With the upper half of the US in the grip of a heat wave, energy usage is hitting records or near-records. But grid operators say they are prepared for the increased demand.
The last space shuttle mission ended Thursday when Atlantis landed, and Americans aren't confident that Obama administration knows where to take human spaceflight next.
Charles “Buddy” Roemer is trying to stage a comeback. After nearly two decades out of office, the four-term congressman and one-time Louisiana governor declared his candidacy for president on Thursday in New Hampshire. An old-fashioned, charismatic Southern pol, the thrice-married, twice-divorced candidate may be hamstrung by his negligible name recognition, constituency, and funds.
Hawaii snakes: State wildlife officials have captured two snakes this month on Oahu. Agriculture officials say the threat to Hawaii snakes would produce can't be overstated.
The loss of three young adults at a waterfall in Yosemite National Park this week is a tragedy for their families and a warning to tourists wanting to edge closer to the power and beauty of nature, at Yosemite or elsewhere.
A collective-bargaining deal is on the table at an NFL owners meeting in Atlanta, and while prospects look good, a deadline looms. If the deal is not approved by owners and players this week, preseason games could be lost.
This week's arrests of 21 members of Anonymous in the US and Europe show that, given time and resources, cybersleuths can track down hackers. But doubts remain over whether authorites caught any big fish.
The Atlantis landing just before 6 a.m. Thursday marks the end of the US space shuttle program – and the transition to private firms as the cargo carriers to space. Perhaps they'll ferry people, too.
The scramble on Capitol Hill to come up with a solution to the nation’s debt crisis produced a surprise announcement from the White House Wednesday: Contrary to previous statements, President Obama would support a short-term deal to raise the debt ceiling. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney added an important caveat, however. The president would only sign the short-term deal if it was a means to buy time to finalize a longer-term deal without running afoul of the Aug. 2 deadline. Suddenly, Washington is awash in prospects for short term deals. Here are five:
In response to the phone-hacking scandal that engulfed News Corp.'s News of the World, founder Rupert Murdoch said his media empire would have a new code of ethics. It could help – if managers are serious about enforcing the rules, media experts say.
Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan's military trial date has been set. Hasan faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the 2009 rampage at Fort Hood, Texas.
After news emerged that Michele Bachmann seeks occasional treatment for migraines, most candidates left the issue alone. Now Tim Pawlenty is implying it may limit her ability to serve.
Herman Cain got 4,500 retweets and Michele Bachmann got the most @ references. Does that make them the winners of the first Twitter-based debate, held among six Republican candidates?
The Minnesota shutdown ended Wednesday after the Democratic governor and Republican Legislature came to a budget deal. But neither side was declaring victory.
New York will offer free land and up to $100 million in infrastructure funds to a university willing to establish a world-class, high-tech school in the city, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday.
The man who shot three men he believed were Arabs, as revenge for 9/11, faces execution in Texas Wednesday – despite pleas for clemency from the one survivor and the change of heart the convict blogged to the world from death row.
Rep. Allen West (R) of Florida was angered by comments about him by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) on the House floor, so he wrote her an angry response. Both sides look to profit.
In emotional testimony, married gay and lesbian couples testified before a Senate committee as to the costs – financial and emotional – of the Defense of Marriage Act. The Senate is considering a repeal.
Cities from Lansing, Mich., to Boston are sending out street patrols with water and opening cooling centers to make sure homeless residents are cared for during the heat wave.
Recent polls show that Americans are coming to agree with Obama's position: that Congress must raise the debt ceiling and reduce the deficit by a mix of tax hikes and spending cuts.