Census ending use of 'Negro'
After more than a century, the Census Bureau is dropping its use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans in surveys. Instead of the term that came into use during the Jim Crow era of racial segregation, census forms will use the more modern labels "black" or "African-American." First used in the census in 1900, "Negro" had taken the place of "colored." Starting with the 1960s civil rights movement, black activists began to reject the "Negro" label and came to identify themselves as black or African-American.
Capt. Kirk, allies win Pluto vote
Star Trek fans, rejoice. An online vote to name Pluto's two newest, itty-bitty moons is over. No. 1 is Vulcan, a name suggested by actor William Shatner, who played Capt. Kirk in the original Star Trek TV series. Vulcan, which got nearly 200,000 votes, was the Roman god of lava and smoke, and the nephew of Pluto. In second place with nearly 100,000 votes was Cerberus, the three-headed dog that guarded the gates of the underworld. However, the International Astronomical Union will have the final say on the two names.
Explorer to miss Antarctica trek
British explorer Ranulph Fiennes on Monday pulled out of an expedition to cross Antarctica during the region's winter after developing frostbite. It is a bitter disappointment for an adventurer who had spent years preparing for one of the last great polar challenges. The expedition, dubbed "the Coldest Journey," will continue without him.