A dog romps through a snow-covered meadow in the small village of Semmering, Austria, on Thursday after the first snowfall in the region. Some areas of New England experienced their first snow as well when a Nor'easter slammed into the area, bringing several inches of rain and wet snow.
Four two-month old hedgehogs eat cat food in a garden where they were found last week in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
A federal judge refused to block a legal challenge against Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in California. Both sides expect the case to go to the US Supreme Court.
The boating industry is making efforts to offer a greener product.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has applied for more than half the $8 billion allotted for high-speed rail. State officials say California's plan is the most shovel-ready.
Affordable housing purchased by social investors allows low-income earners to find community-oriented housing from Marin County, Calif., to New York City.
The court will examine whether part of the Patriot Act prohibits activities protected by the First Amendment.
President Obama declared Tuesday's tsunami a 'major disaster' and dispatched aid to American Samoa. As many as 120 people may have died, and more tsunamis could hit.