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  • US gun-tracing program in Mexican drug war comes under congressional fire

    Allegations that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed US arms to flow to Mexican cartels are now facing congressional scrutiny, including questions about whether that may have contributed to the deaths of a US law enforcement officer and numerous Mexicans.
    07/16/2011 01:09 pm

  • The 9 weirdest things ever flown on the Space Shuttle

    When NASA's space shuttles launch into orbit, they don't just carry astronauts and supplies into the final frontier. There's a lot of other weird stuff that makes the out-of-this-world journey, too. NASA's last space shuttle mission will launch Friday, July 8 on the Atlantis orbiter to deliver spare parts to the International Space Station. The mission will be the 135th and last flight for the program, which began in 1981. But over the course of 30 years, the space shuttles have flown some peculiar objects into orbit. The list of odd stuff that flew aboard the shuttles is a long one, and includes the Olympic torch, a replica of the golden spike from the First Transcontinental Railroad, and rocks from the top of Mount Everest and the surface of the moon, just to name a few. Here nine recent space oddities carried into orbit on NASA shuttles:
    07/08/2011 03:53 pm

  • Endeavour flight: the NASA shuttle launch that disappeared

    Endeavour flight watchers, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, were able to watch the picture-perfect NASA shuttle launch Monday for only 12 seconds because of an unusual situation.
    05/16/2011 01:55 pm

  • Global News Blog Mexico violence claims two more US citizens on increasingly perilous border

    The Monitor's bureau chief in Mexico recalls when Americans thought nothing of crossing the border for a taco or inexpensive dental work. Those days are over.
    04/05/2011 06:31 pm

  • Chapter & Verse Catherine of Aragon, One 'Quietly Fierce' Queen

    In an immensely readable new biography of Catherine of Aragon, Giles Tremlett tells the story of the Spanish queen who changed the course of English history.
    03/04/2011 08:25 am

  • Even the Rain: movie review

    Set in Bolivia, 'Even the Rain' equates the struggles of the country's modern-day peasants to those of Columbus's day in a sort of elergy to the oppressed.
    02/18/2011 07:06 pm

  • State bird, state flower, state gun? Utah could be first to have one.

    The Utah House passed a measure to make the Browning M1911 semiautomatic the state gun in honor of Utahn John Browning. Critics question the wisdom of having a state gun.
    01/26/2011 04:31 pm

  • Ted Williams: A homeless man with a golden voice gets a new chance

    Ted Williams, a homeless man with a golden voice, had a video of himself begging by the road posted on Youtube this week. Within days job offers for voice work poured in, including a dream job with the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.
    01/05/2011 11:49 pm

  • Amid persisting economic duress, worries rise about suicides

    High-profile deaths – the latest being the mayor of Springfield, Ill., and the Florida school board shooter – have common backdrops of economic duress. Workplace suicides, too, rose during Great Recession.
    12/16/2010 03:55 pm

  • Green Economics Urban economics: Superstar cities vs. 'mellow' cities

    Do smaller urban centers promise a better life than a congested megalopolis?
    12/08/2010 02:24 pm

Doing Good


What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

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