It's the start of retirement season in the House as members head home after a long, difficult year. Three House members — two Republicans and a Democrat — announced their retirements from Congress this week, ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.
Christmas is less than a week away and shoppers continue their quest for the perfect gift at the perfect price. But at one shop in a southwest Ohio mall, Roman Catholic friars are offering their presence for free.
On the first day of 2013, the president expressed a hope that the new year would bring "a little less drama. A little less brinkmanship." In fact, the year saw high drama, a government shutdown, and the failure of Obama's major domestic priorities.
Salinas, Calif., is just an hour from Silicon Valley, but production at many local lettuce farms is decidedly low-tech. City officials here decided it's time for an upgrade — and have hired a venture capital firm to help Salinas transition into a high-tech agricultural hub.
The Air Force on Thursday destroyed the last B-52 bomber required under the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia. A crew used a circular saw to cut through the plane's aluminum skin, the tail section separating from the fuselage with a loud thunk and officially rendering the bomber useless.
Russia's parliament has passed a measure that could grant amnesty to thousands of people in prison or under investigation in the justice system. The amnesty could mean freedom for some people arrested during anti-government protests, such as members of the punk band Pussy Riot and the crew of the Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise, but critics say it's really notable for the prisoners who would not be freed. They also say it's another example of how justice in Russia is subverted to the will of one man, rather than independent institutions.