January 10, 2013 Changes to gun laws require working with Congress. But the president might do such things as bolster the federal database on gun buyers and order stepped-up prosecution of felons and others barred from buying weapons.
January 10, 2013 The drought that damaged crops in the Midwest last summer has brought the water level to historically low levels. Now barge traffic along a vital stretch of the Mississippi is dangerously close to running dry, putting shipping and jobs at risk.
January 9, 2013 From Superstorm Sandy to gun laws to the fiscal cliff, national issues are on the minds and the lips of the nation's governors setting their state agendas this week. Some want Congress and President Obama to act; others are urging state legislators to do what Congress hasn't.
January 9, 2013 Americans are sicker and die sooner than their counterparts in comparable nations. No single cause can account for the difference, but improving medical care will only help so much, as disparities can be traced to dietary choices, drugs and alcohol, guns, and even cars.
January 9, 2013 Steubenville, Ohio, is divided over the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl. Two high school football players have been charged, but images spread via social media have sharply divided the town. Some argue that other players were also involved and have accused local authorities of a cover-up.
January 9, 2013 It happens after every disaster. People want to help, but their donations often turn out to be a burden. Newtown, Conn., for example, was so inundated with gifts, it asked people to stop sending them. Instead, disaster aid groups are trying to figure out a better way to channel good intentions.