressler.
Nearly two years after Air France Flight 447 mysteriously crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Brazil, crews are raising the first victim's body from the ocean floor. The debris is about two and a half miles below the water's surface and crews have located some wreckage, including the two critical flight data recorders that might indicate what caused the plane to go down in a violent thunderstorm.
Asthma can be devilishly hard to manage with medication, and that's especially true for many of the millions of children who have it.
Inhalers that deliver corticosteroids to the lungs have long been the drugs of choice for long-term control. But inhalers need to be used every day to fend off asthma attacks, and that's a hard sell for lots of kids.
Lee Smith is a senior editor at The Weekly Standard.
With the news of Osama bin Laden's death sating much of the world's appetite for reports from the Middle East, the Syrian regime has used what is essentially a media blackout to move against the opposition. As the London-based pan-Arab daily Al Hayat reports:
When President Obama lays a wreath at ground zero in New York City to honor the nearly 2,800 victims of Sept. 11, he will walk on ground that shelters the remains of most of them.
It is a place sad and sacred to many Americans, and especially New Yorkers.
It is also a place that has been mired in conflict, controversy and inevitable big-city bureaucracy in the decade since Islamic terrorists flew two passenger jets into the twin towers and took them down.
Residents of eight states along the Mississippi River and its tributaries are nervously watching river levels - and the actions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As the AP notes, the Corps blasted two holes in a Missouri levee to drain backed up water, sparing the town of Cairo, Illinois. A third blast is planned. Water is surging downstream and more rain is on the way.
In Julian Barnes' last book, essays on death called Nothing to Be Frightened Of, he wrote of fearing the nothingness or oblivion of death. In Pulse, his understated but stealthily moving third collection of stories, Barnes' main focus is on love and intimacy — how it starts, and what accounts for its endurance or failure to thrive. Many of his characters suffer the loss of one of their five senses, or of a close relationship.
Before I break your heart with a magnificent demonstration of naked, forlorn, magnificent passion, I should tell you a thing or two about the male jumping spider.
These spiders dance when they woo. Here's a quick, silent introduction showing their basic moves: We start with a flourish of side-to-side quicksteps, then two front legs are fully (and repeatedly) extended like a referee signaling "touchdown!"...