Here in America when we go to the beach, we read romance novels or mysteries.
France is different sort of place. Over the past few weeks, the French have been obsessed with an economic thriller called Terminus pour L'Euro — The End of the Line for the Euro. It was published in Le Monde, one of the biggest newspapers in France.
Defying growing international condemnation, Syrian security forces continue their bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters across the country. A U.S.-based human rights group says injured protesters are afraid to seek treatment in government-run hospitals, for fear of being detained and beaten.
If the audience is uncomfortable watching <em>The Help, </em>that's appropriate, says actress Octavia Spencer: "People <em>lived </em>this discomfort." Spencer plays Minny Jackson — an African-American maid in 1960s Mississippi — in the film adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's controversial novel.
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The movie adaptation of the best-selling book, The Help roared into theaters this week, racking up more than $5 million in box office receipts on its opening day.
It closely follows Kathryn Stockett's novel about life among well-to-do white women in 1960s Jackson, Miss. The book told that story in large part from the point-of-view of the black women who served them — which earned Stockett both praise and condemnation.
President Obama likes to say that the American economy is facing headwinds: turmoil in Europe, the Arab spring and the tsunami in Japan. His reelection campaign is facing headwinds too: 9 percent unemployment, a U.S. credit downgrade, and a presidential approval rating slipping toward 40 percent.
Despite those daunting numbers, the President plans to convince Americans that he deserves another four years.
During the 2010 midterm campaign, Obama often told audiences that Republicans drove the economy into a ditch, and now they want the keys to the car back.
A protester shouts as Egyptian soldiers stand guard behind barbed wire at the Defense Ministry in Cairo on July 23. Egyptians say their revolution is still not complete, but they believe they are setting the tone for the region.
After Egyptians toppled President Hosni Mubarak in February, many thought that their revolution, driven by peaceful, mass demonstrations, would be duplicated elsewhere in the Middle East with the same powerful results.
All too soon, they saw on their TV screens that would not be the case, as uprisings in Libya and Syria brought bloodshed and slaughter. That led to uncertainty and fear in Egypt, because many agree with activist Hossam al-Hamalawy, who says that Egypt's revolution cannot fully succeed on its own.
France, Spain, Belgium and Italy decided to ban short selling on some stocks for two weeks.
"Some authorities have decided to impose or extend existing short-selling bans in their respective countries," the European Securities and Markets Authority said in a statement. "They have done so either to restrict the benefits that can be achieved from spreading false rumors or to achieve a regulatory level playing field, given the close inter-linkage between some EU markets."
Children play with blue foam building blocks at the Blue School in New York City on March 31. The Blue School is one of many competitive private preschools in Manhattan, founded by original members of the Blue Man Group so they could send their own children to a school that they felt supported creative offerings for their children.
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The value of preschool isn't a surprise to one group of people in America: Some Manhattanites spend $20,000 or $30,000 a year sending their children to preschool.
But before you can even pay the tuition, you have to get in. Competition for a spot at some of Manhattan's most coveted schools is fierce.
And one of the most anxiety-inducing parts of the process for parents is the preschool interview.
'It's Like A Sport'
When you think preschool interview, it's hard not to imagine a job interview for babies. But that's not exactly how it works.
Last week’s downgrade of the country’s credit rating had markets reeling this week. And recent polls show the American public has little confidence the federal government can fix the country’s financial mess. It’s one of the topics our media partners at Colorado Public Television and Colorado Inside Out are discussing.
When economist James Heckman was studying the effects of job training programs on unskilled young workers, he found a mystery.
He was comparing a group of workers that had gone through a job training program with a group that hadn't. And he found that, at best, the training program did nothing to help the workers get better jobs. In some cases, the training program even made the workers worse off.