December 7, 2012 An emboldened Meshal kissed the ground in celebration and he was given a hero's welcome. Meshal said he he considered the moment a rebirth.
December 7, 2012 The economy added 146,000 jobs, beating expectations. Hurricane Sandy had little effect on the numbers.
December 7, 2012 A 7.3-magnitude earthquake rattled the nerves of an area that was devastated by a 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami that hit in 2011. So far, there have been no reports of serious damage.
December 7, 2012 While the movement loses popularity nationwide, it's still a force in the GOP. When it comes to fiscal cliff negotiations, however, Tea Party members in Congress seem resigned to the fact that any eventual deal will be one they won't like. That doesn't mean the Tea Party spirit can't be recharged.
December 7, 2012 WHYYThe social media site Pinterest is known as a place where people share recipes, crafts or fashion. But a new set of images have started showing up: mug shots. It's the result of one local police department's effort to get wanted notices in front of more eyeballs.
December 7, 2012 Farmers in the communist nation were once banned from freely selling their crops. As the country struggles to feed itself, the government has begun to accept a greater role for the profit motive. Now each night, in a muddy vacant lot on the edge of Havana, a market appears after sundown.
December 7, 2012 It's been 40 years since NASA launched Apollo 17, its final human mission to the moon. The commander of that mission says he'd love to give up his claim to fame as "the last man on the moon" but concedes that it probably won't happen in his lifetime. And future trips might be run by companies in the private sector.
December 6, 2012 Mormonsandgays.org has video testimonials from members and church leaders. One elder says that inclinations and feelings aren't sinful, but that yielding to temptations is. The church is seeking to reach out to all of its members, including gays and lesbians, "with love and understanding."
December 6, 2012 His plea was made even more dramatic because his country is just now starting to pick up the pieces from a typhoon that has killed hundreds.
December 6, 2012 Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., an early supporter of the Tea Party movement who helped foster its growth in Congress and worked for the election of like-minded lawmakers, is leaving to run the conservative Heritage Foundation. His exit set in motion political maneuvers from Columbia, S.C., to Washington, D.C.
December 6, 2012 White House spokesman Jay Carney put an end to intense speculation Thursday about whether President Obama would do an end run around Congress with one simple line: "This administration does not believe the 14th Amendment gives the president the power to ignore the debt ceiling — period."
December 6, 2012 Last spring, the Nigerian government pledged millions of dollars to decontaminate a region where hundreds of kids have died from severe lead poisoning. So far, none of the money has been released. The delay in the cleanup puts thousands of kids at risk of getting sick, public health advocates say.