NEW HAVEN, CT -- Shedding new light on one of the most influential leaders in American history, Yale University historians released a report Thursday that suggests White House officials deliberately hid President Franklin Roosevelt's mechanical spider legs from the public.
The report, which draws upon a recently discovered trove of photographs, state documents, and personal journals, describes a coordinated effort by top aides to conceal the fact that the 32nd president relied on a set of eight hydraulically powered cast-iron legs to skitter about during the last two decades of his life.
State Department officials under Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton moved quickly when aides to Bill Clinton asked them in March 2010 to approve plans for the former president to address clients of a multinational British bank, Barclays. Within four days, the department's ethics office signed off on the request -- as it did for hundreds of others from the former president during his wife's four-year tenure leading the agency.
Its standard response, fired off in a short memo: "We have no objection." read more
While touring a Boeing plant, Secretary of State Clinton said, "We're delighted that a new Russian airline, Rossiya, is actively considering acquisition of Boeing aircraft, and this is a shameless pitch."
In 2010, Boeing landed the Russian deal, worth $3.7 billion. And two months later, the company donated $900,000 to the Clinton Foundation. read more
Walt Disney World must rehire three performers who were fired when they refused to wear soiled spandex unitards as part of their costumes for the Festival of the Lion King show, an arbitrator ruled Monday. The workers said their clean unitards became wet and soiled while hanging from a rack where sweaty costumes that had been rained on were pushed up against them. Disney managers said that the two sets of costumes on the racks never touched and that the performers were given other options. The clean-costume provision was added to a collective bargaining agreement more than a decade ago after incidents of rashes, scabies and other infections.
Radioactive girl! 'Superhero' scientist ventures into the heart of Chernobyl exclusion zone to eat the 'toxic' apples and pose in the reactor's control room - defying officials who say humans can't live there for at least 20,000 years read more