A planned Los Angeles subway expansion could cut traffic and greenhouse emissions and give jobs a boost, but Mayor Villaraigosa wants it now, instead of waiting 30 years. He is in Washington Thursday seeking funds to accelerate construction of the 'Subway to the Sea.'
AMINE EL KHALIFI. An artist's courtroom sketch shows Amine El Khalifi, an illegal immigrant from Morocco, as he is brought before a judge in the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va., on Feb. 17, 2012. El Khalifi, who lives in Alexandria, was arrested near the US Capitol wearing a vest he believed was full of Al Qaeda-supplied explosives and is charged in an attempted suicide bombing of Congress, the Justice Department said. He had been given the gun and the explosives in the suicide vest by the FBI in a sting operation. The explosives and gun had been rendered inoperable and posed no danger to the public.
First lady Michelle Obama has made childhood obesity her signature project with the 'Let's Move' campaign. Wednesday she takes the message to the national Parent Teacher Association at a National Legislative Conference in Arlington, Va.
BLUEFIN TUNA: Sushi chefs in Tokyo, Japan, work behind a refrigerated, counter-top display of three different types of fillets from Atlantic bluefin tuna. At the 175-nation Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) convention, which is underway in Qatar, the group is looking to ban the trade of Atlantic bluefin tuna. Environmentalists say that the tuna are being fished at an unsustainable rate. Japan has said it will not comply with such a ban and that it has China's support in opposing it.
From 'tea party' protesters to antiwar advocates, Americans on all sides of the political spectrum seem angry about something. But for all the tumult, the disaffection today is far less than in many periods in the past.
Both incumbent Governor Pat Quinn and GOP candidate Illinois Sen. Bill Brady won their primary races by slim margins. The race to fill President Obama's former US Senate seat will be hard-fought as well.
Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley argues against locking down a historic canal in order to prevent Asian carp from invading Lake Michigan. The issue comes as Daley's 'green' credentials are being questioned.
The US Supreme Court is considering what could be a landmark decision on individual gun rights. An unspoken argument is that armed citizens would make any usurper think twice before subverting the Constitution.