In 2012, four countries that had not used the death penalty in several years were on Amnesty International's list. Missing was China, which keeps its figures secret but is estimated to far outpace others in executions.
As the Newtown families plead for Congress to act, lawmakers – and President Obama – admit to the complexity of gun issues. Scholars on simplicity offer some ideas.
Clean energy requirements under consideration by the Colorado State Legislature would require some utilities to increase energy from renewable sources by 150 percent, Tracey writes, which would result in higher electricity costs.