LONDON - Tributes from around the world began to pour in Wednesday for Stephen Hawking, one of the world's most famous scientists, who died age 76. Hawking, an intellectual giant who became an international symbol the power of the human mind, died peacefully at his home in Cambridge, England. The celebrated British physicist probed the mysteries of the cosmos and helped to popularize science with books like "A Brief History of Time," an international bestseller.
Yes, really. The numbers game works for some people, but most of us need a more personal approach to health.
Seventeen students and teachers were killed on Wednesday in the second-deadliest shooting at a U.S. public school. Here are the stories of those who died. - - - Alyssa Alhadeff, 14 When Alyssa was dropped off at school Wednesday morning, her mother said she loved her, and Alyssa replied, "I love you, too." Those were the last words Lori Alhadeff would hear her daughter say, said Rabbi Mendy Gutnick of the Chabad of Parkland, where the Alhadeff family attends. "They had such dreams for her," Gutnick said. "They saw her succeeding in so many different ways."
The federal tax overhaul put in place by Republicans has produced an unusual show of bipartisanship now that tax season is here: We are a nation united in befuddlement.
Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Monday that Facebook users will start to see more local news stories in their News Feed. The announcement marks the third major change to the News Feed that Zuckerberg has unveiled this month. The updates, he has said, are designed to offer more "meaningful" interactions on the social network and to boost the quality of news that audiences read on Facebook.
WASHINGTON - After three days of contentious negotiations and name-calling, Congress voted to end a government shutdown Monday when Democrats agreed to trust the word of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. President Donald Trump signed the spending bill Monday evening.
WASHINGTON - The federal government shut down for the first time in more than four years Friday after senators rejected a temporary spending patch and bipartisan efforts to find an alternative fell short as a midnight deadline came and went. Republican and Democratic leaders both said they would continue to talk, raising the possibility of a solution over the weekend. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Friday that the conflict has a "really good chance" of being resolved before government offices open Monday, suggesting that a shutdown's impacts could be limited.
In a major change announced Friday to the Newsfeed used by 2 billion people every month, Facebook will now ask users to rank the news organizations they trust. The move comes after Facebook endured a year of harsh criticism for allowing fake news and misinformation to spread on its social network. In reflecting on those challenges, company executives said they no longer want to be an arbitrator of the content people see.
Apple said all Mac computers and iOS devices, like iPhones and iPads, are affected by chip security flaws unearthed this week, but the company stressed there are no known exploits impacting users. The Cupertino, California-based company said recent software updates for iPads, iPhones, iPod touches, Mac desktops and laptops, and the Apple TV set-top-box mitigate one of the vulnerabilities known as Meltdown. The Apple Watch, which runs a derivative of the iPhone's operating system is not affected, according to the company.
Old habits die hard, and that's particularly true of bad habits. New Year's resolutions, derided though they often are, present a big opportunity for self-improvement, according to research on human behavior. On New Year's, we look back on past failures to change and feel an uncommon surge of optimism. We rationalize that it was "the old me" who failed to change, but this year will be different. A full 40 percent of Americans make New Year's resolutions, and fortunately for them, social science has some insights into how to break a bad habit - or start a good one.