A grizzly bear roams near Beaver Lake in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Some environmentalists hope President Obama lives up to campaign promises regarding climate change in his second term.
New education standards place more emphasis on nonfiction reading and writing over fiction works. Some say this could lead students away from a passionate engagement with literature.
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Car companies are picking up automobile concepts such as this Lexus SL 600 Integrated Safety driverless research vehicle, shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in early January in Las Vegas.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officer Jay Phillippi looks over a fully automatic Thompson machine gun that was turned in during a "Gifts for Guns" program in Compton, Calif., in 2005.
The Pentagon, headquarters for the U.S. Department of Defense, Army, Navy, Air Force, and Joint Chiefs of Staff, in Arlington, Va. Looming budget cuts could mean an uncertain future for the size of U.S. military forces.
A giant squid stars in this still image taken from the footage Edie Widder shot. It's the first-ever video of these giant squids, and it'll debut in a Discovery Channel documentary airing in late January.
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Jeanne Manford, founder of the national support group Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, or PFLAG, holds a photo of her son, Morty, circa 1993. Manford died Tuesday at 92.