December 28, 2012 The drought gripping the nation's midsection has made the river very hard to navigate from St. Louis to Cairo, Ill., where it meets the Ohio River. By next week, barge traffic may have to halt altogether in that section, trade groups warn.
December 28, 2012 President Obama and congressional leaders will meet this afternoon. There's not much talk about a deal being reached that bridges their differences over taxes and spending. But at least a few lawmakers are still optimistic.
December 28, 2012 The general who led coalition forces during the successful 1991 war to push Iraqi troops out of Kuwait, "removed the scar of Vietnam" from officers who had also served in that earlier war, says retired Maj. Gen. Robert Scales Jr.
December 27, 2012 President Barack Obama will meet with the four leaders of Congress Friday, to discuss a possible deal that would avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases in the new year.
December 27, 2012 Blacks also voted at a higher rate than other minorities in what could turn out to be a historic election, according to the Pew Research Center.
December 27, 2012 An Arizona ski resort is making snow for the first time this year, ending more than seven years' worth of legal battles over its snowmaking system, which relies entirely upon treated wastewater to coat its slopes when the snowfall has been uneven.
December 27, 2012 It was the warmest year on record and brought a series of extreme weather events, from wildfires and floods to drought and a devastating derecho. Polls show a big jump this year in the number of people connecting such disasters with climate change.