Robert Gates' trip is touted as a holiday visit to thank close to 100,000 U.S. troops serving in the war.
Korean and Finnish students scored highest in the latest round of PISA tests aimed at assessing reading, math, and science literacy.
Pearl Harbor Day is being recognized across the US on December 7. There is a shrinking number of soldiers and sailors who survived the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Day, 69 years ago in Hawaii.
White House Christmas tree ornaments: Irene Bechtler found a way to turn her tree into a tribute to US history - one gold-plated ornament at a time.
Tis the season of parity in the NFL. The Monday Night party featured the New England Patriots and the New York Jets as exhibit A. But when the dust settled, the difference was the coach.
WikiLeaks releases a 'secret' US diplomatic cable on 'critical infrastructure' around the world. Was it an overlong 'raw list' of obvious key sites, or a menu for 'every extremist group in the world'?
Extending the Bush tax cuts will prevent as much as $300 billion a year from going into federal coffers, continuing the current federal deficits.
Disney's Rapunzel tale, 'Tangled,' was the No. 1 movie in the US last week, surprisingly beating 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1' by mixing the studio's old-school princess formula with a dash of action appeal for boys.
Supporters of Prop. 8, the California gay marriage ban, face tough questioning in hearing before an appeals court. They are seeking a reversal of a federal judge's ruling against Prop. 8.
Democrats have the votes to block the president's compromise with Republicans on extending the Bush tax cuts. But many might have to accept that with Republicans set to gain more power in Congress next year, this is the best deal they're likely to get.
Tom Brady, the NFL's No. 1 QB, and the New England Patriots take on the NY Jets, the No. 1 defense, with quarterback Mark Sanchez. Each team is battling to be the best in the AFC East. Who has the edge?
Former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, famous for battling teachers' unions, creates Students First to forward her education reform priorities.
A national tea party group wants Sarah Palin to replace Michael Steele as the chairman of the Republican National Committee. The former governor and current reality TV star says thanks, but no thanks.
Don Meredith, who passed on Sunday, quarterbacked the Dallas Cowboys for eight NFL seasons before heading into ABC's 'Monday Night Football' broadcast booth. Don Meredith knew the game, but he added a comedic touch when working with Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell.
Post-Katrina, New Orleans looks to diversify its economy beyond tourism. But plans for a mammoth biomedical facility mean historic homes will be relocated, or razed.
A US official downplays any hope of a breakthrough in talks this week on the Iran nuclear program. Western negotiators are hoping for some gesture of good faith from Iran.
A global warming lawsuit aiming to force power companies to curtail carbon emissions will come before the Supreme Court next year. The suit asks for a judicial order to that effect, but would such a move usurp role of other government branches?
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says that the US economic recovery is 'not far' from losing momentum. If the recovery slips further, the Federal Reserve is prepared to act again.
If the White House allowed all Bush tax cuts to expire rather than extend them for the wealthy, financial pain around the nation would drown out any 'attaboys' Obama's administration might get.
The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider whether a class-action suit filed against Wal-Mart, representing 1.5 million former and current female employees, should be allowed to proceed.