Since 1978 the state of New York has been required to plan for a superstorm-like disaster. But detailed warnings went unheeded, and much of the planning and recovery from hurricane Sandy was done on the fly.
President Obama's approval rating rose to 57 percent - up 5 percent since the election, and the highest since May 2011 after the Osama bin Laden raid, according to a new AP/Gfk poll. Most say Obama can help improve the economy.
Though the law does not allow pot smoking in public, that didn't stop users from gathering near Seattle's iconic Space Needle. Though it is now legal to possess marijuana in Washington under state law, possession remains a federal crime.
Spokespeople for both sides of the fiscal cliff debate indicated that they may be communicating. In the meantime, economists warned that failure to strike a deal could strike a blow to the economy, perhaps plunging the country back into recession.
After hours of debate, Michigan's Senate approved right-to-work legislation on Thursday. Supports say the right-to-work measure will boost jobs, while opponents worry that labor will lose some of its bargaining power.