At the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, everything is an experiment – even the parking lot.
At the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, everything is an experiment – even the parking lot.
Animal keeper Matt Neff called Alex like he would call a dog. “Hey, Alex, C’mere! Come on, bud!” Neff said.
Rachel Gray shifted in her bed on the layers of old sheets and a shower curtain. As her four children, all under the age of 9, ducked in and out of her bedroom, she told her midwife it was time to move to the birthing tub.
 
 
 
Megan Card Aug 11, 2014

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Rebecca Bryant, 30, says she decided to have a home birth after she was 36 weeks pregnant. She had planned to give birth at a birth center in Alexandria, Va., but did not want to get stuck in traffic while she was in labor. SHFWire photo by Megan CardClick on photo to enlarge or download: Rebecca Bryant, 30, says she decided to have a home birth after she was 36 weeks pregnant. She had planned to give birth at a birth center in Alexandria, Va., but did not want to get stuck in traffic while she was in labor. SHFWire photo by Megan CardThis is the second of two stories about issues surrounding home birth. Part one.

Eight months into her pregnancy, Rebecca Bryant decided to give birth at home. Her next choice: picking an insurance provider willing to cover her home delivery.

Kate Winkle Aug 11, 2014

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: The statue of Union Gen. George H. Thomas stands in the center of Thomas Circle in Washington. A Virginia slave owner who fought for the Union in the Civil War, Thomas advocated for African American civil rights after the war. SHFWire photo by Kate WinkleClick on photo to enlarge or download: The statue of Union Gen. George H. Thomas stands in the center of Thomas Circle in Washington. A Virginia slave owner who fought for the Union in the Civil War, Thomas advocated for African American civil rights after the war. SHFWire photo by Kate WinkleWASHINGTON – People who look up at the bearded Union general sitting tall on a mighty steed in Thomas Circle often ask, “Who is that?”

Anna Giles Aug 8, 2014

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: Mabel Gomez-Oliver, the deputy chief of mission at the Mexican embassy, says that being a female diplomat “implies a double effort,” in which she must prove she can perform tasks as well as her male colleagues. SHFWire photo by Anna GilesClick on photo to enlarge or download: Mabel Gomez-Oliver, the deputy chief of mission at the Mexican embassy, says that being a female diplomat “implies a double effort,” in which she must prove she can perform tasks as well as her male colleagues. SHFWire photo by Anna GilesWASHINGTON – Closed curtains and men in dark suits cast a grim shadow over meetings at the United Nations in Geneva several years ago.

Daniel Wheaton Aug 6, 2014
 
Kate Winkle Aug 6, 2014

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: Translator Megumi Aikawa, left, and atomic bomb survivor Toshiyuki Mimaki, 72, of Hiroshima, Japan carry candles as part of a ceremony to remember the survivors and victims of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945. SHFWire photo by Kate WinkleClick on photo to enlarge or download: Translator Megumi Aikawa, left, and atomic bomb survivor Toshiyuki Mimaki, 72, of Hiroshima, Japan carry candles as part of a ceremony to remember the survivors and victims of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945. SHFWire photo by Kate WinkleWASHINGTON – Toshiyuki Mimaki was 3 years old and living on the outskirts of Hiroshima, Japan, when an atomic bomb fell on the city.

Xander Zellner Aug 5, 2014

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki of Tunisia sits down with Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe to talk about his country’s progress since 2011. Marzouki said Tunisia needs help to preserve its democracy. SHFWire photo by Xander ZellnerClick on photo to enlarge or download: President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki of Tunisia sits down with Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe to talk about his country’s progress since 2011. Marzouki said Tunisia needs help to preserve its democracy. SHFWire photo by Xander ZellnerWASHINGTON – Unlike the two countries on its borders, Tunisia is on the right track to prosperity, its president says.

Xander Zellner Aug 5, 2014

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: Oren Marmorstein is the counselor for public and academic affairs for the Embassy of Israel. His duties include educating the public about Israeli affairs and speaking with students about Israel. Photo provided by Embassy of IsraelClick on photo to enlarge or download: Oren Marmorstein is the counselor for public and academic affairs for the Embassy of Israel. His duties include educating the public about Israeli affairs and speaking with students about Israel. Photo provided by Embassy of IsraelWASHINGTON - As death tolls were rising and fighting in the Middle East dragged on, an Israeli diplomat wondered two weeks ago if a negotiated peace was possible.

Anna Giles Aug 5, 2014

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: South African President Jacob Zuma tells a crowd of business leaders about investment opportunities in South Africa. He said South Africa is “open for business” and encouraged companies to boost socioeconomic development in South Africa through infrastructure projects. SHFWire photo by Anna GilesClick on photo to enlarge or download: South African President Jacob Zuma tells a crowd of business leaders about investment opportunities in South Africa. He said South Africa is “open for business” and encouraged companies to boost socioeconomic development in South Africa through infrastructure projects. SHFWire photo by Anna GilesWASHINGTON – U.S. companies that invest in South Africa should help boost local development by building roads and providing high-level skills training, South African government officials say.

