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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana.
Tue, 12/30/2014 - 07:04

The House majority whip said the group was one of many he spoke to in 2002 in efforts to build support for legislation. But, he said, he opposed the group's "racial and religious" views.

Relatives of passengers of the missing AirAsia Flight 8501 react upon seeing the news on television about the findings of bodies on the waters near the site where the jetliner disappeared in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, on Tuesday.
Tue, 12/30/2014 - 05:43

An Indonesian navy spokesman told reporters a ship had recovered dozens of bodies. AirAsia said Indonesia had confirmed the wreckage was that of the Airbus carrying 162 people.

President Obama responds to a question from NPR's Steve Inskeep on Dec. 17 in the Oval Office.
Tue, 12/30/2014 - 04:13

The president says incidents in the past year have "surfaced" long-simmering issues between minority communities and authorities, allowing for a healthy airing of grievances.

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 03:15

From the VA and Secret Service scandals to Ebola, each week brought another hot issue into the White House briefing room. Here's a look at just how short the press corps' attention span was in 2014.

Police officers check drivers at a sobriety checkpoint in Escondido, Calif.
Tue, 12/30/2014 - 02:58

Everyone knows it's dangerous to drink and drive, but a lot of people still do it. Strict enforcement of traffic laws makes it less likely that people will get behind the wheel when soused.

Protesters rally outside the Supreme Court during the March for Life on Jan. 25, 2013, in Washington, D.C.
Tue, 12/30/2014 - 02:57

States have passed more than 200 abortion regulations since 2010, and the number is expected to rise. Abortion rights supporters say that could cause big geographical variations in access to care.

Daniel Majook Gai from South Sudan goes in and out of his war-torn country to help children there go to school.
Tue, 12/30/2014 - 02:56

Daniel Majok Gai fled South Sudan twice because of war. He wants to return for good. But for now, he's giving back by helping youth there gain an education. His inspiration: a girl named Annah.

Rep. Michael Grimm speaks to the media last week after pleading guilty to a federal tax evasion charge rather than go to trial. Grimm was accused of evading taxes by hiding more than $1 million in sales and wages while running a Manhattan restaurant.
Tue, 12/30/2014 - 02:08

In a statement reported by CBS and The Associated Press, Rep. Michael Grimm, R-NY, said he would resign effective Jan. 5. Grimm pleaded guilty last week to filing a false tax return.

This April 2007 photo released by the U.S. Navy shows the guided missile destroyer USS Sampson during a test cruise off the coast of Maine.
Mon, 12/29/2014 - 23:38

The search for AirAsia jet is now into its third day with no solid leads. The hunt has expanded to new areas and includes naval ships as well as local fishermen.

These "enriched cages" from the JS West farm in Atwater, Calif., in 2011 comply with the state's new law. They are larger and allow chickens to perch and lay eggs in enclosed spaces.
Mon, 12/29/2014 - 17:38

On Jan. 1, all eggs sold in California will have to come from chickens living in more spacious digs. The rules have disrupted the egg industry and pushed prices up at grocery stores in California.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is seen with members of the Tawil family on Dec. 23. Kirchner embraced their seventh son, Yair, as her godson in line with an Argentine tradition that offers presidential protection to the seventh son in a family with only male children to prevent him from turning into a werewolf.
Mon, 12/29/2014 - 15:44

The tradition, it now appears, is from czarist Russia and began during mass Russian migration to Argentina in the early 20th century.

Kelvin Cooperage, owned by brothers Kevin and Paul McLaughlin, is making white oak barrels for the newly-rising craft distillers. Here, oak scraps are burned inside the finished barrels to char them.
Mon, 12/29/2014 - 15:38

Distillers must age bourbon in new white oak barrels that are charred inside. But the barrel supply is running low, and new, small craft distillers are having trouble getting any barrels at all.

Students in Uganda may use Uglish words, but you can be sure they're not learning them at school.
Mon, 12/29/2014 - 15:17

The language called "Uglish" is as controversial in Uganda as Ebonics is in the U.S. And now it has its own dictionary. Is it just bad English or a legitimate local variant?

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 15:16

The gulf between the vast majority of the American public and the nation's military has had a detrimental effect on the U.S. fighting force, according to James Fallows in an Atlantic cover story.

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 15:13

Lourdes Garcia Navarro speaks with John Cox, an airline safety expert and former commercial pilot, about Saturday's disappearance of an AirAsia flight over the Java Sea.

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