It was a small round object sent around the planet, and it changed the course of human history. Call it "Spudnik." It was a potato. On Columbus Day, the U.S. commemorates the grand global changes - discoveries and destruction alike - that unfolded after Christopher Columbus linked the New World and the Old. But some scholars take a more granular view of what Columbus wrought. They look at the very seeds, seedlings and tubers that began crisscrossing the oceans in what they call the "Columbian Exchange."
RUTLAND, N.D. -- As Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., hustled down the main drag in Sunday's Uffda Day parade, Elizabeth Ritter, a middle-aged woman in a pink coat and matching hat, stepped off the curb, pulled the lawmaker close and spoke into her ear, carving out a private moment amid the blaring music and cheers.
Parking lot of a crowded store in Upstate New York on Saturday, in what federal authorities are calling the deadliest U.S. crash in nearly a decade. Police said that just before 2 p.m., they received reports of a crash involving two vehicles in Schoharie, about 30 miles west of Albany. Authorities said a 2001 Ford Excursion limousine traveling southwest on State Route 30 "failed to stop" at an intersection with State Route 30A and flew into the parking lot of the nearby Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe.
Imagine you're riding a bicycle when you collide with a car and are thrown over the handlebars. When you hit the street, you're knocked unconscious and unable to call for help. In this scenario, you're wholly dependent upon a stranger coming to your rescue. If you're in public, surrounded by people, that might not be a problem. But if you're injured when you're alone, hours could pass before you're found.
Pablo Picasso once called painting "a sum of destructions." Banksy, the anonymous British graffiti artist and popular provocateur, admitted he had Picasso in mind when he pulled off the most memorable art-world prank in years.
TOKYO - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had "productive talks" with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on Sunday, Oct. 7, with the pair reportedly agreeing to hold a summit between Kim and President Donald Trump as soon as possible. Pompeo and Kim met for about two hours and then had a 90-minute lunch together. South Korea later said the two men agreed to a second Kim-Trump summit "at the earliest possible date."
ROME - In a combative letter, a highly-placed cardinal on Sunday mounted the Vatican's first direct response to accusations that Pope Francis knew about and covered up sexual misconduct, describing those claims as a "political fabrication devoid of a real foundation." The letter, written by Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, came six weeks after a former Vatican ambassador to the United States wrote a bombshell letter of his own, charging that much of the Vatican hierarchy, including Francis, had for years protected recently-resigned cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
Callie Terrell has been styling hair for more than seven decades in Memphis, Tennessee. Next month, she turns 100 years old and plans to retire - but not by choice. She's out of a job. The owner of the beauty shop where she works has decided to retire and sell the salon. Terrell, who styles hair part time and has outlived most of her customers, said if it was up to her, she'd continue working. "I'd keep going, maybe to 101 or 102," she said in an interview with The Washington Post. "I love what I do, so why not?"
WASHINGTON - Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as the 114th Supreme Court justice on Saturday, Oct. 6, by one of the narrowest margins in history amid mass protests, ending a vitriolic battle over his nomination and solidifying a conservative majority on the court. As a throng of angry demonstrators stood on the steps of the Capitol, the Senate finalized on a near party-line vote of 50 to 48 what will certainly be one of President Donald Trump's most enduring legacies: two Supreme Court justices in two years in an increasingly polarized nation.
For Pete Zimmerman, a Minnesota farmer, the age of gene-edited foods has arrived. While he couldn't be happier, the hi-tech soybeans he's now harvesting are at the crux of a long-running debate about a frankenfood future. Zimmerman is among farmers in three states now harvesting 16,000 acres of DNA-altered soybeans destined to be used in salad dressings, granola bars and fry oil, and sold to consumers early next year. It's the first commercialized crop created with a technique some say could revolutionize agriculture, and others fear could carry as-yet unknown peril.