Xander Zellner Aug 4, 2014

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: Tariq Abu Khdeir, 15, describes being beaten by two Israeli guards and spending four days in a jail cell in Israel after his cousin was kidnapped and killed. His mother, Salah Abu Khdeir, said she barely recognized him after he was beaten. SHFW Photo by Xander ZellnerClick on photo to enlarge or download: Tariq Abu Khdeir, 15, describes being beaten by two Israeli guards and spending four days in a jail cell in Israel after his cousin was kidnapped and killed. His mother, Salah Abu Khdeir, said she barely recognized him after he was beaten. SHFW Photo by Xander ZellnerWASHINGTON - A Palestinian-American teenager who was beaten by Israeli officers last month told his story to members of Congress Friday, pushing for an end to Israel’s occupation in the Gaza Strip.

Erin Bell Aug 2, 2014

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: Donna Imadi, 17, of Alexandria Va.; left, Firus Ahiraw, 40, of Chicago; and Brenda Solkez, 36, of Pittsburgh, protest at a rally against violence in Gaza. They said they came to the rally Saturday because they think what has been happening is unjust. SHFWire photo by Erin BellClick on photo to enlarge or download: Donna Imadi, 17, of Alexandria Va.; left, Firus Ahiraw, 40, of Chicago; and Brenda Solkez, 36, of Pittsburgh, protest at a rally against violence in Gaza. They said they came to the rally Saturday because they think what has been happening is unjust. SHFWire photo by Erin BellWASHINGTON – They carried signs, Palestinian flags and coffins.

Erin Bell Jul 31, 2014

Click on photo to enlarge or download: First lady Michelle Obama says it should “horrify” people to see anyone who has worn this country’s uniform sleeping on the street. She spoke at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness about the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, which aims to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. SHFWire photo by Erin BellClick on photo to enlarge or download: First lady Michelle Obama says it should “horrify” people to see anyone who has worn this country’s uniform sleeping on the street. She spoke at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness about the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, which aims to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. SHFWire photo by Erin BellWASHINGTON – First lady Michelle Obama wants to get veterans off the streets.

Daniel Wheaton Jul 31, 2014

Click on image to enlarge or download: Vehicles pass underneath Washington Boulevard bridge in Arlington, Va. The bridge was constructed in 2012 using a mix of state and federal funds from the Highway Trust Fund. SHFWire photo by Daniel WheatonClick on image to enlarge or download: Vehicles pass underneath Washington Boulevard bridge in Arlington, Va. The bridge was constructed in 2012 using a mix of state and federal funds from the Highway Trust Fund. SHFWire photo by Daniel WheatonWASHINGTON – Fixing the nation’s roads has devolved into a game of chicken.

Megan Card Jul 30, 2014

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: Paul Rieckhoff, CEO and founder of IAVA, says suicide is the number one issue facing veterans in the U.S. Rieckhoff joined a panel discussion on veteran suicide Wednesday at the National Press Club. SHFWire photo by Megan CardClick on photo to enlarge or download: Paul Rieckhoff, CEO and founder of IAVA, says suicide is the number one issue facing veterans in the U.S. Rieckhoff joined a panel discussion on veteran suicide Wednesday at the National Press Club. SHFWire photo by Megan CardWASHINGTON - Lawmakers are in a mad dash this week to pass a $16.3 billion plan to repair the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs health-care system, but experts say change will come only when the agency knows more about the veterans in its care.

Xander Zellner Jul 30, 2014

Click on photo to enlarge or download: First lady Michelle Obama tells an audience of about 500 young African leaders at the Washington Fellowship for Young Africans summit that men and women must both work for women’s rights in Africa. SHFW Photo by Xander ZellnerClick on photo to enlarge or download: First lady Michelle Obama tells an audience of about 500 young African leaders at the Washington Fellowship for Young Africans summit that men and women must both work for women’s rights in Africa. SHFW Photo by Xander ZellnerWASHINGTON – First lady Michelle Obama echoed president Wednesday when she pushed for women’s rights in a roomful of young African leaders.

Gavin Stern Jul 30, 2014

Click on photo to enlarge or download: NIH Director Francis Collins, right, laments the lack of research funding in an interview with David Rubenstein, president of the Economic Club of Washington. SHFWire photo by Gavin SternClick on photo to enlarge or download: NIH Director Francis Collins, right, laments the lack of research funding in an interview with David Rubenstein, president of the Economic Club of Washington. SHFWire photo by Gavin SternWASHINGTON – The National Institutes of Health is being strangled.

Every day, NIH Director Francis Collins finds out about another lifesaving discovery by a U.S. scientist. Then he remembers that for many the discovery came too late thanks to budget cuts.

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