January 26, 2013 With gun control legislation facing obstacles in Congress, the president's political team is looking for support outside the Beltway. On Friday, Vice President Joe Biden held a round-table discussion in Richmond, Va., with people who worked on gun safety after the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting.
January 25, 2013 WBHMThis year marks the 50th anniversary of the bombing of the Baptist church in Birmingham, Ala. Set by white supremacists, the blast killed four girls and shocked the nation. But there was also a fifth victim who survived the attack. Often forgotten, she's now seeking recognition.
January 24, 2013 While Chicago and Detroit are struggling to control rising murder rates, New York City hit a record low number of homicides in 2012. The police commissioner has often pointed to several controversial policing tactics for falling crime, but some analysts say there are many potential explanations.
January 23, 2013 Almost three months after Superstorm Sandy, parts of lower Manhattan are limping along to recovery. More than 20 large buildings are without power, and many businesses remain closed and boarded up. Even businesses that are open are struggling without the old foot traffic.
January 22, 2013 Abortion foes say the U.S. Supreme Court's aggressive decision set the issue on the path toward becoming intractable. Others say factors besides the landmark case — including doctors, lawyers, President Nixon and the Catholic Church — more strongly influenced the state of today's debate.
January 21, 2013 If the voters in Louisa, Ky., had their wish, Mitt Romney would have taken the oath of office Monday. The local coal-fired power plant is due to close amid a push for cleaner-burning plants. Local residents blame Obama for the pending job losses.
January 20, 2013 By the time he is through with his inauguration on Monday, President Obama will have taken the presidential oath four times. In 2009, he had to do it twice after some stumbles between him and Chief Justice John Roberts. But as history shows us, his oath was not the first to suffer a few mishaps.
January 19, 2013 Almost the entire country has signed onto the Common Core Standards Initiative. The standards incorporate more nonfiction texts across all subjects to improve reading scores. But some fear the push for nonfiction reading could lead students away from passionate engagement with literature.
January 17, 2013 New technology is getting us closer and closer to the point where cars will drive themselves. Automakers are testing and refining systems that will make this happen. But our love for control may keep us from riding in these cars anytime soon.
January 16, 2013 Land that isn't in good enough condition to grow crops could be used to produce substantial amounts of liquid biofuels, a new study claims. But there are many concerns about the study, and about the future of advanced biofuels in the U.S. and abroad.
January 15, 2013 One-fifth of Americans are religiously unaffiliated, and those younger than 30 especially seem to be drifting from organized religion. Six young adults — some with Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Seventh-day Adventist backgrounds — explore their struggle with faith and religion.
January 14, 2013 On Jan. 14, 1963, Alabama Gov. George Wallace delivered an inauguration speech destined to go down in the history books. That now infamous line, "segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever," embodied a moment in U.S. history that changed the political landscape forever.
January 13, 2013 The Army Corps of Engineers is working hard to deepen the Mississippi River's shipping channel. With water levels forecast to remain high enough only through January to float loaded barges, some say the only way to keep the river open next month will be to release water from the Missouri River.