February 11, 2013 The latest bit of North Korea propaganda portrays a nuclear missile strike on the U.S. Such crude efforts seem to date from an earlier era.
February 11, 2013 The Pope gets credit for strengthening the core values of the Catholic Church but also for some prominent gaffes and his poor handling of the sexual abuse scandal.
January 31, 2013 How does a tiny spot on the Portuguese coast generate some of the world's most gnarly waves? Surf experts say there are a few factors that combined Monday to create what might have been the biggest wave ever ridden.
January 29, 2013 When people refer to the ends of the earth, they invariably mention Timbuktu. The fabled West African city on the cusp of the Sahara has a mystique that has lasted for centuries, fueled by a history shrouded in mystery, wealth and intrigue.
January 25, 2013 Israel, Germany and Canada are among the countries that have marched down the path the U.S. will soon follow in allowing women a role in front-line combat units. And experts say the integration of women elsewhere has gone smoothly, despite concerns.
January 22, 2013 George Washington invoked the Almighty, but the word "God" wasn't used in an inaugural address until James Monroe. Since then, few presidents have missed the opportunity to put God in their inaugural speeches.
January 18, 2013 The Algerian authorities moved quickly after hostages were taken at a gas plant in the Sahara desert. While details of that operation are still fuzzy, such actions are inherently risky.
January 17, 2013 A mass kidnapping in Algeria and an Islamist rebellion in Mali underscore Western concerns that the regional security situation is deteriorating. Both France and the U.S. have compelling interests in propping up Mali's fragile government against extremists, but stabilizing the country could prove a difficult task.
January 15, 2013 Last month's school shootings in Connecticut have prompted communities large and small to hold gun buybacks. On the surface, they seem to have been a success, with record numbers of firearms recovered in some cities. But experts say such programs have limited value in reducing gun violence.
January 8, 2013 The U.S. and other countries are cracking down on banks that are known to help clients hide their assets, and the international push is beginning to have a major effect.
January 2, 2013 An electric scooter incentive and a credit to Hollywood to encourage U.S.-based movie and television productions are among some of the more obscure breaks in the fiscal cliff deal.
January 1, 2013 The compromise deal, which was approved by the Senate earlier Tuesday, stops large tax increases for 99 percent of Americans and delays massive spending cuts for two months. The bill now goes to President Obama, who is expected to sign it into law.
December 28, 2012 A federal mediator says the International Longshoremen's Association and port operators have agreed in principle on key issues and will extend their negotiations by 30 days.
December 24, 2012 Milk and cookies might be the traditional Santa offering on Christmas Eve, but in at least one household, St. Nicholas will be getting smoked salmon and scotch.
December 21, 2012 President Obama and others remember the Senate's most senior member for his long public service and dedication during a funeral service Friday in Washington, D.C.