A Massachusetts judge imposed the maximum sentence on a teen driver who was texting when they caused an accident that killed a pedestrian. It's part of a growing effort in a few states to bring tougher charges and impose harsher sentences for texting while driving.
The chairman of Washington, D.C.'s city council resigned Wednesday night, as federal prosecutors moved to bring campaign finance and bank fraud charges against him. Kwame Brown is the second member of the council to resign amid corruption charges in the last few months. And Mayor Vincent Gray has been dogged throughout his tenure by allegations of misuse of campaign funds.
Teachers and school administrators in Richmond, Calif., dramatically reduced student suspensions by adopting a youth court program and other new approaches to discipline. But critics of the new approach say dropping traditional punishment could compromise school safety.
Natasha Trethewey, 46, is among the youngest U.S. poet laureates and only the second to hail from the South. Trethewey's work explores issues of mixed race, history and memory. "She's taking us into history that was never written," says Librarian of Congress James Billington.
The Easy-Bake oven might be the most widely recognized cooking toy ever made. But it's just one chapter in the century-old history of working toy ovens. We've cooked up a few examples of the Easy-Bake's predecessors, and a few choice morsels from the iconic toy's own evolution.
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