Four weeks ago I heard about the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull delaying and canceling flights across Europe, but I didn’t worry — I had plenty of time. And I was right, until I arrived in Munich and found my flight to Florence, Italy, delayed and eventually canceled because Eyjafjallajokull had struck again, leaving volcanic ash clouds throughout northern Europe.
President Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court on Monday, declaring the former Harvard Law School dean “one of the nation’s foremost legal minds.” She would be the court’s youngest justice and give it three female members for the first time.
Many Americans don’t care all that much about soccer. In fact, I didn’t either, until I took photos for the soccer beat for the IDS last semester. But they know of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, of the Spanish national team and their place in the upper echelon of world soccer. They may not know Spanish futbol. They may not follow it. But they respect it. They don’t know the half of it.
In her ruling last month, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb said the law creating the tradition observed Thursday is an unconstitutional call to religious action. She quickly became a magnet in the contentious debate over the role of religion in public life — denounced by Christian activists for overstepping but hailed as courageous by atheists, agnostics and non-Christians who feel excluded.
The stock market had one of its most turbulent days in history as the Dow Jones industrials dropped almost 1,000 points in less than half an hour on fears that Greece’s debt problems could halt the global economic recovery.
Indian officials sentenced to death Thursday the only surviving gunman from the bloody Mumbai attacks, punishing the 22-year-old Pakistani man who became the face of the assault after being caught on video storming a train station armed with an assault rifle.
In 1986, residents of Zurich awoke to find their city covered in lion statues. In 1998, the animals struck again, and residents experienced “Cow Parade” for the first time as local artists decorated 800 fiberglass cow statues and placed them around the city as a public art project. Since then, the “Cow Parade” phenomenon has exploded worldwide, with exhibitions of a variety of different animals and themes seen around the world during the past couple of decades.
Police found an “amateurish” but potentially powerful bomb that apparently began to detonate but did not explode in a smoking SUV in Times Square, authorities said Sunday. Thousands of tourists were cleared from the streets for 10 hours while the bomb was dismantled.
An oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that has become far worse than initially expected crept toward the coast Thursday as government officials offered help from the military to prevent a disaster that could destroy fragile marshlands along the shore.
Security was heightened Wednesday at the University of Wyoming as the school prepared for a speech from William Ayers, the 1960s radical whose visit was blocked before a federal judge ruled the university must allow him to speak.
Brown made the first major flub of the country’s short campaign season Wednesday, caught on an open microphone calling a 65-year-old voter a “bigoted woman” after she pressed him on immigration during a public meeting.
A teacher wielding a knife broke into a primary school in southern China and stabbed 15 students and a teacher Wednesday. The same day, another school attacker was executed for killing eight children last month, police and state media reported.
Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega faced money-laundering charges in a French courtroom Tuesday after being extradited from the United States.
Top Goldman Sachs officials defended their conduct in the financial crisis Tuesday, flatly disputing the government’s fraud allegations against the giant financial house. “I did not mislead investors,” insisted a trading executive at the heart of the government’s case.