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  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The top 5 biggest omissions

    The announcement Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2011 will fill some important gaps in its roster, most notably heavy metal pioneer Alice Cooper, R&B singer Darlene Love, and all-around swell guy Neil Diamond. But there are still some notable gaps in the Hall of Fame's alumni. Here are the top five biggest omissions by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
    12/15/2010 03:35 pm

  • The six men accused of inciting Kenya's post-election violence

    Six men were accused in the International Criminal Court Wednesday of crimes against humanity for their role in the ethnic violence that tore apart Kenya following the December 2007 presidential election. Simmering tensions between Kenya's ethnic groups – the Kikuyu majority and Kalenjin and Luo minorities – erupted after incumbent President Mwai Kibaki, a Kikuyu, was declared the winner amid accusations of election fraud. The men below are suspected of helping to incite the violence that left more than 1,000 Kenyans dead.
    12/15/2010 01:16 pm

  • Michael Steele: top 10 gaffes as RNC chair

    Under normal circumstances, the chairman of the Republican National Committee is unknown to most Americans. He – and it’s always been a “he” – raises money, oversees party operations, and appears from time to time on Sunday talk shows. Michael Steele, the current GOP chair, has blown that model out of the water – to the chagrin of many Republicans. His two-year tenure has featured one misstep after another. Now that he has decided to run for reelection next month, following big Republican gains in the fall midterms, his list of stumbles will come back to the fore.
    12/14/2010 06:21 pm

  • Luxury car glitches: Which of these Top 10 most expensive cars have been recalled?

    Luxury cars face recalls more often than their top-of-the-line engineering would suggest. Here are the 10 most expensive cars available for sale, according to Kelley Blue Book. Of the 10, six have been recalled at least once in the past decade. Can you guess the four that have never been recalled?
    12/14/2010 04:15 pm

  • The top 10 monkeys

    December 14th is National Monkey Day, making it the perfect day to contemplate our simian relatives. And what better way to do so than by ranking them in a top 10 list? Broadly speaking, there are two types of monkeys. Old World monkeys are native to Africa and Asia, and include familiar species such as the langur, the macaque, and the baboon. New World Monkeys, which are native to Central and South America, include marmosets, capuchins, and wooly monkeys. New World monkeys are thought to have evolved from Old World monkeys after migrating from Africa to South America on a raft of vegetation during the Oligocene period, some 23 million to 34 million years ago. But whatever. We know that you're here to find out what the best kind of monkey is. Click through our top 10 list to find out.
    12/14/2010 12:31 pm

  • 10 Asian authors you need to know: the Man Asian Literary Prize longlist

    The best thing about annual literary prizes is the way they alert us to authors and books we otherwise might have missed. The Man Asian Literary Prize ($30,000 awarded to the author of the best novel by an Asian author written in or translated into English) is no exception. The 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize will be awarded in March. The longlist for the award – announced this week – features the writers below.
    12/14/2010 12:18 pm

  • Persistent achievement gap vexes education reformers: Six takeaways

    No education issue has received more attention in recent years – but with less apparent progress – than the achievement gaps for minority and low-income students. The Center on Education Policy released a study Tuesday that looks at trends in all 50 states. Despite a few bright spots, the picture is bleak. Here are a few of the study’s major findings:
    12/14/2010 09:27 am

  • 3 great 2010 photo books

    Looking for that just-right holiday present? A photo book is one of those gifts that keeps on giving. It can be enjoyed over and again for years to come and never really goes out of style. Here are three particularly good picks recommended by our Monitor staff photographers from among the 2010 releases .
    12/14/2010 09:23 am

  • Geminid meteor shower: four viewing tips

    Geminid meteor shower activities mean a late, cold night for viewers. But meteor showers are one of space's most spectacular shows for skywatchers.
    12/13/2010 06:56 pm

  • Jets coach Sal Alosi: Five acts of poor sportsmanship

    Jets coach Sal Alosi is being investigated by the NFL for tripping a Dolphins player trying to cover a punt return Sunday. That got us to thinking about other recent examples of poor sportsmanship, including Jets coach Sal Alosi.
    12/13/2010 03:25 pm

  • Home heating 101: six cold facts on staying warm this winter

    Winter weather has arrived. Blizzards in Minneapolis, subfreezing temperatures in Buffalo, N.Y., and cold weather spreading into places like Atlanta. With the rush of arctic-type conditions, how much will it cost this winter to stay warm? Here are six cold facts on staying warm.
    12/13/2010 02:48 pm

  • Heisman Trophy: Top 10 winners who succeeded in pro football

    The Heisman Trophy was awarded Saturday night to Auburn QB Cam Newton, as the most outstanding college football player in 2010. But a Heisman is not a guarantee of success in the NFL. Some of the 74 winners since 1935 didn't make the transition, some didn't live up to their potential due to injury. With help from and, we compiled a list of Heisman winners who went on to have the most success on the professional gridiron.
    12/11/2010 03:54 pm

  • Teach your kids about money: 9 dos and don’ts

    Most Americans don’t have a rainy day fund, haven’t saved enough for retirement, and aren’t prepared to fund their children’s college education, according to a 2009 survey from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. How can we prevent future generations from making the same mistakes? Teach kids about money. The US Department of Education has teamed up with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and National Credit Union Administration to promote financial literacy in schools across the country. Parents have a role, too. Here are nine do’s and don’ts to get your children started
    12/11/2010 01:41 pm

  • Why is the Westboro Baptist Church picketing Elizabeth Edwards' funeral?

