November 4, 2013 |
LONDON - The elderly gentleman appeared nervous when authorities questioned him during a customs check aboard a train from Switzerland to Germany. He was carrying about $12,000 in cash, just within the legal limit. But a feeling that something was not quite right eventually led them several months later to raid the apartment in Munich where the man lived as a recluse. What they found was astonishing: paintings by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse and Paul Klee among 1,500 works of art crammed amid piles of canned food.
November 1, 2013 |
Many Americans will be sleeping an extra hour when Daylight Saving Time ends - at 2 a.m. Sunday, to be exact. Even with the extra time to snooze, fewer people are fans of the clock-changing ritual. According to a recent Rasmussen Reports survey, 37% of Americans think the time change is worth the hassle, down from 45% last year. The "spring forward" and "fall back" practice was first implemented to save energy. Benjamin Franklin ("early to bed and early to rise") endorsed time change to save money on candles, and troops in World War I followed suit to save on coal.
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October 26, 2013
Mary Finch Hoyt Press secretary to Rosalynn Carter Mary Finch Hoyt, 89, White House press secretary to former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, died Oct. 17 in Washington, according to Carter's spokeswoman Deanna Congileo. She had cancer, the Washington Post reported, citing her family. Carter said that Hoyt was a "trusted adviser and loyal friend who served the nation with honor and distinction. " During the 1968 presidential campaign, Hoyt served as press secretary to Jane Muskie, wife of Democratic vice-presidential candidate Edmund Muskie, and in 1972, she served in the same role for Eleanor McGovern, wife of Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern.
October 26, 2013
Re "Poof goes the middle class," Opinion, Oct. 23 Thanks to Doyle McManus for his timely review of Tyler Cowen's book, "Average Is Over. " The trends crippling the middle class that Cowen writes about have been in the making since the 1970s. It took the Great Recession to finally bring this research the recognition it deserves. Americans today instinctively know that something is wrong, thus the high percentage who tell pollsters the country is going in the wrong direction. But I think few understand that their economic world has changed forever.
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October 24, 2013 |
A 92-year-old World War II veteran who was pistol-whipped as thieves ransacked his home said afterward that he feels "the country is going to hell. " Josef Martin awoke Wednesday morning in his east-central Fresno home with a gun barrel in his mouth as thieves combed through his home. A short while later, one of the thieves got him out of bed and used the butt of a handgun to strike him in the face. He was then thrown in the bedroom closet, the Fresno Bee reported . Martin is nearly deaf, blind in one eye and uses a walker to get around. The thieves took $200 that was hidden under a rug and jewelry from his home in the 5000 block of East Lewis Avenue, the Bee reported.
October 23, 2013 |
The marketing campaign for the November film "The Book Thief" is starting to gear up, and it has all the hallmarks of a Hollywood holiday prize contender. It's got a European setting, World War II drama, and its adult leads, Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson, have been nominated for six Oscars among them, with Rush winning one. And it has a requisite highbrow theme -- in this case, that words are important. "Just for a moment, imagine what the world would be like without words," says young star Sophie Nélisse in a promotional short for the film.