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NEW ORLEANS | BP finally choked off the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday — 85 days and up to 184 million gallons after the crisis unfolded — then began a tense 48 hours of watching to see whether the capped-off well would hold or blow a new leak.
Fireworks. Hot dogs. Small town parades and melting ice cream.
NEW YORK | The suspect in the Times Square bombing attempt was caught on video at a Pennsylvania store legally buying consumer-grade fireworks that were made mostly of paper and were so weak they wouldn't blow up a watermelon, let alone an SUV, the company president said Wednesday.
NEW YORK | A Pakistani-born U.S. citizen was hauled off a plane about to fly to the Middle East and will face terrorism charges in the failed attempt to explode a bomb-laden SUV in the heart of Times Square, authorities said Tuesday. One official said he claimed to be acting alone.
It's the Holy Grail of Tiffany lamps, a sublime stained-glass shade of lilies in soft hues of pink and green, cascading down in an oblong bell to a bronze base molded to resemble the delicate pads in the water.
NEW YORK | Newly released aerial photos of the World Trade Center terror attack capture the towers' dramatic collapse, from just after the first fiery plane strike to the apocalyptic dust clouds that spread over lower Manhattan and its harbor.
NEW YORK | New York City's Times Square has been reopened to traffic after a bomb squad found no explosive devices in an abandoned van parked in the area.
Julia Stiles first played the role of life-wrecker Carol in "Oleanna" when she was in college, and the play, about a confused student who accuses her professor of sexual impropriety, stuck with her well beyond the final curtain.
Smart phones now have hundreds of applications meant to educate kids -- from graphic calculators to animation programs that teach spelling and phonics.
Soccer is good exercise, good for developing coordination and just good fun. But if David Haase wants his sixth-grader to play it at school, he'll have to come up with $135 to make it happen.
There may not be parades with colorful floats and crazed women who do just about anything for beads, but you can still be part of the Mardi Gras fun though you're miles away from Bourbon Street.
With the economy slumping and fuel prices soaring, facials and massages may not be a top priority for consumers on a budget.
Tracy Letts's soul never strays too far from the Midwest. Born and raised in southern Oklahoma, the playwright made it to New York by way of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Co.
Halloween ... Where eating candy 'till you're sick is encouraged, and parents have an excuse to dress their child up as a jelly bean, circus clown or Muppet of their choosing.
NEW YORK | A member of the Rutgers women's basketball team sued Don Imus and CBS on Tuesday, claiming the radio personality's sexist and racist comments about the team damaged her reputation.
Whether it's a bottle of perfume or a couture dress, Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz pays painstaking mind to every detail.
Author Jonathan Lethem was a big fan of the comic "Omega the Unknown" when he was a boy growing up in Brooklyn, and he was pretty depressed when the superhero vanished from corner store shelves.
Thousands of moviegoers who saw the film "Night at the Museum" are spending the day there, too.
Rotting garbage piled along the curbside, decades-old furniture decaying in the rain, discarded cigarette butts everywhere you look -- New York City can be a filthy place.
NEW YORK -- A small plane carrying New York Yankee Cory Lidle slammed into a 50-story apartment building Wednesday after issuing a distress call, killing the pitcher and a second person in a crash that rained flaming debris onto the sidewalks and briefly raised fears of another terrorist attack.
NEW YORK -- The large white tents erected in Bryant Park for New York Fashion Week are exclusive and mysterious, and you usually need an invitation to see what goes on inside. Until now.
A.M. Homes doesn't court controversy. But it finds her nonetheless.
Mixed among the pages of dazzling celebrities and rail-thin models that dominate fashion and teen magazines is a surprising sight: young women with thick thighs and flabby abs.
Lauren Showstead sends her boys outside nearly every day to play. In the summer, 5-year-old Justin and 3-year-old Brian collect bugs, pick up worms and explore nearby ponds and marshy areas. In the fall, they help rake the leaves, and in the winter, they're making snowmen and shooting down t…
The masterminds behind some of the most popular books for adolescent girls are a couple of 30-something men who work in an average office building full of white, Ikea-esque furniture.
Nicole Krauss sits at a shaded table at the 2nd Street Cafe in Brooklyn. The location is part of her tree-lined comfort zone, just up the road from the brownstone she shares with her husband, author Jonathan Safran Foer.
As Megan Garcia prepares to do a twisting yoga pose, she reminds her students to lift their bellies up and over their legs. Wearing a one-piece purple leotard, she's not shy about the love handles around her waist or the extra flesh on her thighs.
The hot books this summer are as varied as the shades of the sea, but book sellers agree that Nicole Krauss' "The History of Love" is at the top of the sand pile -- after "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," that is.
Michael Crichton is a big man with big ideas, a storyteller of nearly 7 feet who turns popular science into popular fiction.
Dapper Tom Wolfe likes everything just so.
Ashlee Simpson doesn't have to worry about being in the shadow of her older sister Jessica anymore.
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Josh Gracin loves serving his country, but he can't deny the song of the south.
It's been 30 years, but Penn & Teller have no intention of pulling a disappearing act.
Remember the scene from "When Harry Met Sally ..." when Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan are sitting at the diner? Or when Jack Nicholson exclaims "You can't handle the truth!" to Tom Cruise in "A Few Good Men"?
Edie Brickell has a mischievous smile on her face when the singer says she's a little jealous of her children's musical ability.
Nick Cannon fancies himself a Renaissance Man.
Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees knows his fan base is mostly teenage girls, and he's OK with that. Those fans pushed the boy band's album sales to multiplatinum.
When Alonzo Pettie started performing in rodeos, Denver was a small cow town with dirt roads. By the time he stopped riding horses, the city had become a booming metropolis and a haven for high-tech firms.
Ken Nixon sees his 84-year-old mom, Louise, every day. They chat in the morning and sometimes have dinner together, and he watches as she takes her Alzheimer's medication, even though they live about 250 miles apart.
After Hazel York's husband died, she moved into a retirement home, convinced the better part of her life was over.
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