Rocks of the East Coast conduct earthquakes much better than rocks in the West. It means a moderate quake in rural Virginia can travel far and damage the Washington Monument.
Virginia quake caused the evacuation of many buildings and triggered the shutdown of two nuclear reactors. Cellphone call volume spiked as people rushed to call loved ones after the Virginia quake.
An interview with historian David Detzer sheds light on the Battle of Bull Run, the first battle of the US Civil War, fought on July 21, 1861.
Stories from dads who cook, by fathers from Mario Batali to Stephen King.
It was 150 years ago this week that Confederate troops fired on a federal fort in Charleston harbor and began the violent four-year struggle in which Americans raised arms against Americans. The history books can tell us much about the trauma of war, but for those who prefer the emotional truths that can be conveyed by a good novel, here are 10 classic stories of the US Civil War.
Dale Smith of Johnsonville, S.C., holds a Confederate Naval Jack flag as he looks out at Fort Sumter from the Battery in downtown Charleston, S.C., after cannon were fired to mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War on April 12.
Prisoners aren't allowed smart phones, but that doesn't keep at least a few enterprising inmates from using Facebook and Twitter. South Carolina is considering a ban on prison Facebook updates.
Jose Padilla was convicted of helping Al-Qaeda. His lawyers say he was mistreated for years, and that former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld violated Padilla's civil and constitutional rights.
Several lawsuits over the health-care reform's individual mandate hinge on interpretations of the constitution's Commerce Clause. This clause is widely believed to grant Congress broad power over national markets. But that isn't what the founders had in mind.
The 1860 race for the US presidency was a wild tangle of political strategy and skullduggery.