WiIla Cather was a Pulitzer prize-winning American author. Her short story, 'Paul's Case,' tells about a young man who does not feel he belongs in his home town. He wants to leave his high school and enjoy the finer things in life. More
France says it appears a Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz purposely caused the deadly crash in the French Alps Tuesday. He was alone in the cockpit when he flew the plane into the ground. Also in the news, Saudi-led airstrikes continue in Yemen; Uganda warns of possible al-Shabab attacks. More
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is making plans for a state visit to the United States. Mr. Abe will travel to Washington next month for talks with President Barack Obama. The two leaders are expected to discuss a number of issues, including the security alliance between their countries. More
Number of “craft brewers” has increased rapidly in recent years, and brewers group predicts the number of small brewers will continue to grow. About ten percent of beer now sold in the U.S. is made by small brewers, up from three percent in 1997. The US now has more than 3,200 breweries. More
New food guidelines in U.S. do something they have never done before -- they are linked to the environment. Some say feeding the hungry should come first. Others say saving the planet is equally important. Read on to see words like "carbon footprint" and "sustainability" in action. More
The new Disney movie made $70 million in ticket sales at its opening last weekend and will make more in the coming weeks. Also, Disney and its partners are making huge profits from merchandise linked to the movie. And, the fairy tale goods are not just for kids anymore. Women want them too! More
Since the 1950s, American presidents have been going to Camp David in the mountains of Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. They have traveled there to rest or hold meetings away from the noise of the city and the news media. But President Barack Obama rarely goes to the camp. More
A leading American supporter of a method to prevent overfishing, Jane Lubchenco, has won a major environmental prize. Jane Lubchenco served as head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from 2009 to 2013. She won this year's Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. More
There are an estimated 70,000 blind children in Indonesia. Iyehezkiel Parudani lost his eyesight at age six from chicken pox. He now teaches English to blind and visually impaired students at the Pajajaran Special School in the city of Bandung. More
Four years of bloody fighting had preserved the Union of states and freed four million slaves. But the cost of the war was great – in lives, in money and in infrastructure. Yet the country had to find a way to rebuild. More
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