| Jun 18, 2014
| 10:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- Comedian Jay Leno has been tapped by the Kennedy Center to receive this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
The award will be presented Oct. 19 at a Kennedy Center ceremony to be broadcast Nov. 23 on PBS stations. The comedy award,...
| Jun 18, 2014
In April and May, the world's largest democracy elected its latest prime minister, Narendra Modi. Modi has promised to shake up long-standing government corruption and bring prosperity to all of India, as he did to the state of Gujarat as its chief...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 3:51 PM
Charles Dickens would recognize the curve of the river and the placement of the streets -- but he would be surprised to learn that his "Bleak House" is right across the street from something called "Fight Club."
The good folks at the British...
| May 24, 2014
| 4:32 AM
Admiral William Sheffield Cowles and his wife, Anna "Bamie" Roosevelt Cowles, must have slipped into Union Station quietly, without being recognized.
Had the mid-day travelers in the lobby noticed them, they would certainly have put two and two together...
| May 13, 2014
| 5:00 AM
More than a dozen teachers have been recognized for their work at Westside schools and community organizations by the Venice Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber's fourth annual WAVE awards recognize innovation and outstanding teaching efforts inside and...
| May 5, 2014
| 10:14 AM
Those planning a summer vacation in the U.S., have plenty of festivals and fairs to enjoy in various parts of the country this year.
Here are more than a dozen events –- but just some of what’s on tap for the summer — arranged...
| May 15, 2014
| 8:39 AM
Events featuring authors and poets are scheduled this spring and summer. Here are some highlights:
International best-selling British author of fantasy, whose work includes the comic book series "The Sandman" and novels "Stardust,"...
| May 16, 2014
Do you know the Mount Rushmore game?
Essentially, you pick a category like, say, candy bars and decide which of them belongs on the candy bar Mount Rushmore.
(For the record, the answer is: Snickers, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Twix and Kit Kat.)...
| May 19, 2014
| 10:47 AM
A Nevada state board pulled plans to name a Lake Tahoe cove after Mark Twain amid opposition from a tribe saying he held racist views on Native Americans.
The Nevada State Board on Geographic Names voted this week to indefinitely postpone a move to name...
| May 16, 2014
| 3:47 PM
'The house was quiet and the world was calm …"
Or so said Wallace Stevens.
Clearly the world is anything but calm. And yet the house, it's true, is quiet: Stevens' home at 118 Westerly Terrace in the Hartford's West End will soon go on the...
| May 20, 2014
| 6:00 AM
The author Mark Twain was a lot of things to a lot of people: cigar-chomping social critic, curmudgeon, knee-slapping loose cannon who would have frowned at -- and mocked -- the phrase "politically correct."
A decision by a Nevada state panel sheds...