After conviction, many court cases left for Aaron Hernandez (Yahoo Sports)


Even after he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole, former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez is nowhere near done with his legal troubles. He still faces double murder charges in Boston, as well as civil lawsuits over the killings and a lawsuit in Florida from a former friend who said he was shot in the face and left for dead after arguing with Hernandez. A jury on Wednesday found Hernandez guilty of the June 2013 killing of Odin Read more [...]

The many faces of Napoleon: ‘Little Boney’ or Napoleon le Grand?


Sheila O’Connell, Curator: British Prints, British Museum On a Tuesday at the end of January, we unpacked the marvellous large bronze head of Napoleon Bonaparte made by Antonio Canova for Lord and Lady Holland in 1818. It currently sits in pride of place at the beginning of the exhibition Bonaparte and the British: prints and propaganda in the age of Napoleon, on display in Room 90 until 16 August 2015. The Hollands set up the Canova head in the garden of Holland House in Kensington after Read more [...]

Social Security Q&A: Can I Work Many Short Jobs and Avoid the Effects of the Earnings Test?


Today’s question asks if it’s possible to repeatedly apply for and suspend benefits after exceeding the maximum income allowable under the Earnings Test. The answer covers when it’s possible to suspend receipt of benefits, explains the adjustment of the reduction factor, and reviews the long-lasting effects of filing early. Forbes - Personal Finance Read more [...]

Why Did So Many People Die in Nepal?


The news out of Nepal these past few days has been bleak. Avalanches and blizzards in a northern mountainous region of the country have claimed the lives of at least 26 people. According to some reports, as many as 100 people still may be missing. Most of the trekkers killed or currently unaccounted for were caught in a blizzard on Tuesday while walking the Annapurna Circuit, a popular trekking route roughly a hundred miles northwest of Kathmandu. October is prime trekking season in Nepal, when Read more [...]

Everest Deaths: How Many Sherpas Have Been Killed?


In "Disposable Man" (August 2013), Grayson Schaffer's story about the risks Sherpas face helping paying clients up Everest, we wanted to know how the fatality rate of ethnic Sherpas working on Everest. And we also wanted to answer another question: How did this rate compare to traditionally dangerous industries such as commercial fishing, wilderness aviation (a.k.a. bush pilots), and even military combat. To do that, we used the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics' formula for fatality rates Read more [...]

Harsh immigration realities set in for many ‘dreamers’


Deferred deportations and work permits granted under an Obama program don't always result in better jobs or higher pay. Lack of education or work experience is a big hurdle. WASHINGTON — Working as a Jack in the Box cashier, Marissa Cruz Santos breathed a sigh of relief last year when she qualified for an Obama administration program that defers deportation of young immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children. Nation - latimes.com Read more [...]

Rising propane prices leave many in Midwest out in the cold


With prices triple what they were last year, local leaders are urging the White House to declare the shortage a federal disaster. KNOB NOSTER, Mo. — From a bay window in her home on the prairie, Angela Hostetler stares out at the six huge chicken barns out back. They hold 156,000 chickens, and when she and her husband, Mardy, purchased the farm two years ago, it seemed like a good investment. Nation - latimes.com Read more [...]