Dec 5, 2013 — Also: Dangerously cold temperatures swoop south across the U.S.; gale force winds slam Scotland; civilians flee brutal violence in Central African Republic; an NBA game in Mexico City is called off after smoke fills the arena; and the Pentagon's online Santa tracker will also feature fighter jets.
Dec 5, 2013 — Arizona's worker safety commission imposes multiple fines on the state's forestry unit, with the largest coming for "willful serious" violations that left firefighters in dangerous positions. The Yarnell Hill fire killed 19 elite firefighters in June.
Dec 5, 2013 — Also: Queer theorist José Esteban Muñoz has died; Norway is digitizing books written in Norwegian; Gary Shteyngart spices up 19th century British literature.
Dec 5, 2013 — Theoretically, open-source software development should be more accessible to people underrepresented in tech, like blacks, Latinos, and women. But there are still big, less-obvious barriers to entry.
Dec 5, 2013 — At least 20 people were killed in the violence, in which a gun battle followed a large explosion. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but several analysts have noted that it resembles the operations of Al-Qaida.
Dec 5, 2013 — The Senate Conservatives Fund, founded by then-Sen. Jim DeMint, is a big-money player targeting incumbent Republican senators including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
Dec 5, 2013 — It's Day 4 of the White House's new messaging push for the Affordable Care Act. Today the goal is to tell the stories of people with pre-existing conditions who are now entitled to coverage under the new health care law.One such story comes from within the White House.
Dec 5, 2013 — British couple Steve and Maureen Stevens are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. The young RAF pilot was returning from a World War II bombing mission over Germany when a lovely voice came on his cockpit radio guiding him down. Rushing up to the control tower he found a glamorous member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force.
Dec 5, 2013 — About Samsung's HD TV, one reviewer wrote, "I was going to send my kids to college but I had to do what was best for my family." Another reviewer added, glad it has "low energy costs, as I am on a very tight budget."
Dec 5, 2013 — Federal regulators are cracking down on banks that are offering services called deposit advances. Many argue that the service is the same as payday loans and could lead consumers into a cycle of debt.