December 3, 2012 |
SALT LAKE CITY - When the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently reduced the age requirement for missionaries by one year for men, to 18, and by two years for women, to 19, the number of women applying to serve jumped five-fold. At the same time, the church reaffirmed that women would serve just 18 months, compared with two years for men. That rule, combined with the one-year difference in age requirements, touched off a new round of questions from Mormon feminists about how much progress women in the church are actually making.
November 17, 2012 |
This was a voice long muffled. UCLA's defense took the field with 40 seconds left. A victory over USC was in hand. The echo throughout the Rose Bowl was "U … C … L … A," a fan chant often left in cold storage against the Trojans for more than a decade. "That gave me goose bumps," linebacker Eric Kendricks said. "I started smiling. " There was a lot for the Bruins to grin about after a 38-28 victory Saturday. PHOTOS: USC vs. UCLA 2012 UCLA (9-2 overall, 6-2 in Pac-12)
October 18, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- After initial claims for unemployment surprisingly plunged to a 4 1/2-year low, they jumped sharply back up again last week to a two-month high, highlighting the volatility of the data and continued sluggish job growth. There were 388,000 first-time jobless claims for the week ending Saturday, an increase of 46,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 342,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That earlier number was down significantly from the week before, and, coming after an unexpected drop in the August unemployment rate to 7.8%, fueled speculation among some conservatives that the Obama administration was manipulating the data to improve the president's reelection prospects.
October 1, 2012 |
Brian Hartline is the all-time leader for the Miami Dolphins when it comes to receiving yards in a single game. He also leads the NFL in receiving yards so far this season. But none of that mattered to the fourth-year player Sunday after his team lost in overtime for the second straight week, 24-21 to the Arizona Cardinals, to drop to 1-3 this season. He called his franchise-record 253 yards receiving on 11 catches "bittersweet. " "If you win the game, it's awesome," Hartline said . "If you don't, it has the asterisk.
August 17, 2012
For years, New Jersey barred U.S.-born college students from receiving state financial aid if their parents were in this country illegally. Last week, a state court of appeals put an end to that misguided policy, finding that education officials had wrongly denied aid to an 18-year-old student born and raised in the United States because her Guatemalan mother is an undocumented immigrant. Though it is binding only in New Jersey, the ruling should serve as a warning to other states - such as Florida, where U.S.-born residents are required to pay out-of-state college tuition simply because their parents are undocumented.
July 25, 2012 |
When it comes to the U.S. pop charts, rising R&B star Frank Ocean can't seem to get a break. Although his major label debut, "Channel Orange," had a fine first week on the charts, the album's exclusivity with iTunes meant it never really had a shot at the top spot. This week, a low-balling sale via online retailer Amazon means the album has a sharper second week drop than expected. Despite being available only at iTunes, "Channel Orange" bowed at No. 2 on last week's pop chart with 131,000 copies sold in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.