As Thursday brought the prospect of another scheduled afternoon White House meeting between the antagonists in the debt-ceiling battle, it was only natural to wonder how that session would go considering what happened the day before.
On Wednesday, as been widely reported, that meeting got somewhat testy, with President Obama telling congressional Republicans, specifically House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, not to test his resolve.
After a long negotation with the major labels, the streaming music service Spotify has launched in the U.S.
Founders Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon pose for a photo in front of the Spotify sign. The company recently announced that it is now available in the U.S.
The music streaming service Spotify, which was launched in Sweden in 2008 and has been eagerly awaited by tech-savvy music fans in the United States for the past year, has begun offering its U.S. version.
The service has won over users in Europe — and generated anticipation here — by offering a simple service: a huge catalog of music that can be streamed, combined into playlists and accessed from any computer with an Internet connection, all free.
Food packets containing the astronauts' "all-American meal," including (clockwise from top left) corn, chicken, brisket, and beans, along with a lemonade, at right.
With Atlantis paying a visit to the International Space Station on the last mission of the space shuttle program, NASA thought it was a good time for a cookout... in space. The 10 astronauts on the two linked spacecraft will enjoy a special "all-American meal" today.
The meal — or, thermostabilized space food items, in NASAspeak — includes grilled chicken and barbecued beef brisket, along with Southwestern corn, baked beans and (unconfirmed) a Hostess apple pie.
California health officials say smoking rates in the state are down to 11.9 percent, a new low. And the latest figures make it only the second state so far to achieve a federal target of reducing adult smoking rates to 12 percent by 2020 so far. Utah got there first, in case you were wondering.