Alfred and Marie Weinberger escaped Nazi-occupied Paris at the onset of World War II, but they couldn't take their paintings with them. The Jewish couple fled to the French Alps and left their paintings - several by Pierre-Auguste Renoir - sequestered in a Paris bank vault. One was "Deux Femmes Dans Un Jardin," one of the last paintings Renoir made before he died in 1919, when his rheumatoid arthritis was so severe he had to tie the paintbrush to his hand to grip it. The Weinbergers would never see it again. On Dec. 4, 1941, the Nazis plundered Weinberger's collection.
A couple of months ago, my husband brought home a whole Chesapeake rockfish (aka striped bass) that had been on sale at Whole Foods Market. I unwrapped it and eyed it skeptically; it eyed me back, as if daring me to do it culinary justice.
WASHINGTON - In 1942, a group of university professors, doctors, lawyers, and other black professionals in Washington, District of Columbia, wanted to get together on weekends and play poker. But they had a problem. Not only did segregation in the District bar them from joining country clubs or other social organizations where men could gather, but the president of Howard University, where many of them taught, was a religious man who did not approve of card-playing.
LUMBERTON, N.C. - The storm known as Florence is creating a slow-motion natural disaster for the Carolinas that could prove deceptively lethal as swollen rivers and streams spill over their banks and continue to rise. The hurricane, now downgraded to a tropical storm, was blamed by authorities for at least five deaths as of late Friday. Though Florence did not arrive with winds as violent as once feared, forecasters got the storm surge and rainfall correct.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort agreed Friday to provide testimony to special counsel Robert Mueller III as part of a plea deal that could answer some of the most critical questions about whether any Americans conspired with Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election.
WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans are pressing forward with Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, showing no signs of hesitation after he "categorically" denied a decades-old sexual misconduct allegation that has roiled the final days of an already rancorous confirmation fight.
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Deadly gas-line explosions tore through several communities north of Boston on Thursday, setting dozens of homes on fire, forcing evacuations across three towns, seriously injuring 10 people and leaving one man dead after a piece of chimney fell on his car. Hours later - after a traumatic afternoon of fiery chaos turned into a night of eerie darkness with power shut off for thousands - officials were still unsure exactly what caused the blasts, or when it would be safe for the evacuated residents of Lawrence, North Andover and Andover to return home.
President Donald Trump instructed aides on Thursday, Sept. 13, to proceed with tariffs on about $200 billion more in Chinese products despite his Treasury secretary's attempt to restart talks with Beijing to resolve the trade war, according to four people familiar with the matter.
Mychal Kendricks could be facing a very long term in federal prison. The Seahawks, however, are in short-term need of help at linebacker, so they reportedly are set to sign him. Kendricks, as first reported Thursday, Sept. 13, by ESPN's Adam Schefter, is even expected to play for Seattle on Monday, when the team travels to Chicago to take on the Bears in prime time. Meanwhile, the seven-year NFL veteran is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to insider trading.
First, the teenager's 2-year-old sister, Desiree, stopped breathing while he was giving her a bath, authorities said. Less than three months later, investigators said, his 11-month-old brother was discovered unresponsive after he tucked the infant in and put him to bed in their home in eastern Indiana. Both of the young children died.