A long-running school desegregation fight is over, after a federal judge accepted a settlement reached by lawyers for black students, three Little Rock-area school districts, and the state. Under the deal, the state will no longer have to send yearly payments of around $70 million to aid desegregation.
The search giant bought Nest, the home automation startup with smart thermostats and smart smoke detectors that are found in homes around the world. It signals a tipping point for "the Internet of things."
A study released Monday suggests that the MTV show 16 and Pregnant has contributed to a decline in the nation's teen birthrate. The researchers looked at teen births, Nielsen ratings, Google searches and tweets, and attribute one-third of the decline to the TV show.
Mainstream Russian media outlets don't cover gay issues neutrally — let alone positively. So, as the nation gears up to host the Winter Olympics, activists are calling on Western media to shed light on the plight of gay Russians. That puts NBC in the awkward position, as both a journalistic enterprise and a business partner of the Olympic Games.
The ban on tap water is slowly lifting in and around Charleston, W.Va., where a chemical spill tainted the water supply. Hundreds of thousands of residents have been living without clean tap water for five straight days. With schools and many businesses closed, many local residents have had to change their daily routines.
West Virginia officials told residents Monday to flush out their home water systems before using the tap water again. Tests at the affected water treatment plant show almost no contamination. However, some toxicologists say, the spill shows how little is known about many chemicals in common use.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, are holding a series of talks in Paris in anticipation of an upcoming Syrian peace conference. They are trying to persuade the Syrian government and opposition leaders to allow unfettered delivery of humanitarian aid. There are still doubts, however, about whether exiled Syrian opposition leaders will even agree to attend the peace conference.
The federal government is investigating the Christie administration's decision to use some funds earmarked for recovery from Superstorm Sandy toward advertisements promoting tourism, which also featured Gov. Christie and his family. The governor is already being scrutinized for a traffic jam apparently ordered by his top staff members, allegedly as political payback. Robert Siegel speaks to Matt Katz about the investigations.
The Obama administration released new enrollment numbers on Monday for the government's health insurance exchange. The numbers address the demographics of enrollees in the exchange. Administration officials are encouraged that people under the age of 35 constitute approximately a quarter of enrollees.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Monday challenging the presidential practice appointing federal officials during the Senate's break periods. At issue today were three recess appointments President Obama had made to the National Labor Relations Board.
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