• 3index2
    January 6, 2014  

    In our news wrap Monday, Janet Yellen won Senate confirmation to lead the Federal Reserve. Taking over for outgoing chair Ben Bernanke, the former vice chair becomes the first woman to lead the U.S.’s central bank. Also, peace talks to end violence in South Sudan continue to be stalled, awaiting face-to-face discussions. Continue reading

  • 3index1
    January 6, 2014  

    A cyclone of arctic air known as a polar vortex stretched from the Dakotas to the deep South, bringing wind chill warnings on the heels of near-blizzard conditions in some regions. Several Midwest states shut schools and urged everyone to stay inside, while airlines canceled thousands of flights. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading

  • 3index5
    January 6, 2014  

    With no cure or successful treatment yet available, scientists are hoping to stave off Alzheimer’s devastating debilitation by treating people before they show a single symptom. Jeffrey Brown reports on how researchers are looking at risk signs, lifestyle factors and alternative therapies to help keep brains healthy. Continue reading

  • qsstress
    January 4, 2014  

    Take a look at these new technologies that allow people to keep track and quantify every detail of their daily lives. It’s a growing movement called “quantified self.” The personal data gathered is often health-related, but there are applications to measure productivity and time spent in REM sleep. Is this data gone wild? Continue reading

  • newswrap
    January 3, 2014  

    In our news wrap Friday, a major winter storm that dumped massive amounts of snow especially in the Midwest has tapered off, but subzero temperatures continue to chill the Northeast. Also, the Obama administration announced two executive actions on background checks for gun buyers. Continue reading

  • elderly2
    January 3, 2014  

    Traditionally, Latino American seniors have lived out their years at home, receiving care from family members. But as economic factors shift, more Latino elders are moving to nursing homes or going to day centers to receive additional support. The NewsHour’s Mary Jo Brooks reports on how some facilities have addressed the need. Continue reading

  • January 2, 2014  

    In our news wrap Thursday, the first major winter storm of 2014 shut down cities in the Midwest as it barreled towards the Northeast. Heavy snow is expected across New England. Also, Sunni militants linked to al-Qaida battled for control of two Iraqi cities, storming government buildings and police stations. Continue reading

  • tech1
    January 2, 2014  

    Robotic devices are everywhere: in factories, law enforcement, caretaking. They even suck up dust bunnies. Today they are smarter than ever, but they only excel when the task is clearly defined. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on why it’s hard to teach robots basic human things, like walking and problem solving. Continue reading

  • class
    January 1, 2014  

    For more than 70 years, the General Educational Development exam, or the GED, has been an important tool for those who didn’t complete high school and for immigrants looking to make inroads into higher education or secure better jobs. An overhaul of the exam is set to take effect in January. Continue reading

  • othernews
    January 1, 2014  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, the first day of 2014 was marked by a papal address, mayoral inaugurations and a series of bowl games for football fans. Also, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor temporarily blocked a health care law mandate that some church-affiliated groups provide coverage for birth control. Continue reading