Methane gas produced in California landfills fuels garbage and recycling trucks, reducing the state's carbon emissions.
British hostage Peter Moore was released after 2-1/2 years in captivity in Iraq. He was among the last of 306 foreigners to be abducted since 2003. British officials praised their Iraqi counterparts' efforts in securing Moore's release.
A few police in San Jose, Calif., will test ear-mounted video cameras to record their interactions with the public. The pilot technology advances the police point of view at a time when bystander cellphone video often shapes perceptions of police behavior.
The first state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, California leads the country in decriminalizing the sale and use of cannabis. Other states are considering the issue, too, but critics warn of the impact on young people.
How to run a country - a.k.a. nation-building - is the bottom line of the US high school civics revival.
After Obama's session with Chinese students, the Monitor's language columnist considers the nuances of town meetings, town-hall meetings, and town-hall-style meetings.
Support for medical marijuana - and outright legalization - is increasing across the US. But in some California cities, pot dispensaries have become unwelcome.
Sunday's police ambush near Seattle was the fifth shooting in which more than one police officer died. The 15 officers killed this year in multiple-shooting incidents is the highest since 2000.
A video that appears to show a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer pushing a passenger into a glass barrier rekindles the issue of excess police force. A passenger was shot by a BART police officer in January.