The scent of fresh pencils is in the air, and homework assignments are around the corner. In honor of back-to-school season, author Alexander Aciman recommends The Lost Estate by Henri Alain-Fournier.
The death of Eric Garner, like the shooting of Michael Brown, sparked protests. But the reaction in New York has been entirely peaceful, thanks partly to quick responses by police and civic officials.
Pull out those maps and atlases - on September 15th registration opens for the 2015 National Geographic Bee! Get your school library involved in this fun and worthwhile contest for 4th to 8th graders. Those who demonstrate stellar knowledge of geography get a chance to participate in the 2015 Idaho State Geographic Bee in Rexburg. State champions qualify for the national bee in Washington, D.C. Visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee for all the details and contact Dr. Michael Madsen, the Idaho Bee Coordinator at 208-496-4237 or email@example.com with additional questions.
As the situation quiets down in Ferguson, Mo., some political observers are asking why it took President Obama so long to publicly weigh in on events there.
Food shortages are emerging in the wake of West Africa's Ebola epidemic. Market shelves are bare and fields are neglected because traders can't move and social gatherings are discouraged.
The attack, which killed more than 60 worshippers at Friday prayers, is the latest sectarian violence to rock the deeply divided country.
As attitudes toward homosexuality shift in the U.S., many gay men say that's created not just more legal freedoms but also greater freedom to express their gender identities.
The death of Brazil's Socialist Party presidential candidate created an opportunity for his running mate, Marina Silva. Her entry into the race has upended the situation. Whereas the man she replaced was running a distant third in polls, support for Silva has surged.
There has been no bigger sports star lately than Mo'ne Davis. The 13-year-old pitcher charmed — and dominated — on the mound in the Little League World Series. But her Little League journey ended Thursday, when her underdog squad lost to a team from Chicago. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis offers his take.
Russia has sent a large number of trucks into eastern Ukraine without the authorization of the Ukrainian government or Red Cross supervision. Moscow says the trucks are carrying aid for civilians, but the Ukrainians — together with NATO, U.S. and European leaders — say the move is a violation of Ukrainian sovereignty.
The U.S. continues to mount airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, but some analysts say the campaign is not broad enough.
Argentina calls them vulture funds, but those hedge funds have a legal right to demand payment. Still, is that moral when a nation is the debtor and its citizens will suffer as a result?
Katy Simpson Smith's novel, set during the American Revolution, was inspired by her research on mothers in the South. "Death was sort of the specter that haunted every aspect of life," she says.
Amanda Ripley looks at the world's new education superpowers in The Smartest Kids In The World, which appears at No. 9.
At No. 13, James McBride's The Good Lord Bird tells the story of a young slave who is liberated by John Brown just before his raid on Harpers Ferry.
Hampton Sides' In The Kingdom Of Ice recounts an ill-fated 19th-century naval expedition to the North Pole. It appears at No. 1.
Debuting at No. 1, Haruki Mirakami's Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage follows a 30-something man looking for closure.
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Nobody knew how people in Southern California were getting infected with the life-threatening fungus C. gattii. A 13-year-old helped figure out the source: three types of trees.
Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said the beheading of American journalist James Foley is tantamount to an act of terror against the U.S.