First lady cites arts programs
WASHINGTON - Michelle Obama cited the "transformative power of the arts" Monday as she presented national arts and humanities awards to 12 community-based, after-school programs that reach underserved youth.
The programs - including those focused on at-risk children - use music, dance, poetry, debate, theater, and other outlets to inspire creative development among young people. She thanked educators, leaders, and performers for "pushing and inspiring our kids" and "teaching them to believe in themselves."
The 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards are hosted by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. - AP
FBI's files on Stalin daughter
MADISON, Wis. - Newly declassified documents show the FBI kept close tabs on Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's only daughter after her high-profile defection to the United States in 1967, gathering details from informants about how her arrival was affecting international relations.
The documents were released Monday to the Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act after Lana Peters' death last year at age 85 in a Wisconsin nursing home. Her defection to the West during the Cold War embarrassed the ruling communists and made her a best-selling author. And her move was a public relations coup for the United States.
One April 28, 1967, memo details discussion with a confidential source who said the defection would have a "profound effect" for anyone else thinking of trying to leave the Soviet Union. - AP
A storm bearing down on the Pacific Northwest has taken the life of an elk hunter on the Oregon Coast and hit the region with mudslides, high winds, and mountain snow.
Mustang Ranch brothel owner Lance Gilman, now a Storey County commissioner, is the first such owner to win election to public office in Nevada since prostitution was legalized here in 1971, said a state historian.