Jennifer S. Woolum

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Houston man makes last-ditch plea to supreme court to halt his execution

Derrick Dewayne Charles murdered girlfriend, 15, her mother and grandfather Lawyers say Charles is mentally incompetent for execution in Texas<p>A Houston man facing execution for killing his 15-year-old girlfriend, her mother and her grandfather 13 years ago is looking to the US supreme court to stop …


President Obama's $600 Million Gift to Chicago: A Presidential Library

President Obama just gave his adopted hometown the $600 million gift of a presidential library.<p>The Barack Obama Foundation announced Tuesday that the …

Middle East

Russia-U.S. tensions thaw but little progress made during discussions

Relations between the United States and Russia are at such a low point that one side giving potatoes to the other counts as good news these days.<p>So when Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov handed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a basket of oversized locally grown potatoes when the two men met …

Natural Disasters

How Germs Might Shape the Future of Architecture

Design-minded scientists are harnessing the power of bacteria to move toward healthier buildings.<p>We know that buildings can make us sick. Take, for example, cases of lead poisoning, mold exposure, or the aptly namedSick Building Syndrome. But can they also make us healthier? Scientists are trying …