Walking, running while distracted may become crimes

Walking, running while distracted may become crimes

Attention texting pedestrians and iPod-obsessed runners on the street: You may soon get unplugged. After targeting drivers who paid more attention to their phone calls and text messages than the road, lawmakers in Arkansas and New York are now looking to crack down on pedestrians equally distracted by their own electronic gadgets. Lawmakers in both […]

Olbermann’s firing weeks in the making

Olbermann’s firing weeks in the making

Keith Olbermann’s exit from MSNBC appeared abrupt to viewers of his show, but the talk-show host and his network were involved “in a relationship that’s been failing for a long time,” an NBC Universal executive said Saturday. Olbermann’s announcement at the end of Friday’s “Countdown” that it would be his last show quiets, at least […]

Is Obama up to a new state of the union?

Is Obama up to a new state of the union?

His poll numbers are on the rise after a tough year, he has recaptured some of his old oratorical magic and a few pundits are even debating whether he’s becoming the new “comeback kid.” But the stakes will be high on Tuesday when President Barack Obama tries to convince Americans he has a plan to […]

Keith Olbermann to MSNBC: ‘No good night and no good luck’

Keith Olbermann to MSNBC: ‘No good night and no good luck’

Keith Olbermann was MSNBC’s most popular personality and single-handedly led its transformation to an outspoken, left-leaning cable news network in prime time. Despite that, he often seemed to be walking on a tightrope with his job. Friday night, it snapped. Olbermann returned from one last commercial break on “Countdown” to tell viewers it was his […]

Exclusive! Parents unplug teens! World doesn’t end

Exclusive! Parents unplug teens! World doesn’t end

Susan Maushart lived out every parent’s fantasy: She unplugged her teenagers. For six months, she took away the Internet, TV, iPods, cell phones and video games. The eerie glow of screens stopped lighting up the family room. Electronic devices no longer chirped through the night like “evil crickets.” And she stopped carrying her iPhone into […]

God, sure wish I hadn’t said that

God, sure wish I hadn’t said that

Two days after being sworn in as Alabama governor, Robert Bentley apologized Wednesday for proclaiming to a Baptist church audience that only Christians were his brothers and sisters and vowed to work for people of all faiths and colors. His comments Monday shocked and offended some believers of other faiths, but the backlash didn’t seem […]

Another giant step for Gabrielle Giffords

Another giant step for Gabrielle Giffords

In the latest milestone in Gabrielle Giffords‘ recovery from a bullet wound to the brain, the congresswoman stood up and looked out a window even as preparations got under way for a move to Houston, where she’ll undergo extensive mental and physical rehabilitation. Her swift transition from an intensive care unit to a rehab center […]

Giffords’ husband: ‘She recognized me’

Giffords’ husband: ‘She recognized me’

Congressman Gabrielle Giffords’ husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, says he is certain his wife recognizes him and is making her awareness of his bedside presence known more than a week after she was shot through the head. While doctors at University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona, said over the weekend that Giffords remained mostly incommunicative, Kelly […]

Memo from Tea Party: We’re watching and taking down names

Memo from Tea Party: We’re watching and taking down names

Welcome to Washington, tea partiers. Now that they’re freshmen in a GOP-run House, the political movement’s candidates are running smack into the traditions, partisan divisions and powerful competing interests that make it so hard to redirect the government. Some tea party activists — part of a loose-knit, libertarian-tinged network advocating small government and less federal […]