At least 12,000 federal prisoners can seek reductions in their sentences for crack cocaine offenses, after a ruling Thursday by the US Sentencing Commission. The stiff sentences, meted out between 1984 and 2010, hit the black community hard.
The latest Civil Rights Data Collection shows, as never before, the education inequities that hold various groups of students back.
Big fires have happened before in New Mexico, but scientists see a recent pattern that may be the most severe since the last Ice Age. Among the causes: fuel buildup due to fire suppression, a decline in the annual snowpack, and warmer climate.
The biggest criminal botnet ever identified, with millions of enslaved computers in 172 countries, now has a name of its own – and embedded within the software that created it are the names of its criminal bot masters.
The Senate gives Gen. David Petraeus a resounding 94-to-0 vote of confidence as CIA chief. But Pakistan signals that fighting terror – a top priority – will be hard, closing a base to US drones.
The second quarter – and its fundraising – come to a close at midnight Thursday. For some candidates struggling in the polls, these early numbers could hint at the beginning of the end of their campaigns.
With tax revenues still low, state and federal budgets are tight – and across the nation, politicians are drawing lines in the sand.
Testifying before the defense rested in the Casey Anthony trial, George Anthony's alleged mistress says he tearfully described Caylee's death as 'an accident that snowballed out of control.'
Just in time for the Fourth of July, a report on the environmental quality of America's beaches. Does your beach get five stars?
Comedian Stephen Colbert will form a 'super PAC,' which can raise gobs of money, to air political ads ahead of Election 2012. He will have to disclose donors though, the FEC said.
If Defense Secretary Robert Gates feels any twinge of wistfulness when he departs the Pentagon on Thursday, it probably won't last long. Even during the Bush years, Mr. Gates spoke often of the clock in his office by which he counted down the days until he could retire to his beloved Washington State. When President Obama asked him to stay on as defense secretary, Gates made no secret that he did so out of public duty, not an affinity for Washington, D.C. But Washington insiders certainly had an affinity for Gates. Here are three reasons America’s longest-serving secretary of Defense will be missed – and legacies that many hope will last after he's gone.
Cybersecurity experts say that the world's biggest-ever botnet is still operating, despite the arrests of two cyber criminals, which required coordinating law enforcement across two continents.
An expert called by the defense in the Casey Anthony murder trial sought to explain how a young mother might grieve the loss of her child. The defendant, listening, began to cry.
On the streets of Astoria, Queens, where signs are in Greek and English, there are no whiffs of tear-gas, but passions run high. Despite words of blunt criticism, many wonder how they can help.
New Mexico wildfires are near the boundaries of the 23,000-acre Los Alamos National Laboratory, which holds some low-level radioactive material in an above-ground storage facility about three miles from the flames.
Republicans in Congress want a vote on a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution by mid-July. It would precede any vote to raise the national debt limit.
The new counterterrorism strategy replaces one from 2006 and calls for pursuing with ‘laser focus’ the approach that the Obama administration has already been taking.
Speaker of the House John Boehner said President Obama has been AWOL on the debt talks, but Obama noted that Congress will be out of town for a good chunk of the summer on vacation.
Obama acknowledged Wednesday that entitlement programs are on the table in deficit and debt talks. He said he hopes Republicans, who oppose new tax revenues, will see a need to 'move off their maximalist position.'
Was the odor in the car driven by Casey Anthony caused by decaying trash or the decomposing body of her daughter, Caylee? On Wednesday, George Anthony disavowed an earlier statement that the smell was trash.