Two months ago, the popular political blogger Andrew Sullivan left the comfortable world of big media and struck out on his own. His bold new plan: Ask readers to pay $19.99 a year or more to subscribe to his blog.
"It was either quit blogging, or suck it up and become a businessman," he told me.
The usual way bloggers make money (if they make money at all) is to sell advertising. But Sullivan figured he could get his devoted reader base to pay. Within the first week, he'd raised half a million dollars. By the end of about two months, the total had crept up to $625,000.
When the streaming video service Netflix decided to begin producing its own TV content, it chose House of Cards as its first big project. Based on a BBC series, the show stars Kevin Spacey and is directed by David Fincher, and it has quickly become the most watched series ever on Netflix.
There's a kind of rice growing in some test plots in the Philippines that's unlike any rice ever seen before. It's yellow. Its backers call it "golden rice." It's been genetically modified so that it contains beta-carotene, the source of vitamin A.
Guitarist Alvin Lee, whose incendiary performance with the British band Ten Years After was one of the highlights of the 1969 Woodstock festival, has died.
He was 68. Lee's website says he "passed away early this morning [Wednesday] after unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure." An assistant to his daughter also confirmed the news to NPR.
His band's biggest hit — "I'd Love to Change the World" — came a couple years after Woodstock. We'll embed a clip from that.
When President Obama signs an updated version of the Violence Against Women Act on Thursday afternoon, the law will include new requirements for how colleges and universities handle allegations of sexual assault.
Laura Dunn, who's been invited by the White House to attend, plans to be there.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -_ Gov. Mary Fallin has accepted delivery of more than a dozen compressed natural gas-fueled pickup trucks that are being added to Oklahoma's fleet of vehicles. Fallin said Wednesday that the CNG vehicles will cut the state's vehicle fuel costs and help reduce harmful exhaust emissions. The trucks were delivered by John Vance Motors of Guthrie and Chrysler executives.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A bill that would prevent youth access to electronic cigarettes has been approved in the Senate. The Senate voted 26-15 on Wednesday for the bill that also limits the taxes that can be levied on the so-called ``e-cigarettes.'' An alternative to traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution and create vapor that users inhale. Under current law, there is no age restriction on the purchase of these products. The bill would prohibit anyone under 18 from purchasing any vapor or tobacco-derived products. The measure
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Matt Pinnell says he won't seek another term in office when his term expires next month.
Pinnell said Wednesday he would not run for a third term at the Oklahoma Republican Party Convention on April 20. First elected in 2010 when former Chairman Gary Jones ran for Oklahoma auditor and inspector, Pinnell was re-elected to a full two-year term in 2011.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Parents of children in low performing Oklahoma public schools could petition to have them converted to charters school and, in some cases, have a principal and other administrators fired, under a bill approved by the Senate.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the Senate Banking Committee in Washington last month. Some analysts wonder if he and other policymakers have kept interest rates too low for too long.
The stock market's long climb from its recession bottom has some people concerned it may be a bubble about to burst — a bubble artificially pumped up by the Federal Reserve's easy-money policy. That's led to calls — even from within the Fed — for an end to the central bank's extraordinary efforts to keep interest rates low.