STanford becomes nation's 'It' School
Riding a wave of interest in technology, Stanford University has become America's "it" school, by measures that Harvard University once dominated. Stanford has had the nation's lowest undergraduate acceptance rate for two years in a row; in five of the last six years, it has topped the Princeton Review survey asking high school seniors to name their "dream college"; and year in and year out, it raises more money from donors than any other university. Professors, administrators and students at Harvard insist that on the whole, they are not afraid that Harvard will be knocked off its perch, in substance or reputation. But some concede, now that you mention it, that in particularly contemporary measures, like excellence in computer science, engineering and technology, Harvard could find much to emulate in that place out in California.
FDA adds stricter tanning bed rules
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced stricter regulation of tanning beds that are used by millions of Americans. The agency said that it would require manufacturers to put a black-box warning on the devices explicitly stating that they should not be used by anyone under the age of 18, but it stopped short of banning their use by minors.
By the Numbers
118,000 The record number of U.N. peacekeepers currently deployed in 16 missions around the world.