It's been just over 20 years since the U.S. was first introduced to the world's most famous wizard and the magical universe he lives in. But as you'll learn in a new exhibit about the history of Harry Potter, much of the inspiration for the fictional series is firmly rooted in real life. Author J.K. Rowling "took things that she had chanced upon in used bookshops like 'Culpepper's Herbology' and she used that as her sort of touchstone. And she jumped off to create this incredible universe which has allusions to other things," said Roberta Olson, the curator of the New York Historical Society's exhibit, "Harry Potter: A History of Magic." Take, for example, the elusive character of Nicolas Flamel, friend and confidante to Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore. "He was an actual person who lived in Paris … and when they opened his tomb, there was nothing there and it led to the whole legend that he was an alchemist and he had discovered the secret of life, the elixir of … [Read more...] about Harry Potter exhibit reveals how real life inspired the series
Friday evening, President Trump turned to Twitter to name Office of Management and Budget chief Mick Mulvaney his pick for acting White House chief of staff. Fierce speculation had abounded over the president's replacement for John Kelly, after several top contenders made their disinterest for the role clear. Mulvaney will now face steep challenges in the new post, highlighted this week by another torrent of harrowing headlines for the president. Earlier Friday, the special counsel rebuked Michael Flynn's suggestion that FBI agents duped the former intelligence agency head into lying. "He does not need to be warned it is a crime to lie to federal agents, to know the importance of telling them the truth," Mueller probe attorneys chided in a court filing. In his own Twitter attacks, President Trump has echoed the argument from his former national security adviser, bashing federal investigators for trying "to scare everybody into making up stories." But the president's wrath has … [Read more...] about Sunday: Miller, Klobuchar, Davis, Potter
Are schools across the country going too far by banning homework? According to child and adolescent family therapist Darby Fox, yes. "It's like an ultimate reaction. There is a point to homework and the right amount really is age appropriate," Fox said Friday on "CBS This Morning." Elementary school students have an average of around 4.5 hours of homework a week, while high schoolers get an average of about 7.5 hours, according to the Wall Street Journal and Department of Education. The National Institute of Mental Health says more than 30 percent of teenagers experience some kind of anxiety, and homework is a major contributing factor. "I think the current thing about getting rid of homework is about anxiety and trying reduce that. It should be about learning. We should be able to hit a medium," Fox said. "Very young kids really – sometimes they like the idea that they have something industrious to do at home, and there's no harm in that. But they need time to just play and … [Read more...] about Are schools across the country going too far by banning homework?
Felicity Jones is no stranger to playing strong women. The British actress earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Stephen Hawking's first wife in "The Theory of Everything" but even she was a bit nervous to take on playing the beloved figure Ruth Bader Ginsburg – the Notorious R.B.G. "I mean, she's such a loved figure. She's so deeply revered. So definitely at first it was a little intimidating taking on the 'Notorious RBG.' But we spent time in Washington. We went over before we started shooting and had a bit of time just to get to know each other on a personal level," Jones told "CBS This Morning." "On the Basis of Sex" tracks Ginsburg's early career as a lawyer and her struggle to take a milestone gender discrimination case to the Supreme Court alongside her husband. "We all went to her office and then later on I spent time with her in her apartment and she was showing me all her old photos of her and Marty, her husband. I could just see at that moment just how … [Read more...] about Felicity Jones on spending time with Ruth Bader Ginsburg for “On the Basis of Sex”
Police credit a phone tip for helping thwart a potential mass shooting at an Indiana middle school. The tip sent police racing to Dennis Intermediate School in Richmond Thursday where officers exchanged gunfire with a teenager before he killed himself. Peggy Lewis, who lives across the street from the middle school, said she spoke with the suspect's father after the shooting. "He just said his son took all of his guns this morning and said if he didn't take him…he was going to kill him, too," Lewis told CBS News correspondent Jim Axelrod. Because he was a juvenile, investigators are not releasing the shooter's name or the identity of the 911 caller who tipped off police. Investigators are working to figure out why the 14-year-old targeted the school. Even though police said the suspect was not a student at the school at the time of the incident, several people we spoke to here said he had been bullied and that his father had told them his son had threatened revenge. Law … [Read more...] about Teen who killed himself at Indiana school reportedly had vowed revenge for being bullied