Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 10:23 am
Pennsylvania's fracking boom has led to record-breaking natural gas production, but its neighbor, New York, announced Wednesday it was banning the practice. Industry and environmental groups say New York's decision could be good for Pennsylvania.
New York's ban comes six years after the state placed a temporary moratorium on fracking to study the gas drilling technique. Now, officials question fracking's economic benefits and cite environmental risks.
Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 7:14 am
It took a few hours for some Cubans to realize the magnitude of President Obama's announcement on Wednesday about changes in the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, according to Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez.
Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 7:32 pm
Russian President Vladimir Putin lashed out at the West in a year-end news conference today, blaming international sanctions and a steep plunge in oil prices for the precipitous drop in the value of the ruble.
Putin, speaking during a more than three-hour news conference attended by some 1,200 journalists, "promised never to let the West chain or defang his proud nation," according to The Associated Press.
Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 4:33 pm
NPR has confirmed from U.S. intelligence officials that North Korea was centrally involved with the recent attacks against Sony Pictures. And the company says it is pulling its comedy film The Interview from the box office. It was supposed to debut on Christmas. These are major developments in what we may now call cyberwarfare.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The first female president of the University of Alabama is stepping down. The university released a statement from President Judy Bonner on Wednesday saying she will leave office no later than Sept. 30, 2015. Bonner says she wants to return to the classroom. She plans to take a yearlong sabbatical and resume teaching in fall 2016. Bonner says she's announcing her departure early to allow time for trustees to begin a search for her replacement next month. Bonner was selected as the first woman to permanently serve as president of the Tuscaloosa campus two years ago.
Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 10:21 am
We are well into the Christmas season, and if you live in Japan, that means sponge cake.
The traditional Japanese Christmas dish is served with strawberries and cream, and it is rich, thanks to lots and lots of butter. But the Japanese have been using even more butter for their Christmas cakes this year, exacerbating what was already a national butter shortage.