A Florida pastor recently used his church's marquee to put out a message: "Christmas — Easier to spell than Hanukkah." Mike Butzberger of Lighthouse Baptist Church in North Palm Beach says he meant no offense.
Dr. Alan Turing, the British mathematician whose work breaking the German Enigma code was a vital contribution to victory in the Second World War, has received a posthumous pardon from Queen Elizabeth II more than 60 years after being convicted for homosexual activity.
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who achieved international prominence earlier this year by leaking details of the agency's gathering of phone and Internet records to newspapers in the U.S. and Great Britain, has said that his "mission's already accomplished" and claimed that he's "working to improve the NSA."
President Obama on Monday signed an executive order giving military personnel and civilian federal workers a 1 percent pay raise, the first raise for civilians in four years. But for military families, it was another hit.