Why Americans now carry handguns in so many public places, from parks to college campuses. Is it making the country safer or more dangerous?
By and large, Americans still support the death penalty. But concerns about the fairness of its application, and even its costs, are playing a role in the steep drop in executions and convictions.
Hurricane Irene was just a tropical storm by the time it hit New England. But its trip up the East Coast claimed an estimated 35 lives and left a path of destruction whose cost is magnified by a weak economy.
Hurricane Irene has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm. But as it makes landfall in North Carolina and heads north, it's still expected to pack a wallop with the greatest danger from flooding due to heavy rainfall and coastal storm surges.
North Carolina averages 19 tornadoes a year. More than 60 hit the state over the weekend, part of a 'family' of 243 tornadoes that spun across the South, killing at least 43.