April 18, 2012 Originally built as a tourist attraction for the 1962 World's Fair, the Needle's design was inspired by an abstract sculpture of a dancer. As the city celebrates the structure's golden anniversary, the Jetsons-era tower is getting a fresh coat of paint to return to its original glow. "You still kind of believe in that future," says one fan.
April 10, 2012 Government regulators in the U.S. and Europe are putting pressure on the online advertising industry to adopt a new Web browser option called "do not track." The option is designed to offer users more privacy from the websites they visit — but there's still no consensus on precisely how much privacy the feature should provide.
April 6, 2012 A Justice Department investigation found that Seattle police officers use force "in an unconstitutional and excessive manner nearly 20 percent of the time." Now, the city must decide whether to submit to court-supervised reforms or risk being sued by the federal government.
March 18, 2012 There is still only sketchy information available about Staff Sgt. Robert Bales' recent experience in Afghanistan, but five years ago in Iraq, he was considered an excellent and upbeat soldier. Bales is suspected of killing 16 unarmed Afghan civilians.
March 4, 2012 The former Massachusetts governor pulled ahead of his rivals in Saturday's presidential straw poll, gaining more momentum just before Super Tuesday. Ron Paul, who edged Rick Santorum for second place, insisted he, too, had reason to celebrate.
February 28, 2012 Mandatory DNA collection is fast becoming routine in the American criminal justice system, with federal law enforcement and 26 states permitting various forms of pre-conviction DNA sampling. Now, lawmakers in Washington are trying to follow suit.
February 9, 2012 Washington may soon become the seventh state to legalize gay marriage. But first, it's likely to face a referendum challenge in November. Same-sex marriage will be on the ballot in a handful of states this year, and supporters have yet to win a statewide vote.