A Palestinian child plays with fireworks on the first day of Ramadan at Shati refugee camp in Gaza City on Aug. 11. During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, observant Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, and smoking from sunrise to sunset.
The US and the West need vigorous economic growth. In order to to that, the US must first reduce the tax and debt burdens of unsustainable entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare.
President Bush holds a crying baby handed to him from the crowd as he arrived for an outdoor dinner with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Trinwillershage, Germany, in July 2006.
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.
On opening day of the baseball season, the Monitor looks at whose major league debut is most anticipated and whether Matt Wieters really deserves to be a Sports Illustrated cover boy.
A honeybee visits a flower at the Mughal Gardens at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi, India, on Feb. 12. The mysterious 4-year-old crisis of disappearing honeybees is deepening. A quick federal survey indicates a heavy bee die-off this winter, while a new study shows honeybees' pollen and hives laden with pesticides. Two federal agencies along with regulators in California and Canada are scrambling to figure out what is behind this relatively recent threat.
The distribution of more than $400 billion in federal spending is determined by census data. An analysis released Tuesday looks at which states get the most money per capita.
Harrisburg, Pa., is debating whether to declare Chapter 9 bankruptcy. As cities struggle to balance their budgets, more may consider the option.
Joseph Andrew Stack, the software engineer being linked to Thursday's plane crash in Austin, left behind an anti-IRS, antigovernment Web manifesto.