Sunday night, 92-year-old Andy Rooney bid farewell to his regular weekly segments on 60 Minutes, explaining that he sees himself as a writer and not a "television personality," and after all, "writers don't retire," but he's no longer going to be talking on television every week about fruit or the post office or whatever other nagging matter has his attention.
Working with grasshoppers, fruit flies, mice and human cells, the three scientists who won this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine opened important windows on how all these creatures defend themselves against microbial invaders and refrain from attacking their own cells – except when they don't.
It's intricate and complicated stuff, but the two main concepts you need to know are: innate immunity and adaptive immunity.
Now that the U.S. has frozen $32 billion in assets of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, New York Senator Chuck Schumer is looking for some of that money to go to the victims or families of Qaddafi-led terrorism.
Schumer says the problem is many families or victims haven't gotten the compensation promised to them in a prior deal with Qaddafi.
"Now that the tide in Libya has changed and we have frozen Qaddafi's assets, I am calling on the State Department to release those frozen assets to compensate Libyan terror victims and their families," said Schumer.
Note: This report contains an offensive racial epithet. It is an essential part of the story, however.
"Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign pushed back quickly and forcefully Sunday against a Washington Post story that linked Perry to a hunting camp known to some by a racially insensitive name," the Austin American-Statesman reports.
The central New York agency that helps kids who have been neglected or abused has a new home. As WRVO's Ellen Abbott reports, the McMahon-Ryan Child Advocacy Site now brings every agency that deals with these kids under one roof.
The Nobel Prize in medicine has been awarded to three scientists whose discoveries about the human immune system "opened up new avenues for the development of prevention and therapy against infections, cancer, and inflammatory diseases," the Nobel committee announced earlier today.