The Washington Post
"I do know how babies are made," my then-8-year-old son recently told his 13-year-old sister. She ignored him. "Mom, he really doesn't," she said. "You better tell him before he goes to camp and hears it from older kids." She was right. I had talked to him about love for years, but I must have glossed over the mechanical piece.
If all hell breaks loose on the U.S. power grid -- a terrorist blows up a key natural gas pipeline, say, in the midst of a frigid winter -- how will Americans keep the lights on? The answer is coal, according to a growing collection of the industry's leaders and lobbyists. Their pitch conveys an image of a nation plunged into darkness as solar farms, wind turbines and plants fueled by gas fail to make up for the loss of coal-fired generation. Though it's a view at least partly supported by a Department of Energy study released late Wednesday, the reality isn't so dire.
The three reclusive Emery brothers have lived in the same yellow Seattle house for more than 50 years, rarely making contact with others in the neighborhood brimming with young children.
Minnesota's worst measles outbreak in decades has unexpectedly energized anti-vaccine forces, who have stepped up their work in recent months to challenge efforts by public health officials and clinicians to prevent the spread of the highly infectious disease.
So you looked directly at the sun while trying to watch the solar eclipse. Maybe you didn't read the warnings or couldn't get your hands on a pair of eclipse glasses. Or maybe you did have them but couldn't resist, just for a few seconds, staring straight at the sun with your naked eyes, experts be darned. Did you cause damage to your eyes? It's hard to tell immediately, experts say.
SEOUL - The Trump administration should be "keeping its eyes and ears open from now on," North Korea has warned in an incendiary new video that shows senior security officials being engulfed in flames and President Trump looking over a field of white crosses with the warning: "The fate of the sinful United States ends here."
Donald Trump returns to the Oval Office on Monday, Aug. 21, in danger of becoming increasingly isolated from the Republican establishment he needs to enact his agenda and the grassroots activists inspired by just-departed chief strategist Stephen Bannon.
The comedian Dick Gregory rose to national prominence in the early 1960s as a black satirist whose audacious style of humor was biting, subversive and topical, mostly centered on current events, politics and above all, racial tensions. His trademark was the searing punchline. "A Southern liberal?" he once said. "That's a guy that'll lynch you from a low tree." Another: "When I get drunk, I think I'm Polish. One night I got so drunk I moved out of my own neighborhood." On segregation: "I know the South very well. I spent 20 years there one night."
Another Palm Beach, Fla., charity announced Saturday that it was canceling plans to hold a gala at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club - the ninth to cancel a big-ticket charity event at the club this week. The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, a charity focused on the ritzy island's architectural landmarks, had planned to hold a dinner dance at Mar-a-Lago next March. The foundation was a new customer for Trump's club, and a potentially lucrative one: It spent $244,000 on rent and food on a previous gala at another site, according to tax filings.