Singer Linda Ronstadt has joined a group filing a suit against the Arizona law on immigration. She is one of several entertainers who have voiced their opposition to the new state law.
Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama - Democrat to Republican: Richard Shelby, the senior senator from Alabama, switched parties on Nov. 9, 1994, one day after the ‘Republican Revolution’ in which the GOP became the majority in the 104th Congress. Shelby’s switch gave Republicans 52 Senate seats. Here, Shelby talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 28.
Zarein Ahmedzay, a Queens taxi driver, admitted his role during a hearing in federal court. Najibullah Zazi of Denver earlier pleaded guilty to participating in the alleged plot against the New York subway system. A third defendant, Adis Medunjanin, will stand trial.
The Dust Bowl. During the 1930s, a period of severe dust storms engulfed the American and Canadian prairie lands. The cause: a severe drought coupled with decades of land misuse that left topsoil susceptible to the wind. The so called "black blizzards" forced hundreds of thousands of people in Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Minnesota to abandon their farms, exacerbating the dire economic conditions of the Great Depression. This image shows a dust storm approaching Stratford, Texas, on April 18, 1935.
Three of the guns used in the Columbine school shooting 11 years ago came from a gun show where checking the buyer’s background wasn’t required. Activists want the law changed.
Gun rights activists argued that concealed carry laws may have been a protection during the Virginia Tech shooting. But states have not moved to allow concealed weapons on college campuses, though student groups continue to lobby to lift gun bans.
Negative reaction to the president's initial plan for NASA has forced him to backpedal a bit and offer a schedule for human spaceflights to Mars and an asteroid. He now needs to work more closely with Congress to set long-term, deep-space missions.
Will the Facebook generation step up to confront America’s urgent challenges, from soaring debt to energy?
According to President Obama, NASA needs a goal beyond the space station and the moon for human spaceflight to inspire the nation as the Apollo mission did. He has chosen Mars.