Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as health secretary after taking heat for months over the troubled ObamaCare website rollout. Sebelius, a former Democratic governor of Kansas, touted the health law as a success after a surge of sign-ups before the open-enrollment period ended March 31. On Friday, President Obama is expected to announced that he is nominating Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to fill the job.
Sebelius to resign as health secretary
Stephen Colbert picked to succeed David Letterman
Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert will take over for David Letterman as the next host of The Late Show, CBS announced Thursday. The handover will take place in 2015, although Letterman has yet to decide the date of his last show. "Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career," Colbert, the 49-year-old host of The Colbert Report, said. "I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps."
Scott Brown enters New Hampshire Senate race
Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown announced Thursday that he was making another run for the Senate — this time in New Hampshire. Brown, a Republican, pulled off an upset to win the late liberal standard-bearer Ted Kennedy's seat in 2010, only to be defeated by Elizabeth Warren two years later. Now he is trying to unseat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, calling her a "rubber stamp" for President Obama.
U.N. approves peacekeepers for the Central African Republic
The United Nations Security Council on Thursday authorized sending nearly 12,000 peacekeepers to the Central African Republic. Christians and Muslims have been fighting there for months. The U.N. troops are scheduled to take over for about 6,000 African Union soldiers in September. They'll be aided by a 2,000-member French force already there. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said the African Union force had become "overwhelmed."
Man surrenders after fatal Florida day-care center crash
A Florida man with alleged gang ties, Robert Corchado, turned himself in at the Orange County, Fla., jail Thursday to face charges that he fled the scene of a fatal accident after hitting a car with his SUV, and sending the other vehicle crashing into a day-care center. A 4-year-old girl, Lily Quintus, was killed in the KinderCare center. "She was incredible and she deserved so much more," her mother, Nicole Quintus, said.
Nine die when a FedEx truck and a bus collide in California
Ten people were killed Thursday when a FedEx truck crossed a Northern California freeway and slammed into a charter bus, bursting into flames. The bus was carrying a group of high school seniors on their way to visit Humboldt State University. The drivers of the truck and bus reportedly were killed, as were five students and three chaperones.
Scientists implant lab-grown vaginas in four patients
Medical researchers have successfully implanted lab-grown vaginas in four teenage girls born with underdeveloped vaginas due to a rare condition called Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome. The process, described in an article published this week in The Lancet, involved taking a vaginal tissue sample from each patient, and using it to grow cells that were layered onto biodegradable scaffolding, then implanted.
Hillary Clinton dodges a shoe thrown during her speech
A woman was taken into custody Thursday after allegedly throwing a shoe at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was giving a speech to a metal-recycling conference at a Las Vegas hotel. Clinton crouched and dodged the projectile, then cracked a joke and continued her speech. "Is that somebody throwing something at me?" Clinton asked. "Is that part of Cirque du Soleil?"
California town declares Sriracha factory a public nuisance
The city council in Irwindale, Calif., has declared The Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory, which pumps out 100 million pounds of the fiery sauce annually, to be a public nuisance because it emits noxious odors. The city had already won a lawsuit in November forcing the plant to partially shut down. Once the council gives final approval to the declaration at its next meeting, the company will have three months to figure out how to reduce the smell.
Nirvana and Kiss inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday in its first year of eligibility. Surviving Nirvana musicians Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear performed some of the iconic grunge band's hits, with singers such as Joan Jett, Lorde, and Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon standing in for late frontman Kurt Cobain. Kiss, Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens), Linda Rondstadt, Peter Gabriel, and Hall and Oates were also inducted.