An air traffic controller monitors flights in July at the Denver International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration is planning to modernize its traffic control system, but has faced a number of obstacles.
Last summer, immigration rights activists in Los Angeles gathered for a rally calling on the government to act on immigration overhaul legislation. Strong Latino support helped President Obama win in 2008, but his support among those voters is slipping.
Acting West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, shown at the National Governors Association meeting in February, is running in a special election for the seat Tuesday. The conservative Democrat has been endorsed by several groups, from the NRA to the mineworkers' union.
Justin Mudge walks through the muddy interior of his great uncle's gun shop, destroyed by flooding caused by Irene on Sept. 1 in Prattsville, N.Y. FEMA will run out of money to help disaster victims by early next week unless Congress acts.
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Cities across the country are investing more money in infrastructure to make roads safer for bikes. Last week, a highway bill faced resistance from lawmakers who saw those kinds of projects as an inappropriate use of federal funds.
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Transportation Security Administration screeners check passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta last month. The TSA was created after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
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Jarrid Gonyea and his wife, Michelle, check out damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene on Hurricane Road in Keene, N.Y., on Monday. The costs of the storm that stretched across the Eastern Seaboard are estimated to be in the billions.