Swimmer Camille Muffat, 25, boxer Alexis Vastine, 28, and sailor Florence Arthaud, 57, had widely different backgrounds and personalities. They had been filming a reality TV show.
Erik Larson's new book about the sinking of the liner Lusitania by a German U-boat in 1915 brings the past stingingly alive. Reviewer Jean Zimmerman calls Dead Wake "thrilling, dramatic and powerful."
Kent Russell (brother of Swamplandia! author Karen) makes a striking debut with a collection of essays that double as memoir. Critic Michael Schaub calls the book tough, tender and deeply original.
When DJ Robyn Knight isn't on the air, her students are — producing Truman High School's live daily announcements, broadcast over the Internet.
The University of Oklahoma has given members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon until midnight to move out of their fraternity house. Over the weekend, a video surfaced of members singing and using a derogatory racist chant that included a phrase about lynching.
In Madison, Wisconsin, police and public officials are trying hard to contrast the police shooting of an unarmed black man in their city last week with the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last year. Protesters plan more marches. An independent investigation is looking into the shooting of 19-year-old Tony Robinson.
Apple and HBO have announced a partnership to launch HBO's new video streaming service: HBO Now. Consumers will have to have an Apple device to subscribe, but then they can watch new and old HBO content on that device or their PC. It will cost $14.99 a month.
The self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has received a lot of attention for the killings it has carried out in public. Analysts say the group's hunger for publicity is overshadowing other heinous events being carried out by the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad.
Geologists say the problem with wildcatters is that new wells are contaminating the cities natural aquifer not to mention damaging the structure of many buildings.
President Obama declared Venezuela a national security threat. That prompted Venezuela's socialist government to warn its citizens of an impending U.S. military attack.
The letter from 47 Republican senators is addressed to Iranian leaders and tells them that any deal with the Obama administration must be ratified by Congress to outlive his term, which ends in 2017.
The movement's slow, strategic approach is a necessity in a country where one party controls 99.8 percent of seats in parliament, journalists are routinely jailed and rallies are broken up by police.
The federal government now factors patient satisfaction ratings into the rates Medicare pays hospitals. Some hospitals with lower ratings are finding it's difficult to change patients' perceptions.
Chris Fisher, an archaeologist who recently returned from the site of a lost city, says that some of the objects there looked as if they hadn't been touched in centuries.
We have different clocks in virtually every organ of our bodies. But living against the clock — eating late at night or working overnight — may set the stage for weight gain and chronic disease.
Forget the cathedrals and wine houses that have made Porto, Portugal, famous. A new guided tour takes visitors to back alleys and boarded-up businesses — the effects of Europe's economic crisis.
Saudi Arabia has agreed to introduce physical education for girls in its gender-segregated public schools. But there's opposition from hardliners.
Oil production appears to be churning right along in Sidney, Mont. But leaders are bracing for a whole lot less oil tax revenue to deal with all the boom's impacts.
In the 1960s and '70s, Piano was involved in the battle to revive decaying historic centers of cities. Now the Pritzker Prize-winning architect is fighting to save their often desolate outskirts.
A new book and study both show that the ability to rise from poverty to the middle class truly is shrinking. A child without married, educated parents starts life at a huge and worsening disadvantage.