Noah, Sophia are top baby names
When it comes to baby names, blending in is out, and standing out is in. Noah and Sophia top the Social Security Administration's list of most popular American baby names for 2013, but they don't begin to approach the popularity of past generation favorites like John and Mary. Noah sailed past Jacob to claim the top spot for boys, ending Jacob's 14-year reign. Sophia was No. 1 for the third straight year in the list released Friday. Noah was followed by Liam, Jacob, Mason and William. Sophia was followed by Emma, Olivia, Isabella and Ava.
Application issues fixed for students
Creators of the Common Application for college admissions said Friday they have made changes to prevent snags that had the high school class of 2014 tweeting horror stories. The Common Application is accepted by more than 500 colleges and universities and lets students apply to multiple schools at once. It had a rough applications season after new technology was rolled out last year that created many headaches for the 750,000 students who submitted 3.3 million applications. Officials have hired a new interim CEO, reviewed what went wrong and put internal checks in place.
Solar panels now atop White HOuse
The White House is finally on the solar grid, in response to prodding by environmentalists and nearly four years after then-Energy Secretary Steven Chu pledged that solar panels and a solar water heater would be installed on the historic building's roof. The American-made panels are converting sunlight into energy at the first family's residence as part of President Barack Obama's "commitment to lead by example to increase the use of clean energy in the U.S.," said Matt Lehrich, a White House spokesman.
By the Numbers
9 How many times more babies are born to first-time moms age 35 or older now than in the early 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.