Radiation 'hot spots' beyond the existing Fukushima evacuation zone spur Japanese officials to order more areas to be emptied. Residents are being given a month to leave.
Firefighters and smoke jumpers from 25 states have had to turn back hundreds of Texas wildfires. Nearly 100 homes have burned to the ground.
Iowa tornadoes: The Des Moines Register says National Weather Service experts have confirmed two twisters struck Ida County on Saturday night. There were four more in Sac County, two in Pocahontas County and one in Kossuth County.
The 200 Radnet stations that have been sniffing the air since the 1970s say Fukushima radiation in US is quite low.
Tiger Woods charged from behind, thrilling golf fans on Sunday in the final round of the 2011 Masters. In the end, it wasn't enough to win. Was it enough to prove that Tiger Woods has returned to top form?
Congress and the White House may have resolved one budget crisis. But comments on the Sunday talk shows indicate bigger fights ahead over federal debt and government spending.
Sarah Palin says she believes President Obama was born in the US. But she's cheering on Donald Trump for 'getting to the bottom' of allegations by 'birthers' that Obama is hiding something.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants to make public all registered firearm owners through the state’s Freedom of Information Act. Opponents say public disclosure could increase crime.
A county clerk discovered 14,000 unrecorded votes, which just happened to turn the election for the man she once worked for. "Human error," as she claims, or something more nefarious?
Most seem to think Speaker John Boehner did particularly well. He cut the FY 2011 budget a lot more than Democrats wanted, and he wrangled most of his rambunctious freshmen into order.
The budget deal marks the debut of an 87-member GOP freshman class committed to deep spending cuts. Speaker John Boehner defied his critics to rally his caucus and produce an agreement, without shutting down government.
Approaching a midnight deadline Friday night, House, Senate, and Obama administration came to agreement on a budget, avoiding a government shutdown. But tough political fights remain.
Federal shutdown: Democrats and Republicans made a last minute historic deal to cut the federal budget and avoid a federal shutdown.
For many social-welfare programs, money is distributed from the federal government quarterly or monthly, so there will be little impact unless the shutdown drags on for weeks.
Phillip Garrido, accused of kidnapping Jaycee Dugard in 1991 at age 11, pleaded not guilty Thursday and is contesting the legitimacy of his indictment, signaling a bid to delay the case.
Unemployment insurance is distributed by states but funded by both states and the federal government. It has enough money to survive a short shutdown without interrupting benefits, say members of Congress.
Some 14,000 votes went unreported Tuesday night in a hot election – the latest battleground for Republicans vs. labor unions. Democrats cry foul as the seat tilts toward the incumbent, a conservative. Experts, though, say such errors are common.
Arizona's legislature passed a bill Thursday to allow guns on the streets and sidewalks of public college campuses. Texas is also considering a broader bill to allow guns in campus buildings.
Media reports suggest that Republicans will not agree to a spending deal to avoid a government shutdown unless Planned Parenthood, which performs abortions, is defunded. But that stance could also be used as a GOP bargaining chip.
The Masters leaderboard on Friday afternoon has Rory McIlroy still out in front, followed by K.J. Choi and former US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy. Former Masters champ Fred Couples is lurking in the wings, as well.