Gasoline prices have been on the rise for months now. As the economy improves, demand has gone up. But aside from that, something unusual is happening with gasoline prices in the U.S. this winter: Prices are rising faster on the East and West Coasts than they are in the middle of the country.
Since September, a gallon of regular gas in New York state has gone up 59 cents. In Colorado, it's increased only 25 cents. Some of that increase is because of different tax rates in the two states, but the bulk of it is due to bargain-priced oil coming in from Canada.
Self-control keeps us from eating a whole bag of chips or from running up the credit card. A new study says that self-control makes the difference between getting a good job or going to jail — and we learn it in preschool.
"Children who had the greatest self-control in primary school and preschool ages were most likely to have fewer health problems when they reached their 30s," says Terrie Moffitt, a professor of psychology at Duke University and King's College London.
As Donald Rumsfeld might say, there are known knowns and known unknowns. And one known known is that the passage of time doesn't appear to have mellowed Rumsfeld.
In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, the former Bush administration defense secretary was as feisty as ever. He challenged the premises of questions. And he suggested that others were more responsible for U.S. war policy decisions in Afghanistan and Iraq that are now widely viewed as mistakes — mistakes for which he has long been blamed.
Bedtime reading seems an excellent opportunity for toddler mind control. I've recently slipped one book into heavy rotation, and in it, I've placed my highest parental aspirations.
It's called How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? and for frustrated parents, it's a full-on food fantasy. It advocates trying new food — at least one small bite of it. And, of course, it's nothing like dinner with my son Fountain.
"I only want mac and cheese! Not peas!" he said to me recently when I tried to tempt him with something green.
The presidential duel in Ivory Coast has fuelled a propaganda battle: The incumbent president maintains control of the powerful national television station while his challenger is operating out of a hotel, protected by U.N. peacekeepers with little access to the world outside the hotel's gates.
The dominant media voice is state-run television, a vital weapon in the arsenal of incumbent Laurent Gbagbo. After a decade in office, his critics say Gbagbo is clinging to power despite losing November's presidential vote.