USA TODAY

Founded in September of 1982, USA Today is a national daily newspaper published by Gannett Co., Inc. The paper has a Mon.-Thurs. circulation of over 2 million readers. The Friday edition of the paper has a circulation of over 2.5 million readers.The Editor of USA Today is John Hillkirk.

Articles from Vol. 139, No. 2792, May

America's Nuclear Meltdown towards "Global Zero"
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] CHINA'S 2008 "White Paper on National Defense--still the most definitive statement of Beijing's strategic doctrine--asserts that "all nuclear-weapon slates should make an unequivocal commitment to the thorough destruction...
An Industrialist for the Ages
ALTHOUGH HE passed away almost a century ago, we still can learn today from America's greatest industrialist, the incomparable George Westinghouse (1846-1914). He should be an ideal role model for modem corporations--perhaps one that can be employed...
Appreciating and Protecting Your Family Heirlooms
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IF YOUR INSURANCE has not kept pace with skyrocketing gold and other precious metals prices, your jewelry may be at risk. Gold, silver, and platinum have risen dramatically over the past decade, outpacing many other asset...
A Rivalry Worth Seeing: "Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals" Presents Dazzling Cityscapes That Represent the Best View Painters of Venice-Each Responding to the City in His Own Way
SOME OF the finest paintings of Giovanni Antonio Canal (better known as Canaletto), along with his most important contemporaries, are on view in the exhibition, "Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals. These dazzling cityscapes represent the best view painters...
Battle Alongside Thor to Save the Universe
Following the star-studded, live-action theatrical film "Thor," the direct-to-DVD "Thor: Tales of Asgard" lets fans see the young God of Thunder in the newest Marvel Animated Feature. From Lions-gate Home Entertainment, the title builds on the strength...
Be a Volunteer-Anywhere in the World: "Through ... Placement Organizations, Students Can Arrange to Care for Children in an Orphanage in Ghana, Build Homes in South Africa, or Uncover an Ancient Inca Settlement."
THIS SUMMER, thousands of high school and college students will Wade in their beach vacation gear or internship office attire for backpacks, hiking boots, and passports. With the concept of volunteerism continuing to grow in popularity among young...
Budgetary Savings from Military Restraint
THE U.S. DOES NOT have a defense budget. The adjective is wrong. Our military forces' size now has little to do with the requirements of protecting Americans. The U.S. military is supposed to contain China; transform failed states so they resemble...
China, Russia, and Islam: A Triple Threat to U.S. Safety
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WE OFTEN ARE told that we possess the most powerful military in the world and that we will face no serious threat for some time to come. We are comforted with three reassurances aimed at deflecting any serious discussion of...
Cleaning's Never Dicey with Dyson
Although shedding can be a problem year round, it becomes a particular nuisance as the weather gets warmer--not just for us, but for our dogs as well. Traditional brushing helps to control the situation, but we've found a more sensible approach by...
Coral: Too Precious to Wear
TRAVELERS TO TROPICAL destinations often discover the beauty of corals while diving in turquoise seas at the edge of white sand beaches. However, consumers who come across corals in home aquariums or those that have been made into products such as...
Empowering Your Athletic Abilities
SELF-HYPNOSIS can help an athlete to sharpen locus, increase skill, and develop mental and physical strength. Rather than just relying on mere chance, hypnosis brings you naturally and easily into the zone: providing energy at the appropriate time...
Entitlements Gone Wild: It May Well Be Politically Convenient to Continue Ducking Entitlement Reform, but Doing So Will Condemn Our Children and Grandchildren to a World of Mounting Debt and Higher Taxes
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] NO ONE SHOULD be shocked to learn that government spending is out of control. The Bush and Obama presidencies have been the two most profligate political eras of modern times. Federal government spending nearly has doubled...
Fighting Headaches with Hormones
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WITH REPORTS dating back to 1500 B.C.. headaches have one the longest histories of recognition of all medical disorders--but, beset by myths, unclear causes, and inadequate remedies, they remain one of the most poorly treated...
Having a Ball in Your Garden
After enduring a seemingly never-ending winter, we couldn't wait to get our hands dirty and begin our spring planting. A sight for sore eyes, the early blossoms have renewed our spirits, but they've also revealed a few bare spots in our landscape....
It's "Twilight" Time for Naming Animals
Call it the "Twilight" effect: Bella has retained its position as the most popular dog name for the second year in a row, and surpassed Chloe to assume the second most popular name for cats. Veterinary Pet Insurance Co., Brea. Calif., sorted through...
Just Imagine
THE WORD imagination comes from the Latin imaginare, which means to form an image, or to represent. It is one of the most important and creative aspects of the human mind. Albert Einstein once said, "Imagination is more powerful than knowledge." When...
No Ceiling on Food Prices
WORLD FOOD PRICES have reached the highest level on record. Soaring costs already are a source of spreading hunger and political unrest, and it appears likely that they will climb further in the months ahead. As a result of an extraordinarily tight...
Obama Gives Laissez Faire Its Last Rites
SKEPTICS MAY question whether "laissez faire" economics ever has been practiced at all except in college classrooms and in the musings of elderly professors of economics. Roughly translated from the French, this still-vibrant phrase suggests that,...
Pleasing Aesthetics Is Package Perfect
Good-looking packaging design such as those curvy Coca Cola bottles or Altoid mints tins--significantly increases the likelihood that a consumer will choose a product even if it is more expensive and an unfamiliar brand, a study by the University of...
Psychological Allergies
