Word of the year: Austerity, the 14th century noun defined as "the quality or state of being austere" and "enforced or extreme economy," set off enough searches that Merriam-Webster named it as its Word of the Year for 2010, the dictionary's editors announced Monday.
The debate over how much oil remains in the Gulf and where it is continues as research groups, environmental organizations, and government scientists conduct separate missions.
'Paula Deen's Christmas' magazine, singalong hits in 'Oasis: Time Flies 1994-2009,' 'Path of Beauty: Photographic Adventures in the Grand Canyon,' and more recommendations.
The First Amendment shields the publication of truthful information, legally acquired. But what if the information is gotten illegally? If prosecutors go after Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, it could be under the 1917 Espionage Act.
In 2010 Monitor reviewers critiqued hundreds of books. Here's a list of the 28 nonfiction titles they considered the most outstanding. To assist you with your holiday shopping, each title here has a link that allows you to purchase the book – even as you help to support The Christian Science Monitor
Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina is sounding out a challenge to Nancy Pelosi as Democratic leader in the House. It's a long-shot effort, but reflects some party members' unease with Pelosi.
Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, literally gets a foot in the door for the press corps trying to cover President Obama's visit to India.
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday that American diplomatic and economic efforts to halt Iran's nuclear program need more time, rebuffing Israel's call for military force.
Happy Meal ban: San Francisco restaurants can't package toys with unhealthy meals, says Board of Supervisors. Happy Meals either have to become healthier or lose the toys.