Obama's remarks and statements by Pentagon officials and the US ambassador at the UN seemed a coordinated effort to use the Malaysia jet tragedy as a means to pressure Russia to end the strife in Ukraine.
The EPA moved Friday to scuttle a controversial open pit mine in Alaska and help preserve the area's salmon habitat. The step only fans the flames of discontent in Congress over the EPA approach to environmental regulation.
US Geological Survey updates its earthquake risk map, which heightens the risk for one-third of the US and lowers it for about one-tenth. The surprise is how pervasive relative risk is throughout the United States.
The Title IX lawsuit, brought by five current and former UConn students, alleged the mishandling of sexual assault and harassment complaints. UConn has been taking a variety of steps to address the issues.
Hamas this week showed it has drones at its disposal, forcing Israel to use a Patriot missile to shoot down one that had entered its airspace. Its drones are low-tech, but they have the attention of US defense analysts.
The international agricultural system already produces a hefty share of the world's greenhouse gases, making expansion of food production a delicate balancing act. But it might not be as hard as it seems, researchers say.
The downing of a Malaysian passenger plane by a surface-to-air missile over rebel-held Ukraine would seem to be a game-changer in the conflict. But security analysts hold out little expectation that will be the case. A wild card? Germany.
Some defense experts say it's likely Russia has provided Ukrainian rebels with surface-to-air weapons capable of taking down the Malaysian passenger plane. Pentagon officials say they cannot confirm that.
The Justice Department is investigating whether the IRS targeted conservative groups for special tax screening, but Republicans say a special prosecutor, rather than Obama appointees, would be more likely to get at the truth.