A school district accused of secretly switching on laptop webcams inside students’ homes said it never used webcam images to monitor or discipline students. The Lower Merion School District acknowledged webcams were activated 42 times in the past 14 months but only to find missing, lost or stolen laptops.
Denmark’s reputation as a leader in sustainability was at an all-time high after December’s U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. A new study, however, reveals the country might not live up to its idyllic green image. Denmark ranked No. 32 with only average scores in the recent Environmental Performance Index released by researchers at Yale and Columbia Universities. Especially surprising was that Denmark was positioned in the same category as the United States, typically thought of as somewhat negligent in environmental conservation efforts.
2010 is International Biodiversity Year for advocacy and education, but for IU professor Vicky Meretsky, every year is biodiversity year. “We hope this will give us an opportunity to reach out, an opportunity for educating,” Meretsky said. “The people who work in conservation can only do so much without expanding the number of people involved.”
MIAMI — Eight American missionaries were back on U.S. soil Thursday but still faced possible child kidnapping charges in Haiti for trying to take 33 children out of the earthquake-ravaged country. The group’s leader, Laura Silsby, and her former nanny, Charisa Coulter, remained in a Port-au-Prince jail because a judge said questions still remained about their plans to set up an orphanage in the Dominican Republic.
NEWARK, N.J. — Officials searching for a baby believed to have been thrown off a bridge by her father acknowledge her chances of survival are slim by now. Teams with boats, dogs and helicopters have found no sign of 3-month-old Zara Malani-lin Abdur in their third day of searching under a river bridge on the Garden State Parkway.
NEW YORK — Lawyers defending New York City against thousands of lawsuits filed by Sept. 11 emergency responders say many of the claims are baseless and have asked a judge to dismiss some of the first cases headed toward trial.
The country that brought us existentialism is having an existential crisis. For months, the French government has been pushing a new series of debates regarding French identity. Public meetings on the topic took place. As waves of immigrants, primarily from northern African countries, flood into cities across the country, the government hoped to create some sense of national unity, a sense of what it means to be French in a time when the face of the country is evolving dramatically.
After months of growing tension between Jewish and Muslim students at the University of California, Irvine, the Zionist Organization of America is asking potential students to apply elsewhere and donors to stop sending contributions.
The capture of the Afghan Taliban’s No. 2 commander by a joint CIA and Pakistani team dealt a fresh blow to insurgents under heavy U.S. attack and raised hopes that Pakistani security forces are ready to deny Afghan militant leaders a safe haven.
Pete Fountain, clarinet in hand and dapper in a white tuxedo and fedora trimmed in gold, kicked off Mardi Gras with his “Half Fast Walking Club” as he has for 50 years: with beads and jazz.
He was convicted of a crime more than half a century ago, but what he did in 1959 — have consensual sex with another man — would be perfectly legal today. So John Crawford, 70, said he wants his criminal record cleaned up for good so he doesn’t have to disclose his conviction when he seeks volunteer work and because of a deeply held belief that he should not be punished for his sexual orientation.
An Iraq war veteran whose eyebrow was partially bitten off at his wedding reception in Vermont is testifying at the trial of his alleged attacker.
A summit between Irish bishops and Pope Benedict XVI opened Monday in what Ireland’s top bishop called a first step toward repentance for the country’s clergy sex abuse scandal.
Police are seeking a hooded gunman who horrified the congregation of a church when he paced the aisles and pulled out a gun and shot two teenagers.No arrests had been made or suspects named in the Sunday shooting at New Gethsemane Church of God in Christ in Richmond, police said.
This week is designated as “reading week” for many students at the University of Kent. During this week, there are no classes and students are encouraged to use the time to catch up on course work, which may include reading, essay writing and preparations for the exams at the end of the year. Each department has its own designated week for this purpose, although each week usually falls around the middle of the term.
More than 23 years before a college professor was accused of shooting six colleagues, her teenage brother died from the blast of a shotgun she held. The 1986 shooting was ruled accidental and no charges were filed against Amy Bishop. The case could get a closer look as authorities try to explain why they believe the Harvard-educated neurobiologist opened fire Friday, killing three.
Friday, champions of snow and ice from around the globe will descend on Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Although the Olympic Games are billed as the embodiment of global diversity, many warm-weather countries have no winter athletes to offer. In Africa and South America, participation in the Winter Olympics is rare, and success is even rarer. Enter Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong, the inexperienced underdog whose story is sure to turn skeptics into fans.
Around the world, the Olympic rings are a symbol of unity, each representing a continent. Despite this, no African or South American has ever brought home a Winter Olympic Games medal. While the climate is certainly a factor, there is more to the issue, experts say.