February 12, 2013 Passengers on the cruise ship Triumph, set adrift Sunday after an engine fire, must now wait until Thursday before what was billed as a four-day cruise finally ends. Strong currents pushed the ship an extra 90 miles into the Gulf of Mexico, foiling plans to tow it to Progreso, Mexico. The ship is now headed for Mobile, Alabama.
February 11, 2013 More than 3,000 cruise ship passengers who thought they'd be heading home today have instead been told they'll remain in the Gulf of Mexico until Wednesday, stranded by an engine fire that set their ship, the Triumph, adrift. Outages of onboard power and sewer systems have been reported.
February 7, 2013 Germany was the world's most future-oriented country in 2012, followed by Switzerland and Japan, according to the "Future Orientation Index," which is based on Google searches. Scientists say the index is "strongly correlated" to economic health.
February 1, 2013 Malted wheat and barley add flavor and heft to most beers, but they also contain gluten, making beer off limits for people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. For those looking for gluten-free options for Super Bowl Sunday and beyond, good news: There are more choices than ever before for flavorful, full-bodied gluten-free beer.
January 31, 2013 A $20.1 billion merger of beer conglomerates is now delayed, after the U.S. Justice Department filed suit Thursday. The deal would put Corona, Bud Light, Stella Artois, and other popular beers under one corporate umbrella, which Justice officials say will mean higher prices.
January 18, 2013 Elizabeth Colbert-Busch — a.k.a. Stephen Colbert's big sister — shook things up in South Carolina Friday, with the news that she will seek the House seat that was recently vacated by Sen. Tim Scott. The field already includes former Gov. Mark Sanford and Teddy Turner.
January 18, 2013 Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin has been indicted on 21 counts of bribery and other corruption charges by a federal grand jury. When he became the city's mayor in 2002, Nagin, a former cable TV executive, promised to revive New Orleans' economy, and its trust in the city's government.
January 18, 2013 In New York City, the failure to agree on a plan for evaluating its teachers is being widely criticized, especially because the city will now miss out on hundreds of millions of dollars in state financing. At stake was $250 million in aid, and another $200 million in grants, according to WNYC's Schoolbook education blog.
January 17, 2013 The story of how a man lived in an apartment in Paris with less than 17 square feet of habitable space is being cited as proof of the city's absurd real estate market. The 50-year-old man paid monthly rent of 330 euros, or about $442, for the place he called home for 15 years.
January 17, 2013 Advanced Placement exams, which many high school students use to gain course credits when they attend college, will no longer be accepted for credit at Dartmouth College, the AP reports.
January 17, 2013 If Lance Armstrong's doping confession is as complete as many believe, he could be exposed to new legal troubles after his interview with Oprah Winfrey airs. At least one lawsuit accuses the disgraced cyclist of fraud. That suit and others could reduce Armstrong's net worth, estimated at more than $100 million.
January 16, 2013 The 50 planes owned by airlines around the world have been pulled out of service. The Federal Aviation Administration and other authorities cite an incident in Japan in which one jet's batteries emitted smoke. The Japanese report came a week after a similar incident occurred in Boston.
January 16, 2013 Manti Te'o, who nearly won the Heisman Trophy, is at the center of what Deadspin calls a "hoax," in which the story of lost love was created to bolster his personal myth. The site is questioning the existence of a girl Te'o has said inspired him to new heights. He has not yet responded to the story; we'll update this post with any new information as it emerges.
January 16, 2013 JPMorgan Chase says its profits were up 53 percent in 2012's fourth quarter — but CEO Jamie Dimon's salary will be cut in half, after the bank lost billions of dollars on risky bets placed by a single trader. Dimon's salary now stands at $11.5 million.
January 16, 2013 What began as a company's suspicion that its infrastructure was being hacked turned into a case of a worker outsourcing his own job to a Chinese consulting firm, according to reports that cite an investigation by Verizon's security team. The man was earning a six-figure salary.