SOMETIMES I WONDER if too many of us have allergies towards positive actions. It certainly seems that way. The information is there--perhaps scientific data or the grinding gears of our consciences; maybe the nagging physical evidence of failure to...
Revving Up Your Springtime Supplements
LENGTHENING DAYS and warmer temperatures signal that it is time for the body to wake up alter its long winter "hibernation." Activities such as bicycling, jogging, and hiking translate to a necessary boost in energy levels---and they need to be fueled....
Robo-Warfare Is the Answer to Terrorism
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IF WE IMAGINE an ideal means of retaliation against those who have committed, or are planning, acts of terror against Americans, it might well include relentless pursuit, precision targeting, and assured kills, leaving terrorist...
Smart Phones Do Not Overwhelm Other Media
Smart phones are not taking people away from relying on traditional media sources such as newspapers or television. Instead, mobile media is tilling the spaces in people's dally routine in which other information sources either are unavailable or inconvenient...
Spending Too Much on Too Few Too Late
In a time of shrinking budgets, one researcher believes that the current approach to juvenile crime is much too expensive to continue--and he has the numbers to prove it. Charles Borduin, professor of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri,...
Surviving a Financial Tsunami
WHILE THE HUMAN tragedy that has unfolded in Japan is heartbreaking and unimaginable for those of us so far from that nation's ground zero, it forces us to ponder the possible ripple effect on our personal finances. The risks in play are enormous,...
Temptation Never Tasted So Good
"Creative Breakfasts and Afternoon Snacks ... The Best Meals Since Sliced Bread ... Whip Up Frozen Fruity Smoothies ... Always a Hit--Pop corn Party and Movie Night ..." The comeons are irresistible, but then again, so is what they're going on about:...
The Day the Cinema Stood Still
"[Robert] Wise brought a consistent auteur mindset to a wide assortment of genres. However, film history often has given him the lefthanded compliment of simply being a great "craftsman.' Auteur status more readily is apparent if one focuses upon a...
The Next Big Story: My Journey through the Land of Possibilities
THE NEXT BIG STORY: My Journey Through the Land of Possibilities BY SOLEDAD O'BRIEN NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY, NEW YORK 2011, 316 PAGES, $24.95 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When Soledad O'Brien took an internship at WBZ-TV in Boston in 1988, she found her...
This "Taylor" Makes Golf Equipment
We recently were gifted--it's true, Father's Day came early for us this year--with a beautiful new set of irons. Trouble is, this makes some of our other golfing utensils look a bit shop worn. What's a duffer to do? That's easy--we treated ourselves...
Too Thin for Comfort: A Red-Blooded Medical Challenge: Creating a Safer Treatment to Counteract the Effect of Blood Thinners
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE WORST DAY of Dennis Quaid's life was Nov. 19, 2007. On that Monday morning, the actor and his wife Kimberly rushed to Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai hospital, where their 12-day-old twins, Thomas Boone and Zoey Grace, had been...
Try These Winning Moves on for Size
Whether it's family game night or a rainy Saturday afternoon, some of our favorite moments are playing board games with the children. We tried out a few of the latest offerings from Winning Moves Games, Danvers, Mass., and enjoyed the new twists on...
Turning the Table on Iran
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SOME 66 YEARS after the explosion of the first atomic bomb, the collapse of a nonproliferation regime and the imminent threat of an age of nuclear terrorism have become real possibilities. Iran has been on a path to develop...
Washington Think Tanks Had Better Start Thinking Harder-And Fast
THE MAJOR independent Washington, D.C.-based think tanks constitute a vital, but poorly understood, component of the public policy process. Public understanding of these important organizations needs to be raised--and their effectiveness enhanced....
Watching Our Money Float Away
CONSIDER ONE of the most important measures of property, the kilogram. It is a measure of mass or, for nonscientific purposes, weight. A global scramble is under way to define this most basic unit after it was discovered that the standard kilogram--a...
Whatever Is Necessary
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] OPRAH WINFREY probably is the best-known dieter in the world. For more than 20 years, viewers and the tabloid press all across the globe have watched her weight yo-yo up and down. They have applauded her success when she got...
White Washing the I-35W Bridge Collapse: Though It Fell Almost Four Years Ago, Questions Still Remain about the Exact Causes of the Tragedy-And the National Transportation Safety Board's Report Has Clone Little to Provide Real Answers for the Worried Public
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ON AUG. 1, 2007, the I-35W Bridge collapsed during rush hour, killing 13 people, injuring 145, and bringing massive economic disruption to the Twin Cities area. The November 2008 National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)...
Wild Kids Likely to Be Troubled as Adults
Children who score lower on measures of self-control as young as age three are more likely to have health problems, substance dependence, financial difficulties, and a criminal record by the time they reach age 32, according to a study by the National...
Will Consumers Pay More for Safe Food?
Government regulators could assess the value of improving food safety more realistically if they consider the fact that consumers typically want to avoid getting sick--even if it means having to pay a little extra. In the world of food regulation,...
Year of the Decision
HISTORICAL TRENDS TELL US that difficult political decisions rarely are, if ever, made during a presidential election. The U.S. has painful choices before it. The nation is swimming in deficits and debt--and could drown in them. The consequences would...
Yesterday's Brighter Tomorrow: Evaluating John Maynard Keynes' 100-Year Economic Forecast
IN 1930, DURING the early grim days of the Great Depression, British economist John Maynard Keynes, considered by many scholars to be the most influential economist of the 20th century, published the futuristic essay, "Economic Possibilities for Our...