Russia Abolishes Daylight Saving Time

President Dmitriy Medvedev has announced the abolition of daylight saving time starting autumn 2011. Medvedev said that switching clocks twice a year is harmful for people’s health and triggers stress. “Every fall and every spring we are swearing at this system,”
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Peaceful Transition in Egypt “Must Begin Now”

President Obama says a peaceful, meaningful and orderly political transition in Egypt “must begin now” and must include a broad spectrum of Egyptian voices, including the government’s political opposition. In remarks at the White House February 1, Obama said he had spoken with President Hosni Mubarak shortly after (more...)

“National Socks For The Homeless Day”

State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) today kicked off a sock drive for the homeless at his Harrisburg office and announced plans to offer a resolution designating February 14 as “National Socks for the Homeless Day”. The resolution creating “National Socks for the Homeless Day” encourages (more...)

US Passport Application:‘parent one’ and ‘parent two’

The words “mother” and “father” will be removed from U.S. passport applications and replaced with gender neutral terminology, according to the State Dept. They are now ‘parent one’ and ‘parent two.’” “These improvements are being made to provide a gender neutral description of a child’s parents and (more...)

Fifth Day Of Protests In Egypt

The fifth straight day of protests in Egypt gets going and people around the world watch with great anticipation for what will happen next: — "Thousands have gathered in central Cairo and there have been clashes with security forces, while protests are also reported in Alexandria," the BBC writes. "The army (more...)

Why Do Many Americans Speak Only English?

U.S. Geography and the Need to Learn a Foreign Language The United States is spread out over a huge land mass, and for most of its citizens there is no need to speak a language in addition to English in order to communicate with people who live (more...)

2010 Census Data Show Population Shift to South

The first results from the 2010 U.S. census reflect a modest overall population growth over the past 10 years, with continued population shifts toward Southern and Western states. These data will be used to determine how the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are (more...)

Giving (Almost) All of It Away

The two richest men in the United States, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, are encouraging other billionaires, in the United States and abroad, to give away the bulk of their fortunes to philanthropic causes. Gates, a co-founder of the software giant Microsoft Corporation, and Buffett, chairman of the (more...)

U.S. to Host World Press Freedom Day 2011

The United States is pleased to announce that it will host UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day event in 2011, from May 1 - May 3 in Washington, D.C. UNESCO is the only UN agency with the mandate to promote freedom of expression and its corollary, freedom (more...)

The Richest Dog In Florida

Gail Posner was a member of one of Miami Beach's richest and most notorious families, but she died without so much as an obit in the Herald and with most of her family refusing to comment. Now a legal battle is brewing surrounding her will that has led the Wall (more...)

Americans Spend As Much Time Using TV as Internet

According to a survey released by Forrester, Americans are spending as many hours online as they do in front of their TV screens. The Internet has long captivated the attention of younger Americans to a greater extent than TV and is now proving more popular to Gen X (ages 31 to (more...)

Building U.S.-Russian Bridges with … Banjos?

Both Russia and the United States have great musical traditions. Now, one of the traditional American instruments — the banjo — has helped strengthen relations between the American and Russian people. The California-based Deering Banjo Company recently chose Liza Karpacheva, a 15-year-old Russian orphan from Obninsk, Russia (sister (more...)

International Day for Tolerance

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Too personal search in US airports

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Americans With Disabilities Act

Washington — Twenty years ago, with the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, disabled people in the United States won legal guarantees similar to those achieved in the civil rights movement a quarter of a century earlier. The ADA “made a very big difference,” says Judith Heumann, (more...)

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