    More known for using hurtful signs to picket funerals of US soldiers who have died in the Middle East, Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, whose congregation is mostly related, has vowed to picket the funeral of Elizabeth Edwards on Saturday in Raleigh, N.C.
    12/11/2010 08:42 am

  • Five mistakes to avoid on your college application

    College application deadlines are looming for millions of high school seniors, and younger students are already thinking ahead. The Monitor checked in with counselors and admissions officers to get their take on some of the most common mistakes students make when preparing for and applying to college.
    12/10/2010 05:55 pm

  • WikiLaughs: Top eight WikiLeaks jokes

    Classified diplomatic cables. Sensitive military documents. Lists of vulnerable sites to US interests. WikiLeaks is serious business. But humor is one way the public sifts through the meaning of news. Or at least a way to distract ourselves from looking at those same 12 photos of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over and over again. Here's a look at the lighter side of WikiLeaks.
    12/10/2010 05:47 pm

  • Hackers rally to support WikiLeaks: Top 5 recent attacks

    In an effort nicknamed "Operation Payback," a loose association of hackers called "Anonymous" has been targeting the websites of companies and organizations that have cut ties with WikiLeaks by overwhelming their sites with traffic, prompting them to shut down. Twitter and Facebook have blocked accounts for Anonymous, citing the illegality of their attacks as a terms-of-service violation. WikiLeaks' Facebook and Twitter accounts remain up and running. “Of course, Anonymous is expected to keep creating new accounts as quickly as Facebook and Twitter squash them; it’s a bit like Whack-a-Mole or doing battle with a hydra, in that sense,” said social media news website Mashable. "Fighting Anonymous is a task we wouldn’t wish on anyone." Below are some of the most notable attacks.
    12/09/2010 11:31 am

  • Bestselling books the week of 12/9/10, according to IndieBound*

    What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.
    12/08/2010 06:10 pm

  • John Lennon: Top 6 most influential songs

    The 30 years that have passed since John Lennon's death have done little to diminish him as one of the most respected musicians of the 20th century. As a member of one of the most successful and influential songwriting teams of all time, he changed the face of popular music. Lennon was a mad experimenter, a avant-garde visionary who not only responded to the tenor of his day, but set it. He was also a master of wide appeal, able to temper his unorthodox impulses with approachability. Many of his innovations are now essential components of pop music. Here are six of his most influential songs:
    12/08/2010 03:56 pm

  • 4 recent cases of plagiarism charges in the headlines

    Plagiarism charges regularly plague the book world, often resulting in tarnished reputations. For those accused, the allegations are humiliating, while the writers plagiarized often feel themselves to be the victims of a theft for which they are never fully compensated. In recent cases, plagiarism charges have swirled around a variety of different kinds of publications: an award-wining French novel, a 2006 congressional report, the memoir of former President George W. Bush, and the "Harry Potter" series.
    12/08/2010 11:39 am

  • Bush tax cuts 101: Who will get what if Obama deal passes?

    The tax-cut accord forged this week by President Obama and congressional leaders would give Americans a substantial income boost, whatever tax bracket they're in. Critics say it would push up the national debt and includes an unnecessary giveaway to the rich. Supporters say the cuts are much-needed fuel for the economy. It's a broad package that, if approved by Congress, would include much more than just a two-year extension of the Bush tax cuts. Here's a look at who gets what:
    12/07/2010 07:08 pm

  • How well do you know Derek Jeter? Take our quiz

    Longtime Yankees shortstop and captain Derek Jeter finalized a three-year, $51 million deal with the Bronx Bombers on Tuesday. Jeter is in some pretty select Yankee company, when it comes to records and all. Take our quiz and see how well you know the 11-time All-Star. Answers are revealed on subsequent pages.
    12/07/2010 05:00 pm

  • West loses edge to Asia in education: Top five OECD findings

    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development group of industrialized nations released the results Tuesday of the test they give to 15-year-old students to measure math, science, and reading capabilities. The test, administered every three years by OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), was taken in 2009 in the 34 countries of the OECD and in 41 partner countries and economies (i.e. regional economic entities). Below, some of the top findings in the study, which was released today:
    12/07/2010 02:39 pm

  • Pearl Harbor: 5 top books on the attack

    It was 69 years ago today – Dec. 7, 1941 – that the Japanese Imperial Navy launched a surprise attack against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Four US battleships were sunk and 188 aircraft were destroyed. On the US side, the human toll was horrific, with 2,402 personnel killed and 1,282 wounded. For reflections on this historic day, we recommend one of the five titles below.
    12/07/2010 02:21 pm

  • Is your office going to the dogs? Five top dog-friendly employers.

    Only 17 percent of US employers allow pets, even though researchers find that dogs make employees happier, more productive, and encourage teamwork. Plus, having your Pekinese or chocolate Lab begging for a walk is a perfect way to break up a routine workday. Here are five top dog-friendly companies:
    12/06/2010 02:11 pm

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