As Iowans prepare to head to the cacaus, some people are questioning just why this state that is the first in the nation to pass judgment on presidential candidates have never elected a woman to the state's most powerful positions.
In Ohio, Mississippi and Arizona, laws, amendments or candidates closely tied to major conservative efforts all went down in defeat. But, in Virginia, Republicans are on the verge of retaking the State Senate.
Jesmyn Ward was at the tail end of her summer break when Hurricane Katrina struck her hometown of Delisle, Mississippi, on the Gulf Coast. That harrowing experience inspired Ward's new novel, Salvage the Bones.
The 42,000 plane trees lining France's historic Canal du Midi are being felled because of a fungus brought to Europe by US soldiers in World War II. Will the planes that decorate the streets of cities such as Paris and London share the same fate?
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