The truth about a government 'shutdown'

So the world won’t end if a dysfunctional Washington can’t find a way to pass a funding bill before the new budget year begins on Oct. 1.

New Puerto Rico health secretary appointed

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor has appointed a new health secretary after the previous one stepped down following revel…

Indie rock disc inspired by Kerouac novel

NEW YORK (AP) — Several indie rockers have collaborated on a disc that pays tribute to a Jack Kerouac novel — and it’s not “On the Road.” Th…

Junot Diaz still feels like an immigrant

NEW YORK (AP) — He has won a Pulitzer, teaches Americans how to write at MIT and his Spanish-sprinkled stories have been acclaimed in the Un…

RI Blood Center opens new lab

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Blood Center is opening a new 20,000-square-foot laboratory for the testing of donated blood from R…