June 21, 2013 The morning-after pill for emergency contraception was first approved by the FDA way back in 1999. Since then, activists have been fighting with two administrations to allow over-the-counter sales to women and teenagers. Now, after a long legal fight, the agency has agreed. We put together a timeline to recap the saga.
June 21, 2013 The number of executions has dropped by more than half over the past 15 years, and six states have abolished capital punishment since 2007.
June 21, 2013 President Obama will nominate Jim Comey to be the country's next FBI director on Friday. Comey is best-known for raising alarms about a secret surveillance program during the Bush years. That issue has taken on new resonance after the latest revelations of government surveillance.
June 20, 2013 Revelations that celebrity chef Paula Deen admitted to using a racial epithet have inspired some pretty funny punning online. But they've also raised questions whether the controversy will see Deen's buttery empire crumble.
June 20, 2013 Actor James Gandolfini died of cardiac arrest in Italy, The Los Angeles Times reports, citing the doctor in charge of the emergency department at the hospital where the Sopranos star was admitted. The actor was traveling in a group that included his son, his wife, and other family members.
June 20, 2013 In the past, the House might have let the Agriculture Committee have its way. Not this year. Democrats voted overwhelmingly against the bill, in large part because it cut an estimated $2 billion each year from nutrition programs like SNAP, or food stamps.
June 20, 2013 Like the contest between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, the effort to pass a comprehensive immigration bill in Congress is proving wildly unpredictable.
June 20, 2013 Some people are ready to batter and fry the Food Network star after reports that she admitted in a deposition to using racial slurs in the past. But there's other, well, interesting stuff in the deposition transcript. We share some of it here.
June 20, 2013 The Guardian newspaper says that in 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on an NSA policy allowing the agency to retain "inadvertently acquired" data on U.S. citizens and residents.
June 20, 2013 Attorneys in the trial finished questioning potential jurors around mid-day Thursday; they are also selecting four alternate jurors for the trial.