February 18, 2013 A hot-rod blonde with a high-drama life, the country singer hit fans and the music industry hard with a wide-open sob in her voice. She died Sunday at the age of 37.
February 18, 2013 The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reports that the man identified as Ben Zygier "was arrested by his own spymasters after they believed he told Australia's domestic intelligence agency about every aspect of his work with the Israelis." Zygier apparently committed suicide in 2010 after 10 months in prison.
February 18, 2013 Students in 21 schools in Shanghai were ordered to stop wearing uniforms that were found to contain the dye. The incident is the latest in quality-related hazards in the country.
February 18, 2013 The Republican senator is a two-term governor who ran for Senate in 2007. He was President Bush's agriculture secretary. His term ends in 2014.
February 18, 2013 If you usually wait until April to file your taxes, you might want to hurry up — before identity thieves beat you to it. Using stolen names and Social Security numbers, these criminals file fake tax returns. This generates big, and fraudulent, refunds, before the real taxpayer gets around to filing.
February 18, 2013 A system of favors among Greek media outlets, politicians and banks helped produce one of the most inflated media sectors in Europe. But the media have been hit hard by the country's massive austerity drive, and have taken a huge loss in terms of credibility.
February 18, 2013 WNYCIt's been nearly four tumultuous months since Superstorm Sandy forced the residents of Belle Harbor Manor from their adult home. Last week, the residents, who suffer mental and physical illnesses, were allowed to return home, only to find that things were not at all like they left them.
February 18, 2013 Robert Menendez was re-elected in a landslide and recently became chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee. But the Democratic senator has been hit with an ethics probe amid scrutiny over his ties to a wealthy Florida eye doctor and big political donor.
February 18, 2013 Al Roker won fame as the ever-smiling weatherman on NBC's Today show. But he also endured years of indignities because of his weight. That was until he had bariatric surgery, and lost more than 100 pounds. During this encore presentation, Roker talks with host Michel Martin about his experiences, and his latest book, Never Goin' Back.
February 18, 2013 Herring drizzled with mustard sauce, ham hocks and hog jowls — these are some of the historic foods that Sandy Levins painstakingly recreates for America's historic houses. So you, too, can gaze upon our founding fathers' dinners. Just don't try to eat them: These foods are sculpted replicas.
February 18, 2013 Also: the best books coming out this week; the return of Haruki Murakami; and Ian McEwan's crisis of faith.
February 18, 2013 Tens of thousands of protesters turned out on the National Mall Sunday to encourage President Obama to make good on his commitment to act on climate change. The pipeline would carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to refineries on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.