The trend is growing among states and cities. Some sex offenders are also ordered not to wear costumes or answer the door on Halloween.
Each state comes up with its own standards for student achievement. A new study from the National Center on Education Statistics compares them. Here are the top and bottom five.
Americans are using less water than they did 50 years ago, thanks to conservation measures.
The FAA is working on new rules regarding fatigue and other aspects of pilot conduct in the cockpit.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, a long-time friend of Obama, more than doubled his campaign cash at fundraising luncheon with the president.
At Andy's Barbershop in Owego, N.Y., John Janosko gets a cut from owner Andy Romano, who has been in business here for 40 years. Janosko says he has been a client for almost that long. The men chat about local company Lockheed Martin, which just lost a big contract for presidential helicopters. Owego was voted the coolest small town in America.
A flamingo chick is nudged by its mother in their enclosure in the Budapest Zoo in Hungary in June 2009. With fifteen chicks newly hatched the number of flamingos at the zoo has grown to 98.
Recent domestic terror suspects had converted to Islam while in prison. Experts are divided on the extent of the threat.