Activities at the annual gathering included a workshop on how Regency women dressed and a talk by scholar Cornel West on human misfortune in Austen's works.
Since 9/11, the majority of criminal convictions in high-profile terror cases in the US relied on sting operations. In many, the FBI crossed the line into entrapment, luring penniless men and teenagers into sophisticated plots they never could have dreamed of on their own.
The death of Sen. Robert Byrd opens up room for the sixth Senate appointee since January 2009. Some states are considering whether a special election is a better option for selecting a senator.